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Jury finds Texan charged with killing prosecutors guilty of murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:16

Handout photo of Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric WilliamsBy Lisa Maria Garza ROCKWALL, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas jury found a former justice of the peace accused of shooting dead two Texas prosecutors guilty of capital murder on Thursday, after a prosecutor called him "a ruthless killing machine" who had carefully plotted his crimes. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for Eric Williams, 47, who was charged with shooting dead District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse in 2013. ...


40 people rescued from flash floods in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:14

A car sits partially submerged in flood waters on Hemet Street in Hemet, Calif., Thursday morning, Dec. 4, 2014, after overnight rains doused the area. A second day of much-needed rain is falling across drought-stricken California. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Craig Shultz ) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT ; LA TIMES OUTLOS ANGELES (AP) — A dayslong storm took a parting shot as it moved out of the drought-stricken state Thursday, dumping more heavy rain that triggered flash floods and stranded more than three dozen people in their cars in Southern California.


Men disguised as super heroes suspected in Oklahoma robbery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:11
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma police took into custody two men on suspicion of putting on comic book super hero masks, beating a woman with a pistol and robbing her at a gas station on Thursday. The suspects, who have not been identified, are thought to have worn Batman and Captain America masks, Oklahoma City police said. A third suspect, described as an unmasked woman, was still at large. Police said the men were taken into custody for suspected theft of a vehicle linked to the gas station robbery. ...

Florida woman attacked by bear while walking dog

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:10
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida woman remains hospitalized in good condition after she was attacked by a bear while walking her dog in a suburban neighborhood newly built in bear country, authorities said on Thursday. Jeanne Barber, 68, was taking a walk on Wednesday evening in a subdivision in Lake Mary, 20 miles north of Orlando, in an area where bears have long roamed, when her dog spotted the bear and took off after it, knocking Barber down onto the sidewalk, a wildlife officer said. ...

Washington state doctor charged with raping two female patients

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:09
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state doctor has been arrested on charges of raping two female patients who sought care for back pain, prompting more than a dozen other women to come forward accusing him of assault and inappropriate sexual conduct, police said on Thursday. Dr. Darren Chotiner, 46, of Bremerton, was arrested on Tuesday and faces charges of second-degree rape, Detective Sergeant Kevin Crane of the Bremerton Police Department said. ...

U.S. Transportation Command taking steps to defend against cyber attacks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:07
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military command that transports troops and cargo is taking aggressive steps to defend its computer networks against destructive cyber attacks by other countries and criminals, its four-star commanding general said on Thursday. Air Force General Paul Selva, who heads U.S. Transportation Command, said that while attacks aimed at scoping out their networks, or stealing data were more common, he worried "a lot" about attempts aimed at destroying or manipulating data. ...

Phoenix police officer shoots dead unarmed black man during scuffle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:02
By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - A Phoenix police officer shot to death an unarmed black man during a struggle and authorities said the officer believed the individual had a gun, in the latest fatal incident amid national turmoil over the policing of black communities. The Phoenix Police Department said Rumain Brisbon, 34, was sitting in a black Cadillac SUV outside a convenience store on Tuesday evening, and that two witnesses told the officer the occupants of the vehicle were selling drugs. ...

Drug control body concerned by pot legalization in some U.S. states

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:01
By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - The head of a body monitoring compliance with international drug control conventions expressed concern on Thursday about the health and other implications of moves by several U.S. states to legalize marijuana. Residents of Oregon and Alaska voted last month to allow the recreational use of marijuana, in a sign of its growing social acceptance in the United States. Washington state and Colorado legalized the drug in 2012. Marijuana remains classified as an illegal narcotic under U.S. ...

Boehner vows to avoid government shutdown with help from Democrats

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 03:58

Speaker of the House John Boehner holds a news conference in the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Overriding objections from some conservative Republicans, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner vowed on Thursday to plow ahead with a spending bill that averts a government shutdown while keeping some budget "leverage" over President Barack Obama's immigration order. Boehner said he expected the bill, which provides full funding for all government agencies except the Department of Homeland Security through September 2015, to pass next week with some votes from Democrats, just ahead of a Dec. 11 deadline. ...


