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Pennsylvania family welcomes triplets on Christmas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/27/2014 - 01:41

Pennsylvania family welcomes triplets on ChristmasA Pennsylvania family got three times the surprise when they welcomed triplets on Christmas morning.


Woman, 93, dies after hit-and-run driver slams into house

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/27/2014 - 01:36

Woman, 93, dies after hit-and-run driver slams into houseA hit-and-run in Bristol, Bucks County ended with a woman dead on her 93rd birthday.


Firefighters battle house blaze in Levittown, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/27/2014 - 01:31

Firefighters battle house blaze in Levittown, Pa.Fire crews are on the scene of a house blaze in Levittown, Pennsylvania Friday afternoon.


Birdshot accident reveals Ohio woman's heart issue

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/27/2014 - 01:28
MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — The son of a 75-year-old woman who was struck with birdshot by her husband while sitting in a recliner says the accident might have been a blessing because doctors treating her found a previously undiagnosed heart problem.

Penny parking thriving in small Illinois town

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/27/2014 - 01:12
SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — Mike Stolarski didn't need but a few minutes to grab a cup of coffee. But, being in a generous mood, he fed a parking meter enough for whoever pulled into his soon-to-be-empty parking spot.

Ohio fire marshal spokesman: 4 bodies pulled from burned home where kids were visiting grandma

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/27/2014 - 00:55
WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio fire marshal spokesman: 4 bodies pulled from burned home where kids were visiting grandma.

Things to know about the enduring Airstream

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/27/2014 - 00:00
The western Ohio plant that builds Airstream travel-trailers is seeing such hot demand that there's a three-month backlog on orders, and ground has been broken on a major expansion that will increase production capacity. Some factoids about the Airstream:

Leaving Cuba: A father and son risk lives at sea

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 23:58

ADVANCE FOR SATURDAY DEC. 27, 2014 In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, Antonio Cardenas recounts the 10 day journey to the United States in his hotel room in Miami. Three months after the men’s arrival, Obama surprisingly announced efforts to restore ties and make it easier to travel back and forth from the island they fled. “Did you hear the news?” a relative from Tampa, Florida called excitedly. “Maybe you won’t have to wait so long to see your family.” Had they known relations between the U.S. and Cuba were about to improve, Cardenas said he would have risked the journey anyway, because change comes slowly, and Cuba won’t likely equal the United States in opportunity anytime soon. “I’m not looking back,” Cardenas said. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — It was hot and dark and mosquitoes bit at his skin as 23-year-old Jose Fuente Lastre boarded a raft with eight other men, intent on fleeing Cuba.


Clerk punched during pizza shop robbery in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 23:55

Clerk punched during pizza shop robbery in North PhiladelphiaPolice are searching for two armed men who punched a clerk during a pizza shop robbery in North Philadelphia Monday night.


Scientists target mess from Christmas tree needles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 23:43

In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, Gary Chastagner, a Washington State University plant pathology professor, stands among trimmed Douglas fir trees suspended in a temperature and humidity-controlled room at a school research facility in Puyallup, Wash. Consumers consistently cite messiness as one of the most common reasons they don’t have a real tree, says the National Christmas Tree Association. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)NEW YORK (AP) — The presents are unwrapped. The children's shrieks of delight are just a memory. Now it's time for another Yuletide tradition: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree.


College sees small, big benefits with loan promise

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 23:10

 Make at least $37,000 a year after graduating or else the school will pay all or part of your loan. Adrian College has taken out an insurance policy costing about $1,100 on each student starting with this year’s freshmen. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — When it came time to pick a college, Abby Slusher leaned toward a private school near her southeastern Michigan home for the small campus and class sizes. Her mother pushed Adrian College for another reason: A new program guaranteeing every graduate would make more than $37,000 or get some or all student loans reimbursed.


Anti-police Oakland protesters break windows, trash Christmas tree

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 23:10
(Reuters) - Demonstrators in Oakland, California, broke store windows and vandalized a public Christmas tree during a march protesting police shootings, media reports said. Vandals who were among about 50 largely peaceful marchers broke store windows in downtown Oakland late on Thursday, looted a liquor store and pulled ornaments and lights off the Christmas tree, the SFGate news website reported. An Oakland police spokesman said there were no arrests but had no other details about the protest. ...

Xbox Live, PlayStation Network Suffer Outages

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 22:37
Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network both suffered outages on Christmas as a hacking group reportedly claimed responsibility for the problems.

Montgomery Twp. grandmother, 94, goes missing on Christmas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 22:23

Montgomery Twp. grandmother, 94, goes missing on ChristmasMontgomery Township police are searching for missing 94-year-old grandmother.


U.S. man dies at Mexico border after being subdued with stun gun

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 21:56
(Reuters) - An American man died at a U.S. border crossing with Mexico after he allegedly assaulted officers and was subdued with a stun gun, the Customs and Border Protection agency said. Border officers stopped the man, who was not identified, on Wednesday at the San Ysidro, California, border checkpoint as he tried to enter the United States, the agency said in a statement. A records check showed he had a criminal history and a patdown turned up heroin, the customs agency said. The man jumped over a security desk, attacked two officers and was subdued by an officer using a stun gun. ...

Man, 22, shot multiple times in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 21:13

Man, 22, shot multiple times in North PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia police are investigating a Christmas evening shooting.


Democrats optimistic on 2016 presidential chances

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 20:45

This Nov. 20, 2014, file photo shows the White House at sunset in Washington. After taking a shellacking in the November midterm elections, many Democrats remain confident that the 2016 presidential landscape still tilts in their favor. Republicans, meanwhile, are out to disprove the idea of an enduring “Obama coalition.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House.


New Hampshire falcon's post-surgery vision limited

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 20:36
DEERING, N.H. (AP) — A falcon in New Hampshire that had eye surgery to remove cataracts is doing well with her new synthetic lenses but has limited vision and isn't flying.

New lanes planned near La. Hwy 30 and I-10

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 20:07
GONZALES, La. (AP) — Two short-term projects are planned to ease traffic problems near Gonzales.

U.S. police struggle to uncover threats on social media

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 20:05

A demonstrator wearing a Guy Fawkes mask walks up 6th Ave as he protests against the police in ManhattanBy Edwin Chan and Alex Dobuzinskis SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement agencies are a long way from being able to effectively track threats of the kind a gunman posted on Instagram before his execution-style murder of two New York City policemen last weekend. Police need more data analytics and mining software to monitor social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter , as well as trained personnel to make sense of what could be a deluge of data, say law enforcement officials and security experts. ...