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Denver police shoot, kill teen who struck officer with car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:26
DENVER (AP) — Several dozen people with candles and protest signs gathered near the alley where Denver police officers fatally shot a 16-year-old girl on Monday, recalling her bright smile and demanding answers about the deadly encounter.

Northeast U.S. braves 'crippling' blizzard, transit systems shut

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:03

Mid-town Manhattan is pictured from the top of the United Nations building in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK/MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (Reuters) - A massive, wind-whipped blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012. The potentially historic storm which could affect 20 percent of the U.S. population, caused at least six states up and down the East Coast to declare emergencies, forced the cancellation of thousands of flights, closed schools and major mass transit systems - including the New York City subway. Coastal flood warnings were issued, with tides in the New York metro area expected to be as much 3 feet higher than normal early Tuesday morning. BRIDGES, TUNNELS CLOSE Driving bans in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts brought the region to a standstill amid near white-out conditions, with the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln and Holland tunnels as well as major mass transportation throughout the city closing at 11 p.m ET (0400 GMT).

AccuWeather Maps: Tracking a Nor'easter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:47

 Tracking a Nor'easterAccuWeather is tracking a Nor'easter that could bring a lot of snow our way.

Four sentenced in California cross-border extortion ring

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:38
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Four people who admitted to extorting money from Latino families who believed they were ransoming kidnapped family members were sentenced to prison in San Diego federal court Monday. The 124 families in the U.S. sent nearly $200,000 to the extortion ring to free loved ones they believed were being held by smugglers after being brought into the U.S. illegally. U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy called the scheme “a cruel hoax that caused significant emotional and financial damage.” The extortion ring was able to exploit families across the U.S., including Maryland, Virginia and Minnesota, because human smugglers often contact families for payment or more money after they have brought people across the border into the U.S., according to Asst. “The defendants were able to exploit that to enrich themselves.” According to the indictment, the extortion ring would contact the victims and instruct them to send payments of $1,500 to $4,000 to the San Diego area.

What you need to know about northeastern US snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:32

A cyclist navigates between a New York Dept. of Sanitation truck with a snow plow attached, and park cars on New York's Sixth Ave., Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Officials cautioned Northeast residents to not be misled by a relatively smooth Monday morning commute, and pressed their cautions to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later in the day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)The busy Northeast corridor was in line for a winter wallop that was predicted to bring up to 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to Maine. Here's what residents of the big cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic need to know about the storm:

Couple charged after pet ferrets attack baby, chew off nose

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:31
DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area couple whose pet ferrets attacked their newborn daughter and chewed off parts of her face have been charged with child endangerment.

Alaskan troopers investigate whether village officer shocked boy, 11

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:24
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - A public safety officer patrolling a tiny Alaskan coastal community may have shocked an 11-year-old boy with a Taser or stun gun merely because the boy asked him about the device, the Alaska State Troopers said on Monday. The public safety officer shocked the child on the wrist or arm after the boy said he wanted to see what it felt like, the Juneau Empire newspaper reported, quoting the boy's mother. "They were talking about being Tased, and my son did ask to be Tased," the mother, Terrie Ward, told the newspaper. Alaska’s Public Safety spokeswoman Megan Peters said Troopers were investigating whether a crime was committed in the December incident or whether it was an administrative matter for the tribal government.

Employers: Agreement made on key issue in port labor dispute

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiators working on a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, which handle about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually, have resolved a key dispute in their difficult talks, an association representing employers said Monday.

Union signals U.S. refinery workers may have to go on strike

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:07
The United Steelworkers union (USW) signaled on Monday a strike by U.S. refinery workers may be necessary to win what it calls a fair contract from oil companies. The last nationwide refinery workers strike was in 1980 and lasted for three months. Royal Dutch Shell Plc is leading the talks on behalf of companies ranging from supermajors such as Exxon Mobil Corp and BP Plc to smaller companies such as HollyFrontier Corp and Delek. "Challenging bargaining continues," the USW said in a text message to members on Monday night.

