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NJ auto repair shop owner sentenced on child porn charges

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 02:44

NJ auto repair shop owner sentenced on child porn chargesA man who had dozens of child pornography images and videos on a computer at his auto repair business has been sentenced to five years in state prison.


Teenager charged for shooting in mall near Pittsburgh

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 02:31

Tarod Thornhill is seen in an undated photo provided by the Allegheny County Police Department. Thornhill, 17,was arrested early Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at a residence in Brackenridge, Pa., and charged as an adult with aggravated assault, attempted homicide, and recklessly endangering other people in a Saturday shooting at a Pittsburgh-area mall. Police Chief Douglas Cole said two men and a woman were shot, including the man who was targeted. He said the two men were in critical condition, while the woman was in stable condition. (AP Photo/Allegheny County Police Department)By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A 17-year-old youth has been charged in connection with a shooting that wounded three people, two of them critically, at a Macy's department store in a mall outside Pittsburgh, police said on Sunday. The suspect, Tarod Thornhill, faces adult charges of attempted homicide and three counts of aggravated assault, the Allegheny County Police Department said in a statement. The shooting took place at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Monroeville Mall, about 12 miles east of Pittsburgh. Thornhill was arrested at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday at a residence in Brackenridge, about 20 miles north of the crime scene, authorities said.


NFL concussion deal appears near, but concerns remain

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 02:11
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The potential $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion claims appears very close to winning final approval from a federal judge, to the chagrin of critics who believe the plan remains murky or pays too little to struggling former players.

AccuWeather: Even Milder Sunday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:55

 Even Milder SundayMeteorologist Chris Sowers says this afternoon's mild temperatures give way to sleet and freezing rain tomorrow.


Once kids' safe zone, shop gets new focus in Patz case trial

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:51

FILE - In this April 19, 2012 file photo, FBI and NYPD law enforcement officials search a SoHo basement at the corner of Wooster and Prince streets, center, for the possible remains of the child, Etan Patz, who was last seen near the search location on his way to school in 1979. With a cherished dollar in hand and a soda in mind, Patz headed toward the corner store that the neighborhood kids knew as a safe haven, a place their parents told them go in case of emergency. But that comfort zone became the scene of one of the nation’s most notorious crimes against children, prosecutors say, when a stock clerk choked Etan in the store basement (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — With a prized dollar in hand and a treat in mind, Etan Patz headed toward the corner store that the neighborhood kids knew as a safe haven, a place their parents told them to go in case of emergency.


Illinois power plant at center of Midwest rate fights

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:38
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — High electric bills and environmental skepticism in towns across the Midwest are causing customers to wonder if they've been duped as power suppliers work to recoup investments in a financially troubled Illinois generating plant and coal mine.

Growing U.S. hog herd, flat Chinese demand slams pork prices

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:28

A pig stands in a holding pen at the 2014 World Pork Expo in Des MoinesBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - For decades, Chuck Souder relied on corn and soybeans to keep his 400-acre Iowa farm running, but with corn selling for half its price two years ago and soybeans slumping, Souder has shifted to what he hopes will be a more profitable crop: Pigs. “The question is, will [consumers] switch back from chicken to pork?” CONSTRUCTION CRAZE The hog barn boom in rural America began as meat packers like Tyson Foods Inc , Seaboard Foods, JBS USA [JBS.UL] and Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] pushed farmers to rebuild quickly after the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus killed an estimated 8.5 million piglets in 27 states.


Police: Facebook post may have prompted Somerton robbery

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:28

 Somerton robbery suspects referenced victim's Instagram postsPolice say a social media post about inheritance may have led three armed suspects to break into a home in the Somerton section of Philadelphia.


Officials: Montgomery County teen does not have measles

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:27

 Montgomery County teen does not have measlesA 15-year-old Montgomery County boy with a suspected case of measles has been given the all clear, officials announced Sunday.


Once-paralyzed player is rapidly climbing political ladder

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:09

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, Adam Taliaferro, alumni of Penn State University, who along with Eric LeGrand, alumni of Rutgers University, are two college football players who suffered serious spinal cord injuries on the field, answers a question before the two visited children at PSE&G Children's Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. Taliaferro is a newly minted New Jersey state lawmaker. It is the latest step in a rapid rise up the public service ladder for a political neophyte who says he is motivated by helping others. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Every step used to be a miracle for Adam Taliaferro. Now the onetime Penn State defensive back — whose NFL dreams were ended by a devastating spinal cord injury — is running.


AP-GfK Poll: Majority approves of Obama job on unemployment

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 01:02

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, job hunters line up for interviews at an employment fair sponsored by the New York State Department of Labor, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Associated Press-GfK poll finds Americans' views of Obama have improved slightly in the past two months, as have opinions on the direction of the country and the strength of the economy. Bump up for his handling of unemployment. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' views of President Barack Obama have improved slightly in the past two months, and opinions are more positive about the direction of the country and the health of the economy, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds.


