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Police: 13-year-old fatally shot playing 'cops and robbers'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:41

In this Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, photo, a police officer stands in front of a home in Eagan, Minn. A 15-year-old boy unintentionally fatally shot his 13-year-old brother while playing "cops and robbers" after the boys discovered their father's hidden gun. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Carlos Gonzalez) MANDATORY CREDITEAGAN, Minn. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy unintentionally fatally shot his 13-year-old brother while playing "cops and robbers" after the boys discovered their father's hidden gun at a Minnesota home, police said Monday.


Northeast U.S. braves 'crippling' blizzard, transit systems shut

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:41

A woman walks though Central Park as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK/MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (Reuters) - A massive, wind-whipped blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts declared states of emergencies as people were urged to stay home with transit systems, including the New York City subway, suspending services and roadways closed amid white-out conditions. The potentially historic storm poses the latest challenge to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been under fire in recent weeks from police who criticized his support of public protests about white police violence against black men.


Game of 'cops and robbers' ends tragically in Minneapolis suburb

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:34
A 15-year-old boy from suburban Minneapolis shot and killed his younger brother during a game of "cops and robbers" using what they thought was an unloaded handgun, police said on Monday. The boy called police to their home in Eagan, Minnesota, on Sunday morning, first telling emergency dispatchers his 13-year-old brother had fallen on a knife accidentally, was bleeding and was unresponsive, Eagan Police said in a statement.

Car belonging to missing Georgia couple found in lake

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:33
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A car belonging to a missing suburban Atlanta couple was discovered on Monday submerged in a lake, and two unidentified bodies were found separately, Georgia police said. Authorities in Georgia had been searching for the couple since they went to another part of the state to buy a vintage car off Craigslist. "It’s a sad ending for us here in this community,” Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson told reporters. “It hurts us to know someone came to our community and met this fate.” Bud Runion, 69, and his wife, June Runion, 66, of Marietta, were last seen on Thursday when they set off for Telfair County in southern Georgia to buy a 1966 Mustang convertible from a purported seller who responded to their ad on Craigslist, Steverson said.

Wall Street left with skeleton crews down as blizzard bears down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:33
By John McCrank and Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blizzard bearing down on New York hollowed out Wall Street offices on Monday, leaving most investment banks and fund managers with skeleton staffs as many employees opted to work from home. "No one will give me a medal for making it to work after a five-hour commute," said Anurag Bhardwaj, a managing director who works with hedge funds at Barclays Capital in New York, who expected to work from home on Tuesday. Big investment banks, which serve a broad array of clients globally that were not hit by the storm, emphasized they were open for business. "Most brokers down here have already gotten a room in the city and mostly right downtown near the financial district," said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O’Neil Securities in New York.

GOP donors appear in no hurry to commit to 2016 candidate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:30

In this Jan. 24, 2015, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. Add Christie to the list of prospective candidates for president now taking donations, a group of Republicans that might ultimately top two dozen. But for all the flurry of activity in the GOP race, set off last month by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and amplified by 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, some of the party’s most sought-after donors appear content to let things shake out a bit before making a commitment to any one candidate.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Add Chris Christie to the list of prospective candidates for president now taking donations, a group of Republicans that might ultimately top two dozen.


Law enforcement wants popular police-tracking app disabled

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:11

This image taken from the the Waze app on an iPhone, in Washington, shows police at the scene on a map on the app. Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. Authorities say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives in danger from would-be cop-killers who can find where their targets are parked. (AP Photo/Ted Bridis)WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police.


Plea deal possible for woman accused of killing 6 newborns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:09

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court, in Provo, Utah. Defense lawyers say they're negotiating with prosecutors for a plea deal. Huntsman faces six counts of murder in the deaths discovered as her estranged husband cleaned the garage in April. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File)PROVO, Utah (AP) — Defense lawyers say they're negotiating with prosecutors for a plea deal in the case of a Utah woman accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage.


Body found in New York in 1979 identified as Florida girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:09
GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) — A girl found shot to death in a western New York cornfield 35 years ago has been identified as a missing Florida teenager.

5 things about Obama's move to protect refuge from drilling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:59

FILE - A herd of musk ox graze in an area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, known as Area 1002, in this undated file photo. President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in January 2015, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge. There is no drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge now, and it would take an act of Congress to authorize any drilling in the refuge. Congress has tried and failed repeatedly to get legislation to open up the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain to drilling in the past. It came closest in 1995, when President Bill Clinton vetoed it. Obama wouldn’t be any more receptive if Congress passed legislation again. Obama’s wilderness designation requires Congress’ approval too. And Republicans in Congress, already critical of the administration on its energy policies on federal lands, are just as unlikely to give Obama what he wants. (AP Photo/Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge.


