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Disney announces new 'Toy Story' movie

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:36

Disney announces new 'Toy Story' movieWoody, Buzz and the rest of the gang are coming back in 'Toy Story 4'

Georgia city settles lawsuit over stun-gun death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:24
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia city has settled a wrongful death suit filed by the family of a man who died in April after two police officers used Tasers on him more than a dozen times, their attorney said on Thursday. Attorney Chris Stewart said the settlement was for the maximum covered by the insurance policy of the suburban Atlanta city of East Point. He did not disclose the amount, but city officials told the Atlanta Journal Constitution the maximum is $1 million. ...

New Orleans political consultant victim of possible fire bombing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:19
By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A fire that badly damaged the home of a New Orleans political consultant on Thursday appears to have been set deliberately, authorities said, raising concerns it may have been a politically motivated attack. Two vehicles owned by Mario Zervigon, a political fundraiser with no obvious enemies, were set ablaze at shortly after 2 a.m., authorities said. The vehicles were parked on opposite sides of the street, and the fire in the vehicle parked in Zervigon's driveway spread to his house. ...

2 charged in death of boy hung by feet, beaten

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:05

This photo combo of undated images provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, in Pennsylvania, shows Gary Lee Fellenbaum, left, and Jillian Tait, who were charged Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, with murder in the death of Tait's 3-year-old son, Scott McMillan. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)A Pennsylvania couple went car shopping, bought pizza and engaged in sexual activity as the woman's unresponsive 3-year-old son lay dying after weeks of escalating abuse that ended in three days of systematic torture, authorities said Thursday.

Teacher told to stay away after trip to Africa

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:05
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic school teacher was told to take a leave of absence for 21 days when she returned from a mission trip to Kenya, even though the country is thousands of miles from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.

Philadelphia abduction suspect accused of violent rape in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:04

Delvin Barnes is pictured in this booking photoBy John Clarke (Reuters) - A 37-year-old man accused of abducting a woman from a Philadelphia sidewalk this week in a dramatic act caught on surveillance video faces attempted murder and rape charges for a separate incident in Virginia, police said on Thursday. Delvin Barnes, who police initially identified as Devlen Barnes, was arrested in a parking lot on Wednesday in Jessup, Maryland, over 100 miles (160 km) from where he is suspected of kidnapping 22-year old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither three days earlier, the Philadelphia Police Department said in a statement. ...

Former Illinois congressman Evans dies at 63

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:02
(Reuters) - Former Illinois congressman Lane Evans, a champion for U.S. veterans who had suffered with Parkinson's disease for years, died late on Wednesday in East Moline, Illinois, his guardian said. He was 63. Evans, a Democrat who represented the Quad Cities in northwestern Illinois, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and served until 2007. "Former Representative Lane Evans was one of the most decent people I've met in public life," David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, said on Twitter. ...

Subpoena fight resolved over FBI-Caesars search

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:02

Wei Seng Phua walks into federal court Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. Phua, his son Darren Wai Kit Phua, Seng Chen Yong, Wai Kin Yong and four others were arrested in July after federal agents raided three high-roller villas at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge in Nevada heard defense attorneys allege Thursday that the FBI improperly enlisted Caesars Palace officials to obtain a crucial search warrant before arresting eight men now charged with setting up an international Internet gambling hub at the Las Vegas Strip resort.

Many Missouri counties not granting gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:58

April Dawn Breeden, left, and her long-time partner Crystal Peairs, right, are married by Rev. Katie Hotze-Wilton, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at City Hall in St. Louis. St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison overturned Missouri's ban on gay marriage on Wednesday saying the law is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Many local officials across Missouri were declining to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday, saying a court ruling invalidating the state's gay-marriage ban applies only to St. Louis.

Driver convicted in speedy lap around NYC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:56
NEW YORK (AP) — A driver who whizzed across 26 miles of New York City in 24 minutes was convicted Thursday of reckless endangerment for a stunt trumpeted in dashboard-camera video posted online.

Ga. city settles over death after stun gun use

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:54
ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area city has agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a man who died after police officers used stun guns on him, attorneys said Thursday.

