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Nordstrom fires worker over police killings post

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:39
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nordstrom has fired a sales associate who made a statement about killing police on his Facebook page.

Lawyer in New York jail 'soap ball' death disputes photo evidence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:38
By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for a former New York City jail captain asked jurors on Tuesday to discount graphic photos they were shown of a mentally ill inmate who died in 2012 after swallowing corrosive detergent known as a soap ball. Lawyer Sam Braverman said in a closing argument in Manhattan federal court that the photos of the inmate and his cell are not the evidence that prosecutors said they are. In one photo, grime on a window was streaked in directions that would be inconsistent with the prosecution's theory that the grime was dried vomit, Braverman said. ...

Gas leak that evacuated Denver buildings stopped

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:33
DENVER (AP) — A natural gas leak that evacuated several buildings in downtown Denver has been stopped, ending the risk of an explosion.

'Nut rage' gives Hawaii macadamia nuts a boost

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:28
HONOLULU (AP) — A Korean Air Lines executive's tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii's $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost.

Sources: Montgomery County murder spree suspect Bradley Stone killed self with sword

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:27

 Montgomery County murder spree victims shot and cut; suspect found deadSources say Stone killed himself with a sword in his stomach, and that sword was used in the murders.

Court overturns ex-Army medic's weapons conviction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:21
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the acquittal of a former Army medic who was sentenced to 15 months in prison for transporting a knife and police baton in his vehicle during a move out of state.

Keystone pipeline to top Senate agenda next year

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:20

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. McConnell will take over as the new Senate majority leader when the 114th Congress convenes in January. McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January. Congressional Republicans have been pushing for approval of the pipeline for years. Obama has resisted because of environmental concerns. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell declared Tuesday that approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January, potentially setting up an early veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.

Man gets 7 years for mailing bomb to sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:19
PHOENIX (AP) — An Oklahoma man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for his conviction on charges of mailing an inoperable homemade bomb to an Arizona sheriff in a plot to frame a former business partner.

Metro-North gets record fine in retaliation case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:18
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Metro-North-Railroad has been ordered to pay a record fine of more than $250,000 to an employee who faced disciplinary action after he reported getting injured on the job, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday.

Rain could spell trouble for Calif. water conservation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:07

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2014, file photo, morning traffic makes its way toward downtown Los Angeles along the Hollywood Freeway, past an electronic sign warning of severe drought. Recent storms have eased California's decade-long drought somewhat, but state officials are worried that the rain will give people an excuse to abandon their already paltry conservation efforts. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first heavy downpours in years.

FBI joins probe into death of Mississippi woman burned alive

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:06
By Therese Apel JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - Federal investigators have joined local and state authorities to probe the death of a 19-year-old woman burned alive, a county sheriff said on Tuesday, in a case that has stymied police and horrified residents of a small Mississippi town. Jessica Chambers was discovered on Dec. 6 on fire and walking away from her burning car outside the town of Courtland in northern Mississippi. Her whole body, save for the soles of her feet, were burned, and she later died of her injuries. ...

Apple wins class-action lawsuit over iPod prices

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:00

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2006 file photo, a man wears an Apple iPod Shuffle at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif. After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 found in favor of Apple in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores.

Gay vets can march in Boston St. Patrick's parade

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:56

United States Army veteran Ian Ryan, of Dennis, Mass., front, assists in holding an OutVets banner while marching with a group representing LGBT military veterans at a Veterans Day parade, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Boston. It was the first time a group representing LGBT military veterans marched in the parade. OutVets is a recently-formed nonpartisan and nonpolitical group based in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — For the first time in its history, the sponsors of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade will allow a group representing the gay community to participate, drawing cheers from Mayor Martin Walsh, who boycotted the event last year over the exclusion.

Charges in death of pedestrian hit, carried on car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:55
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed a charge of criminally negligent homicide against a woman in the death of a man who was hit by a station wagon, flipped on top of the vehicle and carried 11 blocks.

U.S. appeals court denies prisoner's right to tax-funded sex change

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:46
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday overturned a lower-court decision that a Massachusetts prisoner suffering from gender identity disorder was entitled to receive a taxpayer-funded sex change operation. The state's prison system is not violating the prisoner's rights under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects inmates from cruel and unusual punishment, by not providing gender reassignment surgery to Michele Kosilek, who was convicted of murder in 1992, the 1st U.S Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. ...

Judge declares Obama immigration action unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:44

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about immigration reforms during a visit to Casa Azafran in NashvilleBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's new plan to ease the threat of deportation for 4.7 million undocumented immigrants violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge found on Tuesday, handing down the first legal ruling against the plan. The ruling has no immediate impact, with the government saying there was no reason for Judge Arthur Schwab of the Western District of Pennsylvania to address the issue in the case, which concerns 42-year-old Honduran immigrant Elionardo Juarez-Escobar. ...

Body believed to be of Bradley Stone found near his home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:34

 Montgomery County murder spree suspect Bradley Stone killed self with swordAction News has learned that police have found a body amid the search for Bradley Stone, the suspect in the Montgomery County murder spree, and the body has been preliminarily ID'd as Stone.

Prosecutor: Body found in woods is that of ex-Marine suspected of killing 6 near Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:32
PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutor: Body found in woods is that of ex-Marine suspected of killing 6 near Philadelphia.

Utah FBI agent charged with assaulting girlfriend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:20
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah FBI agent faces charges after prosecutors say he assaulted his girlfriend during a fight.

N.Y. Times reporter ordered to answer questions in CIA leak case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 04:17

New York Times Company photo of James RisenBy Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered New York Times reporter James Risen to appear in court to answer questions about his book detailing a failed CIA effort to undermine Iran's nuclear weapons program, in a case that has become a touchstone of press freedom. Though Risen has taken a firm stance about not revealing the identity of his sources, U.S. prosecutors said in a court filing early on Tuesday they would seek to ask Risen if he had a confidentiality agreement with the individual who provided certain information for the 2006 book "State of War. ...