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Aid group closes Afghan office after attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:48
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The foreign aid group Partnership in Academics and Development says it has closed its Kabul, Afghanistan, office following a weekend attack by the Taliban that killed the office's director, his two children and two Afghan citizens.

Pastor accused of affairs fights to keep job

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:43
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama minister was back in court Monday, fighting to keep his job after confessing he had sex with church members inside the church and did not tell them he has AIDS.

Pastor accused of affairs fights to keep job

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:43
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama minister was back in court Monday, fighting to keep his job after confessing he had sex with church members inside the church and did not tell them he has AIDS.

NY man gets 17 to life for strangling his mother

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:43

Law enforcement officers escort James Olsen, center, into Nassau County Court in Mineola, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Olsen was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison for the 2011 strangulation of his mother. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man who spent years caring for his ailing 88-year-old mother before strangling her with a necktie while she slept — and later tried to kill himself — was sentenced Monday to 17 years to life in prison.


Belichick, Kraft may testify in Hernandez trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:40

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2014 file photo, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez looks back during an evidentiary hearing at Fall River Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Authorities have returned to the home of ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez seeking sneakers they believe were worn on the night of a 2013 killing he's charged in. The Sun Chronicle reports state and local authorities went to Hernandez's North Attleborough home this week but seized no evidence. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Wendy Maeda, Pool)BOSTON (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft are listed as possible witnesses by prosecutors in the upcoming murder trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.


Belichick, Kraft may testify in Hernandez trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:40

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2014 file photo, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez looks back during an evidentiary hearing at Fall River Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Authorities have returned to the home of ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez seeking sneakers they believe were worn on the night of a 2013 killing he's charged in. The Sun Chronicle reports state and local authorities went to Hernandez's North Attleborough home this week but seized no evidence. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Wendy Maeda, Pool)BOSTON (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft are listed as possible witnesses by prosecutors in the upcoming murder trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.


U.S. top court divided over Facebook death threats case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:40

Attorney Elwood talks to reporters after arguing on behalf of Elonis at the Supreme Court building in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared conflicted on Monday over whether to uphold the conviction of a Pennsylvania man found guilty of making threatening statements to his estranged wife, law enforcement officers and others on social media. The nine justices, hearing an hour of oral arguments in a closely watched case testing the limits of free speech online, considered an appeal filed by Anthony Elonis, who served prison time for posting a series of statements on Facebook in 2010 after his wife left him. ...


Jury selection begins in German student's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:37
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Montana man charged with fatally shooting a German exchange student who broke into his garage.

Obama requests $263 million for federal response to Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:10

Protestors stage a "die-in" as they rally against the Ferguson, Mo. Grand Jury exoneration of police officer Darren Wilson, at the U.S. Justice Department in WashingtonBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama asked Congress on Monday for $263 million for the federal response to the civil rights upheaval in Ferguson, Missouri, and is setting up a task force to study how to improve modern-day policing. The funds would pay for body cameras for police officers to use and expand training for law enforcement in an attempt to build trust in communities such as Ferguson, where a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the August shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, the White House said. ...


UK defendant set for NY terrorism trial in June

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:06
NEW YORK (AP) — A June trial has been scheduled for a British man accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon.

Syria, Ebola failures highlight UN shortcomings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:04

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2007 file photo, the flags of member nations fly outside of the United Nations headquarters in New York. Since the U.N. was born from the ashes of World War II, it has grown from 51 members to 193. As it approaches its 70th anniversary next year, the world body is hobbled by bureaucracy, politics and an inability among its five most powerful members to agree on many things. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Ebola epidemic and the war in Syria have cast a spotlight on the inadequacies of the United Nations as it tries to operate in a globalized world with a power structure that hasn't changed since 1945.


U.S. military warned of possible Islamic State attacks at home: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials have warned military personnel that Islamic State forces may be planning attacks against them in the United States, ABC News reported on Monday. A joint intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement agencies by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security urged members of the U.S. military to erase from their online social media accounts anything would draw attention from "violent extremists," or reveal service members' identity, the news network said. ...

Ferguson protesters lawyer up after scores of arrests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 02:51
By Emily Flitter FERGUSON, MO. (Reuters) - The young man and woman waiting in the dark outside the St. Louis county jail were bundled up in scarves and hats to ward off a light freezing rain, but still they were shivering. Every time someone emerged from the jail they would scurry with the person to a nearby car, which had the engine running and the heat blasting. The pair were one of several teams working in shifts to help some of the more than 100 people who were arrested during last week's sometimes violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri. ...

Q&A: Berkeley's campus Free Speech Movement at 50

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

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 1964 file photo, standing atop the crushed roof of a campus police car, a University of California student asks Cal students to identify themselves during third day of Free Speech Movement demonstrations in Berkeley, Calif. One student has been arrested and confined in the police car which is surrounded by the demonstrators. The fall of 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, a protest that only lasted for three months but set the stage for the turbulent 1960s. (AP Photo, File)BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — In the waning days of 1964, University of California, Berkeley, students inspired by the fight for racial equality found their collective voice in challenging a campus ban on political advocacy.


AccuWeather Maps: Wintry Mix on Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 02:45

 Wintry Mix on TuesdayAccuWeather is calling for a wintry mix on Tuesday.


5 problems facing UN as it nears 70th anniversary

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 01:52
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world has changed dramatically since the United Nations was established after World War II but the organization has not adapted to reflect the 21st century.

Jurors to hear Steve Jobs testimony at Apple trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 01:40

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2005 file photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks during a launch event for Apple's music download service, iTunes, in Tokyo. A billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple’s iPod music players heads to trial in a California federal court Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in an antitrust case where the legal wrangling has lasted far longer than the technology that sparked the complaint. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After nearly a decade in legal wrangling, a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal court. A key witness will be none other than the company's legendary late founder Steve Jobs, who will be heard in a videotaped deposition.


US Air Force pilot killed in crash in Mideast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 01:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Air Force pilot was killed when an F-16 crashed late Sunday night while returning to its base in the Middle East.

For some, location of Brown's hands irrelevant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 01:30

FILE- In this Nov. 24, 2014 photo, a protestor poses for a "hands up" photo in front of a burning building on West Florissant Ave. in Ferguson, Mo. ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ has become a rallying cry despite questions whether Michael Brown’s hands were raised in surrender before being fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The word spread within minutes of Michael Brown's death — a young black man with his hands raised in surrender had just been shot by a white police officer.


Wife of NFL's Rice says he never hit her before casino fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 01:19

Former Baltimore Ravens NFL running back Ray Rice and his wife Janay arrive for a hearing at a New York City office building(Reuters) - Janay Rice, the wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, insisted in an interview on NBC's "Today" program that her husband had never hit her prior to their fight in a New Jersey casino elevator in February. "There's no way," Palmer told NBC in an interview that aired Monday. "He knows what he would have to deal with. I'm not going to sit there in silence and let something happen to me and, God forbid, in front of my child. ...