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NYC mayor happy to not hold a groundhog this year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:06
NEW YORK (AP) — The groundhog might see his shadow on Feb. 2 — but he won't be seeing Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Arrest made in 'Mrs. Doubtfire' arson in San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:03
(Reuters) - Police arrested a woman on Wednesday suspected of setting small fires at the San Francisco home featured in the 1993 Robin Williams comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire" and owned by her former physician, officials said. Tyqwon Eugenen Welch, 25 of Los Angeles, was arrested in San Jose and booked on suspicion of attempted murder, criminal threats, trespassing, arson and possession of an incendiary device, San Francisco police said in a statement. Police spokesman Albie Esparza said the suspect had been a patient of the house's owner, plastic surgeon Dr. Douglas Ousterhout. ...

Arizona signals plan to appeal decision on human smuggling law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:00
By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - The Arizona attorney general's office plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that struck down a 2005 law against human smuggling, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican elected to the position in November, filed the notice of intent to appeal on Tuesday, which was the deadline, said his spokeswoman Kristen Keogh. In November, U.S. ...

Pennsylvania jail guard made inmates play 'patty cake': prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:54
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A jail guard in suburban Philadelphia faces criminal charges after being accused of sexually taunting inmates and forcing them to play "patty-cake" to escape punishment. Joseph Mullen, 34, was charged on Wednesday with official oppression and harassment, both misdemeanors, while working as a guard at the men's wing of the Bucks County Correctional Facility in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The action came after a grand jury found enough evidence for prosecutors to charge him. ...

Injured California hiker located via Facebook after 911 call fails

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:52
By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A badly injured California hiker stranded on a remote trail was located by a quick-thinking dispatch trainee using Facebook after a 911 distress call got cut off, authorities said Wednesday. Ryan Pritchard, 41, was hiking Sunday afternoon with his sons Jake, 11, and Devon, 18, in the rugged Putah Creek State Wildlife Area near Lake Barryessa, about 30 miles east of his Sacramento home, when he slipped on a loose rock and fell 150 feet down a cliff and landed in a tree. ...

Local politician's threat to sue Maryland newspaper backfires

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:52
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Maryland politician's threat to sue a newspaper if it printed his name has backfired, with the dispute and the politician's name now splashed across the Internet and social media. Angered by a news story, Kirby Delauter, a Republican member of the Frederick County Council, said in a posting on Facebook on Saturday that he would sue the Frederick News-Post if it used his name in any way without permission. "Use my name again unauthorized and you'll be paying for an attorney," Delauter wrote. "Your rights stop where mine start. ...

Abuse accusations surface in teen sibling shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:49
WHITE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl who killed her 16-year-old brother suffered years of physical abuse, including being locked in a room for days with only a blanket and a bucket to urinate in, and was sexually abused by her uncle, according to police reports and interviews.

Netflix says it wants to stream 'The Interview'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:48

This photo released by Sony - Columbia Pictures shows James Franco, left, as Dave and Seth Rogen as Aaron in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." Netflix's chief content officer says the streaming service wants to make Sony's "The Interview" available to its 53 million worldwide subscribers. (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures, Ed Araquel)PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Netflix wants to make Sony's "The Interview" available to its 53 million worldwide subscribers, the streaming service's chief content officer said Wednesday.


9 measles cases linked to Disney theme parks in California

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:45

FILE - In this Aug. 2013 file photo, fans attend an event at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Seven Californians and two people in Utah have confirmed cases of measles likely contracted on trips last month to Disney theme parks in California, state officials said Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Mindy Schauer) MANDATORY CREDIT, LA TIMES OUT, MAGS OUTSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Seven Californians and two people in Utah have confirmed cases of measles likely contracted on trips last month to Disney theme parks in California, state officials said Wednesday.


Arizona signals plan to appeal decision on human smuggling law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:41
(Reuters) - The Arizona attorney general's office plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that struck down a 2005 law against human smuggling, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican elected to the position in November, filed the notice of intent to appeal on Tuesday, which was the deadline, said his spokeswoman Kristen Keogh. In November, U.S. ...

Police detain suspect in arson at 'Mrs. Doubtfire' home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:36

A San Francisco Police officer stands outside of a home where the Robin Williams movie "Mrs. Doubtfire" was filmed in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Police are investigating two small fires at the "Mrs. Doubtfire" home that caused minor damage to the front door, where a doormat was set ablaze, and the side of a garage, where another small fire was ignited. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police arrested a woman Wednesday in connection with two small arson fires set at a house that served as the backdrop to the popular "Mrs. Doubtfire" movie starring Robin Williams.


Five accused of staging accidents in suburban NY insurance scam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:35
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Five people in suburban New York were arrested on Wednesday and accused of staging automobile accidents and submitting fraudulent insurance claims, authorities said. The suspects rented U-Haul trucks and intentionally ran them into cars driven by other members of the accused ring, who then faked injuries, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. During 2010 and 2011, he said, they staged three accidents in Long Island, a suburban area east of New York City. ...

Maine police: Truck of cheap light bulbs headed for Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:26
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Three men purchased enough state-subsidized, energy-efficient light bulbs to fill a rented truck with the bright idea of selling them for a profit in Chicago, police said Wednesday.

House rejects bid to ease bank regulations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Tuesday rejected legislation altering a key provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank overhaul of financial services regulations that would give U.S. banks another two years — to 2019 — to ensure that their holdings of certain complex and risky securities don't put them afoul of a new banking regulation.

Former soldier fatally shot doctor at Army medical facility in Texas: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:19
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A former soldier who had also been an employee at a U.S. Army medical facility in El Paso fatally shot a psychologist at a veteran's clinic in the west Texas city and then took his own life, an FBI agent said on Wednesday. The shooter, identified as Jerry Serrato, 48, a former desk clerk at the veterans' clinic of the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, shot Dr. Timothy Fjordbak and then took his own life, FBI Special Agent Douglas Lindquist told a news conference. ...

After Crosby coal, young Flyers fan gets belated Christmas gift

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:18

After Crosby coal, young Flyers fan gets belated Christmas giftThe Philadelphia Flyers helped replace the coal a young fan got in his stocking.


Connecticut governor seeks transportation funding in second term

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:18
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said on Wednesday that he wants to create a "lock box" for transportation funding because states that do not invest in infrastructure will face long-term economic struggles. The Democratic governor called transportation infrastructure "one of the largest challenges we face – something that has held us back for decades and that, left unfixed, would hamper our economy for decades to come. ...

Killing of unarmed Montana man by police found justified

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:16

Billings police officer Grant Morrison testifies during a coroner's inquest on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 in Billings, Montana. Morrison testified about the events leading up to his shooting of unarmed man, 38-year-old Richard Ramirez. A seven-person jury on Wednesday determined Morrison's actions were justified. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A jury at a coroner's inquest determined Wednesday that a Montana police officer was justified in shooting and killing an unarmed man high on methamphetamine during a traffic stop.


Health care sign-ups steady as uninsured rate hits new low

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:13

FILE - This Nov. 12, 2014 file photo shows the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore. Sign-ups under President Barack Obama's health care law grew slowly but steadily over the New Year's holiday. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sign-ups under President Barack Obama's health care law grew slowly but steadily over the New Year's holiday, as the share of Americans still lacking coverage hit its lowest level in years.


Hearing for ex-Ravens cheerleader charged with raping teen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:01

Hearing for ex-Ravens cheerleader charged with raping teenA former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader charged with raping a teenage boy and providing other minors with alcohol is set for a court hearing Wednesday.