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Another failed Revel sale typifies Atlantic City's woes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:19

In this May 10, 2012 photo, a rolling chair operator works in front of the Revel Casino Hotel on the Atlahntic City, N.J. Boardwalk. On Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015, the owners of the casino, which shut down on Sept. 2, 2014, canceled a deal to sell it to a Florida developer for $95.4 million,a day after the deadline for the sale had passed. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Nothing screams "failure" louder than a $2.4 billion casino that nobody wants, even at a 96 percent discount.


Israel gives $1 million honor to Wikipedia founder, 5 others

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:17
JERUSALEM (AP) — Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is among the winners of this year's Dan David Prize for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments.

Animal welfare groups target greyhound tracks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:16
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two animal welfare groups are trying to bring about the end of greyhound racing, which has been declining for years, with an aggressive effort to change laws and public opinion in the states where dogs still race.

South Carolina woman gets prison for kidnapping daughter and fleeing overseas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:07

Dorothy Lee Barnett is pictured in this undated booking photo provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's OfficeBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A woman accused of kidnapping her infant daughter from South Carolina in 1994 and living overseas with her for nearly two decades was sentenced to 21 months in a U.S. prison on Tuesday. Dorothy Lee Barnett, 54, who was arrested in 2013 in Australia and extradited in September to Charleston, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to federal charges of international parental kidnapping and falsifying passports. Prosecutors have said Barnett vanished with her baby girl during a court-approved visit in South Carolina after her ex-husband, Benjamin Harris Todd, was granted legal custody of their child in a contentious divorce. Barnett moved overseas, remarried and changed her name to Maria Geldenhuys, according to court records.


US charges Iowa widow over how she deposited husband's cash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:07
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa widow is charged with a crime and had nearly $19,000 seized from her bank after depositing her late husband's legally earned money in a way that evaded federal reporting requirements.

$485 million Powerball jackpot is 5th largest in US history

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:04
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $485 million, making Wednesday night's drawing the fifth largest prize in U.S. history.

Serial flight stowaway jailed in Florida, nabbed at beach resort

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:02
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A woman notorious for sneaking onto commercial flights has been jailed in North Florida, where she was caught checking into a beach resort under a false name, authorities said on Tuesday. Marilyn Hartman managed to board a flight from Minnesota to Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday without a ticket, according to an arrest report from the Nassau County Sheriff's Office. At the northeast Florida airport, the 63-year-old stowaway was asked by a resort shuttle driver if she was another woman with a reservation at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

Texas lieutenant governor: National Guard not leaving border

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:01
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican lieutenant governor of Texas says state leaders no longer want the Texas National Guard off the border with Mexico next month as originally planned.

Jury hears taped confession in New York boy's murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 03:01

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A jury intently watched the videotaped confession on Tuesday of a man accused of murdering Etan Patz in 1979 and heard him say he choked the 6-year-old boy and "just couldn't let go." In the courtroom, Pedro Hernandez, 54, saw himself on a large screen near the jury tell law enforcement he lured the boy to the basement of the Soho deli where he worked, strangled him, placed him in a box and dumped the body in an alley. He said, 'Yeah,' so I told him to go to the basement," Hernandez said under questioning by Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Armand Durastanti.   He described Patz as blonde, wearing a little jacket and carrying a book bag and said he strangled the boy. I felt like something just took over me, and I was choking him," Hernandez said on the videotape. "He was still gasping," Hernandez said on the videotape.


Man charged with murder of Virginia student Hannah Graham

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:59

Jesse Matthew is pictured in this booking photoA hospital worker has been charged with the murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, whose disappearance shocked the campus and drew national headlines, authorities said on Tuesday. Jesse Matthew Jr., 33, of Charlottesville, Virginia, was indicted by an Albemarle County grand jury last week. He was the last person seen with Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore, who went missing in September. Matthew has been charged with first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile, Albemarle County prosecutor Denise Lunsford said.


Search underway for man swept into surf at California beach

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:41
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A search is underway for an 18-year-old Nevada man who was swept off rocks into the ocean at a Southern California beach.

13-year-old girl wounded by stray bullet at LA bus stop

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:36
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say a 13-year-old girl was wounded in the leg by an apparent stray bullet while she was waiting at a bus stop in South Los Angeles.

Fed report: Time to examine purposely cooling planet idea

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's time to study and maybe even test the idea of cooling the Earth by injecting sulfur pollution high in the air to reflect the sun's heat, a first-of-its-kind federal science report said Tuesday.

Gay marriage comes to Alabama over chief judge's objections

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:24

Gay marriage comes to Alabama over chief judge's objectionsGay marriage arrived to parts of Alabama on Monday - but not to others - after the state's chief justice sought to put the weddings on hold, echoing familiar southern refrains of resistance to the intrusion of federal courts.


Obama to create new agency to examine cyberthreats

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 02:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is setting up a new agency designed to coordinate cyberthreat intelligence that currently is spread across the federal government.

Outer SB lanes reopen after massive water main break floods Roosevelt Boulevard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:48

Officials estimate Roosevelt Blvd. fully reopened by 8-9 p.m. after water main breakPolice have reopened the southbound outer lanes, but all other lanes of the Roosevelt Boulevard remained shut down after a massive water main break in Northeast Philadelphia.


Florida lawyer sparks debate about rights at DUI checkpoints

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:47

In this Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 photo, attorney Warren Redlich holds up a flyer he designed following an interview in Delray Beach, Fla. The DUI attorney contends that when a driver approaches a police drunk-driving checkpoint, they don't have to speak to the officers. He contends that commonly-used police drunk driving checkpoints violate drivers' constitutional rights. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — Drivers at drunken-driving checkpoints don't have to speak to police or even roll down their windows. They just have to place their license and registration on the glass, along with a note saying they have no comment, won't permit a search and want a lawyer. At least, that's the view of a South Florida attorney.


2 suspected drug dealers shot, wounded in Port Richmond

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:46

2 suspected drug dealers shot, wounded in Port RichmondPhiladelphia Police say two suspected drug dealers were shot and wounded overnight in Port Richmond.


AccuWeather: Icy Morning, Milder Afternoon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:45

 Icy Morning, Milder AfternoonMeteorologist David Murphy says two shots of colder air are on the way, along with some snow showers.


Fatal multi-vehicle accident on New Jersey Turnpike, victim ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:38

Fatal multi-vehicle accident on New Jersey Turnpike, victim ID'dA number of crashes on an icy interstate toll road involving 40 vehicles that left one person dead and several others injured are under investigation, New Jersey State Police said Tuesday.