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19th century church in Fishtown to be demolished

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 06:31

19th century church in Fishtown to be demolishedThe Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced plans to demolish a church in Fishtown that dates back to the late 19th century.


Father says seven children who died in NYC fire were 'so pure'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 06:28

Mourners escort a car carrying the remains of one of seven children killed in a Brooklyn fire in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - The father of seven Orthodox Jewish children killed in a Brooklyn house fire told hundreds of mourners at their funeral on Sunday that the only way he can survive the tragedy was "complete, utter and total surrender" to his religious beliefs. The grieving man, Gabriel Sassoon, spoke at a packed funeral chapel where white curtains separated hundreds of men wearing black hats and yarmulkes from women in modest dress. Only an eighth child, 15-year-old Siporah, and S wife, Gayle Sassoon, 45, survived the blaze, which the Fire Department blamed on a malfunctioning hot plate that observant Jews use to heat food without violating the Sabbath rules. Around the corner from the charred home, the Fire Department handed out pamphlets titled "Fire Safety for Jewish Observances" as well as smoke alarms and batteries.


Calif. governor calls Ted Cruz 'unfit' to run for president

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 06:25
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown says U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz' views on climate change make the Texas Republican unfit to run for president and that he would entertain making another bid for the White House himself if he were younger.

Reportedly dead Florida man who arrested in N. Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 05:43
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Jacksonville businessman reported dead two years ago in Venezuela was arrested in North Carolina on alleged fraud charges Saturday after his life insurance companies filed a lawsuit alleging he was alive and they shouldn't be making payments.

US Attorney Preet Bharara faces setbacks amid NY success run

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 05:29

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015 file photo, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara addresses members of the media during a news conference, in New York. Bharara and his team in the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office have suffered some major setbacks in recent months of a kind not seen since he arrived on the job nearly six years ago. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File )NEW YORK (AP) — It was bad enough that New York's most famous prosecutor, Preet Bharara, lost in the sweepstakes to become the next U.S. attorney general nominee to a fellow federal prosecutor from his own city.


California man facing terrorism charge writes to newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 05:08
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A 21-year-old Southern California man accused of trying to join the Islamic State group vowed revenge and identified with the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France in a series of writings to a newspaper.

Trains derailments in Texas, Colorado over weekend

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 05:04
VALLEY MILLS, Texas (AP) — While a crew worked Sunday to clean up the scene in Central Texas where the derailment of about a dozen train cars resulted in an industrial solvent leaking from one tanker, a train jumped its tracks in northern Colorado, dumping coal from more than two dozen cars.

Starbucks baristas stop writing 'Race Together' on cups

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 05:00

FILE - In a Wednesday, March 18, 2015 file photo, Holly Ainslie, a barista at a Starbucks store in Seattle puts a "Race Together" sticker on a customer's cup. Starbucks baristas will no longer write "Race Together" on customers' cups starting Sunday, March 22, 2015, ending as planned a visible component of the company's diversity and racial inequality campaign, according to a memo. The coffee chain's initiative will continue more broadly without the handwritten messages, Starbucks spokesman Jim Olson said. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks baristas will no longer write "Race Together" on customers' cups starting Sunday, ending a visible component of the company's diversity and racial inequality campaign that had sparked widespread criticism in the week since it took effect.


Maryland woman arrested in stabbing death of 94-year-old mother

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 04:52
Michelle Miriam Davis lived with her mother, Margaret Ellen Wells, in Chillum, Maryland, about six miles north of Washington, D.C., according to a press release from Prince George's County Police. Officers, who were called to the home at the request of emergency medical personnel at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, found Wells suffering from apparent stab wounds.

US probes effectiveness of 2 Nissan air bag sensor recalls

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 04:18
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that two Nissan recalls didn't go far enough to fix a problem with front-seat air bag seat sensors.

Memorial for nightclub fire that killed 100 may open in 2016

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 04:14

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo speaks on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at an anniversary memorial service for the victims of the 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in Warwick, R.I., that killed 100 people. Raimondo was joined by, from the left; Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, Rev. Dr. Donald Anderson, executive minister for the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, and Gina Russo, a survivor of the fire and president of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation. (AP Photo/Ignacio Laguarda )WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The group planning a memorial to 100 people killed in a 2003 nightclub fire has raised one-fourth of the money needed to build and maintain the project, and its leader said Sunday she expects it to open next year.


