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Police responded often to home of man killed at Ohio airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:58

Emergency vehicles converge at the ticketing level at Port Columbus International Airport after officials say an airport police officer shot and killed a man after a confrontation, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Airport spokesman David Whittaker says the officer was not injured and airport operations are normal. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)HILLIARD, Ohio (AP) — Police responded frequently to disturbances in the past year at the apartment of a man who was fatally shot after authorities said he lunged at an officer with a knife outside an airport, according to records released Thursday.

Jodi Arias loses bid to put sentencing retrial on hold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:57
PHOENIX (AP) — Convicted murderer Jodi Arias has lost a bid to put her sentencing retrial on hold while she appeals a court's ruling over the public's access to her trial.

Record-breaking cold closes U.S. schools, sends penguins inside

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:53

A pedestrian is bundled up against frigid temperatures on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Chicago. Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits around the U.S., with wind chills driving them even lower. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)By Barbara Goldberg (Reuters) - Record-breaking cold that gripped the U.S. East and Midwest on Thursday snarled travel, shut schools, filled homeless shelters and even led to zoo penguins being ordered inside. Snow expected to accumulate to 3 feet (1 meter) deep was falling in upstate New York near Watertown, and snow already blanketing South Dakota was whipped by winds into a "ground blizzard" that made driving treacherous, said meteorologist Dan Petersen of the National Weather Service. ...

South Dakota standoff ends with suspect's surrender

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:52
(Reuters) - An armed man who shot a state trooper and barricaded himself in a southeastern South Dakota house on Wednesday has surrendered to authorities, authorities said on Thursday. The suspect, Donald London, 42, of Kimball, South Dakota, surrendered without incident at about 3:15 p.m. local time, according to a statement from the state's department of public safety. Sergeant John Koenig was seriously wounded when authorities tried to make contact with London at the house after he made a threatening phone call to the Brule County Sheriff's Office, authorities said. ...

TSA announces new security measures for airport workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:51
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal officials say the Transportation Security Administration is implementing additional security measures for airport and airline employees nationwide.

Saudi man ordered to leave U.S. over Texas army base incident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:47
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A Saudi national who prompted a four-hour lockdown at a U.S. Army post in Texas in November when he claimed to have a bomb in his car pleaded guilty to two federal charges on Thursday and agreed to leave the country in a deal to avoid more prison time. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery agreed not to sentence Mutasim Abdul-Aziz Alati, 24, to prison on condition he leave immediately and not return for the rest of his life. This was part of a plea bargain that gave him credit for time served. Alati has been in custody since the Nov. 23 incident. ...

1 injured in Trenton rowhome fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:46

1 injured in Trenton rowhome fireOne person was injured as flames tore through a rowhome in Trenton.

Man knocked unconscious during robbery in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:45

Man knocked unconscious during robbery in Center CityPhiladelphia police are searching for 2 suspects who knocked a man unconscious during a robbery and then used his stolen credit card at several convenience stores in Center City.

Feds want recordings of New Jersey bridge scandal testimony

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:45
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A joint legislative committee investigating traffic lane closures at one of the world's busiest bridges has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors again — this time for video and audio recordings of testimony from a former top Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official.

Texas seismologists investigate quakes near old Cowboys stadium

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:43

Texas Stadium, former home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, is demolished in Irving, TexasBy Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - (This story corrects paragraphs seven, removing reference to Exxon Mobil's XTO unit, which does not have operations in Irving.) Seismologists installed a new earthquake-monitoring device in the Dallas suburb of Irving this week after a series of minor temblors rocked an area near the site of the former Dallas Cowboys football stadium. Irving was shaken by nine quakes on Tuesday and into Wednesday, including three measuring magnitude 3.6, 3.5, and 3.1, the U.S. Geological Survey said. ...

Getaway driver in fire set by son that killed 3 gets prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:41
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A getaway driver who helped his drug dealer son flee an arson that killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, in Connecticut has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Police: Corrections officer accidentally shoots daughter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:35
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Police say an Alaska corrections officer accidentally shot his 12-year-old daughter in the leg when they went for physical therapy appointments.

Atlantic City to slash costs but reject more state oversight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:35
By Daniel Kelley (Reuters) - Atlantic City has endorsed steep budget cuts but rejected the idea of a state-appointed emergency manager as part of the struggling New Jersey gambling hub's recovery plan. The city council on Wednesday unanimously endorsed the plan, which envisions $40 million of budget cuts over four years on a roughly $260 million budget. It also calls for steep reductions to the municipal workforce and permission from the state to divert pension payments to debt reduction, and it seeks about $20 million in state aid. ...

Govt considering using Internet, smartphones for 2020 census

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:34

In this photo provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, tabulators in Washington record the information from the more than 120,000 enumerators who gathered data for the 1940 U.S. Census. The days of the census taker with a clipboard in hand may be numbered. Instead, the U.S. Census Bureau is testing digital means of counting Americans this year, from asking people to fill out their forms on the Internet instead of through the mail to giving their employees smartphones instead of paper to complete their counts. (AP Photo/National Archives and Records Administration)WASHINGTON (AP) — The days of the census taker with clipboard in hand may be numbered. The Census Bureau plans to test digital tools in preparation for the 2020 census, a change that could save millions of dollars.

Ohio drops 2-drug lethal injection method, delays execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:33

These undated file photos provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections show death row inmates Ronald Phillips and Raymond Tibbetts. Phillips' execution is scheduled for Feb. 11, 2015, and Tibbetts' for March 17, but, with Ohio’s supply of lethal injection drugs expiring April 1, the state won’t be able to carry out executions under its current system unless it finds a source for more drugs. (AP Photo/Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state said Thursday that it's dropping the two-drug combination administered to an inmate who repeatedly gasped and snorted during a troubling 26-minute execution.

UN chief appeals to extremists groups: Free the children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:31
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general is making a personal appeal to the Boko Haram and Islamic State extremist groups to "immediately and unconditionally" free the hundreds of children they have abducted.

Attorney seeks to use Boy Scout files in sex abuse trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:30

This undated photo provided by the California Department of Justice's official Internet web site, Megan's Law shows former Boy Scout leader Al Stein who has pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment in 2009. An attorney representing the young man who was molested by Stein in 2007 is asking a judge hearing the civil case to allow more than two decades of so-called "perversion" files on abusive Scout leaders into trial as evidence. A judge will hear arguments from both sides Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 about whether to allow the files as evidence in the trial. (AP Photo/California Department of Justice, Megan's Law)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit brought by a 20-year-old man who was molested by a Boy Scout leader in 2007 could force the organization to reveal 16 years' worth of "perversion" files documenting sex abuse allegations.

Investigator: NFL should have sought more info in Rice case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:29

 NFL should have sought more info in Rice caseA former FBI director hired to look into how the NFL pursued evidence in the Ray Rice abuse case says the league should have investigated more thoroughly before it initially punished the player.

Palestinians say ICC can examine war crimes allegations now

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:27
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court can immediately start examining allegations of war crimes against Israel if she chooses, the Palestinian U.N. ambassador said Thursday.

Slump in New York arrests, fines hits traffic lawyers, bail bondsmen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:07

An automobile sits illegally parked without a parking ticket issued by the NYPD in the Queens borough of New YorkBy Megan Davies NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sharp drop in arrests and fines in New York may prove costly for the city but it could already be hurting some traffic lawyers and bail bonds firms, which are seeing their phones ring less often as fewer people are in trouble and need help. The slump in arrest volume - last week's total was around half that recorded a year ago - is seen by supporters of new York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as evidence of a work slowdown by police officers angered by recent comments he made that they viewed as anti-police. ...