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House explosion caught on camera in Stafford Twp. caused by cracked gas main

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:26
A New Jersey Natural Gas official tells Action News a cracked gas distribution main is what led to Tuesday morning's devastating explosion in Stafford Township.

Documents from Osama bin Laden raid read at US terror trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:25
NEW YORK (AP) — Declassified al-Qaida documents obtained after the 2011 raid of Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan compound have been presented at the U.S. trial of a suspect charged in a British terrorism plot.

Stafford Twp. residents cope with aftermath of house explosion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:23
Following Tuesday's earth-shaking gas explosion that leveled a Stafford Township guest house and injured 15 people, the neighborhood is working to get back to normal.

U.S. top court says state dental board can't regulate teeth whitening

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:18
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a North Carolina state dental board does not have the authority to regulate teeth-whitening services, accepting the federal government’s claim that the system is anticompetitive because dentists sit on the panel. The court, on a 6-3 vote, ruled for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which had decided that the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners could be subject to antitrust claims. The justices, in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, agreed with the government's claim that although state entities are usually exempt from federal antitrust laws, the exemption did not apply because the board was not actively supervised by the state and because it was made up of self-interested private businesses. Kennedy wrote that the exemption "does not authorize the states to abandon markets to the unsupervised control of active market participants." FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said she was pleased with the ruling and noted that the board had barred non-dentists from offering cheaper teeth-whitening services.

NY transit officials review safety after train-car collision

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:17
NEW YORK (AP) — Transportation officials said Wednesday they are reviewing safety practices at railroad crossings throughout suburban New York including adding warning signs, red-light cameras and sensors that would alert a train of the presence of a vehicle on the tracks after an SUV collided with a Metro-North commuter train, killing six people.

Justices: Fisherman is off the hook in grouper-tossing case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida fisherman convicted of tossing undersized grouper off his boat is off the hook after a divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that he should not have been ensnared by a law targeting accounting fraud.

AccuWeather: Milder Today, Southern Snow Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:06
Meteorologist David Murphy says some light snow is likely in South Jersey and Southern Delaware tomorrow morning.

'American Sniper' jurors: Ex-Marine knew right from wrong

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 02:03
Jurors who convicted a former Marine in the deaths of famed "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend say the killer's past behavior undermined his argument that he couldn't tell right from wrong.

UN experts: Yemen ex-president allegedly amassed billions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:54

FILE - In a Sept. 3, 2012 file photo, former Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks during a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of his General People's Congress party (GPC) establishment in Sanaa, Yemen. U.N. experts said in a report circulated Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, that Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh is alleged to have amassed assets worth between $32 billion and $60 billion, most believed to have been transferred abroad under other names. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh is alleged to have amassed assets worth between $32 billion and $60 billion, most believed to have been transferred abroad under other names, U.N. experts said in a report circulated Wednesday.

Minnesota man pleads not guilty to supporting Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:52
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man who was stopped at a New York City airport in November as he and three others were allegedly trying to travel to Syria has pleaded not guilty to charges associated with supporting the Islamic State group.

Montana man pleads guilty to killing grandmother with chair

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:50
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to beating his grandmother to death with a chair in December 2013, shortly after he was released from the state psychiatric hospital.

No charges for Georgia officer who shot handcuffed man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:50
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An officer who fatally shot a handcuffed suspect won't face criminal charges after a grand jury found the detained man was armed with a gun that police missed during his pat-down.

Tobacco companies to settle smoking lawsuits for $100 million

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:37

The headquarters of Reynolds American is seen in downtown Winston-SalemBy Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three major U.S. tobacco companies including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, Lorillard Inc and Altria Group’s Philip Morris USA will pay $100 million to settle hundreds of federal lawsuits over smoking, according to an announcement from plaintiffs’ lawyers on Wednesday. The agreement will cover more than 400 lawsuits filed in federal court in Florida by smokers or their families, according to the announcement. Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds will each pay $42.5 million, and Lorillard will pay $15 million, according to a lead lawyer for plaintiffs, Joe Rice of law firm Motley Rice.

Truck driver in California rail crash had DUI conviction: L.A. Times

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:37

A police officer stands at the scene of a double-decker Metrolink train derailment in Oxnard, CaliforniaThe truck driver arrested in a rail crash that injured 50 people in California had been cited for multiple driving violations in his home state of Arizona, including a 1998 conviction for driving under the influence, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, was found walking and "in distress" more than a mile from the accident on Tuesday and was later taken into custody on felony hit-and-run charges for leaving the scene, police said. The crash in Oxnard, about 45 miles northwest of Los Angeles, flipped over three double-decker Metrolink rail cars and derailed two others.

Guatemalan Embassy: Ex-President Alfonso Portillo released from US prison in bribery case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:27
DENVER (AP) — Guatemalan Embassy: Ex-President Alfonso Portillo released from US prison in bribery case.

U.S. conservatives urge Boehner to hold firm on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:14

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks after a House Republican caucus meetingBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative Republicans urged House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner not to capitulate in a fight with Democrats over President Barack Obama's immigration policy that threatens a partial Homeland Security shutdown later this week. The conservative lawmakers, led by Representative Jeff Duncan, circulated a letter to Boehner and other House leaders telling them to hold the line in opposing Obama's executive actions shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, a Duncan aide said on Tuesday. The House last month attached provisions to block spending on Obama's immigration orders to a $39.7 billion bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

Missing boy, missing files: Problem paper trail in 1979 case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:10

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012 file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. He is charged in the death of 6-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared on his way to a school bus stop more than three decades earlier. Hernandez confessed to police in 2012. The veracity of the confession, though, is tempered by Hernandez's history of mental illness. Such frailties, experts say, raise difficult questions about whether a suspect is exercising free will in talking to police, and greatly increase the potential for false confessions. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Trying a man for murder in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz has come with obstacles created by the passage of time: Many witnesses, including the lead detective, have died. Memories of those still alive have faded.

Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:09

In this April 18, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio says Congress is sending President Barack Obama legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. The White House is indicating Obama will quickly veto it in private over Republican lawmakers' urging that he sign it. It would be the third veto of Obama's presidency. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline — a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington's political realignment.

Fact sheet: 2015 Nissan 370Z

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:05
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Nissan's Z sport coupe remains an affordable performer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:04

This undated image made available by Nissan shows the 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO. (AP Photo/Nissan, John Murphy Photography)Thank you, Yutaka Katayama.