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Police: NY man bit off part of another man's ear

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:35
EVANS, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a New York man bit off part of another man's ear during an unprovoked attack.

Report: Dangerous lab fires show lack of training

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:31

Mark Wingard, lead investigator with the Chemical Safety Board, (CSB), speaks during a news conference at which the board released the results of a review of three fires stemming from science demonstrations during the last two months, in Denver, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. According to a recommendation from the federal board charged with investigating such accident, science teachers need more safety training before running dazzling chemical experiments that can result in dangerous flash fires. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Science teachers need more safety training before running dazzling chemical experiments that can result in dangerous flash fires, according to a recommendation Thursday from a federal board charged with investigating such accidents.


$300 in candy stolen from Indiana police car

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:29
SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — Police in Indiana say someone stole about $300 in Halloween candy from an unmarked police car.

Contract talks resume in SEPTA labor dispute

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:16

Contract talks resume in SEPTA labor disputeTalks have resumed between SEPTA and the transit workers union as both sides work to avoid a strike.


Man charged in attack that killed trooper's son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:13
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors in Oklahoma have charged a 21-year-old man with first-degree murder in the killing of a man who was nearly decapitated.

Oregon woman visits Grand Canyon ahead of planned assisted suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 01:41
(Reuters) - A 29-year-old Oregon woman with terminal brain cancer has ticked off the Grand Canyon from her bucket list and said in a video released this week that she might end her life through assisted suicide in a couple of days. Brittany Maynard was diagnosed in January with a glioblastoma brain tumor and has said she plans to take prescribed medication to die when her pain becomes unbearable. She has moved from her San Francisco Bay area home to Oregon, which allows assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. ...

Watchdog faults U.S. grenade-trafficking probe tied to Fast and Furious

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 01:29
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Units of the U.S. Department of Justice "seriously" botched an investigation into a suspected trafficker of grenade parts and failed to adequately consider the public safety risk posed by letting the suspect walk free, a watchdog for the agency said on Thursday. The probe had been tied to Operation Fast and Furious, a failed effort by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Attorney's office in Arizona to stop gun smuggling across the U.S. border with Mexico. ATF agents learned in 2009 that Jean Baptiste Kingery, a U. ...

Authorities say death toll in Kansas airport crash rises to four

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 01:22
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say death toll in Kansas airport crash rises to four.

Not so sweet: Chocolate prices are set to rise

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 01:19

FILE - This Sept. 30, 2007 file photo shows "Fun Size" and "Mini" candies in New York. The cost of the ingredients in chocolate is rising, and the nation’s biggest candy makers have already warned that shoppers are going to see price hikes in 2015. (AP Photo/Dan Goodman, File)NEW YORK (AP) — That bowl of chocolates for ninjas and ghosts won't cost you more this Halloween. Picking the perfect sweet for your Valentine could.


U.S. education department gets stricter with for-profit colleges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 01:19

An employee of the Department of Education arrives for work in WashingtonBy Ankit Ajmera and Sagarika Jaisinghani (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education will introduce new regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities. Under the regulations unveiled on Thursday and effective July 1, for-profit colleges will be at risk of losing federal aid should a typical graduate's annual loan repayments exceed 20 percent of discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings. This is lower than the current threshold of 30 percent of discretionary income and 12 percent of total ...


Midday Glance: Silver companies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 01:17
Shares of some top silver companies are down at 1 p.m.: Hecla Mining Co. fell $.05 or 2.1 percent, to $2.28. Pan American Silver Corp. fell $.30 or 2.9 percent, to $9.93. Silver Standard Resources Inc. ...

Plane crashes at Wichita airport, 2 dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 01:11

Plane crashes at Wichita airport, 2 deadA small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a building Thursday while trying to return to a Kansas airport, killing two people inside the building and injuring at least four others, officials said.


Insurers have big plans for 2015 Obamacare enrollment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 01:07

Estrada looks into signing up for health insurance at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy Caroline Humer (Reuters) - U.S. insurers planning to sell 2015 Obamacare health plans expect at least 20 percent growth in customers and in some states anticipate more than doubling sign-ups. In interviews with Reuters, half a dozen privately held and non-profit health insurers around the country say they are expecting this growth based on interest from potential customers they are hearing about through their call centers, sales forces and brokers. ...


Closings set in Florida A&M hazing trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 01:03
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M University band member told a judge Thursday he will not testify on his own behalf in his trial on manslaughter and hazing charges in the November 2011 death of a school drum major.

Teacher's aide charged with driving drunk to work

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 01:02

Teacher's aide charged with driving drunk to workA former teacher's aide in Berks County now faces formal charges for driving drunk to work.


U.S. lawsuit vs Hartford police who fatally shot dog is revived

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 00:59
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit against Hartford, Connecticut, and two police officers over the fatal shooting of a family dog, near a 12-year-old girl, after the officers entered a property without a warrant to search for guns. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said there was not enough evidence of an urgent need that would justify the Dec. 20, 2006, search of plaintiff Glen Harris' property, during which one of the officers shot and killed Seven, a 3-year-old St. Bernard. ...

Pa. coroner auctioning off guns used in suicides

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 00:53
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania coroner is auctioning off about 100 guns used in suicides and accidental shooting deaths.

Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 00:49

Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71Thomas Menino, whose folksy manner and verbal gaffes belied his shrewd political tactics to govern as Boston's longest-serving mayor and one of its most beloved, died Thursday. He was 71.


2 dead, 4 injured after small plane crashes at Wichita airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 00:45

Plane crashes at Wichita airport, 2 deadAt least two people are dead after a small plane crashed at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, fire officials say.


AccuWeather: Foggy Start, Chilly Finish Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 00:43

 Foggy Start, Chilly Finish TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says Halloween looks cool, but dry. Saturday will be chilly, dreary and damp.