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Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:23

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prisonOscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


VA says it'll fix Confederate soldier's gravestone

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:23
ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) — Federal officials say they'll correct a Confederate soldier's gravestone that was inscribed with the wrong name decades after he died at a Civil War prison camp in New York.

Journalist feels fortunate to recover from Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:19
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American video journalist with Ebola says he feels lucky to be recovering from the deadly virus, but it's humbling to think about how many people have died from the disease in West Africa.

Ebola causing spike in demand for hospital gear

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:14

licensed clinician Roseda Marshall, of LiberiaBALTIMORE (AP) — Manufacturers and distributors of impermeable gowns and full-body suits meant to protect medical workers from Ebola are scrambling to keep up with a surge of new orders from U.S. hospitals, with at least one doubling its staff and still facing a weekslong backlog. Many hospitals say they already have the proper equipment in place but are ordering more supplies to prepare for a possible new case of Ebola.


Total CEO killed in Moscow runway crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:06

FILE - This Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, file photo shows French energy giant Total CEO, Christophe de Margerie, posing prior to a press conference held in Paris, France. The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine Monday night at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, the company said. Total "confirms with deep regret and sadness" that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a private plane crash at the Moscow airport, the company said in a press release dated Tuesday and posted on its website. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)MOSCOW (AP) — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday.


The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:05

In this photo taken Oct. 9, 2014, body products on display at a Whole Foods in Washington. There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona fides. Absent an Agriculture Department seal or certification, there are few ways to tell if those organic claims are bogus. Some retailers, like Whole Foods, have stepped in with their own requirements for what can be labeled organic. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street.


Factbox: Ebola cases in the United States

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:03
(Reuters) - There have been eight cases of Ebola seen in the United States since the beginning of August. A Liberian man who died Oct. 8 in a Dallas hospital was the first person diagnosed with the virus on U.S. soil. Two hospital employees who cared for the man have been infected with the virus, which has killed more than 4,500 people and infected more than 9,100 in the worst outbreak on record, centered in three impoverished West African countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. ...

Man in custody after apartments evacuated in East Norriton

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:02

Man in custody after apartments evacuated in East Norriton apartmentA man is in custody after shots were fired inside an apartment in East Norriton, Montgomery County.


Purple Heart found on playground to be returned

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:45

Purple HeartMANLIUS, N.Y. (AP) — A Purple Heart medal posthumously awarded to a New York soldier killed in Vietnam is being returned to his family about two decades after it was found on a school playground.


Girl with heart condition collapses, dies during haunted house visit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:39

Girl with heart condition collapses, dies during haunted house visitTragedy struck Middletown, Ohio on Friday when one teenage girl died after visiting a haunted house.


California rock climber dies in Zion National Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:29
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The National Park Service says a 47-year-old California man rock-climbing in Utah's Zion National Park died over the weekend after falling in a canyon.

Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:26

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo released by Starpix shows designer Oscar de la Renta, right, and model Karlie Kloss backstage before the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 collection sponsored by Revlon at Fashion Week in New York. The designer, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab, file)NEW YORK (AP) — At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.


Ebola among top U.S. worries but well behind economy, jobs: poll

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:23
(Reuters) - A new poll on Tuesday showed Ebola has moved into the top 10 issues of concern to Americans but ranks behind the economy, dissatisfaction with government and other worries. The Gallup poll was conducted before Monday's announcement that 51 people had been removed from watch lists in Texas after showing no signs of Ebola symptoms for 21 days. Scores of others are still being monitored. ...

Shark bites into Maui man's stand-up paddleboard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:19
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources says a shark knocked a Maui man off a stand-up paddleboard and left the tail of his board with bite marks.

U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 23:12

A magnifying glass is held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands, as American business and government agencies face more intrusions. The revamp, led by Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, also marks a recognition that national security threats have broadened and become more technologically savvy since the 9/11 attacks against the United States. ...


Indiana police charge suspect who may have killed for decades

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 22:37
By Mary Wisniewski HAMMOND Ind. (Reuters) - A convicted sex offender suspected of murdering at least seven women and leaving the bodies in abandoned houses in northwest Indiana may be a serial killer who has killed others in the state as far back as 20 years ago, local police said on Monday. Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, Indiana, was charged in Lake County with one of the seven murders, according to online court records. He was being held in custody, said John Doughty, police chief of the neighboring city of Hammond. ...

Ohio teen collapses at haunted house, dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 22:32
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 16-year-old girl collapsed at a haunted house attraction in southwest Ohio and died of a heart abnormality.

Schools closed after second sighting of Pennsylvania sniper

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 22:19

Handout of Matthew Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, PennsylvaniaBy Joe McDonald EAST STROUDSBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania school district closed on Tuesday after another possible sighting of Eric Frein, the sniper accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another, near a post office close to the fugitive's former high school, officials said. The reported sighting on Monday afternoon of Frein, who is on the FBI's Most Wanted list for the Sept. 12 ambush, is the second since Friday in the same area of the Pocono Mountains, roughly 100 miles (160 km) north of Philadelphia. ...


Police: Flight 93 fire cause may never be known

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 22:15
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A state police fire marshal says he may never be able to determine what caused a fire that destroyed the headquarters buildings at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.

Study shows U.S. forced-labor victims unclear where to seek help

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 22:04
By Megan Twohey (Reuters) - A study of human labor trafficking in the United States released today shows that many of the victims arrived in the country legally, and some had college degrees. Even so, the study by researchers at the non-profit Urban Institute and Boston's Northeastern University concluded, victims seldom understood their rights or where to seek help. The study focuses on 122 foreign men and women who received services through a coalition of organizations that assist trafficking victims. Researchers also interviewed victims, service providers and law enforcement officials. ...