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Nesting hawks attack passersby at New Mexico university

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 05:16
(Reuters) - A family of hawks protecting their nest at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces have attacked at least six people in recent weeks, leaving one person dazed, a doctor at the campus said on Friday. The Swainson's hawks - two adults and three babies - set up their nest in a tree above a sidewalk that runs along a parking area near an aquatics center and a gymnasium, said Justin Bannister, a school spokesman. Bannister added that he had never known of the birds of prey swooping down on people at the school before this summer. Since about three weeks ago, at least six people have been struck in the head and cut by the birds, said Dr. Benjamin Diven, the medical director of the school's clinic, which received five of those patients.

Body found in Center City; death called 'suspicious'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 05:10

Body found in Center City; death called 'suspicious'Philadelphia police are investigating after a man's body was found inside a home in Center City.

Connecticut schools should have unarmed guards to prevent shootings: expert

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 05:07
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A security expert told the Connecticut panel reviewing the response to the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that the state should rely on well trained, but not armed, guards to prevent such incidents in the future. Locking classroom doors once a shooting has begun is another way to head off the mass casualties seen in the Newtown attack, which left 20 children and six staff members dead, Vincent Riccio told the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. "Security guards with proper training are crucial, but I'm not a fan of armed guards getting embroiled in armed confrontations," said Riccio, owner of Security Academy of Connecticut.

Philadelphia schools to open on schedule despite shortfall

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 05:03
By Sean Landis PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia’s cash-strapped public schools will open on schedule in three weeks after $32 million of budget cuts, the school district's superintendent said on Friday, easing fears of closures or a late start to the school year to save money. Calling the budget cuts the “least harmful” option, Superintendent William Hite said the cuts would require the district to scale back on cleaning and repairs, leave current police vacancies unfilled and halt bus transportation for high school students who live within two miles of school, affecting about 7,500 students. Parents and teachers had feared a repeat of the school closures and massive layoffs of previous years. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett was also withholding about $45 million in state funding in a move to extract concessions from unionized teachers.

Taney Dragons win 4-0 in game 1 of Little League World Series

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:52

Taney Dragons win 4-0 in debut game of Little League World SeriesPhiladelphia's Taney Dragons beat Tennessee 4-0 on Friday in their first game of the Little League World Series.

Sheriff and son accused of pistol-whipping New Mexico motorist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:47
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - FBI agents arrested a New Mexico sheriff and his son on Friday after the lawman allegedly pistol-whipped a motorist following a high-speed car chase, officials said. Prosecutors say Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella, 56, was not wearing his uniform when he and his 26-year-old son Thomas Jr. confronted the driver on March 11. "Rodella assaulted (the victim) with the silver revolver while (the man) continually begged not to be shot," it said. When the motorist asked to see Rodella's I.D., he "pulled (the victim's) head up from the dirt by his hair, and slammed his badge into (his) right cheek and eye and yelled, 'You want to see my badge?

Police: 2 puppies killed by acid in latest abuse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:47
LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern New Mexico say two puppies have died after being burned with acid.

Fire erupts under New Jersey's Pulaski Skyway during rebuilding

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:44
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Work on a project to rebuild New Jersey's crumbling Pulaski Skyway ground to a halt on Friday afternoon when a fire erupted along the supporting base of the elevated roadway that connects Jersey City and Newark, a state transportation official said. The blaze, ignited by sparks from steel-cutting, burned along a wooden barrier that keeps floating debris away from the base of the 81-year-old structure where it crosses the Hackensack River, said Steve Schapiro, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Transportation. ...

1 killed in tanker truck fire on I-65 in Tennessee

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:34

Emergency personnel work under an overpass blackened from a fire where a gasoline tanker truck exploded and burned after hitting the overpass on Interstate 65 near Franklin, Tenn., Friday Aug. 15, 2014. Officials said the driver of the truck, working for the Edwards Oil Co. of Lawrenceburg, was killed. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A tanker truck explosion and fire in Middle Tennessee killed one person early Friday, and authorities said the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 could be closed until Monday afternoon.

Dig at Colonial battleground turns up artifacts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:29

Volunteer Heather Engwer of Lake George examines an artifactLAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — An archaeological dig at a Colonial military site in the southern Adirondacks of New York has turned up thousands of artifacts, from butchered animal bones to uniform buttons, along with a lime kiln used to make mortar for a British fort that was never completed.

