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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.


Walkouts staged to support Ferguson protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:12
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters across the U.S. have walked off their jobs or away from classes in support of the Ferguson protesters.

Egyptian militants say killed American oil engineer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:11
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's deadliest militant group said on Monday it was behind the killing of an American petroleum engineer whose body was found in a car in a desert region almost four months ago. The group, Sinai Province, named the engineer as William Henderson and included a photograph of his passport and two photo identity cards showing he worked for U.S. energy company Apache Corp. and Qarun Petroleum. It did not show pictures or footage of Henderson himself or give details about how or why he was killed. ...

Lawyer: Son convicted of looting philanthropist Brooke Astor's fortune dies at 90

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:03
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyer: Son convicted of looting philanthropist Brooke Astor's fortune dies at 90.

Chicago police to adopt body cameras, other post-Ferguson changes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:01

Chicago Police Department recruit take his Oath of Office during a graduation ceremony in ChicagoBy Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - The head of the Chicago Police Department, the second biggest in the United States, said on Monday its officers will start wearing body cameras and it will make other changes after a fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, in August set off a national debate on race and policing. Superintendent Garry McCarthy said body cameras will be in use by late January by police officers who volunteered for a pilot program, as soon as the department works out how to store the camera recordings. ...


Car hits townhomes, buildings catch fire in Newark, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:00

Car hits townhomes, buildings catch fire in Newark, Del.A number of townhomes went up in flames on Monday after a car slammed into a building.


Car hits townhomes, buildings catch fire in Newark, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:00

Car hits townhomes, buildings catch fire in Newark, Del.A number of townhomes went up in flames on Monday after a car slammed into a building.


Gay couple sue DMV over driver's license names

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:00
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A gay couple sued the state's motor vehicle agency for revoking drivers' licenses they said they received by showing their marriage license from New York, the latest challenge to Florida's ban on same-sex unions.

House nearing vote on 1-year package of tax breaks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:58

FILE - In this March 22, 2103 file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building is seen in Washington. House Republicans are moving to pass a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals. Most of the more than 50 tax breaks expired at the end of 2013, so the extension would only run through the end of the month. However, it would allow taxpayers to claim the tax breaks when they file their 2014 tax returns. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are moving to pass a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals.


PHOTOS: Fire erupts after car hits townhomes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:57

 Fire erupts after car hits townhomesThe Action Cam and Chopper 6 were on the scene after a car hit a block of townhomes in Newark, Del.


Hispanics targeted in 2nd year of health overhaul

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:52

In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, a couple dances as benefits agent Patricia Sarabia, right, while Blue Bridge Benefits LLC, and radio D.J. Cesar Montalvo try to attract customers to the Blue Cross Blue Shield display promoting Obama Care at Compare Foods in Winston-Salem, N.C. Such atypical approaches to selling health insurance policies are playing out across the country since the second round of open enrollment under the federal Affordable Care Act opened in mid-November. Insurance companies and some states are focusing heavily on signing up eligible Hispanics, a group that accounts for a large share of the nation's uninsured but largely avoided applying for coverage during the first full year the health care reform law was in effect. Hispanics accounted for just 11 percent of those who enrolled in the private policies sold during the initial sign-up period, which ended in March. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Between the avocado and grapefruit displays, Adolfo Briceno approaches customers in the bustling Hispanic supermarket to ask whether they have health insurance.


Hispanics targeted in 2nd year of health overhaul

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 03:52

In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, a couple dances as benefits agent Patricia Sarabia, right, while Blue Bridge Benefits LLC, and radio D.J. Cesar Montalvo try to attract customers to the Blue Cross Blue Shield display promoting Obama Care at Compare Foods in Winston-Salem, N.C. Such atypical approaches to selling health insurance policies are playing out across the country since the second round of open enrollment under the federal Affordable Care Act opened in mid-November. Insurance companies and some states are focusing heavily on signing up eligible Hispanics, a group that accounts for a large share of the nation's uninsured but largely avoided applying for coverage during the first full year the health care reform law was in effect. Hispanics accounted for just 11 percent of those who enrolled in the private policies sold during the initial sign-up period, which ended in March. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Between the avocado and grapefruit displays, Adolfo Briceno approaches customers in the bustling Hispanic supermarket to ask whether they have health insurance.