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Police search for Philadelphia woman missing since January

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:04

Police search for Philadelphia woman missing since JanuaryPhiladelphia police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing woman who hasn't been seen since January.

2nd deal to sell costly Atlantic City casino falls through

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:58

This May 10, 2012, photo shows the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City N.J. On Thursday Feb. 19, 2015, a bankruptcy judge allowed the casino's owners to terminate a deal to sell it to a Florida developer for $95.4 million because the sale deadline has passed. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Another deal to sell Atlantic City's former Revel casino is dead.

Man charged with killing 'American Sniper' was schizophrenic: psychiatrist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:57

Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh enters the court after a break during his capital murder trial in Stephenville TexasA psychiatrist told a Texas court on Thursday that the man accused of murdering U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle had paranoid schizophrenia and showed signs of psychosis that could not be faked, media reports said. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, has been charged with killing Kyle, whose autobiography was turned into the hit movie "American Sniper," and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013. Dr. Mitchell Dunn, a forensic psychiatrist who spent more than six hours interviewing Routh and was called by the defense, testified Routh believed that Kyle and Littlefield were going to kill him, the Dallas Morning News reported from the court in Stephenville.

FBI agent shot by accident at California training facility

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:57
SAN DIEGO (AP) — An FBI agent was accidentally shot in the leg Thursday when his gun unintentionally discharged during firearms training at a San Diego facility for law enforcement.

FBI agent testifies in case of New Jersey rabbis accused of kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:52
By Daniel Kelley TRENTON, N.J. (Reuters) - An undercover FBI agent testified on Thursday in a case involving three Orthodox Jewish rabbis in New Jersey accused of kidnapping and beating husbands to force them to grant divorces under Jewish law to their wives. Special Agent Jessica Weisman, who went by the name Rachel Marconi during the operation, said she weaved a complicated back story designed to provide a plausible excuse to the rabbis to explain why she knew no one from the close-knit Orthodox community in Lakewood, New Jersey. She told them of a husband in Argentina and provided them with fake wedding photos and counterfeit marriage contracts. The three rabbis - Mendel Epstein, Binyamin Stimler and Jay Goldstein - and Epstein's son David are accused of kidnapping or trying to kidnap men and torturing them with beatings and stun guns until they agreed to divorce their wives.

Union rejects contract offer from oil cos in U.S. refinery strike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:46

A general view of the Tesoro refinery in Carson, CaliforniaUnion negotiators on Thursday rejected the latest contract offer from oil companies and said the largest U.S. refinery strike since 1980 may spread to more plants beyond the 11 where walkouts are underway. The United Steelworkers union (USW) said in a message to members and news media including Reuters that the latest proposal from lead oil company negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc failed to improve safety at refineries and chemical plants in an "enforceable way." The union also told workers not on strike to be prepared to walk out in the coming days. "New offer fails to improve safety in enforceable way," the USW said in the text message. Out of respect for the bargaining process, we are unable to comment further on today’s activities." Earlier this week, the union's lead negotiator, International Vice President Gary Beevers, told Reuters that safe staffing levels at refineries and chemical plants were a sticking point in the talks.

Same-sex couple marries in Texas under one-time order

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:45

Suzanne Bryant (L), and partner Sarah GoodfriendAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Despite Texas' statewide ban on gay marriage, county officials in Austin have married a same-sex couple under a one-time court order issued for medical reasons.

Port Authority boss: We're cooperating in airport perks case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:45
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Thursday the agency is cooperating with authorities investigating whether his predecessor received preferential treatment from United Airlines.

Expert at doctor's trial: Blood spatter indicates struggle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:41

Blood pattern expert Rod Englert describes blood found on Uta von Schwedler's comforter to the jury at John Brickman Wall's murder trial in 3rd District Court Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Wall is accused of killing his former wife and researcher Uta von Schwedler in her Sugarhouse home in Sept. 2011. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUTSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A bloody comforter found on the bed of a Utah doctor's ex-wife shows she was attacked and her death was staged to look like a suicide, a blood spatter expert testified Thursday.

