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Obama: Debate to lift Cuban trade embargo not expected soon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it will likely be a while before Capitol Hill begins a debate about possibly lifting the trade embargo with Cuba, which must be done by Congress.

Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:23

Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest cityANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow.

U.S. offers reward for poacher who shot bald eagle in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:18
BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. wildlife authorities are on the hunt for a poacher who shot a bald eagle to death last week in Connecticut, officials said on Friday, announcing a $5,000 reward. The bald eagle, the national bird of the United States, is protected from hunting by federal law and killing one is punishable by up to two years in prison. The dead eagle was found on a roadside on Dec. 13 in the Hartford suburb of Rocky Hill. An autopsy revealed that it was killed by a gunshot wound, the state's environment department said in a statement. "The U.S. ...

Man allegedly used Ponzi scheme proceeds to freeze deceased wife

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:59
By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man U.S. prosecutors say bilked investors out of $5 million by telling them he would invest it in commodities and currencies allegedly used some of the money to have his wife cryogenically frozen after she died, according to a court filing on Friday. A federal grand jury in Manhattan indicted Whileon Chay, 38, with three counts of fraud for soliciting investor funds he said he would manage through a number of businesses, including New York-based 4X Solutions, according to the filing. ...

California's winter storms spark hope for recovery from three-year drought

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:56
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The wet weather that has soaked California for the past few weeks may be a sign that the state is beginning to pull out of its devastating three-year drought, climate experts said on Friday. With precipitation already higher than normal for this time of year and rain in the northern part of the state on Friday, experts are "cautiously optimistic" that the dry cycle may be starting to ease, said Courtney Obergfell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. ...

NY police officer apparently punches teen in video, probe underway

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:51
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police are investigating a plainclothes officer who appears to punch a teen-aged black boy during an arrest that was captured on video and widely circulated on the Internet, the department said on Friday. The posting of the footage follows days of U.S. protests over recent cases of police violence toward unarmed black men, including one in which a New York City man died after an officer placed him in a banned chokehold. ...

SC former Marine ruled insane in pedestrian death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:42
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — A judge has ruled a South Carolina man was insane when he stole a fire truck while naked and then struck and killed a pedestrian.

Midday Glance: Silver companies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:25
Shares of some top silver companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: Hecla Mining Co. rose $.07 or 2.6 percent, to $2.73. Pan American Silver Corp. rose $.19 or 2.0 percent, to $9.69. Silver Standard Resources Inc. ...

Child becomes fourth to die from California crash outside church

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:20
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 6-year-old boy has become the fourth person to die from a crash earlier this week that saw a driver plow into a group of pedestrians leaving a church in Southern California, a coroner's official said on Friday. Samuel Gaza, who was hospitalized with head trauma and a bruised lung, died just before midnight on Thursday, said Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter. The cause of death is pending an autopsy. ...

Victim dies after West Philadelphia hit-and-run seen on video; no arrests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:16

Victim dies after West Philadelphia hit-and-run seen on video; no arrestsThe victim of a hit-and-run in West Philadelphia earlier this month, that was caught on video, has died.

Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:16

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps walks into a courthouse for a trial on drunken driving and other charges, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. Documents show that the 29-year-old was leaving Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino Sept. 30 when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line on a highway. Police say Phelps registered a .14 per cent on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit to drive is .08 per cent in Maryland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Friday, almost three months after he was arrested after leaving a Baltimore casino.

8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:11

8 children killed, mother stabbed, in AustraliaThe bodies of eight children - aged 18 months to 15 years - and a wounded woman were discovered in a home in northern Australia on Friday, police said.

Gold tooth lands in Missouri Salvation Army kettle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:10
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - People have tossed gold and silver pieces into Salvation Army holiday kettles but a gold tooth found this week in Kansas City was a local first, an organization leader said on Friday. "It's the whole tooth, with the root and everything,” said Rick Carroll, who is in charge of the Salvation Army in the northern portion of Kansas City. “It really looks strange.” Carroll said he has never heard of a gold tooth being donated in Kansas City during his 26 years with the charitable organization. ...

Woman who foiled abduction was ready for a fight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:03

This undated booking photo released by the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, Maine, shows James Cavallaro of Bath, arrested after he attempted to grab a 2-year-old girl at the Maine State Museum Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in Augusta, Maine. (AP Photo/Two Bridges Regional Jail)AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine State Museum worker who police say prevented the abduction of a 2-year-old girl is a 65-year-old woman with a bum knee. But Sharon Wise says she was ready for a "big fight" if the assailant hadn't stopped trying to yank the girl through the exit.

Washington state middle school closed for third day over threats

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:52
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state middle school remained closed for a third day on Friday due to threats contained in an anonymous letter targeting four staff members and referencing violence during lunch and at an assembly, officials said. The typewritten letter was found on Wednesday outside a teacher's classroom and prompted officials at Pacific Cascade Middle School in Issaquah, a suburb of Seattle, to cancel classes and call in law enforcement. ...

Gang accused of robbing New Jersey freight trains

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:52
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — More than a decade ago they were called the largest gang ever to attack North American railroads and gained enough notoriety to be the subject of a television documentary. Now, prosecutors in northern New Jersey say their ringleader is back at it.

Convicted leader of New Jersey's Conrail Boyz faces new rail theft charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:51
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man convicted of leading a gang of modern-day train robbers that preyed on New Jersey rail lines for more than 10 years was arrested again this week on charges that mirror those that landed him in prison a decade ago, prosecutors said on Friday. Edward Mongon, who was sentenced to 13 years for racketeering in 2004 but released on parole in 2008, has been indicted along with nine alleged accomplices on fresh charges of looting freight trains, using the techniques the group known as the Conrail Boyz employed during the 1990's and early 2000's. ...

Grocery store bandits caught on camera in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:51

Grocery store bandits caught on camera in CamdenAction News has obtained images of two armed men who held up a Camden grocery store in Camden.

Correction: Custody-Surrender story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:46

Former family practice doctor, Genevieve Kelley arrives for a hearing in Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster, N.H. Thursday Dec. 18, 2014. Kelley is charged with fleeing the country with her young daughter, now 18, during a custody dispute 10 years ago. Kelley, turned herself in to face a custodial interference charge. Authorities still don’t know where her daughter is. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — In a story Dec. 18 about a custody dispute, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a judge did not rule on a prosecutor's request that the daughter at the center of the case be brought out of hiding for a psychological evaluation. The judge denied that request but said he would rule separately if a motion were made to produce her for questioning by prosecutors.

Police: Woman used bomb threat in Hatfield robbery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 01:44

 Woman used bomb threat in Hatfield robberyPolice say a woman robbed a Montgomery County pharmacy by telling workers she had a bomb.