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Aid worker with Ebola improving; returning to US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 03:24

Jeremy Writebol holds a photograph of his mother and father before an interview with a reporter in Wichita, Kan., Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Jeremy is the son of Nancy Writebol, a missionary stricken with Ebola. Nancy Writebol is expected to fly Tuesday to the U.S. for treatment, following a colleague who was admitted over the weekend to Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)ATLANTA (AP) — An American missionary with Ebola is getting better and has received the second dose of an experimental treatment, according to the aid organization she works for in West Africa's Liberia.


No bail for Philly officer in racketeering case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 03:23
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — At least one Philadelphia police officer charged in a violent corruption case is being held without bail until trial.

Man admits posing as woman cabby, stealing money

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 03:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who prosecutors say dressed as a woman cab driver has pleaded guilty to talking drunken passengers into giving him their ATM cards and PINs and withdrawing hundreds of dollars from their accounts instead of the fares of $10 to $40.

Defendant in Michigan porch shooting testifies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 02:50
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man on trial in the shooting death of an unarmed woman who showed up on his porch last November has testified that he would have liked a home security system but couldn't afford one.

US airfares on the rise, outpacing inflation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 02:50

FILE - In this July 17, 2013 file photo, a United Airlines jet approaching Los Angeles International Airport passes in front of a Waxing Gibbous moon. Airfare is up 10.7 percent in the past five years _ after adjusting for inflation _ according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes ticket transactions for airlines and more than 9,400 travel agencies, including websites such as Expedia and Orbitz. ( AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Travelers, prepare to pay more for your flight.


Sheriff: Focus on dad as shooter in murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 02:45

police investigate the home where a family of five were found shot to death Sunday nightCULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Clarence and Shauna Washington hosted a Fourth of July bash for their friends and family, and their three daughters loved to play with neighbors and ride bikes in their close-knit cluster of homes just outside the historic, quaint town of Culpeper.


California's new state budget emphasizes funding for education

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 02:37
California's newest budget package of $152.3 billion in state spending emphasizes large increases for education, pays down debts, and proposes a 32-year plan to fully fund the teachers' pension system, the state's nonpartisan fiscal and policy advisor said on Monday California's Legislative Analyst's Office released details on the state's preliminary fiscal 2014-2015 budget plan, which assumes an 8.6 percent increase over last year's spending. The LAO will release a final version of its budget summary this fall.

White supremacist sentenced for carjacking deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 02:37
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — White supremacist David "Joey" Pedersen (PED-er-sun) has been sentenced to life in prison for the carjacking murders of an Oregon teenager he mistakenly thought was Jewish and of a black man in Northern California.

Dover woman charged with stabbing, beating boyfriend

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 02:37

Dover woman charged with stabbing, beating boyfriendA Dover, Delaware woman is facing charges after police say she stabbed her boyfriend in the hand.


2 kids removed from missing Washington girl's home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 02:26

This undated photo provided by the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office shows Jenise Paulette Wright. Kitsap County sheriff's deputies are searching for Jenise, 6, who is missing and was last seen Saturday night, Aug. 2, 2014, at her home in east Bremerton, Wash. Jenise is 3 feet tall, weighs 45 pounds and has black hair. She'll be a first-grader this coming school year. (AP Photo/Kitsap County Sheriff's Office)BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — Child welfare workers have removed two other children from the Washington home where a 6-year-old disappeared.


Water safe to drink in Ohio's fourth-largest city

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 02:24

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins raises a glass of tap water before drinking it during a news conference in Toledo, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. A water ban that had hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio and Michigan scrambling for drinking water has been lifted, Collins announced Monday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two days after warning some 400,000 people in Ohio and Michigan not to drink their tap water, the mayor of Ohio's fourth-largest city declared on Monday that the water was now safe and took a sip.


