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Police: Teenager jumps on trains to elude officers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:12

 Teenager jumps on trains to elude officersA bizarre police chase on SEPTA's Market-Frankford El ended with a suspect trying to elude police by jumping on top of trains.


Tea party, lesson learned, plays nice this time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:11

FILE - This July 28, 2011 file photo shows Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., left, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The tea party may have learned its lesson. As Congress finishes work on a must-pass spending bill set for votes next week, the most conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill are eager to send a message on immigration, and stand firm against a government lending bank. But a year after they forced a 16-day partial government shutdown over President Barack Obama’s health care law, few seem to have the stomach to push their demands that far again. "No question we learned that with the aid of the news media the Democrats were able to pin the blame on us" for last year’s shutdown, said Brooks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The tea party may have learned its lesson.


Senators chide freight railroads on delays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators and shippers complained Wednesday that widespread delays in freight rail shipments are hurting a wide array of industries and driving some companies out of business, and they expressed doubt that the railroad companies are doing all they can to fix the problem.

Outgoing Justice Department official says more to come in bank probes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:06
Department of Justice, has a ready response for critics who question why few individuals have been charged for conduct tied to the financial crisis: just wait. "We are not done, we are not finished," said West, who was responsible for crafting a series of multi-billion dollar civil settlements with top banks JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Bank of America over shoddy mortgage bonds they sold in the run up to the 2008 crisis. He did not provide details about any additional actions the Justice Department may take against the banks or individuals. After spending more than five years at the Justice Department, including three years as head of the civil division, West leaves behind a legacy of nearly $37 billion in settlements that won him praise as a master negotiator who forced substantial penalties on banks that contributed to the crisis.

No charges in America's Cup drowning, San Francisco police say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:00

The Artemis Racing yacht is towed to shore after capsizing in the San Francisco Bay(Reuters) - No charges will be filed in connection with the death of a British Olympic sailing champion who drowned after the craft he was sailing during training for last year's America's Cup races capsized and broke apart in San Francisco Bay, police said. Andrew Simpson, 36, a two-time Olympic medalist and father of two young boys, suffered multiple blows to his head and body and drowned in the May 9, 2013 accident involving the 72-foot (22-meter) Artemis Racing catamaran. The San Francisco Police Department investigated the incident to see if charges should be pressed in connection with Simpson's death. "There is no evidence to support a criminal charge, so there are no criminal charges at all," Esparza said.


First death reported from California earthquake

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:56

File - In this Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Jamie Gudino cleans up the damage from an early morning earthquake in Napa, Calif. A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month's earthquake in California's wine country died Friday, Sept. 5, the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 temblor, sheriff's officials said. The earthquake has not claimed any other lives, but left scores of people injured, among them a 13-year-old boy who broke his pelvis in several places when part of a chimney collapsed on him. It was the strongest quake to hit the San Francisco Bay area since a magnitude-6.9 quake in 1989. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month's earthquake in California's wine country has died — the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 temblor, sheriff's officials said.


Business targeted by hacker: Lawyers have conflict

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:55
SEATTLE (AP) — A pizza chain targeted in a credit card hacking scheme told a federal judge this week that its former law firm has a conflict of interest in the case because it represents the son of a Russian lawmaker charged with hacking into businesses across the U.S.

Timeline leading to dad's arrest in 5 kids' deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:52
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man is accused killing his five children and dumping their bodies along a road in Alabama. Here is a timeline of events leading to his arrest and the discovery of the bodies, according to court records and authorities:

FAMU band member's family settles with bus company

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:49
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The family of a Florida A&M University drum major who died after being hazed has reached a settlement with the owner of the bus on which the hazing took place.

In New York's trendy SoHo, a cool million will buy a parking space

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:48
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York property developer is offering the uber-wealthy the opportunity to buy a condo parking spot for a cool $1 million - merely six times the value of a typical American home. The 10 parking spaces are for sale at 42 Crosby Street, the luxury apartment building under construction in the SoHo neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. Based on the $1 million price tag, the spots are probably the most expensive residential car spaces in the country, said the broker marketing the seven-story building. ...

