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Ohioans puzzled by quiz to get state-income tax refund

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:33

The Ohio Department of Taxation forms and information on fighting Identity Theft & Income Tax Fraud forms are displayed, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Cleveland. A new state quiz aimed at thwarting potential income tax fraud has left some Ohio taxpayers puzzled. The additional screening measures prompted 40,000 phone calls to the state’s tax department one recent morning, with many filers concerned about being duped by identity thieves, state officials said. Some residents have even alerted legislators, police and other local law enforcement officials. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of Ohioans are getting asked some curious questions online and over the phone lately, such as: How old is your grandchild? What brand of car do you have? How long is your mortgage?


Video shows Ohio man recounting 4 killings during drug binge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:25
BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who killed four others during a cocaine binge told investigators that two people knew about several of the slayings before the last one but apparently didn't notify authorities before he walked into a police station and confessed, according to newly released video of his two police interviews.

Two women survive after car falls off snowy New Jersey bridge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:22
(Reuters) - Two women survived with only minor injuries after the car they were traveling in careened up a snowbank on the side of a New Jersey bridge on Friday, plunged 60 feet and landed upright near the bank of a river, according to police and local media. The woman driving the car had swerved to avoid another vehicle before hitting a ramp-like pile of snow plowed against the railing of the bridge on Interstate 80 in Hackensack early Friday morning, the Record newspaper reported. The car landed on a fence about 40 feet from the banks of the Hackensack River, 10 miles west of New York City, the Record said. Emergency responders were able to cut the driver and her passenger free from the car, and both were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to Jeffrey Flynn, a spokesman for New Jersey State Police.

Warrants: NC suspect in shooting of Muslim students had at least 12 guns, large cache of ammo

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:19
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Warrants: NC suspect in shooting of Muslim students had at least 12 guns, large cache of ammo.

2 Al-Jazeera journalists walk free in Egypt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:17

Jehane Rashed, left, wife of Al-Jazeera English defendant Baher Mohammed, cries as she celebrates with a friend in a courthouse near Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. An Egyptian judge ordered Mohammed and another Al-Jazeera English journalist, Mohamed Fahmy, released on bail Thursday as their retrial on terror-related charges continues. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)CAIRO (AP) — Two Al-Jazeera journalists walked free from an Egyptian prison Friday and were reunited with loved ones after more than a year behind bars on terror-related charges that drew international criticism from human rights and media groups.


North Carolina mother says has winning ticket in $564 million Powerball

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:16
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina mother of four says she bought one of the three winning tickets sold in the estimated $564.1 million U.S. Powerball lottery, but state lottery officials did not expect the prize to be claimed on Friday. Television news station WECT reported the numbers on 26-year-old Marie Holmes' ticket matched those from the Wednesday night jackpot drawing, the third largest in the game's history and one of the largest lottery jackpots ever in the United States. "I guess when it hits my account, that's when it's really going to hit me." North Carolina lottery officials said on Friday they had not yet received the winning ticket, sold at a convenience store in the coastal town of Shallotte. The three winners will split the jackpot, which they have 180 days to claim, lottery officials noted in a news release.

Rescue group takes in cats from area near Hawaii lava flow

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:16
HILIO, Hawaii (AP) — An animal rescue group is taking in stray cats near an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island.

Don McLean's 'American Pie' manuscript to be auctioned in NY

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:10
NEW YORK (AP) — Bye, bye, Miss American Pie.

Mom torches house where her daughter was raped and killed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 04:50

Mom torches house where her daughter was raped and killedOne woman was able to burn down the house where her daughter was raped and killed.


Timeline of ethics issues surrounding Oregon governor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 04:31

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, middle, is joined by his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, as he is sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term by Senior Judge Paul J. De Muniz in Salem, Ore. As an ethics controversy has prompted calls for Oregon's governor to resign, the woman who would replace him has abruptly left a conference in Washington, D.C., to return home. It wasn't clear whether the unscheduled return of Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, had anything to do with the influence-peddling allegations surrounding Kitzhaber's fiancee, Cylvia Hayes. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)Just weeks after being sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation following allegations his fiancée used their relationship to win contracts for her consulting business and failed to report income on her taxes.


