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US Supreme Court asked to halt Texas execution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:04

 an issue the U.S. Supreme Court has previously considered. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HOUSTON (AP) — Attorneys who contend a condemned Texas inmate set to die this week is too delusional for execution asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to halt his lethal injection and determine whether mentally ill people should be exempt from the death penalty because it is unconstitutionally cruel punishment.

Plan to ban New York horse buggies prompts job loss fears

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:00

A horse drawn carriage is seen going through Central Park in New YorkBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of New York horse and buggy drivers could be on the road to unemployment if a ban of the historic trade makes its way through the city council, a union representing carriage drivers said on Monday. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on a promise to eliminate the carriages, which trace their roots to the days before cars and remain a popular tourist draw, but have attracted increasing criticism from animal-rights advocates in recent years. ...

Magnitude-4.7 earthquake rattles Arizona residents

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:00
PHOENIX (AP) — A moderate earthquake jostled residents of northern Arizona — a region where quakes are frequent but usually don't produce much damage or alarm.

Amid school rape probe, University of Virginia head vows to boost security

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:58
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan, grappling with allegations of a gang rape at a fraternity, told students on Monday the school was heightening law enforcement as part of a plan to increase student safety. The school in Charlottesville, Virginia, about 100 miles southwest of Washington, has been roiled by a Rolling Stone magazine report last month that alleged a woman was raped in 2012 by seven men at the school's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. ...

Brothers arrested in Reading rare book theft

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:52

Brothers arrested in Reading rare book theftTwo brothers have been arrested in the theft of 11 books from a rare and valuable collection in the Berks County library system.

Taj Mahal casino closes hotel tower, ends credit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:52

This Oct. 24, 2014 photo shows a customer walking toward the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City N.J. On Nov. 26, 2014, Trump Entertainment Resorts told the court it will run out of money by Jan. 16 and asked for approval of $5 million in interim financing. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Trump Entertainment Resorts says it is closing its newest hotel tower and is no longer issuing credit as it prepares for a Dec. 12 shutdown of the Taj Mahal, its lone remaining casino.

Rabbi accused of voyeurism is fired by synagogue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rabbi who's been charged with secretly videotaping women in a ritual bath has been fired by his synagogue.

Cyber ring stole secrets for gaming U.S. stock market: FireEye

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:24

The face of a trader is reflected on the screen of a terminal on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Security researchers say they have uncovered a cyber espionage ring focused on stealing corporate secrets for the purpose of gaming the stock market, in an operation that has compromised sensitive data about dozens of publicly held companies. Cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc , which disclosed the operation on Monday, said that since the middle of last year, the group has attacked email accounts at more than 100 firms, most of them pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. ...

Four slain at three West Virginia locations, police seek suspect

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:21
(Reuters) - Four people were killed at three sites in northern West Virginia on Monday, and police are looking for a single suspect, a spokesman said. West Virginia State Police are investigating a site near Cheat Lake where Michael Frum, 28, of Maidsville, and Sharon Berkshire, 39, of Westover, were found slain, said Lieutenant Michael Baylous, a spokesman for the agency. Other victims were found at two other sites that the Monongalia County Sheriff's Office is investigating, Baylous said. A call to the sheriff was not immediately returned. ...

Naked man who fell through ceiling to be evaluated

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:07

Cameron Shenk, 26, appears at his arraignment at East Boston Municipal Court, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, on charges that include attempted murder, assault and battery on a person over 60, and lewd and lascivious conduct. Police say the 26-year-old Shenk fell through the ceiling of a women's bathroom at Boston's Logan airport at about noon Saturday. He had allegedly sneaked into the bathroom, undressed inside a stall and climbed into the ceiling crawl space. Police say he then fled the bathroom and assaulted an 84-year-old man. He has been ordered held without bail pending a hearing next week. (AP Photo/The Boston Herald, Nancy Lane, Pool)BOSTON (AP) — A man who police say fell naked through the ceiling of a women's bathroom at Boston's airport and then assaulted an elderly man has been released to the custody of his father on the condition that he undergo a mental health evaluation.

