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Family of German exchange student sues shooter, girlfriend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 02:17

Markus Kaarma stands in Missoula County District Court while Judge Ed McLean sentences him to 70 years in prison for the shooting death of German exchange student Diren Dede on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 in Missoula, Mont. Kaarma shot 17-year-old Dede, who was unarmed, last year after he was alerted by motion sensors in his garage. Witnesses said Kaarma fired at the teen four times. (AP Photo/The Missoulian, Kurt Wilson)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The family of a 17-year-old German exchange student who was shot to death last spring in Montana has filed a lawsuit against the shooter and his girlfriend.


Bird strikes power line at L.A. airport, knocks out some services

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 02:16
By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A bird struck a high-voltage line at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, causing a brief power outage that shut down baggage carousels, escalators and people movers, an airport spokeswoman said. No flights were affected by the morning outage and the terminals remained open at the nation's third busiest airport, said spokeswoman Amanda Parsons.

Last two women identified in Indiana serial murder case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 02:13

Lake County Sheriff's Department photo of Darren Vann(Reuters) - Indiana officials have identified the last two of seven victims linked to an alleged serial killer in the town of Gary, the Lake County coroner said on Friday. DNA tests confirmed the identities of Tanya Gatlin, 27, and Sonya Billingsley, 53, both of Gary, whose remains were found in the same abandoned building in that city, the coroner's office said in a statement. The bodies were discovered in October after police arrested Darren Vann, 43, a suspect in the murder of a woman in a hotel in neighboring Hammond, Indiana.


PHOTOS: 16 arrested for child sex offenses in northeastern Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 02:09

 16 arrested for child sex offenses in northeastern PennsylvaniaA sweep in the northeastern portion of Pennsylvania for child sex offense suspects has resulted in the arrests of 16 people, the Pa. AG's office said.


UN: Nigeria military needs 'greater resolve' vs. Boko Haram

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 02:07
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations special representative for West Africa says Nigeria's military needs to show "greater resolve" in the widening fight against the extremist group Boko Haram.

Pennsylvania governor declares moratorium on death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 02:05

Pennsylvania Democratic challenger for Governor Tom Wolf addresses the media following the third and final gubernatorial debate with incumbent Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett in PittsburghBy Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Governor Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania on Friday, saying it was a flawed system that is "ineffective, unjust and expensive." The moratorium will remain in effect, Wolf's office said, until the Democratic governor has received and reviewed a report by a task force established by the legislature in 2011 to study the effectiveness of the death penalty. Wolf immediately granted a reprieve to murderer Terrance Williams, whose execution was scheduled for March 4. The governor noted that six people on death row in Pennsylvania had been exonerated since the death penalty was reinstated in 1978.


VIDEO: David Henry reports on dangerous cold in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 01:56

 David Henry reports on dangerous cold in PhiladelphiaDavid Henry reports from Center City where he spoke to those braving the dangerously cold conditions.


Chris Christie's approval at home sinks to record low, new poll shows

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 01:44

Chris Christie's approval at home sinks to record low, new poll showsGov. Chris Christie has sunk to new lows in the eyes of New Jersey residents.


Pennsylvania trooper shoots, kills Arizona fugitive

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 01:42

Pennsylvania trooper shoots, kills Arizona fugitivePennsylvania State Police fatally shot a fugitive Arizona sex offender while serving an arrest warrant at a Reading row home.


Pa. trooper fatally shoots suspect while delivering warrant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 01:26

Pennsylvania trooper shoots, kills Arizona fugitivePennsylvania State Police say a trooper fatally shot a man while serving an arrest warrant at a Reading row home.


Estonian man pleads guilty in Megaupload piracy case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 01:25
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — An Estonian man who worked as a computer programmer for the now-defunct file-sharing website Megaupload has pleaded guilty in what prosecutors say was a massive copyright-piracy scheme run through the site.

Police search for missing 16-year-old mom and newborn twins missing from NE Phila.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 01:21

Police search for missing 16-year-old mom and newborn twins missing from NE Phila.Philadelphia Police are looking for a missing 16-year-old girl and her newborn twin girls.


Police say Oklahoma man killed man in his care, hid corpse and took money

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 01:16
Donald Patterson, 60, was arrested this week and is suspected of keeping the February 2014 death of Virgil Alexander secret. Before Alexander died, Patterson duped him into sending his pension money into a joint account the two shared and after he died Patterson allegedly used Alexander's name to obtain prescription drugs, police said. Alexander died on Feb. 19, 2014, but his body - naked, wrapped in plastic and buried inside a piece of luggage - was not discovered until April 17, according to the police. Police also said family members filed a missing persons report for Alexander after noticing suspicious financial activity.

Negotiators agree on early draft of UN climate deal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 01:12

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, file photo a plume of smoke billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. After failing six years ago to craft a global agreement to fight climate change, world governments are hoping that this year will mark a breakthrough in the slow-paced U.N. climate talks. In Geneva this week, negotiators from more than 190 countries are working on an early draft of a deal that’s supposed to be adopted in Paris in December.(AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)GENEVA (AP) — U.N. negotiators on Friday produced an early draft of what eventually should become a landmark climate deal in Paris next December, piling on suggestions to make sure the document reflected every country's wishes.


House votes to make expired business tax breaks permanent

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 01:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Friday to make permanent an expired tax break designed to help small businesses invest in equipment and property, defying a veto threat by the White House.

Dad says I-70 shooting may be suicide-by-cop

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 01:07
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A man shot and killed by authorities along Interstate 70 in western Colorado struggled with drugs and alcohol and may have wanted to be killed by law enforcement, his father told a newspaper.

Union, refinery owners set for U.S. contract talks next week

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 01:06

Workers from the USW union walk a picket line outside the Lyondell-Basell refinery in Houston, Texas.(Reuters) - The United Steelworkers union (USW) and refinery owners were set to resume contract negotiations next week as the largest U.S. refinery strike since 1980 reached its 13th day on Friday. "We're still fulfilling the information request from the USW and looking forward to resuming negotiations next week," said Ray Fisher, spokesman for Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the lead company negotiator. The information request, which Shell has called extensive, focuses on the use of non-union contract workers to perform day-to-day maintenance in refineries.


New Jersey man accused of staging boat crash surrenders

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 01:01
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A man who was indicted on theft charges and then disappeared in a suspicious boating accident has turned up safe and in court.

APNewsBreak: NJ allows physical skill-based gambling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 00:53

FILE - This is a Sept. 19, 2011, file photo showing The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City N.J. Executives at The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa told The Associated Press on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, that they've gotten permission from New Jersey gambling regulators to host a basketball contest next month in which players shoot free throws for money. It's the first of what promises to be many skill-based events that let gamblers take greater control over the outcomes of their bets, rather than relying on a roll of the dice, spin of the wheel or deal of the cards. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — An Atlantic City casino is about to redefine casino gambling by introducing a new style of wagering: competition based on a physical skill rather than luck.


Settlement reached in World Trade Center name rights case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 00:38
NEW YORK (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a case involving the 1986 transfer of rights of the name World Trade Center to a nonprofit.