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Paulsboro mayor pleads guilty to DWI

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:53

Paulsboro mayor pleads guilty to DWIThe mayor of Paulsboro, New Jersey has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.


Synthetic marijuana believed to be cause of 8 deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:50

Synthetic marijuana believed to be cause of 8 deathsHospitals in the Lehigh Valley are dealing with an increase in drug overdoses all connected to synthetic marijuana, like K2.


House panel is told of slavery in Thai seafood industry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:49

A photograph of imprisoned Philippine children is shown as witnesses testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on the fight against human trafficking, in Washington, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Modern-day slavery persists around the world, including the abuse of fishermen in the Thai seafood industry whose catch can end up in U.S. markets, a congressional panel was told Wednesday.


Robbie Knievel charged with DUI after crash in Montana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:47

Robbie Knievel makes his initial appearance in city court Wednesday, April 22, 2015, following his arrest on suspicion of felony driving under the influence in Butte, the Montana town that his daredevil father Evel Knievel helped make famous. (Walter Hinick/The Montana Standard via AP)BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Robbie Knievel was charged with felony driving under the influence in Butte, Montana — the town his daredevil father Evel Knievel helped make famous.


New Saint Joseph's University President Named, Making History

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:47

New Saint Joseph's University President Named, Making HistorySaint Joseph's University has chosen a lay leader for the first time in its 164-year history.


Northrop drone first unmanned plane to be refueled in air: Navy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:41
The bat-wing Navy drone that became the first autonomous airplane to take off and land on an aircraft carrier accomplished yet another milestone on Wednesday, becoming the first unmanned aircraft to undergo aerial refueling. The U.S. Navy said in a statement the Northrop Grumman X-47B test aircraft completed the first-ever autonomous aerial refueling off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, receiving more than 4,000 pounds of fuel from an Omega K-707 tanker jet. "What we accomplished today demonstrates a significant, groundbreaking step forward for the Navy," said Captain Beau Duarte, the program manager for the Navy's unmanned carrier aviation program, in a statement. "The ability to autonomously transfer and receive fuel in flight will increase the range and flexibility of future unmanned aircraft platforms, ultimately extending carrier power projection," he said.

Virginia prosecutor calls for probe into 2013 police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:40
By Tom Ramstack WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia prosecutor called on Wednesday for a grand jury to consider criminal charges against a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed resident of a Washington suburb in August 2013.Fairfax County, Virginia, Chief Prosecutor Raymond Morrogh said he asked the county circuit court to empanel a grand jury the day after the county agreed to pay John Geer's family $2.95 million to settle its wrongful death lawsuit. The police officer who shot him, identified as Adam Torres, said Geer, 46, reached toward his waist as if trying to grab a gun. Geer's father, four police officers and a friend said Geer was standing in the doorway of his Springfield, Virginia, home with his hands near his head when Torres shot him.

Federal agency investigating Colorado Springs plane delay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:37
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating an incident on Friday in which passengers on a United Express flight were diverted from Denver International Airport to the Colorado Springs Airport and spent nearly six hours on the tarmac before they were allowed to leave the aircraft, possibly violating federal rules.

Man seeks to erase terrorism conviction, blames attorney

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:34
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California man's long battle to overturn his high-profile terrorism conviction faced a key courtroom test Wednesday.

Owners of homes at risk of sliding into river told to leave

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:31

Lynne O'Dell walks past large landslide from her E. Front Street home, back right, to her neighbors' home Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Florence, N.J. Engineers are going to evaluate the landslide that has left the two New Jersey homes on the brink of falling into the Delaware River. Erosion has been a problem for several years to homes on East Front Street in Florence. But the recent rain has created a hole that is growing larger. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The owners of two homes were ordered to evacuate Wednesday because of what officials called an imminent concern that their residences could slide 70 feet into the Delaware River below.


NYC mayor unveils sweeping environmental plan on Earth Day

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:31

For the first time since a Christmas weekend blizzard that dumped 20 inches of snow on New York City, sanitation workers pickup garbage in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's biggest city, under the direction of Mayor Bill de Blasio, marked Earth Day on Wednesday by linking a sweeping effort to limit its impact on the environment with its fight against income inequality by pledging to lift more than 800,000 people out of poverty.