Felon seen on Twitter holding guns gets 18 months

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:46

In this undated image released by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Kwmaine Davis holds a firearm in a photo he posted on Twitter. Davis was sentenced Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, to 18 months in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)BOSTON (AP) — In a photo he posted on Twitter, Kwmaine Davis had a big smile on his face as he held one gun in each hand at a shooting range. His message to his followers: "Yes, I'm really bout that action."


Puerto Rican pleads guilty to selling putrid pork

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:40
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Puerto Rico businessman has pleaded guilty to selling thousands of pounds (kilograms) of putrid pork in the U.S. territory for more than a year.

Obama outlining mission to fight Islamic militants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:40

Obama outlining mission to fight Islamic militantsThe president will outline an expanded military and political effort to combat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, possibly including airstrikes in Syria.


Nutter set to sign bill, decriminalizing marijuana in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:37

Nutter set to sign bill, decriminalizing marijuana in PhiladelphiaPeople caught carrying small amounts of marijuana could soon avoid a criminal record.


Clarification: Oklahoma Girls Killed story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:34
OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — In a July 31 story about a man pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the 2008 deaths of two girls and the 2011 death of his fiancee, Ashley Taylor, The Associated Press identified Faye Taylor as Ashley Taylor's mother. Faye Taylor says she raised Ashley since Ashley was a young girl. Ashley's birth mother is named Patricia Taylor.

Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:33

This undated image provided by NASA shows the ozone layer over the years, Sept. 17, 1979, top left, Oct. 7, 1989, top right, Oct. 9, 2006, lower left, and Oct. 1, 2010, lower right. Earth protective but fragile ozone layer is finally starting to rebound, says a United Nations panel of scientists. Scientists hail this as rare environmental good news, demonstrating that when the world comes together it can stop a brewing ecological crisis. (AP Photo/NASA)WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet.


Colorado woman must aid FBI as part of terror plea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:33

Ana and John Conley, parents of defendant Shannon Conley, exit the U.S. Federal courthouse following their daughter's plea hearing, at the U.S. Federal Courthouse, in Denver, Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014. Shannon Conley, a 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who federal authorities say intended to wage jihad has pleaded guilty under a deal that requires her to give authorities information about others with the same intentions. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A 19-year-old Colorado woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to help the militant Islamic State group under a plea deal in the terrorism case that requires her to give authorities information about other Americans with the same intentions.


Mississippi gambler accused of leaving toddler in car outside casino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:30
(Reuters) - A Mississippi father was accused of child neglect after deputies said he left his 1-year-old toddler in the car while he gambled for an hour in a casino. Martin Bass, 45, of Sarah, Miss., was released on a $500 bond, according to the report. The case is one of a slew of recent incidents around the country in which parents have left their young children in cars with sometimes dire results. Justin Ross Harris, 33, was indicted for murder last week in Georgia after his 22-month-old son died strapped into a car seat on a day when the outdoor temperature reached above 90 F. Harris claimed he forgot to drop his son off at a daycare center, but prosecutors said he intentionally killed the boy to shed the responsibility of fatherhood.

Imprisoned former Pennsylvania minister sentenced for wife's murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:29
By David DeKok Harrisburg Pa. (Reuters) - A former Methodist minister serving life in prison in Pennsylvania for the murder of his second wife was sentenced on Wednesday to up to 40 additional years for killing his first wife as well. Schirmer, 66, was sentenced last year to life in prison for the murder of his second wife, Betty Jean Schirmer, when he was pastor at the United Methodist Church in Reeders, Pennsylvania. Investigators then looked into the death of his first wife, Jewel Schirmer, in 1999. Schirmer told authorities he came home to the parsonage of Bethany United Methodist Church in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, to find his wife had fallen down the basement stairs and hit her head.

Lawsuit filed over inmate's death in NYC cell

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:29

Beverly Ann Griffin, the mother of Bradley Ballard, tries to hold back tears as her lawyer, Jonathan Abady, speaks during a news conference in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 after Griffin filed a wrongful death lawsuit against New York City. Griffin said her 39-year-old son, who was mentally ill and diabetic, was denied medication, ignored and neglected by jail guards and medical staff. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Sobbing as she read a heart-wrenching hand-written letter about her son, the mother of a mentally ill and diabetic inmate who died after spending seven days locked inside a Rikers Island jail cell announced Wednesday that she had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and its private jail health services contractor.