Panel sends Newtown report to governor, hopes it has impact

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 04:31
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut commission that's been reviewing the deadly Newtown school shooting for two years agreed Friday to send its final recommendations to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, hoping the proposals for addressing school safety, gun violence and mental health will be heeded nationwide.

Google, Mattel try to bring View-Master into 21st century

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 04:29

This undated photo provided by Mattel shows an updated View-Master. Mattel and Google are trying to bring the 75-year-old View-Master into the 21st century, updating the iconic stereoscopic photo viewer with smartphone compatibility and virtual reality technology. Mattel Inc. and Google Inc. unveiled the virtual reality viewer Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at Mattel’s New York City office. The device launches in the fall, so the companies had no finished product to show off. (AP Photo/Mattel) NO SALESNEW YORK (AP) — Mattel and Google are trying to bring the 75-year-old View-Master into the 21st century — with some help from smartphones and virtual reality technology.


Lawyer to state: Powerball winner will wait to claim prize

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 04:26
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A lawyer has told North Carolina lottery officials that a client with a winning Powerball ticket is waiting to claim the prize.

Smoke fills San Francisco rail station after spark on track

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 04:20

45 a.m., and passengers experienced delays of several minutes, but no injuries or damage were reported. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco rail station filled with smoke Friday due to sparking from a track insulator, officials said. No injuries or damage were reported.


Researchers test device to help deaf children detect sounds

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 04:08

In this photo taken Feb. 11, 2015, Angelica Lopez, 3, smiles during a therapy session at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Angelica was born deaf and received an auditory brainstem implant to allow her to hear some sounds in a research study at USC. U.S. researchers are implanting a device on the brain stems of a small number of deaf children to see if it will help them learn to hear. The studies are aimed at children who don’t have working hearing nerves and thus don’t qualify for a more common technology, cochlear implants. The implants stimulate brain cells that those nerves normally target. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)WASHINGTON (AP) — At age 3, Angelica Lopez is helping to break a sound barrier for deaf children.


Facts about Pennsylvania's death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 04:05

In this file photo from June 29, 1988 murder-kidnap-rape suspect Gary Heidnik, is escorted from a holding cell. Heidnik, executed by lethal injection on July 6, 1999, was the last person to have the death penalty enforced upon in Pennsylvania. Newly elected Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in the state on Friday Feb. 13, 2015, calling the current system of capital punishment "error-prone, expensive and anything but infallible." (AP Photo/George Widman,FILE)Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a moratorium on executions in Pennsylvania on Friday. Some details about his action, the reaction and the death penalty:


Yale fraternity banned for sex misconduct policy violation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 04:02
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A fraternity has been banned from Yale University's campus for two years over an initiation ceremony that violated the school's sexual misconduct policy, the Ivy League university announced Friday.

Obama condemns 'outrageous murders' in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 03:45

A student from Georgetown University, who asked not to be named, sings the call to prayer as a group of Muslim people and their supporters prepare to say the Friday prayers outside the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in the wake of the murder of three young North Carolina Muslims. The gathering was in memory of the Chapel Hill shooting victims, and to press federal authorities for a hate crime investigation.? (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has made his first comments about the three young Muslims who were shot to death in North Carolina — saying no one in America should ever be targeted "because of who they are, what they look like or how they worship."


Millersville University busing students to slain freshman's funeral

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 03:41

Millersville University busing students to slain freshman's funeralA Pennsylvania university is providing transportation for students to attend the funeral of a freshman found dead early Sunday inside a campus dormitory.


Actor Emile Hirsch in rehab after alleged assault: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 03:40

Actor Emile Hirsch attends the premiere of the film "Ten Thousand Saints" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah(Reuters) - Actor Emile Hirsch, star of the film "Into the Wild," was being treated at an alcohol rehabilitation facility after he allegedly assaulted a film executive at the Sundance Film Festival last month in Utah, his lawyer said. The actor had been drinking heavily that night and had no memory of the Jan. 25 incident, lawyer Robert Offer said in a statement on Thursday. Hirsch checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation facility a few days later, Offer said. Hirsch, 29, was charged on Thursday with felony aggravated assault for allegedly putting Daniele Bernfeld, Paramount Pictures' vice president of digital entertainment, in a chokehold at the TAO Nightclub in Park City, Utah.