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Philadelphia Eagles release 2015 schedule: Opener in Atlanta

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 08:16

 Opener in AtlantaThe Philadelphia Eagles have released their 2015 regular season schedule.


Man who escaped custody decades ago turns himself in

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 08:14
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky sheriff says a man who spent decades as a fugitive after escaping custody in North Carolina has turned himself in to authorities.

Woman gets 3-7-years for shooting over bacon-less burger

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 08:12
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman has been sentenced to three to seven years in prison for opening fire at a McDonald's restaurant after workers twice failed to put bacon on her burgers.

Death toll rises to two in massive Wyoming traffic pileup

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 08:01
(Reuters) - The death toll from a massive Wyoming traffic pileup climbed to two on Tuesday after collisions that involved 64 vehicles and injured dozens, authorities said. Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers arrested a Canadian motorist on Monday on suspicion of vehicular homicide, but authorities declined to provide details about the investigation involving Alex Dragaytsev, 45, of Quebec. Troopers initially blamed fog and slush for a pileup on U.S. Interstate 80 west of Laramie that began at 8 a.m. Monday when a semitrailer crashed into another truck and jackknifed over both lanes of the main east-west artery that crosses the southern part of the state, authorities said. Authorities increased the death toll to two on Tuesday and identified the victims as Lynn Freeman, 58, of Williford, Arkansas, and Jenay Breden of Westminster, Colorado.

Arizonans want closer spot to watch federal checkpoints

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 08:00
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Residents of a small southern Arizona town who have spent the past year protesting a Border Patrol checkpoint 20 miles north of Mexico say they should be able to monitor agents from a much closer position than they can now.

Lawsuit: Aid program paid claims State Farm wrongly rejected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:59
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina ravaged Mississippi's Gulf Coast, state government sued State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. on Tuesday, saying the insurer improperly denied homeowners' claims and allowed a state aid program to pay instead.

Sheriff seeks cruelty charge for vet accused of killing cat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:59
BELLVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas sheriff has asked for an animal cruelty charge against a veterinarian who bragged on social media about killing a cat with an arrow.

Legal pot in California? Taxes, black market pose challenges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:41
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California would raise an array of unknowns, from how it would be taxed to the threat of environmental damage from thirsty pot plants in a state gripped by drought, a commission was told Tuesday.

Rabbi in forced-divorces case convicted of kidnap conspiracy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:34

Rabbi Mendel Epstein, 69, arrives at federal court as the jury deliberations continue into the third day in his case Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. The Orthodox rabbi is accused of using brutal tactics to force unwilling Jewish men to divorce their wives. Rabbi Epstein faces charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and attempted kidnapping with his son and two other Orthodox rabbis. Prosecutors say the rabbi's team used brutal methods and tools, including handcuffs and electric cattle prods, to torture the men into granting divorces. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An Orthodox rabbi accused of using brutal tactics to force unwilling Jewish men to divorce their wives was convicted on Tuesday of conspiracy to commit kidnapping.


Phoenix father arrested after boy left in hot car, dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:29
PHOENIX (AP) — A father was arrested Tuesday on manslaughter and child abuse charges after police said he left his toddler son in a hot car during a day of heavy drinking.

UN report: ISIS group besieges 228,000 in Syrian city

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:28
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations report says the Islamic State group has more than 225,000 Syrians under siege in a single city.

Man lost in Boston tunnel vent calls police, gets arrested

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:21
BOSTON (AP) — A man who called police to say he was trapped in an underground storm drain in Boston has been rescued and charged with trespassing.

California county to pay man beaten by deputies on video

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:21

FILE - This undated booking photo provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department shows Francis Pusok, of Apple Valley, Calif. A California county on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, approved paying a $650,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit by Pusok whose beating by deputies after a horse chase was captured on video and led to a federal civil rights investigation. Pusok fled by car and then on the horse in the desert on April 9 while deputies chased him on foot after trying to serve a search warrant in an identity-theft investigation. (San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California county on Tuesday approved paying a $650,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit by a man whose beating by deputies after a horse chase was captured on video and led to a federal civil rights investigation.


Crowds protest death of man after arrest by Baltimore police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:20

Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Batts take questions about new youth curfew legislation in BaltimoreBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Baltimore on Tuesday to protest the death of a 27-year-old black man who died after being arrested by local police. The U.S. Justice Department is looking into the case of Freddie Gray, who arrested on April 12 and died days later in a hospital after slipping into a coma, a spokeswoman said. Baltimore police have identified six officers suspended over the death, which sparked outrage in the largely black city and renewed concern about U.S. law enforcement's treatment of minorities. The crowd of protesters gathered on Tuesday evening outside the city's Western District police headquarters and marched to the spot a few blocks away where Gray was arrested, according to aerial footage on local television.


Court debates law, grammar in ruling on weapons on campus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:18
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — This court decision required knowledge of both law and grammar.

No autism link to vaccines, says large new study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:15

No autism link to vaccines, says large new studyThere is more evidence showing no link between the measles-mumps-rubella, MMR, vaccine and autism, even in children considered to be at a greater risk.


Residents near Duke ash dumps told not to drink well water

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:15
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials are advising dozens of residents near Duke Energy coal ash dumps not to drink or cook with water from their wells after tests showed contamination with toxic heavy metals.

San Francisco bans performances by exotic animals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:12
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday approved a prohibition on performances using wild animals, joining dozens of other places that frown upon the display of bears and big cats, elephants and monkeys for human entertainment.

First day of visitation for Chicago's Cardinal George begins

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:12

Mourners gather outside Holy Name Cathedral before Cardinal Francis George's visitation Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Chicago. George died Friday at age 78 after a long battle with cancer. Pope John Paul II appointed George in 1997. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO (AP) — Mourners gathered at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral on Tuesday for the first of three days of visitation for the late Cardinal Francis George.


100-carat diamond sells for $22 million at auction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:09

A 100-carat emerald-cut diamond is on display at Sotheby's, Friday, April 17, 2015, in New York. The "perfect" 100-carat diamond in a classic emerald cut is going on the auction block, where it could fetch between $19 million to $25 million. Sotheby's will offer the white diamond on April 21, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — A "perfect" 100-carat diamond in a classic emerald cut sold for just over $22 million at auction on Tuesday.