For-profit colleges sue U.S. Education Department over crackdown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:47
By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group representing for-profit colleges on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration's new gainful employment rules that aim to protect students from lackluster degrees and huge debt loads. The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, representing 1,400 institutions, filed the suit at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, saying the rule is unconstitutional and would hurt millions of students in those colleges. The U.S. ...

Inventor of CorningWare glass dies in New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:46

FILE- In this 1950 photo provided by Corning Inc., Dr. Don Stookey prepares to expose an image to ultraviolet light. Stookey, who forever changed cooking with the invention of CorningWare, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at an assisted living center in Rochester, New York. He was 99.(AP Photo/Corning, Inc.)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — S. Donald Stookey is no household name, but his best-known invention truly is: CorningWare, the durable, heat-resistant ceramic glass used since the 1950s to make millions upon millions of baked lasagnas, tuna casseroles and other potluck-dinner dishes.

DNA in '05 assault matches that of UVa suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:46
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — DNA recovered from under the fingernail of a sexual-assault victim in 2005 matches that of the man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, according to a forensic analysis.

Three charged in U.S. presidential helicopter fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:39
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A federal grand jury has indicted three men in a fraud scheme involving the helicopters used to transport the U.S. president and vice president, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. The five-count indictment accused a Marine Corps officer, along with two retired military mechanics who now operate a defense contractor, of conspiring on a bid to do work for Marine Helicopter Squadron One, or HMX-1, according to the U.S. attorney's office in the Eastern District of North Carolina. ...

Trial of Pittsburgh researcher accused of poisoning wife goes to jury

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:37
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The jury in the trial of a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher accused of the 2013 murder of his neurologist wife began deliberating on Thursday after prosecutors told them that Robert Ferrante fed cyanide to Autumn Klein out of jealousy, while his defense denied poison was even the cause of her death. A day after Ferrante took the stand in his own defense, prosecutor Lisa Pellegrini described him as emotionless when speaking of his wife’s death. ...

Remains found in California desert those of missing film executive

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:36

FILE - This file photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows missing 20th Century Fox executive Gavin Smith who was last seen May 1, 2012. The Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed early Thursday Nov. 6, 2014 that the remains of Gavin Smith have been positively identified. (AP Photo/Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Human remains found by hikers in a shallow grave in the desert east of Los Angeles have been identified as those of a Hollywood studio executive who vanished in 2012 and was believed murdered, police said on Thursday. The hikers came across a skull and other bones in a shallow grave near Palmdale, 40 miles east of Los Angeles, Lieutenant Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told a news conference. ...

Appeals court upholds gay marriage bans, reversing trend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:34

A couple embraces on the Pennsylvania State Capital steps following a rally with gay rights supporters in HarrisburgA federal appeals court on Thursday upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, reversing the trend in federal courts to strike down such bans and piling pressure on the Supreme Court to take up the matter. Court of Appeals is the first ruling by a federal appeals court upholding bans on same-sex marriage. When the Supreme Court in October refused to intervene in the issue, all other appellate courts that had weighed in had struck down state bans on gay marriage. This new decision could force a showdown at the Supreme Court and lead to a nationwide ruling on the constitutionality of such bans.

New York City Sandy-hit hospitals to be reimbursed with FEMA funds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:27

The extensive damage to an amusement park roller coaster in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is seen in Seaside HeightsNEW YORK (Reuters) - A number of New York City public hospitals impacted by 2012's Superstorm Sandy will be reimbursed with at least $1.6 billion paid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency program, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. The funds will go to reimburse the city's Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) for repairs already undertaken since Sandy, de Blasio said in an emailed statement of his remarks. The money will also fund projects to protect against future storms, such as providing hospitals with new pumps, flood-proof elevators and new flood walls, he said. ...

Bottom Dollar Food to close all 66 stores

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:26

Bottom Dollar Food to close all 66 storesThe Bottom Dollar Food grocery chain says it's closing all 66 of its stores, including 46 stores in the Philadelphia area by the end of the year.