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Harsh world of slavery focus of Louisiana plantation museum

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 02:07

An etching on a memorial wall depicts a suffering slave at the Whitney Plantation in Wallace LouisianaBy Jonathan Kaminsky WALLACE, La. (Reuters) - Life-size sculptures of slave children haunt the clapboard church on the grounds of the old sugar cane plantation, where ceramic heads of black men will soon sway on pikes in the Louisiana breeze. Unlike other plantation museums along the Great River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the newly opened and under-construction Whitney Plantation focuses squarely on the plight of slaves. While nearby sites highlight their antebellum architecture and the lifestyles of the white people who lived there, only 11 minutes of the roughly two-hour Whitney Plantation tour are devoted to the grand house where the German-American masters resided. More time is spent with the granite slabs bearing the names of thousands of Louisiana slaves, interspersed with painful snippets of their narratives.


Pedestrian struck and stabbed in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 02:04

Pedestrian struck and stabbed in West PhiladelphiaPolice say a pedestrian was struck by a car and then stabbed in West Philadelphia Saturday morning.


Melbourne Police say 1 person dead, 2 injured after shooting at a central Florida mall

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 01:18
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Melbourne Police say 1 person dead, 2 injured after shooting at a central Florida mall.

Selfie on stolen iPad helps Houston man ID suspects

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 00:53

Selfie on stolen iPad helps Houston man ID suspectsA Houston man said he has his iPad to thank for identifying the men who he said stole thousands of dollars in cash and electronics from his truck


Decommissioned USS Constellation arrives in Texas for scrap

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 00:28
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The decommissioned USS Constellation has reached a South Texas shipyard where it will be scrapped.

Man finds stranger hiding in his trunk after car wash

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 00:07

Man finds stranger hiding in his trunk after car washA man went to a car wash and came home with an extra passenger - a stranger hiding in the trunk.


Transportation guru helps Columbus in DNC convention bid

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 00:05
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's capital city is grappling with its role as a transportation underdog in the bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention by hiring one of the experts in the field.

Dairy industry braces for a milk bust following 2014 boom

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 00:00

FILE - In this May 23, 2014 file photo, grocery and dairy assistant Reyna DeLoge stocks dairy products at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers, in Denver. After a record year for milk sales in 2014, dairy farmers face a glut. Already disheartened, farmers say they worry as futures markets predict dwindling prices in 2015. But in the dairy aisle shoppers are milking savings. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milk sales set records in 2014, but plummeting prices are forcing some dairy farmers to spill the surplus down the drain.


Cancer-stricken NYC man marries longtime love in hospice

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 23:43
NEW YORK (AP) — A 25-year-old man with terminal cancer got his wish fulfilled when he married his longtime girlfriend in the New York City hospice where he is living out his last days.

AccuWeather: Cold Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 23:13

 Cold SaturdayMeteorologist Chris Sowers says the weekend ends on a wet note for most of the region.


Newborn dies after being found on fire on Burlington Co. road

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 22:36

Newborn dies after being found on fire on Burlington Co. roadPolice say the newborn found burning on a road in Pemberton Township, New Jersey late Friday night has died.


Some key figures about the Prison Entrepreneurship Program

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 22:20

In this photo taken Dec. 12, 2014, Prison Entrepreneurship Program, or PEP, CEO Bert Smith, left, names Casey Allen, center, the winner of the business plan contest as second-place winner Jamaal Givens looks on during graduation ceremonies at the Cleveland Correctional Facility in Cleveland, Texas. The Prison Entrepreneurship Program, or PEP, is based on a philosophy that making inmates like Chavez business savvy will reduce the likelihood that they’ll end up back in prison. It emphasizes reforming behavior while also working on a broader goal of reducing the prison population. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)The Houston-based Prison Entrepreneurship Program began operations in 2004 and operates now in the Cleveland Correctional Facility in Cleveland, Texas, with plans to open a second unit in a Dallas-area prison this year. Some facts and figures about the program since it began:


Texas prison program aims to produce business-savvy inmates

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 22:17

In this photo taken Dec. 12, 2014, prison inmate Richard Chavez sits with classmates and listens to a speaker during graduation ceremonies at the Cleveland Correctional Facility in Cleveland, Texas. The group is graduating from the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, or PEP. The program is based on a philosophy that making inmates like Chavez business savvy will reduce the likelihood that they’ll end up back in prison. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)CLEVELAND, Texas (AP) — Standing in a prison chow hall, Richard Chavez Jr. outlines his past: violent felon, former gang member, the fourth member of his family to go to prison. Then his future: owner of a mobile counseling youth service that goes where the troubled kids are.


Newborn found on fire on Burlington County road

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 22:04

Newborn dies after being found on fire on Burlington Co. roadPolice say a newborn was found burning on a road in Pemberton Township, New Jersey late Friday night.


Woman burned in apartment blaze in Rhawnhurst

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 21:08

Woman burned in apartment blaze in RhawnhurstA woman was seriously burned in an apartment fire in Philadelphia's Rhawnhurst section early Saturday morning.


Fire damages Pretzel Factory store in West Chester

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 21:05

Fire damages Pretzel Factory store in West ChesterA fire damaged a Pretzel Factor store in West Chester, Pennsylvania early Saturday morning.


Newborn found on fire on Burlington County road

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 19:52

Newborn found on fire on Burlington County roadPolice say a newborn was found burning on a road in Pemberton Township, New Jersey late Friday night.


Sheriff: Pair tried to smuggle heroin-laced Bible into jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 19:21
CINCINNATI (AP) — Law enforcement officials in southwest Ohio say two people attempted to smuggle a heroin-laced Bible into the county justice center.

Sheriff: Pair tried to smuggle heroin-laced Bible into jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 19:21
CINCINNATI (AP) — Law enforcement officials in southwest Ohio say two people attempted to smuggle a heroin-laced Bible into the county justice center.

Obama invites presidential letter writers to big address

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 19:02

U.S. President Obama addresses joint news conference with British Prime Minister Cameron at the White House in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama has invited a handful of average Americans who wrote him letters about their lives to his annual State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. "Every day, we get thousands of letters and emails at the White House from Americans across the country, and every night, I read 10 of them," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address, broadcast on Saturday. "They tell me about their hopes and their worries, their hardships and successes. They’re the Americans I’m working for every day, and this year, several of these letter writers will join me at the Capitol." The president said he had invited a woman from Colorado, Carolyn Reed, who expanded her business with a loan from the Small Business Administration. Victor Fugate of Missouri would also be among his guests.