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Tight-knit community mourns family's death in fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 06:10

A man walks by a house destroyed by fire in New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. New Orleans firefighters say a grandmother, three grandchildren and the children's mother died in the two-story house fire. Fire Department spokesman Michael Williams said it appears the fire started on the first floor in the rear of the home. Williams said it took firefighters about an hour and a half to bring the fire under control. (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The deaths of three children, their mother and grandmother in a New Orleans house fire Tuesday stunned a community of neighbors that included students and staff at the school the young victims attended just steps away from their front door.


Hole in Florida swallows car, forces evacuations of homes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 06:04
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Residents in a central Florida community watched anxiously on Tuesday after two holes opened in the ground, including one that swallowed a car, forcing six families to evacuate their homes. The first of the two holes opened on Monday morning in the Holiday Travel Park, a community for people aged 55 and over about 35 miles northwest of Tampa that houses some 500 residents during the peak winter months. The hole was only 4 feet on each side when Pasco County Fire Rescue arrived on Monday at the property, authorities said in a statement. ...

Fire at New Jersey safari park under investigation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 06:03
JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are investigating what caused a fire that destroyed an animal enclosure in the safari park at New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure.

Former, current Grand Canyon workers allege abuses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 06:00
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into allegations of discrimination, retaliation and a sexually hostile work environment in the Grand Canyon's river corridor.

Massachusetts school deploys 'shooter detection system'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:56
By Daniel Lovering METHUEN Massachusetts (Reuters) - A Massachusetts school has introduced a security system designed to alert authorities and administrators when shots are fired in the building, the first of its kind in the United States, according to the manufacturer. The technology, adapted from a system in use by the U.S. military in war zones, is being marketed to schools and other public spaces across the country after a spate of deadly mass shootings. ...

Fire at Six Flags Great Adventure safari

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:51

Fire at Six Flags Great Adventure safariArson investigators are now working to determine if someone intentionally set a portion of Six Flags Great Adventure.


Kentucky Baptists kick out gay-friendly church

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:51
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Baptists on Tuesday chose to sever ties with a Louisville church that is open to performing same-sex marriages.

ACLU: Gay Kansas couples harmed by marriage delay

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:48

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 temporarily blocked gay marriages in Kansas, but it wasn't clear how long she or the high court would continue to do so. Sotomayor put on hold a federal judge's injunction preventing the state from enforcing its gay-marriage ban. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, Pool)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Civil liberties attorneys told the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday that delaying gay marriages in Kansas will harm same-sex couples and their families, while the state would not be significantly affected if it can't keep enforcing its ban.


Strong Utah ski season expected when lifts launch

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:40
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Buoyed by an improving economy and renewed buzz about Utah's ski scene thanks to Vail Resort's recent purchase of the state's largest resort, ski officials are expecting one of the best seasons in recent memory when lifts turn on later this month.

Newtown High School target of social media threat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:32
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A threat on social media has prompted authorities to bar visitors from a Newtown, Connecticut, high school near where an elementary school shooting massacre occurred two years ago.

Apparent suicide may be Florida amputee sought in parents' murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:27
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Detectives are investigating the possible suicide of a man in Tennessee who may be a missing quadruple Florida amputee sought in connection with his parents’ murder, Florida police said on Tuesday. Sean Petrozzino, 30, had been called a “person of interest” by Orange County, Florida detectives last week after his parents were found shot to death in their home. Memphis police said they believe Petrozzino shot himself in his car Monday evening after he was pulled over for making an illegal U turn, The Commercial Appeal newspaper reported. ...

Chicago gains its second three-star Michelin restaurant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:25
By Richard Leong (Reuters) - Chicago cemented its reputation as a top dining destination on Tuesday with Michelin's award of its highest three-star ranking to Grace restaurant, making it the city's second eatery to earn the distinction. Grace joins the Windy City's Alinea in ranking among the just over 100 Michelin three-star establishments around the world. "It confirms Chicago is truly one of the most exciting U.S. ...

Boy survives long fall down California oceanside cliff

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:19
(Reuters) - A 4-year-old boy on a family hike on California's scenic northern coast fell 230 feet (70 meters) down an oceanside cliff but managed to survive and was conscious when rescuers reached him on the rocky shore below, a fire official said on Tuesday. After the fall off the scenic promontory on Monday at Bodega Head State Park, two paramedics were lowered in a metal basket by ropes and found the boy crying, suffering bone fractures and major injuries, Bodega Bay firefighter Lou Stoerzinger said. Rescuers were relieved when they found the boy alive, he said. ...

Factbox: How Ebola spreads and started

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:16
(Reuters) - West Africa is struggling with the worst Ebola outbreak on record that has killed at least 4,950 people. Two nurses in the United States and one nurse in Spain have contracted Ebola outside of Africa but survived. The following are some facts about the outbreak: Ebola has killed 4,950 people out of 13,241 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, almost all in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to the U.N.'s World Health Organization. ...

America marks Veterans Day with parades, freebies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:04

Al Willis, a Montford Point Marine, salutes during a ceremony on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at the The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia. Americans marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with parades, speeches and military discounts, while in Europe the holiday known as Armistice Day held special meaning in the centennial year of the start of World War I. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)NEW YORK (AP) — Americans marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with parades, speeches and military discounts, while in Europe the holiday known as Armistice Day held special meaning in the centennial year of the start of World War I.


Businesses cash in as women chase bigger butts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:02

In this Oct. 30, 2014 photo, Kelly Brabants, foreground, leads her "Booty by Brabants" class at The Club by George Foreman III gym in Boston. The class, started by Brabants a year ago, fits in 120 squats in 45 minutes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)NEW YORK (AP) — Gym classes that promise a plump posterior are in high demand. A surgery that pumps fat into the buttocks is gaining popularity. And padded panties that give the appearance of a rounder rump are selling out.


4 Amish relatives die in van crash after funeral

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 04:49
AIRVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Four members of an Amish family died after their hired van was struck by a cement truck as they traveled home from a funeral in central Pennsylvania.

4 hurt in overturned school bus crash in Princeton, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 04:42

4 hurt in crash between school bus, car in Princeton, New JerseyEmergency crews are on the scene of a serious crash involving a school bus in Princeton, New Jersey.


School bus involved in crash in Princeton, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 04:37

4 hurt in crash between school bus, car in Princeton, New JerseyEmergency crews are on the scene of a serious crash involving a school bus in Princeton, New Jersey.


Factbox: Ebola cases in the United States

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 04:34
(Reuters) - Nine cases of Ebola have been seen in the United States since the beginning of August. No one in the United States is currently being treated for the disease. Only one person has died in the United States of Ebola, a Liberian man who was treated at a hospital in Dallas, Texas. The following are details of cases of the hemorrhagic fever seen in the United States: NEW YORK DOCTOR Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, returned to the United States on Oct. 17 via Belgium after working for Doctors Without Borders charity in Guinea. He tested positive for Ebola on Oct. ...