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Innovative California Rabbi Harold Schulweis dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:07
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rabbi Harold Schulweis, an influential Conservative synagogue leader and scholar who fostered bold change, has died in Los Angeles at age 89.

President signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:40

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits. AP’s investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of dollars in retirement benefits after being forced to leave the United States. Recipients ranged from the SS guards who patrolled the Third Reich’s network of camps where millions of Jews died to a rocket scientist who helped develop the V-2 rocket that Nazi Germany used to attack London. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.


Grave of Confederate soldier dug up in Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:40
KNOXVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say the grave of a Confederate soldier has been dug up and investigators are working to determine whether anything has been stolen.

Obama signs bill to sanction Venezuelan officials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed legislation into law allowing him to sanction Venezuelan government officials who were involved in a crackdown on anti-government protesters.

NASA's Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:18

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 image made from video provided by NASA, the Orion capsule floats after splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars. (AP Photo/NASA)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck.


Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:18

This June 17, 2013 photo, made available courtesy Sean Waugh, NOAA, shows graduate research assistant Kevin Rauhauser, with the University of Colorado's Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles, (RECUV), launching the Tempest unmanned aerial vehicle for a test flight on Table Mountain, near Boulder, Colo. Researchers say they’ve collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big storms, and now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning how tornados form.(AP Photo/Sean Waugh, NOAA)DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form.


Obama waives sanctions authority despite new law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday authorizing new sanctions on Russia but said he does not plan to impose the penalties outlined in the measure.

Olney building with business, homes catches fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:15

Olney building with business, homes catches fireHuge flames ripped through a business and homes in Philadelphia's Logan section on Thursday.


Wisconsin judge rules girl competent for 'Slenderman' stabbing trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:12
WAUKESHA, Wisc. (Reuters) - A Wisconsin judge on Thursday ruled that Morgan Geyser was competent to stand trial for the stabbing of a classmate to please a fictional Internet character named "Slenderman." The same judge earlier ruled that co-accused Anissa Weier was also competent to stand trial. Both girls were 12 at the time of the stabbing and have been charged as adults. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Eric Walsh)

Mom, boyfriend wave preliminary hearing in torture death of Scotty McMillan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:10

Mom, boyfriend wavie preliminary hearing in torture death of Scotty McMillanThe Chester County couple accused of torturing a three-year-old boy to death appeared before a judge on Thursday.


Judge appoints board to sort out polygamous homes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:05
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah judge has appointed a board of trustees to sort out the redistribution of more than 700 homes in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border where Warren Jeffs' sect is based.

More charges in death of man hit, carried on car

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:04
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A driver has pleaded not guilty to a more serious charge of manslaughter after being accused of hitting a pedestrian with such force that he flipped on top of her car, carrying him on the roof for 11 blocks and leaving him in the street to die.

White House does not dismiss idea of Castro visit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:02

Cuba's President Raul Castro attends a meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders summit at the Revolution Palace in HavanaBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House does not dismiss the possibility of an eventual, precedent-shattering visit to Washington by Cuban President Raul Castro as part of President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Havana. "I wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Thursday, a day after the two governments announced they would restore ties and open embassies after half a century of hostility. U.S. ...


Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:01

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.


Police cruiser involved in Germantown crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:58

Police cruiser involved in Germantown crashA Philadelphia police cruiser was involved in a crash Thursday morning in the Germantown section.


Slain German teen's parents testify about ordeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:58

Gulcin and Celal Dede embrace after Markus Kaarma was found guilty of deliberate homicide, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Missoula County District Court in Missoula, Mont., in the shooting death of their son Diren Dede, a foreign exchange student from Germany who trespassed in to Kaarma's garage last spring. Kaarma faces a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 11. His lawyers plan to appeal. (AP Photo/The Missoulian, Michael Gallacher)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The parents of a German exchange student who was shot to death by a Montana man while trespassing in his garage told a judge Thursday their dreams are broken.


Trauma expert: Kidnapping, rape victim can thrive

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:53

FILE In this photo taken July 29, 2014 in Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Nathaniel Kibby, of Gorham, N.H. listens during his arraignment charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl. Kibby has been indicted on charges he kidnapped the 14-year-old girl, imprisoned her and sexually assaulted her over nine months. Two courts on Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014 released indictments on 200-plus counts charging Kibby with kidnapping, sexual assault and criminal threatening, among others. He has been jailed on $1 million bail since his arrest. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool, file)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Despite the grim picture painted by court documents this week, a trauma expert said Thursday there's every reason to believe a New Hampshire teenager who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted over nine months will not only recover but thrive.


Correction: Meningitis Outbreak story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:47

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2012, file photo, New England Compounding Center President, co-owner, and Director of Pharmacy Barry Cadden takes the fifth amendment option and declines to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Energy subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing about the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak. Cadden was among 14 people from the Framingham, Mass., pharmaceutical company arrested at their homes Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)BOSTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about arrests in a deadly meningitis outbreak, The Associated Press erroneously reported Stuart Delery's title. He is the acting associate attorney general, not an assistant U.S. attorney.


Police: Drunk man shot while entering wrong house

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:39
BENICIA, Calif. (AP) — Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a suburban San Francisco homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own.

US prepared to veto UN plan for Israeli occupation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is prepared to veto a United Nations Security Council proposal that calls for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands in 2017.