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Strong sales raise Powerball jackpot to $500 million

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:23

People wait in line at Russ's Market in Lincoln, Neb., where Powerball tickets were to be handed out for free as part of a promotion, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. The Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $500 million, which would make it the fifth largest lottery prize in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say the Powerball jackpot has risen to an estimated $500 million, which would make it the fifth largest lottery prize in U.S. history.


Stairwell shooting contrasts with chokehold case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:17
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer was charged with manslaughter Wednesday in a shooting in a housing project stairwell. The decision by a grand jury in Brooklyn to indict Officer Peter Liang in the death of Akai Gurley comes after a Staten Island grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against police in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Here are some differences between the two cases.

Driver with body in truck arrested after Mojave Desert chase

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:17
CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. (AP) — California authorities say they have arrested an armed ex-felon who led deputies on a high-speed pursuit with the body of a dead man in the bed of his truck.

Juror taken off Aaron Hernandez trial for personal reasons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:08

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, left, talks with his attorney Charles Rankin during his trial at Bristol Superior Court on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, 27, in June 2013. (AP Photo/The Boston Herald, Ted Fitzgerald, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Another juror was dismissed in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday, marking the second time in two weeks a panelist has been removed from the case.


Deceptive bars, beware: Lawmaker targets 'cheater pints'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:57

A pint of pub style ale sits on the bar, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Gritty McDuff's in Portland, Maine. State Sen. John Patrick is pressing for a bill that would require each pint of beer sold in the state to be a full 16 ounces. Patrick says some bars and restaurants that advertise draft beers as pints are actually serving them in 14-ounce glasses, causing drinkers to lose out on those last few tasty sips. (AP Photo/Patrick Whittle)AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker wants beer drinkers to get what they pay for — to the very last drop.


Safety panel urges audit of subway tunnels after smoke death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:54
A U.S. safety panel recommended on Wednesday that the federal government conduct a nationwide audit of ventilation systems in mass-transit tunnels after a woman was killed last month when smoke filled a Washington subway car. The National Transportation Safety Board said in its "urgent safety recommendation" that the preliminary findings of its probe of the Washington accident raised questions about ventilation in subway tunnels across the country. The NTSB told the Federal Transit Administration it should audit all rail transit agencies in the United States that have subway tunnels to ensure the ventilation systems are in good repair, that emergency procedures are in place in case of smoke or fire, and employees are properly trained.

Accused gunman's wife: Slayings of 3 in N. Carolina motivated by parking spat, not religion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:45
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Accused gunman's wife: Slayings of 3 in N. Carolina motivated by parking spat, not religion.

Sunday deadline driving health law sign-ups for 2015

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:39

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is seen on a laptop screen in Portland, Ore. Ahead of a Sunday deadline, consumers are stepping up to enroll for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, administration officials said Wednesday. The number of people signing up jumped last week in the 37 states served by the federal insurance marketplace, to nearly 276,000 compared to about 180,000 the previous week, according to an update from the Health and Human Services department. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of a Sunday deadline, consumers are stepping up to enroll for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, administration officials said Wednesday.


Businessman who testified against ex-Mayor Nagin gets 1 year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:30
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A businessman who specialized in disaster recovery and bribed former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin with more than $150,000 in cash and gifts to steer work his way after Hurricane Katrina was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison.

Other high-profile grand jury cases involving the NYPD

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:14

In this Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, a man who identified himself as a detective with the district attorney's office inspects a stairwell at the Louis Pink Houses public housing complex in Brooklyn borough of New York. Officer Peter Liang who fired into the darkened stairwell, accidentally killing Akai Gurley who had been waiting for an elevator, has been indicted in his death, a lawyer said Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. Liang will appear in court Wednesday according to an attorney representing Gurley's family, but the charges against Liang weren't immediately clear. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)A grand jury's decision to indict a police officer in the death of a man in a darkened stairwell at a Brooklyn housing complex is only the latest in a string of high-profile grand jury cases involving New York Police Department officers.


Suspect in Kansas Jewish sites killings gets new lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:12
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A white supremacist accused of killing three people outside Jewish sites in Kansas has been assigned a new attorney in his capital murder case.

Bobbi Kristina Brown bathtub incident under criminal investigation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:09

Bobbi Kristina Brown bathtub incident under criminal investigationPolice have confirmed that last week's incident involving Bobbi Kristina Brown is under criminal investigation.


Federal investigators: DC subway ventilation inadequate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators say Washington's Metro transit authority did a poor job using ventilation fans to push smoke out of a subway tunnel during a fatal accident last month.

New Jersey judge: Gay conversion therapy claims are fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:03
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A judge in New Jersey has ruled that claims of gay conversion therapy that describe homosexuality as a curable mental disorder are fraud.

Vandals spray graffiti at park protecting ancient Indian art

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 04:02
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Vandals in New Mexico sprayed graffiti and caused other damage at one of North America's largest petroglyph sites that protects ancient American Indian rock art.

GAO: Veterans' health care costs a 'high risk' for taxpayers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 03:57

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs budget. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans' health care is a "high risk" budget issue that threatens to cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars unless longstanding problems are addressed, government auditors warned Wednesday.


School bus, van collide in Chester, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 03:52

School bus, van collide in Chester, Pa.Police and firefighters responded to the scene of a crash involving a school bus in Chester, Delaware County.


Pakistani al Qaeda suspect goes on trial in U.S. for bomb plot charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 03:42

Abid Naseer is seen in a courtroom sketch as he pleads not guilty to terrorism charges in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistan-born man went on trial on Wednesday on U.S. charges that he took part in an al Qaeda plot to carry out bombing attacks in the United States and Europe in 2008 and 2009. Jury selection began in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, for the trial of Abid Naseer, 28, who was extradited in 2013 from Britain to face U.S. charges that he was involved in one of three al Qaeda cells planning attacks in England, Norway and the United States. One of the cells that Naseer did not belong to but was part of the conspiracy had plotted to bomb the New York City subway system, prosecutors said. Two men, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay, have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the New York plot, and a third, Adis Medunjanin, was convicted at trial and sentenced in 2012 to life in prison.


How do we find each other? Lots of ways _ friends can help

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 03:39

In this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 photo, Michelle and Robert Philippi laugh as they stand together for a photograph in Boise, Idaho. One day, her mother came home from community college and said, "That guy in that class, he’s so obnoxious, he’s so loud _ and here’s his phone number. I think you’d be perfect together." So Michelle called "that guy" _ Robert _ and he invited her to go fishing. (AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)Smitten by Nancy, Charlie chased her down at a charity walk. Lisa, landlocked in Florida, fell for Thomas as his ship crossed the Mediterranean, and agreed to marry him before meeting face-to-face. Ready to give up, Penny gave online dating one last try — and there was Ray "with a twinkle in his eye."


Costa Concordia captain sentenced to 16 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 03:37

Costa Concordia captain sentenced to 16 years in prisonThe captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship was convicted Wednesday of multiple charges of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in jail, Italian court officials said.