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Things to know about Chronicle of Philanthropy's top donors

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 04:46
The Chronicle of Philanthropy in Washington released its annual list Sunday of the top 50 American donors to nonprofit organizations in 2014. Here are five things to know about their contributions:

Shooting in Atlanta suburb kills five, including 2 children

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 03:54
By Rich McKay Douglasville, Ga. (Reuters) - A father went on a shooting rampage this weekend, killing his ex-wife, her boyfriend, and two children before taking his own life in a suburban Atlanta neighborhood, authorities said. The massacre at the former wife's home near Douglasville, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Atlanta, left two other children on life support, authorities said on Sunday. The shooter chased his daughter into the street and shot her in Saturday's incident, said Randy Daniel, coroner for Douglas County, Georgia. The four children's ages ranged from seven to 15 years, authorities said.

Mark Twain plaque stolen from New York gravesite recovered

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 03:34
ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a bronze plaque stolen from Mark Twain's gravesite in upstate New York has been recovered in good condition.

Officials: Teen accused in boy's death took selfie with body

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 03:22
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a western Pennsylvania teenager charged in the shooting death of another teen took a selfie with the body and sent it to a friend on social media.

Police ID man they say killed 2 adults, 2 children, himself

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 03:20

Police stand in the doorway of a home while investigating the shooting scene where authorities say five people are dead, including the gunman, in Douglasville, Ga. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Douglas County Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Daniel said the gunman shot six people before fatally shooting himself, and the two surviving victims are children, but children are also among the dead. (AP Photo/David Goldman)DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say they have identified the gunman who took his own life after killing four people and injuring two in a quiet neighborhood near Atlanta.


Jenner phone records, texts could be issue during crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 03:06

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies investigate the scene of a car crash where one person was killed and at least seven other's were injured, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner was in one of the cars involved in the four-vehicle crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., that killed a woman, Los Angeles County authorities said. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)MALIBU, California (AP) — Authorities will likely ask Olympic gold medalist and Kardashian family patriarch Bruce Jenner to provide his cellphone to determine if he was texting when he was behind the wheel of an SUV involved in a multi-vehicle crash in Malibu that killed a woman.


Man, 32, accused of driving drunk to Sonic with child in tow

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 02:54

Man, 32, accused of driving drunk to Sonic with child in towA 32-year-old man was arrested at a Houston-area Sonic after he allegedly drove to the fast food restaurant drunk with a child in the car


NJ auto repair shop owner sentenced on child porn charges

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 02:44

NJ auto repair shop owner sentenced on child porn chargesA man who had dozens of child pornography images and videos on a computer at his auto repair business has been sentenced to five years in state prison.


Teenager charged for shooting in mall near Pittsburgh

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 02:31

Tarod Thornhill is seen in an undated photo provided by the Allegheny County Police Department. Thornhill, 17,was arrested early Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at a residence in Brackenridge, Pa., and charged as an adult with aggravated assault, attempted homicide, and recklessly endangering other people in a Saturday shooting at a Pittsburgh-area mall. Police Chief Douglas Cole said two men and a woman were shot, including the man who was targeted. He said the two men were in critical condition, while the woman was in stable condition. (AP Photo/Allegheny County Police Department)By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A 17-year-old youth has been charged in connection with a shooting that wounded three people, two of them critically, at a Macy's department store in a mall outside Pittsburgh, police said on Sunday. The suspect, Tarod Thornhill, faces adult charges of attempted homicide and three counts of aggravated assault, the Allegheny County Police Department said in a statement. The shooting took place at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Monroeville Mall, about 12 miles east of Pittsburgh. Thornhill was arrested at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday at a residence in Brackenridge, about 20 miles north of the crime scene, authorities said.


NFL concussion deal appears near, but concerns remain

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 02:11
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The potential $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion claims appears very close to winning final approval from a federal judge, to the chagrin of critics who believe the plan remains murky or pays too little to struggling former players.

AccuWeather: Even Milder Sunday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:55

 Even Milder SundayMeteorologist Chris Sowers says this afternoon's mild temperatures give way to sleet and freezing rain tomorrow.


