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Worker shocked in SW Phila.; 1,900 customers without power

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:18

Worker shocked in SW Phila.; 1,900 customers without powerNearly 2,000 power customers are without electricity after a worker suffered an electrical shock in Southwest Philadelphia on Tuesday.


Family of woman dropped on head by ambulance crew gets $1.5M

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:10
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — The family of a woman who suffered a brain hemorrhage and died days after an ambulance crew dropped her on her head has been awarded $1.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Ohio man arrested in Florida after 56 years on run

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 23:59
(Reuters) - An Ohio man who walked away from a prison farm in 1959 while serving sentence related to a manslaughter conviction has been arrested in Florida, authorities said on Tuesday. Frank Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, who had been living for about two decades in central Florida under the name William Harold Cox, was arrested without incident at his house in Melbourne on Monday afternoon by the U.S. Marshals Service, the service said. Freshwaters admitted his true identity, the service said. He is being held in the Brevard County jail without bond on a fugitive warrant while awaiting extradition to Ohio, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said.

Official: Seniors 'prank' school using trash, urine, animals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 23:55
MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say a senior "prank" at an East Tennessee high school that left the floors littered with trash, hay, urine and dead animals took things too far.

7-foot trench collapses outside New Jersey home; worker dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 23:33
SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — A 7-foot trench has collapsed outside a New Jersey home, killing a Maryland man who was working in a drainage ditch.

Prosecutor: Drug squad thought badge protected them from law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 23:27

 Drug squad thought badge protected them from lawA prosecutor giving closing arguments in a Philadelphia police corruption case says the defendants thought their crimes "would never see the light of day" because they carried badges.


Worker suffers electrical shock in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 23:24

Worker suffers electrical shock in Southwest PhiladelphiaA worker suffered an electrical shock on Tuesday morning in Southwest Philadelphia


Residents escape flames inside Strawberry Mansion house

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 23:17

Residents escape flames inside Strawberry Mansion houseResidents escaped a fire inside a house in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section early Tuesday morning.


Man accused of eating woman's organs charged with rape

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 22:27
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating some of her internal organs is facing a rape charge in the attack.

High-tech sensors help kids keep eye on aging parents

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 22:20

In this March 17, 2015 photo, Phil Dworsky shows off an app on his phone that displays the movements of his parents, Dorothy, 80, left, and Bill Dworsky, 81, rear, at their home in San Francisco. Each time an elder Dworksy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their home make notes on a digital logbook, which the younger Dworsky monitors daily on his smartphone. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook.


Obama says inequality facing minority men behind unrest in Baltimore, Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 22:14

Obama delivers remarks at Lehman College in New YorkFollowing a week of racially charged protests in Baltimore, U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said that the residual effects of racism have built up over time and created inequality. Speaking on one of the final episodes of the Late Show with David Letterman, Obama said the effects of slavery, Jim Crow laws and discrimination in American history have left minority communities at a disadvantage. Earlier in the day, Obama spoke at Lehman College in the Bronx where he announced the launch of My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit organization that is a spinoff of a White House initiative to increase opportunities for young minority men. Obama said black and Latino men feel disadvantaged, and he credited their sense of frustration about their lives and opportunities for the intensity of recent protests around the country.


Reforming Baltimore police will be time-consuming, costly

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 22:08

Protesters chant in front of police Monday, May 4, 2015, in Baltimore. Lt. Col. Melvin Russell said police pursued a man who was spotted on surveillance cameras and appeared to be armed with a handgun. Police said the man was taken into custody after a brief chase, during which a gunshot was heard. (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)BALTIMORE (AP) — Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore's top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city's mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct.


Los Angeles sues Wells Fargo, alleges unlawful conduct: LA Times

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 20:44

Wells Fargo branch is seen in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois(Reuters) - The city of Los Angeles has sued Wells Fargo & Co, accusing the bank of driving its employees to open unauthorized customer accounts, charging them "bogus" fees and damaging their credit, the Los Angeles Times reported. The lawsuit alleges that employees misused customers' confidential information and often failed to close unauthorized accounts even when customers complained, according to the paper. "The result is that Wells Fargo has generated a virtual fee-generating machine, through which its customers are harmed, its employees take the blame, and Wells Fargo reaps the profit," the report quoted the lawsuit, filed in a Los Angeles court by City Attorney Mike Feuer. Wells Fargo has blamed the problems on a few "rogue" employees, who the bank says it has "appropriately disciplined" or fired.


Close call caught on camera as soda truck spills its load

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 20:14

Close call caught on camera as soda truck spills its loadIt was a close call, caught on camera, for a pedestrian in Brazil as a truck spilled its load of soda bottles.


Shooter disrupts family bike ride; 4 dead, including gunman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 20:11

Shooter disrupts family bike ride; 4 dead, including gunmanAn argument with his ex-fiancee likely motivated a university student to randomly shoot four people, three fatally, on a bridge along a busy hiking and biking trail in a small eastern Wisconsin city, police said Monday. The gunman also shot and killed himself.


Remote home of leprosy patients could open door wider

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:58

FILE -This Aug. 12, 2008, file photo, shows an aerial view of Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai, Hawaii. A handful of people with leprosy are still living full time on the isolated peninsula, but the National Park Service is already making plans to overhaul buildings and allow more visitors to the area when the last of the patients dies. (AP Photo/Hugh E. Gentry, File)HONOLULU (AP) — A remote peninsula that has been the home of leprosy patients since the 19th century could be opened more fully to the public as the last remaining residents near the end of their lives.


Ohio woman gets 18 months in 100-year-old mother's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:58
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A 77-year-old Ohio woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting she caused her 100-year-old mother's death by severe neglect.

Cops: Student spit and put window cleaner in roommates' food

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:45
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Police say a University of South Carolina student has been arrested after her roommates set up a camera and caught her spitting and putting window cleaner in their food.

Environmentalists sue over theme park's solar farm plans

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:42
JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed suit over a New Jersey theme park's plans to cut nearly 19,000 trees to build a 90-acre solar farm.

Cleveland police officer's trial on fatal shootings nears end

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:38

Cleveland police officer Brelo sits during his manslaughter trial in ClevelandBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Cuyahoga County judge will soon decide whether a Cleveland police officer is guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of two unarmed suspects after a long, high-speed chase in November 2012. Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in the trial of Officer Michael Brelo, 31, before Judge John O'Donnell in the deaths of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell. Williams and Russell were black and Brelo, a Marine who served in Iraq, is white. The chase, which started in downtown Cleveland after reports that there was gunfire coming from Russell's car, went through multiple cities at speeds topping 90 mph and ended with 13 Cleveland police officers firing 137 rounds.