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Winners of $90M Powerball jackpot to quit jobs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 08:01

Lisa N. and Everett Quam of Auburn are the center of Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, press conference at the Washington State Lottery headquarters in Olympia,Wash. after selecting the winner numbers in the $90 million Powerball jackpot over the weekend. Their winning ticket was purchased at Haggen Northwest Fresh store in Auburn, which also collects $50,000 for selling it to the Quams. (AP Photo/The Olympian, Steve Bloom)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A suburban Seattle couple who claimed a $90 million Powerball jackpot say they both will quit their jobs at Boeing and then travel, take care of their family and buy a new car.


Florida parents end feud over son's ashes: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:58
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A divorced Florida couple have resolved a long-running court battle over the final resting place of their son's ashes, according to a local media report, but lawyers on Thursday declined to discuss terms of the settlement. The dispute over the remains of 23-year-old Scott Wilson, killed when his vehicle was struck by a drunken driver in 2010, was settled on confidential terms in a closed hearing on Wednesday, WPTV-TV reported afterward, citing the parents. ...

Woman, 98, loses bid on atomic spy case conviction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:55

Miriam Moskowitz, 98, accompanied by her nephew Ira Moskowitz, leaves federal court in New York on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 after a judge rejected her request to erase her 1950 conviction for conspiracy to obstruct justice in the run-up to the atomic spying trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. She served a two-year prison sentence. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A 98-year-old New Jersey woman lost her bid Thursday to persuade a judge to erase her 1950 conviction for conspiracy to obstruct justice in the run-up to the atomic spying trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.


U.S. teacher, 98, convicted in spy case loses fight to clear name

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:53
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 98-year-old retired New Jersey math teacher implicated in a Cold War atomic espionage case lost her bid on Thursday to throw out her conviction, which she called a McCarthy-era injustice. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan ruled that Miriam Moskowitz failed to show that recently released records not available to her trial lawyers would not have resulted in her acquittal. "The error if any is not fundamental," Hellerstein said. "There's no showing it would have altered the result. ...

Washington man finds wedding ring near site of 1959 plane crash, tracks down daughter in NJ

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:52

Washington man finds wedding ring near site of 1959 plane crash, tracks down daughter in NJThe parents of a young girl disappeared in 1959 while flying to Washington state, her pilot father and mother never heard from again. And for more than a decade, the family lived under a shroud of mystery.


Arms dealer associate in NY gets 5 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:52
NEW YORK (AP) — A Syrian associate of international arms dealer Viktor Bout who served in the U.S. Army was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison on conspiracy and wire fraud charges.

Judge releases limited details of New York chokehold grand jury

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:50

A woman, demanding justice for death of Eric Garner, holds sign while shouting slogans from behind police barricades separating protesters from Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, New YorkBy Joseph Ax and David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York grand jury that decided not to charge a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man heard testimony from 50 witnesses and considered 60 exhibits including four videos, a state judge said on Thursday. The details were contained in a brief order from Stephen Rooney, a judge in the New York City borough of Staten Island who granted the request of local prosecutor Daniel Donovan to release publicly some details about the secret proceeding. ...


Man gets 110 years for killing boy, raping sister

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:49

Man gets 110 years for killing boy, raping sisterA man has been sentenced to 110 years in prison for killing a 6-year-old boy and raping his sister.


Manhunt under way for Florida man suspected in triple homicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:48
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A man was shot dead at a Florida church on Thursday and two women were found dead at a nearby home, and authorities were searching for the husband of one of the women as the suspect in the triple murder. Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a church shooting around 1:20 p.m., according to a news release. While at the scene, they learned about two more people killed at a nearby home in Bradenton, located on central Florida's Gulf Coast. ...

De Blasio sends careful message in chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:45

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, surrounded by community leaders, speaks to reporters about the grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case in the borough of Staten Island in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. A grand jury cleared the white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim's family said. A video shot by an onlooker and widely viewed on the Internet showed the 43-year-old Garner telling a group of police officers to leave him alone as they tried to arrest him. The city medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide and found that a chokehold contributed to it. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio first spoke at a Staten Island church. Next, he gave an interview to a hip-hop radio station. That was followed by a blast email to his campaign mailing list and a press conference about a new training program aimed at reforming the New York Police Department.


911 calls show frantic moments after FSU shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:45
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In the frantic and chaotic moments after gunfire erupted at Florida State University late last month, one female student in a library stairwell told a police dispatcher by phone, "There's a shooter, please I'm begging you," and another caller said, "Everyone's running."

NJ restaurant customer diagnosed with hepatitis A

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:42

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.


Exclusive: U.S. House Republicans prepare 2015 immigration legislation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:41

Demonstrators picket against the possible arrivals of undocumented migrants who may be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in CaliforniaBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans, outraged with President Barack Obama for easing deportations of millions of undocumented residents, plan legislation in 2015 strengthening the U.S.-Mexican border to discourage illegal immigration. The move, likely to come early next year according to House Republican leadership aides, may lead to other steps the House of Representatives could contemplate to repair parts of U.S. immigration law. ...


Arrest in Germantown murder of NBA player's father

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:27

Arrest in Germantown murder of NBA player's fatherPhiladelphia police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of the father of a Los Angeles Lakers player in Germantown.


Kentucky healthcare worker fired over inflammatory Ferguson post

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:17
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - A Kentucky healthcare worker who called people protesting a fatal police shooting in Missouri "cockroaches" in a personal Facebook post has been fired, her employer said on Thursday. “Just an excuse to act more like the animals they are... ” read Renea French Rainey's post, which was published by Insider Louisville, an online news site. “Real ammo not rubber!!!!! The authorities have betrayed their law abiding, peaceful citizens by allowing this to happen. ...

Russian arms dealer's accused associate gets five years in U.S. prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:15
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S.-Syrian citizen was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for conspiring with Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to buy aircraft in violation of sanctions imposed on them by the U.S. government. Richard Chichakli, 55, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge William Pauley in New York to pay $1.77 million in forfeitures and restitution after a jury last year found him guilty of conspiracy and wire fraud charges. He faced up to nine years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. ...

Navy investigates illegal video allegation on sub

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:13
KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE, Ga. (AP) — The Navy has launched a sexual misconduct investigation into allegations that illegal video recordings were made aboard a submarine that was among the first to allow American women to serve alongside men.

New York mayor faces conundrum over police chokehold protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:12
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mayor Bill de Blasio, a liberal Democrat who vowed to bridge New York's divides over race and wealth, is struggling to balance the need for policing and unfair treatment of black people following a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. De Blasio, of Italian descent and married to a black woman with whom he has two children, defused a first night of protests across New York City on Wednesday with a balance of restrained policing and by showing he was listening, political experts said. ...

Hagel dismisses reports he resigned over differences with Obama

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

U.S. President Obama listens to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel after the president announced Hagel's resignation at the White House in WashingtonBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday his resignation last week was not prompted by "major differences" with President Barack Obama, pushing back against statements that he had been fired or quit due to White House micromanagement. Hagel, speaking publicly for the first time about his Nov. 24 resignation, said he decided to step down after several conversations with the president led him to conclude that now was the best timing for a Pentagon leadership change. ...


Police in Florida shoot man in car, say he was armed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:07
ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - An Orlando police detective working a burglary case on Thursday shot and critically wounded a man who was sitting in a car with a gun, the police department reported. Two police detectives were walking up to a home as part of a burglary investigation when they noticed the man in the car in the driveway, according to the police department’s press release. “After the detectives walked up to the parked vehicle, they looked inside and immediately saw the suspect with a gun. ...