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Arrest made, victim ID'd in Deptford fatal hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:45

Arrest made, victim ID'd in Deptford fatal hit-and-runAn arrest has been made in a hit-and-run incident that claimed the life of a man in Deptford, New Jersey.


Former Virginia political candidate indicted in three killings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:44
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An eccentric former Virginia political candidate was indicted on Monday in three killings that had sparked fears a serial killer could be loose in the Washington area. A grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, charged Charles Severance with 10 counts, including murder and firearms charges, the commonwealth attorney's office said in a statement. The seemingly random killings in Alexandria, a Washington suburb, had aroused concerns about a possible serial killer. "We've been waiting for this day for a long time," Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook told a news conference that was carried online.

Hearings pushed back in Michigan child abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:39
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Preliminary examinations have been pushed back for a man and his mother charged with torture and child abuse after authorities said plumber's tape was used to keep an 11-year-old boy restrained for several hours at a time at a southwestern Michigan home.

Homeland Security botched pandemic preparedness : U.S. report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security failed to assess the supplies it needed to deal with a potential pandemic and now has expired stockpiles including medications, 200,000 respirators and 4,184 bottles of hand sanitizers, an inspector general report showed. The department bought 16 million surgical masks and 350,000 white coverall suits without establishing the need for them, according to its inspector general's report, which included photographs of stacks of unopened boxes piled high in a storeroom. ...

Twitter tests shopping service with 'Buy' button

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:21

FILE - This Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, file photo shows a Twitter app on an iPhone screen, in New York. Twitter is testing a way to let users go shopping or make charitable contributions between tweets. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is taking its users shopping.


Rescue crews called to Wissahickon Park after fall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:18

Rescue crews called to Wissahickon Park after fallAuthorities were called to Wissahickon Park for a possible rescue.


Mayor of 'dry' Alabama city arrested on charge of driving drunk

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:13
(Reuters) - The mayor of one of Alabama's largest "dry" cities - where the sale of alcohol is still banned - has been arrested on a drunken driving charge, authorities said on Monday. Don Hall, mayor of Hartselle, about 25 miles southwest of Huntsville, was arrested on Friday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, the Limestone County Sheriff's Office said. Hartselle, with a population of about 14,500, last voted to keep its ban on alcohol sales in place in 2012, with Hall in support of keeping the city dry, the Alabama Media Group reported. ...

New York officials face off with Times Square superheroes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:59

People dressed in costumes pose for a photograph with a family in the Times Square region of New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City officials on Monday tackled Spider Man, Elmo and other fictional favorites with a proposal to intensify a crackdown on the costumed street performers who wander Times Square and pose with tourists for tips. If passed, the law would require licensing, background checks and other regulatory measures for the costumed characters in what City Council member Andy King, author of the measure, called a public safety concern. "This is not about violating anybody's First Amendment rights," King said on a busy Times Square sidewalk to jeers from nearby protesters. ...


Missing autistic boy, six, stumbles into California homeless camp

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:46
(Reuters) - A 6-year-old autistic boy who apparently wandered away from his Northern California home over the weekend has been reunited with his family after stumbling into a homeless encampment miles away, where he was taken in by people staying there, police say. Sergio Zapata, who is non-verbal, was reported missing from his home in San Jose on Saturday morning, possibly wearing only a diaper, prompting a frantic search by local authorities who asked the public for help. ...

Police: Man put toddler in dryer, turned it on

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:42
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A man is accused of putting a 2-year-old Maine toddler in a clothes dryer and turning it on, burning the boy.

U.S. Ebola patient at Nebraska hospital eats, listens to music

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:36

International Christian mission organization SIM missionary doctor Rick Sacra(Reuters) - A U.S. medical missionary infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa was able to eat breakfast on Monday and was listening to music at the Nebraska Medical Center where he was taken for treatment last week, his wife said. "He hasn't been able to eat much since he got here, but he had some toast and apple sauce. He also tolerated the research drug well – better than he had the previous doses he was given," Debbie Sacra said in a statement. Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, arrived at the hospital on Friday. ...


Southern California commuter train ridership down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:34

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2008 file photo, commuters wait at the Chatsworth Metrolink train station in Chatsworth, Calif. The once-booming regional rail service Metrolink has been shedding riders in big numbers. Metrolink has seen a drop of nearly 600,000 annual passengers since its 2008 peak. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — While the economy may be recovering from the Great Recession, ridership on Southern California's once-booming regional rail service has not.


NY lawmakers: Reauthorize 9/11 compensation law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:28
NEW YORK (AP) — Days before the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, elected officials from New York called on Congress to reauthorize federal legislation to compensate first responders who became ill working at ground zero.

3 family members hit, killed by car in California

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:23
TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — Police say three family members, including a 4-year-old boy, were killed when a driver plowed into them as they walked in a Central California neighborhood.

Clinton juggernaut hits 2014 campaign trail

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:19

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2014 file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking at the State Department in Washington. The Clinton juggernaut hits the midterm campaign trail this week as the power couple lends fundraising prowess and their sought-after seal of approval to Democratic candidates shunning an unpopular President Barack Obama. For Hillary Clinton, the events with Democratic donors and activists are keeping her profile high as she weighs a second bid for the presidency. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Clinton juggernaut hits the midterm campaign trail this week as the power couple lends fundraising prowess and their seal of approval to Democratic candidates shunning an unpopular President Barack Obama. For Hillary Rodham Clinton, the events with Democratic donors and activists are keeping her profile high as she weighs a second bid for the presidency.


Man charged with 3 deaths in Alexandria, Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:12

This booking photo released with the West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority shows Charles Severance. After a months-long investigation, Alexandria police have charged Severance, a former city resident with a long history of erratic behavior in the shooting deaths of three separate city residents, including one slaying that has been unsolved for more than a decade. (AP Photo/West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority)ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Alexandria, Virginia, say a man with a long history of erratic behavior has been charged in the shooting deaths of a sheriff's wife, a transportation planner and a music teacher.


Stand Up to Cancer telethon raises $109 million

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:12

Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 4th Annual Stand Up 2 Cancer Live Benefit at The Dolby Theatre on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The star-studded Stand Up to Cancer telethon that aired on broadcast and cable networks in the United States and Canada raised $109 million.


New Mexico eyes nuke project after ruling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:09
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The southeastern New Mexico area that houses the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump is renewing its push to also store spent nuclear fuel from power plants.

Training on tap for NYC officers after chokehold

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:02
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police officers will get three days of annual training on how to properly use force following the chokehold death of an unarmed man this summer, police commissioner William Bratton said Monday.

UN envoy: Up to 700 children in Iraq killed, hurt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 02:54

Displaced children from the minority Yazidi sect who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of SinjarUNITED NATIONS (AP) — Up to 700 children have been killed or maimed in Iraq since the beginning of the year, some of them used as suicide bombers by the Islamic State militant group, a U.N. envoy said Monday.