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Woman and cop stabbed, suspect killed in Allentown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:32

Woman and cop stabbed, suspect killed in AllentownA woman and a police officer were stabbed and the suspect was fatally shot following a domestic dispute and police chase in Allentown, Pa.


Thief snatches cookie sale cash box from 10-year-old California Girl Scout

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:27
A thief briefly struggled with a 10-year-old Girl Scout outside a California supermarket and snatched her troop's cookie sale cash box, but officers tracked down the suspect and then bought up the rest of the cookies, authorities said on Monday. Cody Gintz, 23 of San Jose, was arrested for investigation of robbery and held on $50,000 bail at Santa Clara County Jail, according to San Jose Police spokesman Officer Albert Morales. He said the Girl Scouts had been selling cookies at a table outside a San Jose supermarket on Sunday afternoon when Gintz grabbed the cash box away from the girl, who initially didn’t let go. He took the money." The girl, Sophia Contos, told Bay Area television station KNTV that the box contained about $600 the troop was planning to use on a water conservation project.

U.S. names first-ever LGBT human rights envoy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:23
By Lisa Anderson NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United States Department of State on Monday named its first-ever special envoy to advocate globally for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Randy Berry, an openly gay senior diplomat, has served as U.S. Consul General in Amsterdam since 2012. "Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally--the heart and conscience of our diplomacy," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in announcing the groundbreaking appointment.

3 children hit and killed, woman hurt in busy Oregon street

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:20
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — A pickup truck hit and killed three children and critically injured a woman in the same busy Oregon intersection where a pedestrian was fatally struck two months ago and then carried on the roof of the fleeing car for 11 blocks.

Chicago Mayor Emanuel looks to avoid runoff for 2nd term

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:15

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel shakes hands with voters at a campaign stop Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Chicago. In a city where the voters like tough-talking politicians, Mayor Emanuel's pugnacious style is being put to the test Tuesday, Feb. 24 as he tries to win a second term without having to go through a runoff. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — In a city where the voters like tough-talking politicians, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's pugnacious style is being put to the test Tuesday as he tries to win a second term without having to go through a runoff.


Former California officer ordered to prison in theft case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:13
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A veteran San Francisco police officer who was convicted of stealing money and property from criminal suspects has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.

Labor chief: Unions to push on wages in 2016 campaign

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:13
ATLANTA (AP) — Politicians of all ideologies have failed American workers in an era of rising corporate profits and declining wages, the nation's top labor leader said Monday, vowing to pressure candidates running for president in 2016 to address the issue.

Texas trial for 'American Sniper' halted due to ice storm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:11

Eddie Ray Routh enters the court during his capital murder trial in StephenvilleBy Jon Herskovitz STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas trial of a man charged with fatally shooting former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the blockbuster movie "American Sniper, was halted on Monday due to an ice storm. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is accused of shooting Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield multiple times at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013 and then fleeing in Kyle's pickup truck. Defense attorneys are trying to have Routh declared innocent by reason of insanity. A psychiatrist called by the defense testified last week that Routh had paranoid schizophrenia and showed signs of psychosis that could not be faked, media reports said.


Russia and US spar over global crises at UN meeting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:08

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power listens during a meeting of the Security Council at the United Nations in the Manhattan borough of New YorkUNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov implicitly accused the United States on Monday of violating U.N. principles by bombing Syria, occupying Iraq "under false pretenses" and manipulating a Security Council mandate to destroy and create chaos in Libya.


Pit of boiling water burns firefighter at Seattle facility

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:03
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle firefighter working to extinguish a furnace fire at a metal-production facility accidentally stepped into a 2-foot-deep pit filled with boiling water and suffered burns to his legs.

1 dead in crash involving ambulance in Magnolia, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:02

1 dead in crash involving ambulance in Magnolia, N.J.One person is dead and two others are injured after a car collided with an ambulance in Magnolia, New Jersey.


Lawyer: Man accused of luring teen via Facebook not a killer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:00

Kyle Dube, center, with his attorneys Stephen Smith, left, and Wendy Hatch is in court during the first day of Dube's trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Me., Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Dube is charged with kidnapping and murder in the 2013 death of Nichole Cable, a high school sophomore from Glenburn, Me. (AP Photo/The Bangor Daily News, Gabor Degre, Pool)BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A man accused of luring a 15-year-old girl to her death with a fake Facebook page was at home with his family the night of the killing, his attorneys said Monday, accusing the prosecution of making "big mistakes" in their case.