Philadelphia Parking Authority employee run over, killed by tow truck

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:31

Philadelphia Parking Authority employee run over, killed by tow truckA Philadelphia Parking Authority employee has died after being run over by a tow truck at a PPA lot in South Philadelphia on Wednesday.


Philadelphia International Airport to announce multi-billion dollar expansion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:31

Philadelphia International Airport to announce multi-billion dollar expansionA long-awaited multi-billion-dollar expansion project is set to take off at Philadelphia International Airport.


CDC using new technology to track listeria Illnesses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:27

A woman walks by the Blue Bell Creameries on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Brenham, Texas. A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is relying on some new technology — as well as a bit of luck — to track an outbreak of life-threatening listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products.


Pennsylvania picks bond counsel through bidding for first time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:25
(Reuters) - The Pennsylvania Treasury said on Wednesday it will save 36 percent on bond counsel services because it selected a law firm through a competitive bidding process for the first time. The department, which issues general obligation bonds about twice a year, "did not select bond counsel simply based on relationships," Acting Pennsylvania Treasurer Christopher Craig told Reuters by telephone. "We applied very objective criteria involving experience, competencies and cost." The Treasury selected the Philadelphia-based firm Saul Ewing as bond counsel for its next GO deal, expected by the end of the fiscal year, to refinance existing debt and fund transportation projects and capital improvements. Some other states and authorities already use competitive bidding to select bond counsel, as recommended by the Government Finance Officers Association.

New York jurors retire with no verdict in case of missing boy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:19

Stanley Patz, father of Etan Patz, arrives at the state Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors deliberating murder and kidnapping charges against a man who confessed to strangling 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 ended a sixth day of deliberations on Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the notorious case. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is on trial in the killing of Patz, whose disappearance from his New York City neighborhood nearly 36 years ago changed the way U.S. authorities respond to reports of missing or abducted children. During the deliberations in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, the jurors asked Judge Maxwell Wiley for a list of all the witnesses and exhibits from the three months of testimony in the trial. One the earliest was the boy's mother, Julie Patz, who took the stand in January.


House passes cyber-threat information bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:07

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it easier for private companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with the government without fear of lawsuits. "At some point, we need to stop talking about the next Sony, the next Anthem, the next Target, the next JP Morgan Chase and the next State Department hack, and actually pass a bill that will help ensure that there will be no next cyber attack," said Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. The legislation must be approved by the Senate before it can be sent to President Barack Obama to sign into law. A similar measure passed by a 14-1 vote in the Senate Intelligence Committee, and supporters say they expect strong bipartisan support in the full Senate as well.


Woman who killed husband, hid remains in bins gets 55 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:07

Loretta Burroughs wipes away tears during her sentencing in New Jersey Superior Court in Mays Landing, Wednesday April 22, 2015. Burroughs received a term of 55 years in prison for murder and other crimes in the killing of her husband Danny, whose dismembered remains she hid in plastic storage containers and took with her when she moved. (Michael Ein/The Press of Atlantic City via AP, Pool)MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A woman convicted of killing her husband and hiding his remains in storage containers with air fresheners to mask the odor was sentenced Wednesday to 55 years in prison by a judge who said the court hadn't seen anything so heinous since Al Capone ordered the St. Valentine's Day massacre.


1st grader brought heroin to school in North Philadelphia, police say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:03

1st grader brought heroin to school in North Philadelphia, police sayPhiladelphia police are investigating, after a first grader brought several packets of heroin to an elementary school in North Philadelphia.


Ballroom dancer describes losing leg in marathon bombing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 04:58

In this courtroom sketch, prosecutor Nadine Pellegrini makes opening arguments during the first day of the penalty phase in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, seated at right, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in federal court in Boston. Pellegrini displayed a photo to the jury of Tsarnaev extending his middle finger to a security camera taken in his jail cell three months after the attack. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — After the first bomb went off down the street at the Boston Marathon, Adrianne Haslet-Davis somehow knew there was another one coming.