Grave site to be exhumed after Georgia burial mix-up

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:39
By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - The wrong man was buried during a funeral in Georgia, where officials on Thursday sought a court order to exhume the grave after a mix-up by the state crime lab in Atlanta. Johnny Morgan Lowe was believed to have been buried in a Dec. 8 ceremony featuring a closed casket and a memorial photo, according to Coroner Susan Salemi in Burke County, Georgia. "The family is absolutely devastated," said Salemi, who was asking a Georgia Superior Court to agree to exhume the grave site. Buried in his place was Louie Caldwell of Clayton County, Georgia, the coroner said.

Former executive enters guilty plea in fatal 2013 crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:31
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — A former Fortune 500 executive admitted Thursday that he killed a pregnant woman, her fiance and their fetus in what he called a failed suicide attempt when he drove his pickup truck across a highway median into oncoming traffic.

Defense rests in 'American Sniper' murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:31

Psychiatrist Dr. Mitchell H. Dunn testifies during the capital murder trial of Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas. Routh is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero,Pool)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Attorneys mounting an insanity defense rested their case Thursday in the trial of the ex-Marine charged with gunning down "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man.

What will and should win at the Academy Awards

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:29

In this image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Michael Keaton portrays Riggan in a scene from "Birdman." The film has nine Oscar nominations, including best picture and best actor. The 87th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Atsushi Nishijima)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ahead of Sunday's 87th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for a ceremony that could be a nail biter.

Feds: Speed doesn't appear to be factor in oil train crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:28

Workers clear tracks around the train derailment in Mount Carbon, W.Va., Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The derailment shot fireballs into the sky, leaked oil into a Kanawha River tributary, burned down a house nearby and forced nearby water treatment plans to temporarily shut down. CSX will begin transferring oil from damaged cars to other tanks for removal from the site when conditions become safe. (AP Photo/Charleston Daily Mail, Tom Hindman)CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Speed doesn't appear to have been a factor in an oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a federal transportation official said Thursday.

Theater shooting trial could start sooner than expected

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:24
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jury selection has moved more quickly than expected in the Colorado theater shooting case and the trial could begin as soon as April, a judge said Thursday.

Undercover agent takes stand during New Jersey rabbi's trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:23

Rabbi Mendel Epstein, left, arrives for his trial at federal court in Trenton, N.J. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Prosecutors say Epstein employed a kidnap team to force unwilling Jewish husbands to divorce their wives. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — When two undercover agents called posing as a brother and sister looking to obtain a divorce from the sister's unwilling husband, a New York rabbi told them that New Jersey Rabbi Mendel Epstein was a "hired hand" who could be "very helpful" to them.

California mass shooter had penchant for Nazis, investigators say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:22

A picture of Elliot Rodger is displayed during a news conference by Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown at Sheriff headquarters in Santa BarbaraBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 22-year-old California man who killed six college students last year before taking his own life in a rampage near Santa Barbara had an interest in Nazis and conducted a Web search for torture devices, a report released on Thursday showed. Elliot Rodger stabbed three men to death in his apartment in the community of Isla Vista last May before fatally shooting three more people and wounding 14 others near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Rodger had a history of mental health issues and in an Internet manifesto before the rampage, expressed frustration about his lack of success with women. The report by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office detailing the outcome of its probe into the killings said investigators still could not determine what motivated Rodger to commit the slayings.

Cops: Plant worker killed colleague a day after chair prank

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:05
FRANCONIA, Pa. (AP) — Police say a worker at a suburban Philadelphia meat rendering plant has been charged with fatally stabbing a colleague a day after the co-worker yanked a chair out from under him as a prank.

FairPoint Communications, unions reach deal to end strike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:05

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, Fairpoint employees Amber Lyman, left, and Julie Sawtelle picket outside the Fairpoint offices in Portland, Maine. Northern New England’s primary landline provider, FairPoint Communications, and two unions representing more than 1,700 workers announced Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 that they had reached a tentative agreement to end the four-month strike. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Northern New England's primary landline provider, FairPoint Communications, and two unions representing more than 1,700 workers have reached a tentative agreement to end a four-month strike, officials announced Thursday.

NY lawyer: Argentina not responding to negotiation requests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 07:53
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer appointed to lead negotiations between U.S. bondholders and Argentina over unpaid debts said Thursday the South American nation is not responding to requests to negotiate.