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Texas teen charged with drowning two-month-old baby girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:54
A 14-year-old Dallas girl was charged with capital murder for drowning a 2-month-old girl on Monday, police said. Investigators initially believed the infant and the teenager were related but later said the suspect is the daughter of a family friend, who had been caring for the baby while the baby's mother has been prison. Child Protective Services had placed the baby in the home of the family friend shortly after her birth at the request of her mother, according to police. Another teenager was home at the time and police said she is considered a witness.

Sheriff: Bodies found near vehicle of missing Ga. couple

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:53

This photo provided Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, by the Cobb County Police Department, shows Elrey “Bud” Runion, of Marietta, Ga. Runion, 69, and his wife June Runion, 66, are missing after driving across the state to check out a classic car advertised on Craigslist, and police say the man who last had phone contact with them faces charges. Investigators have obtained warrants for 28-year-old Ronnie Adrian "Jay" Towns on charges of giving false statements and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception. Towns hasn't been accused of harming the couple. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Cobb County Police Department)McRAE, Ga. (AP) — The car belonging to a Georgia couple who were reported missing after traveling to meet a person claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake and two bodies were found nearby, authorities said Monday.


Senate Dems block GOP effort to wind down pipeline debate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the top priority of the Republican-controlled Congress.

BP calls witnesses as it fights for lesser spill penalty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:46
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP struggled for 87 days to contain the millions of gallons of crude that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, but an expert witness on Monday called its cleanup response exemplary.

Judge puts Alabama same-sex marriages on hold after striking down ban

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:46

Shanté Wolfe, left and Tori Sisson embrace near the Montgomery County Courthouse, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala., where they plan to stay overnight to be married Monday morning. A federal judge has stayed her order overturning Alabama's gay marriage ban for two weeks. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Same-sex couples in Alabama will have to put their wedding plans on hold after a federal judge issued a two-week stay on her ruling that struck down the state's laws banning gay marriages, including those performed legally in other states. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange also filed an appeal with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday seeking a longer stay until the U.S. Supreme Court rules later this year whether states can ban gay marriage. U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade said in an order issued Sunday night that she would give the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals until Feb. 9 to decide whether gay marriages should continue to be delayed in the state.


Philadelphia declares snow emergency; $5 parking at these garages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:43

Philadelphia declares snow emergency; $5 parking at these garagesThe City of Philadelphia has declared a snow emergency effective at 6 p.m. Monday.


Police: 13-year-old fatally shot playing 'cops and robbers'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:41

In this Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, photo, a police officer stands in front of a home in Eagan, Minn. A 15-year-old boy unintentionally fatally shot his 13-year-old brother while playing "cops and robbers" after the boys discovered their father's hidden gun. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Carlos Gonzalez) MANDATORY CREDITEAGAN, Minn. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy unintentionally fatally shot his 13-year-old brother while playing "cops and robbers" after the boys discovered their father's hidden gun at a Minnesota home, police said Monday.


Northeast U.S. braves 'crippling' blizzard, transit systems shut

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:41

A woman walks though Central Park as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK/MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (Reuters) - A massive, wind-whipped blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts declared states of emergencies as people were urged to stay home with transit systems, including the New York City subway, suspending services and roadways closed amid white-out conditions. The potentially historic storm poses the latest challenge to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been under fire in recent weeks from police who criticized his support of public protests about white police violence against black men.


Game of 'cops and robbers' ends tragically in Minneapolis suburb

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:34
A 15-year-old boy from suburban Minneapolis shot and killed his younger brother during a game of "cops and robbers" using what they thought was an unloaded handgun, police said on Monday. The boy called police to their home in Eagan, Minnesota, on Sunday morning, first telling emergency dispatchers his 13-year-old brother had fallen on a knife accidentally, was bleeding and was unresponsive, Eagan Police said in a statement.

Car belonging to missing Georgia couple found in lake

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:33
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A car belonging to a missing suburban Atlanta couple was discovered on Monday submerged in a lake, and two unidentified bodies were found separately, Georgia police said. Authorities in Georgia had been searching for the couple since they went to another part of the state to buy a vintage car off Craigslist. "It’s a sad ending for us here in this community,” Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson told reporters. “It hurts us to know someone came to our community and met this fate.” Bud Runion, 69, and his wife, June Runion, 66, of Marietta, were last seen on Thursday when they set off for Telfair County in southern Georgia to buy a 1966 Mustang convertible from a purported seller who responded to their ad on Craigslist, Steverson said.

