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Brain stents show big promise for certain stroke patients

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:59

This Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 photo shows stroke survivor Don Sadoway, foreground, and Lee Schwamm, vice chairman of the Massachusetts General Hospital's neurology department, in Boston. When medicine failed to dissolve a clot in Sadoway's brain, his wife agreed to let doctors try a new type of stent, and it worked. (AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi)Stroke experts are reporting a major advance: Stents similar to the ones used to open clogged heart arteries also can be used to clear a blood clot in the brain, greatly lowering the risk a patient will end up disabled.


Lawmaker: NCAA should fire chief over Penn State sanctions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:58
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania lawmaker whose lawsuit led the NCAA to lift the last of Penn State's sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal said Wednesday the organization misled university officials and that its president, Mark Emmert, should be fired.

Medal of Valor: Officers saved lives in Boston, Wisconsin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:49

Former Bellmore, N.Y. Fire Department Chief John Curley arrives for the Medal of Valor ceremony in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House Complex in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, hosted by Vice President Joe Biden. Medals are award to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Police officers and firefighters who helped save lives in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin were honored with the Medal of Valor in a White House ceremony Wednesday.


New England faces more snow, cold for Presidents Day weekend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:48

A mailbox sits in a pile of snow Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 in Weston, Mass. The National Weather forecasts a weak weather system that may bring 2 to 4 inches of new snow Thursday into Friday morning to the region, which already has seen record snowfalls this winter. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)BOSTON (AP) — Just as southern New England residents finished digging out from the latest storm, forecasters say more snow is on the way.


Mother of woman slain by Phoenix police files $7 million claim

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:36
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The mother of a mentally ill Arizona woman who was fatally shot last August by a Phoenix police officer has filed a $7 million wrongful death claim against the city, alleging excessive force and police brutality, officials said on Wednesday. The claim, a precursor to a civil lawsuit, says the officer violated city policies in connection with the death of Michelle Cusseaux, killed last year as she confronted officers with a claw hammer at the threshold of her apartment. Cusseaux, 50, was hit with a single bullet fired by Sergeant Percy Dupra at close range after officers were called to the home to serve an emergency court order to take her to a mental health facility. She was later pronounced dead. “The mentally ill are among the most vulnerable of all citizens,” stated the claim, filed last Friday on behalf of her mother, Frances Garrett.

South Carolina woman gets prison for kidnapping daughter and fleeing overseas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:21

Dorothy Lee Barnett is pictured in this undated booking photo provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's OfficeBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A woman accused of kidnapping her infant daughter from South Carolina in 1994 and living overseas with her for nearly two decades was sentenced to 21 months in a U.S. prison on Tuesday. Dorothy Lee Barnett, 54, who was arrested in 2013 in Australia and extradited in September to Charleston, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to federal charges of international parental kidnapping and falsifying passports. Prosecutors have said Barnett vanished with her baby girl during a court-approved visit in South Carolina after her ex-husband, Benjamin Harris Todd, was granted legal custody of their child in a contentious divorce. Barnett moved overseas, remarried and changed her name to Maria Geldenhuys, according to court records.


Suspect surrenders in shooting of San Diego TV sportscaster

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:18

Suspect surrenders in shooting of San Diego TV sportscasterA San Diego television sportscaster was shot and wounded outside his home, and the man suspected of shooting him surrendered to a SWAT team after a manhunt of several hours, police said.


Milk allergy? Watch the dark chocolate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:17

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2005 file photo, Japanese plum chocolates made of dark chocolate ganache with plum wine are prepared in New York. Does your sweetheart have a milk allergy? You may want to hold off on a dark chocolate Valentine. Although dark chocolate generally isn’t made with milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study released Wednesday shows that there are traces of milk in some of the candies. The agency found that 55 of 93 bars of dark chocolate “without any clear indication of the presence of milk” on their labels contained some level of milk. The agency also found that two out of 17 dark chocolate bars that were labeled “dairy free or allergen-free” contained milk. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Does your sweetheart have a milk allergy? You may want to hold off on a dark chocolate Valentine.


