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AP WAS THERE: 60 years ago, Disneyland opens in California

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 22:49

FILE - In this Sunday, July 17, 1955 file photo, children sprint across a drawbridge and into a castle that marks the entrance to Fantasyland at the opening of Walt Disney's Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Fantasyland had been closed until late in the day. (AP Photo)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: On July 16, 1955, Associated Press reporter Bob Thomas wrote a story about the imminent opening of an elaborate theme park in California that was conceived by none other than Walt Disney. The park opened the next day.

Jurors mull fate of Colorado movie gunman for second day

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 22:43

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialJurors deliberated for a second day on Thursday in the capital trial of Colorado movie rampage gunman James Holmes, weighing whether he was sane when he killed 12 people and wounded 70 as they watched a midnight premiere of a Batman film. Holmes' court-appointed attorneys say he suffers schizophrenia, that since high school he has heard voices ordering him to kill, and that he was not in control of his actions. The jury of nine women and three men submitted several written questions to Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour during their first day of deliberations on Wednesday, including asking for a white board and an index to the thousands of pieces of evidence brought up at trial.

Hubbard Broadcasting giving Newseum $5M to support programs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 22:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — The family-owned Hubbard Broadcasting Inc. is giving the Newseum $5 million to support the Washington museum's programs about the five freedoms of the First Amendment.

FAA probes 11 laser hits on planes flying near Newark airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 21:52
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the shining of lasers into the cockpits of 11 commercial planes flying over New Jersey on Wednesday night, a spokesman said on Thursday. The small beam of light from a hand-held laser on the ground can travel for more than a mile and illuminate a cockpit, temporarily blinding the pilots inside. Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime.

'I just like pigs': Cops say nude man found drinking in barn

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 21:47

 Cops say nude man found drinking in barnPolice have charged a man with trespassing, public drunkenness and indecent exposure after he was caught on a neighbor's Pennsylvania farm in the nude, drinking beer among pigs.

U.S. fracking linked to higher hospitalization rates: researchers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 21:41
People who live in areas near hydraulic fracturing are more likely to be hospitalized for heart conditions, neurological illnesses and cancer, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. Fracking is an oil and gas extraction technique using a mixture of water, chemicals and sand to break apart underground rock formations. It has triggered a surge in U.S. energy production in recent years, along with a debate over whether the process causes air and water pollution.

Dad jailed on charges he smashed infant's head into wall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 21:38
BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges that he fractured his 7-week-old son's skull by smashing the baby's head into a wall.

Lasers pointed at planes upon approach to Newark International Airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 21:34

Lasers pointed at planes flying over New JerseyThe Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after 11 commercial flights reported they were illuminated by lasers while flying over New Jersey.

Man to trial on charges he killed, dismembered parents

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 21:34
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area man has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he killed and dismembered his mother and stepfather before putting their body parts into plastic bags.

Supervisors disciplined for not vetting officer who shot boy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 21:22
CLEVELAND (AP) — Two Cleveland police officers have been disciplined for failing to thoroughly check the background of a white rookie patrolman who fatally shot a 12-year-old black boy holding a pellet gun.

Oldest Irish-born woman dies at 113 in central New York

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 21:15
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who was the oldest Irish-born person in the world has died at 113 at a central New York nursing home.

Former President George H.W. Bush in fair condition at Maine hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 20:33

Former U.S. President George Bush speaks at the World Leadership Summit in Abu Dhabi(Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was in fair condition at a Maine hospital on Thursday after suffering a neck fracture in a fall at his home, according to spokesmen for Bush and the hospital. After being taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland following the fall on Wednesday, Bush, who served as America's 41st president, was initially described as stable. On Thursday morning hospital spokesman Matt Paul told Reuters the 91-year-old Bush was in "fair condition." "41 fell at home in Maine today and broke a bone in his neck," Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement posted on Twitter following the accident.

Police: Woman left child alone in car to go to the gym

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 20:19
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman has been charged with leaving her 4-month-old baby alone in her car twice while she went to the gym.

Philip Morris 2Q results beat analysts' expectations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 20:17
NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Morris International Inc.'s second-quarter profit rose as market share improved and some costs declined.

Downed tree suspends SEPTA rail service in Bucks Co.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 20:12

Downed tree suspends SEPTA rail service in Bucks Co.A downed tree prompted SEPTA to suspend service on its Lansdale/Doylestown Regional Rail line.

Texas set to execute man for murder of 93-year-old woman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 20:07
Texas is set on Thursday to execute Clifton Williams, 31, who was convicted of murdering a 93-year-old woman about 10 years ago and then setting her body on fire in a robbery to support his drug habit. Texas plans to execute Williams by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT at its death chamber in Huntsville. If the execution goes ahead, it will be the 528th in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state.

New York man charged with stealing hearse during funeral

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 19:45
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 28-year-old man has been charged with stealing a hearse from outside a Buffalo church while a funeral was underway.

Police: Man uninjured after being run over by freight train

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 19:29
SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a man escaped injury after being run over by a freight train while sleeping in the middle of railroad tracks in an upstate New York town.

Prosecutors face challenge in 40-year-old kidnapping, murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 19:10

FILE - This file handout image provided by the Montgomery County, Md., Police Department shows photos from the original missing person/suspicious circumstances bulletin for the 1975 disappearance of two sisters in Maryland, Sheila Lyon and Katherine Lyon, who never returned home from a shopping mall. Police and prosecutors from Montgomery County, Maryland, and Bedford County, Virginia, will hold a news conference Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Wheaton, Md., to announce what they call "significant developments" in the 40-year-old case. (AP Photo/Montgomery County, Md., Police Department)WHEATON, Md. (AP) — The indictment of a suspect in the 40-year-old slaying of two sisters who were abducted from a suburban Maryland mall leaves prosecutors with a challenging task: proving that a man killed them when he says he didn't do it, no bodies have been found and other physical evidence has vanished.

Justice Kennedy compares gay marriage uproar to flag burning

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 19:09

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference held Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in San Diego. Kennedy's appearance at the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference comes shortly after the nation's highest court put an end to same-sex marriage bans in the 14 states that still maintained them and provided an exclamation point for breathtaking changes in the nation's social norms in recent years. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday likened controversy over the court's decision to allow gay marriage to public reaction over the 1989 ruling that said burning an American flag was protected free speech.