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Body of 5-year-old boy found after Amber Alert in upstate New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 18:31

Boy, 5, found dead after Amber Alert in upstate New YorkPolice in upstate New York say the body of a 5-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been found.


Families of victims of fatal Texas festival crash sue organizers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 17:11

A patient who was struck by a vehicle on Red River Street during the SXSW festival is assisted in downtown Austin(Reuters) - Families of the victims and survivors of a fatal March crash outside the popular South by Southwest festival in Austin sued the organizers on Thursday, according to court documents and local media. Four people died at this year's event when a 21-year-old motorist plowed into crowds of festival-goers over the space of several hundred yards as he fled a sobriety checkpoint. ...


Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:33

A movie billboard is displayed behind a Sony Pictures Entertainment Studio entrance in Culver City, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism.


Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement foothold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:22

This Jan.9, 2013 file photo shows Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaking with the media in Phoenix. Arpaio known for arresting hundreds of immigrants in the country illegally on charges of finding work using fake or stolen identities is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases. Arpaio's decision to disband the criminal employment squad will end his last major foothold in immigration enforcement after the courts and federal government have gradually reined in his powers in recent years. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.


It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:21

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits. AP’s investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of dollars in retirement benefits after being forced to leave the United States. Recipients ranged from the SS guards who patrolled the Third Reich’s network of camps where millions of Jews died to a rocket scientist who helped develop the V-2 rocket that Nazi Germany used to attack London. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.


It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:21

 'No Social Security for Nazis'President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social ...


NYC event marks winter solstice with music parades

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:23

In this Dec. 21, 2013 photo provided by Make Music, the 2013 Make Music Winter celebration of with winter solstice in New York City is shown. On Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, musicians will take to the sidewalks in small parades to mark the start of winter 2014. There will be over a dozen of small parades marking the arrival of the winter solstice throughout New York City. (AP Photo/Make Music, Clara Schuhmacker)NEW YORK (AP) — Walking? Check. In a winter wonderland? Well, it marks the beginning of the season. Bells ringing? Sure, along with trumpets and some fiddles.


Marathon bombing survivor in 'Yes to Dress' finale

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:59

FILE - In this May 23, 2013 file photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Pete DiMartino, of Rochester, N.Y., and his girlfriend, Rebekah Gregory, hold hands prior to DiMartino throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a Red Sox game at Fenway Park in Boston. DiMartino and Gregory were injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The couple were chosen for the “Dream Wedding Contest” given by Theknot.com, a wedding planning website. Gregory’s fit-and-flare Sophia Moncelli dress, the couple’s rings and location were chosen by the site’s users. The couple tied the knot last April in front of 125 people at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Her search for the perfect wedding dress is featured in Friday night’s season finale of TLC’s popular reality show, “Say Yes to the Dress.” (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombings took Rebekah DiMartino's leg, but they couldn't rob her of her joy as a new bride.


Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:49

A banner for "The Interview"is posted outside Arclight Cinemas, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. A U.S. official says North Korea perpetrated 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/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. It has outraged artists, killing their faith in studios to release edgy content. But it's also inspired a rare hush across a usually chatty industry as everyone from moguls to makeup artists takes stock of the scandal and how it could affect their jobs.


US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:42

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo a farmer drives his tractor past a soybean field toward grain storage bins near Ladora, Iowa. U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba, and soybeans are one of the main products Cuba now buys from the United States. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.


Dog saves man from Sacramento home fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:55
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are crediting a chocolate Labrador with saving the life of a Sacramento man after it alerted him to a fire inside a home that appeared not to have a smoke detector.

Companies' data security in question after Sony hack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:16

Cars enter and depart from Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot in Culver City, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film, "The Interview," and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.


White House releases snapshot of plan to rate U.S. colleges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:06

A woman lies in the grass at Columbia University in New YorkBy Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday released a draft of its plan to rate U.S. colleges and tie federal aid to performance as a way to coax institutions to pull up their socks. The U.S. Education Department will rate institutions on their performance, intake of low-income students, completion rates, affordability, employment prospects and student loan repayment rates. ...


Louisville lawmakers approve minimum wage hike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:00
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky (Reuters) - Louisville, Kentucky officials on Thursday approved an increase to the city's minimum wage, boosting it from the federal rate of $7.25 to $9 an hour by 2017, becoming the 12th city to approve a hike this year. The increase, which came after a series of contentious debates in the weeks leading up to and even during Thursday's Louisville Metro Council meeting, came down to a party-line vote. All 16 Democrats in attendance supported the measure, while all nine Republicans voted against it. ...

NJ state police seek return of convicted cop killer from Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:39

NJ state police seek return of convicted cop killer from CubaNew Jersey state police hope that the U.S. plans to normalize full diplomatic relations with Cuba will help bring about the capture and return of a woman convicted in the slaying of a state trooper more than 40 years ago.


Firefighters battle 5-alarm Queen blaze

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:38

Firefighters battle 5-alarm Queen blazeFirefighters have brought a 5-alarm fire on 97th Street in Queens, New York under control.


Man shot in head in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:34

Man shot in head in CamdenPolice are investigating a shooting in Camden that left a man in critical condition.


Soldier dressed as Red Robin mascot surprises mom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:25

Soldier dressed as Red Robin mascot surprises momPrivate First Class Jake Henry is home for the holidays and decided to surprise his mom.


Off-duty Runnemede officer, teenage son stop CVS robber

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

Off-duty Runnemede officer, teenage son stop CVS robberAn off-duty police officer and his teenage son took action when they saw a crime in progress.


Sides 'far apart' in West Coast port negotiations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:15

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2014, file photo shows trucks lined up at the Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles. Nearly six months after their contract expired, as West Coast sea ports struggle to handle billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers are apparently still not close to a new deal.(AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.