Child's play takes a turn at new Texas playground for elderly

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:28
The label is "playground," the apparatus is bright and shiny, but those using the well-cushioned space in east Texas are elderly people trying to loosen stiff joints at a park designed just for them. Galveston County, which has a large population of elderly residents, this week opened what is billed as the only playground in Texas for senior citizens. The park in the city of La Marque has modified chin-up bars, a walking bridge and fitness steps, aimed at increasing strength and improving balance, said Stephen Holmes, a county commissioner. "We started to look at things that can prevent those falls or help them come back from those falls - balance, increased mobilization - so we created a playground that encompasses all of that," Holmes said.

Chinese national charged with hacking U.S. defense contractors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:21
A Chinese businessman has been indicted in California on charges he hacked the computer systems of Boeing Co and other U.S. defense contractors and stole confidential plans for military aircraft, federal prosecutors said on Friday. According to the indictment in federal court in Los Angeles, Su Bin traveled to the United States at least 10 times between 2008 and 2014 and worked with two unidentified co-conspirators based in China to steal the data.

U.S. court revives challenge to New York City circumcision law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:18
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday revived an effort to block a New York City regulation that requires people who perform a Jewish circumcision ritual on infants that involves oral suction to first obtain parental consent. A unanimous panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a trial judge had been too deferential to the city, which had linked the ritual to a deadly form of herpes, in rejecting a request by rabbinical groups for a preliminary injunction. The three-judge panel directed U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan to instead use "strict scrutiny" to see if the regulation infringed the plaintiffs' free exercise of religion, violating the First Amendment. At issue was the ritual metzitzah b'peh (MBP), in which a mohel who performs a circumcision uses oral suction to draw blood away from a wound on an infant's penis.

After crisis-filled start, Obama's vacation pace slows for a day

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:04

U.S. President Obama cycles with his daughter Malia during their family vacation at Martha's Vineyard in MassachusettsBy Elizabeth Barber OAK BLUFFS Mass. (Reuters) - Nearly a week after arriving on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, U.S. President Barack Obama appeared to take his first full day off since the start of his summer retreat. Since arriving on Saturday, Obama has had to mix his leisure time with work, making calls to leaders and speaking to the press while fitting in time to golf. Obama spent a bright, almost cloudless day biking and golfing on Oak Bluffs, a stretch of the island where swans swim on private ponds and rock walls undulate across tidy meadows. Just after noon, first lady Michelle Obama sped past reporters on a bike path in Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, a roughly 5,000-acre (2,000-hectare) reserve.

Lucky cat survives 12-story fall in New York City

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:02
NEW YORK (AP) — A cat named Gizmo has only minor injuries after a 12-story fall at a Manhattan apartment building.

End of tax credit in North Carolina could send filmmakers packing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:01
By Marti Maguire RALEIGH N.C. (Reuters) - The looming end of tax breaks that helped lure major film and television productions such as the Hunger Games and Sleepy Hollow to North Carolina has supporters fearing Hollywood will take its bright lights to states with more generous incentives. State legislators were expected to finish their session on Friday without renewing a tax credit for the film industry that expires at the end of the year and was decried by critics as a "Hollywood handout." The state budget signed last week by Republican Governor Pat McCrory instead allots $10 million for the first half of 2015 toward a grant program for the industry, a fraction of the more than $60 million in tax credits received by production companies last year. Currently, film companies receive a 25 percent refundable tax credit on qualified expenses, with a cap of $20 million in savings per project.    The issue sparked heated debate this summer and split the state's Republican majority.

No bidders for possibly booby-trapped land

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:00

FILE - This June 18, 2007, file photo shows the home of Ed and Elaine Brown in Plainfield, N.H. The tax-evading couple are serving lengthy sentences after being convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding law enforcement at bay for nine months in 2007. Federal officials are set to auction on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, the Brown's former fortress-like home sitting on more than 100 acres in Plainfield. Prospective bidders have not been allowed to tour the property. The U.S. Marshals Service cited the possibility of land mines and other explosives buried on the property as a complication. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — No one bid for the compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding federal law enforcement officials at bay for months.

Judge denies Jodi Arias attorney's effort to quit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 03:56
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge has denied a request by one of Jodi Arias' attorneys to quit, setting the stage for Arias to represent herself at the penalty phase of her trial.

Inmate religious ceremonies lawsuit gets new look

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 03:52
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Three Kentucky death row inmates should get another chance to show they have the right to a sweat lodge, powwow and traditional foods to conduct Native American religious ceremonies behind bars at the prison, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

Death of suspected molester apparent suicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 03:51
ATLANTA (AP) — Investigators say the death of a man accused of repeatedly raping and molesting unconscious girls appears to have been a suicide.