Ohio State coach defends medical staff after player's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:02
(Reuters) - Ohio State's head football coach defended the team's medical staff on Monday, a day after a player was found dead from an apparent suicide his family said could be linked to his sports-related concussions. Kosta Karageorge, 22, a non-scholarship reserve player in his first year on the team after three years as a wrestler at Ohio State, was found dead on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. ...

Supreme Court considers Facebook threats case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:46

Paulette Sullivan Moore , vice president of Public Policy at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. In a far-reaching case that probes the limits of free speech over the Internet, the Supreme Court considers whether violent and threatening rap lyrics posted on Facebook deserve protection under the First Amendment. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — From the violent lyrics of rap music to the crude comments of teenagers in video-game chat rooms, the Supreme Court struggled Monday over where to draw the line between free speech and illegal threats in the digital age.

Atlanta dog dies after protecting family from shooting: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:40
By Karen Brooks (Reuters) - An Atlanta family was saved by its dog when the German Shepherd jumped up and took gunfire directed at their car during a road rage incident between the occupants of two other vehicles, police said on Monday. The dog, named Noah, was sitting on the passenger seat of the family's Chevrolet Suburban on Friday when the vehicle was peppered with bullets, and after being wounded leapt out of the window and chased the car that was the source of the gunfire, according to a police report. ...

NTSB points to battery defect in Boeing 787 fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:30

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2013 file photo, a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston as a fire chief looks into the cargo hold. A report by federal accident investigators points to a manufacturing defect as the likely cause of an internal short circuit that led to a battery fire in a Boeing 787 airliner parked at Boston's airport last year. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report released Monday says an inspection of the manufacturing plant in Japan where the battery was made found that flaws and debris in lithium-ion aircraft batteries were going undetected. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A short circuit likely due to a manufacturing defect in a Boeing 787 airliner battery caused a fire last year that grounded the planes for more than three months, federal accident investigators said Monday.

GOP aide resigns over criticism of Obama daughters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:25

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, center, speaks at the White House, in Washington during the presidential turkey pardon ceremony, an annual Thanksgiving tradition. An aide to a Republican congressman has resigned after her critical comments about President Barack Obama's daughters touched off a backlash. Elizabeth Lauten, communications director to Rep. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, commented on Malia and Sasha Obama's pose and dress at a White House ceremony last week in which the president pardoned a turkey. She wrote that the girls should have shown more class. Lauten later apologized for the comments on her Facebook page that had drawn harsh criticism.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to a Republican congressman resigned Monday after her Facebook post criticizing President Barack Obama's daughters touched off a backlash.

Jury selection begins in Montana killing of German teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:23

Markus Kaarma, Janelle Pflager and their infant son enter Missoula County District Court in Missoula, MontanaBy Lori Grannis MISSOULA, Montana (Reuters) - Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of a Montana man who has admitted to fatally shooting a teenage German exchange student he believed to be a prowler in an incident that re-ignited international debate about U.S. gun laws. Markus Kaarma, 30, is charged with deliberate homicide in the death of 17-year-old Diren Dede of Hamburg, who authorities said was killed while "garage hopping" in Kaarma's Missoula neighborhood, apparently scavenging for alcohol. ...

Congressional aide to resign after criticizing Obama daughters: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:21

U.S. first lady Obama walks out with her daughters and the family dogs to receive the official White House Christmas tree in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressional aide who recently criticized President Barack Obama's teenage daughters on social media told NBC News on Monday that she would resign. Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Republican Representative Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, had said via a Facebook post that Obama's daughters, Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, needed to show "a little class," complaining they appeared to look uninterested last week during an appearance with their father at a White House pre-Thanksgiving ceremony at which he had "pardoned" a turkey. ...

Philadelphia police to test body cameras on officers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:20

Philadelphia police to test body cameras on officersThe Philadelphia Police Department announced it will test body cameras on police officers in parts of Center City and North Philadelphia.

Aid group closes Afghan office after attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:19
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The foreign aid group Partnership in Academics and Development said Monday it has closed its Kabul, Afghanistan, office after an attack by Taliban fighters killed the office's director, his two teenage children and two Afghan citizens.

Father frantically calls and texts son after seeing car crash and gets horrible news from police officer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:14

Father frantically calls and texts son after seeing car crash and gets horrible news from police officerA North Carolina father suffered a parent's worst nightmare when he learned his son had died.