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Police: Man killed after he hit 2 officers with rocks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:18
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A homeless man who was shot and killed by officers at a busy intersection had thrown multiple rocks, hitting two officers, and had refused to put down other stones, authorities said Wednesday.

Man shot multiple times in Pottstown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:07

Man shot multiple times in PottstownAuthorities say a man was shot multiple times in Pottstown.


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:05

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., left, and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., walk through a corridor at the Capitol after a closed-door meeting on President Barack Obama's request to Congress to authorize military action against terrorists who are cutting a swath across the Middle East, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. At the heart of the debate, the struggle to define any role for American ground forces is likely to determine the outcome of the administration's request for legislation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Celebrated Little League team stripped of championship title

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:54

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team participate in a rally in Chicago celebrating the team's U.S. Little League Championship. Little League International has stripped Chicago's Jackie Robinson West team of its national title after finding the team falsified its boundary map. The league made the announcement Wednesday morning, Feb. 11, 2015, saying the Chicago team violated regulations by placing players on the team who didn’t qualify because they lived outside the team’s boundaries. Little League International also suspended Jackie Robinson West manager Darold Butler from league activity.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A Little League team that captured the attention of the nation and the hearts of its hometown was stripped of its national title Wednesday after an investigation revealed that team officials had falsified boundaries so they could add ineligible players to the roster.


CBS: '60 Minutes' correspondent Bob Simon killed in crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:41

CBS '60 Minutes' correspondent Bob Simon dies in car crashCBS says longtime '60 Minutes' correspondent Bob Simon has been killed in New York City car crash. He was 73 years old. The crash happened Wednesday in Manhattan. Police say a town car in which he was ...


Veteran kicked out of Center City 7-Eleven twice with service dog

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:38

Veteran kicked out of Center City 7-Eleven twice with service dogA war veteran says he was told - not once but twice - that he wasn't allowed to have his service dog inside a 7-Eleven in Center City, even after he filed a complaint.


Anthem offers free identity-theft protection after breach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:36

The office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles, California(Reuters) - Anthem Inc said on Wednesday its millions of customers can sign up for free credit monitoring and identity-theft protection services this week following a massive cyber attack involving stolen U.S. Social Security numbers, birth dates and sensitive health information. Information on how to enroll will be posted at anthemfacts.com," Anthem spokeswoman Kristin Binns said in an emailed statement. "Our goal is to provide peace of mind to consumers, while minimizing frustration." The insurer had received a letter from 10 state attorneys general on Tuesday asking that information about free identity theft protection and credit monitoring services be made available immediately for those affected by the data breach. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said he was pleased with Anthem's quick response and commitment to offer the free protective services for two years.


Wounded San Diego sportscaster had dispute with painter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:35

Police examine the scene following a shooting Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in San Diego. CBS affiliate KFMB-TV says sports anchor Kyle Kraska was attacked Tuesday afternoon in the Scripps Ranch area of the city. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A house painter suspected of shooting and wounding a San Diego television sportscaster was in a dispute with the victim over work done on the reporter's home, police said.


After neglect, U.S. nuclear force seeing improvement: official

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:27
By David Alexander MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (Reuters) - Renewed focus on the U.S. nuclear force after several scandals last year is improving conditions for airmen, but more work must be done, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said on Wednesday after an icy tour of the only U.S. missile and bomber base. Work said missile launch officers and maintenance workers he met at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota were seeing the result of improvement efforts, including a deep cleaning of underground missile launch capsules and the purchase of new equipment.

Confusion reigns over same-sex marriage in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:05

Robert Povilat, left, and Milton Persinger, comfort each other after hearing that for a second day, the Mobile County Probate office won't issue marriage licenses on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015 in Mobile, Ala. A federal judge's ruling went into effect Monday overturning Alabama's ban on gay marriage after the U.S. Supreme Court refused the state's request to stop the marriages. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore directed probate judges to refuse the licenses and resist what he called an "illegal" intrusion by the federal court. (AP Photo/AL.com, Sharon Steinmann) MAGS OUTCLANTON, Ala. (AP) — Confusion reigns in Alabama over gay marriage, days after the first same-sex wedding licenses were issued in the Deep South state. Probate judges say it's been a bewildering week of conflicting signals whether to issue those licenses or not.


