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Lab tests imply formaldehyde risk in some e-cigarette vapor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:13

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014 file photo, a man exhales vapor from an e-cigarette in New York. Using certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could release much more formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, than smoking traditional cigarettes does, lab tests suggest. The research published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 is not proof of a risk - it involved limited testing on just one brand of e-cigarettes. But scientists say it shows how little is known about the safety of these popular devices. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Using certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could potentially release more formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, than smoking traditional cigarettes does, new lab tests suggest.


Paddle boarder captures up-close encounter with orcas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:08
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California paddle boarder has captured his up-close encounter with an orca pod and posted the resulting video on social media.

Grand jury indicts Ohio man held in Capitol terror plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:06
CINCINNATI (AP) — A man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday on charges including attempting to kill federal officials and employees.

Former Philadelphia sportscaster found guilty in theft case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:59
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A jury on Wednesday found a former Philadelphia sportscaster guilty of using unregistered charities and non-existent tickets to sporting events to scam people out of money. Don Tollefson, 62, represented himself in the 11-day trial, portraying himself as an incompetent businessman as he tried to fend off charges of theft, money laundering and violating state charities rules. Bucks County Assistant District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said Tollefson stole roughly $342,000 in increments ranging from $500 to $1000 by promising sporting tickets to donors to his charities. Robert Goldman, who served as back-up defense attorney, said Tollefson planned to make restitution by selling off a collection of sports memorabilia.

Teen charged in fatal Ohio mall shooting, robbery attempt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:57
CINCINNATI (AP) — A 16-year-old boy accused of trying to steal Nike sneakers from a mall shopper who fatally shot another teen who was with him was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter and robbery.

AG: 22 charged in drug ring based in Philly area

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:51

 22 charged in drug ring based in Philly areaA total of 22 people have been arrested in a statewide drug ring based out of the Philadelphia area, investigators said.


Senator Reid to undergo eye surgery after exercise accident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:49

Senate Majority Leader Reid speaks to reporters on upcoming budget battle in WashingtonU.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid will undergo surgery on his right eye to repair damage caused by a recent accident involving exercise equipment, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Reid, 75, will undergo surgery at George Washington University Hospital in Washington "as a necessary step to assist in recovering full vision in his right eye," said spokeswoman Kristen Orthman. She added that Reid, of Nevada, is expected to be released from the hospital quickly following surgery but will work from his Washington home next week to minimize strain on the eye. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No.2 Senate Democrat, has been filling in for Reid.


Lockdown lifted at Ohio university after false alarm over gunman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:47
(Reuters) - Police lifted a lockdown at a university in southern Ohio after a man who was reported to have a gun turned out to be an armored car security guard. Classes will resume at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

$170K reward offered in probe of downtown Los Angeles fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:42

FILE - In this early Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles County firefighters battle a fire at an apartment building under construction next to the Harbor CA-110 Freeway. A $170,000 reward for information that leads to the person responsible for igniting the huge inferno downtown Los Angeles, was announced at a news conference outside City Hall by city officials on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $170,000 reward was offered Wednesday for information that leads to the person responsible for igniting a huge inferno that destroyed an unfinished apartment building and extensively damaged adjacent office towers in downtown Los Angeles.


15,000 Baggies of Heroin Seized in Del. Traffic Stop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:38

15,000 Baggies of Heroin Seized in Del. Traffic StopA New Jersey man is facing criminal charges in Delaware, after police say they found 15,000 baggies of heroin in his car during a traffic stop.


Jurors hear openings in case of accused Pennsylvania killer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:32
By Joe McDonald WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (Reuters) - Opening statements started in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Wednesday in the case of an accused killer whose alleged victims were discovered buried in his backyard, prosecutors said. Hugo Selenski, 41, is on trial in Luzerne County Court for the strangulation and beating deaths of a pharmacist and his girlfriend in 2002. Authorities discovered the bodies of Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett, along with other human remains, in Selenski's backyard in 2003. Prosecutor Jarrett Ferentino cautioned jurors that they were about to journey through a world of "manipulation, violence and greed." "It’s a world that leaves its victims bound and broken," Ferentino said.

