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New York City murders hit record low in 2014: NY Times

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 04:53

NYPD crime scene tape is seen at the site of a shooting at the corner of Marcus Garvey Blvd. and Pulaski Street in the Brooklyn borough of New York(Reuters) - Murders in New York fell to 328 in 2014, the fewest since the New York Police Department started keeping reliable numbers in 1963, the New York Times reported on Thursday. The biggest U.S. city, once notorious for high crime, had 328 killings last year, the newspaper said, citing police statistics. The figure is the lowest since at least 1963, when the police department began collecting reliable statistics, and is part of a decades-long fall in U.S. crime. Reports of major crimes in New York City fell to 105,428 through Dec. 28, from 110,728 in the same period in 2013. ...


Mom, girls jump from burning home into cops' arms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 04:51
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Several police officers formed a human net to catch a woman and her two young daughters as they jumped from their burning home in southern New Jersey.

New Year rings in with tightened NYC security, California arrests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 04:47

Ryan Silipino kisses his girlfriend Lisa Jacobs during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square, New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roughly 1 million revelers rang in the new year at New York's Times Square under unusually tight security for the nation's biggest New Year's Eve celebration, while at least 29 protesters were arrested in California after violence broke out at a march against police brutality. While security is always tight in Times Square on New Year's Eve, particularly since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, extra precautions were put in place on Wednesday to prevent violence at the famed midtown Manhattan crossroads. ...


GOP legislators thwart bids to expand Medicaid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 04:30

 Republican legislators who adamantly oppose “Obamacare.” While some of these governors themselves have criticized the president’s health care law in general, they’ve come to see one component -- Medicaid expansion -- as too generous to reject. But they’re battling conservative lawmakers who say it’s better to turn down billions of federal dollars than to expand Medicaid under the 2010 law. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Governors across the political spectrum are hitting a roadblock in their bids to expand Medicaid with federal funds: Republican legislators who adamantly oppose "Obamacare."


Officer runs over lacrosse player lying in road

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 04:27
CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — A police officer responding to an emergency call early New Year's Day ran over and apparently killed a college lacrosse player lying in a road, authorities said.

Violent sex assault in broad daylight in Spring Garden

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 04:15

Man questioned in connection with Spring Garden rape, sources sayA woman is hospitalized following a violent sexual assault in broad daylight in Philadelphia's Spring Garden section.


NY Governor Cuomo vows to rebuild trust in police in second term

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 04:09

Governor of New York Cuomo arrives for NYPD officer Ramos' funeral at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Queens borough of New YorkBy T.G. Branfalt (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo kicked off his second term on Thursday, saying he is governing in “troubled times” and that education, the economy and rebuilding public trust in law enforcement would top his agenda over the next four years. He lauded his first term as a success, saying the state now has a record 7.6 million jobs, a $5 billion budget surplus, effective and smart gun control laws, marriage equality and expanded healthcare that reaches 1.5 million people. ...


Man critical after shooting in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 04:07

Man critical after shooting in Southwest PhiladelphiaA man is hospitalized in critical condition following a shooting in Southwest Philadelphia Thursday.


Georgia police chief says accidentally shot, critically hurt wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 04:03
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A suburban Atlanta police chief on Thursday shot his wife and critically wounded her in what he described as an accidental discharge of his service weapon at the couple's home, officials said. Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom, who has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, called 911 to report the shooting before dawn, Peachtree City Police Lieutenant Mark Brown said at a news conference. ...

Man charged in fatal stabbing of uncle in Langhorne, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 03:54

Man charged in fatal stabbing of uncle in Langhorne, Pa.A 24-year-old Bucks County man is facing murder charges after authorities say he stabbed a family member to death.


Skateboarder riding in road at night struck, killed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 03:40

Skateboarder riding in road at night struck, killedDover Police say a skateboarder was struck and killed while he was riding in the road at night.


Cleveland seeks outside probe of boy's shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 03:36

This undated photo provided by the family's attorney shows Tamir Rice. Rice, 12, was fatally shot by police in Cleveland after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, triggering an investigation into his death and a legislator's call for such weapons to be brightly colored or bear special markings. (AP Photo/Courtesy Richardson & Kucharski Co., L.P.A.)CLEVELAND (AP) — The city is hoping to hand over the investigation of a 12-year-old boy's fatal shooting by police to an outside agency, as well as future investigations of all deadly use-of-force cases.


Woman dead after Bensalem shooting

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

Woman dead after Bensalem shootingPolice are investigating a shooting that left a woman dead Thursday morning in Bensalem, Bucks County.


51 years after wreck, 7-inch car part found in arm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 02:18

Arthur Lampitt of Granite City shows off the 1963 Thunderbird turn signal that was embedded in his arm for 51 years after having surgery to remove it on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. The 7-inch turn signal was embedded in his arm during a traffic accident that broke Lampitt's hip, drawing attention away from the arm, which healed. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jesse Bogan) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTCREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) — Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm.


In with the new: Snappy apps for 2015

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

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2013 file photo, Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou, in San Francisco. Lyft has managed to avoid much of the controversy that’s been dogging Uber, and the image it projects appears to be a kinder, gentler one. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Uber, Facebook, Instagram — sure, they've been all the rage, but as 2014 winds down we're all ready for something fresh. From ride-hailing to photo sharing, here are a few up-and coming apps and startups to watch in in 2015. Which will be the breakout hit of the new year?


Police investigating fatal stabbing in Langhorne, Pa.

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

Man charged in fatal stabbing of uncle in Langhorne, Pa.Bucks County authorities are investigating their first homicide of 2015.


PHOTOS: Pictures from the 2015 Mummers Parade

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 01:39

 Pictures from the 2015 Mummers ParadeMummers clubs continued a time-honored tradition with their annual New Year's Day strut in Philadelphia.


Tampa police: Woman hit by stray New Year's bullet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 01:38
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Police say a 20-year-old woman waiting to see New Year's fireworks at a Florida theme park was struck in the leg by a stray bullet fired from somewhere outside the park.

Wolf faces tall challenges as he takes his oath

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 01:25

Wolf faces tall challenges as he takes his oathGov.-elect Tom Wolf pledged throughout his campaign to provide "a fresh start" for Pennsylvania.


Two killed in crash of sheriff's office helicopter in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 01:16
(Reuters) - A pilot and a mechanic died in the crash of a helicopter used by Arizona's Cochise County Sheriff's Office and a federal investigation was under way on Thursday into what caused the crash, officials said. The helicopter had just undergone routine maintenance in the Phoenix area and the pilot on Wednesday was flying with the mechanic from there to the Sierra Vista airport in Cochise County when it went down, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement released late on Wednesday. The debris field was discovered near Benson in southern Arizona, according to the Sheriff's Office. ...