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New York girl, 2, dies, hit by bricks while on bench with grandma

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:03
A 2-year-old girl died on Monday a day after she was hit on the head by falling bricks as she sat on a bench with her grandmother outside a Manhattan building, police said. The landmark-designated building called The Esplanade, which houses a nursing home in an affluent neighborhood on Manhattan's Upper West Side, was cited for a violation for failing to maintain its facade, said Alexander Schnell, spokesman for New York's Department of Buildings. The toddler and her grandmother were struck by debris from the eighth floor of the building at 305 West End Avenue on Sunday, New York Police Sergeant Brendan Ryan said. The bricks were from a window ledge, according to a complaint report filed on the Department of Buildings' online database.

Woman accused of removing dead rival's body parts rearrested

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:03
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman accused of slashing the corpse of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend at a funeral home viewing last month was taken back into custody Monday after bond was set on an additional charge accusing her of removing body parts of the dead woman.

Security expert said he accessed plane controls mid-flight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:57
A security researcher told federal agents he was able to hack into aircraft computer systems mid-flight numerous times through the in-flight entertainment systems, and at one point he caused a plane he was on to move sideways, according to an FBI agent's affidavit.

Oklahoma teen sentenced for rape that sparked school walkout

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:54
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A former Oklahoma high school student pleaded no contest on Monday to rape, a crime that led hundreds of his fellow students to walk out in November and demand punishment for incidents they said were not being taken seriously. Tristen Killman-Hardin, 18, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with eight years of the sentence suspended. Court documents say Killman-Hardin raped her while she was unconscious and also videotaped the crime. Those students said they were bullied by classmates and ignored by school administrators about their accusations.

No video to help Amtrak probe _ despite NTSB recommendation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:52

FILE - In this May 12, 2015 file photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck in Philadelphia. Five years ago, federal safety officials proposed requiring video cameras in train cabs, but it didn't happen. That's left a gap as investigators try to unravel last week's fatal Amtrak derailment. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Five years ago, federal accident investigators recommended that the government require video cameras in locomotive cabs to record engineers' actions. But it didn't happen. Now, that's left a gap in unraveling last week's fatal Amtrak derailment.

Former high school student reaches plea deal on rape charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:44
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A 19-year-old Oklahoma man accused of raping a former high school classmate has been sentenced to two years in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender under a deal struck with prosecutors.

Nail salons in New York told to respect workers or face closure

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:36

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media in HavanaBy leslie Gevirtz NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nail salons in New York were warned on Monday to respect the rights of their workers or face closure under proposed legislation that has won the backing of immigrant groups. The move followed a New York Times expose on the industry that highlighted unsafe working conditions with hazardous chemicals and unfair labor practices that included not paying the legal minimum wage or withholding pay entirely. Most workers in nail salon are immigrants and the majority are women from Asia and Latin America. "Our point is simple: exploitation has no place in the state of New York," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement to introduce the legislation that also introduces a public education campaign to help workers understand their rights.

Elian Gonzalez Wants to Come to the United States

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:33
Elian Gonzalez says he wants to thank Americans "for the love they give me."

White House Bans Police Use of Military Equipment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:33
The White House is banning certain types of military-style equipment

NJ lawmakers approve measure outlawing sex with animals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:27

NJ lawmakers approve measure outlawing sex with animalsThe New Jersey state Senate unanimously approved a measure that would bar people from having sexual contact with animals.

9 oil well deaths lead to warning about inhaling chemicals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:19
DENVER (AP) — Federal officials have issued a warning about the danger of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers in the past five years.

Prosecutor says he intends to retry 1979 NY missing-boy case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:18
NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor says in a television interview he intends to ask for a retrial in the case of a New Jersey man who confessed to choking a 6-year-old New York City boy missing since 1979.

Shoppers could soon have difficulty finding meat's origin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:13

Meat labels are seen at a grocery store in Washington, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Monday that the WTO has rejected a final U.S. appeal, deciding that the U.S. "country of origin" labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers could soon have a harder time finding out where some of their red meat comes from.

Elderly New York man survives fall into Yellowstone canyon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:13
An elderly New York man survived a fall into a deep canyon at Yellowstone National Park after he tripped over a stone barrier while trying to take a photograph and plunged backward over a ledge, officials said on Monday. Yellowstone spokeswoman Traci Weaver said it was close to miraculous that the man lived after an accident that could have seen him plunge hundreds of feet to his death in the so-called Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Dollar General fined $120,000 for safety hazards at Del. store

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:12

Dollar General fined $120,000 for safety hazards at Del. storeA dangerous problem at a major retail chain across the country has now hit home in Delaware.

Fugitive on the lam for 56 years to return to Ohio after Florida capture

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:11
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A 79-year-old fugitive captured in Florida after being on the loose since escaping from an Ohio prison farm in 1959 was ordered on Monday to return to Ohio to face the consequences. Frank Freshwater voluntarily waived his right to extradition after he was found on May 4 living in Melbourne in central Florida, a state judge ruled. After violating his probation, he served time at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. A recently organized cold case unit of the U.S. Marshals Service in the Northern District of Ohio tracked him to Florida where he settled 20 years ago, according to a news release from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

BASE instinct: The thrill to fly carries risk with each jump

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:08
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The deaths of extreme athlete Dean Potter and his friend Graham Hunt in Yosemite National Park brought renewed attention to the risks of BASE jumping and its more dangerous offshoot, wingsuit flying.

Mass arrests, revenge fears after deadly Texas biker gang shootout

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:08

Waco Police investigators are at the scene of shooting near a Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco TexasBy Lisa Maria Garza WACO, Texas (Reuters) - Police warned of revenge attacks from motorcycle gangs after 170 people were charged on Monday in connection with the shootout among rival bikers on Sunday that left nine dead and 18 wounded and turned a Texas restaurant into a blood-soaked crime scene. Bikers from five rival gangs attacked each other with guns, knives, brass knuckles, clubs and motorcycle chains at a Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in the central Texas city of Waco. When the shooting ended, bodies were scattered in the restaurant and across two parking lots. About 100 weapons were recovered from the crime scene, which was strewn with shell casings, police said.

Guinta plans to serve constituents amid donation questions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:04

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 file photo, then-fomer U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H., right, greets supporters at Saint Anselm College, in Manchester, N.H., before a live televised debate with his Democratic opponent Carol Shea-Porter. Guinta says he will continue to serve his New Hampshire constituents amid a suggestion by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., that he consider resigning after the Federal Election Commission concluded he broke the law by accepting campaign donations from his parents. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta said Monday he'll remain in office despite calls from fellow Republicans that he resign after the Federal Election Commission found he broke the law by accepting campaign donations from his parents.

UN chief concerned at death sentence for Egypt's Morsi

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:04
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is raising "serious concern" at the death sentences against ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and 105 others.