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Escaped murderer gets maximum sentence for daring NY prison break

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 01:27

David Sweat appears in court for his arraignment at Clinton County court, in PlattsburghA convicted killer whose daring escape last year from an upstate New York prison triggered a massive three-week manhunt received a maximum sentence on Wednesday, after apologizing in court for his actions. David Sweat pleaded guilty to two counts of escape and one of promoting prison contraband in November, five months after he was shot and captured about two miles from the Canadian border. Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt broke out of the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, on June 6, using hacksaw blades hidden in frozen hamburger meat as part of an elaborate escape plan.


Fugitive real estate heir Robert Durst pleads guilty to weapon charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 01:21

Fugitive real estate heir Robert Durst pleads guilty to weapon chargeA fugitive New York real estate heir pleaded guilty in Louisiana on Thursday to a weapons charge and has agreed to a sentence of seven years and one month imprisonment.


Veterans' families seek ban as dogs walk among gravestones

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 01:18
EXETER, R.I. (AP) — Families of those buried in Rhode Island's veterans' cemetery say that using the grounds as a dog park is disrespectful to the fallen, and they're battling pet owners over access to the property.

Real estate scion Robert Durst pleads guilty to gun charge in New Orleans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 01:15

File photo of Real estate heir Robert Durst appearing in a New York criminal courtroomReal estate heir and murder suspect Robert Durst pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge in New Orleans on Wednesday, setting the stage for his return to California to face charges in the 2000 death of a longtime friend. Durst, 72, could be sentenced to seven years and one month in prison under his plea agreement, followed by three years of supervised release. Shackled and wearing an orange jumpsuit, Durst appeared frail and thin at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt.


Ailing gray seal pup has been rescued off New York beach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 01:10

In this image provided by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, a 1-month-old male gray seal pup is found on a beach in Hampton Bays, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The marine animal rescue group says the pup was lethargic and underweight. It is being treated at the foundation's Riverhead facility. (Daniella Ferina, Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation via AP)RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A marine animal rescue group says an ailing gray seal pup has been rescued from a beach in New York.


Why voters should take NH polls with a grain of road salt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 00:52

Why voters should take NH polls with a grain of road saltVoters might want take all those presidential polls coming out of wintry New Hampshire with a grain of road salt. The Iowa caucuses showed that survey-takers had a tough time pinning down the state's fickle ...


Man pulls gun in road rage incident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 00:27

Man pulls gun in road rage incidentA pickup driver who pointed a gun at a motorcycle rider in Nevada says he felt threatened in a road rage incident caught on camera.


The Latest: Fugitive real estate heir pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 00:26

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015 file photo, Robert Durst is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment on murder charges in New Orleans. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt has scheduled Durst’s re-arraignment for Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, on a charge of illegally carrying a .38-caliber revolver after a felony conviction. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the plea agreement of a New York heir wanted in California for the death of a friend (all times local):


Denver Broncos safety Ryan Murphy sent home after being swept up in prostitution sting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 00:21

Denver Broncos safety Ryan Murphy sent home after being swept up in prostitution stingDenver Broncos rookie safety Ryan Murphy and his brother were detained and questioned Tuesday as part of a prostitution sting in San Jose, California.


SEPTA train hits disabled taxi, 1 person injured in Conshohocken

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 00:10

SEPTA train hits disabled taxi, 1 person injured in ConshohockenOfficials say one person was injured after a SEPTA train on the Manayunk-Norristown Line hit a disabled taxi-cab in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.


Alleged phony priest arrested for pope-trip swindle

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 00:08
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who allegedly posed as a priest and officiated at Masses, funerals, confessions, and at least one marriage was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of selling thousands of dollars in phony tickets to see Pope Francis during last year's U.S. visit.

Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 00:02
BELLE GLADE, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings.

Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 23:58
BELLE GLADE, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings.

Coach fired for confronting ref pleads guilty to harassment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 23:43

Coach fired for confronting ref pleads guilty to harassmentA suburban Philadelphia high school basketball coach who was fired for physically confronting a referee has pleaded guilty to a harassment citation.


New Yorkers incensed by Hawkeye fight song playing all night

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 23:39

In this Feb. 1, 2016, photo, Eamon Weber poses for a photo stands on the patio of the Wine on Third restaurant where he works in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Across the street, behind him, is the vacant building from which speakers perched on an upper window ledge continually play the University of Iowa fight song every evening. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The beat goes on near a Niagara Falls bistro. And on and on and on and on.


Home Depot hiring 1,500 in Philadelphia for spring

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 23:35

Home Depot hiring 1,500 in Philadelphia for springRetailer Home Depot is hiring 1,500 associates in the Philadelphia area in anticipation of the spring season, its busiest time of the year.


Boy, 7, shot in the face with BB gun in Mayfair

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 23:18

Boy, 7, shot in the face with BB gun in MayfairPolice are investigating a BB gun assault that injured a 7-year-old boy in Philadelphia's Mayfair section.


Zika alert prompts bug spray maker to become Australia Olympics sponsor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 23:15
By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) - A small Australian maker of bug sprays became an unlikely beneficiary of the mosquito-borne Zika virus outbreak this week when the country's Olympic team signed it up as its first official insect repellent sponsor. As authorities around the world scramble to contain the virus declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, Melbourne-based Juno Laboratories Pty Ltd said it would supply 1,000 tubes of its Bushman "Heavy Duty" repellent gel for Australians at the Rio de Janeiro games in August. Six months before they begin, doctors have yet to confirm a suspected link between the virus and thousands of birth defects in Brazil, let alone stop it spreading.

First U.S. Zika virus transmission reported, attributed to sex

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 23:15

Tubes with the label 'Zika virus' are seen at Genekam Biotechnology AG in DuisburgBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the United States was reported in Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite, a day after the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency. The virus, linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is spreading rapidly in the Americas, and WHO officials on Tuesday expressed concern that it could hit Africa and Asia as well. Zika had been thought to be spread by the bite of mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, so sexual contact as a mode of transmission would be a potentially alarming development.


Expectant couples avoiding Latin America, other Zika hotspots

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 23:15

People read zika virus flyers from an information campaign by the Chilean Health Ministry at the departures area of Santiago's international airportBy Jeffrey Dastin and Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Expectant couples planning "babymoon" vacations are increasingly steering clear of Latin America and the Caribbean amid warnings about a suspected link between a Zika virus outbreak in the region and birth defects, travel agents say. “There’s been a lot of cancellations,” said Lauren Machowsky, a travel advisor at New York-based SmartFlyer. “Some people are freaked out." Machowsky, who is herself expecting a child and called off a planned vacation to Anguilla, said she is redirecting a lot of people to Florida and pointing clients to travel warnings issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).