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2 hurt in rollover crash on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 20:46

2 hurt in rollover crash on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast PhiladelphiaTwo people are hospitalized in stable condition following a crash on the Roosevelt Boulevard.


Guns, drugs found after shooting in Strawberry Mansion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 20:44

Guns, drugs found after shooting in Strawberry MansionThe search for a shooting victim led police to an arsenal of guns and drugs.


Thief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toys

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 20:37
LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a Florida Wal-Mart store so his friend could steal toys.

Three killed, several injured in crash outside California church

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 20:01
(Reuters) - Three people were killed and at least nine others injured when a driver ploughed into a group of pedestrians leaving a holiday church service in a southern California city of Redondo Beach on Wednesday night, police said. The driver ran into the crowd, who were taking the crosswalk after leaving St. James Catholic Church, before crashing head-on into another car around 8 p.m. local time, police said in a statement. Emergency workers treated about 12 people, including at least one child, at the scene who were then transported to hospitals, police said. ...

Subway co-founder will allow kids to use his field

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 19:04
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A co-founder of the Subway sandwich chain says kids in Danbury, Connecticut, can continue to play soccer on a field he owns until a new athletic field is ready to open.

'Another Wall falls': Europe hails U.S.-Cuba breakthrough

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 18:55

The European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini attends a news conference in KievBRUSSELS (Reuters) - Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall reunited Europe, the European Union hailed a "historic turning point" in the Caribbean with the renewal of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. "Today another Wall has started to fall," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement. "These moves represent a victory of dialogue over confrontation. ...


Philadelphia man charged with 2 arsons in Germantown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 18:45

Philadelphia man charged with 2 arsons in GermantownPhiladelphia police have made an arrest in two arsons that targeted a home on Coulter Street in Germantown.


Things to know about Montana exchange student killing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 18:16
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Markus Kaarma, a 30-year-old Montana man, was convicted of deliberate homicide for shooting Diren Dede, a 17-year-old German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage. Kaarma's attorneys unsuccessfully argued his actions were justified by a state law allowing the use of deadly force if a person reasonably fears for his or her safety or their property. Some key legal issues raised by the case:

Putin: Russian economy will recover

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 17:41

 Russian economy will recoverThe Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference. He said the current crisis could last two years at most, but ...


State-by-state breakdown of child abuse deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 17:30
The Associated Press asked all 50 states, the District of Columbia and military services to provide information on children who died of abuse or neglect over a six-year span, even as authorities were investigating them or their families or providing some form of protective services.

Sony emails show a studio ripe for hacking

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:15

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2004 file photo, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Lynton is seen in Beverly Hills, Calif. In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages blamed on employees keeping too many old emails and hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials. The company’s chief executive regularly was reminded in unsecure emails from his executive assistant of his own secret passwords for his and his family’s mail, banking, travel and shopping accounts, according to a review of more than 32,000 stolen corporate emails circulating on the Internet. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials.


AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as officials fail to protect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:20

In this Nov. 13, 2014, photo, Jennifer Blaz, 34, poses for a photo in her home in Butte, Mont., holding a photograph of her daughter, Mattisyn Blaz.Matthew Blaz, 33, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the death of their infant daughter. (AP Photo/Lido Vizzutti)BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.


1 dead, several injured as car hits pedestrians

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:16
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A woman drove into a group of pedestrians Wednesday night on the Pacific Coast highway, killing one person and leaving several others injured, police said. The crash occurred outside a church where a Christmas service had just ended.

Lab tests: pesticide killed Portland crows

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:56
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A wildlife official says tests have confirmed that a pesticide killed more than two dozen crows found in downtown Portland, but investigators still can't say whether the birds were poisoned intentionally.

How Kim Jong Un became the target of 'The Interview'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:30

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, from left, 1st AD Jonathan Watson, DP Brandon Trost, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen on the set of Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)NEW YORK (AP) — A few weeks ago, when a freshly stoned Seth Rogen sat down for a lunch interview about "The Interview," the likelihood of trouble seemed remote.


FBI, Los Angeles police recover nine stolen paintings worth $10 million

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:11
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal agents and police in Los Angeles have recovered nine paintings worth millions of dollars that were stolen from the home of an elderly couple six years ago, including works by Marc Chagall and Diego Rivera, and FBI spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The paintings were recovered in an FBI sting operation in which a suspect identified as Paul Espinoza, 45, was arrested as he tried to sell the stolen artwork to undercover agents, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. ...

Charlie Brown and a city's ugly Christmas tree

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:06

In this Dec. 12, 2014 photo City Councilman Jeff Waltman photographs the city's official Christmas tree in Reading, Pa. Waltman fought to save the 50-foot Norway spruce that many residents compared to the spindly tree in "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and the city is now embracing the "Peanuts" theme. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)READING, Pa. (AP) — Reading's official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief.


Catskills hang hopes of revival on new casino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:56

Restaurant owner Randy Resnick poses for a portrait Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Rock Hill, N.Y. Three economically distressed communities in upstate New York have been selected as sites for casinos bringing an end to a fierce competition among developers and job-hungry communities. "This means rebirth. This means new life," said Resnick. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)THOMPSON, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of this faded corner of the New York's Catskills Mountains fist-pumped, cheered and hugged as they closed in on landing a casino. Finally.


Federal judge rebuffs NCAA concussion settlement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:33
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday rebuffed a $75-million NCAA settlement that aimed to end a massive class-action lawsuit over head injuries suffered by student athletes, court records show. U.S. District Judge John Lee wrote in a 21-page opinion that while the proposed agreement was a step in the right direction, the $70 million devoted to fund concussion testing and diagnosis for players might not cover potential costs, among other issues. "Although these concerns may prove surmountable, the Court cannot grant preliminary approval of the settlement as currently proposed," Lee wrote. ...

Executions in United States at 20-year low: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:21

Handout of revamped lethal injection room at San Quentin State PrisonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amid growing concerns about how executions are carried out in the United States, the number of prison inmates being put to death fell to a 20-year low in 2014, the Death Penalty Information Center said in a report issued on Thursday. The 35 executions this year was the lowest since 1994, said the Washington-based nonprofit, which does not take a position on whether the death penalty should be abolished, in its annual survey of national data. ...