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Former baseball pitcher Halsey's fatal fall apparently an accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:17

Athletics pitcher Halsey holds a press conference in OaklandAUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - The death of former Major League Baseball pitcher Brad Halsey, who fell off a cliff near his central Texas home last week, appears to have been an accident, police said on Thursday. Halsey, 33, who played with the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics during his three-year major league career, died last Friday in the fall off the 100-foot cliff near New Braunfels, Texas. "Right now, it looks like an accident," said Captain Tommy Ward with the Comal County Sheriff's Office. Ward added the case was still under investigation. ...


After cancer diagnosis, couple welcomes twins at Delco hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:15

After cancer diagnosis, couple welcomes twins at Delco hospitalAfter facing a cancer diagnosis, a couple finally welcomed their twin boys into the world at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Delaware County, and it was all thanks to a surrogate.


Court Records: son of Ex-NFL Cheerleader accused of raping teen lead alleged victim to mom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:04

 son of Ex-NFL Cheerleader accused of raping teen lead alleged victim to momMolly Shattuck, ex-NFL cheerleader, allegedly used her son to help contact her claimed rape victim, court records show.


Who shot bin Laden? Former U.S. Navy SEALS make rival claims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:59

File picture shows wreckage in the compound after U.S. Navy SEAL commandos killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in AbbottabadBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. Navy Seal commando team that killed Osama bin Laden at his Pakistan hideout in May, 2011 are making conflicting claims as to who actually shot the al Qaeda leader. The Washington Post published a story on Thursday quoting Rob O'Neill, a former SEAL, as claiming to have fired the fatal shot that hit bin Laden in the forehead after O'Neill stormed into a room in bin Laden's house in Abbottabad. The claim by O'Neill, who travels the country giving motivational speeches, was countered by a source close to another SEAL team member. ...


Bankrupt San Bernardino, Calif., warns it may contract out services, raise debt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:53
By Tim Reid RIVERSIDE Calif. (Reuters) - Bankrupt San Bernadino, California, might have to contract out essential services and place a revenue bond on the ballot in 2015 elections after a measure failed this week that would have lowered base pay for police and firefighters, said a lawyer for the city on Thursday. Paul Glassman, San Bernardino's bankruptcy attorney, told the federal judge overseeing the city's bankruptcy that a rejection by voters on Tuesday of a pay-cutting ballot measure for police and firefighters was a "gamechanger" that had thrown the restructuring plan off track. ...

Nixon Library releases previously classified audio

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:50

FILE - In this July 31,1973, file photo, H.R. Haldeman, a former top aide to President Richard Nixon, testifies before the Senate Watergate Committee in Washington. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum is declassifying and releasing 285 segments from an audio diary kept by Haldeman, from 1970 to 1973. (AP Photo/File)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Newly declassified segments from the diary of President Richard Nixon's chief-of-staff provide a detailed, subtle portrait of the disgraced president as H.R. Haldeman recounts both moments of high-stakes diplomacy and unscripted daily life that would never make a White House memo or official document.


2 New Jersey teens killed in crash on wet road

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:48

New Jersey teens killed in double fatal crash identifiedPolice say two teens are dead and another injured after a driver lost control on a slick road in Pilesgrove Township, New Jersey.


Clarification: Fall Art Auctions story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:43

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Christie's shows French Impressionist Edouard Manet's "Spring." Spring" was sold at Christie's in New York on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 for $65 million, almost doubling the previous record of $33.2 million for the French impressionist. (AP Photo/Christie's, File)NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 5, The Associated Press reported that a private American foundation will receive the proceeds from a fall art sale at Christie's. The story should have made clear that the foundation will receive the proceeds from the sale of "Spring" by Edouard Manet instead of the proceeds from the full auction.


Disney announces new 'Toy Story' movie

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:36

Disney announces new 'Toy Story' movieWoody, Buzz and the rest of the gang are coming back in 'Toy Story 4'


Georgia city settles lawsuit over stun-gun death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:24
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia city has settled a wrongful death suit filed by the family of a man who died in April after two police officers used Tasers on him more than a dozen times, their attorney said on Thursday. Attorney Chris Stewart said the settlement was for the maximum covered by the insurance policy of the suburban Atlanta city of East Point. He did not disclose the amount, but city officials told the Atlanta Journal Constitution the maximum is $1 million. ...

