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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. ...

U.S. charges Texas businessman, vet in Gambia coup bid

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:36
By Mark Hosenball and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a Texas businessman who allegedly wanted to be the president of Gambia with conspiring with a former U.S. Army sergeant and others to orchestrate a deadly coup attempt in the tiny African nation last week. The handful of coup plotters headed and bankrolled by housing developer Cherno Njie, 57, of Austin, had expected presidential palace guards to flee at a shot in the air when they attacked on Dec. 30, according to a federal complaint. ...

Bess Myerson, the 1st Jewish Miss America, dies at 90

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

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 1945 file photo, Bess Myerson, of New York, holds the scepter after being crowned Miss America 1945 at the annual Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America who parlayed her stunning 1945 victory into national celebrity, died Dec. 14, 2014, at her home in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 90. (AP Photo, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America and a New York political force until a series of scandals dubbed the "Bess Mess" forced her into obscurity, has died. She was 90.

N.Y. police arrest son in murder of hedge fund founder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:20
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - The son of a hedge fund founder was arrested on Monday and charged with the murder of his father, who was discovered shot to death in his New York apartment over the weekend, police said. Thomas Gilbert, 70, founder of the Wainscott Capital Partners Fund, was found shot once in the head Sunday afternoon in the bedroom of his Manhattan apartment, police said. His son was taken into custody and questioned, and he was arrested on charges of homicide and criminal possession of a weapon on Monday, according to New York Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. ...

Carmakers finish strong in 2014; are even better days ahead?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:16

Dodge Ram pickup trucks are on display on the lot at Landmark Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Morrow, Ga. Buoyed by a resurgent economy, holiday sales, cheap gasoline and a love affair with pickup trucks, Americans headed to car dealers in droves last month, pushing full-year sales to what's likely to be the highest level since 2006. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)DETROIT (AP) — Confident in the economy and cheered by cheap gas, Americans are likely to push new car sales to their highest level in a decade this year.

Suspect ordered to stand trial in ambush on state troopers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:14

Eric Frein, left, is led from the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 in Milford, Pa. Frein is charged with fatally shooting a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another during an ambush at their barracks in September. A judge on Monday ordered Frein to stand trial on the charges. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Frein led authorities on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono woods before marshals captured him at an abandoned airplane hangar. (AP Photo/David Kidwell)MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered a survivalist who called for revolution to stand trial on charges he fatally shot a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another outside their barracks, a case his attorneys acknowledge will be difficult to defend.

Nude man arrested in Oregon over home break-ins

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:13
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon man was still nude when he was arrested this weekend on accusations of breaking into a home, stripping off his clothes, soaking in a hot tub, taking a shower, then burglarizing another nearby residence, police said on Monday. Guillermo Brambila Lopez, 24, appears to have stolen only the alcohol he consumed before dawn on Sunday, although he may have caused some damage during his break-ins, said Jeff Kuhns, deputy police chief in Keizer, near the state capital, Salem. “This guy obviously had a pretty bad night,” Kuhns said. ...

Ms. Gaters' girls: Coach drives for wins, on court and off

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:13

Dorothy Gaters, center, coach of the girls' basketball team at John Marshall Preparatory High School, poses for photos with her team and assistant coaches after her 1,000th career win on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Chicago. Gaters has won more games than any high school basketball coach in Illinois, boys or girls. The back row includes Gwen Howard, left, a former player who is now an assistant coach; Tineesha Coleman, second from left; Temya Russell, fourth from left; and Juliunn Redmond, second from right. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)CHICAGO (AP) — The coach leans forward, her hands pressed on a table in a band room off the gymnasium, where a basketball game is about to start. She is silent for a minute or two. Her players shift uncomfortably.

List: Please save 'knavery,' 'flapdoodle' and 'rapscallion'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:11
DETROIT (AP) — As a new year dawns, a Detroit university wants to bring worthy words back from the brink.

Florida governor tells residents of other states: 'Move here!'

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

Republican Florida Governor Scott celebrates his re-election during a U.S. midterm elections night party with supporters in Bonita SpringsBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott will kick off his second term on Tuesday with a blunt warning that he intends to poach people and jobs from other large states that have relatively higher taxes.    “I have a message today to the people of New York, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and others: Move to Florida!” Scott said in prepared remarks released by his office on Monday. “Over the next four years, I will be traveling to your states personally to recruit you here,” he said. ...

U.S. says Kaplan settles suit over charges of unqualified teachers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:05
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - National for-profit academic firm Kaplan Higher Education has reached an agreement to pay about $1.3 million in a civil settlement after facing allegations of hiring unqualified teachers at its Texas campuses, U.S. officials said on Monday. Kaplan officials were not immediately available to comment. The settlement is not an admission of liability by Kaplan or its affiliates, the acting U.S. ...

New York mayor brushes off police slowdown reports after arrests drop

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

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio smiles as New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks during a news conference in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio described a sharp decline in arrests and court summonses in the two weeks since two policemen were shot dead in an ambush as a few "aberrant" days, brushing off reports they were signs of a police work slowdown. De Blasio, in his first interaction on Monday with journalists in two weeks, announced along with Police Commissioner William Bratton a general decline in serious crime in New York City in 2014, which he called "record-breaking" year. ...

CDC: Flu season continues to worsen, could peak this month

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

FILE - In a Jan. 9, 2013 file photo, four-year-old Gabriella Diaz sits as registered nurse Charlene Luxcin, right, administers a flu shot at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston, Mass. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, Jan. 5, 2014, reported flu season is getting worse. Flu was widespread in 43 states and flu activity was intense in most of them, according to the latest national data for the week of Christmas. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The flu is now widespread in all but seven states, and hospitalization rates match the dismal season two years ago. While health officials fear this will be an unusually bad year, it's too soon to say.