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1 dead in fiery tractor-trailer crash on New Jersey Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:27

1 dead in fiery tractor-trailer crash on New Jersey TurnpikeNew Jersey State Police say one person is dead after a fiery crash involving three tractor-trailers on the New Jersey Turnpike in Middlesex County.


Senate blocks NSA phone records measure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.

Police investigating alleged rape by two Tennessee football players

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:25
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Tennessee police said they are investigating allegations that two University of Tennessee football players raped a 19-year-old woman at an off-campus apartment complex in Knoxville over the weekend. Alexander Johnson and Michael Williams were identified in a Knoxville police report on Tuesday as suspects in a "forcible rape" that the woman reported early on Sunday. Williams was accused of sexually assaulting another 19-year-old woman early on Sunday. ...

Montana Catholic diocese seeks to pay abuse victims $16.4 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:23
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Montana Roman Catholic diocese has asked a judge to approve a bankruptcy reorganization plan that includes a $16.4 million settlement for hundreds of adults claiming childhood sexual abuse by clergy and lay workers, attorneys said on Tuesday. The Helena diocese, serving some 44,500 Catholics in 57 parishes and 38 missions in western Montana, including the state capital, is the 11th U.S. diocese to file for Chapter 11 protection since 2004 due to liabilities stemming from abuse claims. Under the agreement, which must be approved by a U.S. ...

Pennsylvania attorney general: Porn email had kids

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:23
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Some of the pornographic emails that were exchanged among state government officials in a scandal that has claimed some of their jobs involved children and violent sexual acts against women, the state attorney general said Tuesday.

4 deaths blamed on major New York snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:15

4 deaths blamed on major New York snowstormFour people died during a storm that dumped more than 4 feet of snow around Buffalo and forced motorists in 150 vehicles, including a women's basketball team, to ride it out on a day when temperatures dropped to freezing or below in all 50 states.


San Diego advances plan to recycle wastewater

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:12
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5 billion plan to reuse wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought.

Ryan to chair tax panel, a possible 2016 platform

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:46
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders chose Paul Ryan on Tuesday to head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for the next two years, giving him a high-profile platform if he decides to run for president in 2016 or beyond.

Sister of slain actress crusades against Manson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:44

This Oct. 8, 2014 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows 80-year-old serial killer Charles Manson. A marriage license has been issued for Manson to wed 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton, who left her Midwestern home nine years ago and moved to Corcoran, California to be near him. Burton, who goes by the name "Star," told the AP that she and Manson will be married next month. (AP Photos/California Department of Corrections)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debra Tate, whose pregnant sister Sharon was slain in 1969 by the murderous followers of Charles Manson, has spent much of her life trying to divert attention from the cult leader and keep him in prison.


UN push against North Korea on rights moves ahead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:41

Choe Myong Nam, a North Korean official in charge of U.N. affairs and human rights, listens during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly human rights committee, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. An attempt to weaken a United Nations move to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity failed Tuesday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world's boldest effort yet to hold North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity moved forward Tuesday at the United Nations, where a Pyongyang envoy threatened further nuclear tests.


NJ politicians told to polish up on one-liners

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:39
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — It's the kind of seminar that ambitious civil servant Leslie Knope of NBC's "Parks and Recreation" would have circled on her calendar months in advance.

4 deaths blamed on major New York snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:32

Lauren Hansen shovels snow off her porch as her dog Kapone stands by, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Michiganians are shivering after a pre-winter cold weather system with gale-force winds broke temperature records and dumped up to foot and a half of snow. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Emily Rose Bennett) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUTBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Four people died during a storm that dumped more than 4 feet of snow around Buffalo and forced motorists in 150 vehicles, including a women's basketball team, to ride it out on a day when temperatures dropped to freezing or below in all 50 states.


Wisconsin girl in Slenderman case still believes in him: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:32
By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA Wis. (Reuters) - A lawyer for a Wisconsin girl accused of luring a classmate into the woods and repeatedly stabbing her to please Slenderman said on Tuesday his client still believes in the fictional Internet character and is unfit to stand trial. Morgan Geyser and her friend Anissa Weier were both 12 when they were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide in the attack on a friend the morning after a sleepover in late May in Waukesha, a suburb west of Milwaukee. ...

3 tractor-trailers involved in fiery NJ Turnpike crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:26

1 dead in fiery tractor-trailer crash on New Jersey TurnpikeNew Jersey State Police are investigating a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in Middlesex County.


Study will test survivors' blood to treat Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:25

This Nov. 7, 2014, photo shows the inside a mobile donation unit at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Raleigh, N.C. The unit was headed to Liberia for use in a study of blood plasma treatment for Ebola patients. (AP Photo/Trevor Jenkins)A coalition of companies and aid groups announced plans Tuesday to test experimental drugs and collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors to treat new victims of the disease in West Africa.


Pennsylvania man sentenced to death in dismemberment case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:15
By Joe McDonald STROUDSBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A jury on Tuesday sentenced a Pennsylvania man to death for the first-degree murder of a homeless woman whose body parts were found stuffed in garbage bags strewn along two highways. The convicted murderer, Charles Hicks, 40, showed no emotion as the decision was read out in the Monroe County courtroom. A jury reached the sentence after deliberating six-and-a-half hours. Jurors convicted Hicks on Friday of all three charges he faced in the beating, strangulation and dismemberment of Deanna Null, 36, of Scranton. Her remains were found in January ...

Same-sex marriage now allowed in most populous Kansas county

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:08
KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - The Kansas Supreme Court said on Tuesday the state's most populous county could issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and left it to the federal courts to determine whether a Kansas ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. The court did not address whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in all Kansas counties following a federal judge's ruling on Nov. 4 that clerks in Sedgwick and Douglas counties must issue marriage licenses to gay couples. ...

Dozens treated after California waste plant fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:03

45 a.m. when it exploded at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co., authorities said. (AP Photo/Fox 11 LA)SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) — A mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Ventura County waste facility on Tuesday, sending dozens to hospitals for decontamination and emptying homes and businesses for a mile around the plant before the danger eased, authorities said.


Model-TV host Dickinson accuses Bill Cosby of assault

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:02

Model-TV host Dickinson accuses Bill Cosby of assaultModel and TV host Janice Dickinson is adding her name to the women who have accused comic Bill Cosby of sexual assault.


Tracy Morgan battling severe brain injury, lawyer says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:34

Tracy Morgan battling severe brain injury, lawyer saysTracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's uncertain if he will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said Tuesday.