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Transgender teen back in custody after escape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:54
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A troubled transgender girl whose confinement case has attracted national attention escaped from a Connecticut treatment program Tuesday and was found by police several hours later, state officials said.

Congress: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:50

David Friedman, the acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, testifies at the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — Both houses of Congress scolded the nation's highway safety agency Tuesday over its tardy handling of a deadly problem with General Motors cars, questioning whether it is competent to guarantee the safety of increasingly complex vehicles.

Amtrak restores service from Philly to DC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:46

Amtrak restores service from Philly to DCAmtrak says service from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia has been restored.

New York state denied federal funds for flagship bridge project

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:36
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. federal government has rejected most of a $511 million loan request for the renewal of New York state's Tappan Zee Bridge, dealing a blow to one of governor Andrew Cuomo's most prominent infrastructure projects just weeks ahead of state elections. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that the $3.9 billion project was ineligible for funds from a federal clean water fund because "construction activities arising from transportation projects do not advance water quality. ...

Tony Stewart fatal dirt-track incident to be heard by grand jury

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:35

 Tony Stewart-Press ConferenceBy Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - The case of a fatal dirt-track incident involving three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in upstate New York last month will be referred to a grand jury, authorities said on Tuesday. Stewart, one of the biggest names in auto racing, struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward during a non-NASCAR sprint car race on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. ...

Scottish independence vote cheers supporters of Texas secession

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:33
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The upcoming vote to decide whether Scotland should be independent of the United Kingdom has bolstered those campaigning to split the state of Texas from the United States. Texas Nationalist Movement president Daniel Miller, who wants the state's legislature to put the secession question on a statewide ballot, said Scotland's Sept. 18 referendum is a good sign for his movement. "If Scotland can do it, so can Texas," Miller said. The top U.S. ...

Tropical Storm Polo to strengthen to hurricane off Mexico's Pacific Coast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:30
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Polo is forecast to become a hurricane off Mexico's Pacific Coast on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, just days after a severe storm battered the Baja California peninsula. As of Tuesday afternoon, Polo was about 260 miles (418 km) south of Mexico's beach resort of Acapulco and moving in a northwesterly direction at 12 miles per hour (19 km per hour), the NHC said. ...

Officials: Officer chases suspect who shot him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:30
DUVALL, Wash. (AP) — A police officer in Washington state got back in his patrol car after being shot in the leg and pursued the fleeing gunman until other officers arrived to take over the chase and make an arrest following a standoff, authorities said Tuesday.

History books spark new Texas classroom battle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:23

State Board of Education board members, from left, Donna Bahorich, David Bradley, and Thomas Ratliff, raise their hands to ask questions during a public hearing for new textbooks up for adoption and use in classrooms statewide, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Austin, Texas. The Texas Board of Education is considering 104 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks that publishers have submitted for approval and use in public schools statewide. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation's Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases.

Police: Man fed up with barking kills neighbor dog

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:13
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man fed up with barking fatally shot his neighbors' dog in front of them. But the corgi apparently wasn't the one barking, authorities said.

CDC study: Americans' bellies are expanding fast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:13

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, file photo, an overweight man rests on a bench in Jackson, Miss. Rising numbers of American adults have the most dangerous kind of obesity, belly fat, despite evidence that overall obesity rates may have plateaued, government data shows. Abdominal obesity affects 54 percent of U.S. adults, versus 46 percent in 1999-2000, and the average waist size crept up an inch, too, according to the most recent statistics. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of obesity — has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.

Montana man charged with assaulting 4 women

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:12
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man assaulted four women in five instances over the past six months, causing injuries that required medical care and left one woman hospitalized for six days with a brain injury and a collapsed lung, prosecutors said.

Suspect named in killing of pregnant woman, baby in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:09

Suspect named in killing of pregnant woman, baby in FrankfordA suspect has been named in connection with a shooting that left a pregnant woman and her newborn baby dead.

School bus driver killed during safety drill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:09

Student book bags are removed from the scene of an accident on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. Police say a school bus driver was killed when the bus rolled over her during an evacuation drill outside an Akron charter school. A police spokesman says the 51-year-old driver sacrificed her life to save a 10-year-old girl who was about to jump out of the emergency exit at the back of the bus Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Ed Suba Jr) MANDATORY CREDITCLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero after tossing a child out of the way of a rolling bus Tuesday morning before the vehicle rolled over the driver herself and she was killed.

Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:08

Handout photo of fire supression at Happy Camp Complex fire in the Klamath National ForestBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of a day-old wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. The blaze, one of about a dozen major fires raging across the drought-parched state, prompted authorities to order the evacuation of about 1,000 households in and around the Northern California town of Weed, which has a population of about 3,000. ...

NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:53

In this May 29, 2014 photo, Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, introduces the SpaceX Dragon V2 spaceship at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, NASA will announce which one or two private companies wins the right to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. The deal will end NASA's expensive reliance on Russian crew transport. The contenders include SpaceX, Sierra Nevada Corp., and Boeing. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.

Mom pleads not guilty in 5-year-old son's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:53

Michelle Lodzinski arrives in court for her arraignment before Judge Bradley Ferencz in State Superior Court, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Lodzinski, is charged in the 1991 death of her 5-year-old son, Timothy Wiltsey. Lodzinski, 46, has been in custody since her arrest August 7. She's was extradited to New Jersey on Friday and is being held in the county jail on $2 million bail. (AP Photo/ Home News Tribune, Jason Towlen)NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A Florida woman charged with killing her 5-year-old son more than 20 years ago in New Jersey has pleaded not guilty.

Lifeguard in pickup truck runs over sunbather at California's Venice beach

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:48
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A lifeguard in a pickup truck accidentally ran over a 25-year-old sunbather at Southern California's Venice Beach, a popular destination for tourists, leaving the woman with fractures and damage to her internal organs, police said on Tuesday. Lorae Bermudez had been lying in the sand at the Los Angeles area beach with her husband a short distance away when the lifeguard ran over her on Monday, Los Angeles police spokeswoman Liliana Preciado said. ...

Sen. Reid moves to ensure nuclear dump stays dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:40
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid action in Congress to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found time Tuesday for an issue closer to home: ensuring that a nuclear waste dump in his home state of Nevada remains mothballed even after the government has spent $15 billion on it.

Los Angeles electricity use hits record amid heat wave

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 04:39
(Reuters) - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) urged customers to conserve electricity on Tuesday after customers the day before used record amounts of power for air conditioning to obtain relief from a heat wave. Demand reached 6,196 megawatts on Monday, beating the previous record of 6,177 MWs on Sept. 27, 2010, the utility said in a statement late Monday. That was nearly double the amount of energy customers use on a typical day in the city, the utility said. LADWP forecast that demand on Tuesday would top Monday's record and exceed 6,200 MWs. ...