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Woman who sat in chair for 6 months dies; death ruled homicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:56

Woman who sat in chair for 6 months dies; death ruled homicideThe caregivers of an 82-year-old woman allowed her to sit in the same chair, not moving for six months, until she died earlier this year in a home that smelled so bad that some of the first firefighters on the scene set up a fan by the door, authorities said.


Delivery man shot and killed in Crescentville

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:55

Delivery man shot and killed in CrescentvillePhiladelphia police have identified the man who was shot and killed while delivering Chinese food in the Crescentville section of the city late Thursday.


$11,000 raised for New Castle Co. police dog vests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:49

$11,000 raised for New Castle Co. police dog vestsThe New Castle County Police Department's canines now have ballistic vests to protect them while on duty.


Treatment of U.S. flag sparks protest at Georgia's Valdosta State University

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:44
By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - A university in southern Georgia canceled classes on Friday before a rally that drew about 1,000 demonstrators angry that an American flag was stepped on during a recent protest on campus. Valdosta State University officials said no classes would be held and about 100 law enforcement officers were on campus during the event to ensure the safety of students and staff. "This is a home for free speech," said William McKinney, the university's president, at a news conference after the event, noting his pride that it had taken place peacefully. A woman named Michelle Manhart, an Air Force veteran living in the area, is seen taking the flag from the protesters to protect it.

Florida university suspends fraternity for insulting veterans

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:41
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - The University of Florida on Friday suspended a fraternity as it investigates reports that members insulted disabled veterans and desecrated their U.S. flags during a resort retreat. Three members of the Zeta Beta Tau were already expelled from the fraternity over the incident, which also led the chapter at Emory University in Atlanta to suspended activities, according to a statement by the international fraternity. “I am personally offended and disappointed by the behavior that has been described to me,” Dave Kratzer, the University of Florida's student affairs vice president, said in a statement, noting that he is also a retired U.S. Army major general. Zeta Beta Tau International apologized to the veterans in a statement, noting that it has hired an independent investigator to review last weekend's incident at a northwest Florida resort.

Autopsy: Fetus found on conveyor belt not able to breathe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:41

 Fetus found on conveyor belt not able to breatheAuthorities say a dead fetus found at a New Jersey recycling facility was a female not capable of breathing.


Activists seek probe of prosecutor's role in Ferguson case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:39

FILE - In this March 15, 2015 file photo, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch speaks during a news conference n Clayton, Mo. Attorneys for several civil rights groups will ask a St. Louis judge Friday, April 24, 2015 to appoint a special prosecutor to probe what they claim was prosecutorial misconduct by McCulloch during grand jury proceedings involving the Ferguson shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge gave strong indications Friday that he might toss a lawsuit by four activists seeking an independent investigation of a prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Michael Brown shooting case.


Police: Burglar confronted by homeowner in Radnor Twp. ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:39

 Burglar confronted by homeowner in Radnor Twp. ID'dDetectives in Radnor Township say they have identified the the brazen burglar who was confronted by the homeowner he was targeting.


Several U.S. probes likely of drone strikes that killed hostages

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:36

American hostage Warren Weinstein is shown in this image captured from an undated video courtesy of SITE Intelligence GroupBy Mark Hosenball and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency's Inspector General will conduct what could be the first of several investigations into the CIA drone strikes that killed American and Italian hostages and two U.S.-born al Qaeda militants, U.S. government sources said on Friday. The Senate Intelligence Committee also is reviewing the attacks, a Congressional source said. Depending upon the results of the CIA watchdog's investigation, U.S. President Barack Obama could establish an outside investigative panel to examine the drone attacks, and broader U.S. drone policy, said a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity. The White House has revealed few details about the reviews, declining even to identify the CIA Inspector General as the office doing the initial probe.


6 Texas jailers fired after inmate left alone for weeks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:33
HOUSTON (AP) — Six Texas jailers were fired and 29 others suspended after a mentally ill inmate was left unattended and alone in his cell for weeks with insect-infested food containers, a feces-clogged toilet and ropes from his shredded jail uniform hanging from the ceiling.

After violence last year, new city to host pumpkin festival

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:30

Ruth Sterling, left, and Laconia Mayor Ed Engler, unravel a poster after it was announced Friday April 24, 2015 in Laconia, N.H., that the city will be the new host for the annual Pumpkin Festival next October. Held in Keene since 1991, the pumpkin festival tries each year to set a record for the number of carved and lighted pumpkins. Last year's event turned violent, with alcohol-fueled parties nearby leading to injuries, property damage and more than 100 arrests. The Keene City Council rejected a permit for 2015. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — The annual New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival has a new home in the city of Laconia after its longtime host city declined to issue a permit following violence that led to more than 100 arrests near last year's event.


US rests in corruption case against Philadelphia ex-officers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:29
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors rested their monthlong case Friday against six former Philadelphia police officers who are accused of robbing dealers of large sums of drugs and cash, beating them to get information, planting evidence and lying in court to win unjust convictions.

Judge rejects GPS monitor for Reagan shooter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who shot President Ronald Reagan won't have to wear an ankle monitor if allowed to leave a mental hospital for good, a judge indicated Friday, brushing aside that request from the government.

All-clear sounded at Statue of Liberty after bomb scare

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:25

 NBCBy Laila Kearney and Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Statue of Liberty was declared safe on Friday after a bomb scare forced the evacuation of thousands of tourists from the New York Harbor landmark, the National Parks Service said. All visitors and staff were safely ferried off Liberty Island soon after an anonymous caller threatened to blow up the statue that stands guard at the mouth of the Hudson River, Mindi Rambo, a National Park Service spokeswoman, said in a statement. Liberty Island, which draws some 4 million visitors a year, will reopen on Saturday, the park service said. Statue Cruises, which operates ferry service between Liberty Island and Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan, said it took about 2,700 people off the island and offered passengers full refunds.


Animal activists rally at the University of Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:22

Animal activists rally at the University of PennsylvaniaProtestors rallied at the University of Pennsylvania due to the school's alleged abuse of its lab animals.


Court: acquitted Miami Lakes mayor should get old job back

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:17
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida appeals court says the city of Miami Lakes should restore a mayor who was acquitted after his arrest on federal corruption charges, even though a replacement mayor was later elected.

Couple busted for sex next to little league field

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:17

Couple busted for sex next to little league fieldA Camden County couple was arrested after they were caught having sex, just feet from a little league baseball field.


15 loose buffaloes that crossed New York highway are killed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:11

Shooters take aim and shoot at a herd of buffalo in a creek on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Coeymans, N.Y. About 15 of the animals got loose Thursday from a farm in the Rensselaer County town of Schodack, on the river's east bank a few miles southeast of Albany. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)COEYMANS, N.Y. (AP) — Fifteen buffaloes that escaped from a farm were intentionally shot and killed Friday after they dashed past a group of police, crossed a major highway and ended up near some schools, authorities said.


Man knocks out woman walking home from gym in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:11

Man knocks out woman walking home from gym in South PhiladelphiaPolice are looking for the man who knocked out a woman who was walking home from the gym in South Philadelphia.


Midwest pheasant producers are anxious as bird flu spreads

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:07
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Bill MacFarlane has been anxious since a case of a deadly bird flu strain was recently confirmed in domestic poultry just 50 miles from his southern Wisconsin farm, the largest pheasant operation in North America that supplies 1.8 million birds each year to the game bird industry.