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1 dead after tractor trailer, pickup collide in Hockessin, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:03

1 dead after tractor trailer, pickup collide in Hockessin, Del.A man was killed when a tractor trailer collided with a pickup truck in Hockessin, Delaware.


Juror answers show challenge in seating Boston bombing panel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:03

 the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)BOSTON (AP) — Some of the first prospective jurors questioned in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev illustrated the difficulty in finding people who say they have not formed an opinion on Tsarnaev's guilt.


Pat Toomey named the Senate Candy Man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:01

Pat Toomey named the Senate Candy ManPennsylvania's junior senator has earned an important distinction in Congress and no it's not a new committee assignment.


Geyser finally shut off hours after huge water main break in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:55

Geyser finally shut off hours after huge water main break in Northeast PhiladelphiaUtility crews have finally managed to shut off the water to a ruptured main that sent tens of thousands of gallons of water shooting more than 100 feet into the air for nearly 13 hours.


Google to stop consumer sales of Glass to redesign device

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:53

FILE - In this Feb. 20 2013 file photo, Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears a Google Glass device in San Francisco. Google on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 announced it will stop selling its Internet-connected eyewear to consumers until the company can develop a more polished and affordable version that's less likely to be viewed as a freakish device. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google will stop selling its Internet-connected eyewear to consumers until the company can develop a more polished and affordable version that's less likely to be viewed as a freakish device.


Maryland bishop charged in drunken-driving death released on bail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:48
(Reuters) - A Maryland Episcopal bishop accused of killing a cyclist while driving drunk and texting posted $2.5 million bail on Thursday and was released from jail, her attorney said. Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook, the Maryland Diocese's first female bishop and second highest official, was released pending trial and will enter an in-patient alcohol treatment facility, her lawyer, David Irwin, said in a statement. She is charged with manslaughter in the Dec. 27 hit-and-run death of cyclist Tom Palermo in Baltimore, according to court documents. She is also charged with drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident and causing an accident due to texting while driving.

Humanities endowment seeks to fund research on public issues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:44
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities wants to shift some federal funding for scholarship in the humanities toward addressing contemporary national issues through a new initiative unveiled Thursday.

Lawyers for Minnesota terror suspect propose civics program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:38
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for a man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group are proposing that he be freed pending trial if he promises to participate in courses that promote civic involvement.

Police: 8-year-old playing at home when hit by stray bullet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:33
DETROIT (AP) — An 8-year-old boy was shot in the neck by a stray bullet that pierced the walls of his Detroit home as he played with other young relatives, police said Thursday.

Man shot by Ohio airport police had knives taped to his legs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:31
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man fatally shot by police outside an airport had two knives taped to the insides of his legs and his behavior was "consistent with someone who intended to hijack an aircraft," a detective's court filing says.

Obama tries again to get paid leave for more workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:29

President Barack Obama talks with Amanda Rothschild, left, and Mary Stein before talking about proposed legislation to offer paid sick leave for working Americans during a stop at Charmington's Cafe in Baltimore, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Earlier, the president signed a memorandum is to direct federal agencies to advance six weeks of paid sick leave that federal workers could use as paid family leave. Workers would have to pay back the sick leave over time. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)BALTIMORE (AP) — President Barack Obama launched a fresh push Thursday to bring paid sick and family leave to working parents and other private-sector employees as the White House unveiled proposals that could benefit tens of millions of people. Most require action by the Republican-controlled Congress.


Obama measures on Cuba trade, travel poke new holes in embargo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:18

A passenger pushes a luggage cart after arriving on a charter flight from Tampa at the airport in HavanaBy Anna Yukhananov, Matt Spetalnick and Krista Hughes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States announced sweeping new rules on Thursday that will significantly ease sanctions on Cuba, opening up the communist-ruled island to expanded U.S. travel, trade and financial activities. Defying hardline critics in Congress, President Barack Obama made good on his commitment last month to loosen restrictions on dealings with Cuba as part of a historic effort to end decades of hostility. The 54-year-old U.S. embargo on Cuba will remain in place - only Congress can lift it. It was the first tangible U.S. step to implement economic changes Obama pledged on Dec. 17 when he and Cuban President Raul Castro announced plans to restore diplomatic relations between the old Cold War foes.


W.Va. man found incompetent for trial in sheriff's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:17
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man was found incompetent to stand trial Thursday in the fatal shooting of a West Virginia sheriff who later was implicated by federal prosecutors in a separate corruption scandal.

Man sentenced to life in prison in Tennessee cannibal case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:14
MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man who told police he ate part of his victim's body has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in the woman's death.

Picking Boston Marathon bombing jury looms as challenge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:09

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch next to Judge George O'Toole on the first day of jury selection at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The challenge of seating a jury to hear the Boston Marathon bombing trial became clear on Thursday as candidates included a man whose roommates had urged him to vote for execution and a theologian worried such a vote would end his career. U.S. District Judge George O'Toole worked his way through a few dozen people as he sought to build a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates to determine whether 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 in the attack and, if so, whether he deserves the death penalty. Another candidate, a professor of Catholic theology, said he could vote for the death penalty only if the U.S. prison system had physically collapsed. "Should the walls come down and we needed to protect innocent lives, then one could enforce the death penalty," said the man, who added such a vote would likely prevent him from getting tenure.


Details on FBI sting operations since 2001 terror attacks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:06
In the years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the FBI has routinely relied on undercover operations similar to the one that led to the arrest of Christopher Lee Cornell, also known as Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, on Wednesday.

Woman sentenced to 219 years in prison in sex ring case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:01

Woman sentenced to 219 years in prison in sex ring caseA judge sentenced an Alabama woman to 219 years in prison for her role in an incestuous sex ring accused of molesting children for years.


Here's what to know about judge in marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 04:59
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. is presiding over the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. O'Toole has handled several high-profile trials since he became a federal judge two decades ago. Here are some things to know about him:

Five dead in crash in South Texas oil field

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 04:52
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Five men died on Thursday when their van slammed into a crude oil tanker truck and burst into flames on a highway in a South Texas oil field, police said. The five, who are believed to be oil field workers, were killed around 8:15 a.m. local time (CT) in the Eagle Ford Shale in Dimmit County, in the heart of the fracking field southwest of San Antonio, state trooper Maria Loredo told Reuters.

New Yorkers concerned by mayor's rift with police, poll shows

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 04:51

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio holds his new municipal identification card during a news conference at the Queens Library in the Queens Borough of New YorkA majority of New York City residents are concerned by the unusually deep rift that has formed between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city's police department, according to a poll released on Thursday, with 77 percent saying the relationship is bad. Forty-five percent say it is the mayor's fault, while 43 percent say it is the police's, according to the Quinnipiac University Poll. Amid police anger over the mayor's qualified support for some of the police's fiercest critics, the number of arrests and court summonses plummeted for two weeks in late December as the nation's largest police department embarked on what city leaders called a slowdown.