Missing woman, last seen leaving Montco hospital, found dead

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 03:52

Body found in search for missing Montco womanAction News has learned that Heather Tillette, a missing woman last seen leaving a Montgomery County hospital in February, has been found dead.


Northeast gas pipeline progresses, to some landowner dismay

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 03:29

In this Thursday, Feb. 26 photo, Dev Kernan and his wife Karen Butler snowshoe on family property along the proposed path of the Constitution Pipeline in Harpersfield, N.Y. The 124-mile Constitution Pipeline will likely bring some relief from relatively high natural gas prices to residents of New York City and New England, but it will also bring anguish to many landowners in the wooded hills and valleys in its path. It will slash a mile-long gash through a pristine forest tended by the Kernan family for seven decades. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)HARPERSFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — The 124-mile Constitution Pipeline will likely bring some relief from high natural gas prices to residents of New York City and New England, but it will also bring anguish to some landowners in the wooded hills and valleys in its path.


Helicopter crashes into Florida home, starting fire: report

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 03:28
(Reuters) - A helicopter crashed into a home in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, sparking a fire that sent plumes of smoke over a residential neighborhood, local media reported. There was no immediate word on injuries. The helicopter went down around 2:15 p.m. EDT, according to WESH-TV. Aerial photos showed a large stream of smoke coming from the home and dozens of firefighters battling the blaze. (Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Frank McGurty and Jonathan Oatis)

'Insurgent' seizes top spot; 'The Gunman' misfires

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 03:02

 Insurgent." The movie opens in U.S. theaters Friday, March 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Andrew Cooper)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean Penn's "The Gunman" was no match for the rebel kids of "Insurgent."


Wrestler dies during match in Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 03:02
The son of a Mexican wrestling legend died early Saturday from a blow suffered in the ring, the Baja California state prosecutor's office said.

1st trial in girl's running death previews stepmom's case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 02:49

FILE - This photo providedby the Etowah County Sheriff's Dept. shows Jessica Mae Hardin, stepmother to 9-year-old Savannah Hardin. A jury convicted grandmother Joyce Hardin Garrard late Friday, March 20, 2015, in the February 2012 death of Savannah Hardin, siding with prosecutors who depicted Garrard as a domineering taskmaster so enraged over a lie about candy that she made the girl run until she dropped. Jessica Hardin, is free on bond awaiting trial on a murder charge for allegedly failing to intervene as Garrard made Savannah run. No trial date is set for Hardin, who has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Etowah County Sheriff's Office, File)GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — The capital murder trial of an Alabama woman convicted of running her granddaughter to death as punishment provided a window into the case against the girl's stepmother, who is awaiting trial on a murder charge.


Tour guides press ahead with speech lawsuit against Savannah

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 02:26

In this Friday, March 20, 2015 photo, Dan Leger, who works under the name Savannah Dan, stands in Reynolds Square, in Savannah, Ga. Leger and three others are suing the city of Savannah in federal court over a local ordinance that requires tour guides to obtain a license after passing a test on history and architecture. Leger says the licensing law violates his free-speech rights, while the city’s attorney says Savannah officials have a duty to keep uninformed tour guides from tarnishing the city’s $2.3 billion tourism economy. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Months after a federal lawsuit prompted Savannah to revise a local law regulating guided tours, Dan Leger remains determined to press ahead with the case in court.


19th century church in Philadelphia to be demolished

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 02:18

19th century church in Philadelphia to be demolishedThe Catholic archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced plans to demolish a northeast Philadelphia church that dates back to the late 19th century despite efforts of residents and former parishioners to save the structure.


Sex assault, drinking push colleges to moment of reckoning

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 02:09

In this Feb. 24, 2015 photo, Vivek Shah, right, a sophomore resident advisor at Vanderbilt University, talks with friends Samara Lieberman, left, a senior from Detroit, and Tyler Shull, center, a sophomore from Chapel Hill, NC, by a fireplace in the great room in the Warren College and Moore College section of the Vanderbilt campus in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt is one of a small but growing number of U.S. colleges and universities that have embraced a "residential college" model where students become part of a close-knit but diverse community that enhances both their academic and social lives. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — On college campuses nationwide, the intertwined problems of sexual assault and alcohol are under intense scrutiny as students increasingly speak up and the federal government cracks down. Pushed to a collective moment of reckoning, colleges and universities are trying a slew of solutions focused on education, environment and enforcement.