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Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:19

This image provided by NASA shows the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, as it suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with about 5,000 pounds of supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions. (AP Photo/NASA, Joel Kowsky)NEW YORK (AP) — NASA pays it billions. Its rockets sport mythical names like Minotaur and Pegasus. And its $2 billion deal to resupply the International Space Station had gone well — until this week.


Liberia ambassador: US aid key to stopping Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:17

Liberia's ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah Sulunteh speaks during an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa. Sulunteh says his country needs help from U.S. troops, more ambulances and food to cope with the Ebola crisis, but he believes it can be brought under control by the end of the year. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Liberia needs help from U.S. troops, more ambulances and food to cope with the Ebola crisis, but the deadly disease can be brought under control by the end of the year, its ambassador to the United States said Wednesday.


Delaware girl home month after vicious dog attack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:16

Delaware girl home month after vicious dog attackAn 8-year-old Delaware girl critically injured after being attacked by a pit bull in her home has been allowed to return home.


Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:16

Handout of the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket rolls from the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) to launch Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in VirginiaBy Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island at 6:22 p.m. on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later. ...


Witnesses: FAMU hazing suspect led ritual on bus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:14
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Florida A&M band member being tried on hazing charges in the death of a drum major was the ring leader and decided who could participate in the initiation ritual, two former band members said Wednesday.

Missouri man's execution on hold indefinitely

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:08

FILE - In this April 21, 2014 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Mark Christeson who is scheduled to die by injection for killing a south-central Missouri mother and her two children in February 1998. The U.S. Supreme Court late Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014 halted the execution of a Missouri man who killed a woman and her two children, citing concerns that his legal counsel was ineffective.(AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The execution of a Missouri man who killed a woman and her two children is on hold indefinitely as the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to review the case.


School defends barring student who visited Nigeria

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:08
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut school superintendent is defending her decision to bar a third-grader from returning to school after visiting West Africa because of concern the girl may have contracted Ebola.

Man pleads guilty in Las Vegas puppy-store fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:00

FILE - This undated photo released by the Lake County Sheriff's Department, Indiana shows Kirk Bills. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, the 28-year-old fledgling boxer pleaded guilty to arson and attempted animal cruelty charges, and told a judge he didn't want to be remembered as the man who set fire to a Las Vegas pet store where firefighters rescued 27 puppies. (AP Photo/Lake County Sheriff's Department, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A fledgling boxer pleaded guilty Wednesday to arson and attempted animal cruelty charges, and told a judge he didn't want to be remembered as the man who set fire to a Las Vegas pet store where 27 puppies and adult dogs were rescued earlier this year.


Ex-governor takes blame for Malala event song flap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:55
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on Wednesday blamed himself for a flap that led to a song being scrapped from a program honoring Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai.

Officer charged in Camden drug bust married to one of 40 arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:54

Officer charged in Camden drug bust married to one of 40 arrestedAuthorities say the officer, 28-year-old Ashley Bailey, is married to one of the alleged members of a drug trafficking network that distributed more than $1 million annually.


Police: Man shot with sword looked like threat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:50
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah police chased and shot a man armed with a samurai-style sword as part of a Japanese anime costume because they thought he would hurt someone with the weapon after he swung it at them, according to search warrants released Wednesday .

Minnesota white spruce to hit road to US Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:44
CASS LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A white spruce from north-central Minnesota is about to hit the road to Washington where it will become the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree.

New York man beheads his mother, steps in front of train -police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:38
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man decapitated his mother, dumped her head and body on the ground outside their Long Island apartment and walked into the path of a moving commuter train, police said on Wednesday. The murder-suicide on Tuesday night claimed the life of Patricia Ward, 66, a professor at Farmingdale State College, part of the State University of New York, said Officer Kenneth Parker of Nassau County Police. A body identified as that of her son, Derek Ward, 35, was found near the Long Island Rail Road tracks, he said. Police called to the scene at 7:55 p.m. ...

Quarantine-like monitoring approved for U.S. troops on Ebola mission

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:35

US Army soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, who are earmarked for the fight against Ebola, conduct training before their deployment to West Africa, at Fort CampbellBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday approved a strict, 21-day quarantine-like monitoring period for all U.S. troops returning from the Ebola relief mission in West Africa, the Pentagon said. Hagel, acting at the recommendation of top military commanders, signed a memo asking for an implementation plan for the monitoring regimen, Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement. ...


Flames destroy pizza shop in Northampton County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:30

Flames destroy pizza shop in Northampton CountyA pizza shop in Northampton County was badly damaged by a massive fire.


Select quotes recalling journalist Ben Bradlee

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — A collection of quotes and remembrances of longtime Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee from those who knew him from the Watergate era and beyond:

Cops: Child-rape suspect vowed to kill his accuser

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:27

This 2014 photo provided by the Massachusetts State Police, shows Gregory J. Lewis, a child rape suspect who authorities say cut off a court-ordered GPS monitoring device and went on a cross-country crime spree. Lewis, 26, of Southbridge, was caught late Tuesday, Oct.,28, 2014 in the village of Fort Edward, N.Y., after driving into the Hudson River while fleeing from a traffic stop, said David Procopio, a Massachusetts State Police spokesman. (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police)BOSTON (AP) — A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an "ultimate goal" of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, state police said Wednesday, hours after he was captured in New York.


Woman in zombie costume charged twice with DWI

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:26

Catherine Butler of Rochester, N.Y. is seen in a booking photo provided by the Gates, N.Y., Police Department. Police say Butler, wearing a zombie costume and makeup, was charged with drunken driving twice within three hours Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 after attending a Rochester bar's "zombie prom" party. (AP Photo/Gates, N.Y., Police Department via member WHAM-TV)GATES, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a woman wearing a zombie costume and makeup was charged with drunken driving twice within three hours after attending an upstate New York bar's "zombie prom" party.


Police: Man decapitates mother, is killed by train

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:17

This undated photo provided by Farmingdale State College shows Patricia Ward, an assistant professor at the school, who has been identified as the woman whose decapitated body was found on a quiet suburban street on Long Island, N.Y. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 police in Farmingdale, N.Y., was investigating a possible connection between Ward and a man in his 30s who was fatally struck by a Long Island Rail Road train about a half hour after Ward's body was discovered on Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Farmingdale State College)FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A man with a history of psychiatric problems decapitated his mother, dragged her lifeless body into the street in front of their home and then killed himself by walking into the path of a nearby oncoming train, police said Wednesday.


U.S. investigator of Colombia scandal quits over prostitution case: NYT

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 04:16

Secret Service agents guard a street where U.S. President Barack Obama met with the Bonilla family at their home in Las VegasWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official who ran an investigation of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents in Colombia in 2012 resigned after he was suspected of visiting a prostitute in Florida, the New York Times reported. Investigator David Nieland left the government in August after refusing to answer questions about the incident, when he was seen coming and going from a building under surveillance in a prostitution investigation, the newspaper reported late on Tuesday, citing current and former DHS officials. ...