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Ohio man indicted for allegedly pouring gas on wife, child

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 22:03
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio man has been indicted on attempted murder and other charges after police say he dumped gasoline on his wife and her 8-year-old granddaughter and threated to set them on fire.

Firefighter falls from ladder in Pottstown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:53

Firefighter falls from ladder in PottstownA firefighter is hospitalized after falling about 10 feet from a ladder while battling a building fire in Montgomery County.


Power plant moving forward on plan to shut off Revel casino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:51

Power plant moving forward on plan to shut off Revel casinoThe power plant that is the sole source of utility service to Atlantic City's former Revel casino says it is moving forward with plans to cut off service to the building.


Your guide to trying on, ordering Apple Watch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:50

FILE - In this March 9, 2015, file photo, varieties of the new Apple Watch appear on display in the demo room after an Apple event in San Francisco. Pre-orders for the Apple Watch start April 10. The device costs $349 for a base model, while a luxury gold version will go for $10,000. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Buying an Apple Watch won't be as simple as walking into an Apple store and handing over your credit card.


Trial ordered for family accused of $20M insurance fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:48
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge has ordered members of a Pennsylvania family whose mansion had three fires in five years to stand trial in a $20 million insurance fraud case.

Trial ordered for Bucks County family accused in $20M insurance fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:48

Trial ordered for Bucks County family accused in $20M insurance fraudA judge has ordered members of a Bucks County family whose mansion had three fires in five years to stand trial in a $20 million insurance-fraud case.


Rand Paul up, Clinton down in 2016 presidential poll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:39

U.S. Senator Paul announces candidacy for president during an event in LouisvilleDemocrat Hillary Clinton has slipped against leading 2016 Republican candidates in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, according to a poll released on Thursday that cited damage from the furor over the former secretary of state's emails. The Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll also showed Clinton in a close race with U.S. Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican who declared his candidacy on Tuesday.


Civil War: Latest on 150th of Lee's surrender at Appomattox

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:27

Civil War re-enactor Steve Riggs, of Charleston S.C., with the 2nd Virginia Cavalry, lets visitors pet his horse, Jackson, before a re-enactment of the Battle of Appomattox Station, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, as part of the 150th anniversary of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Union forces at Appomattox Court House, in Appomattox, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — The surrender of Confederate Robert E. Lee to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago Thursday was the definitive milestone of the end of the Civil War. This is a rolling account of Thursday's commemoration of the anniversary, including a reenactment of Lee's last clash with Grant's troops and the Confederate surrender in a Virginia farmhouse. Interspersed are historical accounts of events 150 years ago:


Awesome! 'Lego Dimensions' combining bricks and franchises

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:24

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment shows a scene from the video game, "LEGO Dimensions." Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games unveiled plans Thursday, April 9, 2015, for "Lego Dimensions," a game and toy line combining real-world Lego bricks and figures with virtual game worlds depicted on screen, similar to the popular "Skylanders," "Disney Infinity" and "ambiio" franchises from Activision-Blizzard Inc., Walt Disney Co. and Nintendo Co. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — The creators of the "Lego" video games are building their own rendition of a toys-to-life franchise.


Most Americans side with gays in religious freedom disputes: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:13

A box of cupcakes are seen topped with icons of same-sex couples at City Hall in San FranciscoBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of Americans believe businesses should not be allowed to refuse services based on their religious beliefs in the wake of controversies in Indiana and Arkansas over gay rights and religious freedom, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday. Indiana's Republican governor, Mike Pence, triggered a firestorm in his state this month by signing a law that would allow businesses to refuse services to certain groups or people based on their religious beliefs. Gay rights activists saw the law as discriminatory and the resulting backlash forced Indiana's state legislature to make changes to the law. Days later, Arkansas's Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, forced his state legislature to change a similar law in order to avoid having it blow up into a controversy in his state.


Austrian court closes jurisdiction hearing on Facebook suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 20:38
VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian court asked to hear a class-action suit brought against Facebook alleging invasion of privacy has closed further sessions to the public as it weighs whether it has jurisdiction in the case.

