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New lottery game suspended after low tickets sales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 09:17
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new multi-state lottery game aimed at doling out more $1 million prizes is being suspended after just two months because of lower-than-expected ticket sales, officials announced Monday.

Ohio girl hurt at fair challenges Indiana damages cap

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:59

FILE - In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, investigators examine the stage that collapsed on Saturday at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Attorneys for a 13-year-old victim of the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse are arguing the state's cap on liability damages is unconstitutional and should be thrown out by the Indiana Court of Appeals, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for a 13-year-old Ohio girl hurt when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair argued Monday that the state's cap on liability damages is unconstitutional and should be thrown out by the Indiana Court of Appeals.


Police: Utah man tried to kidnap child actress

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:52

This undated photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff shows Adam Robin Green, 33, who police say broke into a downtown Salt Lake City theater and tried to kidnap a 12-year-old actress. Salt Lake City police say Green had a knife and confronted the actress as she entered a hallway. There are no indications Green targeted the girl before seeing her. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man was behind bars Monday after police said he broke into a downtown Salt Lake City theater with a knife and tried to kidnap a 12-year-old actress.


Not guilty plea in California missing family case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:50

This Friday, Dec. 6, 2014 photo released by the Montebello Police Department, shows suspect Daniel Perez. Perez is accused of abducting his four sons and engaging police in a highway standoff. Perez has been booked into Montebello jail, about 15 miles east of Los Angeles, for investigation of his wife's death as well as kidnapping. Erica Perez was found dead in the trunk of another family vehicle on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Montebello Police Department)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man accused of killing his wife, abducting his sons and engaging police in a highway standoff acted in self-defense when his wife tried to stab him, his lawyer said Monday.


6 dead, suspect on loose in suburban Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:43

Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Authorities say Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man suspected of going to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs and fatally shooting six people, including his ex-wife and her teenage niece, was at large, and prosecutors said investigators didn't know where he was or how he was getting around.


Jury to decide fate of former Miami-area mayor accused of mortgage fraud

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:34
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A former south Florida mayor used her status in the Haitian community to lure individuals into a scheme to fraudulently obtain mortgages, prosecutors said on Monday during closing arguments in her fraud trial. Marie Lucie Tondreau, 54, was indicted on six counts of wire fraud in May and faces up to 30 years in prison for allegedly helping her onetime fiancée Karl Oreste collect at least $11 million on behalf of straw buyers to finance 20 properties. “Marie Lucie Tondreau was associated in some way with each of these transactions,” said Assistant U.S. ...

N. Korea seeks UN meeting on CIA torture

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:33
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea asked the U.N. Security Council in a letter Monday to take up the CIA's harsh treatment of terror suspects, instead of the North's own human rights situation.

Protesters chain themselves to Oakland police station doors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:27

Demonstrators sit along a street as others block doors to the Oakland Police Department to protest against killings of unarmed black men by police officers in Oakland, CaliforniaBy Emmett Berg OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Protesters chained themselves to the doors of police headquarters in Oakland, California, on Monday, prompting several arrests, and one demonstrator scaled a flagpole to hang a "Black Lives Matter" banner in front of the building. Oakland and neighboring Berkeley have been the site of demonstrations for more than a week over decisions by grand juries not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. ...


Man accidentally shot with officer's stray bullet

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:24
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A police officer's gun accidentally went off as he crept through a broken window during an Albuquerque burglary investigation, wounding a man in an apartment below, officials said Monday.

New details about 6 victims in Montgomery County killing spree; suspect loose

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:23

Manhunt for Montgomery County killing spree suspect Bradley Stone moves to Doylestown, Upper Perkiomen schools closed TuesdayAuthorities have released new details about the six victims of a killing spree in Montgomery County, as the suspect in the case remains at large.


How the Eagles can make the playoffs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:16

How the Eagles can make the playoffsJust like that, in the matter of just 2 weeks, the Philadelphia Eagles have gone from a team fighting for a 1st round bye to a team now just fighting to make the playoffs.


Albuquerque policeman's gun goes off, accidentally hits bystander

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:14
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - An Albuquerque police officer accidentally shot an innocent bystander when his weapon discharged as he climbed through a window during a burglary investigation, authorities said on Monday. The incident follows a federal investigation that concluded the police department in New Mexico's biggest city used excessive, even deadly, force against passive civilians. The officer was investigating a burglary and was trying to enter an apartment through a broken window when his gun fired on Sunday, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier said. ...

Don Tollefson withdraws guilty plea, wants to be own lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:13

Don Tollefson withdraws guilty plea, wants to be own lawyerFormer sportscaster Don Tollefson has withdrawn a guilty plea and will now head to trial.


Seattle police find no explosives after Amazon HQ threat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:13
By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle police searched for explosives at Amazon.com's headquarters after a threatening letter was found at a company building just north of the city's downtown district, but found nothing, authorities said on Monday. Amazon building security contacted Seattle police at 10:30 a.m. local time (1.30 p.m. ET) after staff found a note inside a bathroom at one of the buildings that make up Amazon's sprawling headquarters, police said, without disclosing the contents of the note. ...

California policeman who threatened protesters on Twitter put on leave

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:12
By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) - A San Jose police officer who tweeted threatening messages to demonstrators protesting the police killings of unarmed black men has been placed on administrative leave, a spokeswoman for the department said Monday. The action comes amid ongoing protests nationwide over the deaths of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen shot to death by police in Missouri, and Eric Garner, who died after a New York officer placed him in a chokehold. ...

Defense seeks mercy for Texan facing execution for revenge murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:08

Handout photo of Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric WilliamsBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Defense attorneys for a former Texas justice of peace convicted of capital murder in a revenge plot against two prosecutors rested their case on Monday in the penalty phase, having asked jurors to invoke Jesus' mercy and spare him from execution. The same jury that convicted Eric Williams, 47, on Dec. 4 of murdering Cynthia McLelland in 2013 will likely begin deliberations on Tuesday in the penalty phase, with prosecutors seeking the death penalty. ...


Investigators seek to identify potential LA fire witnesses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:03
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators want to question two potential witnesses who were near a downtown Los Angeles fire last week that reduced an apartment construction site to ashes.

VIDEO: Montgomery Co. DA press conf. on shooting spree

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:02

 Montgomery Co. DA press conf. on shooting spreeThe Montgomery County District Attorney RIsa Fermen Vetri briefed the media on the latest in the ongoing investigation.


VIDEO: David Henry has the latest on Souderton shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:59

 David Henry has the latest on Souderton shootingDavid Henry reports from Souderton, where at least two people were killed and a teenager was badly hurt.


UN blames South Sudan's leaders for 'catastrophe'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:57
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is blaming South Sudan's "man-made political, security and humanitarian catastrophe" and the threat of famine on its feuding leaders.