New Orleans political consultant victim of possible fire bombing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:19
By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A fire that badly damaged the home of a New Orleans political consultant on Thursday appears to have been set deliberately, authorities said, raising concerns it may have been a politically motivated attack. Two vehicles owned by Mario Zervigon, a political fundraiser with no obvious enemies, were set ablaze at shortly after 2 a.m., authorities said. The vehicles were parked on opposite sides of the street, and the fire in the vehicle parked in Zervigon's driveway spread to his house. ...

2 charged in death of boy hung by feet, beaten

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:05

This photo combo of undated images provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, in Pennsylvania, shows Gary Lee Fellenbaum, left, and Jillian Tait, who were charged Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, with murder in the death of Tait's 3-year-old son, Scott McMillan. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)A Pennsylvania couple went car shopping, bought pizza and engaged in sexual activity as the woman's unresponsive 3-year-old son lay dying after weeks of escalating abuse that ended in three days of systematic torture, authorities said Thursday.


Teacher told to stay away after trip to Africa

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:05
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic school teacher was told to take a leave of absence for 21 days when she returned from a mission trip to Kenya, even though the country is thousands of miles from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.

Philadelphia abduction suspect accused of violent rape in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:04

Delvin Barnes is pictured in this booking photoBy John Clarke (Reuters) - A 37-year-old man accused of abducting a woman from a Philadelphia sidewalk this week in a dramatic act caught on surveillance video faces attempted murder and rape charges for a separate incident in Virginia, police said on Thursday. Delvin Barnes, who police initially identified as Devlen Barnes, was arrested in a parking lot on Wednesday in Jessup, Maryland, over 100 miles (160 km) from where he is suspected of kidnapping 22-year old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither three days earlier, the Philadelphia Police Department said in a statement. ...


Former Illinois congressman Evans dies at 63

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:02
(Reuters) - Former Illinois congressman Lane Evans, a champion for U.S. veterans who had suffered with Parkinson's disease for years, died late on Wednesday in East Moline, Illinois, his guardian said. He was 63. Evans, a Democrat who represented the Quad Cities in northwestern Illinois, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and served until 2007. "Former Representative Lane Evans was one of the most decent people I've met in public life," David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, said on Twitter. ...

Subpoena fight resolved over FBI-Caesars search

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:02

Wei Seng Phua walks into federal court Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. Phua, his son Darren Wai Kit Phua, Seng Chen Yong, Wai Kin Yong and four others were arrested in July after federal agents raided three high-roller villas at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge in Nevada heard defense attorneys allege Thursday that the FBI improperly enlisted Caesars Palace officials to obtain a crucial search warrant before arresting eight men now charged with setting up an international Internet gambling hub at the Las Vegas Strip resort.


Many Missouri counties not granting gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:58

April Dawn Breeden, left, and her long-time partner Crystal Peairs, right, are married by Rev. Katie Hotze-Wilton, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at City Hall in St. Louis. St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison overturned Missouri's ban on gay marriage on Wednesday saying the law is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Many local officials across Missouri were declining to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday, saying a court ruling invalidating the state's gay-marriage ban applies only to St. Louis.


Driver convicted in speedy lap around NYC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:56
NEW YORK (AP) — A driver who whizzed across 26 miles of New York City in 24 minutes was convicted Thursday of reckless endangerment for a stunt trumpeted in dashboard-camera video posted online.

Ga. city settles over death after stun gun use

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:54
ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area city has agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a man who died after police officers used stun guns on him, attorneys said Thursday.

For-profit colleges sue U.S. Education Department over crackdown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:47
By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group representing for-profit colleges on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration's new gainful employment rules that aim to protect students from lackluster degrees and huge debt loads. The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, representing 1,400 institutions, filed the suit at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, saying the rule is unconstitutional and would hurt millions of students in those colleges. The U.S. ...