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Crash shuts down intersection in Bensalem, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 21:21

 Teen driver hits, kills teen girl getting on bus in BensalemPolice are investigating a crash in Bensalem, Bucks County.


Central Park cuteness: Manhattan zoo exhibits 2 harbor seals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 20:53

In this Dec. 11, 2014 photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a pair of harbor seals are exhibited at the Central Park Zoo in New York. The juvenile seals, Adam and Anson, were born at the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn. Though not endangered, harbor seals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. (AP Photo/Julie Larsen Maher)NEW YORK (AP) — Harbor seals are being exhibited at the Central Park Zoo for the first time since 2011.


Police in Radnor lure suspects to arrest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 20:37

Police in Radnor lure suspects to arrestPolice in Delaware County have been trying to track down dozens of people, but they were having some trouble finding them. That's why they came up with a different approach - making those people come to them.


Local theaters cancel movie showings after Sony hacker threat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 20:24

Local theaters cancel movie showings after Sony hacker's terror threatA national chain that operates several theaters in the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys has cancelled plans to show a new film following threats from the group claiming responsibility for the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack.


Documents reveal new details of Oklahoma execution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 20:11

File - This Oct. 9, 2014 file photo, shows an arm restraint on the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. Attorneys for 21 death row inmates who will be in a federal court this week challenging Oklahoma's lethal injection procedure outlined their strategy in court documents that reveal grisly new details in the botched execution of an inmate in April, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal hearing begins Wednesday over Oklahoma's attempts to resume executions nine months after a bungled lethal injection in which a death row inmate writhed on the gurney, mumbled and lifted his head after receiving a new drug combination.


Obama signs $1.1 trillion government spending bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:25

Obama delivers remarks during the taping of the 'Christmas in Washington' television special to benefit Children's National Medical Center in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last week that lifted the threat of a government shutdown. The legislation funds most government agencies through September 2015. The Department of Homeland Security will be treated differently, getting a funding extension only through Feb. 27, by which time Republicans will control both chambers of Congress. ...


Trapped burglary suspects caught inside Northeast Philadelphia Target store

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 18:27

Trapped burglary suspects caught at Northeast Philadelphia Target storeAction News was there as the suspects were led out of the store and into a waiting police van. It was a dramatic end to a nearly 4-hour search.


Sony Pictures CEO consulted U.S. State Department on film, leaked emails show

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 18:19
By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - The head of Sony Pictures consulted with a senior official in the U.S. government in June this year, days after North Korea threatened "merciless countermeasures" over the release of an upcoming film featuring a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un, leaked emails show. In an internal email seen by Reuters and dated June 26, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Lynton said he told Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Russel the studio was "concerned for the safety of Americans and American and North Korean relations. ...

Fla. parole commission hears 'prison Houdini' case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 18:05
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mark DeFriest has spent nearly 35 years in prison for stealing tools his father left him in his will.

'Saving Private Ryan' among films being preserved

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 18:03

FILE - This photo released by DreamWorks shows a scene form the 1998 film "Saving Private Ryan." “Saving Private Ryan” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” are among 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/DreamWorks, David James, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — "Saving Private Ryan" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" are among 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday.


New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:56

File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Jim Finkle and Mark Hosenball BOSTON (Reuters) - The New York premiere of "The Interview", a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has been canceled and a source said one theater chain had scrapped plans to show it, after threats from a hacking group. The hackers, who said they were also responsible for seizing control of Sony Corp's computer system last month, on Tuesday warned people to stay away from cinemas showing the film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, and darkly reminded moviegoers of the Sept. ...


American Airlines plane diverted to Tokyo after being hit by winter storm, several hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:44

Passengers on an American Airlines flight that left South Korea's Incheon International Airport bound for Dallas arrive at Narita international airportTOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. bound-American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Tokyo on Wednesday after hitting severe turbulence created by a strong winter storm, with several people taken to hospital for minor injuries. American Airlines Flight 280, a Boeing 777-200 heading to Dallas/Fort Worth airport from Incheon in South Korea, was flying across Japan when the plane dropped suddenly and was rocked for 30 to 40 seconds, passengers said. "We were eating and all the food just flew up in the air and pretty much bounced off and fell. ...


Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:51

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after accepting the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award during a ceremony, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she's proud to have been part of an administration that "banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations" and said the U.S. should never be involved in torture anywhere in the world.


Upgrades at US border crossing thrill commuters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:17

In this Dec. 3, 2014 picture, cars wait to enter the United States from Tijuana, Mexico through the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego. Long lines disappeared overnight for tens of thousands of motorists who regularly enter the country at the nation’s busiest border crossing, after a $741 million makeover. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Motorists at the nation's busiest border crossing were accustomed to waiting hours while vendors paraded between lanes with everything from sliced papaya and hot oatmeal to sombreros and ceramic mugs. Now, thanks to a $741 million construction project, they may not have enough time to lower their windows and order a cappuccino.


Court-appointed panel to monitor Los Angeles county jails

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:15

Inmates attend a life skills class at Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles(Reuters) - A court-appointed panel will begin to oversee the Los Angeles County jail system, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Tuesday, as part of a settlement to a 2012 class-action lawsuit that alleged sheriff's deputies beat inmates. The agreement requires the sheriff's department to adopt an action plan to drawn up by the three-person panel, aimed at reforming its use-of-force policy and give further training to its jail deputies, the civil rights group said. ...


Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:59

FILE - In this June 6, 2008 file photo, a row of freshly poured draft beers are seen in Pittsburgh. Don’t want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Avoid the menu and order at the bar. New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. The idea is that people often don't know _ or even think about _ how many calories they are drinking. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar.


Several hurt after American jet meets turbulence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:10
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An American Airlines jet encountered severe air turbulence shortly after taking off from Seoul, South Korea, prompting an unscheduled landing at Narita International Airport in Tokyo after 14 people asked for medical attention.

Sony under attack from hackers and ex-employees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:06

In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, cars enter Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 released another round of data leaks, including ominous threats against the premiere of Sony Pictures' film "The Interview," in which the group references the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Threats of violence against movie theaters. Cancelled showings of "The Interview." Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages.


Vigil for Montgomery County mass murder victims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:41

Vigil for Montgomery County mass murder victimsA vigil was held Tuesday night for the Montgomery County murder victims.


Dog comes home: Young girl gets Christmas wish

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:37

 Young girl gets Christmas wishA dog that was lost, then found, and lost again is finally home.