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U.S. states with warmer climate to drive homebuilder growth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:36
By Sagarika Jaisinghani (Reuters) - Homebuilders with a presence in the U.S. south and west are set to gain next year as more Americans swap the frozen north for warmer climes, drawn by some of the country's highest job growth rates. New home construction is projected to rise 24 percent on average next year in eight states along the west and south coasts, compared with the 8 percent forecast for this year, according to the National Association of Home Builders. ...

Ex-South Carolina police chief indicted in 2011 shooting death of unarmed man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:34

Richard Combs a former Eutawville police chief who was indicted by a grand jury in the 2011 shooting death of Bernard Bailey, is shown in this Orangeburg County Detention Center photoBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white former police chief in Eutawville, South Carolina, has been indicted on a murder charge in the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man he was trying to arrest, according to records released on Thursday. The indictment of ex-chief Richard Combs came on Wednesday, the Orangeburg County Clerk of Court said, on the heels of decisions by grand juries in New York City and Missouri not to indict white police officers involved in deaths of unarmed black men this year. ...


Crystal Sugar CEO says shareholders to lose money

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:33

American Crystal Sugar Co. president and CEO David Berg speaks Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at a press conference during a break in the sugar beet cooperative's annual meeting. Berg says it was a bad financial year due to poor yields and a glut of Mexican sugar in the U.S. market. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The head of American Crystal Sugar Co. said Thursday that most shareholders in the sugar beet cooperative will lose money this year, due primarily to excess supply of Mexican sugar in the market and poor yields.


Senators to NFL: Drop 'blackout' rule or we might

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:32

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2014 file photo, Denver Broncos fans watch their team play the Seahawks during the first half of the Super Bowl, inside Jackson's, a sports bar and grill in Denver. Senators from both parties warned the National Football League Thursday to get rid of a 4-decade-old TV “blackout” rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league’s lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties warned the National Football League on Thursday to get rid of a four-decade-old TV "blackout" rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league's lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together.


No gay marriage in Miss. during appeals process

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:18
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court says same-sex marriages won't be allowed in Mississippi while the state defends its gay-marriage ban.

Arrest in fatal shooting of teen in New Castle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:15

Arrest in fatal shooting of teen in New CastlePolice in New Castle arrested a 19-year-old suspect in the murder of a teenager.


Man found guilty of killing Texas DA's wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:08

File - In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Eric Williams makes his way into the courtroom before his trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas. A jury convicted Williams, a former public official Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, of capital murder in a revenge plot against a district attorney, his wife and a top assistant. Williams now faces a potential death sentence for the 2013 murder of Cynthia McLelland, the wife of slain Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool, File)ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A North Texas jury convicted a former public official Thursday of capital murder in a revenge plot against a district attorney, his wife and a top assistant.


Judge in Colorado cinema rampage case rebuffs bid to throw out death penalty

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

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The judge presiding over the Colorado theater massacre case has rejected a new effort by attorneys for accused gunman James Holmes to have the state's death penalty law declared unconstitutional, court documents showed on Thursday. Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of opening fire inside a Denver-area cinema in July 2012 during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens more. ...


Wyoming seeks man's extradition for camp assaults

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:56

In this photo provided by the Grand Traverse County, Mich., Sheriff's office is William Bricker who is accused of sexually assaulting three children during Boy Scout camps dating back to the 1960s. Wyoming authorities are asking Michigan to extradite the 94-year-old who was in a rehabilitation center when he was arrested on Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Grand Traverse County Sheriff)DETROIT (AP) — The state of Wyoming is seeking to have a 94-year-old former camp counselor and gym teacher sent from Michigan to face sexual assault charges, decades after abuse that three people say occurred at a Boy Scouts and summer ranch camp when they were children.


Man convicted in wife's fatal frying pan beating

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:53
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man was convicted of murder Thursday for bludgeoning his wife with a frying pan then strangling her, apparently after they argued over the dire state of their finances.

Bird's fate shaping energy development in US West

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:52

FILE - This April 2014 photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows a Gunnison sage grouse with tail feathers fanned near Gunnison, Colo. Research at the biggest wind farm project being developed in the U.S. right now seeks to help the chicken-sized bird that within a year could be listed as a threatened or endangered species. (AP Photo/Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Dave Showalter, File)SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) — Efforts to conserve a struggling species of grouse that ranges across the Western U.S. are having far-reaching effects on the region's energy industry as the Obama administration decides whether the bird needs more protections.


Judge in theater shootings won't bar death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:51
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shootings case has rejected another attempt by defense lawyers to rule out the death penalty.

Ferguson Commission member charged with assault

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:51
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A prominent young protester who serves on Missouri's Ferguson Commission has been charged with assault stemming from a protest at St. Louis City Hall.

Virginia board to amend rules that would close abortion clinics

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:40
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A Virginia health panel remade by the Democratic governor voted on Thursday to revamp rules that threatened to shut down abortion clinics across the state In a victory for abortion rights advocates, the state Board of Health voted 13-2 to begin amending regulations that require abortion clinics to have standards similar to hospitals. The board put the requirement in place in 2013 when then-Governor Bob McDonnell, a Republican, appointed abortion foes to the panel. ...

Hillary Clinton backs federal probes of Ferguson, Staten Island cases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:37
By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Potential Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she was pleased the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating the recent deaths of unarmed black men in incidents with police. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday the Department of Justice would launch a civil rights investigation into the chokehold death of Eric Garner in the New York City borough of Staten Island in July. There is also a federal probe into the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. ...

Cleveland police use excessive force: U.S. Justice Department

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:29

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder makes a statement about the grand jury decision not to seek an indictment in the Staten Island death of Eric Garner during an arrest in July, in WashingtonBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Cleveland Police Department systematically engages in excessive use of force against civilians, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department has found. The investigation began in March 2013, and it carries added weight after an incident in November when a Cleveland police officer shot dead a 12-year-old boy who was carrying what turned out to be a replica gun that typically fires plastic pellets. ...


Starbucks to push more food, offer mobile ordering

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:25

Starbucks Corp. CEO Howard Schultz speaks at the company's biennial Investor Day in Seattle on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Starbucks is preparing to expand a mobile order-and-pay-ahead option nationally over the next year, and has plans to expand beer, wine and small plates like chicken skewers in the evenings to up to a quarter of its 12,000 U.S. stores over the next five years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks plans to let customers across the U.S. order ahead on their smartphones over the next year, a move that should help shrink lines as it pushes more snacks, sandwiches and even wine.


Indiana abortion clinic law ruled unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:17
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled against an Indiana law that changed the classification of abortion clinics in a way that opponents said targeted a Planned Parenthood facility that only provides drug-induced abortions.

Jury finds Texan charged with killing prosecutors guilty of murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:16

Handout photo of Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric WilliamsBy Lisa Maria Garza ROCKWALL, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas jury found a former justice of the peace accused of shooting dead two Texas prosecutors guilty of capital murder on Thursday, after a prosecutor called him "a ruthless killing machine" who had carefully plotted his crimes. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for Eric Williams, 47, who was charged with shooting dead District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse in 2013. ...


40 people rescued from flash floods in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:14

A car sits partially submerged in flood waters on Hemet Street in Hemet, Calif., Thursday morning, Dec. 4, 2014, after overnight rains doused the area. A second day of much-needed rain is falling across drought-stricken California. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Craig Shultz ) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT ; LA TIMES OUTLOS ANGELES (AP) — A dayslong storm took a parting shot as it moved out of the drought-stricken state Thursday, dumping more heavy rain that triggered flash floods and stranded more than three dozen people in their cars in Southern California.