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Drought-sapped California lake reveals lost gun

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 03:45

This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows several items, including a handgun and badge of a federal agent, found in a backpack in shallow water by a man fishing at Castaic Lake in northern Los Angeles County. The agent said he got grief from his co-workers after his backpack went overboard during a 1992 boat trip, according to the Los Angeles Times. (AP Photo/ Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Water in Los Angeles County's Castaic Lake is so low amid California's drought that a fisherman has recovered a handgun and a badge that a federal agent lost in the water decades ago.


Ga. prisoner accused of lying about possible Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 03:35
ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors have accused a prisoner in Georgia of lying about potentially getting Ebola while traveling in Africa, a claim that triggered an emergency response at an Atlanta area jail and hospital.

AP NewsBreak: Girl Scouts membership drops sharply

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 03:20

FILE - In this May 11, 2012, file photo, Girl Scouts, clockwise from left, Savannah Lindblad, Anna White, Brooke Roberts, Maryalisa Moran, Savannah Fox and troop volunteer Jennifer Peters help form a cookie brigade to deliver 2,928 boxes of cookies to the USO-NC at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, in Morrisville, N.C. For the second straight year, youth and adult membership in the Girl Scouts has dropped sharply. According to figures provided to The Associated Press, the total of youth members and adult volunteers dropped by 6 percent over the past year. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Travis Long, File)NEW YORK (AP) — For the second straight year, youth and adult membership in the Girl Scouts has dropped sharply, intensifying pressure on the 102-year-old youth organization to find ways of reversing the trend.


Nielsen admits to errors in TV measurement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 03:16
NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen company on Friday admitted to errors dating back to March in its measurement of television viewing, statistics that serve as the foundation for billions of dollars in advertising spending for the entire broadcast industry.

Man wanted for attempted robbery in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 03:12

Man wanted for attempted robbery in South PhiladelphiaPolice are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating the suspect wanted for an attempted robbery in South Philadelphia.


New York man shot 15 minutes after release from prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 03:08
NEW YORK (Reuters) - After spending 15 years in prison, a New York man was shot within minutes of his release after he got into a car not knowing that another ex-convict with a gun and a grudge was hiding in the trunk, state police said on Friday. Devon Simmons, 33, had intended to catch a train from the prison in Otisville, New York, back home to New York City on Thursday morning after getting out on parole. Instead, he accepted a ride from a man in a car with Illinois license plates, Pierce Gallagher, a state police captain, said. ...

Critics: Many new wheelchair ramps go 'nowhere'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 03:01

This Oct. 6, 2014 photo shows handicap accessible corner curbs along McDougall at Frederick in Detroit. Efforts to make Detroit sidewalks accessible to wheelchair users are facing criticism as the bankrupt city installs some of the new curb cuts in little-traveled areas while more-traveled areas, including some near downtown, still don't have accessible sidewalks. The ramps are being built as part of a decade-long effort to force the city into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city has spent $30 million over eight years to install 25,000 ramps and officials estimate that $60 million more must be spent to build another 50,000, (AP Photo/Detroit News, Daniel Mears) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — Along one half-mile stretch of crumbling sidewalks in Detroit, there are 52 new sets of wheelchair ramps. Some provide access to an empty lot where a middle school was razed in 2009. On many corners, sidewalks end after the ramps.


Rounds' struggles increase attention on SD race

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:55
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Right about now, Mike Rounds is supposed to be coasting into the Senate.

Man convicted of murder in medical student's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:46
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jurors on Friday convicted a man of murder and other charges in the slaying last year of a University of Michigan medical student who was attending the school on an Air Force scholarship.

WHO: Ebola death toll rises to more than 4,000

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:40

 Ebola death toll rises to more than 4,000The World Health Organization once again raised the death toll attributed to the Ebola outbreak.


Halloween canceled in Pa. town due to Eric Frein manhunt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:32

Halloween canceled in Pa. town due to Eric Frein manhuntA Pennsylvania town has banned trick-or-treating this year while hundreds of law enforcement officials search nearby woods for accused cop killer Eric Frein.


Homeland Security chief appoints Secret Service review panel

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:30

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Johnson takes part in a question and answer session in OttawaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday named four people to conduct an independent review of the Secret Service after a series of security breaches including a fence jumper who got into the White House last month. The panel will present its review by Dec. 15, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement. Members of the panel are: Tom Perrelli, former associate attorney general; Mark Filip, former deputy attorney general; Danielle Gray, former assistant to the president; and Joseph Hagin, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. ...


Mistrial declared in Detroit cop's trial over shooting of child

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:28
By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A judge on Friday declared a second mistrial after a jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a sleeping girl during a police raid in 2010. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway declared a mistrial in the case of officer Joseph Weekley, who faced a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. A previous trial also ended in a mistrial. Weekley's retrial in the shooting case came up as the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white officer in the St. ...

FAA, flight attendants square off over electronics

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest flight attendants union says it wants airline passengers to return to stowing cellphones and other electronics during takeoffs and landings, but the group's arguments didn't seem to fly Friday in court.

DC mayor signs legislation allowing handguns

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has signed legislation that allows people to carry concealed handguns in the nation's capital.

DC mayor signs legislation allowing handguns

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has signed legislation that allows people to carry concealed handguns in the nation's capital.

Macy's flagship store evacuated over trash fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:14
NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers are being allowed to return to Macy's flagship store in New York City after a brief evacuation over a fire in a loading dock trash receptacle.

Macy's flagship store evacuated over trash fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:14
NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers are being allowed to return to Macy's flagship store in New York City after a brief evacuation over a fire in a loading dock trash receptacle.

US settles suit with African official over assets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:10
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal authorities say the son of Equatorial Guinea's president has agreed to relinquish what they have identified as ill-gotten assets, including a $30 million Malibu mansion and Michael Jackson memorabilia, and turn over the proceeds to his country's people.

UN envoy: Ebola cases doubling every 3-4 weeks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:03
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The number of Ebola cases is probably doubling every three-to-four weeks and without a mass global mobilization "the world will have to live with the Ebola virus forever," the U.N. special envoy on the disease said Friday.