3rd round of bids, lower price possible for ex-Revel casino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:14
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A third round of bidding — and an even lower purchase price — for Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel could be in the offing following a court ruling Wednesday that did little to clarify the future of the star-crossed and shuttered casino.

CBS sportscaster Anthony reaches deal on prostitution charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:06

Former NBA player Anthony and writer Ridley participate in panel discussion at Television Critics Association press tour in PasadenaSuspended CBS Sports basketball analyst Greg Anthony reached a plea agreement with authorities on Wednesday to a charge of soliciting prostitution, a court spokeswoman said. Anthony will have the misdemeanor charge dropped if he does 32 hours of community service, the spokeswoman for the District of Columbia Superior Court said. Anthony will perform the community service in Florida as part of the deferred prosecution agreement, she said. Anthony, 47, a former National Basketball Association player, was arrested in a Washington hotel room on Jan. 16 after responding to an online advertisement posted by investigators, according to police.


US senators urge NY court to make drone killing memos public

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:04
NEW YORK (AP) — Saying the government cites "national security" too often to shield information from scrutiny, four U.S. senators urged a federal appeals court Wednesday to divulge more about rules it follows when it makes U.S. citizens the target of anti-terror drone strikes.

AccuWeather: Pleasant Today, Bitter Cold Coming

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:00

 Pleasant Today, Bitter Cold ComingMeteorologist David Murphy says a few light snow showers are possible tomorrow. Then, bitter cold returns.


Report: Sudanese forces rape 221 women, girls in mass attack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 01:55
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Sudanese army troops raped at least 221 women and girls in a Darfur village in a series of organized, house-to-house attacks last year, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday.

Serial Killer Charles Manson says marriage is off

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 01:53

Serial Killer Charles Manson says marriage is offIn a match apparently not made in Heaven, Charles Manson has reportedly called off his engagement to his devoted fan after discovering that she planned to display his corpse for profit.


GOP lawmaker wants to make Bible official book of Tennessee

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 01:53

In this Dec. 10, 2014, photo, freshman Rep. Jerry Sexton, R-Bean Station, speaks at a House GOP caucus meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Sexton is the sponsor of legislation seeking to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker wants to make the Bible the "official state book."


Victim fatally shot, not stabbed, in New Castle, Delaware, police say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 01:51

Victim fatally shot, not stabbed, in New Castle, Delaware, police sayPolice are investigating a deadly shooting in New Castle, Delaware.


Victim shot, not stabbed, in New Castle, Delaware, police say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 01:48

Victim fatally shot, not stabbed, in New Castle, Delaware, police sayPolice are investigating a deadly shooting in New Castle, Delaware.


Arrest made, suspect identified in Center City SEPTA station beating

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 01:44

Arrest made, suspect identified in Center City SEPTA station beatingPhiladelphia police have arrested a man who they say beat and nearly raped a woman at a SEPTA station in Center City.


How the AP-WE tv poll on dating was conducted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 01:36
The Associated Press-WE tv poll on dating was conducted ahead of the premiere of WE tv's new show "Match Made In Heaven." The poll was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 19-21. It is based on online interviews of 1,315 adults, including an additional 300 who have never been married, who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

Pennsylvania governor proposes new tax on natural gas extraction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 01:35

Newly inaugurated Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf arrives at his "Let's Get Started" celebration at Hershey LodgBy Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday proposed a new 5 percent severance tax on the state's booming natural gas extraction industry, a turnabout from his Republican predecessor who opposed such a tax. Wolf, a Democrat, ousted incumbent Tom Corbett in November in part because some voters believed Corbett had dramatically underfunded the school system. "We have the natural resources to actually do something about the problem here," Wolf said during his announcement, broadcast from Caln Elementary School, about an hour west of Philadelphia. Wolf noted that Pennsylvania ranks forty-fifth in the nation for state support for education.