Factbox: U.S. refinery worker proposals and past negotiations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:06
Representatives of the United Steelworkers union (USW) and oil companies have completed six days of talks as of Monday for a new national contract that will cover hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries that account for 64 percent of national refining capacity. The national agreement sets the floor on wages and benefits for USW members. Management at each refinery also negotiates issues unique to that plant with the USW local union. The national agreement and local agreement are combined to create the final contract for that refinery.

New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:48

Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary "Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UtahBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Joan Rivers' daughter filed a malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York medical clinic that treated her mother days before her death, saying doctors there posed for selfies with their sedated celebrity patient even as her vital signs were plunging. Rivers, who was 81, suffered a loss of oxygen to her brain on Aug. 28 while physicians at the Yorkville Endoscopy center in Manhattan were performing procedures to examine her throat and vocal cords, and she died a week later at a New York hospital. Moreover, the complaint says, the outpatient clinic allowed a doctor whose presence was unauthorized to twice conduct a procedure that Rivers had not consented to, a trans-nasal laryngoscopy, in which a scope is passed through sinus passages into the larynx.

Gov. Chris Christie issues travel ban for entire state of New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:45

State of emergency, travel ban in New JerseyGovernor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey as a major winter storm bears down on the region.

Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:41

Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling leaves the Alexandria Federal Courthouse, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Holly, after being convicted on all nine counts he faced of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking details of a covert mission to derail Iran's nuclear program in a case that, until the eve of the trial, was as much about the journalist who published the leaks as it was the accused leaker.

People across the Northeast US prepare for fierce snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:26

Dr. Jaishree Capoor of Manhattan boards an ealy train home at the Metro-North Railroad station in White Plains, N.Y., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Capoor works at the Children's Rehabilitation Center, and an impending blizzard led to the clinic closing early Monday and canceling Tuesday appointments. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)The monster snowstorm bearing down on the Northeast sent people scrambling Monday to gas up their cars, stock their refrigerators and charge their phones. Travelers rushed to get to their destinations before airports closed, rail service was suspended and roads were declared off-limits.

Balloon crew hits halfway mark in bid to break records

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:21
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mission control for an international team trying to break two major ballooning records says the helium-filled balloon has passed the halfway mark of its journey across the Pacific Ocean.

Factbox: Northeast transit snarled by blizzard Monday and Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:19
(Reuters) - As a powerful blizzard bears down on the northeastern United States, airlines, commuter rail, bus lines and subways have responded with travel delays and cancellations. * NEW YORK'S METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY will be suspending service on all bus, commuter rail and subway service at 11 p.m. It added 26 extra trains to the Long Island Railroad and Metro-North schedules through 4 p.m. ET to help commuters but the LIRR may need to suspend service as of 11 p.m., subject to further evaluation of the severity of the storm, according to the MTA website. NYC Transit and MTA buses are planning to operate normal bus service for the evening's rush hour, but all service will be suspended at 11 p.m. Staten Island Railway service is currently running on or close to schedule, but service will be suspended at 11 p.m. The public can check for updates. * NEW JERSEY TRANSIT said on its Twitter page that it will close down at 10 p.m. ET Monday, with the last trains leaving major stations at 8 p.m. ET and making all local stops.

Closing arguments begin in ex-Vandy players' rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:06
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The rape trial of two former Vanderbilt football players began wrapping up Monday with a prosecutor telling jurors that video evidence and photographs taken of the crime would be enough to convict them on most of the charges.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:02

Secret Service officers search the south grounds of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

4 sentenced in California in fake kidnapping scheme

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:01
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four people have been sentenced to federal prison for a scheme that collected ransoms from families around the country by falsely claiming their loved ones had been kidnapped.

Court papers: Mom says she stabbed kids to keep them quiet

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:50
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state woman accused of stabbing her three small children told detectives she cut the children's throats with a kitchen knife to keep them quiet for her soldier husband, a prosecutor said Monday.