Once kids' safe zone, shop gets new focus in Patz case trial

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:51

FILE - In this April 19, 2012 file photo, FBI and NYPD law enforcement officials search a SoHo basement at the corner of Wooster and Prince streets, center, for the possible remains of the child, Etan Patz, who was last seen near the search location on his way to school in 1979. With a cherished dollar in hand and a soda in mind, Patz headed toward the corner store that the neighborhood kids knew as a safe haven, a place their parents told them go in case of emergency. But that comfort zone became the scene of one of the nation’s most notorious crimes against children, prosecutors say, when a stock clerk choked Etan in the store basement (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — With a prized dollar in hand and a treat in mind, Etan Patz headed toward the corner store that the neighborhood kids knew as a safe haven, a place their parents told them to go in case of emergency.


Illinois power plant at center of Midwest rate fights

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:38
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — High electric bills and environmental skepticism in towns across the Midwest are causing customers to wonder if they've been duped as power suppliers work to recoup investments in a financially troubled Illinois generating plant and coal mine.

Growing U.S. hog herd, flat Chinese demand slams pork prices

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:28

A pig stands in a holding pen at the 2014 World Pork Expo in Des MoinesBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - For decades, Chuck Souder relied on corn and soybeans to keep his 400-acre Iowa farm running, but with corn selling for half its price two years ago and soybeans slumping, Souder has shifted to what he hopes will be a more profitable crop: Pigs. “The question is, will [consumers] switch back from chicken to pork?” CONSTRUCTION CRAZE The hog barn boom in rural America began as meat packers like Tyson Foods Inc , Seaboard Foods, JBS USA [JBS.UL] and Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] pushed farmers to rebuild quickly after the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus killed an estimated 8.5 million piglets in 27 states.


Police: Facebook post may have prompted Somerton robbery

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:28

 Somerton robbery suspects referenced victim's Instagram postsPolice say a social media post about inheritance may have led three armed suspects to break into a home in the Somerton section of Philadelphia.


Officials: Montgomery County teen does not have measles

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:27

 Montgomery County teen does not have measlesA 15-year-old Montgomery County boy with a suspected case of measles has been given the all clear, officials announced Sunday.


Once-paralyzed player is rapidly climbing political ladder

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:09

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, Adam Taliaferro, alumni of Penn State University, who along with Eric LeGrand, alumni of Rutgers University, are two college football players who suffered serious spinal cord injuries on the field, answers a question before the two visited children at PSE&G Children's Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. Taliaferro is a newly minted New Jersey state lawmaker. It is the latest step in a rapid rise up the public service ladder for a political neophyte who says he is motivated by helping others. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Every step used to be a miracle for Adam Taliaferro. Now the onetime Penn State defensive back — whose NFL dreams were ended by a devastating spinal cord injury — is running.


AP-GfK Poll: Majority approves of Obama job on unemployment

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:02

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, job hunters line up for interviews at an employment fair sponsored by the New York State Department of Labor, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Associated Press-GfK poll finds Americans' views of Obama have improved slightly in the past two months, as have opinions on the direction of the country and the strength of the economy. Bump up for his handling of unemployment. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' views of President Barack Obama have improved slightly in the past two months, and opinions are more positive about the direction of the country and the health of the economy, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds.


Diddy sends his vodka to Grammy parties in his place

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:54

FILE - In this July 26, 2013 file photo, Sean "Diddy" Combs of the new network Revolt TV addresses reporters at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Police say an Arizona man is accusing hip-hop mogul Combs of punching him in the face at a Super Bowl party. Sgt. Ben Hoster of the Scottsdale Police Department said Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, that Steven Donaldson cussed at the rapper for not performing at the party, drawing the punch. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean "Diddy" Combs isn't going to any Grammy parties, but his vodka will be at all of them.


Supplements industry derides NY attorney general's DNA tests

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:45

A man leaves a GNC store, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 in New York. Numerous store brand supplements aren’t what their labels claim to be, an ongoing investigation of popular herbal supplements subjected to DNA testing has found, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday. GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreen Co. sold supplements that either couldn’t be verified to contain the labeled substance or that contained ingredients not listed on the label, according to Schneiderman's office. “We stand by the quality, purity and potency of all ingredients listed on the labels of our private label products,” said GNC spokeswoman Laura Brophy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — DNA barcoding has exposed some infamous cases of food fraud, like cheap catfish sold as pricey grouper and expensive "sheep's milk" cheese that was really made from cow's milk.