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2 Ferguson stores burglarized during night of protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 21:44
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police in Ferguson are investigating burglaries of a discount store and a cellphone business near where protesters took to the streets for a second night.

Pickup truck snaps utility pole in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 20:35

Pickup truck snaps utility pole in DelawareA driver is hospitalized after a pickup truck snapped a utility pole, bringing down power lines in Delaware.


Judge to reconsider stiffest prison terms in Atlanta test-cheating case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 20:21

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Baxter describes his feelings when sentencing the Atlanta Public school educators for racketeering charges in one of the largest U.S. test-cheating scandals in Atlanta, GeorgiaBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A judge is expected on Thursday to reevaluate the prison terms for the three former Atlanta public school administrators who received the harshest punishments after being convicted in a test cheating scandal. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter has not indicated why he ordered the new sentencing hearing for the educators but could reduce their seven-year prison terms. Former area directors Tamara Cotman, Sharon Davis-Williams and Michael Pitts were the three highest-ranking school officials found guilty this month on conspiracy charges spurred by a state investigation that uncovered widespread cheating in the Georgia city's schools on 2009 standardized tests.


Baltimore officials: No immediate decision in Gray case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 20:18

 No immediate decision in Gray caseHaving weathered two all-night curfews with no major disturbances, Baltimore officials are now trying to manage growing expectations they will immediately decide whether to prosecute six police officers involved in the arrest of a black man who later died of injuries he apparently received while in custody.


Philadelphia police officer hurt in crash in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 19:57

Philadelphia police officer hurt in crash in FrankfordA Philadelphia police officer has been injured in a crash in Frankford.


Man convicted with bodies in yard owes $140K for case costs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 19:55
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man convicted of strangling a pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend in northeast Pennsylvania has been ordered to pay $140,000 to partially cover case costs.

Fire damages auto body shop in Pottstown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 19:44

Fire damages auto body shop in East Coventry Twp.A fire damaged an auto body shop business in Pottstown, Pennsylvania early Thursday morning.


New York City comes out tops in youth survey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 19:37

Boy stands in water to cool off on a shore near the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New YorkNew York has been ranked as the most popular city for young people aged 15 to 29 years old, scoring particularly high for its offerings of music, film and fashion, a survey released on Thursday said. London was a close second, scoring well on healthcare and travel, while Berlin was found to have high levels of digital access in the survey of 10,000 young people around the world by Toronto-based YouthfulCities. The survey was launched last year but last year's winner, Toronto -- which was praised for high levels of youth employment, digital accessibility and high living standards among other factors -- dropped to sixth place in this year's ranking. New York was ranked third last year.


Baltimore Unrest Sparks Nationwide Marches, Rallies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 19:32
Hundreds of people rallied and marched in New York, Boston, Minneapolis and other cities across the country, protesting the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray.

Obama to announce free e-books for low-income kids

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 18:37

President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn of the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will go to a public library in one of Washington's poorest neighborhoods on Thursday to talk about a plan to give low-income children access to 10,000 e-books. Working with publishers and libraries, the White House sees the modest plan as part of a strategy to address inner city problems by increasing educational opportunities for kids - woes brought into focus with recent riots in nearby Baltimore. "If we're serious about living up to what our country is about, then we have to consider what we can do to provide opportunities in every community, not just when they're on the front page, but every day," said Jeff Zients, Obama's top economic adviser, in a briefing with reporters. The plan includes $250 million in e-book commitments from publishers, including from the five major publishing houses: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH's Macmillan, CBS Corp's Simon & Schuster Inc, Penguin Random House, Lagardere SCA's Hachette Book Group Inc, and News Corp's HarperCollins Publishers LLC. The New York Public Library is developing an app to connect low-income kids with the books, and Obama will urge more communities to find ways to get kids into libraries.


Temple student struck in hit-and-run identified; striking vehicle recovered

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 18:36

Temple student struck in hit-and-run identified; striking vehicle recoveredTemple senior Rachel Hall was critically injured one week before graduation while riding her bike in North Philadelphia. Police have recovered the striking vehicle. The driver remains at large.


Freddie Gray protest planned in Phila. on Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 18:22

Freddie Gray protest planned in Center City Philadelphia todayOrganizers say a protest called "Philly is Baltimore" will take place Thursday afternoon at the height of rush hour in Center City Philadelphia.


Baltimore death sparks protests in New York, Boston

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 18:19

A man is carried by police officers as arrests are made at Union Square, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in New York. People gathered to protest the death of Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man who was critically injured in police custody. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of people rallied and marched in New York and Boston to protest the death of a Baltimore man who was critically injured in police custody as Philadelphia activists prepared for their own demonstration.


Small fire erupts at Phila. Int'l Airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 18:16

Small fire erupts at Phila. Int'l AirportA small fire erupted in an air conditioning unit at Philadelphia International Airport late Wednesday night.


Judge to decide on taking serial rapist back into custody

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 17:58
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A serial rapist testified in California that forgetfulness led him to let the power in his ankle monitor run too low twice while he was on supervised release — missteps that prompted prosecutors to seek his return to a mental hospital.

House damaged by flames in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 17:47

Business damaged by flames in Tioga-NicetownFire crews battled a stubborn blaze in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown section early Thursday morning.


Police recover car involved in Temple student hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 17:13

Temple student struck in hit-and-run identified; striking vehicle recoveredPolice say the car was recovered that was involved in the hit-and-run of a female Temple University student who was riding a bike when she was struck in North Philadelphia.


Thousands in other cities protest death of Baltimore man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:19
BALTIMORE (AP) — Schools reopened and tensions seemed to ease Wednesday after Baltimore made it through the first night of its curfew without the widespread violence many had feared.

Connecticut lawmaker holds fast to 1st-in-flight claim

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:04
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Connecticut lawmaker says he won't back down on his state's claims that another aviator beat the Wright brothers into flight, despite calls by an Ohio nonprofit group.