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Who was Bradley Stone? Friends say helpful, laid-back guy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:57

Who was Bradley Stone? Friends say helpful, laid-back guyWe are learning more about the decorated Marine reservist who was found dead following a murder spree across Montgomery County.


Filmmaker Polanski's lawyers want sex crime case closed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:54

Director Roman Polanski attends a news conference for the film "La Venus a la Fourrure" during the 66th Cannes Film FestivalBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lawyers for filmmaker Roman Polanski have launched a new bid to have the Oscar winner's 37-year-old child sex case closed, which would allow "The Pianist" director to travel freely without the threat of extradition. Polanski's attorneys filed a motion on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking a hearing next month where they would ask to submit evidence in the hopes of proving that the 81-year-old director has been subjected to "false" extradition requests by U.S. authorities. ...


Restaurateur who moved Mexican food to masses dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:51
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry J. Cano once said it was not his love of food so much as it was the way he was treated in a Mexican restaurant during a visit to his father's homeland that led him to help popularize Mexican food in the United States.

U.S. teens' use of alcohol, cigarettes at 40-year low, study finds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:49
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fewer U.S. teenagers are consuming alcohol or smoking cigarettes than at any time in at least 40 years, although their use of many illicit drugs remains steady, according to a national study released on Tuesday. Growing peer disapproval may be a top factor in the drop in drinking and smoking in 2014, according to the study by the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future program. ...

FedEx truck crashes in Georgia, spills packages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:49
FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) — A FedEx truck crash along a Georgia interstate sent packages spilling all over the highway just nine days before Christmas.

Pregnancy-related infection kills endangered orca

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:48
SEATTLE (AP) — An endangered orca found dead off Vancouver Island in Canada earlier this month died after a failed pregnancy caused a bacterial infection, officials said Tuesday.

Tainted feed blamed for 4 horse deaths in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:48

Ava Exelbirt brushes one of the remaining horses at Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Davie, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 16 2014. There's nothing that can be done to save 18 poisoned horses at the equestrian center, so their young riders are holding "spa days" to brush their manes and tails, paint their hooves, feed them hay and pet their noses to keep the animals comfortable in their last days. Four horses at Masterpiece Equestrian Center have died since October because of contaminated feed, and the owners of the rest are struggling to accept the approaching deaths of the others. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)MIAMI (AP) — Eighteen poisoned horses are being treated to spa days in their Florida stables, with their young riders brushing their manes and tails, painting their hooves, feeding them hay and petting their noses.


Maine woman convicted of murdering toddler

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:40
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman has been convicted of killing her 2-year-old daughter by giving her allergy medicine and then covering her mouth and nose with duct tape and a blanket.

Debate over stability of mom who drove in ocean

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:40
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two doctors offered conflicting testimony Tuesday on whether a South Carolina mother who drove her three children into the ocean off Daytona Beach needs to be forcibly confined for mental-health treatment.

Trial for 3 in slur-filled fight with gay couple

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:35

Trial for 3 in slur-filled fight with gay coupleZachary Hess and his boyfriend were moving on from a frozen yogurt stop toward a pizza joint in Philadelphia's "Gayborhood" when they came across eight to 10 young adults out on the town.


Chinese student pleads guilty in U.S. to arms export conspiracy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:33
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - A Chinese man in the United States on a student visa pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to export illegally to China high-tech sensors used by the defense industry, a federal prosecutor in New Mexico said. Wentong Cai, 30, will serve 18 months in prison after he and a cousin traveled to New Mexico in December 2013 where they obtained one of the sensors from U.S. Department of Homeland Security undercover agents. ...

No credible sign of plot on theaters over Sony movie: U.S. officials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:29

Cast members Franco, Rahi Chun and Rogen pose during premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Jim Finkle and Mark Hosenball BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. security agencies are investigating a threat against theaters planning to show Sony Corp's controversial movie about an assassination of the leader of North Korea, and so far they have seen no real sign of an active plot, two U.S. officials said. A hacking group published what appear to be more internal emails on Tuesday and promised a "bitter fate" for those who went to see the movie, "The Interview" following a cyber attack that severely damaged movie studio's network. An official at the U.S. ...


