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Man, hostage dead after Southern Calif. standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:05
HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a hostage standoff at a San Bernardino County home ended with the shooting deaths of a woman and a man who was holding her hostage. Two small children also held hostage came away safe.

Obama seeks to restore trust with disappointed Latinos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:05

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his meeting with India's PM Narendra Modi at the White House in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After enraging Latino voters last month by delaying promised immigration reforms, President Barack Obama is expected to assure Hispanic-American lawmakers on Thursday that he is on their side and help is on the way. Obama, who for the past two years missed the annual gala held by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will return to the group and reiterate his ongoing commitment to immigration reform, according to a White House official. ...


U.S. report cites safety lapses at New Mexico nuclear lab

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:56
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Chronic lapses in safety procedures at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico may have led to a radiation leak that has forced a prolonged shutdown across the state of the only permanent U.S. nuclear waste repository, federal inspectors said on Wednesday. The inspectors, in a sharply critical report, sought to explain how a barrel of plutonium-tainted debris from the nuclear weapons lab near Santa Fe ended up improperly packaged before it was shipped off for burial 300 miles away at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. ...

14-year-old girl shot in Wissinoming

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:30

14-year-old girl shot in WissinomingAuthorities say a 14-year-old girl was shot in Philadelphia's Wissinoming section.


Exclusive: U.S. nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola waste

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:03

General view of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasBy Patrick Rucker and Julie Steenhuysen WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official said on Wednesday. Experts have warned that conflicting U.S. regulations over how such waste should be transported could make it very difficult for U.S. hospitals to safely care for patients with Ebola, a messy disease that causes diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases, bleeding from the eyes and ears. ...


AccuWeather: Dry Start to October

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:55

 Dry Start to OctoberMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a rainy start to the weekend, followed by a cool down.


Officials: Fire that killed Cooper Health CEO, wife was intentionally set

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:51

 Fire that killed Cooper Health CEO, wife was intentionally setAuthorities say a house fire that killed the CEO of the Camden-based Cooper Health System and his wife was intentionally set.


Man killed, woman injured in apparent Kensington hammer attack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:50

Man killed, woman injured in apparent Kensington hammer attackPhiladelphia police are investigating an apparent hammer attack in Kensington that left a man dead and a woman injured.


Teen arrested over string of Washington state arson fires

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:42
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A teenager who said he was unhappy with his family's recent move to Washington state was charged Wednesday with setting nearly two dozen fires in vacant homes and parched grassland outside Spokane over the past three weeks, fire officials said. The 16-year-old male suspect, who was not identified because of his age, was charged with multiple counts of arson in connection with the 23 blazes set since Sept. 9 in suburbs south of Spokane, the second-largest city in Washington. ...

Tweet about Ferguson grand jury sparks probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:29

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, left, speaks before protesters in front of the Ferguson Police Department, on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Prosecutors are investigating a Twitter post claiming that grand jurors hearing evidence in the police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old near St. Louis haven't seen enough evidence to justify prosecuting the officer.


Boy, 7, fatally struck by car in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:25

Boy, 7, fatally struck by car in Tioga-NicetownA child was killed after he was first struck by a car and then trapped underneath the vehicle in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown section.


Hawaii lava flow stalls but expected to restart

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:19
By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - A stream of volcanic lava menacing communities on the Big Island of Hawaii has stalled in its tracks after creeping toward populated areas for weeks but is expected to begin moving again fairly soon, scientists and local officials said on Wednesday. The June 27th flow, named for the date it first bubbled out of the Kilauea Volcano, had been headed toward the town of Pahoa and was threatening to cut off a major highway and another road, officials said during a briefing with reporters. ...

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:45

FILE- In this Oct. 11, 2009 file photo, Secret Service Agent Joseph Clancy, right, walks behind President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their, children Sasha, right, and Malia, second from left, walk back to the White House after attending St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday, a day after bitingly critical questioning by Congress about a White House security breach. There had been increasing calls for her departure during the day. Pierson will be replaced by Clancy, a former special agent in charge of the president's protective detail who retired in 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Police: Phelps' eyes, speech affected at DUI stop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:23

40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.(AP Photo/David Goldman, File)BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps registered .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test after he was stopped on a speeding violation, according to charging documents released Wednesday.


US student rallies support Hong Kong protesters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:14

People hold up customized umbrellas during a rally in New York's Times Square, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Students bearing umbrellas as a sign of solidarity gathered at rallies in several U.S. cities to show support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Students bearing umbrellas as a sign of solidarity gathered at rallies in several U.S. cities on Wednesday to show support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.


Ten percent of female University of Oregon students raped: survey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:09

In this Aug. 5, 2013 photo, water flows near a reflecting pool outside the new 145,000-square-foot University of Oregon Football Performance Center on the University of Oregon campus Eugene, Ore. The glass facade reflects the Casanova Center, which houses non-football athletic operations. (AP Photo/Brian Davies)By Lee van der Voo PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - About 10 percent of female University of Oregon students surveyed have been raped while attending the school and the vast majority of those sexual assault cases were never reported to campus officials, school researchers found. The findings come after the school faced criticism over its handling of an alleged rape involving three basketball players that preceded the resignation of former university president Michael Gottfredson. ...


Police made tough call with UVa student missing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:50

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Virginia State Police, missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, of Roanoke County, Va., is shown. Police say the investigation into the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has turned up a lead in Harrington's 2009 disappearance and death. (AP Photo/Virginia State Police, File)McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Police have revealed next to nothing about the evidence they have against Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., and they won't have to for months to come.


Judge to make final ruling on Stockton bankruptcy late October

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:38

A view of downtown Stockton, California is reflected in a windowBy Robin Respaut SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The judge presiding over the Stockton, California, bankruptcy case said on Wednesday that he will wait until late October to make a final ruling over whether the city can exit bankruptcy. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said he was "not in a position to make a decision right now." Earlier in the day, Klein surprised the courtroom by ruling that the city's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the world's largest pension fund, could be rejected. ...


Police officer drives car and does CPR on toddler at same time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:26

Police officer drives car and does CPR on toddler at same timeA New York police sergeant thought he was just pulling over a speeder; instead it turned out to be a frantic dad trying to get help for his son.


Artist creates huge dirt portrait on National Mall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:18

 "Out of many, One," created in the landscape of the National Mall, left. The six-acre portrait by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada was made of sand and topsoil and can be viewed from the Washington Monument, or from space. The World War II Memorial is in the foreground and the Lincoln Memorial is in the background. (AP Photo/Mark Gulezian, Smithsonian)WASHINGTON (AP) — A giant portrait of a young man's face has emerged in the landscape of the National Mall in the first such public artwork commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery.