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Defense rests in penalty phase of Jodi Arias trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:31

Jodi Arias sits in the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in Phoenix(Reuters) - Defense attorneys for convicted killer Jodi Arias have rested their case in the penalty phase of her trial in Phoenix without calling her back to the witness stand, court officials said on Tuesday. Arias, 34, faces the death penalty for the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, who was found in the shower of his Phoenix-area home, stabbed 27 times, his throat slashed and shot in the face. As part of her sentencing retrial that began in October, Arias spent parts of two days in late October and early November testifying before jurors in Maricopa County Superior Court without the public or the media present for the proceedings. It was not clear if the order that Arias' testimony be public was a factor in the decision by defense lawyers not to put her back on the witness stand.


Once ubiquitous, parking garages fall to the wrecking ball

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:30

In this Jan. 26, 2015 photo, heavy machinery nears completion of the removal of a 1960s-era parking garage in downtown Asheville, N.C. A developer will begin constructing a nine-story, upscale hotel with retail along the street _ circling back to what was there before the '60s. Communities across the country are demolishing the garages and putting up buildings again, confident that more people will be drawn to lively offices, hotels and housing. (AP Photo/The Citizen-Times, William Woody)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall.


Obama dropping plan to tax college savings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:27

U.S. President Obama delivers a speech at Siri Fort Auditorium in New DelhiPresident Barack Obama has dropped a controversial proposal to tax "529" college savings plans, a White House official said on Tuesday, calling it a "distraction" from administration efforts to provide middle-class tax relief. The proposal had aroused opposition from Republicans and Democrats in Congress. A source familiar with the situation said House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi had pressed senior administration officials to drop the proposal as she flew with Obama on Air Force One from India to Saudi Arabia. "Given it has become such a distraction, we’re not going to ask Congress to pass the 529 provision so that they can instead focus on delivering a larger package of education tax relief that has bipartisan support," the White House official said.


Minnesota terror suspect to be released to halfway house

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:17
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group will be released to a halfway house while his case is pending, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Executive: No guarantee BP would help pay subsidiary's fines

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:12
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An executive for the BP subsidiary that faces billions of dollars in possible fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill testified Tuesday that it is uncertain whether other BP entities would step in to help pay a steep penalty.

Moods are sunny at the shore after the snow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:10

Moods are sunny at the shore after the snowIn our area, the Jersey Shore saw the most snow. The water is still churning and it's still very cold, but the winds have died down and the sun is starting to peek out.


Grounds laid out for death penalty in trooper ambush case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:07
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor formally notified a court on Tuesday he is seeking the death penalty for the survivalist accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another in a barracks ambush in September.

TSA finding more guns in airport carry-on bags

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:02
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The government says it is finding more guns in carry-on bags at U.S. airports.

AP PHOTOS: Snowstorm pounds Northeast _ most of it, anyway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:00

Frozen sea spray coats a road sign and a church during a winter storm in Marshfield, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The storm punched out a section of the seawall in the coastal town, police said. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Arriving with warnings of "potentially historic" snowfall, Tuesday's snowstorm managed to deliver on that promise in New England, but dealt only a glancing blow of less than 10 inches in New York City and a whimper of 1.2 inches in Philadelphia.


Woman robbed while sitting inside vehicle in Fishtown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:58

Woman robbed while sitting inside vehicle in FishtownPhiladelphia police are searching for a male suspect who robbed a woman while she was sitting in her car in the city's Fishtown section.


Washington state bill would scrap delayed Seattle tunnel project

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:57
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two Washington state lawmakers have introduced a bill to scrap a $3.1 billion roadway overhaul and expressway tunnel excavation in Seattle, branding the project a failure beset by cost overruns, construction mishaps and delays. The project to replace an aging waterfront freeway in downtown Seattle has been stalled since December 2013, when the world's largest earth-boring machine, nicknamed Bertha, became stuck underground after drilling just one-tenth of a planned tunnel route. A bill sponsored by two Republican state senators, Doug Erickson and Michael Baumgartner, says the tunnel project is ill-conceived and likely to be plagued by additional construction problems and massive cost overruns. The measure is likely to be opposed by Governor Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, as well as supporters in the state legislature and Seattle City Council.

Record iPhone sales drive blowout quarter for Apple

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:56
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season.

2 Arizona law officers wounded in shootout; suspect dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:35
MORENCI, Ariz. (AP) — Two Arizona law enforcement officers were recovering Tuesday after being wounded in a shootout that killed a domestic violence suspect in a small mining town near the New Mexico border, authorities said.

Confessed killer testifies against man with bodies in yard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:32
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A confessed killer told a jury Tuesday he helped a man torture and kill a pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend as part of a plot to rob him of tens of thousands of dollars he had made from illegal drug sales.

Democrats put brakes on Iran sanctions bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:31

Senate Banking Committee member Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. gives his opening statement on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, during the committee's hearing on Iran sanctions. A group of Senate Democrats told the White House on Tuesday that they won't support passage of an Iran sanctions bill until at least the end of March. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday put the brakes on new Iran sanctions legislation, ending for now a looming showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama over negotiations to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon.


Big costs drag AT&T to 4Q loss, but revenue up 4 percent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:30

In this Oct. 21, 2014 photo, people pass an AT&T store in New York's Times Square. AT&T reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)DALLAS (AP) — AT&T booked a nearly $4 billion loss for the fourth quarter because of a slew of one-time expenses that included a loss on benefit plans, but its revenue grew 4 percent to top expectations.


Accuweather: Nor'easter spares us, blasts New England

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:28

 Nor'easter spares us, blasts New EnglandAccuWeather: Meteorologist David Murphy says this afternoon looks cold and windy.


Judge to rule on venue for Caesars bankruptcy case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:20
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge is set to rule on whether the Chapter 11 case of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. should proceed in Delaware or in Illinois.

Man charged w/ sexually abusing, killing 19-day-old daughter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:19

Man charged w/ sexually abusing, killing 19-day-old daughterA 30-year-old man has been charged with sexually abusing and killing his 19-day-old daughter.


Smithsonian working to finalize deal for new site in London

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:08

The Smithsonian Institution's Smithsonian Castle is seen at the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The Smithsonian Institution is working to establish its first international museum outpost in London as the city redevelops its Olympic park. Smithsonian officials announced Tuesday that London's mayor and developers have secured $50 million in private contributions to build the facility. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — As London works to redevelop its Olympic park from 2012 with a new cultural center, it could eventually include an import from the United States. The Smithsonian Institution is working to establish its first international museum outpost in Britain.