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Pennsylvania teen pleads guilty in rock-throwing case that injured teacher

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 03:10
A Pennsylvania teenager on Tuesday admitted throwing a rock at a passing car on an interstate highway, severely injuring a passenger, and faces as much as 20 years in prison. An Ohio school teacher, Sharon Budd, 53, was struck in the head by the rock in the July 11, 2014, incident as she and her family were traveling on Interstate 80, authorities said. Dylan Lahr, 18, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and other charges in Union County Court of Common Pleas, admitting he threw the rock off a highway overpass.

LG to lower U.S. headquarter's height after environmental fight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 03:08

LG company logo is seen following an event during the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las VegasA long-running battle between LG Electronics Inc and environmentalists ended on Tuesday when LG agreed to halve the height of its planned North American headquarters so it will not obstruct views of the New Jersey Palisades cliffs. The South Korean conglomerate said it would redesign the building in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, so that it will not rise above the treeline of Palisades Park, a national and historic landmark north of the George Washington Bridge, the Natural Resources Defense Council said in a statement. The Palisades, a series of forested cliffs stretching 13 miles (21 km) across the Hudson River from upper Manhattan and the Bronx, was designated a national landmark in 1965.


Two injured after New York train, truck collide: fire official

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 03:06
Two people were injured and several firefighters were being monitored for smoke inhalation on Tuesday after a freight train and a tractor-trailer collided and caught fire near a cereal plant in upstate New York, a fire official said. The train conductor and truck driver were transported for medical care with burns to their bodies, Buffalo Fire Department Commissioner Garnell Whitfield said. Five or six firefighters were also being monitored for smoke inhalation, Whitfield said.

Fastest rising rents in US? Jackson, Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 02:58

File-This Aug. 18, 2003, file photo shows homes on Munjoy Hill in Portland, Maine, overlook Portland Harbor. Home rental prices are climbing across much of the United States — with the biggest gains coming from not from New York or San Francisco but Jackson, Mississippi, and Portland, Maine. Rental prices in Portland, Maine have shot up 17.4 percent. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Home rental prices are climbing across much of the United States — with the biggest gains coming from not from New York or San Francisco but Jackson, Mississippi, and Portland, Maine.


South Carolina lawmakers clear way for Confederate flag debate: media

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 02:55
(Reuters) - The South Carolina House voted 103 to 10 on Tuesday to allow a discussion about removing the Confederate flag from State House grounds, the Charleston Post and Courier newspaper reported. The debate on the Confederate flag follows an uproar following last week's massacre of nine African-American churchgoers allegedly by a white gunman. (Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Editing by Scott Malone)

APNewsBreak: Husband denied knowing of dead babies in garage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 02:18

In this April 20, 2015, photo, Megan Huntsman's estranged husband, Darren West, walks past members of the media after her sentencing, in Provo, Utah. Under intense questioning from detectives after the April 2014 discovery that his wife killed six of their babies and stored them in their garage in Pleasant Grove, Utah, West repeatedly denied knowing of his wife’s shocking actions, according to transcripts of police interviews obtained through a public records request. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)PROVO, Utah (AP) — Investigators had a hard time believing a Utah man didn't know his wife killed six of their babies and stored them in their garage, but they didn't have any evidence to pursue charges and eventually concluded he may have been so high on drugs he didn't realize what was happening, according to public records obtained by The Associated Press.


Ride-hailing apps get kids around town when parents are busy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 02:11

This product image provided by Shuddle shows screens from ShuddleMe, an app that lets eight- to 16-year-old kids who need to get to school, a sporting event or a social activity book a ride themselves within an hour of when the service is needed. Before this, parents had to arrange for the car, and do so at least a day in advance. (Shuddle via AP)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sacha Simmons used to dread taking a taxi to her high school or someplace else to hang out with her teenage friends when her parents weren't around to give her a ride. Sometimes, the cab drivers wouldn't show up or, when they did, they were rude or haggled with her about the fare.


2 killed when truck plows into California home, sets fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 02:09
CARUTHERS, Calif. (AP) — A truck crashed into a California home and set it ablaze, killing two people, including the driver, authorities said.

Police: 2-year-old girl left in car, dad charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 02:04
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore man has been charged with murder and child abuse after police say he passed out from drinking on Father's Day and left his 2-year-old daughter strapped in a car seat for more than 16 hours in 89-degree heat, leading to her death.

White House to Create New Office to Handle American Hostages Abroad

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 02:03
White House is changing its policy on American hostages abroad.

New claims of child sex abuse by UN peacekeepers in Africa

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 02:01
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Tuesday it has received allegations that U.N. peacekeepers sexually abused street children in Central African Republic, where French troops are also being investigated for alleged sex abuse against boys.

Death of NJ teen killed by 650-pound slab ruled an accident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:59

Death of NJ teen killed by 650-pound slab ruled an accidentThe death of a teenager killed when a stone slab weighing about 650 pounds fell on him at a southern New Jersey business last weekend has been ruled an accident.


New job for principal who nixed coming-out speech

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:51
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — The principal who pulled a graduation speech by a valedictorian who wanted to disclose his sexual orientation is resigning for a new job at another school.

Chicago to see new Ferris wheel at Navy Pier in 2016

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:50
Chicago will enjoy a new 196-foot-tall (60 m) Ferris wheel on its lakefront next year, almost 50 feet taller than its current wheel, the city announced on Tuesday. The wheel, privately financed with a loan from Fifth Third Bank, will be at Navy Pier, a popular, multi-use tourist attraction on Lake Michigan which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016. The country's third-largest city is the birthplace of the Ferris wheel, a feature of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair.

Death of teen killed by 650-pound slab ruled an accident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:46
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The death of a teenager killed when a stone slab weighing about 650 pounds fell on him at a southern New Jersey business last weekend has been ruled an accident.

Burned puppy euthanized because of injuries

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:35
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The owner of a puppy set on fire earlier this month says the dog has been euthanized due to its extensive injuries.

Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:24

In this Monday, June 22, 2015, Tammy Baumann, curriculum director for East Lansing public schools, poses for a photo in East Lansing, Mich. Baumann literally took their textbooks apart, rearranging lessons, filling holes with outside material and put it all together in what will be the K-2 math curriculum at her school district in the fall. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)The learning standards were new. The textbooks were not.


Baltimore police officers plead not guilty in Freddie Gray case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:20

Baltimore police officers plead not guilty in Freddie Gray caseProsecutors say all six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray have pleaded not guilty.


Confederate statues at University of Texas hit by critics, vandals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:19
Statues of three Confederate leaders standing for decades at the University of Texas were vandalized with red paint amid fresh calls this week for their removal, university officials said. The statues at the often left-leaning university in Austin, a liberal city in conservative Texas, have gained new attention due to the debate in South Carolina about taking down the Confederate battle flag on the state's capitol grounds, a week after a white gunman allegedly shot dead nine black worshipers at a historic church.

Searchers comb resort after two tornados hit Illinois

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:17
Searchers with rescue dogs combed through a large lake resort west of Chicago on Tuesday, looking for people who might be trapped after a tornado toppled trailers and recreational vehicles, state officials said. On Monday night, a tornado tore through Woodhaven Lakes campground in Lee County, a two-hour drive from Chicago, Governor Bruce Rauner's office said in a statement. Another tornado then hit the village of Coal City 55 miles away, injuring a handful of people and damaging some 30 homes and businesses, officials said.