Surprise! Utah man dons polo shirt, ends at table with Obama

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 20:32

Surprise! Utah man dons polo shirt, ends at table with ObamaSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Last week, 26-year-old Lance Futch donned a white polo shirt and drove to Hill Air Force Base for what he believed was a chance to be in the audience during a news conference with a "senior White House official."


Student's mystery death raises doubts on drug informer use

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 20:23

This November 2013 photo provided by Tammy Sadek shows Andrew Sadek at home near Rogers, N.D. Nearly a year after Sadek’s body was found in a river with a bullet in the head, his mother still struggles with how her shy son got mixed up in the dangerous world of illegal drugs. Tammy Sadek believes her son signed his own death warrant when he agreed to become a confidential informant for police after he was caught selling marijuana. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Tammy Sadek)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Nearly a year after North Dakota college student Andrew Sadek's body was found in a river with a bullet in the head, his mother still struggles with how her shy son who liked to bowl and belonged to a club of electricity enthusiasts got mixed up in the dangerous world of illegal drugs.


Texas to execute man who killed two in convenience store robbery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 19:13
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas man who fatally shot a man at a convenience store as part of a 2002 robbery and a police officer responding to the crime is set to be executed on Thursday by lethal injection. Texas plans to execute Kent Sprouse, 42, at 6 p.m. at its death chamber in Huntsville. If the execution goes ahead, it would be the 523rd in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Sprouse entered a convenience store in Ferris, about 20 miles south of Dallas, with a shotgun slung over his shoulder in October 2002.

Firefighter, resident injured in Chester Twp. house blaze

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 18:38

Firefighter, resident injured in Chester Twp. house blazeA firefighter and one resident were injured in a fire that damaged two houses in Chester Township, Pennsylvania early Thursday morning.


U.S. Secret Service suspends supervisor accused of sex assault: Washington Post

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 18:18

U.S. Secret Service agents keep watch from the roof of the White House in WashingtonThe U.S. Secret Service has put a senior supervisor on leave and suspended his security clearance after a female employee accused him of assaulting her after work at the agency's headquarters last week, the Washington Post said on Wednesday. The District of Columbia police sex-crimes division and a U.S. government inspector general are investigating the woman's allegation that Xavier Morales of the security clearance division grabbed her on the night of March 31 after they came back from a party at a downtown Washington restaurant, the newspaper said, citing two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation. The Secret Service confirmed in an email that an incident had been reported to agency investigators last Thursday and that a supervisor had been placed on administrative leave and the employee's security clearance suspended.


U.S. regulator warns of rust on brakes in cold-weather states

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 18:02

A snow plow works to clear Route 5 highway following an autumn snow storm in Lackawanna, near BuffaloBy Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators on Thursday warned millions of owners of older model vehicles in "Rust Belt" states to get their brake systems checked for corrosion, a warning that stems from a long-running investigation of complaints about General Motors Co trucks and SUVs. The "Rust Belt" includes about half of the 50 U.S. states. The advisory stems from research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine whether rust-related problems on brake systems were a safety defect on about 2 million GM trucks and SUVs. NHTSA on Thursday also closed that investigation without a recall of the GM vehicles from model years 1999 to 2003, which included Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.


Driver loses control, crashes into pole in Bensalem, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:56

Driver killed in Bensalem crash identifiedA driver lost control and crashed a vehicle into a utility pole in Bensalem, Pennsylvania early Thursday morning.


Fired South Carolina officer in fatal shooting has ties to Mt. Laurel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:55

Fired South Carolina officer in fatal shooting has ties to Mt. LaurelMichael Slager, a now-fired police officer in South Carolina, charged with fatally shooting an unarmed man in the back, has ties to Mt Laurel, New Jersey.


Attack on sisters in Trenton park caught on camera

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:52

Attack on sisters in Trenton park caught on cameraPolice say they have identified two of the suspects in an attack on teenage sisters in a Trenton park.