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Fire destroys police officer's home in Montgomery County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:49

Fire destroys police officer's home in Montgomery CountyFire gutted the home of a Limerick Township police officer early Thursday, who was away on vacation.


NY court: Chimps don't have same rights as humans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:48
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A chimpanzee is not entitled to the rights of a human and does not have to be freed by its owner, a New York appeals court ruled Thursday.

Taxpayer costs for Arias' defense top $2.7 million

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:44

Jodi Arias looks on during the sentencing phase at her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander but jurors were unable to agree on a sentence. A new jury is hearing testimony on whether to grant prosecutors' request for the death penalty. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — The cost to Arizona taxpayers for Jodi Arias' defense now tops $2.7 million, and the figure will keep rising as her penalty phase retrial continues in a Phoenix courtroom.


San Jose begins clearing massive homeless encampment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:44
By Emmett Berg SAN JOSE (Reuters) - San Jose on Thursday began dismantling a huge homeless encampment known locally as "The Jungle" that has persisted at the southern edge of the Silicon Valley city for more than a decade, at one point claiming some 200 inhabitants. The process of taking down tents, make-shift shacks and in-ground bunkers built on the 68-acre site follows 18 months of placing residents into homes or shelters, a process that has housed 144 people so far, said Ray Bramson, San Jose's homelessness response manager. "It was a change in approach," Bramson said. ...

Cleveland officer who killed boy left past job after 'dismal' review

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:42

A mourner reads the obituary from the program during the funeral service for Tamir Rice in Cleveland, OhioBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Cleveland police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy playing with a pellet gun at a park last month left his previous job with a suburban police department after a string of problems, including immaturity and "dismal" handgun performance, personnel records showed. The shooting of Tamir Rice, who is black, by 26-year-old officer Timothy Loehmann on Nov. 23 sparked protests in Cleveland, and came amid flaring tensions nationwide over recent police killings of unarmed black people, most notably in New York and Ferguson, Missouri. The U.S. ...


NJ restaurant customer diagnosed with hepatitis A

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:36

NJ restaurant customer diagnosed with hepatitis AHealth officials in Hamilton Township, Mercer County will be holding a Hepatitis A vaccination clinic on Thursday for restaurant customers after a worker was hospitalized with the virus.


U.S. states with warmer climate to drive homebuilder growth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:36
By Sagarika Jaisinghani (Reuters) - Homebuilders with a presence in the U.S. south and west are set to gain next year as more Americans swap the frozen north for warmer climes, drawn by some of the country's highest job growth rates. New home construction is projected to rise 24 percent on average next year in eight states along the west and south coasts, compared with the 8 percent forecast for this year, according to the National Association of Home Builders. ...

Ex-South Carolina police chief indicted in 2011 shooting death of unarmed man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:34

Richard Combs a former Eutawville police chief who was indicted by a grand jury in the 2011 shooting death of Bernard Bailey, is shown in this Orangeburg County Detention Center photoBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white former police chief in Eutawville, South Carolina, has been indicted on a murder charge in the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man he was trying to arrest, according to records released on Thursday. The indictment of ex-chief Richard Combs came on Wednesday, the Orangeburg County Clerk of Court said, on the heels of decisions by grand juries in New York City and Missouri not to indict white police officers involved in deaths of unarmed black men this year. ...


Crystal Sugar CEO says shareholders to lose money

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:33

American Crystal Sugar Co. president and CEO David Berg speaks Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at a press conference during a break in the sugar beet cooperative's annual meeting. Berg says it was a bad financial year due to poor yields and a glut of Mexican sugar in the U.S. market. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The head of American Crystal Sugar Co. said Thursday that most shareholders in the sugar beet cooperative will lose money this year, due primarily to excess supply of Mexican sugar in the market and poor yields.


Senators to NFL: Drop 'blackout' rule or we might

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:32

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2014 file photo, Denver Broncos fans watch their team play the Seahawks during the first half of the Super Bowl, inside Jackson's, a sports bar and grill in Denver. Senators from both parties warned the National Football League Thursday to get rid of a 4-decade-old TV “blackout” rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league’s lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties warned the National Football League on Thursday to get rid of a four-decade-old TV "blackout" rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league's lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together.


No gay marriage in Miss. during appeals process

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:18
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court says same-sex marriages won't be allowed in Mississippi while the state defends its gay-marriage ban.

Arrest in fatal shooting of teen in New Castle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:15

Arrest in fatal shooting of teen in New CastlePolice in New Castle arrested a 19-year-old suspect in the murder of a teenager.


Man found guilty of killing Texas DA's wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:08

File - In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Eric Williams makes his way into the courtroom before his trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas. A jury convicted Williams, a former public official Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, of capital murder in a revenge plot against a district attorney, his wife and a top assistant. Williams now faces a potential death sentence for the 2013 murder of Cynthia McLelland, the wife of slain Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool, File)ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A North Texas jury convicted a former public official Thursday of capital murder in a revenge plot against a district attorney, his wife and a top assistant.


Judge in Colorado cinema rampage case rebuffs bid to throw out death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:07

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The judge presiding over the Colorado theater massacre case has rejected a new effort by attorneys for accused gunman James Holmes to have the state's death penalty law declared unconstitutional, court documents showed on Thursday. Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of opening fire inside a Denver-area cinema in July 2012 during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens more. ...


Wyoming seeks man's extradition for camp assaults

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:56

In this photo provided by the Grand Traverse County, Mich., Sheriff's office is William Bricker who is accused of sexually assaulting three children during Boy Scout camps dating back to the 1960s. Wyoming authorities are asking Michigan to extradite the 94-year-old who was in a rehabilitation center when he was arrested on Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Grand Traverse County Sheriff)DETROIT (AP) — The state of Wyoming is seeking to have a 94-year-old former camp counselor and gym teacher sent from Michigan to face sexual assault charges, decades after abuse that three people say occurred at a Boy Scouts and summer ranch camp when they were children.


Man convicted in wife's fatal frying pan beating

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:53
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man was convicted of murder Thursday for bludgeoning his wife with a frying pan then strangling her, apparently after they argued over the dire state of their finances.

Bird's fate shaping energy development in US West

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:52

FILE - This April 2014 photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows a Gunnison sage grouse with tail feathers fanned near Gunnison, Colo. Research at the biggest wind farm project being developed in the U.S. right now seeks to help the chicken-sized bird that within a year could be listed as a threatened or endangered species. (AP Photo/Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Dave Showalter, File)SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) — Efforts to conserve a struggling species of grouse that ranges across the Western U.S. are having far-reaching effects on the region's energy industry as the Obama administration decides whether the bird needs more protections.


Judge in theater shootings won't bar death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:51
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shootings case has rejected another attempt by defense lawyers to rule out the death penalty.

Ferguson Commission member charged with assault

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:51
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A prominent young protester who serves on Missouri's Ferguson Commission has been charged with assault stemming from a protest at St. Louis City Hall.

Virginia board to amend rules that would close abortion clinics

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:40
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A Virginia health panel remade by the Democratic governor voted on Thursday to revamp rules that threatened to shut down abortion clinics across the state In a victory for abortion rights advocates, the state Board of Health voted 13-2 to begin amending regulations that require abortion clinics to have standards similar to hospitals. The board put the requirement in place in 2013 when then-Governor Bob McDonnell, a Republican, appointed abortion foes to the panel. ...