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Watergate complex suffers structural collapse: Washington authorities

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 03:35

 Washington authoritiesThe parking garage at the Watergate complex in Washington suffered a structural collapse on Friday, local authorities and local media reported. The Washington fire department said on Twitter that it had units on scene at the complex, located in northwest Washington near the State Department and made famous by a 1972 political scandal.


NE Pennsylvania man reunited with class ring after 43 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 03:18
FORTY FORT, Pa. (AP) — A man in northeastern Pennsylvania has been reunited with his class ring after losing it in a flood 43 years ago.

Judge: Ex-Ohio St band director has 4 months to prove claims

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 03:15
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that an Ohio State University band director fired for turning a blind eye to a "sexualized culture" there has four months to gather evidence over his gender discrimination claim.

Pentagon chief says more work needed in sexual assault fight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 03:14
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sexual assault in the U.S. military remains far too common despite a 27 percent drop in the number of incidents over the past two years, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday as the Pentagon released its annual report on the problem. Carter said research last year estimated there were 20,300 sexual assaults in the military in 2014 and also identified new areas where work needs to be done, including addressing sexual assault against men and retaliation for reporting assaults. "That's clearly far, far too many," Carter said of the sexual assault figure. "The report makes it crystal clear that we have to do more." Officials said a 27 percent drop in the prevalence of sexual assault, coupled with an increase in the number of people actually reporting the crime was positive news because it showed the Pentagon fight against the problem was bearing fruit.

Arizona boy, 2, critical after shooting himself in face -police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 03:06
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A 2-year-old Arizona boy was in critical but stable condition on Friday after he shot himself in the face with his father's handgun, which he apparently found wrapped up in sheets on the man's bed, police said. The firearm "was rolled up like a pillow," in the master bedroom where the child was playing while his grandmother watched television and his aunt washed dishes, according to police.     The boy fired one round that struck him in the face and exited through his head, said Sergeant Shari Howard, a Peoria Police Department spokeswoman.     "All I can say is that he is very lucky to be alive right now," said Howard, adding that part of the child's skull was removed to alleviate swelling caused by the bullet.     The toddler was taken by ambulance to a local children's hospital late on Thursday, near his home west of Phoenix.

New Jersey's Christie says charges show he was not part of bridge scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said in a series of Twitter messages on Friday that charges brought against former state officials proved that he was not involved in the 2013 George Washington Bridge scandal. The bridge lane closures caused four days of traffic on the crossing into New York City. One former official pleaded guilty and two others were indicted after allegations they caused the traffic jam to punish a New Jersey mayor who did not support Christie's re-election as governor. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Police: Arizona 2-year-old grabs gun, shoots himself in face

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:56

 Arizona 2-year-old grabs gun, shoots himself in faceA 2-year-old Arizona boy was hospitalized in critical but stable condition Friday after shooting himself in the face with a handgun that police said was apparently rolled up in sheets on a bed.


Utah prosecutors dropping charges alleging abuse on plane

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:48
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Utah are moving to dismiss a case alleging a 3-year-old boy was abused on a plane.

Ohio woman gets diploma 63 years after missing graduation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:47
LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — A woman who missed graduation in 1952 because she needed a half-credit of gym class has received her high school diploma decades later in a surprise ceremony.

Police: Man cut hole in storage unit roof, stole 35 guitars

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:44
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A New Jersey man is accused of stealing enough musical equipment to outfit quite a few bands.

Bankrupt W.Va. spill company offers $2.7M for victims

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:44
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Freedom Industries is proposing paying $6.7 million to various parties, including victims of the company's January 2014 chemical spill.

Twice-stranded sea lion pup found under car in San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:31
A sea lion pup found hiding under a car in San Francisco this week was "Rubbish," the same animal who had been found in the Santa Barbara area in February and released in to the Pacific Ocean after treatment, rescuers said Friday. The pup, who lost 17 pounds while at sea, is the latest of thousands of sea lion pups to wash ashore in California this year, as warm water temperatures makes their food scarce. “What’s scary is that we don’t know when this will end,” said Shawn Johnson, Director of Veterinary Science at The Marine Mammal Center in Marin County near San Francisco. “This could be the new normal - a changed environment that we’re dealing with now.” Rubbish was taken to The Marine Mammal Center on Thursday, after passersby noticed him beneath a parked car at the corner of Marina Boulevard and Divisadero Street in San Francisco and called police and rescuers.

Thief targets parked car in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:27

Thief targets parked car in South PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia police are looking for the thief who stole from a car parked in South Philadelphia.


Bridgegate: 3 former Christie allies charged in scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:26

 3 former Christie allies charged in scandalThree former allies of Gov. Chris Christie were charged Friday in the George Washington Bridge traffic jam scandal.


Police: Kids made to walk 6 miles, left with strangers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 02:16

 Kids made to walk 6 miles, left with strangersA Delaware woman is accused of making kids walk for six miles before leaving them in a park with strangers.


2 cops credited for rescuing baby from car in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 01:36

2 cops credited for rescuing baby from car in CamdenPolice are crediting two officers for rescuing a baby from a parked car on Thursday morning in Camden, New Jersey.


House passes $35B bill for Energy Department, water projects

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 01:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans Friday passed the second of 12 spending bills for the upcoming budget year, a $35 billion measure funding the Energy Department and popular water projects constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Man, 21, killed when car slammed into tree in Egg Harbor Township

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 01:05

Man, 21, killed when car slammed into tree in Egg Harbor TownshipOne person is dead and another is hospitalized after a car slammed into a tree overnight in Atlantic County, New Jersey.


Feds drop charges against hunter accused of starting wildfire that burned part of Yosemite

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 01:02
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Feds drop charges against hunter accused of starting wildfire that burned part of Yosemite .