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Trans-Pacific balloon crew: It's like camping in the sky

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:44

30 a.m. JST Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan in a bid to reach North America and break two major records en route. in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan to North America and break two major records en route. The attempt will put them on course to break a distance record of 5,208 miles (8,381 kilometers). They also want to break the flight-duration record of 137 hours set in 1978 when Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman made the first trans-Atlantic balloon flight. (AP Photo/Troy Bradley, Two Eagles Balloon Team)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An international team is piloting the helium-filled Two Eagles balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break a pair of major ballooning records.

Police: WVU frat pledge drank 6X legal limit of alcohol

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:43
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University fraternity pledge drank a lethal amount of alcohol shortly before he died during an initiation function last year, police said Tuesday.

Two former Vanderbilt football players found guilty by Tennessee jury

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:35
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Two former Vanderbilt University football players were found guilty on Tuesday in the rape of an unconscious female student. The case comes at a time of heightened national discussion about the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. Relatives of Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey broke into tears as the two were led away after the verdict. Also charged with the rape are former Vanderbilt football players Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, who are awaiting trial.

Chicago-area teenager pleads guilty to stabbing death of sister

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:34
By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - A 15-year-old Chicago-area girl pleaded guilty in juvenile court on Tuesday to the fatal stabbing of her younger sister in a quarrel over household chores, local media reports said. The girl, who was not identified because she was charged as a minor, stabbed her 11-year-old sister 40 times with a kitchen knife. The Daily Herald in suburban Chicago reported the attack took place last January when the two girls were home alone in Mundelein, Illinois. Authorities said she was upset at having to do most of the household chores and not being appreciated for providing help with homework.

Georgia mother kills three children in murder-suicide: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:33
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The bodies of a mother and her three children ranging in age from 9 months to 10 years old were discovered in a suburban Atlanta apartment on Tuesday in what was an apparent murder-suicide carried out by the mother, authorities said. A maintenance man discovered the four bodies inside the Austell, Georgia apartment when he went there to work on a clothes dryer, Cobb County police spokesman Dana Pierce said. Authorities identified the mother as Kisha Holmes, 35. Police believe Holmes "first took the lives of her three children and then her own," a police statement said.

Police seek man who lured, exposed self to teen in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:33

Police seek man who lured, exposed self to teen in CamdenPolice in Camden, New Jersey are looking for the man who exposed himself to a teenage girl.

Vermont takes 2nd look at aid-in-dying law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:33
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The first Legislature in the country to pass an aid-in-dying law may revisit the issue, as a key backer says changes to automatically take effect in mid-2016 would remove too many patient protections.

Man sought in Missouri kidnapping captured in Kentucky

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:32
(Reuters) - A man suspected of kidnapping and robbery in a two-state crime spree was captured on Tuesday afternoon in Kentucky, the FBI said. Robert "Robbie" Caldwell, 25, of Danville, Kentucky, was suspected of kidnapping a man outside his Kansas City home as he prepared to leave for work last Thursday, the FBI said. The FBI said Caldwell was apprehended in Lincoln County, Kentucky, on Tuesday after a vehicle and foot pursuit by the Kentucky State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and Stanford Police Department. The FBI said he could face state and federal charges.

Defense rests in penalty phase of Jodi Arias trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:31

Jodi Arias sits in the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in Phoenix(Reuters) - Defense attorneys for convicted killer Jodi Arias have rested their case in the penalty phase of her trial in Phoenix without calling her back to the witness stand, court officials said on Tuesday. Arias, 34, faces the death penalty for the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, who was found in the shower of his Phoenix-area home, stabbed 27 times, his throat slashed and shot in the face. As part of her sentencing retrial that began in October, Arias spent parts of two days in late October and early November testifying before jurors in Maricopa County Superior Court without the public or the media present for the proceedings. It was not clear if the order that Arias' testimony be public was a factor in the decision by defense lawyers not to put her back on the witness stand.

Once ubiquitous, parking garages fall to the wrecking ball

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:30

In this Jan. 26, 2015 photo, heavy machinery nears completion of the removal of a 1960s-era parking garage in downtown Asheville, N.C. A developer will begin constructing a nine-story, upscale hotel with retail along the street _ circling back to what was there before the '60s. Communities across the country are demolishing the garages and putting up buildings again, confident that more people will be drawn to lively offices, hotels and housing. (AP Photo/The Citizen-Times, William Woody)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall.

Obama dropping plan to tax college savings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:27

U.S. President Obama delivers a speech at Siri Fort Auditorium in New DelhiPresident Barack Obama has dropped a controversial proposal to tax "529" college savings plans, a White House official said on Tuesday, calling it a "distraction" from administration efforts to provide middle-class tax relief. The proposal had aroused opposition from Republicans and Democrats in Congress. A source familiar with the situation said House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi had pressed senior administration officials to drop the proposal as she flew with Obama on Air Force One from India to Saudi Arabia. "Given it has become such a distraction, we’re not going to ask Congress to pass the 529 provision so that they can instead focus on delivering a larger package of education tax relief that has bipartisan support," the White House official said.

Minnesota terror suspect to be released to halfway house

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:17
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group will be released to a halfway house while his case is pending, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Executive: No guarantee BP would help pay subsidiary's fines

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:12
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An executive for the BP subsidiary that faces billions of dollars in possible fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill testified Tuesday that it is uncertain whether other BP entities would step in to help pay a steep penalty.

Moods are sunny at the shore after the snow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:10

Moods are sunny at the shore after the snowIn our area, the Jersey Shore saw the most snow. The water is still churning and it's still very cold, but the winds have died down and the sun is starting to peek out.

Grounds laid out for death penalty in trooper ambush case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:07
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor formally notified a court on Tuesday he is seeking the death penalty for the survivalist accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another in a barracks ambush in September.

TSA finding more guns in airport carry-on bags

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:02
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The government says it is finding more guns in carry-on bags at U.S. airports.

AP PHOTOS: Snowstorm pounds Northeast _ most of it, anyway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:00

Frozen sea spray coats a road sign and a church during a winter storm in Marshfield, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The storm punched out a section of the seawall in the coastal town, police said. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Arriving with warnings of "potentially historic" snowfall, Tuesday's snowstorm managed to deliver on that promise in New England, but dealt only a glancing blow of less than 10 inches in New York City and a whimper of 1.2 inches in Philadelphia.

Woman robbed while sitting inside vehicle in Fishtown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:58

Woman robbed while sitting inside vehicle in FishtownPhiladelphia police are searching for a male suspect who robbed a woman while she was sitting in her car in the city's Fishtown section.

Washington state bill would scrap delayed Seattle tunnel project

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:57
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two Washington state lawmakers have introduced a bill to scrap a $3.1 billion roadway overhaul and expressway tunnel excavation in Seattle, branding the project a failure beset by cost overruns, construction mishaps and delays. The project to replace an aging waterfront freeway in downtown Seattle has been stalled since December 2013, when the world's largest earth-boring machine, nicknamed Bertha, became stuck underground after drilling just one-tenth of a planned tunnel route. A bill sponsored by two Republican state senators, Doug Erickson and Michael Baumgartner, says the tunnel project is ill-conceived and likely to be plagued by additional construction problems and massive cost overruns. The measure is likely to be opposed by Governor Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, as well as supporters in the state legislature and Seattle City Council.

Record iPhone sales drive blowout quarter for Apple

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:56
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season.