Philadelphia treated to reruns of annual New Year's Day Mummers Parade

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 03:50
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia's annual Mummers Parade is so wildly popular in the city of Brotherly Love that a broadcaster has started showing hour after hour of reruns for folks who cannot wait for the live event on New Year's Day. Thousands of people line Broad Street each year to watch Mummer brigades compete with one another as they don outlandish displays of sequins and feathers and march in a distinctly Philadelphia tradition. Even though the parade can last as long as 11 hours, the pageant is the highest-rated event on television in the region on New Year's ...

Judge releases limited details in Garner case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 03:48

Judge releases limited details in Garner caseCivil rights leaders Thursday decried the grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer in the chokehold death of a black man and announced plans for a march and a summit on racial justice in Washington later this month.


Big Island students to take lava field trips

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 03:40

This Dec. 1, 2014 photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a small active breakout on the upslope portion of the June 27th lava flow near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)HONOLULU (AP) — Some students on Hawaii's Big Island are getting a rare, close-up look at the lava that's been disrupting where they go to school.


Flu vaccine may be less effective this winter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 03:39

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014 file photo, a sign lets customers know they can get a flu shot in a Walgreen store in Indianapolis. The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an advisory to doctors about the situation Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.


U.S. lawmakers set last-ditch push for Islamic State war authorization

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 03:32

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Menendez and Sen. Corker welcome Jordan's King Abdullah on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee made a last-ditch push on Thursday to vote on an authorization for the use of military force against Islamic State before they hand full control of Congress over to Republicans next month. As debate intensified in the House of Representatives and Senate over the campaign against the militant Islamist group in Iraq and Syria, Democrats launched a plan to attach a formal authorization for the use of military force as an amendment to a water bill the panel considered - and passed - on Thursday. ...


Uber sets up mobile development team in Amsterdam

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 03:29
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Uber, the San Francisco-based ride sharing company, has set up a mobile phone software development team in Amsterdam, its international headquarters.

Correction: Hershey-Sweetener story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 03:25

Hershey's candy bars Take 5, PayDay, Almond Joy and a York Peppermint Patty, examples of products that use corn syrup, are displayed for a photo in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Will Papa, chief research and development officer at The Hershey Co., told The Associated Press the company uses a mix of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in its products but that it is "moving more toward sugar." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Dec. 2 about The Hershey Co. exploring the replacement of high-fructose corn syrup with sugar, The Associated Press, relying on information from a company spokesman, erroneously named several products the changes could affect. Some Hershey products that include high-fructose corn syrup are Hershey's syrups, Rolo, Reese's Nutrageous, Take 5 and certain Hershey boxed chocolates.


Navy revokes honorary title given to Cosby

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 03:00

Navy revokes honorary title given to CosbyThe Navy is revoking Bill Cosby's title of honorary chief petty officer, saying allegations of sexual abuse made against the comedian are serious and conflict with the Navy's core values.


Funeral set for 3 children killed in Tabernacle, N.J. murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 02:40

Funeral set for 3 children killed in Tabernacle, N.J. murder-suicideA funeral will be held this weekend for three children who, police say, were killed by their mother in a murder-suicide last month in Tabernacle, New Jersey.


NASA scrubs Orion launch; will try again Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 02:38

The service structure is rolled away from NASA's Orion spaceship early Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Orion is scheduled to lift off later this morning on a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket on its first unmanned orbital test flight. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's new Orion spacecraft has to wait a little longer to fly.


U.S. attorney general Holder says more must be done on policing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 02:32
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday that he and President Barack Obama agree that the time has come to do more on police use of lethal force after a number of recent controversial incidents. Speaking at the U.S. Attorney's office in Cleveland, Holder said more changes are needed to improve community trust in policing in addition to investigations of potential civil rights abuses in specific cases. (Reporting by Kim Palmer; Writing by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Will Dunham)