Jury prospects questioned about Colorado mass shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:59
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A Vietnam veteran, an attorney and an art director were among the first people questioned directly about their views on the death penalty and mental illness as the second phase of jury selection began Wednesday in the Colorado theater shooting case.

U.S. judge in California considers argument marijuana law unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:48
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A federal judge hearing the case of nine men accused of illegally growing marijuana in California said Wednesday she was taking very seriously arguments by their attorneys that the federal government has improperly classified the drug as among the most dangerous, and should throw the charges out. Judge Kimberly J. Mueller said she would rule within 30 days on the request, which comes amid looser enforcement of U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize its recreational use in Washington state, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska. The men were charged in 2011 with growing marijuana on private and federal land in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California near the city of Redding. Lawyer Zenia Gilg, who represented defense attorneys for all of the men during closing arguments, pointed to Congress' recent decision to ban the Department of Justice from interfering in states' implementation of their medical marijuana laws as evidence of her contention that the drug's classification as Schedule One should be overturned.

Powerball ticket sales soar ahead of $500 million drawing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:43

A lottery representative hands out free Powerball tickets at Russ's Market in Lincoln, Neb., as part of a promotion, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. The Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $500 million, which would make it the fifth largest lottery prize in U.S. history.DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sales of Powerball tickets soared in advance of Wednesday night's $500 million Powerball drawing, the fifth largest lottery prize in U.S. history.


Texas National Guard wants 'predictability' on border surge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:39

Texas Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Austin, Texas. National Guard troops sent to the Texas-Mexico border last summer are now in line to stay indefinitely and not come home in March as originally planned, Patrick said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ricardo Brazziell) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, MAGS OUT; NO SALES; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COMAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Facing a longer mission on the Texas-Mexico border than planned since being deployed last summer, the Texas National Guard on Wednesday sought "predictability" for the troops who are sleeping in motels and watching for a dwindling number of people illegally entering the U.S.


Family, friends say 3 slain in NC left a legacy of giving

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:34

A makeshift memorial appears on display, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, N.C., in remembrance of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, who were killed on Tuesday. Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the case. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chris Seward) MANDATORY CREDIT, TV OUTRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three young people gunned down in a condominium in North Carolina were known and admired for helping and healing others, whether it was friends and next-door neighbors or refugees located thousands of miles away, friends and family said Wednesday.


Pennsylvania man guilty of murder in slaying of couple

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:21
By Joe MacDonald WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (Reuters) - A jury on Wednesday convicted a Pennsylvania man of first-degree murder in the strangulation deaths of a pharmacist and his girlfriend. The jury deliberated more than 15 hours over two days before convicting Hugo Selenski, 41, of murder, robbery, criminal conspiracy and related offenses in the deaths of pharmacist Michael Kerkowski and his girlfriend Tammy Fassett, both 37. Prosecutors said Selenski plotted to kill the pharmacist and steal large amounts of cash the pharmacist had stashed in his house from selling painkillers without prescriptions.

Friends: US woman held by IS was determined to get to Syria

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:00

In this May 30, 2013, photo, Kayla Mueller is shown after speaking to a group in Prescott, Ariz. The parents of an American woman held by Islamic State militants say they have been notified of her death. Carl and Marsha Mueller, the parents of Kayla Jean Mueller, released a statement on Tuesday saying they have been told that she has died. The White House also issued a statement confirming her death.The Islamic State group said Friday that the 26-year-old Mueller from Prescott, Arizona, died in a Jordanian airstrike. (AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Matt Hinshaw) MANDATORY CREDITPRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Friends say the American woman taken hostage by Islamic State militants was determined to get to Syria and learned Arabic so she could perform aid work and advocate for causes in the Middle East.


Lawyer: 'American Sniper' said ex-Marine 'straight-up nuts'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:49

Taya Kyle, left, wife of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, hugs family members as they arrive at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Stephenville, Texas, for the opening day of the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, Texas, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas.(AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox, Pool)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Shortly before he was shot to death by a troubled former Marine at a Texas gun range, legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle texted a buddy, "This dude is straight-up nuts," a defense attorney told jurors Wednesday.


Congress clears Keystone XL pipeline bill, setting up veto

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Congress cleared a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure.

Chicago park board approves Obama library land transfer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:39
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to use parkland as a site for Barack Obama's presidential library received a boost with approval from the Chicago Park District.