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Mother doesn't believe her son beat boy to death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:59

This undated photo provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, in Pennsylvania, shows 3-year-old Scott McMillan. Gary Lee Fellenbaum and Jillian Tait were charged Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, with murder in the death of Scott, who was Tait's son. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)ATGLEN, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a man accused of striking his girlfriend's 3-year-old with a frying pan, hanging him upside down and hitting him, and whipping him with a metal rod said Friday that her son is a good kid and she doesn't believe he beat the boy to death.

Man charged with killing California couple, young sons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:54

San Bernardino Sheriff Deputy escorts Charles "Chase" Merritt into the courtroom for arraignment proceedings for the murder of the McStay family in Victorville, CaliforniaBy Pat Maio VICTORVILLE Calif. (Reuters) - An ex-convict was charged on Friday with four counts of murder in the slayings of a couple and their two young sons whose skeletal remains were found buried last year in the California desert, police and prosecutors said. The suspect, Charles "Chase" Merritt, 57, was described by police as a former business associate of the father, Joseph McStay, who was reported missing with his wife and two boys in February 2010 from the family's Southern California home. ...

Exclusive: FAA approves move by Atlanta-area airport opposed by Delta

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:53

Delta planes line up at their gates while on the tarmac of Salt Lake City International Airport in UtahBy Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - A decision by the U.S. aviation regulator has moved forward plans by a small Georgia airport to begin commercial airline service, despite strong opposition by Delta Air Lines and the city of Atlanta, the local county authority said on Friday. ...

Missouri governor briefs Obama on Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:53
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The White House on Friday emphasized its commitment to defusing continued tensions over the Ferguson police shooting.

Dallas marks Ebola end with relief, 'selfies' with President Bush

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:52

Former U.S. President George W. Bush poses with caregivers in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A relieved Dallas got the U.S. government's all-clear on Friday from Ebola, and former President George W. Bush marked the event by visiting the hospital that was at the center of fighting the virus and the origin of an American scare over the disease. "It's official," the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a tweet announcing the final monitoring check Friday evening of the last of the 177 people who had been considered at risk of catching the virus. "No symptoms. ...

UN resolution aims to improve journalists' safety

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:43
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly 50 countries are co-sponsoring a U.N. resolution that condemns attacks against journalists and the failure to punish those responsible for killing, torturing, kidnapping and arbitrarily arresting media workers.

Dad confronts kidnapper, saves 5-year-old daughter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:36

A Sandy family returns home with their daughter after the girl's father rescued her from a man who tried to kidnap her on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. The Utah dad foiled an attempt to kidnap his young daughter from her bed early Friday after confronting a man carrying her across the lawn. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUTSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A set of Utah parents were awakened Friday to an unsettling noise for 4:30 in the morning: the sound of their front door opening and their 5-year-old daughter talking.

Sunoco bringing $2.5 billion pipeline to Marcus Hook

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:26

Sunoco bringing $2.5 billion pipeline to Marcus HookSunoco announced they are launching a $2.5 billion pipeline project in Marcus Hook, Delaware County.

FBI says it impersonated AP reporter in 2007 case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:21

FBI Director James B. ComeySEATTLE (AP) — The FBI's creation of a fake news story and impersonation of an Associated Press reporter during a criminal investigation undermine media credibility, blur the lines between law enforcement and the press and raise questions about whether the agency followed its own guidelines, free press advocates say.

UN orders sanctions on ex-Yemen leader, 2 rebels

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:16
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions on Yemen's former president and two leaders of the powerful Shiite Houthi rebels late Friday for threatening the peace, security and stability of the country.

Gay marriage advocates target U.S. Supreme Court after loss

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:15

Terrence Hall and Christopher DeCaria display their marriage license to the media outside of the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office in CharlotteBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gay marriage supporters in four states where bans on same-sex nuptials were upheld by a federal appeals court said on Friday they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue, and officials in two of the states vowed to do the same. Both sides being in agreement that the high court should intervene increases the chances that the nine justices may hear oral arguments in the spring and decide the case by the end of June. ...

Colorado shooting judge to summon 9,000 for jury

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:13
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge overseeing the Colorado theater shooting case says he plans to issue 9,000 summonses to prospective jurors.

5-year-old girl shot while sitting with grandpa

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:10
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 5-year-old girl was fatally shot while sitting on her grandfather's lap when two people approached her Milwaukee home and opened fire, according to police, who sought help Friday in finding the suspects.

Obama picks Brooklyn prosecutor Lynch for attorney general

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:06

United States Attorney Loretta E. Lynch speaks during an announcement of the arrest of Abraxas J. ("A.J.") Discala, CEO of OmniView Capital, and six co-conspirators for fraudulent market manipulation at the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn, New YorkBy Aruna Viswanatha and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will nominate Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to replace the retiring Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general and if confirmed, she would become the first black woman to serve in the post, the White House said on Friday. The 55-year-old North Carolina native and Harvard-trained lawyer has deep experience in both civil rights and corporate fraud cases. Lynch is known for a low-key personality and stirred little controversy during two tenures as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. ...

Obama to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq as campaign expands

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 07:44

U.S. President Obama speaks as Secretary of Defense Hagel listens before the start of a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House in WashingtonBy Phil Stewart and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has approved sending up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq, roughly doubling the number of U.S. forces on the ground to advise and retrain Iraqis in their battle against the militant group Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Friday. Obama's decision greatly expands the scope of the U.S. campaign and the geographic distribution of American forces, some of whom will head into Iraq's fiercely contested western Anbar province for the first time to act as advisors. ...

Owl attacks hawk at Vermont LL Bean store display

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 07:36
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The grand opening of an L.L. Bean store in Vermont has ruffled some feathers, with an owl attacking a hawk in a shopping mall display.

Nine rookie Port Authority cops fired after wild New Jersey graduation bash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 07:33
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nine rookie officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police department are being fired and three supervisors disciplined after a rowdy graduation party at a New Jersey bar, authorities said on Friday. The raucous behavior during the Aug. 23 bash at a Hoboken bar raised such concern that the Port Authority is reevaluating its candidate-screening process, the agency said in a statement. ...

Intense storm hitting Alaska's Aleutian Islands

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 07:29

This Nov. 5, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows a picture captured by NASA's Aqua satellite of Typhoon Nuri. Weather forecasters say an explosive storm, a remnant of Typhoon Nuri, surpassing the intensity of 2012's Superstorm Sandy is heading toward the northern Pacific Ocean and expected to pass Alaska's Aleutian Islands over the weekend. (AP Photo/NASA)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The edge of a rapidly intensifying storm began pummeling parts of Alaska's Aleutian Islands on Friday, signaling its arrival by lashing the western tip of the island chain with hurricane-force winds.

Germantown abduction suspect in jail on suicide watch

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 07:20

Germantown abduction suspect in jail on suicide watchThe man who allegedly kidnapped Carlesha Freeland-Gaither is in custody in Virginia for heinous crimes he allegedly committed there.

Dallas reaches end of Ebola monitoring period

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 07:20

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2014, file photo, Amber Vinson, 29, the Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola, speaks at a news conference after being discharged from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Dallas calmly marked the end of its Ebola crisis on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, when the last of the 177 people who were being monitored for symptoms of the deadly virus were to be cleared at midnight.(AP Photo/David Goldman, File)DALLAS (AP) — Dallas calmly marked the end of its Ebola crisis on Friday when the last of the 177 people who were being monitored for symptoms of the deadly virus were to be cleared at midnight.