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Suspect sought in linen store robbery in Rhawnhurst

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 00:14

Suspect sought in linen store robbery in RhawnhurstPolice are searching for the suspect who robbed a linen store in the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia Friday night.


Navy debuts robot that can fight fires aboard ships

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 23:55
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy has developed a prototype of a man-sized robot to do one of the most dangerous jobs aboard any ship: fighting a fire.

Contractor: Demo plan was flawed in deadly overpass collapse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 23:50

FILE-This Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 file photo shows work continues in the aftermath of the bridge collapse on Interstate 75, in Cincinnati. A highway construction company says a flawed demolition plan contributed to the collapse of an overpass that killed a worker in Cincinnati last month. A statement released Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 by Kokosing Construction says it has shared the preliminary findings with federal and state investigators. The parents of 35-year-old Brandon Carl of Augusta, Kentucky, are suing Ohio's Department of Transportation. The father of four died Jan. 19 while working to remove the Interstate 75 ramp bridge in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/The The Cincinnati Enquirer, Liz Dufour, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — A flawed demolition plan contributed to the collapse of a highway overpass that killed a construction worker in Cincinnati last month, the contractor for the construction project said.


Questions on plaintiffs unlikely to derail health lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 23:39

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is seen on a laptop screen in Portland, Ore. The court will hear arguments in early March over whether the health care law allows people in states that have not set up their own insurance markets to receive federal tax credits to bring down the cost of health insurance. The number of people without health insurance could rise by 8 million people if the subsidies disappeared, two independent think tanks have estimated. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite questions about four challengers' legal right to bring their lawsuit, the Supreme Court probably will not be deterred from deciding whether millions of people covered by the health care overhaul are eligible for the subsidies that make their insurance affordable.


Zaha Hadid brings her creative touch to Miami skyline

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 23:22

Developers Harvey and Louis Birdman stand with architect Zaha Hadid to toss sand at a ground-breaking ceremony for her residential tower in MiamiBy David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - For renowned international architect Zaha Hadid, something in Miami never added up: the architecture didn't match the city. The city lacked residences to back up its diverse, international population and burgeoning reputation for high-end culture, including Art Basel, a large, annual contemporary fair.With that in mind, she recently broke ground on her luxury tower on Miami's downtown bayfront. Employing her trademark sinewy curves and column-free spaces, the structure will twist over 700 feet into the sky to provide views reaching across Biscayne Bay and past Miami Beach to the Atlantic Ocean. Billed as offering a "six--star lifestyle" with a private rooftop helipad, scented ambiances and an indoor aquatic center, it seeks to set a new standard in Miami's growing number of luxury residencies with prices starting at $6 million.


Kerosene heater blamed for deadly fire in Southwest Philadelphia home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 22:39

Kerosene heater blamed for deadly fire in Southwest Philadelphia homeOfficials say a kerosene heater may be the blame for a fire that claimed the life of a man inside a home in Southwest Philadelphia late Friday night.


Officer injured in confrontation with suspect in Bucks Co.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 22:30

Officer injured in confrontation with suspect in Bucks Co.A police officer was injured after a confrontation with a suspect at a 7-Eleven in Morrisville, Pennsylvania Saturday morning.


Hate crime prosecutions rare in NC, often difficult to prove

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 21:00

Namee Barakat, center, watches during funeral services for his son, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Wendell, N.C. Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were found dead Tuesday at their home near the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus. Charged with three counts of first-degree murder is Craig Stephen Hicks. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Relatives of the three Muslim college students killed in North Carolina are pressing for hate crime charges against the alleged shooter, but legal experts say such cases are relatively rare and can be difficult to prove.


AccuWeather: Dangerous, blinding snow squalls Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 20:29

 Dangerous, blinding snow squalls Saturday afternoon.Meteorologist Chris Sowers says whiteout conditions possible Saturday, followed by bitter cold.


Officer injured in confrontation with suspect in Falls Twp., Pa,

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 20:22

Officer injured in confrontation with suspect in Bucks Co.A police officer was injured after a confrontation with a suspect at a 7-Eleven in Falls Township, Pennsylvania Saturday morning.


Islamic leader: College killings bear symptoms of hate crime

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 20:00

Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, left, the father of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, and Namee Barakat, right, the father of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, mourn during a funeral service at the Method Road Soccer Complex, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, on the North Carolina State campus in Raleigh, N.C. The three were shot to death Tuesday, Feb. 10, in what police described as a long-standing argument over parking spaces at the condominium complex where Barakat had lived for more than a year. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Corey Lowenstein) MANDATORY CREDITCHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The leader of the world's largest bloc of Muslim countries says the slaying of three college students in North Carolina has raised international concerns about "rising anti-Muslim sentiments and Islamophobic acts" in the United States.


Water main break closes part of road in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 19:58

Water main break closes part of road in Hunting ParkCrews are on the scene of a water main break that has closed part of a road in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section early Saturday morning.


Coroner orders inquest in fatal police shooting in Washington state: paper

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 17:46
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state coroner has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting by police of a man who was throwing rocks at the officers in an incident captured on video, according to a newspaper report on Saturday. Franklin County coroner Dan Blasdel ordered the review to determine whether the killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in the city of Pasco, about 200 miles (320 km) southeast of Seattle, was justified or reckless, the Tri-City Herald reported. His shooting comes amid heightened tension over policing in the United States after incidents including the killings of two unarmed black men last year by white police officers in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson and New York City.

'American Sniper' murder trial centers on competency

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 16:44

Erath County District Attorney Alan Nash carries a photo of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh handcuffed in the back of a Lancaster Police car the night of his arrest, during Routh's capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. The photo, made by Texas Ranger David Armstrong, was offered as evidence by Nash. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley, Pool)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — While defense attorneys mount an insanity defense for the former Marine on trial in the shooting deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, prosecutors have described Eddie Ray Routh as a troubled drug user who knew right from wrong. Criminal law experts say the case hinges on whether the defense can prove Routh did not know that the killings constituted a crime.


Vaccine opposition has ebbed and flowed over centuries

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 16:43

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 1954 file photo, Dr. Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine, holds a rack of test tubes in his lab in Pittsburgh, Pa. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — They're considered one of mankind's greatest medical achievements, yet people have balked at vaccines almost since the time of the first vaccination — in 1796, when an English country doctor named Edward Jenner inoculated an 8-year-old boy against smallpox.


Police say robbers wore underwear disguises; 2 arrested

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 16:28
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say two men have been arrested in a southern Oregon convenience store robbery in which the robbers' "hoods" were actually boxer brief-style underwear in a camouflage pattern.

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over US base in Japan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 16:07
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop construction of a U.S. military base in Japan that it said would harm the Okinawa dugong, an endangered marine mammal related to the manatee.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 16:05
"I finally said, 'This has got to stop.'" — Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney, who urged Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign, which he did in light of a deepening influence-peddling scandal.

Kevin Hart indifferent to Sony executive Amy Pascal's firing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 15:54

In this image released by Starpix, comedian Kevin Hart arrives at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Hart says he never had any "hard feelings" toward former Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal. And now that she's been forced to step down, he just wants to distance himself from last year's Sony cyber-attack and release of offensive emails from Pascal and other executives that mentioned Hart and others.


UN ends support for Congo military offensive against rebels

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 15:28
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is formally ending its support for a Congo military offensive against a rebel group after two Congolese generals linked to human rights violations were picked to lead the operation.