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Dispute over gadget that blocks seat reclining diverts flight to Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:00
(Reuters) - A midair argument between two airline passengers over the use of a device that stops the seat in front from reclining caused a Newark-Denver flight to be diverted to Chicago over the weekend, airline and police officials said on Tuesday. One of the passengers on Sunday's United Airlines flight had used a Knee Defender, a small wedge-like gadget that clips to the passenger's tray table, to force the seat in front to remain upright, according to the airline. The passenger in front was unhappy to discover this and an argument broke out that could not be quelled by flight attendants, Chicago Police Department spokesman Ron Gaines said. The pilot diverted the flight to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, where Chicago police officers and Transportation Security Administration officials removed the man and woman, both of whom were described as being in their 40s, from the plane, Gaines said.

Four dead in apparent murder-suicide in Tulsa

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:45
(Reuters) - Two adults and two children from Guatemala were shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide in a Tulsa, Oklahoma, apartment, police said on Tuesday. "The investigation reveals that a 35-year-old male shot the three victims and then killed himself," Tulsa police said in a statement.

Arizona man drives hour to save injured bear

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:28
PHOENIX (AP) — An injured bear cub is recovering in Arizona after a man who initially thought it was a dead dog along the side of the road scooped it up and drove it 80 miles to get help.

Police: Man who stole from family wedding attacks aunt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:22

 Man who stole from family wedding attacks auntA man who had been jailed for allegedly stealing from a family wedding - and had been released from custody due to overcrowding - is now accused of attacking his aunt with a hammer.


Water shutoffs to resume in Detroit for unpaid bills

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:15

Detroit water activists Petty, Dziubek and Novak stand outside City Hall to protest against the increase in water shutoffs for residential customers with unpaid bills during a rally in DetroitBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Controversial water shutoffs in Detroit will resume on Tuesday after a month-long moratorium to allow delinquent customers to catch up with past due bills, city officials said. During the moratorium, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department was returned to city control after nearly a year of oversight under the state-appointed emergency financial manager. More than 25,000 customers are enrolled in at least one of the authority's payment plans, up from 17,000 when the moratorium began, the water department said in a statement. A city "water fair" on Saturday to help people avoid shutoffs by enrolling in a payment plan drew more than 1,300 people, according to the department.


Defense secretary OKs Medal of Honor for WWI hero

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:12

FILE - In this July 10, 2014 file photo, a statue of Henry Johnson is displayed in the Arbor Hill neighborhood in Albany, N.Y. The secretary of defense has recommended awarding a posthumous Medal of Honor to the black soldier from upstate New York who saved a comrade while fighting off a German attack in France during World War I. Sen. Charles Schumer says Tuesday that Chuck Hagel has sent Congress a letter saying Sgt. Henry Johnson should receive the nation's highest military decoration for bravery in combat. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The secretary of defense has recommended a posthumous Medal of Honor for a black World War I soldier from upstate New York who saved a comrade while fighting off a German attack in France, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday.


NJ car dealer admits selling Sandy-flooded cars

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:06

NJ car dealer admits selling Sandy-flooded carsA used car dealer in New Jersey has admitted selling seven vehicles that sustained flood damage during Superstorm Sandy after a Motor Vehicle Commission office employee created clean titles for them.


China deploys armed drone to multinational drills

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:03

Air force soldiersChina's air force said it deployed an armed drone to multinational anti-terrorism drills on Tuesday, underscoring the country's rapid progress in developing unmanned aerial vehicles. The drone, which wasn't ...


Police questioning man in connection with Mayfair double murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:01

Police questioning man in connection with Mayfair double murderPhiladelphia police are questioning a man in connection with the murders of two women who were found shot execution style in a home in Mayfair.


Toledo water treatment plant supervisor resigns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 21:59
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A city official who was in charge of Toledo's water treatment plant has resigned just three weeks after toxins contaminated the water supply for about 400,000 people.

US stocks open higher; S&P 500 at 2,000 points

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 21:39
Stocks are opening higher as investors welcomed the latest corporate deal news, sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index back above 2,000. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 33 points, or 0.2 percent, ...

N.J. flight diverted after fight over legroom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 21:25

N.J. flight diverted after fight over legroomA flight from Newark, New Jersey to Denver got diverted because of a ruckus over legroom.


How Hostage's Mother Reacted When She Learned Son Was Freed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 21:24
Nancy Curtis said she'll "probably cry" when she sees Peter Theo Curtis.

New York City subway train goes wrong way

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 21:14

New York City subwayNEW YORK (AP) — New York City transit officials say a subway operator and conductor have been taken out of service while they investigate how a train ended up going the wrong way.


US durable goods orders surge record 22.6 percent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 20:39

US durable goods orders surge record 22.6 percentBusiness orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July but much of the strength came from a huge surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, ...


Teen begged for armed robbers at ATM to spare his life

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 20:09

Teen begged for armed robbers at ATM to spare his lifeA Texas mother is on a mission to catch the armed thieves who held up her 17-year-old son


Former FBI director Freeh injured in car crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:40
Former FBI director Louis Freeh sustained serious injuries in a single-car crash in Vermont, authorities said.

VIDEO: N.J. flight diverted after fight over legroom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:23

N.J. flight diverted after fight over legroomA flight from Newark, New Jersey to Denver got diverted because of a ruckus over legroom.


Arizona voters go to polls in Republican primary to succeed governor Brewer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:07

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer makes a statement saying she vetoed the controversial SB1062 bill at the Arizona State Capitol in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Voters in Arizona go to the polls on Tuesday to select a Republican candidate to vie for the seat of outgoing Governor Jan Brewer, who has repeatedly clashed with the Obama administration over illegal immigration. With border security issues high on the political agenda, voters will choose from six hopefuls including state treasurer and businessman Doug Ducey and ex-mayor and developer Scott Smith, who are seen as frontrunners among recent political polls and observers.


Los Angeles schools official suspends iPad rollout: L.A. Times

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 18:59

The leaf on the Apple symbol is tinted green at the Apple flagship store on 5th Ave in New York(Reuters) - The Los Angeles schools superintendent has suspended a contract with Apple Inc to provide an iPad to each of its students as the $1 billion initiative faces problems and growing scrutiny, the Los Angeles Times newspaper reported. Monday's suspension is the latest setback for the Los Angeles Unified School District's proposed technology rollout, the largest of its kind for any U.S. Under a contract approved a little more than a year ago, Apple's tablet computer was to be coupled with a digital curriculum from Pearson. "Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple Inc," Superintendent John Deasy told the district's Board of Education on Monday in a memo posted on the newspaper's website.