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Obama to announce nomination of next Pentagon chief on Friday: White House

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 02:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce his pick for the next Secretary of Defense on Friday morning, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Thursday. Administration sources said earlier this week that Obama has chosen Ashton Carter, the former deputy defense secretary, for the job, after Chuck Hagel resigned last month. Earnest declined to comment on Obama's choice, saying it was up to Obama to announce the nomination. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

LAPD chief: Police wrong to shoot man after chase

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 02:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles police officers violated use of force rules when they fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a high-speed chase last year, the police chief said.

Mom says no Christmas presents for misbehaving boys

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

Mom says no Christmas presents for misbehaving boysSanta Claus won't be visiting three young boys this year after their parents decided the trio didn't deserve presents.

Horse trots into hospital: It's therapy, no joke

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 02:03

In this Nov. 13, 2014 photo, staff and volunteers from 'Mane in Heaven' escort Mystery, one of two miniature horses to patients rooms during a visit to the pediatric unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Mystery and Lunar, small as big dogs, are equines on a medical mission, to offer comfort care and distraction therapy for ailing patients. It is a role often taken on by dogs in health-care settings _ animal therapy, according to studies and anecdotal reports, may benefit health, perhaps even speeding healing and recovery. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Though it may sound like one, this is no joke: Two miniature horses trotted into a hospital.

Sources: Bouncer claims Shane Montgomery sighting hour after closing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 01:50

 Bouncer claims Shane Montgomery sighting hour after closingThere may have been a previously unknown sighting of missing college student Shane Montgomery.

Lawsuit: College used strippers to lure students

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 01:44
MIAMI (AP) — A for-profit Florida college used exotic dancers as admissions officers, falsified documents and coached students to lie on financial forms as it fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in federal money, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Miami.

U.S. Attorney General to announce findings of Cleveland police probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 01:43

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder makes a statement about the grand jury decision not to seek an indictment in the Staten Island death of Eric Garner during an arrest in July, in WashingtonBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will announce on Thursday the findings of a Justice Department investigation of police in Cleveland over possible civil rights violations such as excessive use of force. The investigation began in March 2013, before a Cleveland police officer, Timothy Loehmann, last month shot dead a 12-year-old boy, Tamir Rice, who was carrying what turned out to be a toy gun on a playground. ...

Gunman fires through windshield, striking driver in NE Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 01:33

Gunman fires through windshield, striking driver in NE PhiladelphiaPolice are looking for the gunman who shot at a car while the driver was going down Castor Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia early Thursday morning.

Home of Sandy Hook shooter transferred to Newtown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 01:29

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2012 file photo a police cruiser sits in the driveway of the home of Nancy Lanza, in Newtown, Conn. The Colonial-style home where Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza lived with his mother has been transferred to the town in a deal with a bank. Nancy Lanza was killed there by her son before he forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, where he killed 20 first-graders and six educators. The future use of the house and property will be decided later. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Newtown has taken possession of the Colonial-style home where school shooter Adam Lanza lived with his mother in a deal with a bank that prepared the house by removing and incinerating all personal effects.

Correction: Police Shooting-Ferguson-Autopsy story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 01:25

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Brown family is Michael Brown, 18, who was shot and killed in a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Brown Family, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — In stories about Michael Brown's autopsy published Oct. 22 and Aug. 18-19, The Associated Press erroneously identified Shawn Parcells as a forensic pathologist. Parcells assisted a privately-hired pathologist who conducted his own autopsy of Brown, but Parcells is not a forensic pathologist.

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 01:24

AP10ThingsToSee - In this Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 photo provided by Johnny Nguyen, Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum, left, and Devonte Hart, 12, hug at a rally in Portland, Ore., where people had gathered in support of the protests in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Johnny Huu Nguyen)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

Rare conjoined twins, sharing a heart, born at Georgia hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 01:23
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Conjoined twin boys, sharing a heart, torso, arms and legs, were born early on Thursday in an Atlanta hospital, marking a medical rarity as many such babies do not survive delivery. Relatives cheered their arrival at Northside Hospital, where the twins were delivered at 7:32 a.m. local time (EST), according to a hospital spokeswoman. "Babies are out and so far they are doing AMAZING. Both babies crying their little eyes out!!!" Emily Berdeaux, a relative, wrote on a family Facebook page early on Thursday. ...

Exclusive: Casino trade group releases first industry standards

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 00:54

Las Vegas Strip casinos are seen from the 550 foot-tall (167.6 m) High Roller observation wheel, the tallest in the world, in Las VegasBy Brett Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Under pressure from the federal government, the trade group for the U.S. casino industry has released the first ever set of best practices aimed at helping the industry police itself for money laundering activity. "For a number of years, individual properties and companies within the casino industry have made anti-money laundering compliance a priority, but the best practices are really the first time the industry came together as one to tackle this," American Gaming Association Chief Executive Geoff Freeman said in an interview. ...

Truck spills New York Times papers on King of Prussia highway ramp

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 00:45

Truck spills New York Times papers on King of Prussia highway rampA tractor-trailer carrying 19,000 copies of advanced sections for Sunday's New York Times overturned on a highway ramp.

House nears passage of $585B defense bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 00:38

Members of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade unload equipment as troops arrive to attend a welcome ceremony at a Lithuanian air force base in Siauliai, Lithuania, Saturday, April 26, 2014. US troops arrived Saturday in Lithuania to participate in NATO maneuvers, at a time of increased tension in nearby Ukraine.(AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)The House on Thursday headed toward passage of a $585 billion defense policy bill that gives President Barack Obama the authority to expand U.S. military operations against Islamic extremists in Iraq and ...

Salvation Army returns $10K ring dropped in kettle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 00:34
MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The Salvation Army has returned a $10,000 gold-and-diamond ring to a Pittsburgh-area woman who accidentally dropped it into a donation kettle.

Gay rights activist pleads not guilty to sex abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 00:33
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon gay rights activist Terry Bean pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Eugene to sex abuse charges involving a 15-year-old boy.

Cops: Woman tried to electrocute boyfriend in tub

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 00:23
WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — A 28-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder after police say she tossed a plugged-in radio alarm clock into a motel bathtub while her boyfriend was in it.

Washington pays final respects to ex-Mayor Marion Barry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 00:15

Gray and Mendelson escort Cora Masters into a viewing service at the Wilson Building in Washington for former Mayor Marion BarryBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington, D.C., on Thursday began its three-day final farewell to the late Marion Barry, the former mayor who remained a hero to many in the city despite a crack cocaine conviction. Barry, known as the District of Columbia's "mayor for life" after four terms in office, died on Nov. 23 at 78 due to heart problems. He was a city councilman when he died, representing impoverished Ward 8. ...

5 Ohio deputies investigated over racial texts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 00:14
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Two white sheriff's deputies accused of exchanging racially charged text messages on their personal phones have been put on leave, and three more officers are under investigation, a southwest Ohio sheriff said.