Pa. Supreme Court to take up attorney general leak case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:30

Pa. Supreme Court to take up attorney general leak casePennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is blasting allegations that she leaked confidential grand jury information to embarrass a political rival.


Possible jurors ask to be excused from theater shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:26

In this Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 sketch by courtroom artist Jeff Kandyba, Judge Carlos Samour, center top, is depicted as he faces members of the defense and prosecution teams in court on the first day of jury selection in the trial of Aurora theater shooting defendant James Holmes, at the Arapahoe County Justice Center, in Centennial, Colo. The jury selection process that began Tuesday is expected to take several weeks to a few months. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people in an Aurora movie theater in 2012. (AP Photo/Jeff Kandyba)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prospective jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial presented a judge with a number of excuses on Wednesday for why they shouldn't be on the panel that decides if defendant James Holmes was insane at the time of the deadly attack.


Highway work to resume after deadly Ohio overpass accident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:25

Work continues in the aftermath of the bridge collapse on Interstate 75, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tons of concrete and steel covered the southbound lanes of a major artery after the overpass collapse Monday during demolition work. (AP Photo/The The Cincinnati Enquirer, Liz Dufour)CINCINNATI (AP) — Highway construction work was resuming in Cincinnati even as investigations continue into the deadly collapse of an overpass exit ramp that was being demolished, Ohio transportation officials said Wednesday.


FBI agent: No direct evidence ex-CIA man leaked to reporter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:25
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — There is no direct evidence that an ex-CIA officer leaked details of a classified mission to a journalist, but phone and email records show the two were in frequent contact, an FBI agent testified Wednesday.

Former New Mexico sheriff to serve 10 years for rights violations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:21
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - A former New Mexico sheriff was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal court on Wednesday after he was found guilty of violating a motorist's civil rights last year when he dragged the man from his car and threatened him with a gun. Tommy Rodella, 53, was sheriff of Rio Arriba County but was in plainclothes and brandishing a pistol when he and his son confronted the motorist in March 2014. Rodella was convicted in September. He had faced up to 17 years behind bars, but U.S. District Judge James Browning gave him seven years on a firearm charge, and three years and one month on a charge of violating the victim's civil rights.

Microsoft shows off Windows 10 and 'HoloLens'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:03

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, left, smiles as he tries on a "Hololens" device with colleagues Alex Kipman, right, and Terry Myerson following an event demonstrating new features of Windows 10 at the company's headquarters on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Redmond, Wash. Executives demonstrated how they said the new Windows is designed to provide a more consistent experience and a common platform for software apps on different devices, from personal computers to tablets, smartphones and even the company's Xbox gaming console. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens.


AG Kathleen Kane blasts allegations after documents released

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:03

Pa. Supreme Court to take up attorney general leak casePennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is blasting allegations that she leaked confidential grand jury information to embarrass a political rival.


VIDEO: Kenneth Moton reports on snow in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:03

 Kenneth Moton reports on snow in Center CityKenneth Moton reports live from Center City Philadelphia as the snow begins to move through the region.


2 sunken canal boats from mid-1800s found in Lake Ontario

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 06:02

This image taken from video shows diver Andrew Driver swimming over part of a 19th-century canal boat that lies on the floor of Lake Ontario's eastern end near Oswego, N.Y. Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski, and Roland Steven, three underwater explorers from the Rochester area, said, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, that they discovered the two 19th-century canal boats last year while searching for shipwrecks. The sunken canal boats, located in more than 200 feet below the surface, are believed to be built in the mid-1800s when the Erie Canal was widened to accommodate larger boats. (AP Photo/Bob Sherwood)OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) — The wrecks of two 19th-century canal boats have been found on the bottom of Lake Ontario, an unusual discovery because such vessels typically weren't used on open water, a team of New York shipwreck hunters said Wednesday.