Diddy sends his vodka to Grammy parties in his place

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:54

FILE - In this July 26, 2013 file photo, Sean "Diddy" Combs of the new network Revolt TV addresses reporters at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Police say an Arizona man is accusing hip-hop mogul Combs of punching him in the face at a Super Bowl party. Sgt. Ben Hoster of the Scottsdale Police Department said Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, that Steven Donaldson cussed at the rapper for not performing at the party, drawing the punch. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean "Diddy" Combs isn't going to any Grammy parties, but his vodka will be at all of them.


Supplements industry derides NY attorney general's DNA tests

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:45

A man leaves a GNC store, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 in New York. Numerous store brand supplements aren’t what their labels claim to be, an ongoing investigation of popular herbal supplements subjected to DNA testing has found, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday. GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreen Co. sold supplements that either couldn’t be verified to contain the labeled substance or that contained ingredients not listed on the label, according to Schneiderman's office. “We stand by the quality, purity and potency of all ingredients listed on the labels of our private label products,” said GNC spokeswoman Laura Brophy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — DNA barcoding has exposed some infamous cases of food fraud, like cheap catfish sold as pricey grouper and expensive "sheep's milk" cheese that was really made from cow's milk.


Sisters divided in murder trial of ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:25

FILE - In this combo of Feb. 4, 2015 file photos, Shayanna Jenkins, left, fiancee of former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, listens to her sister Shaneah Jenkins, right, testify during Hernandez's murder trial at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. The sisters introduced the two men 10 months before the killing. Their once-close relationship now appears fractured, as each sister has aligned herself with a different side. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool, File)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — They are sisters, born just two years apart. Now they are divided by the aisle of a courtroom.


Even as US job market picks up, unemployed face frustration

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:14

In this Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, photo, Carlie Kozlowich, who is currently unemployed, poses for a photo at her home in the North Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Kozlowich, a recent college graduate, wants to work in television, but has had trouble finding even basic jobs. The job market remains a frustrating place for America's 9 million unemployed - perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job postings. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market remains a frustrating place for America's 9 million unemployed — perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job postings.


After a decade of twists, vanishing Marine goes to trial

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:06

FILE - In this July 19, 2004 file photo, Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun makes a statement to the press outside Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Va. Hassoun's trial on desertion accusations starts Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Marine who vanished from a base in Iraq and later wound up in Lebanon is set to face trial more than a decade after the puzzling case began.


Constitutional test for Minnesota sex offender program

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:01
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's civil commitment program for sex offenders has been under fire for years by people who say it's unconstitutional because it amounts to a life sentence. A federal judge has pressured state lawmakers to change the program to address concerns, but they have not.

Physician Ben Carson eyes May announcement of presidential bid

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:38

Ben Carson, a retired surgeon, speaks at a luncheon during the Republican National Committtee's "Building on Success" meeting in San DiegoRetired surgeon Ben Carson on Sunday said he could form a committee to explore a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination this month and make a formal announcement in May. "That's a reasonable time frame," Carson told "Fox News Sunday" when asked by host Chris Wallace about the timing of an exploratory committee and formal announcement. "We're putting all that together." Carson, a former Fox News contributor who is popular with Tea Party conservatives, ranked fourth among possible Republican candidates in a recent Fox News poll of potential voters in Iowa, coming in behind former Florida Governor Job Bush, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.


FACT CHECK: What happens if Homeland Security shuts down?

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:35

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, a TSA agent checks a bag at a security checkpoint area at Midway International Airport in Chicago. Spending for the Homeland Security Department hangs in the balance as Congress fights over unrelated immigration provisions attached by Republicans to the agency’s annual spending bill. In the view of some House conservatives, though, shutting off the agency’s budget is “not the end of the world.“ What would happen if Congress fails to reach a deal to renew homeland security spending by Feb. 27? (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending for the Department of Homeland Security hangs in the balance as Congress fights over immigration matters in the agency's annual funding bill. Without action by Feb. 27, the department's budget will shut off.


Unusually large Republican 2016 field sparks 'staff primary'

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:10

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses the Detroit Economic Club in DetroitPotential candidates are scrambling to sort through the rosters of campaign veterans in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire and elsewhere in a talent search that reflects the fact that the Republican field for 2016 is the largest in recent memory. "There is a known universe of operatives with many of them headquartered in early primary states," said Republican strategist Kevin Madden, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney in his 2012 presidential campaign. Every ideological slice of the Republican spectrum is represented, from mainstream former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a favorite of the small government Tea Party movement, to libertarian Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a Fox News personality. Others exploring presidential runs include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Texas Governor Rick Perry.