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Missing autistic boy, six, stumbles into California homeless camp

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:46
(Reuters) - A 6-year-old autistic boy who apparently wandered away from his Northern California home over the weekend has been reunited with his family after stumbling into a homeless encampment miles away, where he was taken in by people staying there, police say. Sergio Zapata, who is non-verbal, was reported missing from his home in San Jose on Saturday morning, possibly wearing only a diaper, prompting a frantic search by local authorities who asked the public for help. ...

Police: Man put toddler in dryer, turned it on

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:42
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A man is accused of putting a 2-year-old Maine toddler in a clothes dryer and turning it on, burning the boy.

U.S. Ebola patient at Nebraska hospital eats, listens to music

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:36

International Christian mission organization SIM missionary doctor Rick Sacra(Reuters) - A U.S. medical missionary infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa was able to eat breakfast on Monday and was listening to music at the Nebraska Medical Center where he was taken for treatment last week, his wife said. "He hasn't been able to eat much since he got here, but he had some toast and apple sauce. He also tolerated the research drug well – better than he had the previous doses he was given," Debbie Sacra said in a statement. Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, arrived at the hospital on Friday. ...


Southern California commuter train ridership down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:34

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2008 file photo, commuters wait at the Chatsworth Metrolink train station in Chatsworth, Calif. The once-booming regional rail service Metrolink has been shedding riders in big numbers. Metrolink has seen a drop of nearly 600,000 annual passengers since its 2008 peak. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — While the economy may be recovering from the Great Recession, ridership on Southern California's once-booming regional rail service has not.


NY lawmakers: Reauthorize 9/11 compensation law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:28
NEW YORK (AP) — Days before the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, elected officials from New York called on Congress to reauthorize federal legislation to compensate first responders who became ill working at ground zero.

3 family members hit, killed by car in California

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:23
TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — Police say three family members, including a 4-year-old boy, were killed when a driver plowed into them as they walked in a Central California neighborhood.

Clinton juggernaut hits 2014 campaign trail

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:19

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2014 file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking at the State Department in Washington. The Clinton juggernaut hits the midterm campaign trail this week as the power couple lends fundraising prowess and their sought-after seal of approval to Democratic candidates shunning an unpopular President Barack Obama. For Hillary Clinton, the events with Democratic donors and activists are keeping her profile high as she weighs a second bid for the presidency. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Clinton juggernaut hits the midterm campaign trail this week as the power couple lends fundraising prowess and their seal of approval to Democratic candidates shunning an unpopular President Barack Obama. For Hillary Rodham Clinton, the events with Democratic donors and activists are keeping her profile high as she weighs a second bid for the presidency.


Man charged with 3 deaths in Alexandria, Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:12

This booking photo released with the West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority shows Charles Severance. After a months-long investigation, Alexandria police have charged Severance, a former city resident with a long history of erratic behavior in the shooting deaths of three separate city residents, including one slaying that has been unsolved for more than a decade. (AP Photo/West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority)ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Alexandria, Virginia, say a man with a long history of erratic behavior has been charged in the shooting deaths of a sheriff's wife, a transportation planner and a music teacher.


Stand Up to Cancer telethon raises $109 million

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:12

Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 4th Annual Stand Up 2 Cancer Live Benefit at The Dolby Theatre on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The star-studded Stand Up to Cancer telethon that aired on broadcast and cable networks in the United States and Canada raised $109 million.


New Mexico eyes nuke project after ruling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:09
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The southeastern New Mexico area that houses the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump is renewing its push to also store spent nuclear fuel from power plants.

Training on tap for NYC officers after chokehold

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:02
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police officers will get three days of annual training on how to properly use force following the chokehold death of an unarmed man this summer, police commissioner William Bratton said Monday.

UN envoy: Up to 700 children in Iraq killed, hurt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:54

Displaced children from the minority Yazidi sect who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of SinjarUNITED NATIONS (AP) — Up to 700 children have been killed or maimed in Iraq since the beginning of the year, some of them used as suicide bombers by the Islamic State militant group, a U.N. envoy said Monday.


Washington state hiker missing since last week emerges safe from woods

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:49
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A 64-year-old hiker missing for four days in Olympic National Park walked out of the woods in Washington state on his own on Monday and appeared to be in good condition, park officials said. Kelly Hall was supposed to have completed a 39-mile (63-km) hike in the park and meet up with his family on Thursday. He failed to appear, and search teams combed the Pacific Northwest wilderness for him but had been unable to trace his whereabouts, officials said. Then at around 10 a.m. ...

Detroit IT systems 'fundamentally broken': city's tech officer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:48
By Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit relies on antiquated and dilapidated information technology for basic city administration, which puts citizens' safety at risk, makes simple administrative tasks impossible, and creates opportunities for security breaches, the city's information officer testified at a bankruptcy hearing on Monday. Beth Niblock, who was hired as Detroit's chief information officer after she assessed the city's technology as part of a White House-appointed team, frequently used the words "atrocious" and "unreliable" to describe the computers and network that the city uses for everything from managing email to supporting fire stations.

Missouri lawmaker challenges birth control mandate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:45
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker fighting required birth control coverage in his state-sponsored insurance plan is relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby ruling as he contests a lower court's rejection of his legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act mandate.

NCAA restores Penn State bowl eligibility

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:45

NCAA lifts Penn State's postseason banNCAA restores Penn State bowl eligibility


US official: Romanian gov't should be transparent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:43
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A U.S. official has criticized Romania for passing legislation that could be seen to encourage corruption and has urged the government to be transparent to attract more business.

U.S. military to set up field hospital in Ebola-stricken Liberia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:37

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales. As the president plans a speech on the eve of 9/11 to assess the U.S. stance against the Islamic State militants, U.S. officials say the strategy will largely build on the current air strikes and work with the nascent coalition he began to build in Wales. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will send a 25-bed field hospital to Liberia to help provide medical care for health workers trying to contain the fast spreading Ebola virus that has killed 2,100 people in West Africa. The Pentagon said the $22 million hospital was being provided at the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is coordinating the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak first identified in Guinea in March. ...


Police: Man shoots, woman, her son, then self in Juniata Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:36

 Man shoots 2 people, then self, in Juniata ParkPolice say a man shot a woman, that woman's son, then himself in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia on Monday.


White House says Obama wants Congress to invest in counter-terrorism fund

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:29

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference on the second and final day of the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor resort, near NewportWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama wants Congress to inject money into a counter-terrorism fund to train and equip partners in other countries to fight extremists, an initiative that would be a core component of his plan to address Islamic State fighters, the White House said on Monday. Obama believes he currently has the authority he needs to address the threat Islamic State poses to American citizens, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. ...