Detroit residents get more time to deal with unpaid water bills

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 02:23
By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - Detroit residents with unpaid water bills now have 21 more days to pay or set up a payment plan as the city reassesses its policy on how to deal with a $90 million backlog in unpaid bills, the mayor said on Monday. Experts from the United Nations called the shutoffs "an affront to human rights," saying the city's high poverty and unemployment rates make paying mounting water bills impossible for a significant portion of the population. About 90,000 residential and business water accounts are still delinquent in the Detroit area, most of them in the city of 689,000 people, others in surrounding areas. The controversy made its way into the city's ongoing bankruptcy proceedings last month when Judge Steven Rhodes, who is presiding over the city's plan to exit Chapter 9 bankruptcy, criticized the city, saying the mass shutoffs were bringing "bad publicity for the city it doesn't need." In response, emergency manager Kevyn Orr handed control of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department to Mayor Mike Duggan who promised a more streamlined, and fair, response to those with delinquent bills.

Son: Mother's Ebola should spark push for cure

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 02:14

Jeremy Writebol holds a photograph of his mother and father before an interview with a reporter in Wichita, Kan., Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Jeremy is the son of Nancy Writebol, a missionary stricken with Ebola. Nancy Writebol is expected to fly Tuesday to the U.S. for treatment, following a colleague who was admitted over the weekend to Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)ATLANTA (AP) — Missionary Nancy Writebol, one of two known Americans stricken with Ebola, wasn't looking to abandon her overseas work. But Jeremy Writebol believes his 59-year-old mother can yield a greater good from her impending return to the United States amid West Africa's worst-ever outbreak of the often-deadly virus.


Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty in federal court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 02:13
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker who faced nearly 20 federal bank-fraud charges that could have landed him in prison for decades pleaded guilty Monday to a single misdemeanor tax count for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,700.

Syracuse University ranks as No. 1 party school

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 02:13

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2010, file photo, the Syracuse student section erupts during an NCAA college football game against Maine in Syracuse, N.Y. The Princeton Review’s annual rankings of campus life issue, released Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, put the Orange at No. 1 on the list of the nation’s top party schools. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli, File)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation's top party school.


Gay marriage arguments ring a bell in Cincinnati

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 02:11

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 file photo, Cincinnati city councilman Chris Seelbach at a council meeting in Cincinatti. Seelbach lead a years-long effort to gain repeal in 2004 of the city's 11-year-old ban on gay rights laws. and became the city’s first openly gay councilman in 2011. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati about the constitutionality of marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. Cincinnati has been the scene before of heated debate over gay rights.(AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — For Chris Seelbach, the legal challenges to state bans on gay marriage being argued this week in Cincinnati mark another milestone — not just for gay rights, but for the city he calls home.


Firearms expert testifies in porch shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 02:06
DETROIT (AP) — A firearms expert testified Monday that a Detroit-area homeowner and an unarmed 19-year-old woman on his porch were both apparently standing close to his screen door when he shot her through it, killing her.

Former White House press secretary Jim Brady dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 01:58

FILE- This March 30, 2011 file photo shows former White House press secretary James Brady who was left paralyzed in the Reagan assassination attempt during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington marking the 30th anniversary of the shooting. A Brady family spokeswoman says Brady has died at 73. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of James Brady, the White House press secretary who was wounded during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, says he has died. Brady was 73.


Boy, 6, drives toy car onto NY parkway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 01:56

This Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 photo provided by the Westchester County police in White Plains, N.Y. shows the toy ATV used by a 6-year-old boy to drive onto the Bronx River Parkway. Several drivers formed a slow-moving shield around the boy on his battery-powered toy and got him safely off the roadway. (AP Photo/Westchester County Police)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy drove his battery-powered toy car onto a suburban parkway before grown-up motorists rescued him, police said Monday.


UN envoys record WWI poems for 100th anniversary

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 01:55
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. ambassadors from 14 countries whose soldiers fought in World War I have recorded poems about the conflict written by their best-known poets.