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Canadian chain postpones 'The Interview' showings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:24

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2013 file photo, actors Seth Rogen, left, and James Franco, top, and producer Evan Goldberg, right, pose for a photograph during filming of "The Interview" at Robson Square in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada's largest theatre chain has announced it will postpone screening "The Interview" after the controversial comedy was the target of terrorist threats. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck, File)TORONTO (AP) — Canada's dominant theater chain has postponed its planned showings of the film "The Interview."

Sanford giving $25M for South Dakota scholarships

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:20

T. Denny Sanford and Gov. Dennis Daugaard are all smiles after the new scholarship program was announced at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, S.D., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Emily Spartz)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford is donating $25 million to South Dakota for a scholarship program for the state's technical schools, the governor's office announced Wednesday.

New York awards three licenses for upstate casinos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:16
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state approved three casino developments worth $1.4 billion on Wednesday that promise to add more than 5,000 jobs to the sluggish upstate economy and generate around $300 million in tax revenues for state coffers. New York is aiming for a bigger chunk of the $38 billion national gambling industry by tapping into demand from the huge New York City market. The move could head off growing competition in the region. Massachusetts is set to expand gambling after voter approval this year. Gambling is heavily regulated in the United States. ...

Lawyer: Christie won't be sued in bridge scandal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:07
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two lawsuits filed by people stuck in traffic jams caused by apparently politically motivated lane closings of the George Washington Bridge will move forward without New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a defendant, a lawyer in the case said Wednesday.

U.S. charges three in Europe with trying to sell arms to Colombian rebels

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:07
By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three men were arrested in Europe this week on U.S. charges that they conspired to sell military-grade weapons for use against Americans in Colombia, federal prosecutors in New York said on Wednesday. All three were charged with conspiracy to kill officers and employees of the United States and with conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a Colombian rebel group, according to the indictment that was previously sealed. ...

Guard convicted in NYC inmate's 2012 death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:04
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jail guard was convicted of a civil rights charge Wednesday after a jury concluded he ignored the pleas of a dying Rikers Island inmate who had swallowed a toxic soap ball.

Officers cleared in killing of FSU gunman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:03
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Grand jurors called actions of police "heroic" and cleared five officers of wrongdoing in killing a gunman who had shot students at a Florida State University library.

US backs off death penalty in Iowa slayings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:01

FILE - In this April 12, 2005 file photo Angela Johnson is escorted from the Federal Courthouse in Sioux City, Iowa. Federal prosecutors are giving up their long pursuit of the death penalty against Johnson who was convicted of helping kill five people in 1993. The government said in a court filing Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that it will no longer seek to execute Johnson. Johnson is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without parole. (AP Photo/Sioux City Journal, Jerry Mennenga, File)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In a surprising reversal, federal prosecutors on Wednesday abandoned their 12-year pursuit of the death penalty for a woman convicted of helping kill five people, including two children, in Iowa to protect her boyfriend's drug business.

Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:55

 US re-establishing relations with CubaPresident Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday.

Montana homeowner found guilty in slaying of German exchange student

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:55

File photo of Markus Kaarma during an afternoon break in Missoula County Court in Missoula MontanaBy Lori Grannis MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - A jury on Wednesday found a Montana homeowner guilty of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of a German high school exchange student who entered his garage in a case that tested the state's version of a "castle doctrine" self-defense law. Prosecutors painted Markus Kaarma as an armed aggressor who lured a non-violent would-be burglar to his death. Authorities say Diren Dede, 17, of Hamburg, was killed in April while "garage hopping" at night in Missoula in a possible search for alcohol. ...

Latin America welcomes Obama's move to restore U.S.-Cuba ties

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:53
By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Latin American leaders who for years have pressured the United States to drop its economic embargo against Cuba praised President Barack Obama for moving on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations with its communist-run Cold War foe. Regional leaders said the move and a U.S.-Cuban prisoner swap would further ease an ideological battle that has divided the Americas for decades, even spurring revolutions and dictatorships. Venezuela's socialist government, Washington's leading adversary in Latin America, was quick to praise Obama. ...

US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:52

FILE - In this April 21, 2010 file photo, economist and rice farmer Thomas Wynn pulls a rice plant from the ground to show its shallow root system, making it ideal for growing in the soil found in much of Wharton County in East Bernard, Texas. U.S.-Cuba trade is poised to resume after President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 announced plans to re-establish diplomat relations with Havana, and economic ties are expected to follow. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Alberto Martinez, File) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM; MAGS OUTWASHINGTON (AP) — Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana.

Execution drug providers to be anonymous under new Ohio measure

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:52
By Jo Ingles COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Ohio lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to legislation allowing prison officials to keep confidential the names of pharmacies that prepare drugs used for lethal injections, in a step toward resuming executions in the state. The bill cleared the lower house of the Ohio legislature on a 58-22 vote. The state Senate had passed it last week and returned it to the lower house, where it originated, for adoption of Senate amendments. ...

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:52

Acting health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker presents the department's findings on hydraulic fracturing during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. At right is environmental conservation commissioner Joseph Martens. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.

Ohio police use pepper spray on crowd lined up for Air Jordans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:41
By George Tanber TOLEDO, Ohio (Reuters) - Police used pepper spray on Wednesday to disperse an unruly crowd of about 300 people lined up at a mall in Toledo, Ohio for a chance to buy new Air Jordan sneakers. People began lining up in front of Franklin Park Mall around 3:30 a.m. for tickets passed out by employees of Finish Line, a national shoe chain. The ticket allowed them to buy the Nike Air Jordan Retro 11 Legend Blue, which goes on sale for $200 on Saturday. "It got pretty crazy," said Toledo police officer P. A. Tatum. ...

Cuban exile community divided over Obama changes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:38

Anti-Castro activists Osvaldo Hernandez, right, and Miguel Saavedra, second from right, chant anti-Obama slogans in the Little Havana area of Miami, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Hernandez and Saavedra express their disagreement with a surprise move announced by senior Obama administration officials that could pave the way for a major shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island nation. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama surprise move to re-establish ties with Cuba was applauded by the men and women in a barber shop on Calle Ocho, the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community. Waitresses stopped serving coffee at the El Pub restaurant as Obama spoke on TV. One wiped a tear from her eye as she clasped her hands, overcome with emotion at changes no one believed would come.

AP source: US investigators link NKorea to Sony hacking,, 'The Interview' release canceled

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:37

 US investigators link NKorea to Sony hacking,, 'The Interview' release canceledA U.S. official says federal investigators have now connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. hacking to North Korea and are expected to make an announcement in the near future.

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison, a U.S. official said on Wednesday amid reports of a prisoner exchange that heralds a major overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba. The U.S. official said Gross was released on humanitarian grounds. CNN reported a prisoner exchange that also included Cuba releasing a U.S. intelligence source and the United States releasing three Cuban intelligence agents. U.S. President Barack Obama was to make a statement at noon on Cuba, the White House said. ...

Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:33

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History shows George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina, in 1944. A South Carolina state judge, in a Dec. 7, 2014 ruling, vacated Stinney's conviction in the deaths of two young girls, clearing his name. (AP Photo/South Carolina Department of Archives and History, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

7-year-old honorary firefighter laid to rest with full honors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:31

7-year-old honorary firefighter laid to rest with full honorsA local 7-year-old received a farewell fit for a hero. Aiden Riebel died of cancer last week, and the boy with a big heart was also an honorary firefighter.