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Pentagon official who sought to move judges to Guantanamo quits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 00:02
A Pentagon official who sought to move military judges to Guantanamo Bay to speed up slow-moving trials of al Qaeda suspects is resigning, the Defense Department has said. Retired Marine Corps Major General Vaugh Ary, who sparked a judicial rebellion as overseer of military tribunals at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, will be replaced on an interim basis by Paul Oostburg Sanz, the general counsel of the Navy Department, the Pentagon said in a Wednesday statement.

2 teenage brothers in custody in connection with Overbrook homicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 23:22

 2 teenage brothers in custody in connection with Overbrook homicidePolice say two teenage brothers are in custody in connection with the shooting death of James Stuhlman, who was gunned down while walking his dog in Philadelphia's Overbrook section last week.


Penn State president: Frat system may need review

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 23:21

Penn State President Eric Barron speaks to reporters in the Pennsylvania state Capitol on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Harrisburg, Pa. A now-suspended Pennsylvania State University fraternity's Facebook posting of photos of nude and partly nude women, some of them asleep or passed out, is sad and offensive and could lead to some students being expelled, the university's president said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State University's president says an investigation into the Facebook posting of nude photographs by a now-suspended fraternity points to the possible need for a re-evaluation of the entire fraternity system.


Judge: Potatoes can't be evidence in Etan Patz murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 23:05
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge says 50 pounds of potatoes and a produce box can't be used as evidence in the murder trial of the man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in 1979.

Trial pushed back for ex-NFL cheerleader accused of rape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 23:04

Trial pushed back for ex-NFL cheerleader accused of rapeA new trial date has been set for a former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader charged with raping a teenage boy and providing other minors with alcohol.


Underground blasts in Indianapolis blow out manhole covers: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 23:00
(Reuters) - Manhole covers popped into the air and smoke billowed after a series of underground explosions in Indianapolis on Thursday morning, Indiana's WHTR television reported. According to preliminary reports, no one was injured in the series of blasts, which began about 6:45 a.m. Two to three buildings were evacuated and power was shut off in the area, said WHTR, citing Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman Rita Reith. Fire crews and Indianapolis Power & Light responded on Monday morning and rescued one person who was stuck on an elevator, and also warned people away from the area and told them not to walk near manhole covers, the television station said.

Why Fed won't have a big impact on your loans anytime soon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 22:54

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, a sheet of uncut $100 bills is inspected during the printing process at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Nobody knows when exactly, but the day will eventually come when the Federal Reserve nudges its benchmark lending rate from next to zero to something slightly higher. But that doesn’t mean the era of incredibly low interest rates will be over. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Nobody knows when exactly, but the day will eventually come when the Federal Reserve nudges its benchmark lending rate from next to zero to something slightly higher.


Texas sues to block family medical leave for same-sex married couples

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 22:51
The state of Texas sued the U.S. Labor Department over a rule that would grant family medical leave protections to all married same-sex couples, saying it violates the rights of states that don't recognize gay marriage. The lawsuit filed on Wednesday in federal court in Wichita Falls, Texas is the first challenge to the department's rule, which is set to take effect on March 27. President Barack Obama last year first announced the so-called "place of celebration" rule in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June 2013 in United States v. Windsor, which said the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that defined marriage as a heterosexual union, was unconstitutional.

Vehicle slams into 3 homes in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 22:42

Vehicle slams into 3 homes in Tioga-NicetownFire crews were called to the scene where a vehicle struck three homes in the Tioga-Nicetown of Philadelphia Thursday morning.


Truck hits pole, knocks out fence before running over horse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 22:25
PORTERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a pickup truck veered off a Pennsylvania highway, smashed into a telephone pole and knocked out a fence before lumbering into a pasture and running over a horse.

Cathedral to remove sprinkler system that drenched homeless

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 22:14
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco on Wednesday dismantled a sprinkler system it had installed at the city's cathedral during one of the worst droughts in California history to soak the alcoves and prevent homeless people from sleeping there.

Lawsuit targets U.S. program on suspicious behavior at airports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 22:09
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A civil liberties group on Thursday sued the U.S. government for information about a program that screens airport passengers using behavior detection techniques that it says is a vehicle for racial and religious profiling. The effectiveness of the Transportation Security Administration program, which uses thousands of TSA employees to screen nearly 2 million airline passengers daily for fear, stress and other behavior, has been questioned by government watchdogs and in congressional hearings. An American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit filed on Thursday seeks to force the TSA to hand over documents about the Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program. "The TSA's use of behavior techniques has given rise to numerous allegations of racial and religious profiling," the lawsuit said.

Traffic diverted near Ben Franklin Bridge due to overturned big rig

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 22:05

Traffic diverted near Ben Franklin Bridge due to overturned big rigAn overturned tractor-trailer continued to cause traffic concerns Thursday morning, more than 12 hours after it crashed on the Vine Street Expressway.


3rd suspect arrested in fatal stabbing over spilled coffee

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:50
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A third suspect has been arrested in Connecticut in a fatal stabbing that police say began as a fight over spilled coffee.

Powerball ticket worth $2M sold in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:40

Powerball ticket worth $2M sold in PennsylvaniaA $2 million Powerball ticket was sold in Pennsylvania for Wednesday's night drawing.


14-year-old boy's home searched in connection with Overbrook homicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:32

14-year-old boy's home searched in connection with Overbrook homicidePolice are questioning a 14-year-old boy in connection to a man killed while walking his dog in Philadelphia's Overbrook section last week.


Flames damage house in Mill Creek, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:16

Flames damage house in Mill Creek, Del.A fast-moving blaze damaged a house in Mill Creek, Delaware early Thursday morning.


Police: Woman held captive for days, assaulted with hammer and bleach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:15

 Woman held captive for days, assaulted with hammer and bleachA 43-year-old man faces multiple charges after police say he held a woman captive for days, assaulting her with a hammer and bleach.


Vehicle slams into 3 homes in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:05

Vehicle slams into 3 homes in Tioga-NicetownFire crews were called to the scene where a vehicle struck three homes in the Tioga-Nicetown of Philadelphia Thursday morning.


2 separate crashes slow traffic on Kelly Drive in Fairmount Park

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 21:01

2 separate crashes slow traffic on Kelly Drive in Fairmount ParkTwo separate crashes slowed rush hour traffic on Kelly Drive in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.