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Mother, daughter die of burns from Philadelphia food truck blast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 03:18
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A mother and daughter have died from burns they suffered when a propane tank exploded in the family's food truck in Philadelphia earlier this month, authorities said on Thursday. Jaylin Landaverry Galdamez, 17, and her mother, Olga Galdamez, 42, each were burned on more than 50 percent of their bodies from the explosion on July 2, authorities said. They died just days apart, the mother on July 20 and the daughter on July 22, said Jeff Moran, spokesman for the Philadelphia Medical Examiners Office. The pair was working in the truck at the time of the blast, which sent a propane tank flying 150 feet and injured nine other people.

Teen's complaint seeks schooling during pregnancy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 03:16
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia teen says in a civil rights complaint that she should have been allowed to complete her schoolwork from home while pregnant and on doctor-ordered bed rest.

Judge: James Holmes sanity exam can be filmed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 03:10
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shootings case says a psychiatrist can video-record the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes.

Mont. gov: Sen. in plagiarism row deserves respect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 03:05

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday he had no knowledge that Sen. John Walsh had plagiarized his master's thesis when he appointed the former lieutenant governor to the Senate in February, and that he continues to support the Democrat's candidacy in 2014.


Outcry saves rare redwood from being chopped down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:56
COTATI, Calif. (AP) — A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

Kennedy cousin tries to stop tapes being played in murder retrial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:52

Skakel reacts to being granted bail during his hearing at Stamford Superior Court, in Stamford, ConnecticutBy Richard Weizel STAMFORD Conn. (Reuters) - Michael Skakel, a Kennedy cousin awaiting retrial after serving 11 years in prison for the murder of a teenage girl in Connecticut, wants to stop incriminating audiotapes from being used again as evidence, according to court filings on Wednesday. One of Skakel's attorneys, Stephan Seegar, filed two motions in Stamford's superior court to keep recordings of a 1997 interview with writer Richard Hoffman from being presented as evidence, as they were during Skakel's first trial in 2002. The tapes include Skakel describing how he masturbated in a tree outside the home of 15-year-old neighbor Martha Moxley on the night that she was beaten to death with a golf club in October 1975. Skakel says on the recording he "drank rum and tonics" at a local club, then climbed a tree outside Moxley's house while drunk and feeling "horny." He states on the recording: "I remember thinking, 'Oh my God, if I tell anybody that I was out that night, they're gonna say I did it." Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of slain U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy, was convicted of Moxley's murder in 2002 as an adult in a highly publicized trial.


Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:47

FILE - This March 24, 2011, file photo shows a young evacuee being screened at a shelter for leaked radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant in Fukushima, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation’s nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios and radiation traveling further than previously figured. (AP Photo/Wally Santana, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. science advisory report says Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation's nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios.


Court throws out Chiquita terror payment claims involving thousands of Colombian deaths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:46
MIAMI (AP) — Court throws out Chiquita terror payment claims involving thousands of Colombian deaths.

UN says 9 trucks enter Syria from Turkey with aid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:44
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. official says nine trucks carrying humanitarian supplies have entered Syria from Turkey, using one of four border crossings recently authorized by the U.N. Security Council to speed delivery of aid to millions in need.

3 shot at hospital in Delaware County; 1 in custody

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:39

3 shot on campus of hospital in Delaware Co.; 1 in custodyPolice are on the scene at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital where there are reports that three people, including a doctor, have been shot.


Dad charged after fallen dresser kills 2 toddlers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:35
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Bombardier restructuring cuts 1,800 jobs globally

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:34
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Airplane maker Bombardier Inc. is cutting 1,800 jobs across facilities worldwide as it restructures operations.

Top Dallas official bets political future by opening arms to immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:33
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Images of protesters trying to stop buses loaded with illegal immigrants may dominate the news, but in the heart of Texas, one county judge is taking on friends and foes by trying to find shelter for child migrants flooding across the U.S. border. Dallas Judge Clay Jenkins, 50, offered federal authorities empty buildings to house 2,000 children from Central America in a risky political move as he faces re-election in November for the top political office in Dallas County. His proposal is in stark contrast to Texas governor Rick Perry's tough stance on the recent influx of tens of thousands of illegal migrants, many of them children, fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. In other parts of the United States, a few major Democrat-led cities such as Los Angeles and Syracuse, New York have raised their hand to help, but the plan from Dallas County stands out in a state that is a Republican stronghold.

Wine collector set for sentencing on fraud charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:32
NEW YORK (AP) — The sentencing for a California wine collector convicted of selling fake wine was postponed Thursday after his lawyers said the government inflated the size of the fraud.

Ga. teen sues for in-home classes during pregnancy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:31
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia teen says in a civil rights complaint that she should have been allowed to complete her schoolwork from home while pregnant and on doctor-ordered bed rest.

Texas governor's startup fund is not all it seems

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:27

FILE - Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media before speaking to a meeting of local party activists, in this July 19, 2014 file photo taken in Algona, Iowa. Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation’s second most-populous state. An Associated Press review of the program found that one of the companies actually operates in California. Some have stagnated trying to find more capital. A few have even forfeited their right to do business in Texas by not filing tax reports. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous state.


Slaying of Fla. law professor is a seeming mystery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:25

This photo taken on Feb. 7, 2006, and made available by Florida State University shows law school professor Daniel Markel. Markel was shot in the head at his home in Tallahassee, Fla., on Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Florida State University)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Detectives say Florida State University law school professor Daniel Markel was shot in the head - but won't say whether he was shot from the front or back. They say he was gunned down at his home in broad daylight - but won't say if he was found inside the house or outside. They released a photo of a vehicle of interest, but wouldn't confirm exactly where the car was seen or even the make and model.


Alaska tourist train derails, leaving 19 injured

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:09
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A vintage rail company that transports hundreds of thousands of tourists a year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush suspended operations while it investigates a derailment that left 19 people with minor injuries, officials said.

More US girls now getting cervical cancer vaccine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 01:56

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2006 file photo, a doctor holds the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardiasil in his hand at his Chicago office. The rate of teen girls getting the vaccine is now up to about 38 percent of girls ages 13 to 17, from 33 percent, the government reported on Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)NEW YORK (AP) — More teen girls are getting a controversial cervical cancer vaccine but the increase isn't much of a bump, the government reported Thursday.


Ohio State University fires marching band director

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 01:50
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment.