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Firefighters speak out after Elkins Park hostage standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:53

Firefighters speak out after Elkins Park hostage standoffOn Tuesday it was the scene of what could have been a horrible tragedy. On Wednesday we got a look inside the firehouse where a man took his former co-workers hostage in Montgomery County.


Missing Pittsgrove teen found safe in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:44

Missing Pittsgrove teen found safe in FloridaNew Jersey State Police say a missing Pittsgrove teenager has been found safe in Florida.


Careless smoking blamed for 4-alarm fire in Trenton

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:40

Careless smoking blamed for 4-alarm fire in TrentonOfficials say they believe careless smoking was to blame for a 4-alarm fire in Trenton that left residents displaced.


Police: Officers shoot man violently attacking parents

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:38

 Officers shoot man violently attacking parentsPolice officers were forced to shoot a man who they say was violently attacking his parents with a knife in an apartment in Hamilton Township, New Jersey.


New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:35

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption chargesSen. Bob Menendez predicted he would be "vindicated" and said "this is not how my career is going to end" in a defiant statement in front of reporters and cheering supporters Wednesday evening.


Indiana family says their pizzeria won't cater gay weddings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:08
WALKERTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman whose family owns a small-town pizzeria says the state's new religious objections law supports the restaurant's right to deny service to any same-sex couples who might ask them to cater their wedding.

Arizona recycling truck driver saves kitten from the trash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:54

In this March 30, 2015, photo provided by Rhonda Humbles, an orange tabby kitten sits in a box in Peoria, Ariz. A Peoria recycling truck driver is being credited with saving the kitten from the trash. (AP Photo/Rhonda Humbles)PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — A recycling truck driver in suburban Phoenix is being credited with saving a kitten from the trash.


Arkansas governor seeks fix of religion bill seen as targeting gays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:46

Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson discusses the findings and recommendations of the National School Shield Program in WashingtonBy Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson told lawmakers on Wednesday to revise a bill that rights activists and U.S. businesses said allowed discrimination against gays, and home-state corporate giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc praised his action. The state's Senate took up the challenge late on Wednesday, sending to the House of Representatives legislation that would bring the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into line with federal statutes. Indiana's governor a day earlier said lawmakers should fix a similar RFRA. In a news conference at the Capitol in Little Rock, Hutchinson, who previously said he would sign the bill, said he was sending the act back to the Republican-controlled legislature to be rewritten so it can better balance tolerance for diversity and protections of religious freedom.


Assistant fire chief in Indiana demoted after tying noose

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:42
MARION, Ind. (AP) — An assistant fire chief in Indiana has accepted a demotion after tying a rope into a noose in the presence of a black firefighter whose wife belongs to the family of a lynching victim.

Colorado theater shooting case costs $2.2M before trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:27

FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Aurora, Colo., theater shooting defendant James Holmes appears in court in Centennial, Colo. Taxpayer costs for the Colorado theater shooting case have risen to at least $2.2 million before the trial has even started. That figure doesn't include legal costs for the defendant. The Holmes trial is expected to start April 27. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, file)DENVER (AP) — Public spending to investigate and prosecute Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes has surpassed $2.2 million, weeks before opening statements in his trial, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.


Getty oil heir's death latest in string of family tragedies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:27

A police officer creates a perimeter outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy.


Police: 4 dead in Tulsa home in apparent murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:25
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The bodies of four people, including two young boys, were discovered in a Tulsa home in what police suspect was a murder-suicide.

Victims' family at exec's crash sentencing: You're heartless

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:19
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — Family members of a Vermont couple killed in a car crash were unflinching during a sentencing hearing Wednesday as they poured out their anger toward a New Hampshire man who admitted causing the wreck, which also killed their unborn fetus.

Key provisions of California's new water cuts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:15
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered California's first mandatory, statewide water cutbacks by cities and towns as the state's nearly 40 million people head into a fourth summer of severe drought.

Suspect in violent attack shot by police in Hamilton Township

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:11

Suspect in violent attack shot by police in Hamilton TownshipPolice officers were forced to shoot a man who they say was violently attacking his parents with a knife in an apartment in Hamilton Township, New Jersey.


California governor orders statewide water cutbacks to combat drought

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:01

A boat paddle is shown on the bottom of the nearly dry Almaden Reservoir near San JoseBy Sharon Bernstein PHILLIPS, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown, in his most sweeping action to combat a devastating multi-year drought, ordered residents and businesses on Wednesday to cut water use by 25 percent in the first mandatory statewide reduction in California history. The move comes as California's snowpack, which generally provides about a third of the state's water, is at its lowest level on record in a sign the state's drought, now entering its fourth year, is far from over. We're just doing it through the different water districts." Brown said the state would develop rebate plans to help families and businesses remove a planned 50 million square feet (4.6 million square meters) of lawns, and replace old appliances with newer, more water-efficient models. Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the state Water Resources Control Board, said regulators would not hesitate to issue fines of up to $10,000 a day to water districts that do not succeed in implementing the cutbacks.


Student charged with sexual abuse at campus day care center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 09:56
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) — A Bridgewater State University student accused of sexually abusing two preschool boys at a campus day care center where he worked has pleaded not guilty.

Advocate says Indiana woman's sentence for feticide alarming

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 09:56
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman received a 20-year sentence in the death of her premature infant, a punishment the head of a national advocacy group called cruel and a misuse of the state's feticide law.

Funeral arrangements set for slain Darby Borough police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 09:49

Funeral arrangements set for slain Darby Borough police officerFuneral arrangements are set for the Darby Borough police officer who was killed allegedly at the hands of his girlfriend inside his Glenolden home.


Duke University investigates noose found hanging on campus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 09:45

Duke students from left, Michaela Stith, Ashley Croker-Benn and Jasmine Roddey rally during a university-wide forum outside the Duke Chapel on campus Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Durham, N.C. Duke officials said Wednesday that they are trying to find out who hung a noose outside a building that houses several offices, including those focused on diversity. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Travis Long) MANDATORY CREDITDURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke University officials are trying to determine who hung a rope noose from a tree, what the president of the elite Southern school described Wednesday as a vicious symbol in a region where lynchings were once used to terrorize black residents.