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Vandals topple headstones at Del. cemetery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:04

Vandals topple headstones at Del. cemeteryPolice are looking catch vandals who toppled more than 70 tombstones at a Delaware cemetery.


Diplomats: UN emergency meeting on Gaza on Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:04
Diplomats say the U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the conflict in Gaza on Friday afternoon.

APNewsBreak: UConn settles sex assault lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:57
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut has settled a federal lawsuit filed by five women who claimed the school responded to their sexual assault complaints with indifference.

Malaysia Air Victims Come Into Focus as US Poised to Inspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:57
Investigators are navigating regional hostility and charred wreckage trying to uncover answers into the downed a Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17, an act that left 298 people dead.

Jerry Sandusky son alleges even worse abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:54

Jerry Sandusky son alleges even worse abuseJerry Sandusky's adopted son Matthew said in a television interview Thursday that his sexual abuse at the former Penn State coach's hands consisted of oral sex, a more serious allegation than he made to detectives two years ago.


Strike threat plays to Cuomo's image as pragmatist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:51

Anthony Simon, general chairman of the United Transportation Union, left, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas Prendergast, right, shake hands in front of Gov. Andrew Cuomo after a tentative labor agreement was reached at Cuomo's office in New York on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's work to avert a strike on the nation's largest commuter rail system won praise from commuters and political observers alike — while playing nicely into his aggressively cultivated image as a pragmatist skilled at managing chaos.


Ukraine rebels say they have most plane recorders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:43

Ukraine rebels say they have most plane recordersEmergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners - dressed in overalls and covered in soot - searched Friday through wreckage and bodies scattered over a vast stretch of Ukrainian farmland after a Malaysian jetliner flying high above Ukraine's battlefield was shot from the sky, killing 298 people.


This Week in the Civil War

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:01
This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, July 20: Fighting near Atlanta.

Twelve bodies found in Massachusetts storage unit, prosecutors say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 21:01
An investigation into a former Massachusetts funeral-home operator has turned grisly, with authorities discovering 12 bodies at a storage unit outside Boston leased by the man, Joseph O'Donnell, authorities said. Police late Thursday recovered 12 human bodies from a storage unit in Weymouth, Massachusetts, about 13 miles (20 km) southeast of Boston, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said.

EPA proposes to block Alaska mine over salmon risk

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 20:55

FILE - In this July 13, 2007 file photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing restrictions that would essentially block development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world-premier salmon fishery in Alaska. The Friday July 18, 2014 announcement comes as the EPA is being sued by the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine, the Pebble Limited Partnership, and the state of Alaska for exceeding its authority. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it is proposing restrictions that would essentially block development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world premier salmon fishery in Alaska.


Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited service

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 20:54
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow users unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to expand its services to attract more users.

Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 19:56

FILE - In this July 11, 2013 file photo, then Nokia CEO Stephen Elop desicribes the company's Nokia Lumia 1020, in New York. On Thursday, July 17, 2014, as part of an announcement to cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, Microsoft said it would discontinue its Nokia X phones and shift future product designs to its Lumia line of Windows phones. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each.


Lower Manhattan economy taking off but many new jobs are low wage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 19:08

The skyline of Lower Manhattan is seen under the arrival of a summer storm in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff New York (Reuters) - Lower Manhattan’s economy is set to take-off. New shopping centers, hotels and food courts are opening in the area that looked more like a war zone after the attacks on September 11, 2001.     The massive developments are bringing back jobs lost as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center, which killed 2,753 people. The workers say that isn't surprising given they aren't offering the kind of compensation needed to build a life in New York City. "This is the challenge for us all, isn't it?" said Andrew Breslau, a spokesman for the Downtown Alliance, a research and advocacy organization that promotes development of Lower Manhattan.


U.S. judicial agency to vote on releasing federal prisoners early

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 19:05
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 50,000 drug offenders may be released early from federal prison if a U.S. judiciary agency votes on Friday to change the nation's sentencing guidelines. A proposal before the U.S. Sentencing Commission would take an average of 23 months off prison terms being served by drug offenders, making retroactive an amendment to sentencing guidelines passed earlier this year. The Justice Department, however, urged the commission at a public hearing last month to approve an amendment that would narrow eligibility to about 20,000 inmates. The department proposed the lower number to win the support of federal prosecutors, the majority of whom do not want a shortening of drug sentences they previously obtained, a source familiar with the process said.

2 NJ officers' deaths reflect job's inherent peril

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 18:46

Mourners react after exiting McLaughlin Funeral Home during visitation hours for Jersey City Police Department officer Melvin Santiago, who was killed Sunday, July 13 while on duty, Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. The officer was shot in the head while still in his police vehicle as he and his partner responded to an armed robbery call at a pharmacy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Christopher Goodell served in the kind of community where violent crime is something seen on the evening news. Melvin Santiago volunteered to be assigned to the toughest neighborhood in New Jersey's second-largest city.


Driver trapped after vehicle crashes in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 18:42

Driver trapped after vehicle crashes in Southwest PhiladelphiaPolice say a driver became trapped after their mini-van crashed and flipped over in Southwest Philadelphia early Friday morning.


Violence of chase led cops to fire despite hostage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 18:41

This Wednesday July 16, 2014 image provided by the Stockton Police Department shows a condolence letter written for Misty Holt-Singh, who was married with children, one of the victims of a bank robbery Wednesday July 16, 2014 in Stockton, Calif. Three bank robbers took three women hostage as they made a getaway and waged a high-speed gunbattle with police that left three people dead and cars and homes riddled with bullets, authorities said. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Misty Holt-Singh planned to be gone for just a few minutes when she stepped into her local bank. Instead, she became the victim of three robbers who had gone there, too, planning to take both money and hostages.


Sandusky son says victim's story sounded familiar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 18:33

This June 27, 2014 image released by OWN shows Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, airing on OWN on Thursday, July 17. Matt Sandusky says he enjoyed spending time with the family at their central Pennsylvania home _ except when it came time to go to bed. The Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday, July 16, released a clip of Winfrey’s interview with Matt Sandusky, who alleges he was sexually abused by his father. (AP Photo/Harpo, Inc., George Burns) MANDATORY CREDIT: GEORGE BURNSHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hearing the first victim to take the witness stand against Jerry Sandusky helped push the former Penn State coach's adopted son Matthew to come forward with his own allegations of abuse, he said in a television interview.


Human remains mistakenly brought to Fla. landfill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 18:10
SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — Two men hired to clean out a vacant Tampa Bay area house thought they found a mannequin hanging in the garage. They cut it down and hauled it to the local dump, where landfill workers realized it was actually a human body.

Risk of earthquake increased for one-third of US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 17:36

This undated handout image provided by the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows an updated federal earthquake risk map. A new map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the US and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation. The U.S. Geologic Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor. (AP Photo/USGS)WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth.