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Testimony postponed in Jodi Arias sentencing retrial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:22
PHOENIX (AP) — Testimony that was expected to resume Monday in Jodi Arias' sentencing retrial was postponed to let lawyers interview a witness whose identity hasn't been revealed.

Police: Man apologized on Facebook after stealing from grandmother

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:21

 Man apologized on Facebook after stealing from grandmotherA Delaware man is charged with stealing from his grandmother, and police say he later apologized to her on Facebook.

JetBlue flight diverted as Utah officers help restrain woman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:20

Salt Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Terry Wall, and from left, Robert Odor and Cody Stromberg took action to stop an unruly passenger on a flight from New York to Salt Lake City speak about the ordeal during a news conference at the Salt Lake County Sheriff Department on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The Utah officers say they helped restrain the woman about an hour into the flight when she had a medical issue and became combative. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Three Utah officers returning from the funeral of a slain New York City policeman helped restrain an unruly passenger on a JetBlue Airways flight until the plane was diverted to Chicago.

Coast Guard reports surge in Cubans trying to reach Florida

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:12

In this Dec. 30, 2014, photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island approach a boat with 12 Cuban migrants southwest of Key West, Fla. The Cuban migrants were repatriated to Cabanas, Cuba. Coast Guard officials said Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, that the number of Cubans attempting to reach Florida illegally by sea has surged since the U.S. and Cuba announced they would restore diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)MIAMI (AP) — Driven by fear that their window is closing, the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. illegally in rafts has surged since the two countries announced they would restore diplomatic relations after 50 years, Coast Guard officials said Monday.

Govt. report: Coal-related deaths in 2014 lowest ever in US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:07
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The nation's coal mines set a record for the lowest number of on-the-job fatalities last year, with 16, the federal mining agency said Monday.

UN Security Council heading to Haiti to press for elections

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:05
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is heading to Haiti later this month with a message for President Michel Martelly: It's past time to urgently organize credible elections.

Weed 101: Colorado tries 'neighborly' pot education

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:02

Colorado Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, front, responds to questions as Dr. Larry Volk, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Health and Environment looks on during a news conference to announce the rollout of the $5.7-million, state-sponsored advertising campaign Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Denver. The "Good to Know" advertisements will focus on marijuana laws and health effects, including the ban on use in public places, age restrictions, DUI laws, the dangers of overuse and other concerns related to the use of the products. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Colorado is taking a novel approach to marijuana education — not telling people to avoid the drug, just to use it safely.

Expert who oversaw German World War II records dead at 93

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Wolfe, who for more than 30 years served as a specialist in Nazi Germany at the National Archives and Records Administration, has died. He was 93.

2 wanted in violent Center City assault

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:59

2 wanted in violent Center City assaultPolice are looking for two men wanted in an attack in Center City that left a man with bleeding on his brain.

Two young American ski racers die in Austrian avalanche: USSA

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:53
VIENNA (Reuters) - Two young ski racers training with the U.S. development-level ski team were killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps on Monday, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) said on its website. Ronnie Berlack, 20, and Bryce Astle, 19, were caught by the avalanche while free-skiing in Soelden, in the Tyrol region, USSA said in a statement. Four other team members skiing with them survived. Berlack, from Franconia, New Hampshire, had been on the U.S. development team since 2013 and Astle, from Sandy, Utah, had been invited to train with it this season. ...

Don Tollefson rejects plea deal ahead of jury selection

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:52

Don Tollefson rejects plea deal ahead of jury selectionFormer Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson has rejected one final chance at a plea deal ahead of his trial.

$1M lottery ticket sold at Bucks County Wawa

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:51

$1M lottery ticket sold at Bucks County WawaFour lottery tickets worth $1-million are somewhere in Pennsylvania.

Court OKs trial for accused sniper in Pennsylvania trooper killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:47

Eric Matthew Frein is pictured in this October 2014 handout photoBy Joe McDonald MILFORD, Pa. (Reuters) - A state judge ruled on Monday there was enough evidence to put survivalist Eric Frein on trial in the shooting of two Pennsylvania state troopers, setting the stage for prosecutors to seek the death penalty. After a nearly five-hour hearing in Pike County Courthouse, Magisterial Judge Shannon Muir said Frein could stand trial on all charges against him in the Sept. 12 sniper attack that killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, then 31, outside their barracks during a shift change. ...

Pennsylvania boy, 10, to be tried as juvenile in beating death of woman, 90

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:46
By Elizabeth Daley Pittsburgh, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge ruled on Monday that a 10-year-old boy charged as an adult in the beating death of an elderly woman will have his trial moved to juvenile court, attorneys said. Tristen Kurilla of Damascus, Pennsylvania, a small township 120 miles northwest of New York City, was arrested in October on charges of criminal homicide and aggravated assault in the killing of 90-year-old Helen Novak at the home of Kurilla's grandfather. ...

Hundreds line up for wake of ex-New York Gov. Mario Cuomo

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:45
NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of mourners waited outside a funeral home Monday in a line that stretched more than a block to pay their respects to former three-term Gov. Mario Cuomo, who died just hours after his son was sworn in for his second term.

Former U.S. cyber security official sentenced for child porn

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:44
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former acting director of cyber security at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was sentenced on Monday to 25 years in prison for his role in a child pornography ring, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Timothy DeFoggi, a 56-year-old former Maryland resident, was convicted after trial in August of conspiring to advertise and distribute child pornography and of accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography. ...

Massey ex-CEO's trial over fatal mine blast delayed to April

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:43
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday delayed by nearly three months the criminal trial of former Massey Energy Co Donald Blankenship on charges he violated federal mine safety laws prior to a 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 miners. U.S. District Judge Irene Berger in Beckley, West Virginia, delayed the jury trial to April 20 from Jan. 26, court records show. The delay gives Blankenship more time to mount a defense. ...

Chill, snow and rain bring taste of winter to much of US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:41

Snow will stretch through the Plain into the northern Rocky Mountains along a frontal boundary over the area. Showers and mountain snow will be likely through the Northwest. The Great Lakes region will see additional lake-effect snow showers. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)CHICAGO (AP) — A year after a brutal cold spell was blamed on something called the polar vortex — which was treated like a northern invasion by the media and as a conquering hero by children impressed by its power to close schools — this week's chill is little more than what meteorologists like to call winter.

Miami judge who overturned ban weds gays and lesbians

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:41

Same-sex couples in Miami celebrate Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel's lifting of the legal stay she had placed on her July decision declaring the wedding ban discriminatory, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Miami. Miami-Dade County Clerk Harvey Ruvin says he will begin issuing licenses immediately, so the first gay and lesbian weddings could take place Monday afternoon. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Emily Michot) MAGS OUTMIAMI (AP) — Lesbian and gay couples were wed in Miami on Monday by the same judge who approved their marriage licenses, hours before Florida's coming-out party as the nation's 36th state where same-sex marriages are now legal statewide.

Senegal to expel Gambian opposition figure after failed coup

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:39
DAKAR (Reuters) - Senegal was preparing to deport an exiled Gambian opposition figure who called for his countrymen to rise up and overthrow President Yahya Jammeh during a failed coup attempt last month, his lawyer said on Monday. Gunmen attacked the presidential palace in Gambia's capital, Banjul, last week while Jammeh was out of the country. In a video posted on the Internet and in a later interview on Senegalese television, Sheikh Sidia Bayo, head of the Dakar-based National Transitional Council of The Gambia, called upon Gambians to support the putsch. ...