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Obama says U.S. blacks better off overall than when he began presidency

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 48 min ago

U.S. President Barack Obama reponds to a question during his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that U.S. blacks are better off now than they were when he began his presidency in 2009, but that the gap between blacks and whites remains. "Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office," he told reporters in an end-of-year news conference. "The gap between income and wealth of white and black America persists, and we've got more work to do on that front. ...


Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 50 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest.

Ohio Muslim woman sues over jail church attendance

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 56 min ago
CLEVELAND (AP) — A Muslim woman who says she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge has sued the county.

ACLU seeks halt U.S. detentions of immigrant families seeking asylum

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 57 min ago
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union and others have filed a lawsuit on behalf of Central American immigrants seeking to halt the Obama administration from placing immigrant women with children seeking asylum in detention centers. The lawsuit, filed this week at a federal court in Washington D.C., comes as the United States opens what is billed as the largest family detention facility in the country for immigrant families, located in the southern Texas town of Dilley. ...

Man on death row gets new sentence, may go free

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 59 min ago
ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man sentenced to die for a 1998 murder has been issued a new sentence that gives him credit for 16 years of time served and makes him eligible for parole immediately.

Jerry Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 8 min ago

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from the Centre County Courthouse by Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau, left, and a deputy, after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. Sandusky lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.


2 killed, 3 hurt in Oklahoma oil rig explosion

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 11 min ago
COALGATE, Okla. (AP) — An explosion and fire at a southeastern Oklahoma oil rig early Friday killed two workers and injured three others, two of them critically.

Judge says pet bobcat Rocky must live at the zoo

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 11 min ago
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A pet bobcat that has escaped from its owner's home multiple times since April will be made to live at a zoo, a judge ruled Friday, and its owner will be fined for letting it run free.

NY pain doctor gets prison in manslaughter case

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 12 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — A pain doctor convicted of manslaughter in two patients' overdose deaths has been sentenced to more than a decade in a New York prison.

Skier digs head out of snow after Alaska avalanche

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 28 min ago
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska backcountry skier walked away uninjured after being completely buried under a 350-foot-wide avalanche, and survived because he was initially able to dig his head out of the snow, officials with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center said.

Lawyer: Shooter may have thought flashlight was gun

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 29 min ago
RENO, Nev. (AP) — An unarmed trespasser who was shot to death in a vacant Nevada duplex had been investigated in a previous killing, and a woman who was wounded had conspired to take items from the residence, a defense lawyer said.

Obama: Debate to lift Cuban trade embargo not expected soon

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 35 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it will likely be a while before Capitol Hill begins a debate about possibly lifting the trade embargo with Cuba, which must be done by Congress.

Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 44 min ago

Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest cityANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow.


U.S. offers reward for poacher who shot bald eagle in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 49 min ago
BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. wildlife authorities are on the hunt for a poacher who shot a bald eagle to death last week in Connecticut, officials said on Friday, announcing a $5,000 reward. The bald eagle, the national bird of the United States, is protected from hunting by federal law and killing one is punishable by up to two years in prison. The dead eagle was found on a roadside on Dec. 13 in the Hartford suburb of Rocky Hill. An autopsy revealed that it was killed by a gunshot wound, the state's environment department said in a statement. "The U.S. ...

President Obama: Sony decision to cancel movie a 'mistake'

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 51 min ago

 Sony decision to cancel movie a 'mistake'President Barack Obama says he thinks Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" by canceling release of "The Interview" movie.


Man allegedly used Ponzi scheme proceeds to freeze deceased wife

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 8 min ago
By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man U.S. prosecutors say bilked investors out of $5 million by telling them he would invest it in commodities and currencies allegedly used some of the money to have his wife cryogenically frozen after she died, according to a court filing on Friday. A federal grand jury in Manhattan indicted Whileon Chay, 38, with three counts of fraud for soliciting investor funds he said he would manage through a number of businesses, including New York-based 4X Solutions, according to the filing. ...

California's winter storms spark hope for recovery from three-year drought

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 12 min ago
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The wet weather that has soaked California for the past few weeks may be a sign that the state is beginning to pull out of its devastating three-year drought, climate experts said on Friday. With precipitation already higher than normal for this time of year and rain in the northern part of the state on Friday, experts are "cautiously optimistic" that the dry cycle may be starting to ease, said Courtney Obergfell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. ...

NY police officer apparently punches teen in video, probe underway

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 16 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police are investigating a plainclothes officer who appears to punch a teen-aged black boy during an arrest that was captured on video and widely circulated on the Internet, the department said on Friday. The posting of the footage follows days of U.S. protests over recent cases of police violence toward unarmed black men, including one in which a New York City man died after an officer placed him in a banned chokehold. ...

SC former Marine ruled insane in pedestrian death

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 25 min ago
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — A judge has ruled a South Carolina man was insane when he stole a fire truck while naked and then struck and killed a pedestrian.

Midday Glance: Silver companies

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 42 min ago
Shares of some top silver companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: Hecla Mining Co. rose $.07 or 2.6 percent, to $2.73. Pan American Silver Corp. rose $.19 or 2.0 percent, to $9.69. Silver Standard Resources Inc. ...