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Texas seismologists investigate quakes near old Cowboys stadium

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

NFL/By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - 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 hit by a magnitude 3.5 quake, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was the strongest in a series of nearly 20 minor quakes to hit around Irving since September. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. ...

The jury's makeup seen as critical in Boston Marathon case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 06:05

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, third from right, is depicted with his lawyers and U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. His trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 26. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — To try to save him from the death penalty in the Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers will probably look for jurors who are intellectually curious and eager to learn about other cultures and religions.

Judge will let jurors see Aaron Hernandez's trophy case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 06:04

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial hearing in the first of two murder cases against him at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Hernandez is charged with murder in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in 2013. He also is charged with killing two men in Boston in 2012. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in both cases. (AP Photo/CJ Gunther, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Jurors will get to see Aaron Hernandez's trophy case when they visit his home during the former New England Patriots star's murder trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Some of the prominent officials at Mario Cuomo's funeral

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 06:04
A list of some of the notable mourners at former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo's funeral on Tuesday:

One dead after crash on snowy road in Cherry Hill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 06:03

One dead after crash on snowy road in Cherry HillOne person is dead after a crash involving several vehicles on a snow-covered road in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Group seeks new grand jury in Ferguson police shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 05:56

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2014 file photo, members of Missouri National Guard stand outside of the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department following a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer , Darren Wilson, in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund has asked a Missouri judge on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 to convene a new grand jury to consider charges against Wilson citing "grave legal concerns" about the process. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, citing "grave legal concerns," is asking a Missouri judge to convene a new grand jury to consider charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Rockslide on interstate injures two in rain-pelted Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 05:38
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A boulder toppled onto an interstate highway on Tuesday in the mountains east of Seattle, striking two semi-trailer trucks and a car and injuring two people as Washington state grappled with landslides and flooding, officials said. More than eight inches of rain in the previous 24 hours saturated soil and caused the boulder and other rocks to fall down a slope onto Interstate 90 east of the Snoqualmie Pass summit just before 5 a.m., the Washington State Department of Transportation said. ...

'Not so fast,' New Mexico says to would-be lottery winner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 05:37
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - A New Mexico man who thought he hit the jackpot with a scratch-off instant lottery ticket will not be getting the $500,000 he believed he had won, after officials determined that matches were due to a printing malfunction, a lottery official said on Tuesday. New Mexico Lottery spokeswoman Linda Hamlin said the ticket John Wines bought for $20 at a gas station in Roswell, New Mexico, in December was defective. Wines thought he won $500,000, but a scan of the image's barcode said the card, for the Ruby 7s game, was not a winner. ...

Minor earthquake hit Dallas area

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 05:32
DALLAS (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.5 hit the Dallas area on Tuesday with no initial reports of injury or damage in the Texas city. The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake was near Irving, a suburb west of the city. A 3.5 magnitude earthquake is considered minor and usually causes no damage, according to the USGS. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Multiple bodies found at Georgia residence in possible murder-suicide: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 05:30
(Reuters) - Authorities discovered multiple bodies at a house outside Atlanta on Tuesday after being called there to check on a resident who had not shown up for work, police said. After a preliminary look at the house, it was not immediately clear how many people were dead there, although there were more than two bodies and their deaths did not appear to be accidental, said Paulding County Sheriff's Office spokesman Corporal Ashley Henson. ...

Pennsylvania agrees to keep mentally ill inmates out of solitary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 05:25
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has settled a lawsuit by agreeing to keep mentally ill inmates from being locked in solitary confinement and to improve their care, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. State prisons, under terms of the settlement, have hired added security and health professionals to ensure that mentally ill inmates spend at least 20 hours a day outside their cells, said Susan McNaughton, a Department of Corrections spokeswoman. ...

Bangladesh diplomat must face domestic worker's U.S. lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 05:16
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected a request by a Bangladesh diplomat and his wife to dismiss a lawsuit by a former domestic worker who accused them of forcing him to work without pay in slavery-like conditions. U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein in Manhattan said Monirul Islam, a former New York consul general of Bangladesh, and his wife Fahima Tahsina Prova were not immune from the lawsuit by Mashud Parves Rana, because their employment and supervision of him were not "consular functions. ...

Mom of Cleveland boy shot by police wants accountability

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 05:08

Samaria Rice, center, speaks about the investigation into the death of her son Tamir Rice, at a news conference with attorneys Walter Madison, left, and Benjamin Crump in Cleveland, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. A Cleveland police officer fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice on Nov. 22, 2014, as he played with a toy gun outside a recreation center. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)CLEVELAND (AP) — The mother of a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a police officer while carrying a pellet gun said Tuesday it doesn't matter to her who investigates her son's death as long as the officer who killed the boy is held accountable.

Blast near Colorado Springs NAACP chapter: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 05:01
DENVER (Reuters) - Authorities on Tuesday investigated an explosion near a building housing a chapter of the NAACP civil rights group in Colorado Springs. Police and the FBI responded to the blast and were at the location of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter, police and FBI representatives said. A woman who answered the phone at the NAACP office but declined to give her name said people inside the building heard a "loud boom" coming from a lawn area in the rear. ...

FBI helps investigate explosion near Colorado Springs NAACP

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:55
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The FBI is helping investigate an explosion near the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP.

Departing postmaster general slams banking duties proposal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retiring Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe scoffed Tuesday at suggestions that the Postal Service could ease some of its chronic financial woes by branching out and offering basic banking services to its customers.

Harold Hamm offers $975 million divorce check; ex-wife rejects it

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:49

File photo of Continental Resources CEO Hamm entering courthouse for divorce proceedings in Oklahoma City(Reuters) - Harold Hamm, chief executive of oil driller Continental Resources who is embroiled in a bitter divorce, offered to pay his former wife $974.8 million, but she rejected a hand-written check delivered to her legal team, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Hamm's offer to pay ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall immediately the full cash value of what he owes based on a November divorce ruling by an Oklahoma County judge was rejected, Hamm's lawyer, Michael Burrage, said in an emailed statement. "Ms. Arnall, through her counsel, stated that they were rejecting the ... payment because Ms. ...

Florida man accused of toting baby to home burglary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:44
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida man is accused of bringing his 5-month-old son to a home burglary attempt, during which he set the baby down so that he could pull a knife on the homeowner, police said on Tuesday. Corey Mathews, 22, was arrested on charges including aggregated assault and child neglect for his role in the attempted burglary on Monday evening, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department. Police said Mathews held his baby in a carseat as he acted as the lookout for another man trying to break into a home. ...

Life, no parole for man in 5-year-old girl's rape, murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:41
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man convicted in the abduction and slaying of his girlfriend's 5-year-old niece was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Correction: California Governor story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 04:39

California Gov. Jerry Brown poses for a selfie with Kristin Parker and her three-month old son, Rutherford Kermit Rich after attending the People's Inauguration Party outside the state Capitol Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown made history Monday when he was sworn in for his fourth term as governor of California, cautioning that the state is positioned for a bright future if it can live within its means. The 76-year-old Democrat told the audience at his inauguration that California is at a crossroads. The party was hosted by the Orange County Employees Association and the California Labor Federation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Jan. 5 about California Gov. Jerry Brown's inauguration speech calling for tougher climate change goals, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of an environmental nonprofit. The group is the Center for Biological Diversity, not the Center for Environmental Diversity.