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Owner gets stolen life-size statue of Obama back

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:59
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Police have returned a life-size statue of President Barack Obama that went missing from its owner's northeastern Pennsylvania porch and was found a few days later reclining on a nearby park bench with a six-pack of Twisted Tea.

Mom seeks stranger who saved her family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:50

Mom seeks stranger who saved her familyA young mom is on a mission to find the stranger who ran toward danger to save her - and her two small children.


20 injured in crash involving truck, SEPTA bus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:40

21 injured in crash involving truck, SEPTA bus21 people were injured when a SEPTA bus and a truck collided in Montgomery County.


2 parolees charged in suburban Chicago standoff

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:37
CHICAGO (AP) — Both suspects in this week's nearly 21-hour hostage situation in a Chicago suburb are parolees, and one is a convicted murderer who was under electronic monitoring.

Penn ex-justice won't have to send out photo of self in handcuffs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:37
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice is studying an appeals court ruling that upheld her corruption conviction but released her from a requirement that she send a photo of herself in handcuffs to other judges, her lawyer said on Friday. The former justice, Joan Orie Melvin, was found guilty last year of using public employees to work in her 2009 campaign for a seat on the Supreme Court. In upholding the conviction, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled on Thursday that a requirement that she send the photographs as part of her punishment went too far and was not authorized under the state’s sentencing code. “This condition was not imposed to promote her rehabilitation, but rather to shame and humiliate her in the eyes of her former colleagues in the judiciary,” Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue wrote.

2 kids hurt in fall from Ferris wheel

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:34

Patrons ride a Ferris Wheel at the Indiana State Fair Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Indianapolis. The fair comes to a close on Sunday, Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)CHELSEA, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two children are recovering from injuries after falling at least 15 feet from a Ferris wheel at a community fair in southeastern Michigan.


IDs of men found shot in adjacent yards released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:31
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say the shooting deaths of two men found in adjacent backyards in the San Francisco Bay Area appear to be a murder-suicide.

Washington Post editorial board no longer using word 'Redskins'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:25
The Washington Post editorial board will generally avoid using the word "Redskins" when referring to Washington's football team, it announced on Friday, saying the term denigrates Native Americans. A growing number of newspapers and sportswriters, including the Post's Mike Wise, have said they will no longer use the team's moniker. "While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency we have decided not to use the slur ourselves except when it is essential for clarity or effect," the board said in a statement, referring to the National Football League. The editorial board controls only the paper's opinion pages and is separate from the Post's news-gathering side, which will continue to use the name, Marty Baron, the paper's executive editor, said.

15 injured in crash involving truck, SEPTA bus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:19

20 injured in crash involving truck, SEPTA busAt least 15 people were injured when a SEPTA bus and a truck collided in Montgomery County.


1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:04

Han Tak Lee, 79, arrives at the federal courthouse with assistance from friends and supportersafter his release from a Pennsylvania prison, Friday, August 22, 2014, in Harrisburg, Pa. Lee was released on bail Friday while prosecutors decide whether to appeal a ruling that threw out his conviction in his daughter's 1989 death. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science.


Clerk shot at liquor store in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:55

Clerk shot at liquor store in WilmingtonA clerk was shot multiple times at a liquor store in Wilmington, Delaware.


Utah teen arrested after bomb threats shut down school

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:38
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and local police arrested a 16-year-old Utah boy accused of making bomb threats and ransom demands over Skype that shut down the first day of classes at his former high school, authorities said on Friday. The threats warned that unless a $10 million ransom were paid, multiple explosive devices would detonate on the Westlake High School campus in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday as some 2,200 students returned to class after the summer vacation. Police said the teen was arrested at his home late Thursday and is being held in a juvenile detention facility on suspicion of multiple felonies including making threats of violence and making terroristic threats involving weapons of mass destruction.

Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:32
NEW YORK (AP) — Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on an entirely different topic: Islamic State extremists.

Recalls this week: bean bag chairs, cribs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:29

This undated image provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows an Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chair. The chairs are being recalled because the zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads. (AP Photo/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled following the deaths of two children who suffocated after they crawled inside the chairs. Other recalled products include convertible cribs with a defect that can create a hazardous gap.


Maryland man charged with defrauding elderly on dating sites

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:27
A Maryland man is facing federal fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and other charges for allegedly bilking more than $1.1 million from elderly men and women through online dating sites. Krist Koranteng, 32, who has addresses in Burtonsville and Laurel, Maryland, is currently in jail awaiting a detention hearing on Monday at the U.S. An 11-count indictment, handed down by a federal grand jury, alleges that between September 2012 and February 2014, Koranteng and others searched online dating websites such as Chemistry.com and Match.com “to initiate romantic relationships with elderly men and women, in order to obtain money from those individuals." Koranteng and the others, after contacting the alleged victims online, used false stories and promises to persuade the them to send money, prosecutors said.

Colorado dropping Arapaho spellings for dorms

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:20
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The University of Colorado is backing away from a proposal to name two of its dorms after two 19th century Arapaho chiefs using the tribe's traditional spellings — instead looking to use the English names.

Cirque du Soleil takes Beatles tribute to airports

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:19

FILE-In this Aug. 21,1964 file photo an overwrought Beatles fan is escorted from the hall during the Beatles second stop of their U.S. tour in Las Vegas, Nevada. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' only performance in Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil performers are expected to make surprise, flash mob-style appearances Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in the San Francisco and Las Vegas airports and on a flight. (AP Photo)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Visitors flying into Las Vegas got more than just their luggage when they stopped by baggage claim.


Trial over Miss. GOP Senate race moved to Sept. 16

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:10
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A judge has adjusted the trial schedule for a lawsuit seeking to overturn Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's Republican primary win.

Fla. dad charged with murder; baby left in truck

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:10
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida man has been charged with murder in the death of his baby daughter, who authorities say was left in the man's truck for at least four hours.

Sharpton to lead march against NY chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:10

Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and Esaw Garner, the wife of fatal police chokehold victim Eric Garner, listen during a press briefing after meeting privately with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch on Thursday Aug. 21, 2014 in New York. The family of the unarmed Eric Garner, whose death last month in police custody was recorded on video, has asked federal prosecutors to investigate the case.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Marchers are set to protest the death of an unarmed black man who was placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer, the latest high-profile call to change relations between police and communities of color in the wake of recent violence.