WikiLeaks slams Google over delay in revealing US warrants

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:59

Former Spanish judge, Baltasar Garzon,, Director of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's defense team, speaks to the media during a press conference, at the Geneva Press Club, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The secrets-spilling group WikiLeaks has criticized Google for failing to inform it about U.S. search warrants issued against three of its staff. The warrants issued in March 2012 required Google to hand over the phone numbers, IP addresses, credit card details, contents of all emails and other information for Sarah Harrison, Kristinn Hrafnsson and Joseph Faerrell. They were disclosed to WikiLeaks in December. Google didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi)BERLIN (AP) — WikiLeaks on Monday criticized Google for failing to swiftly inform the secrets-spilling group about U.S. search warrants issued seeking emails and other personal information from three of its staff.


Panic attack, bad back: Theater shooting brings jury excuses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:59

FILE - In this June 4, 2013 file photo, Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes sits in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in the suburban Denver movie theater in 2012, and faces a possible death penalty sentence if convicted. Jury selection in the trial of Aurora theater shooting defendant James Holmes is proceeding, and even as an unprecedented 9,000 prospective jurors were summoned for questioning, jury duty won't be easy for those picked. Jury selection alone could last until June, and the trial could run into October. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — One prospective juror said she had a panic attack. Another claimed to have a bad back. A third is in the military and worried he would be deployed during the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.


Unlicensed driver who killed 2 cyclists gets up to 40 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:51

Darriean Hess looks back Monday Jan. 26, 2015 in Rockingham County Superior Court in Brentwood, N.H. as she is led from court after pleading guilty and being sentenced to sentenced to 15 to 40 years in prison for plowing into a group of bicyclists, killing two Massachusetts women in Sept. 2013. (AP Photo/Portsmouth Herald, Rich Beauchesne, Pool)BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — An unlicensed, intoxicated driver who killed two women when she plowed a car into a group of bicyclists was sentenced Monday to up to 40 years in prison after one of the survivors and the victims' loved ones spoke of the agony their deaths had caused.


Feds want meeting on secret information in Capitol plot case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:42
CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Monday requested a pretrial conference to discuss handling classified information in their case against an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill federal officials and workers.

Denver police shoot, kill young woman who struck officer with car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:42
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A young woman suspected of driving a stolen car filled with teenage passengers was shot dead by Denver police on Monday after she struck an officer with the vehicle as he approached on foot, authorities said. Denver Police Chief Robert White told reporters that there were five very young people inside the car when the shooting occurred, and the person who was fatally shot "appeared to be a teenager." Her name and age were not immediately released. White said the incident began when an officer responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle in an alley in the city's Park Hill neighborhood.

2 small planes run out of fuel, crash-land off Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:35

In this early Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 photo from video provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew hoists four passengers from the water about 11 miles off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, after their single-engine Cessna crash landed after running out of fuel Sunday evening. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)Two small planes ran out of fuel and crash-landed into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii, with one nose-diving before leveling out and drifting down to the water beneath a massive parachute.


AccuWeather Maps; Tracking a Nor'easter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:12

AccuWeather Maps; Tracking a Nor'easterAccuWeather is tracking a Nor'easter that could bring a lot of snow our way.


East Coast snow storm delays $1.7 billion of U.S. municipal sales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:11
U.S. municipal bond market supply shrank on Monday in the face of an East Coast blizzard, with Pennsylvania pushing off a $1 billion general obligation debt sale until next week and cash-strapped Atlantic City delaying a $12 million bond anticipation note deal. Altogether, issuers postponed $1.7 billion of municipal bond sales, including more than two-thirds of the week's competitive deal calendar, as what the National Weather Service called a "crippling and potentially historic blizzard" bore down on Wall Street. Pennsylvania had originally planned to bring its competitively bid deal, the largest sale of the week, to market on Tuesday morning. Similarly, Atlantic City, the New Jersey casino hub recently put under emergency management, rescheduled its debt sale slated to price on Tuesday, until later this week.

U.S. suspends International Relief and Development for 'misconduct'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:05
The United States said on Monday it had suspended International Relief and Development, a non-profit aid contractor which won major U.S. contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan, after finding "serious misconduct" involving funding. "The agency's review revealed serious misconduct in IRD's performance, management, internal controls and present responsibility," the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States' premier aid agency, said in a statement. USAID contracts with IRD in Afghanistan amounted to over $1 billion and roughly $85.57 million in Iraq between 2006 and 2014, according to statistics provided by USAID. USAID said its decision was based on a zero-tolerance policy for mismanagement of American taxpayer funds.

Tsarnaev judge cites progress despite slow jury selection

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 05:55

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The process of finding "death qualified" jurors has slowed down jury selection in federal case against Tsarnaev, who is charged with setting off two bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 during the 2013 marathon. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — The judge in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Monday that he's not discouraged by the slow pace of jury selection.