Teen gets new hearing in case of woman's killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:29
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania teen has been granted a new chance to argue there was insufficient evidence to convict him of killing his father's pregnant fiancee when the boy was 11 years old.

Anthony Flick, teen wounded amid Montco killings, in 'very serious condition'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:19

Anthony Flick, teen wounded amid Montco killings, in 'very serious condition'The 17-year-old boy who was wounded amid the Montgomery County killing spree that left six people dead - including his parents and sister - remains hospitalized.


Woman found in Massachusetts home with dead babies charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:16
BOSTON (Reuters) - A 31-year-old Massachusetts woman who authorities discovered living with the bodies of three dead babies tucked inside a closet in her rodent-infested house was charged on Tuesday with two counts of murder, prosecutors said. The woman, Erika Murray, had been charged in September with crimes including fetal death concealment after police found the bodies of three dead young children in the home in Blackstone, Massachusetts, she shared with her boyfriend, Raymond Rivera, 38. ...

Texas jury considers death penalty in revenge plot killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:05

Handout photo of Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric WilliamsBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas jury that convicted a former justice of the peace of murdering a suburban Dallas prosecutor's wife in a revenge plot began deliberations on Tuesday in the penalty phase of the trial, in which it could sentence him to death. Eric Williams, 47, was convicted on Dec. 4 of murdering Cynthia McLelland in 2013. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, while attorneys for Williams asked jurors to invoke "Jesus' mercy" by sparing him from the death chamber and sentence him to life in prison instead. ...


Vatican signals new tone on US nuns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:04

Sister Sharon Holland reacts during a press conference at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The Vatican went out of its way Tuesday to mend fences with American religious sisters, thanking them for their selfless work caring for the poor, gently suggesting ways to survive amid a decline in numbers and promising to value their "feminine genius" more. The Vatican released the long-awaited results of its controversial three-year investigation into U.S. women's religious orders, and the report was remarkable for what it didn't say. After years of tension and distrust between the nuns and the Vatican, there was no criticism of American nuns, no demands that they shift their focus from social justice issues to emphasize Catholic teaching on abortion, no condemnation that a feminist, secular mentality had taken hold in their ranks. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)An unprecedented Vatican investigation of U.S. women's religious orders that alarmed Roman Catholic sisters when the inquiry began years ago ended Tuesday with a report signaling a softer approach under Pope Francis.


Convicted killer Jodi Arias was mystery witness at her sentencing retrial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:03

Jodi Arias speaks to defense attorney Jennifer Willmott in the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Convicted murderer Jodi Arias was the mystery witness allowed to testify in secret at her sentencing retrial in Arizona because of fears for her safety after her lawyers said she received death threats, court papers showed on Tuesday. A state appeals court ruled last month that the judge had been wrong to close those proceedings to the public, and the appeals court on Tuesday confirmed suspicions that Arias herself had been the witness in question. ...


Ruble collapse shakes Russian economy, consumers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:01

Signs advertising currencies light next to the exchange office in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. After a massive overnight rate hike by Russia's Central Bank, the ruble staged a two-hour rally Tuesday morning before rolling back to new historic lows. The surprise Central Bank decision to raise the rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent came in the early hours on Tuesday in a desperate attempt to prop up the troubled currency. It's the biggest interest rate hike since 1998, the year when Russia defaulted on its sovereign bonds.(AP Photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a major new challenge after a catastrophic fall in the value of the ruble, which hit a new low Tuesday despite the Central Bank's desperate efforts to halt the selling.


Murder indictments in Florida church slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:59
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man accused of killing his wife, a neighbor and a pastor who worked with his wife has been indicted on first-degree murder charges.