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Georgia police arrest suspect after car-buying couple disappear

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 45 min ago

Ronnie Towns is seen in an undated photo released by the Telfair County Sheriff's OfficeBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A suspect sought in the disappearance of a suburban Atlanta couple missing since they traveled to the southern part of Georgia last week to buy a vintage car off Craigslist turned himself in on Monday, a local sheriff said. Ronnie Towns, 28, was being interviewed after his family helped arrange his arrest on charges of criminal intent to commit deception and lying to investigators, said Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson said. Bud Runion, 69, and his wife, June Runion, 66, of Marietta were last seen on Thursday when they set off for Telfair County to buy a 1966 Mustang convertible from a purported seller who responded to their ad on Craigslist, Steverson said.

Alabama appeals decision blocking ban on same-sex marriage

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 45 min ago

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)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Monday began the process of appealing a federal judge's decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage — a decision that was put on hold to allow time for the appeal.

Two high-profile Massachusetts trials delayed by forecast storm

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 59 min ago

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photoTwo high-profile criminal trials in Massachusetts, that of the accused Boston Marathon bomber and a former New England Patriots player charged with murdering an associate, will be delayed by an impending winter storm, judges said on Monday. Jury selection in the trial of accused Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, which began its fourth week on Monday, will be suspended on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday, U.S. District Judge George O'Toole said on Monday, citing the storm, which is forecast to bring up to 30 inches (76 cm) of snow to the Boston area. Jury selection in that case has already taken longer than O'Toole initially expected, as it has proven difficult to find jurors open minded about the guilt of Tsarnaev, who is accused of killing three people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, attack and could face the death penalty if convicted. The death penalty is unpopular in Massachusetts, where it is banned under state law.

Exclusive: USDA Secretary orders update of agency's animal welfare research strategy

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 4 min ago

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivers keynote remarks at the public launch of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba while at the National Press Club in WashingtonBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - (This Jan 23 story corrects name of service throughout to Agricultural Research Service) U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters. The emailed memo from Chavonda Jacobs-Young, head of the agency's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), was sent to all ARS employees on Friday afternoon in response to recent media reports over controversial animal welfare conditions at its U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska. In addition, an independent panel will be convened to review the group's animal handling protocols, policies and research practices. Agricultural Research Service officials could not be reached for comment on Friday evening.

WikiLeaks slams Google over delay in revealing US warrants

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 8 min ago

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.

Oklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 12 min ago
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious, the state's attorney general said in a Monday filing with the court.

Mom on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 12 min ago

This undated photo provided by the Westchester County District Attorney’s office shows Lacey Spears, who was indicted June 17, 2014, in White Plains, N.Y., on charges of depraved murder and manslaughter in the death of her son, 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears. Her trial begins Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Westchester County District Attorney)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs.

Court rules for company seeking to trim retiree health costs

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 14 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court is ordering lower courts to take a new look at a dispute over a chemical company's efforts to cut costs in its health plan for retired workers.

Balloon crew hits quarter mark in bid to break records

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 36 min ago
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mission control for an international team trying to break two major ballooning records says the helium-filled balloon has passed the one-quarter mark of its journey across the Pacific Ocean.

6abc School Closings and Delays

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 37 min ago

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Texas teen in custody on suspicion of drowning three-month-old baby girl

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 42 min ago
A 14-year-old Dallas girl was taken into custody on Monday on suspicion of drowning her 3-month-old relative while the baby girl's mother was away, police said. Police did not release names of those involved in the case or give details about the relationship between the teen taken into custody and the victim. The baby's body was discovered by police who responded to an emergency call at an apartment complex, according to a news release.

California turkey farm quarantined after bird flu detected

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 44 min ago
By Theopolis Waters CHICAGO (Reuters) - A California turkey farm has been quarantined after confirmation of the first case of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain in the Pacific Northwest and in a commercial flock, the U.S. government said. The news on Saturday came just weeks after China banned U.S. poultry after an outbreak of another strain of bird flu in the Pacific Northwest. In the latest outbreak, Foster Farms said in a statement that it had informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture after detecting the H5N8 strain on a single turkey ranch in Stanislaus County following routine testing. State and government labs confirmed the findings from samples submitted by Foster Farms, which had experienced a spike in bird deaths, according to the USDA.

NY man is lone combat vet returning to scene of WWII battle

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 44 min ago
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A World War II combat veteran from upstate New York is returning to the scene of a bloody Pacific island battle as an army of one.

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

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 5 min ago
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. 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. The stay came two days after Granade ruled that Alabama's prohibition on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, clearing the way for the conservative southern state to become the 37th U.S. state to allow same-sex couples to wed. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said the stay, which he had requested, was a "step in the right direction," though he preferred a longer delay until the U.S. Supreme Court decides later this year whether states can ban gay marriage.

East Coast storm delays $300 million U.S. muni bond sales

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 10 min ago
(Reuters) - A big winter storm on the U.S. East Coast has postponed the sale of nearly $300 million of municipal bonds, according to market sources on Monday. A $209.5 million bond issue for Texas' Katy Independent School District, which was scheduled to price on Tuesday through J.P. Morgan Securities, was put on the day-to-day calendar, a source said. ...

Cuban youth build secret computer network despite Wi-Fi ban

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 22 min ago

In this Jan. 4, 2015 photo, the computer, modem and intranet network cabling belonging to Rafael Antonio Broche Moreno sits on a desk at his home in Havana. Home Internet connections are banned for all but a handful of Cubans, and the government charges nearly a quarter of a month’s salary for an hour online in government-run hotels and Internet centers. But a small minority have covertly engineered a partial solution by pooling funds to create a private network of more than 9,000 computers with small, inexpensive but powerful hidden Wi-Fi antennas and Ethernet cables strung over streets and rooftops spanning the entire city. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access.

Students, teachers hospitalized after chemistry lab mishap in N.J.

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 24 min ago

Students, teachers hospitalized after chemistry lab mishap in N.J.Gloucester County emergency crews responded to a high school after a chemistry lab mishap Monday morning.

Man apparently commits suicide with gun in midtown Manhattan

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 41 min ago

News Corp buildingPolice say a man has apparently shot himself to death outside the News Corp. building in midtown Manhattan. The 41-year-old man died after the shooting at about 9 a.m. Monday. Authorities aren't certain ...

New Jersey school evacuated after chemistry lab 'mishap'

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 45 min ago
WOOLWICH, N.J. (AP) — Students have returned to class in a New Jersey high school that had been evacuated after what police called a chemistry lab "mishap" that sent a dozen students and five faculty members to a hospital.

U.S. markets stick to regular hours with pending storm

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 55 min ago
U.S. financial markets sought to do business as usual on Monday even though a potentially historic blizzard might dump up to 3 feet (90 cm) of snow on the East Coast and disrupt travel for tens of millions of people. The New York Stock Exchange said it currently plans to stay open for normal operating hours Monday and Tuesday, a NYSE spokesman said. Meanwhile, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, which represents U.S. bond dealers and investors, said the domestic fixed income market will stick to its regular trading hours Monday and Tuesday, a SIFMA spokeswoman said. I don’t suspect it will be an issue at all," said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O’Neil Securities in New York.