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Florida man flies 3,000th rescue animal to safety

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 00:05

In this Dec. 10, 2014 photo, Jeff Bennett arrives with his 3,000th rescue animal to safety in Tampa, Fla. Bennett flew to the Florida Panhandle and picked up a French bulldog named Reggie, along with several other animals, from shelters and foster homes in Alabama. Bennett has been flying animals from overcrowded shelters to foster homes and vacant shelters for six years. (AP Photo/ Tamara Lush)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Keys man recently flew his 3,000th rescue animal to a better life.


12-year-old boy in custody after school stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 00:03
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old boy has been charged with stabbing a 12-year-old girl inside a New York school.

U.S. Senator Rubio says release of Gross 'sets a dangerous precedent'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 23:54
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said the release of U.S. aid worker Alan Gross from Cuba "sets a dangerous precedent" that "puts a price on Americans abroad." Speaking on Fox News, Rubio, a Cuban-American Republican and potential 2016 White House contender, said he did not believe the U.S. Congress would support lifting the embargo on Cuba. (Reporting by Gabriel Debenedetti; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 23:49

FILE - In this June 2, 2014 file photo, Cuban intelligence agent Fernando Gonzalez, known as one of the "Cuban Five," poses for a portrait in front of a poster showing the three Cuban intelligence agents imprisoned in the U.S, from left, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, and Antonio Guerrero after a press conference in Havana, Cuba. The three Cubans were released by the U.S. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in exchange for U.S. citizen Alan Gross from Cuba. They're part of the so-called Cuban Five - a group of men who were part of the "Wasp Network" sent by Cuba's then-President Fidel Castro to spy in South Florida. Two of the Cuban Five, including Gonzalez, were previously released after finishing their sentences. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


AP sources: US, Cuba seek to normalize relations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 23:42

 US, Cuba seek to normalize relationsThe United States and Cuba will start talks on normalizing full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in decades, American officials said Wednesday.


1 in custody after report of gun inside Philly high school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 23:36

4 in custody after report of gun inside Philly high schoolPhiladelphia Police responded to a high school in the city's Summerdale section after reports of a person with a gun inside the building.


Texas man sentenced to death in revenge plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 23:34
ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A former justice of the peace in North Texas was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing a district attorney's wife in what prosecutors described as a revenge plot that left three people dead.

Former Cuban prisoner Gross to land in U.S. at noon: congressional aide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 23:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alan Gross, the ailing U.S. aid worker held in Cuba for five years, was to land in the United States at noon on Wednesday, a senior U.S. congressional aide said. U.S. Senator Richard Durbin said Gross was flying to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Chizu Nomiyama)

10 charged in PennDOT overbilling, kickback probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 23:28

10 charged in PennDOT overbilling, kickback probeTen people connected to Pennsylvania's highway system have been charged in a $1.2 million overbilling and kickback scheme prosecutors say thrived on nepotism and cronyism.


Police: Teen driver hits, kills teen girl getting on bus in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 23:24

 Teen driver hits, kills teen girl getting on bus in BensalemA 15-year-old girl was struck and killed by a vehicle as she was getting on a school bus Wednesday morning in Bensalem, Pa.


Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 23:22

This undated photo provided by American Eagle Outfitters shows a beagle wearing an American Beagle Outfitters beanie and a puffer vest. For some pet owners, clothing plays into a luxury lifestyle. For others, it's a way to match man's best friend; and sometimes it's simply about keeping animals warm this winter. (AP Photo/American Eagle Outfitters)LOS ANGELES (AP) — These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags.


Sentencing reform clouds California's inmate firefighting corps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 23:18

Prison inmate Perkins eats breakfast at Oak Glen Conservation Fire Camp #35 in YucaipaBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Battling one of California's first major wildfires of the year, Kevin Black suddenly realized the only way to keep from being engulfed by flames roaring up a hillside toward his team was to finish the buffer line they were hacking through drought-parched brush. "Either we get this line in, or we burn," Black, 54, recalled shouting as he and his fellow crew members - all prison inmates clad in orange fatigues - hurried to cut a 6-foot-wide (1.8 meter-wide) fire break with hand tools in the thick scrub. ...


Person struck, killed by train in Darby, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 23:05

Person struck, killed by train in Darby, Pa.Authorities responded to the scene of where a person was struck and killed by a train in Delaware County Wednesday morning.


RI man told to stop selling Christmas trees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 23:04
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been ordered to stop selling Christmas trees from his yard after neighbors complained to City Hall.

Tennessee police looking for Christmas tree thief

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 23:01
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Police in suburban Nashville are looking for a Scrooge who sawed off a live Christmas tree loaded with decorations in a suspected holiday season theft. All that was left of the 10-foot tree was a tiny stump and a lot of questions as to who made off with heavily adorned tree from the front yard of Karen Wilkes, who told reporters it cost her $600 to have the tree planted about a month ago. Nothing else was taken from the yard, police said. ...

Cops: Homeowner shot man trying to take downspouts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 22:58
NORTH BRADDOCK, Pa. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine whether a Pittsburgh-area homeowner will face criminal charges for fatally shooting a man who was allegedly stealing downspouts of his house.

Expert: Killing shows strict police vetting needed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 22:36

File - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police arrest a demonstrator protesting against the shooting of 12-year-old boy Tamir Rice, who was fatally shot by a police officer in Cleveland. The revelation that Cleveland police officials didn’t review the checkered history of a police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy highlights what some describe as an unnerving truth about policing -- there’s no universal standard for how deeply a department should dig into its recruits’ pasts. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, file)DENVER (AP) — The discovery that a Cleveland officer who shot and killed a 12-year-old boy last month had washed out at another police force highlights what some experts call an unnerving truth about policing: Departments don't always dig deeply enough into recruits' pasts.


Police: Teen struck, killed getting on school bus in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 22:31

 Teen driver hits, kills teen girl getting on bus in BensalemA 15-year-old girl was struck and killed by a vehicle as she was getting on a school bus Wednesday morning in Bensalem, Pa.


Police disperse crowds at Ohio mall shoe sale

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 22:28
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police have used pepper spray to disperse a crowd of people waiting in line for a shoe sale at an Ohio mall.

Ex-officer charged with DUI 3 times in 11 hours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 22:26
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut police officer who appeared in court on a drunken-driving charge was arrested three more times in the next 11 hours.