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Brooklyn mother dies in fall from chairlift at Hunter ski area

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 03:10
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 44-year-old Brooklyn woman died of injuries suffered when she fell 25 feet from a chairlift at Hunter Mountain ski area in New York's Catskill Mountains, the Greene County coroner said on Monday. The woman, who was killed after she slipped from the lift on Sunday afternoon, was identified as Olga Filkin, said coroner Hassan Basagic III. She was married with at least one child, a teenage daughter, he said. "She was getting ready to get off the chairlift and she fell," Basagic said. He said drug and alcohol tests were pending but "I don't think that was involved. ...

Vermont's sole nuclear power plant ends operations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 03:01

FILE - In this June 19, 2013 file photo, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station sits along the banks of the Connecticut River in Vernon, Vt. Its owner, Entergy Corp., said it is closing the plant for economic reasons, and is expected to be disconnect from the regional power grid. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's only nuclear plant stopped sending power to the New England grid Monday following more than 42 years of producing electricity.


Texas TV meteorologist released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 02:28
TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas meteorologist who was shot earlier this month outside his television station has been released from a hospital.

Police: Mom suffers overdose, 6-year-old with her

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 02:23
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say they provided medical treatment to a woman who suffered a heroin overdose in her car while her 6-year-old son was with her.

Clouds and Sun, Cooler Today

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 02:20

Clouds and Sun, Cooler TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says colder weather arrives on Tuesday.


Program that backed Solyndra now showing successes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 02:13

This 2014 photo provided by Abengoa shows a corn stover; stalks, leaves and husks, that will be used to produce ethanol at Abengoa's biorefinery in Hugoton, Kan. The plant, built by Seville, Spain-based Abengoa, is the largest cellulosic biorefinery in the world, producing up to 25 million gallons of ethanol fueled by non-edible waste. The Hugoton cellulosic ethanol refinery was funded in part by a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. The same program funded high profile flops like Solyndra, the California-based solar company that filed for bankruptcy and led to hearings over the Barack Obama administration’s backing of unproven green-energy projects.(AP Photo/Courtesy Abengoa)WASHINGTON (AP) — At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of southwestern Kansas, Jan Leonard is seeing the benefits of one of the federal government's most contentious programs.


Death toll in the Greek ferry fire rises to 8

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 02:07

Death toll in the Greek ferry fire rises to 8Fighting high winds and stormy seas, helicopter rescue crews on Monday evacuated the last of hundreds of people trapped aboard a Greek ferry that caught fire off Albania. The death toll climbed to eight as survivors told of a frantic rush to escape the flames and pelting rain.


2 dead in house fire in Reading, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 02:02

2 dead in house fire in Reading, Pa.Two people are dead after flames consumed a home in Berks County.


Census puts U.S. population at 320.09 million, up 0.7 percent from year-ago

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 01:44

People sit on the beach at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. population is seen at 320.09 million people as of Jan. 1, up 0.73 percent from a year earlier, the Census Bureau said on Monday. The Census Bureau said in a statement that the figure represents an increase of about 11.35 million people, or 3.67 percent, since the last population count on April 1, 2010. "In January 2015, the U.S. is expected to experience a birth every eight seconds and one death every 12 seconds. Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person to the U.S. population every 33 seconds," the Census Bureau said. ...


FDA approves Roche Ebola test for emergency use

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 01:43

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside the Shanghai Roche Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. headquarters in ShanghaiBy Reuters Staff ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche Holding AG said U.S. health regulators have approved its Ebola test for emergency use in response to the world's worst outbreak of the disease in West Africa. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Roche's LightMix Ebola Zaire rRT-PCR Test for use on patients with signs and symptoms of Ebola Zaire virus infection, the Swiss drugmaker said in a statement. Roche said the LightMix test can generate results in just over three hours, helping to detect the virus quickly so treatment can start as soon as possible. ...


Feds: Dorney Park didn't protect workers from heat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 01:42
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania amusement park is facing a fine after federal regulators say it failed to protect summertime workers from extreme heat, including a teenager who was burned after collapsing near a deep fryer.

3 of 4 killed in fiery California wreck identified

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 01:24
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has released the identities of three of the four people killed in a fiery head-on collision last week.

In crowded skies, lost plane's request for new path denied

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 01:24

In crowded skies, lost plane's request for new path deniedThe plane sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn't say yes immediately - there was no room. Six other commercial airliners were crowding the surrounding airspace, forcing AirAsia Flight 8501 to remain at a lower altitude.


Funding sometimes lags for sex-trafficking victims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 01:09

In this Jan 25, 2012 photo, Joy Friedman hugs a woman named Lisa who was working as a prostitute in Minneapolis. Friedman is a women's programs manager for Breaking Free, a St. Paul based non-profit that helps women who want to leave the sex trade. Minnesota has become a national model for combating sex trafficking, particularly with its investment of state funds to support the victims. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jeff Wheeler) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUTAs awareness of America's sex-trafficking industry increases, state after state has enacted new laws to combat it. But while a few have backed those get-tough laws with significant funding to support trafficking victims, many have not.


Fifth person dies after devastating Mississippi tornadoes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 00:29
(Reuters) - A fifth person has died of injuries following severe storms in southeastern Mississippi that also damaged hundreds of homes and dozens of businesses, local authorities said on Monday. Mickey Hudson, 71, died on Saturday morning in Alabama from a pulmonary embolism, said Norma Williamson, coroner in Marion County, Mississippi, where Hudson was injured during last week's tornadoes. Hudson was driving through the county when the twisters hit on Dec. 23, blowing out the windows on his vehicle, she said. ...

$72,670 flows in for window washer who fell on car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 00:26
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — People have given more than $70,000 to help a window washer who fell 11 stories from a downtown San Francisco building onto a moving car.

Police search for missing student on leave from University of Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 00:12

Police search for missing student on leave from University of PennsylvaniaPolice are looking for a missing college student who took a leave of absence from the University of Pennsylvania.


Police: Man shot after pleasuring himself, breaking into 2 apartments

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 00:02

 Man shot after pleasuring himself, breaking into 2 apartmentsPolice say a bizarre series of events led to the shooting of a burglary suspect in Bensalem, Buck County.


Police: Man shot after pleasuring himself, breaking into 2 apartments

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 00:02

 Man shot after pleasuring himself, breaking into 2 apartmentsPolice say a bizarre series of events led to the shooting of a burglary suspect in Bensalem, Buck County.


Police: Burglary suspect shot after masturbating, breaking into 2 apartments

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 23:58

 Man shot after pleasuring himself, breaking into 2 apartmentsPolice say a bizarre series of events led to the shooting of a burglary suspect in Bensalem, Buck County.