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House Intelligence chief: Report will spur attacks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:19

 Torture report will spur attacksForeign governments and U.S. intelligence agencies are predicting that the release of a Senate report examining the use of torture by the CIA will cause "violence and deaths" abroad, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday.


Former Madoff executive gets 10 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:18

Daniel Bonventre, former director of operations for imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff, arrives at federal court for a sentencing hearing, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 in New York. He's the first of five Madoff ex-employees to learn their fate in the coming days after a jury convicted them earlier this year of charges related to the multi-decade, multi-billion dollar fraud. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff's ex-director of operations for investments was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison by a judge who cited the fraud's "smoldering ruins" as she kicked off an eight-day stretch during which she will announce the punishments of four other former Madoff workers.


At least 3 dead after plane hits home in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:14

3 dead, 3 unaccounted for after plane hits Md. homeA small, private jet has crashed into a house in Maryland's Montgomery County on Monday, killing at least three people on board, authorities said.


Chokehold case stirs debate on special prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:12

This Jan. 1, 2014, file photo shows New York Public Advocate Letitia James speaking after taking the oath of office in on the steps of City Hall in New York. James is pressing for appointing special state prosecutors whenever police kill or seriously injure someone. State Assemblymen Karim Camara and Marcos Crespo are proposing special prosecutors for police killings of unarmed people. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)NEW YORK (AP) — After a police officer wasn't indicted in a fatal chokehold caught on video, some officials are reviving calls to entrust such cases to special prosecutors, rather than local district attorneys.


Pa. woman who abducted baby from hospital has died

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:09

Pa. woman who abducted baby from hospital has diedA western Pennsylvania woman who was sent to prison for impersonating a nurse and abducting a newborn from a Pittsburgh hospital has died.


French Toast Crunch returns as cereal sales slide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:08

This product image provided by General Mills shows packaging for its "French Toast Crunch" cereal. General Mills is bringing back the popular ‘90s cereal in a nod to nostalgia and in the hopes of boosting its weak cereal sales. (AP Photo/General Mills)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — General Mills said Monday that it bringing back popular '90s cereal French Toast Crunch in a nod to nostalgia.


Judge in Colorado theater shooting case to rule on trial delay soon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:06

Courtroom sketch of Arapahoe Country District Judge Samour in CentennialBy Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis CENTENNIAL, Colorado (Reuters) - A judge overseeing the case of a mass shooting at a Colorado theater in 2012 said Monday he would rule within a couple of days on a defense request to delay the trial again. Lawyers for the gunman, James Holmes, made their latest request for the trial to be delayed last week, adding on Monday that medical emergencies had also affected two members of the defense team. ...


6 from Pa. arrested for child porn; 4 from our area

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:01

6 from Pa. arrested for child porn; 4 from our areaThe Pennsylvania Attorney General's office has announced six recent arrests on child pornography charges.


Criminal probe after gas evacuates 'furries' event

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 02:53

Frederic Cesbron, right and Maxim Durand, walk on the street outside the Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Rosemont, Ill. Thousands of people were evacuated after a chlorine gas leak at the hotel hosting the 2014 Midwest FurFest convention, where attendees dress as animals to celebrate art, literature and performance, in suburban Rosemont early Sunday morning. Investigators believe the leak at the hotel in Rosemont was caused intentionally and are treating it as a criminal matter. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the release of a gas that sickened several hotel guests and forced thousands of people — many dressed as cartoon animals — to evacuate the building.


New Yorker gets 33 months for threatening Hawaii congresswoman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 02:47

U.S. Representative Gabbard speaks after being awarded a Frontier Award during a ceremony at Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in CambridgeWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A New York man was sentenced on Monday to 33 months in prison for threatening Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, federal prosecutors said. Aniruddha Sherbow, 44, whose last known address was in Poughkeepsie, New York, was sentenced in U.S. District Court. He pleaded no contest in February to two charges of transmitting threats, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. Under a so-called "nolo contendere" plea, a defendant is convicted of the offense and agrees he could be proved guilty, but does not admit to the facts of the case. ...


Feds: Nuke site cleanup request is too expensive

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 02:27
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Cleanup deadlines sought by the state of Washington for the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site would require an extra $18 billion over the next 14 years and should be rejected as too expensive, the federal government said in a court filing.

Correction: Royals-US Visit story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 02:24

Kate, left, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William arrive at The Carlyle Hotel, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. They have a full schedule of events in New York, including a visit to the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum and an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. (AP Photo/Neilson Barnard, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Dec. 7 about Prince William and his wife, Kate, visiting New York, The Associated Press reported erroneously that it was the couple's first official U.S. visit. They made an official trip to California in 2011.


Pennsylvania man accused of killing police dog goes on trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 02:16
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Jury selection began on Monday for a Pennsylvania man accused of killing a police dog, a case that inspired the state's "Rocco's Law" that toughened penalties for such crimes. John Lewis Rush, 22, is accused of fatally stabbing Rocco, an 8-year-old German Shepherd, while Pittsburgh police were trying to arrest him in January on outstanding warrants, parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender. ...

Report: man killed wife while child in home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 02:11
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities said Monday that a man who was arrested on three counts of second-degree murder hung his wife from a cord, then beat and shot her.

Man shot, killed while sitting in car in West Oak Lane

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 02:06

Man shot, killed while sitting in car in West Oak LaneA killer is on the run after shooting a man near a Philadelphia playground.


U.S. justices question Amtrak role in setting standards

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 01:58
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared divided as it weighed whether Amtrak, the government-owned passenger rail company, has too much sway over setting regulations that private freight carriers must follow. The nine justices heard oral arguments in a challenge by the Association of American Railroads to a federal law that gives Amtrak, a government-owned corporation, a role in setting standards, including for on-time performance. ...

Woman, 22, imprisoned for abducting newborn from hospital, dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 01:58

Woman, 22, imprisoned for abducting newborn from hospital, diesA western Pennsylvania woman who was sent to prison for impersonating a nurse and abducting a newborn from a Pittsburgh hospital has died.


Suspect confesses to Florida triple slayings: documents

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 01:57
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida man confessed to killing his wife, her friend and a pastor in a deadly spree witnessed by the clergyman's wife and the suspect's 4-year-old son, according to a police affidavit released on Monday. Andres "Andy" Avalos, 33, was arrested on Saturday after a manhunt and charged in the murders on the state's west coast. His son was at home on Thursday when his mother and her friend were killed, Manatee County Sheriff's Office investigators said in the documents. The child said his father was the only other person home. ...

Plea talks to begin in case of 6 newborns dead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 01:52

Megan Huntsman, who is accused of killing six of her seven newborns and storing all of their bodies in her garage, appears in court Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Provo, Utah. Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman says a plea agreement could be in the works for Huntsman, though it's too early to say what penalty his office will seek. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)PROVO, Utah (AP) — A plea agreement could be in the works for a Utah woman accused of killing six of her seven newborn babies and storing all the bodies in her garage, the prosecutor said Monday.


Teacher accused of groping elementary school girls

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 01:52
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City science teacher has pleaded not guilty to inappropriately touching four elementary school girls in Brooklyn.