Wall Street left with skeleton crews down as blizzard bears down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:33
By John McCrank and Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blizzard bearing down on New York hollowed out Wall Street offices on Monday, leaving most investment banks and fund managers with skeleton staffs as many employees opted to work from home. "No one will give me a medal for making it to work after a five-hour commute," said Anurag Bhardwaj, a managing director who works with hedge funds at Barclays Capital in New York, who expected to work from home on Tuesday. Big investment banks, which serve a broad array of clients globally that were not hit by the storm, emphasized they were open for business. "Most brokers down here have already gotten a room in the city and mostly right downtown near the financial district," said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O’Neil Securities in New York.

GOP donors appear in no hurry to commit to 2016 candidate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:30

In this Jan. 24, 2015, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. Add Christie to the list of prospective candidates for president now taking donations, a group of Republicans that might ultimately top two dozen. But for all the flurry of activity in the GOP race, set off last month by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and amplified by 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, some of the party’s most sought-after donors appear content to let things shake out a bit before making a commitment to any one candidate.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Add Chris Christie to the list of prospective candidates for president now taking donations, a group of Republicans that might ultimately top two dozen.


Law enforcement wants popular police-tracking app disabled

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:11

This image taken from the the Waze app on an iPhone, in Washington, shows police at the scene on a map on the app. Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. Authorities say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives in danger from would-be cop-killers who can find where their targets are parked. (AP Photo/Ted Bridis)WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police.


Plea deal possible for woman accused of killing 6 newborns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:09

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court, in Provo, Utah. Defense lawyers say they're negotiating with prosecutors for a plea deal. Huntsman faces six counts of murder in the deaths discovered as her estranged husband cleaned the garage in April. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool, File)PROVO, Utah (AP) — Defense lawyers say they're negotiating with prosecutors for a plea deal in the case of a Utah woman accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage.


Body found in New York in 1979 identified as Florida girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:09
GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) — A girl found shot to death in a western New York cornfield 35 years ago has been identified as a missing Florida teenager.

5 things about Obama's move to protect refuge from drilling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:59

FILE - A herd of musk ox graze in an area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, known as Area 1002, in this undated file photo. President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in January 2015, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge. There is no drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge now, and it would take an act of Congress to authorize any drilling in the refuge. Congress has tried and failed repeatedly to get legislation to open up the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain to drilling in the past. It came closest in 1995, when President Bill Clinton vetoed it. Obama wouldn’t be any more receptive if Congress passed legislation again. Obama’s wilderness designation requires Congress’ approval too. And Republicans in Congress, already critical of the administration on its energy policies on federal lands, are just as unlikely to give Obama what he wants. (AP Photo/Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge.


WikiLeaks slams Google over delay in revealing US warrants

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:59

Former Spanish judge, Baltasar Garzon,, Director of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's defense team, speaks to the media during a press conference, at the Geneva Press Club, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The secrets-spilling group WikiLeaks has criticized Google for failing to inform it about U.S. search warrants issued against three of its staff. The warrants issued in March 2012 required Google to hand over the phone numbers, IP addresses, credit card details, contents of all emails and other information for Sarah Harrison, Kristinn Hrafnsson and Joseph Faerrell. They were disclosed to WikiLeaks in December. Google didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi)BERLIN (AP) — WikiLeaks on Monday criticized Google for failing to swiftly inform the secrets-spilling group about U.S. search warrants issued seeking emails and other personal information from three of its staff.


Panic attack, bad back: Theater shooting brings jury excuses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:59

FILE - In this June 4, 2013 file photo, Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes sits in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in the suburban Denver movie theater in 2012, and faces a possible death penalty sentence if convicted. Jury selection in the trial of Aurora theater shooting defendant James Holmes is proceeding, and even as an unprecedented 9,000 prospective jurors were summoned for questioning, jury duty won't be easy for those picked. Jury selection alone could last until June, and the trial could run into October. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — One prospective juror said she had a panic attack. Another claimed to have a bad back. A third is in the military and worried he would be deployed during the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.


Unlicensed driver who killed 2 cyclists gets up to 40 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:51

Darriean Hess looks back Monday Jan. 26, 2015 in Rockingham County Superior Court in Brentwood, N.H. as she is led from court after pleading guilty and being sentenced to sentenced to 15 to 40 years in prison for plowing into a group of bicyclists, killing two Massachusetts women in Sept. 2013. (AP Photo/Portsmouth Herald, Rich Beauchesne, Pool)BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — An unlicensed, intoxicated driver who killed two women when she plowed a car into a group of bicyclists was sentenced Monday to up to 40 years in prison after one of the survivors and the victims' loved ones spoke of the agony their deaths had caused.


Feds want meeting on secret information in Capitol plot case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:42
CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Monday requested a pretrial conference to discuss handling classified information in their case against an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill federal officials and workers.