North Carolina mother claims share of $564 million Powerball jackpot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 04:56
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A single mother said she is eager to give her four children a more comfortable life after North Carolina lottery officials confirmed on Monday that she had presented one of the tickets worth a third of the $564.1 million U.S. Powerball jackpot. Dressed in a beige pant suit, Marie Holmes, 26, smiled as confetti fell at a Raleigh news conference where a lottery official handed her a ceremonial big check. The other winning tickets were purchased in Puerto Rico and Princeton, Texas, in what was the third largest Powerball jackpot and one of the largest lottery jackpots in the United States. A winner who wished to remain anonymous has come forward in Puerto Rico but no one has presented the winning ticket in Texas, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.

Marine who vanished in Iraq in '04 found guilty of desertion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 04:53

FILE - In a Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 file photo, Cpl. Wassef Hassoun, left, is escorted to the courtroom on Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., for the beginning of his court martial trial. Hassoun's military defense attorney Capt. Brittaney Bennett walks with him. Hassoun was convicted Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, of desertion for leaving his post there and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S. (AP Photo/The Daily News, John Althouse, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Marine who vanished a decade ago in Iraq was convicted Monday of desertion for leaving his post there and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S.


Conjoined twins separated at Texas hospital after marathon surgery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 04:51
In surgery lasting more than 24 hours, a Texas hospital medical team has separated nearly 1-year-old twins who were joined at the abdomen and shared a liver, diaphragm, pelvis, intestines and the lining of the heart, officials said on Monday. The girls, Knatalye Hope Mata and Adeline Faith Mata, born in April 2014, were separated on Feb. 17 at Texas Children's Hospital, with a team including 12 surgeons, six anesthesiologists and eight surgical nurses. "This surgery was not without its challenges with the girls sharing several organ systems," said Dr. Darrell Cass, pediatric surgeon and co-director of Texas Children's Fetal Center. He said this was the first successful separation surgery for conjoined twins with this particular configuration.

Jurors watch videotape of accused killer of missing New York boy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 04:44
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors in the case of a New York boy missing for over three decades watched videotape on Monday of the man accused of his murder saying he choked the boy but that the child was still alive when he was stuffed in a bag and dumped in an alley. The videotape was played by prosecutors in the trial of Pedro Hernandez, 54, charged with the kidnapping and murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz. In a videotape made by police, Hernandez, who worked in a deli near the boy's home, says he offered Patz a soda and that he and the boy went downstairs to the store's basement. The videotape played on Monday, one of three made by police, was made after more than six hours of questioning of Hernandez.

California college student diagnosed with meningitis-related infection

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 04:41
A California university student has been diagnosed with a bacterial infection related to meningitis, authorities said, days after a student in Oregon succumbed to the sometimes deadly disease that can be prevalent on college campuses. The student at the University of California, Davis, is receiving care at a local hospital for meningococcal disease, a bacterial infection that can affect the bloodstream or be a precursor to meningitis. Last week, University of Oregon freshman Lauren Jones, 18, died of meningococcal infection, a Lane County Public Health official said.

Last-ditch protests in fight over Florida boy's circumcision

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 04:39
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An estranged Florida couple's yearslong fight over whether to circumcise their son appeared near an end Monday with the father attempting to schedule the procedure amid last-minute legal maneuvers and promises of protests.

Google teams up with 3 wireless carriers to combat Apple Pay

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 04:39

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo, a person tries a smartphone loaded with Google Wallet at the National Retail Federation in New York. Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers in an effort to prod more people into using its mobile wallet and undercut the rapid success of Apple's rival payment service. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.


Frequent saunas may boost survival, Finnish study suggests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 04:33

In this July 18, 2012 photo, people sit in a sauna at a Finnish summer cottage, in Leppavirta, central Finland. Frequent sauna baths may help you live longer, a study of Finnish men suggests. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Roni Rekomaa) FINLAND OUTCHICAGO (AP) — Frequent sauna baths may help you live longer, a study of Finnish men suggests. It would be welcome news if proven true — in Finland where hot, dry saunas are commonplace, and for Americans shivering in a snowy Nordic-like winter.