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Prosecutors rest case in Atlanta school test cheating trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 00:17
ATLANTA (AP) — Six months after a trial began, prosecutors have rested their case against educators accused of cheating on standardized tests in the Atlanta Public Schools.

MacArthur Foundation pledges $75 million to fixing US jails

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 00:09
NEW YORK (AP) — To reduce the number of people locked up in local jails around the U.S., the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced it plans to give $75 million to local jail officials working on ways to remove nonviolent offenders, people too poor to afford bail and the mentally ill from behind bars.

Oil drilling banned in Arctic area that attracts walrus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 00:07

This July 17, 2012 photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey shows adult female walruses on an ice flow with young walruses in the Eastern Chukchi Sea, Alaska. A remote plateau on the Arctic Ocean floor, where thousands of Pacific walrus gather to feed and raise pups, has received new protections from the Obama administration that recognize it as a biological hot spot and mark it off-limits to future oil drilling. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey, S.A. Sonsthagen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A plateau on the Arctic Ocean floor, where thousands of Pacific walrus gather to feed and raise pups, has received new protections from the Obama administration that recognize it as a biological hot spot and mark it off-limits to future oil drilling.


Ex-U.S. bankruptcy judge returns to bench after more than 15 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 00:06
James Garrity, a partner in the law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius, is returning to the bench as a U.S. bankruptcy judge in New York after more than a 15-year absence, court officials announced on Wednesday. Garrity, who previously served as a bankruptcy judge in Manhattan from 1991 to 1999, will succeed retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper on Feb. 17, according to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which oversees bankruptcy judge succession in the Southern District of New York. “We are pleased that James L. Garrity, Jr. will be sitting again on the SDNY bankruptcy bench," Robert Katzmann, the circuit’s chief judge, said in a statement.

Fact sheet: 2015 Subaru Outback

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 00:01
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Subaru Outback is more refined for 2015, with added features

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 00:01
The Subaru Outback, one of the best vehicles at gracefully blending car and sport utility characteristics, is revamped for 2015 with more interior room than ever, improved ride, handsome looks and more features.

The 'Daily Show' search is on: Who's the next Jon Stewart?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 23:57

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, Jon Stewart poses for a portrait in promotion of his film,"Rosewater," in New York. Comedy Central announced Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, that Stewart will will leave "The Daily Show" later this year. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The question of who can replace Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" seems roughly akin to asking his fans what might serve for the sun.


Russian citizen pleads not guilty in spy ring case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 23:48
NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian citizen who worked in Manhattan as a banker pleaded not guilty Wednesday to U.S. charges accusing him of participating in a Cold War-style Russian spy ring.

Russian accused by U.S. of spy ring role pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 23:35

Evgeny Buryakov sits in court in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Russian citizen who U.S. authorities accuse of posing as a banker while participating in a spy ring operating in New York City pleaded not guilty on Wednesday. Evgeny Buryakov's plea was entered on his behalf by defense lawyer Benjamin Naftalis at a hearing in Manhattan federal court two days after the Russian was indicted on charges that he engaged in a conspiracy and acted as an unregistered agent of Russia. Buryakov, who appeared in court in blue jail garb, was arrested in January as the U.S. Justice Department unveiled an initial set of charges against him and two other Russians, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy. Prosecutors have said the trio conspired to gather economic intelligence on behalf of Russia, including information about U.S. sanctions against the country, and to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources.


School probes 'Fifty Shades of Grey' puzzles given to pupils

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 23:34

School probes 'Fifty Shades of Grey' puzzles given to pupilsStudents at a Pennsylvania middle school were given word search puzzles containing terms including "spanking," ''submissive," ''leather cuffs" and "bondage" - as well as several too graphic to print - all relating to the erotic movie "Fifty Shades of Grey."


Driver's licenses for immigrants spur debate in New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 22:58
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Alejandro Altamirano from Durango, Mexico, has called New Mexico home for a dozen years, and it's where his two U.S.-born daughters are being raised. But the 36-year-old dairy farmworker fears he will be forced into the shadows if he loses his driver's license.

Report: Workers who sparked fire never called 911

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 22:45
EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Maintenance workers who sparked a fire that left about 500 residents of a northern New Jersey apartment complex homeless never called 911 for help, documents showed.

Buffalo NAACP: Stop naming things after Millard Fillmore

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 22:37
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NAACP is asking elected officials in western New York to reject any future requests to name anything after President Millard Fillmore, who lived in Buffalo and is buried there.

3 hurt in kitchen blaze in Cinnaminson, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 22:14

3 hurt in kitchen blaze in Cinnaminson, N.J.Three people were hurt in a kitchen fire in Cinnaminson, New Jersey Tuesday afternoon.


Publicity complicates jury selection for 3 major US trials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 22:02

File - In this file photograph taken on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, an Arapahoe County, Colo., Sheriffs Department deputy escorts Josh Nolan, left, who was shot and injured in the shooting spree in an Aurora, Colo., theatre on July 20, 2012, and other attendees out of the courthouse after they looked on during a pre-trial readiness hearing in Centennial, Colo., in the murder trial of James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in the massacre. Finding unbiased jurors can be difficult in any criminal trial, but jury selection in such high-profile cases such as the Holmes case, the Boston Marathon bombing trial and the trial of the man charged with killing the Navy SEAL depicted in the movie "American Sniper" are especially challenging. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)DENVER (AP) — Texas lived up to its reputation for swift justice by taking just three days to seat a jury for the trial of the man charged with killing the former Navy SEAL depicted in "American Sniper." But jury selection in two other major U.S. cases is taking much longer.


2 plead not guilty in staged kidnapping of Missouri boy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 22:01
TROY, Mo. (AP) — Two people have pleaded not guilty in the staged kidnapping of a 6-year-old boy in eastern Missouri.

Chicago little league team stripped of U.S. championship

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 22:01

Chicago little league team stripped of U.S. championshipThe Chicago-based little league team that won the 2014 U.S. championship, and also eliminated Philadelphia's Taney Dragons, has been stripped of its title.


Affidavit: Man shot 5-year-old girl during police chase

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 21:54
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A court document says a 5-year-old girl who died during a police chase in eastern Kansas was shot by the man she was with, not by police officers.

Police investigate fatal stabbing in New Castle Co.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 21:42
Police are investigating a fatal stabbing in New Castle County, Delaware Wednesday morning.

Miami mechanic is Mr Fix-it for Russian cars in Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 21:14

Woman walks past a Moskvich car in front of Fabian Zakharov's Zakharov Auto Parts shop in HialeahBy Zachary Fagenson and David Adams MIAMI/HAVANA (Reuters) - Standing in his Miami-area shop surrounded by spare tires, dashboard gauges, and bright-colored boxes in Russian script, Fabian Zakharov taps his foot waiting for the static to pass on a phone call from Cuba. Zakharov, 40, is Miami’s go-to man for visiting Cubans or those with family on the island who need parts for the thousands of Russian-made Ladas and Moskvichs that dominate the country’s cracked streets, alongside Fords and Chevys dating back to the 1950s. The former Soviet Union began exporting its cheaply built models to Cuba in the 1970s until production began to peter out a decade ago. The U.S. trade embargo prevents parts from being shipped to Cuba.