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Statues of Mary, Joseph vandalized at church in Chicago suburb

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:58
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Police in a Chicago suburb were investigating on Tuesday an act of vandalism at a Catholic church in which the heads were removed from statues of Mary and Joseph in a convent garden. The destruction was discovered on Sunday, while parishioners at St. Odilo in Berwyn, a largely Hispanic suburb of Chicago, were gathering to mark the upcoming feast on December 12 of Our Lady of Guadalupe, said Pastor Anthony Brankin. ...

Obama health adviser apologizes for 'glib' remarks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:55

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, before the House Oversight Committee health care hearing. Congressional Democrats charged Tuesday that Republicans are seizing on a health adviser's self-described "thoughtless" and misleading remarks to attack President Barack Obama's signature health care law. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)WASHINGTON (AP) — MIT economist Jonathan Gruber — an often-quoted adviser on the president's health care law — told Congress on Tuesday he was glib and "inexcusably arrogant" when he said it was "the stupidity of the American voter" that led to the law's passage. Democrats tried to limit the damage as Republicans raked Gruber at a four-hour hearing, but acknowledged he gave the GOP a political gift "wrapped in a bow."


Lawsuit accuses Maker's Mark of false advertising

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:54
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit accuses Maker's Mark of false advertising by promoting its Kentucky bourbon as handmade.

US couple held in Qatar sue company that sent them

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:43
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California couple held in Qatar for nearly two years before being cleared in the death of their 8-year-old adopted daughter has sued the engineering firm that sent them overseas.

Florida man convicted in crash that killed four-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:42
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida hit-and-run driver faces a potential lifetime prison sentence after being convicted of causing a crash that killed a 4-year-old girl at a daycare center near Orlando, a spokeswoman for prosecutors said on Tuesday. A jury deliberated less than two hours on Monday before finding Robert Corchado, 29, guilty of five felonies and two misdemeanors, including leaving the scene of an accident with a death and several drug charges, said Angela Starke, spokeswoman for the state attorney's office in Orlando. ...

Mom allowed to visit baby she allegedly left in trash to die

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:38

Mom allowed to visit baby she allegedly left in trash to dieA judge is allowing a goodbye visit for a Utah woman accused of dumping her newborn in a trashcan to die.


Police arrest Alaska man who planned to rob a bank, but not immediately

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:36
(Reuters) - An Alaska man who was confronted over loitering by an employee of a Juneau bank was arrested after he indicated that he planned to rob the institution but was waiting for an acquaintance to arrive, police said on Tuesday. Police officers responded to a report of a bank robbery threat at the Wells Fargo branch in downtown Juneau on Monday afternoon, and arrested 56-year-old John Knudson on a charge of criminal trespass, Juneau police said in a statement. ...

Philadelphia loses first female firefighter to blaze

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:34
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Philadelphia firefighter was killed battling an early morning blaze on Tuesday, becoming the city's first female firefighter to die in the line of duty, officials said. Joyce Craig-Lewis, 36 and a decorated 11-year veteran, died battling a basement blaze, they said. Her role fighting the blaze gave other firefighters time to rescue an elderly, frail woman located in another part of the home, the officials said. Basement fires are particularly dangerous because the main entrance, via stairs, acts as a chimney, making entering and exiting extremely ...

U.S. top court rejects worker pay for security-screening time

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:32

File photo of the U.S. Supreme Court building in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to employers over worker compensation, ruling that companies do not have to pay employees for the time they spend undergoing security checks at the end of their shifts in a case involving an Amazon.com Inc warehousing contractor. ...


Group gets $1 million to restore oldest structure on Washington's Mall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group planning to restore and preserve the oldest existing structure on the National Mall in Washington will receive a $1 million grant to do the work, the group said on Tuesday. The non-profit Trust for the National Mall said American Express Co would provide $1 million to help rehabilitate the 178-year-old Lockkeeper's House and use it as an education space for visitors. The structure was built when the District of Columbia used canals and barges to transport goods in and out of the city. ...

National Grid joins proposal for 300-mile cable in Maine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:25
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Utility giant National Grid is partnering with a company that specializes in underwater cable projects in an alliance seeking to build a 300-mile cable to bring Canadian hydropower and Maine wind power to Greater Boston to help meet the energy needs of power-hungry southern New England, the companies announced Tuesday.

FBI: Not clear yet where Sony attack came from

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey says investigators haven't yet determined who was responsible for a massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Four Pennsylvania teens charged with negligence in death of friend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:14
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Four western Pennsylvania teenagers face criminal prosecution for failing to help an ill friend who died, but they could have been protected by law if they had sought help, a prosecutor told local media on Tuesday. The four teens placed an unconscious Dominick "Andy" Treemarchi, 17, in a parked car early on Sunday morning in Monaca, Pennsylvania, and tried to flee the scene, officials said. They were arrested after a neighbor spotted them and called police. Treemarchi, who was not breathing, was taken to a hospital but died, they said. ...

Few campus sex assaults reported to police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:13

 the Roles and Responsibilities of Law Enforcement." Cornell University (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — Only a fraction of campus sexual assault victims go to police. Senators on Tuesday grappled with the thorny issue of why some just let their college handle it — or don't report it at all.


Police: Who left ATM in Pennsylvania woods?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:10

 Who left ATM in Pennsylvania woods?They were looking for deer. They found a cash machine inside.


Ex-British Guantanamo inmate says CIA 'torture' report won't help

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:01

The interior of an unoccupied communal cellblock is seen at Camp VI, a prison used to house detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo BayBy Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - A former British inmate of Guantanamo Bay said CIA "torture" of terrorism suspects, detailed in a U.S. Senate report on Tuesday, had fueled violence and the rise of Islamic State and that cataloguing it wouldn't help. Moazzam Begg also said the release of the report, which included graphic details of "enhanced interrogation" techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency, would do nothing to assuage anger about such actions across the Muslim world. "I don't think it will be teaching us anything we didn't already know," Begg told Reuters. ...


Brutal CIA questioning didn't work, report says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:57

Brutal CIA questioning didn't work, report saysSenate investigators delivered a damning indictment of CIA interrogations Tuesday.


Panthers' Cam Newton in hospital after car crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:53

Panthers' Cam Newton in hospital after car crashPanthers quarterback Cam Newton has been taken to a hospital after being involved in an auto accident in Charlotte.


Greek group says U.Va.'s suspension isn't answer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:45
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A national sorority advocacy group says the University of Virginia's suspension of Greek activities isn't the answer to resolving sexual assault and student safety issues.

Lawsuit over $60M gift to Catholic order in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 03:43

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2004 file photo, Pope John Paul II gives his blessing to Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI took over the Legion in 2010, after a Vatican investigation determined that Maciel had sexually molested seminarians and fathered three children by two women. Following a decision Thursday Feb. 14, 2013, by the Rhode Island Supreme Court, documents have been unsealed related to a lawsuit contesting the will of Gabrielle Mee, who left $60 million to the Legion. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Supreme Court justices on Tuesday raised questions about the conduct of a disgraced Roman Catholic order, but they also expressed doubts about whether lawsuits can move forward over $60 million a widow gave to the group.