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Man drives 1,700 miles to retrieve his lost-and-found cat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:39

In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, Robert Connell pets his cat Hemi during their reunion in New Bern, N.C.. Connell drove 1,700 miles from North Dakota to retrieve his lost-and-found pet. Robert and his wife lived in North Carolina when they found Hemi in 2009. Hemi disappeared in 2011 when Robert deployed. Hemi turned up last week, and a microchip enabled officials to find the Connells, who later moved to Bismarck, N.D., when Robert got a new job. (Bill Hand/Sun Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDITNEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A cat named Hemi is back with his owner, who drove 1,700 miles from North Dakota to retrieve his lost-and-found pet.


The Latest: 6 Cleveland cops fired after 137-shot barrage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:37
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the discipline for Cleveland police involved in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people (all times local):

US Sen. Claire McCaskill serving on jury in Missouri trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:35
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — If Leotis Tate ever craved the rapt attention of a federal lawmaker about a grievance, the 51-year-old man had it Tuesday when U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill was among members of the jury hearing his QuikTrip slip-and-fall case.

Troopers: Child killed in village was shot by 11-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:33
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 5-year-old boy was playing video games in his living room when he was fatally shot by an 11-year-old child.

UN chief calls on Israel to freeze settlement-building

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:31

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon and his colleagues display what he called "terror dolls" , right, that he said are being used to teach hatred among Palestinian children, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at the U.N. He spoke shortly before the U.N. Security Council met to discuss the Middle East and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon spoke out against Israel's settlement activities. Ban told council members that the parties must "act now to prevent the two-state solution from slipping away forever." (AP Photo/Cara Anna)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Progress toward peace between Israel and the Palestinians requires that Israel freeze its settlement-building in the West Bank, the U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday, calling the settlement activities "an affront to the Palestinian people and to the international community."


Victims ID'd in Schuylkill Canal crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:31

Victims ID'd in Schuylkill Canal crashOfficials have released the names of the victims killed after their car overturned into the Schuylkill Canal in Upper Providence Township, Pennsylvania.


Victims ID'd in Schuylkill Canal crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:31

Man charged in Schuylkill Canal crash that killed 2Officials have released the names of the victims killed after their car overturned into the Schuylkill Canal in Upper Providence Township, Pennsylvania.


Public prayer reviewed; 1st case since Supreme Court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:29
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court will consider whether county commissioners in North Carolina violated the Constitution by delivering Christian prayers at their meetings and inviting audience members to join.

Surge of Americans tests limits of Cuba's tourism industry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:27

Tourists enjoy a ride in vintage cars in old HavanaCuba's tourism industry is under unprecedented strain and struggling to meet demand with record numbers of visitors arriving a year after detente with the United States renewed interest in the Caribbean island. Once a rare sight, Americans are now swarming Old Havana's colonial squares and narrow streets along with Europeans and Canadians. Cuba received a record 3.52 million visitors last year, up 17.4 percent from 2014.


Character actor Abe Vigoda dead at 94

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:25

Character actor Abe Vigoda dead at 94Character actor Abe Vigoda, who starred in the 1970s TV series "Barney Miller" and played the doomed Mafia soldier in "The Godfather," died Tuesday at age 94.


U.S. boosts study of Zika, birth defect link, as virus seen spreading

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:16

Handout image shows a transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of the Zika virusBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. health officials are stepping up efforts to study the link between Zika virus infections and birth defects in infants amid predictions for widespread circulation of the mosquito-borne virus within the United States during warmer months. The U.S. Director of the National Institutes of Health on Tuesday called for intensified efforts to study the impact of Zika infections, citing a recent study estimating the virus could reach regions where 60 percent of the U.S. population lives. The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil.


Attorney: Shooting victim says deputy used excessive force

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:16
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy was dressed for war and used excessive force when he shot a young black man four times, including once in the back, during a confrontation in 2013, the now-paralyzed man's attorney told a federal jury Tuesday.

Attorney: Shooting victim says deputy used excessive force

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:16
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy was dressed for war and used excessive force when he shot a young black man four times, including once in the back, during a confrontation in 2013, the now-paralyzed man's attorney told a federal jury Tuesday.

New Hampshire university offers grads employment 'guarantee'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:16

In this undated handout photo provided by Rivier University, the colleges' sign is seen at the entrance to the campus in Nashua, N.H. The small private university is promising students that they will get jobs within nine months of graduation. If not, Rivier University will pay the students' federally subsized student loans for up to a year, or enroll them in up to six master's degree courses for free. (Jodie Andruskevich/Rivier University via AP)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A small Catholic university in southern New Hampshire is becoming the latest college to offer a money-back guarantee of sorts to its students.


Jury convicts ex-Chicago official in red-light camera case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:11
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a former Chicago official on all counts for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company.

Jury convicts ex-Chicago official in red-light camera case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:11
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a former Chicago official on all counts for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company.

Man charged with DUI after saying he wants to join standoff

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:09
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The latest on the arrest of a man who said he wanted to protect an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

Texas officer who used Taser on official released from jail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:09
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) — A police officer has been released from jail after posting bond over allegations that he used a stun gun on a City Council member while arresting him in a small, predominantly black college town in Texas.

Texas officer who used Taser on official released from jail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 03:09
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) — A police officer has been released from jail after posting bond over allegations that he used a stun gun on a City Council member while arresting him in a small, predominantly black college town in Texas.

A look at mass donations to Flint amid drinking water crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:56

Latishia Simpson carries a case of water to be loaded onto a U-Haul truck for the people of Flint on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Stephen and Keneisha Darden, owners of Exquisite Hair Design, wanted to help people affected by the Flint water crisis, so they put out a message on Facebook saying they would be collecting water to donate. With the help of family, friends and the Kalamazoo community, they were able to collect 466 cases of water as well as 50 one-gallon water jugs within one week. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)DETROIT (AP) — On top of millions of dollars in pledged governmental aid, faith-based and nonprofit organizations, companies large and small, the rich and famous, and many other individuals all have targeted Flint for significant charitable giving — in the form of money and millions of bottles of water.