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Old phone unveiled 100 years after first coast-to-coast call

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:38

Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California, takes a photo of himself while posing with the telephone used by President Woodrow Wilson on the first transcontinental call, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. The phones used on the first transcontinental call will be displayed as part of the 100-year anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In true San Francisco irony, smartphones were used Thursday to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago.

Two more bodies pulled from rubble of fire that destroyed Maryland mansion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:31
Two more bodies were pulled on Thursday from the rubble of a Maryland waterfront mansion that was destroyed by fire this week, leaving two people still missing, officials said. Two other bodies were recovered on Wednesday from the home destroyed in a massive blaze on Monday, said Anne Arundel Fire Department spokesman Russ Davies. Missing are Alexis Boone, 8, her sister Kaitlyn Boone, 7, their cousins Wesley Boone, 6, and Charlotte Boone, 8 and their grandparents Don and Sandra Pyle. Don Pyle is chief operating officer of the privately held technology company ScienceLogic.

Video of New Jersey man shot by police raises questions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:28

In this frame grab from an officer's dashboard camera taken Dec. 30, 2014, and provided by the Bridgeton, N..J. Police Department, police officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley stand near a car they pulled over for running a stop sign in Bridgeton. One of the officers warned his partner that he could see a gun in the glove compartment. The nearly two-minute standoff resulted in the death of Jerame Reid, one of two men in the car. (AP Photo/Bridgeton Police Department)BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A video of police officers confronting and then fatally shooting a black man at a traffic stop has raised questions and stirred anger over another death at the hands of police.

Yellowstone begins transferring bison for slaughter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:25
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has begun shipping wild bison for slaughter as part of a plan to reduce the park's population by as many as 900 animals this winter.

Attorney: Lawmaker can't be charged with DUI during session

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:23
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky state senator is trying to have his DUI charge dismissed because the state constitution bans lawmakers from being arrested while the legislature is in session.

Man dies after South Philadelphia shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:19

Man dies after South Philadelphia shootingPolice are investigating a shooting in South Philadelphia that left a man dead.

Crews discover 2 more bodies in mansion ruins

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:19
BALTIMORE (AP) — Investigators found the bodies of two more people in the charred remains of an Annapolis-area mansion that burned to the ground earlier this week, bringing the number of dead to four.

Owners cited after fire inside Darby business

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:16

Owners cited after fire inside Darby businessA fire broke out inside a printing business in Darby Borough, Delaware County and an investigation led to the owners being cited.

Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:14

In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2015, crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Earthen barriers have been set up across a creek and water was being tested Thursday around the site of a nearly 3 million-gallon leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, the largest spill of its kind during North Dakota's current oil rush.

Two ex-North Carolina athletes file lawsuit alleging academic fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:12
(Reuters) - Two former University of North Carolina athletes filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the school and the NCAA, accusing them of academic fraud for failing to "provide a meaningful education." The lawsuit was filed in Durham, North Carolina, County Court on behalf of Devon Ramsay, who played football at the school, and former women's basketball player Rashanda McCants. "This lawsuit deals with the past, present and future of college academics," Michael Hausfeld, an attorney for the plaintiffs, told Reuters. "It cuts beyond North Carolina to all sports at Division I institutions. Both genders." A report released in October by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein showed more than 3,000 students, nearly half of them athletes, received credit for fake classes at the Chapel Hill school over an 18-year period.

Wendell Ford, ex-Kentucky governor, US senator, dies at 90

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:06

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2012 file photo, former Kentucky Sen. Wendell Ford is seen in Lexington, Ky. Ford, a former governor and U.S. senator who was the dominant figure in Democratic politics in Kentucky for 30 years, has died. He was 90. (AP Photo/Roger Alford, File)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. and Kentucky Gov. Wendell Ford, an unapologetic smoker whose unfiltered chats and speeches endeared him to voters in a state that once thrived on tobacco and coal, has died at age 90.

Family accused of $20M fraud amid mansion fires, theft claim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:01

This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General shows Claire Risoldi. The state attorney general's office announced, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, the arrest of the 67-year-old Risoldi and four relatives. Counts against Risoldi include conspiracy, witness intimidation and forgery. The investigation began after a 2013 fire at Risoldi's mansion near Philadelphia. It was the third blaze in five years. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General)DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A family's luxurious suburban lifestyle has been financed by more than $20 million in fraudulent insurance claims amid a series of mansion fires and repeated reports of jewelry theft, authorities said Thursday.

