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Mom, boyfriend waive preliminary hearing in torture death of Scotty McMillan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:37

Mom, boyfriend waive preliminary hearing in torture death of Scotty McMillanThe Chester County couple accused of torturing a three-year-old boy to death appeared before a judge on Thursday.


Detroit-area businessman guilty in murder-for-hire of his wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:36
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit jury on Thursday found a suburban businessman guilty of hiring his handyman to kill his wife. After a two-month trial, Robert Bashara, 57, was convicted of first-degree murder and four additional charges in the death of his wife, Jane, a marketing executive. He faces life in prison. Defense attorney Lillian Diallo said she expected to file an appeal of the verdict. Prosecutors said Bashara told handyman Joseph Gentz to carry out the killing. After Jane Bashara's body was found in the backseat of her Mercedes Benz SUV in Detroit on Jan. ...

Year after W.Va. river spill, execs face charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:33
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak.

Neighboring states challenge Colorado pot laws in top U.S. court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:27

Danielle Hackett prepares marijuana buds for sale at BotanaCare in Northglenn, ColoradoBy Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Nebraska and Oklahoma challenged neighboring Colorado's recreational marijuana laws in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday amid complaints its pot was seeping across their borders, and Colorado vowed to defend its laws. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said he joined Oklahoma in filing the action against Colorado, where voters chose to legalize recreational marijuana in a landmark 2012 vote even as the drug remains federally outlawed. ...


Review: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:27

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency. The Homeland Security Department released an executive summary of the assessment on Thursday. The review was led by four former officials, two who served under President Barack Obama and two from the administration of former President George W. Bush. It was launched after a security breach at the White House in September. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service is an "insular" agency that needs a new director hired from the outside, according to former government officials tasked with examining the embattled agency after a man with a knife stormed the White House.


Missouri attorney general sues cities over predatory traffic ticketing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:26
By Fiona Ortiz (Reuters) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a civil lawsuit on Thursday against 13 St. Louis suburbs for predatory traffic ticketing, saying the cities were depending on traffic fines for too much of their budgets. Black residents in some municipalities around St. Louis have complained they are unfairly targeted by frequent police patrols on highways, and have pressured politicians to make it more difficult for cities to earn revenue from traffic fines. ...

Convicted rapist charged with stalking Allentown boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:22

Convicted rapist charged with stalking Allentown boyA convicted rapist is facing charges for allegedly stalking an Allentown boy.


Missing man's car found torched in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:20

Missing man's car found torched in North PhiladelphiaPolice are asking for the public's help tracking down a missing man whose car was found torched in North Philadelphia.


U.S. FCC declines to punish radio station for use of NFL Redskins team name

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday rejected a petition that asked regulators to punish a radio station for using on air the name of the National Football League's Washington team, Redskins, a word some consider a slur to Native Americans. Legal activist John Banzhaf III had petitioned the agency to strip the WWXX-FM radio station, which belongs to the team's owner, Dan Snyder, of its broadcasting license for using the word "Redskins." Banzhaf said the name was racist, derogatory, profane and hateful, making its use "akin to broadcasting obscenity. ...

Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:09

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." North Korea has been linked to the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)It's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that time thousands of executive emails and other documents have been posted online, employees and their families were threatened, and unreleased films were stolen and made available for illegal download. The hackers then escalated this week to threatening 9/11-like attacks against movie theaters scheduled to show the Sony film "The Interview." That fanned security fears nationwide and resulted in the four top U.S. theater chains pulling the film from their screens, ultimately driving Sony to cancel the film's release.


U.S. to sue NY City over rights violations of teen Rikers inmates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:07

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara speaks during a news conference in New YorkBy Andrew Chung and Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government will sue New York City over widespread violations of civil rights of teenage inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex, the Justice Department said on Thursday, raising the prospect of years of federal oversight of the troubled jail. The move by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for New York's southern district, followed a report in August describing a pattern of violent abuse of 16- to 18-year-old male inmates by guards and others held at Rikers. ...


Police: SUV that hit, killed Bensalem student a 'hot mess'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:05

 SUV that hit, killed Bensalem student a 'hot mess'Police in Bensalem, Pa are working to build a criminal case against the 18-year-old driver.


Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:04

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.


Logan building with business, homes catches fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:03

Logan building with business, homes catches fireHuge flames ripped through a business and homes in Philadelphia's Logan section on Thursday.


Obama to set up panel to boost trust between police and communities

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:49

Protestors hold hands as they rally against the Ferguson, Mo Grand Jury exoneration of police officer Darren Wilson, at the U.S. Justice Department in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday will set up a task force to draw up recommendations to strengthen trust between law enforcement and local communities, following protests over several instances of police killings of unarmed people this year. "There is a sense of urgency," White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told reporters before Obama was to sign an executive order setting up the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. She said the order directs the 11-member panel to submit recommendations to the president by March 2. Obama had said on Dec. ...


New York Mayor de Blasio named PETA's Person of the Year

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:48

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attends a news conference to announce a tentative contract agreement with the Uniformed Superior Officers Coalition at City Hall in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was named 2014 Person of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for opposing horse-drawn carriages in Manhattan and advocating other animal-friendly causes, the group said on Thursday. De Blasio, a liberal who took office less than a year ago, campaigned partly on the promise to push for a ban on horse-drawn buggy rides in Central Park, a cause that has won him the support of PETA and other animal rights groups. “I’m humbled to receive this support from PETA," de Blasio said in a statement. ...


Couple arrested after girl, 1, falls out of window

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:39
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut couple is facing charges after the woman's 1-year-old daughter fell out of a second-story window.

DA: Bristol Township middle school sex video may be incest case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:36

 Bristol Township middle school sex video may be case of incestPolice are investigating an apparent sex tape involving juveniles that has been circulating among middle school students in Bristol Township.


Ohio high court upholds traffic camera enforcement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:33

File - In this Oct. 29, 2014 file photo, motorists drive past a sign warning of upcoming traffic cameras in Cleveland. A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state’s municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks for camera use. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state's municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks for camera advocates.


Father of unlicensed driver in fatal crash denies having let her drive his SUV

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:33
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A man whose 15-year-old daughter, an unlicensed driver, crashed his SUV in an accident in Pennsylvania that killed three people denies having given her permission to drive the vehicle, his attorney said on Thursday. The father, Michael J. Ware, was charged on Wednesday with manslaughter. Pennsylvania State Police on Wednesday filed 13 criminal charges, including involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children, against Ware, 53, of Scarsdale, New York. ...