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4 killed in wrong-way crash on Sacramento freeway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 23:35
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say four people were killed in a wrong-way crash that blocked several lanes of a freeway in Sacramento.

PHOTOS: Hubble's turn to smile, marks 25 years in orbit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 23:29

This January 2005 image made by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and a companion galaxy. The Whirlpool's two curving arms are star-formation factories, compressing hydrogen gas and creating clusters of new stars. The Hubble Space Telescope marks its 25th anniversary. A full decade in the making, Hubble rocketed into orbit on April 24, 1990, aboard space shuttle Discovery. (NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), Hubble Heritage Team STS via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Hubble, it's your turn to smile for the cameras!


Man pleads not guilty in Carnival parade shooting deaths

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 23:27
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 19-year-old man accused of killing two men while a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade rolled by has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

Drug charge dropped in Detroit-area police beating case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 23:24
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has dismissed a drug charge against a man who was repeatedly punched by a Detroit-area police officer during a violent arrest.

Senate leaders propose extending NSA phone records storage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 23:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before a key surveillance law expires, Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting the calling records of nearly every American.

Nurtured by church, Vietnamese immigrants eagerly await pope

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 23:12

In this Saturday, April 4, 2015 photo, Vietnamese-American Jillian Nguyen, 3, stands with others during their baptism into the Catholic faith, at Saint Helena Catholic Church in Philadelphia. When Pope Francis visits Philadelphia in September, after stops in Washington and New York, the crowd that gathers to hear the papal Mass will look different from the one that greeted Pope John Paul II in 1979. The Catholic population has been buoyed by new immigrants, including from Mexico, the Philippines and Vietnam. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Pope Francis visits Philadelphia in September after stops in Washington and New York, the crowd that gathers to hear the papal Mass will look different from the one that greeted Pope John Paul II in 1979. The region's Catholic population has been buoyed by new immigrants, including from Mexico, the Philippines and Vietnam.


Fact sheet: 2015 Subaru BRZ

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 23:00
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Worried sick over canine flu? Tips to help protect your pup

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 22:51

In this undated photo provided by Steve Gilberg, Gilberg and his dog Joey pose for photos in Chicago. The 6-year-old pug-Chihuahua mix came down with canine flu. "It was a Sunday morning and he just started coughing really, really hard, kind of like a smoker's hacking cough, coming from the belly," said Gilberg. (Steve Gilberg via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An outbreak of canine flu has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, killing a handful and stirring concern among animal lovers nationwide that the highly contagious virus will sideline their pets.


U.S. top court makes it easier for people to sue the government

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 22:40

The phrase "Equal Justice Under Law" adorns the west entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court building in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday made it easier for people to sue the federal government by ruling in favor of plaintiffs in two separate cases including one involving a Hong Kong woman who was strip-searched while in immigration detention in Oregon. President Barack Obama's administration had asked the court to impose a strict deadline for such lawsuits under a law called the Federal Tort Claims Act. The court's four liberals were joined in the majority by conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often casts the deciding vote in close cases. One case involved Kwai Fun Wong, who was strip-searched while held in an Oregon immigration detention center in 1999.


Mental exam ordered for man accused in deadly machete attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 22:37
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A judge has ordered a northern Oklahoma man accused of nearly beheading a 19-year-old friend to undergo a psychological and physical evaluation.

Man saved after wheelchair goes off DC Metro platform

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 21:58
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man was rescued from the tracks at a Washington Metro station after his wheelchair rolled off the platform.

APNewsBreak: 11 Newtown families distance selves from group

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 21:43

In this Dec. 14, 2013 file photo, a makeshift memorial with crosses for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre stands outside a home in Newtown, Conn., on the one-year anniversary of the shootings. Newtown is taking its time to decide what a permanent memorial should look like. A commission has been hearing proposals for concepts including murals, groves and memorial parks, while looking for lessons from paths chosen by other tragedy-stricken communities. Public forums are planned for 2015, the next step in a process that is expected to last several more years. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)The families of 11 people killed in the Newtown shooting rampage are making it known that they have no association with a gun control group behind a Tim McGraw concert this summer. The July 17 concert ...


Driver killed after car hits 2 trees on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 21:24

Driver killed after car hits 2 trees on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice say a 40-year-old man has died after his car hit 2 trees in Northeast Philadelphia.


Feds to review evidence in West Virginia police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 20:51
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors plan to review evidence from a state investigation of the fatal shooting of a Virginia man by police in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

School bus, SEPTA bus collide in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 20:40

6 injured after school bus, SEPTA bus collide in West PhiladelphiaFirst responders are on the scene of a crash involving a school bus and a SEPTA bus in West Philadelphia.


Time running out on watchmaker's museum in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 20:22
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Watchmaker Timex says it's time to close its museum in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Officials: Rogue workers targeted big bourbon distilleries

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 19:50

Evidence tags mark recovered bottles of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon shown during a news conference at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Frankfort, Ky. Nine people were indicted relating to the theft of more than $100,000 worth of bourbon from the Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace distilleries. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bourbon theft ring targeting the Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries operated for years as a lucrative business, involving tens of thousands of dollars in whiskey, and the scheme began to unravel only when stolen barrels were discovered behind a shed, officials said.


Authorities thwart terror attack on church in Paris

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 19:45

Authorities thwart terror attack on church in ParisAn Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was only prevented from opening fire on Sunday morning churchgoers because he accidentally shot himself, French officials said.


In Illinois, the pain of budget cuts stings daily life

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 19:11

Spencer Leak, Jr., Vice President and licensed Funeral Director at Leak and Sons Funeral Homes poses for a photograph in the chapel in Country Club HillsBy Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - No one answers the Illinois Tobacco Quitline's telephone anymore. Its 27 staff members were laid off suddenly last week when the stop-smoking program's $3 million grant was suspended as part of $26 million in immediate spending cuts by the state. For a state grappling with a $1.6 billion budget deficit, which has made Illinois a poster child for fiscal woes, the amount is a small drop in the big bucket of cuts needed to close the gap. New Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, who campaigned on promises to get the state's finances under control, implemented the cuts.


Oklahoma reserve deputy pleads not guilty to manslaughter in shooting black man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 17:41

Handout of Reserve Deputy Robert Bates provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in TulsaBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma reserve deputy pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday for killing a black man he said he accidentally shot with a gun instead of a Taser, a Tulsa County District Court clerk said on Tuesday. There have been protests in Chicago after a judge found a police officer not guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the killing of 22-year-old black woman on Monday. Robert Bates, 73, an insurance executive who serves as a volunteer deputy with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, shot and killed Eric Harris, 44, on April 2. "At a time when we are still mourning the death of a loved one that he shot down in the street, Mr. Bates will be relaxing and enjoying his wealth and privilege," the Harris family said in a statement to the paper.