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Renters appear more satisfied in many pricey US cities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 21:06

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2015 file photo, a luxury rental building rises high above other buildings in the East Harlem section of New York. High rents are worth it. At least that's the sentiment of apartment dwellers in New York, San Francisco and Washington, who say they're more satisfied living in those cities than do renters in far more affordable areas such as Milwaukee, Albuquerque and Detroit, according to a survey released Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Apartment List. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — High rents are worth it.


Video shows police using stun gun on man at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:55

Video shows police using stun gun on man at Los Angeles airportPolice at Los Angeles International Airport used a stun gun on an unarmed man who they say refused to cooperate at security.


Police use stun gun on man at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:44

Video shows police using stun gun on man at Los Angeles airportPolice at Los Angeles International Airport used a stun gun on an unarmed man who they say refused to cooperate at security.


DNA on Pizza Crust Led Authorities to Mansion Murder Suspect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:27
Authorities searched a Maryland home overnight in the investigation of a deadly mansion murder.

Trash truck fire shuts down Pa. Turnpike in Chester Co.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:21

Trash truck fire shuts down Pa. Turnpike in Chester Co.A trash truck burst into flames, shutting down the westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the beginning of the Thursday morning rush hour.


Police officer, suspect killed in Omaha shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:01

This photo provided by the Omaha Police Department shows officer Kerrie Orozco. A suspect being sought by police for an Omaha shooting opened fire on officers Wednesday, May 20, 2015, promoting a shootout that left Orozco and the suspect dead, according to Police Chief Todd Schmaderer. (Omaha Police Department via AP)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man opened fire Wednesday on officers who were trying to arrest him for a previous shooting, prompting police to return gunfire in a shootout that left one officer and the suspect dead, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said.


1 dead in car crash in Salem County, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 18:27

1 dead in car crash in Salem County, N.J.Police say one person is dead after a vehicle crash in Pittsgrove Township, New Jersey early Thursday morning.


Infant injured by family dog in Ocean County, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 18:10

Infant injured by family dog in Ocean County, NJAuthorities say a 2-month-old girl was seriously injured after being bitten by her family's dog, but the injuries do not appear to be the result of aggressive behavior.


Man shot and collapses on Norristown street

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 17:32

Man shot and collapses on Norristown streetPolice say a man was shot and managed to run a block before collapsing on a street in Norristown, Pennsylvania late Wednesday night.


FBI finds faulty communication, no crime in prison probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 15:46

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson, center, speaks to reporters on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Boise, Idaho. Olson announced the U.S. Justice Department would not press criminal charges in connection with a contract fraud investigation at a private Idaho prison. (AP Photo/Kimberlee Kruesi)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An FBI investigation into a scandal surrounding a private prison in Idaho turned up no evidence of crime, but it did show plenty of miscommunication and faulty assumptions between state agencies, federal prosecutors say.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 15:34
"Every person can contribute something to the Islamic State. You can easily earn yourself a higher station with God almighty for the next life by sacrificing just a small bit of this worldly life." — Andre Poulin, a Canadian enlistee in the Islamic State group, in a videotaped statement that has been used by the extremists for online recruitment.

L.A. diner famed for 'Googie' architecture saved from threat of demolition

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:35

Customers dine at Norms Diner on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles diner celebrated as a classic example of mid-20th century Space Age-style Googie architecture was granted historic monument status by city officials on Wednesday, protecting it from the threat of demolition. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously with three people absent to designate the 1956 Norms restaurant as a "historic-cultural monument," citing the need to preserve distinctive buildings of the city. Owners of the restaurant and cultural touchstone on La Cienega Boulevard had obtained a demolition permit earlier this year, prompting conservationists and officials to rally to preserve the site.


David Letterman signs off as late-night host

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:32

In this photo provided by CBS, actor Bill Murray, left, talks with host David Letterman after emerging from a cake to say good-bye, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, on the set of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” in New York. Letterman’s final show airs Wednesday, May 20. (John Paul Filo/CBS via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO ARCHIVE; NO SALES; NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLYNEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman ended his 33-year career as a late-night television host Wednesday, ushered into retirement by four presidents who declared "our long national nightmare is over" and saying there was nothing he could ever do to repay his audience.


Oil slicks spread 9 miles off California, foul beaches, air

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:34
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — An oil spill from a ruptured onshore pipeline that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday and officials said up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out.

Oklahoma Attorney General assigns new prosecutor to sheriff probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:27

Handout of Reserve Deputy Robert Bates provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in Tulsa(Reuters) - Oklahoma's Attorney General said on Wednesday he was assigning an outside prosecutor to the probe of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, which has been embroiled in controversy since a reserve deputy fatally shot a black suspect last month. Attorney General Scott Pruitt said the Tulsa County prosecutor had moved to recuse himself from the case due to a perceived conflict. Pruitt said he appointed Okmulgee County District Attorney Rob Barris to handle the case.


Small food makers on fast path to U.S. store shelves, threatening big producers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:24

Arctic Zero Chief Executive Amit Pandhi pictured with his company's frozen dessertSmall U.S. food manufacturers once toiled for decades to develop a critical mass of fans for their products. Now, an increasing number of privately-held players are going from garage to grocery store in fewer than five years thanks to an erosion of barriers to entry within the food industry. The trend is visible everywhere from gluten-free and organic foods to more traditional fare, according to interviews with half a dozen startups, as well as retailers and industry consultants.


China may have edge in race to build California's bullet train

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:17
By Robin Respaut and Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chinese state firms are poised to be strong contenders in the race to make high-speed trains that will sprint between Los Angeles and San Francisco, part of a $68 billion project to bring the service to the United States for the first time. While "bullet train" manufacturers from Germany, Japan, South Korea, and France are expected to be among those jockeying for the estimated $1 billion train contract, China’s ability to offer low prices and hefty financing appear to make it the one to beat, say lobbyists and industry insiders. Lacking experience in the technology, California must turn to foreign firms to build the trains – albeit domestically and with American workers - setting off a geopolitical race to grab a foothold in the nascent U.S. high-speed rail industry.

Survey: US schools beef up safety measures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:44

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2012, file photo, Carlee Soto uses a phone to get information about her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., after a gunman killed over two dozen people, including 20 children. Victoria Soto, 27, was among those killed. U.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a government survey released Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a government survey released Thursday.


Third man charged with murder of missing Tennessee student

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:27

Zachary Rye 29, of Parsons, Tennessee is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters(Reuters) - A third man has been charged with murder in connection with the 2011 disappearance of a nursing student in Tennessee, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The Shelby County District Attorney's Office said Zachary Rye Adams, Jason Wayne Autry and John Dylan Adams had all been indicted on charges of premeditated first-degree murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of 20-year-old Holly Bobo. Zachary Adams and Autry had been charged previously with murder and kidnapping in the case.


Paul commandeers Senate to protest Patriot Act

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:04

In this image from Senate video, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a Republican presidential contender, speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon, May 20, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington, during a long speech opposing renewal of the Patriot Act. Paul claimed he was filibustering, but under the Senate rules, he wasn’t. (Senate TV via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver a nearly 11 hours-long protest against renewal of the Patriot Act, calling the post-Sept. 11 law government intrusion on Americans' privacy.