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Police: Family had 6-year-old boy 'kidnapped' for being nice to strangers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 21:58

 Family had 6-year-old boy 'kidnapped' for being nice to strangersFamily members told investigators their primary intent was to educate the young boy about the dangers of being nice to strangers and felt they did nothing wrong


Man charged in $20M insurance fraud scheme found dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 21:27

Man charged in $20M insurance fraud scheme found deadSources tell Action News that Thomas French, one of five Bucks County family members charged in a $20 million insurance fraud scheme, has been found dead


Lawyers urge judge to lift grand jury secrecy in New York chokehold case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 21:16

Demonstrators stand outside the State Supreme Court before the hearing for Eric Garner in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for civil liberty groups, the news media, public defenders and New York's elected public advocate urged a judge on Thursday to release the transcripts of secret grand jury proceedings into the killing of an unarmed black man last July by a white police officer who put him in a chokehold. The lawyers told state Supreme Court Judge William Garnett that making the transcripts public would shed light on why the grand jury declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner.


Pascal's exit from Sony concludes the 'Interview' saga

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 20:42

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2013 file photo, Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman, arrives at Variety's 5th Annual Power of Women event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Sony on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 announced that Pascal will step down as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and head of the film studio, nearly three months after a massive hack hit the company and revealed embarrassing emails. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Over a January weekend in 2010, Amy Pascal made one of the most audacious decisions of her long tenure as Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair, a nine-year run that has come to a tumultuous end.


Small quake hits San Francisco Bay area, no report of damage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 20:40
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a magnitude 3.1 earthquake has struck the San Francisco Bay area.

1 injured in apartment blaze in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 20:33

1 injured in apartment blaze in Center CityOne person was injured in an apartment fire in Center City, Philadelphia early Friday morning.


Water main break closes streets in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 20:25

Water main break closes streets in KensingtonA water main break has shut down several blocks in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.


Brian Williams' credibility questioned after fake Iraq story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 20:18

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file image released by Starpix shows Brian Williams at the Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day event in New York. NBC "NBC "Nightly News" anchor Williams has admitted he spread a false story about being on a helicopter that came under enemy fire while he was reporting in Iraq in 2003. Williams said on "Nightly News" on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, he was in a helicopter following other aircraft, one of which was hit by ground fire. His helicopter was not hit. (AP Photo/Starpix, Andrew Toth, File)NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News anchor Brian Williams found himself the story Thursday, his credibility seriously threatened because he falsely claimed he had been in a helicopter hit by a grenade during the Iraq war.


Police investigate bar robbery in Queen Village

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 19:40

Police investigate bar robbery in Queen VillagePolice are investigating a robbery at a bar in Philadelphia's Queen Village neighborhood early Friday morning.


I-495 reopens after dump truck crash in Wilmington; driver injured

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 19:33

I-495 reopens after dump truck crash in Wilmington; driver injuredAll lanes of I-495 are back open after a dump truck crash in Wilmington, Delaware that left one person injured.


Robbery victim shot multiple times in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 19:32

Robbery victim shot multiple times in Southwest PhiladelphiaPolice say the gunman fired 17 times, hitting the 51-year-old victim multiple times at point blank range.


Troubled overhaul of NYC's 911 system $700 million over budget: WSJ

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 19:11
(Reuters) - An overhaul of New York City's 911 system has cost at least $700 million more than expected and suffered years of delays caused by mismanagement, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The modernization project was launched in 2004 under former mayor Michael Bloomberg to address failings in the emergency system experienced during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and a 2003 blackout in the U.S. Northeast, the Journal said. Current Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a review of the project by the New York City Department of Investigation and DOI Commissioner Mark Peters said in a preliminary report in August that the program had "suffered from significant mismanagement which at times was nothing short of governmental malpractice." Citing the DOI's final report, due to be released on Friday, the Wall Street Journal said senior program managers had exaggerated their progress to the Bloomberg administration and officials had failed to properly oversee contractors.

Low oil prices have yet to rattle North Dakota small businesses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 19:08

Baristas prepare for Friday's grand opening at the Lantern Coffee Company in Williston, North DakotaBy Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - Even as plunging crude oil prices fuel anxiety in North Dakota, small business owners in the No. 2 U.S. oil producing state say they are confident that demand for their products and services will remain strong enough to keep things humming. North Dakota's oil patch has been one of the faster-growing U.S. regions. While big oil companies grab the most headlines out of the state, much of the local economy still relies on hotel owners, plumbers, contractors and other small businesses, said Mike Gallagher, manager of the SBA's North Dakota district.


NB I-495 reopens after dump truck crash in Wilmington; SB still shut down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 18:54

I-495 reopens after dump truck crash in Wilmington; driver injuredNorthbound I-495 is back open, but all southbound lanes remain closed after a dump truck crash in Wilmington, Delaware.


Man shot dead during robbery in SW Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 18:51

Robbery victim shot multiple times in Southwest PhiladelphiaPolice say a 51-year-old man was shot and killed during a robbery in Southwest Philadelphia early Friday morning.


Dump truck crashes on I-495 in Wilmington, SB lanes closed at 12 Street

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 18:26

I-495 reopens after dump truck crash in Wilmington; driver injuredPolice say a driver in a dump truck was injured after crashing on I-495 SB in Wilmington, Delaware early Friday morning.


Dump truck crashes on I-495 in Wilmington, SB and NB lanes closed at 12 Street

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 18:04

I-495 reopens after dump truck crash in Wilmington; driver injuredPolice say a driver in a dump truck was injured after crashing on I-495 SB in Wilmington, Delaware early Friday morning.


Celebrated Los Angeles school food executive removed from job

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 17:46

Michelle Obama addresses a discussion with school nutrition experts about issues in school food programs at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington(Reuters) - A Los Angeles school food executive, who took salt and fat out of school meals and was praised by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, has been removed from his job, officials said in a brief statement on Thursday. David Binkle, Los Angeles Unified School District food services director, had been "temporarily reassigned" pending an investigation into a "confidential personnel matter", the district statement said.


U.S. states probe massive data breach at health insurer Anthem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 17:09

A man walks past health insurer Anthem's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Hackers broke into the company's database storing information for about 80 million people in an attack bound to stoke fears many Americans have about the privacy of their most sensitive information. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several U.S. states are investigating a massive cyberattack on No. 2 U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc that a person familiar with the matter said is being examined for possible ties to China. Attorneys general of Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Arkansas and North Carolina are looking into the breach, according to representatives of their offices and internal documents. California's Department of Insurance said it will review Anthem's response to the data attack. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen asked Anthem Chief Executive Joseph Swedish to provide by March 4 detailed information about the cyberattack, the company's security practices and privacy policies, according to a letter obtained by Reuters on Thursday.


Alaska governor proposes state job cuts as oil prices plunge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 17:05

Gov. Bill Walker speaks to reporters after releasing details on his budget proposal for next year on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — With falling oil prices exacerbating Alaska's budget deficit, Gov. Bill Walker has proposed eliminating 329 state positions as part of an effort to reduce the size of state government.