Atlantic City bankruptcy talk 'premature': turnaround team

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:59

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pauses as he delivers his state of the state address at the New Jersey State House in TrentonBy Daniel Kelley and Hilary Russ ATLANTIC CITY NJ/NEW YORK (Reuters) - It's "premature" to talk about bankruptcy for troubled gaming resort Atlantic City, Detroit's former turnaround expert said Thursday as he signed on with the latest bid to revive a city some see as bound to follow the path taken by the Motor City. Atlantic City's lifeblood, gaming revenue, has been decimated as newer casinos in nearby states such as New York and Massachusetts lured gamblers away from the storied but downtrodden New Jersey shore locale. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Thursday appointed a turnaround team, including former Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr - a step the struggling casino town has resisted. "There's only one reason to hire Kevyn Orr after Detroit and that's if you're going into bankruptcy, said Tamara Lowin, Municipal Analyst at Belle Haven Investments.

Ex-Interior head: Land grab puts Utah at odds with industry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:58

People walk through the Black Diamond exhibit at the Outdoor Retailer Show Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Salt lake City. As the lucrative biannual outdoor retailer show kicks off in Salt Lake City this week, expo organizers say they're set to convene a group of industry leaders to discuss whether it makes sense to move the show out of Utah after their commitment runs out next year. The show has been in Utah since 1996 and is estimated to bring in an annual economic benefit of $40 million to the state. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Thursday slammed Utah's push to seize control of federal lands as a radical measure that threatens the outdoor recreation industry, which brings a lucrative gear show to the state twice a year.

Obama says hopes Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:58

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in LawrenceWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he hoped the Supreme Court would issue a ruling that would prevent states from banning gay marriage when it rules on the issue later this year. The court last week agreed to decide whether states can ban gay marriage. Obama has said previously that he is in favor of allowing same-sex couples to wed. "I'm hopeful the Supreme Court comes to the right decision," Obama said during an interview on YouTube. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler)

NTSB: Planes should have technologies so they can be found

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:58

FILE - In this March 28, 2014 file photo, reporters are seated at a table with a sample flight recorder at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Vehicle Recorder Laboratory in Washington. US accident investigators recommended Thursday that all airliners making long flights over water be able to broadcast their location minute by minute via satellite transmitters that can identify a crash site. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to recent incidents in which airliners vanished, U.S. accident investigators recommended Thursday that all passenger planes making long flights over water carry improved technology that will allow them to be found more readily in the event of a crash.

Tom Brady Denies Tampering With Footballs in 'Deflate-gate'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:55
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady addressed allegations of football under-inflation today at a news conference.

Tsarnaev lawyers ask again to move trial outside Boston

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:54

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The focus of the Boston Marathon bombing trial figures to be as much on what punishment Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face as on his responsibility for the attack. With testimony expected to start later in January 2015, the Justice Department has given no indication it is open to any proposal from the defense to spare Tsarnaev's life, pushing instead toward a trial that could result in a death sentence. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are making a third push to move his trial outside Massachusetts, citing a large number of prospective jurors who already believe he's guilty and the personal connections many have to the attack.

N.Y. state Assembly speaker charged with fraud in corruption probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:49

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is surrounded by reporters as he leaves Federal court, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in New York. Silver, who has been one of the most powerful men in Albany for more than two decades, was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)By Nate Raymond and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the state's most powerful politicians for more than two decades, was charged on Thursday with pocketing $4 million from bribery and kickback schemes. Silver, a Democrat who has served as the highest-ranking state assemblyman since 1994, was accused in a federal criminal complaint in New York, as authorities moved to seize $3.8 million in proceeds tied to the alleged corruption. The 70-year-old Silver, a licensed lawyer who represents Manhattan's Lower East Side, is known as one of Albany's three most powerful men, alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. He became the latest addition to a long line of New York politicians implicated in corruption scandals.

Police: Man robbing grocery store suffers fatal heart attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:48
EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — Police say a man suffered a fatal heart attack as he was robbing a grocery store in Maryland.