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Obama nominates new top U.S. military officers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 01:50

Obama departs after introducing Dunford as his nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the Rose Garden at the White House in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated Marine General Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praising him as a leader who helped shape the changing role of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Obama urged the Senate to quickly confirm Dunford and his new pick for vice-chairman, Air Force General Paul Selva. He said he would rely on their advice on the fight against Islamic State militants, "rebalancing" U.S. military posture in the Asia Pacific region, and investing in cyber defenses. Dunford will replace Army General Martin Dempsey, who is expected to step down in September.


Court: warrantless cellphone tracking not illegal search

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 01:45
MIAMI (AP) — Investigators do not need a search warrant to obtain cellphone tower location records in criminal prosecutions, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a closely-watched case involving the rules for changing technology.

'Avengers' + 'Star Wars' = big year for Disney

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 01:12

FILE - This file photo provided by Disney/Marvel shows Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers, in the new film, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." With "Avengers: Age of Ultron" just having notched the second-biggest domestic opening weekend of all-time and a new "Star Wars" movie coming this winter, analysts expect Disney to post not only great movie studio results but a big uptick in consumer products revenue and profits this year. (Jay Maidment/Disney/Marvel via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Who would win if Captain America fought Luke Skywalker? Why Disney, of course, which stands to bring in astronomical amounts of money this year from two big installments of two of the most popular film franchises ever.


2 mothers charged after child rescued from Frankford roof

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 01:03

2 mothers charged after child rescued from Frankford roofA woman and a teenage girl are facing charges after a 2-year-old child was discovered on the roof of a home in Philadelphia's Frankford section.


Huckabee, the other man from Hope, opens 2016 bid

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:59

Huckabee, the other man from Hope, opens 2016 bidFormer Gov. Mike Huckabee has declared his candidacy for president in the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton - Hope, Arkansas. It's his second run for the Republican nomination.


3 women killed in Chester Co. fire identified; cause determined

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:50

3 women killed in Chester Co. fire identified; cause accidentalAuthorities have identified the three women killed in Monday's fire in West Caln Township. Investigators say carelessly discarded smoking materials touched off the fire.


Theater victim feared she and her husband wouldn't survive

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:47

FILE - In this image taken from Colorado Judicial Department video, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, left rear in light-colored shirt, watches during testimony by witness Derick Spruel, upper right, on the second day of his trial in Centennial, Colo., Monday, April 27, 2015. Standing at left is prosecutor Lisa Teesch-Maguire. Defense attorneys have urged jurors not to let emotions sway them, but with weeks of harrowing testimony still to come, experts say James Holmes’ lawyers will have a difficult time convincing jurors to put sympathy behind them as they decide whether he was legally insane when he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in July 2012. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A newlywed woman who was wounded in the Colorado theater massacre testified Tuesday that when the shooting began, she told her husband she loved him because she feared they wouldn't survive.


3 women killed in Chester Co. fire identified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:46

3 women killed in Chester Co. fire identified; cause accidentalAuthorities have identified the three women killed in Monday's fire on Hill Road in West Caln Township, Chester County.


Texas gunman had happy childhood in Pakistan but struggled in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:41
By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Nadir Soofi, a gunman shot dead after opening fire at a Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, was a popular schoolboy in Pakistan but struggled to adjust to the United States after moving there as a teen, friends said on Tuesday. Soofi's story appeared to trace a familiar arc for some Western Islamists - disappointment, alienation, and a search for belonging that ended with the embrace of militancy. Friends in Pakistan, who studied with Soofi at the elite International School of Islamabad, were stunned to discover that police had identified him as was one of the attackers.

ISIS claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:25

ISIS claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attackA man whose social media presence was being scrutinized by federal authorities was one of two suspects in a shooting at a Texas cartoon contest featuring images of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, and the Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility.


Worker shocked in SW Phila.; 1,900 customers without power

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:18

Worker shocked in SW Phila.; 1,900 customers without powerNearly 2,000 power customers are without electricity after a worker suffered an electrical shock in Southwest Philadelphia on Tuesday.


Family of woman dropped on head by ambulance crew gets $1.5M

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:10
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — The family of a woman who suffered a brain hemorrhage and died days after an ambulance crew dropped her on her head has been awarded $1.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Ohio man arrested in Florida after 56 years on run

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 23:59
(Reuters) - An Ohio man who walked away from a prison farm in 1959 while serving sentence related to a manslaughter conviction has been arrested in Florida, authorities said on Tuesday. Frank Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, who had been living for about two decades in central Florida under the name William Harold Cox, was arrested without incident at his house in Melbourne on Monday afternoon by the U.S. Marshals Service, the service said. Freshwaters admitted his true identity, the service said. He is being held in the Brevard County jail without bond on a fugitive warrant while awaiting extradition to Ohio, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said.

Official: Seniors 'prank' school using trash, urine, animals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 23:55
MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say a senior "prank" at an East Tennessee high school that left the floors littered with trash, hay, urine and dead animals took things too far.

7-foot trench collapses outside New Jersey home; worker dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 23:33
SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — A 7-foot trench has collapsed outside a New Jersey home, killing a Maryland man who was working in a drainage ditch.

Prosecutor: Drug squad thought badge protected them from law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 23:27

 Drug squad thought badge protected them from lawA prosecutor giving closing arguments in a Philadelphia police corruption case says the defendants thought their crimes "would never see the light of day" because they carried badges.


Worker suffers electrical shock in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 23:24

Worker suffers electrical shock in Southwest PhiladelphiaA worker suffered an electrical shock on Tuesday morning in Southwest Philadelphia


Residents escape flames inside Strawberry Mansion house

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 23:17

Residents escape flames inside Strawberry Mansion houseResidents escaped a fire inside a house in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section early Tuesday morning.


Man accused of eating woman's organs charged with rape

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 22:27
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating some of her internal organs is facing a rape charge in the attack.

High-tech sensors help kids keep eye on aging parents

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 22:20

In this March 17, 2015 photo, Phil Dworsky shows off an app on his phone that displays the movements of his parents, Dorothy, 80, left, and Bill Dworsky, 81, rear, at their home in San Francisco. Each time an elder Dworksy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their home make notes on a digital logbook, which the younger Dworsky monitors daily on his smartphone. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook.