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Ferguson wants peace instead of protests, but anger still simmers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:56

A protester reaches for a tear gas canister during a second night of protests in Ferguson, MissouriBy Carey Gillam FERGUSON, Mo (Reuters) - It is hard to find much healing in Ferguson, Missouri. More than four months after a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager and sparked nationwide demonstrations over the way police in the United States interact with the black community, anger still simmers in the city of 21,000 mostly black residents. Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, and the larger St. Louis area want to move from protests to peace, promising programs to build alliances between blacks and whites, and between police and those they are sworn to protect. ...

Paul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:53

FILE - In this April 1, 2014 file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Paul is taking online digs at potential GOP rival Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Flipping the script on a Republican rival, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Friday criticized Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as "an isolationist" as the GOP's intra-party feud over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy intensified.

North Korea denies connection with Sony hacking

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:51
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea is denying any connection with the hacking of Sony over a new film that it says has defamed the country's image.

Pickpocket theft in Cherry Hill leads to $14,000 fraud

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:51

Pickpocket theft in Cherry Hill leads to $14,000 fraudPolice in Cherry Hill, New Jersey say there have been multiple cases of pickpocketing there recently, and in one case the victims' credit cards were used for $14,000 in fraudulent purchases.

Kim Jong Un game spoof 'Glorious Leader!' moving forward

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:50

This photo provided by Moneyhorse Games shows a scene from the video game, "Glorious Leader." (AP Photo/Moneyhorse Games)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creator of a satirical video game that depicts Kim Jong Un as a gun-toting, unicorn-riding hero has no plans to cancel his zany creation following a cyberattack and threats of violence against Sony Pictures that the FBI has attributed to North Korea.

Mother arrested for murder after children found dead in Australian home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:49
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The 37-year-old mother of most of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns has been arrested for murder, police said on Saturday. Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the woman, who was hospitalized on Friday with stab wounds, was lucid and awake and talking to police. Asnicar said the woman was the mother of seven of the eight children, aged 18 months to 15 years. The eighth child was her niece. (Reporting by Jane Wardell; Editing by Alison Williams)

Man pleads guilty in airplane groping case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:48
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A California man accused of groping and sexually propositioning a teenage girl on a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday.

U. Va. Board chair decries 'drive-by journalism'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:47
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The chairman of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors ripped into Rolling Stone magazine Friday, saying the magazine unfairly tarnished the school's image with a piece of "drive-by journalism," hurt innocent people and set back sex assault prevention efforts.

Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:46
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has banned new investments in Crimea, slapping sanctions on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine earlier this year.

Man pleads guilty in gun case linked to marathon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:42
BOSTON (AP) — A man charged with having the gun prosecutors believe the Boston Marathon bombing suspects used to kill an MIT police officer has pleaded guilty to gun possession and drug charges.

Friend of accused Boston bomber pleads guilty to gun, drug charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:39

Hayden, defense attorney for Matanov who is accused of lying to federal investigators about his ties to accused Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, talks to reporters following Matanov's arraignment in federal courtBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A high school friend of the accused Boston Marathon bombers pleaded guilty on Friday to charges including having possessed a gun that prosecutors contend the suspects used to shoot dead a university police officer as they tried to flee the city. Stephen Silva, 21, changed his plea from not guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston after reaching a deal with federal prosecutors that was filed under seal. ...

Lots to say in historic Obama-Castro phone call

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:36

Cuba's President Raul Castro smiles during a twice-annual legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. When the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba had their first phone conversation in more than 50 years, they were not at a loss for words. As President Barack Obama told the story at his news conference Friday, he opened his call with Cuban President Raul Castro _ brother of famously longwinded Fidel _ with a 15-minute monologue, then apologized for taking so much time. "He said, 'Don't worry about it, Mr. President,’” Obama related. “’You're still a young man, and you have still the chance to break Fidel's record. He once spoke seven hours straight." (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate)WASHINGTON (AP) — When the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba had their first phone conversation in more than 50 years, they were not at a loss for words.

A look at large coal ash spills in the US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:34
The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. The Obama announcement ended a six-year effort that began after a massive spill of the ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the EPA has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states with heavy metals and other toxic contaminants.

Overseas tip led FBI to recover stolen art worth up to $24 million

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:27

Recovered paintings are pictured during a news conference at FBI Headquarters in Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An overseas tip investigators received six years after one of the biggest art heists in Los Angeles led to the return of nine stolen paintings, including works by Marc Chagall and Diego Rivera, collectively worth as much as $24 million, police and FBI said on Friday. The paintings were recovered in an FBI sting operation in which a suspect, Paul Espinoza, 45, was arrested after he tried to sell the stolen artwork to undercover agents at a Los Angeles-area hotel in October for $700,000, authorities said. ...

Cops: Woman, 19, killed NY boy, falsely reported abduction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:25

 Woman, 19, killed NY boy, falsely reported abductionA 19-year old New York woman is accused of killing a 5-year-old cousin in her care and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home.

Report: FBI's anthrax investigation was flawed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:18

This undated image attached to an email sent Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001 by Bruce Ivins shows Ivins handling "cultures of the now infamous 'Ames' strain of Bacillus anthracis" at his lab according to the text of the message. The Government Accountability Office says the science the FBI used to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks was flawed. The GAO released a report Friday on its findings. The agency didn't take a position on the FBI's conclusion that Army biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins acted alone in making and sending the powdered spores that killed five people and sickened 17 others. The report adds fuel to the debate among experts, including many of Ivins' co-workers at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, over whether Ivins could have made and mailed the anthrax-filled envelopes. (AP Photo)The FBI used flawed scientific methods to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened 17 others, federal auditors said Friday in a report sure to fuel skepticism over the FBI's conclusion that Army biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator.

Sheriff: Beheading photo sent to New York lawmaker

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:16
NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York sheriff said Friday he has contacted federal authorities to investigate a threatening photo of a beheading sent to an Orthodox Jewish lawmaker.

LA airport OKs $4B link from terminals to trains

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:15
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leaders at the Los Angeles International Airport have formally given the go-ahead to a $4 billion plan to build an "automated people mover" that would connect terminals to the region's rail system.

Influential Rabbi Harold Schulweis dies at 89 in California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:12
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rabbi Harold Schulweis, a tireless innovator who implored followers to fight against genocide and see Judaism as a religion with universal significance, has died at age 89 at his Los Angeles home, his synagogue said in a statement. Schulweis, who was regarded as one of the most influential rabbis of his generation, died on Thursday after a struggle with heart disease, his congregation Valley Beth Shalom said in a statement. ...

Indiana stage collapse survivors settle for $50 million: lawyers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 05:05
(Reuters) - Survivors and bereaved family members of a deadly August 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse have reached a settlement totaling nearly $50 million, plaintiffs' lawyers said on Friday. The settlement includes compensation for Alisha Brennon of Chicago, as the surviving spouse of Christina Santiago, as well as compensation for her own injuries. The payment for the surviving member of a lesbian couple in a civil union could be precedent-setting in the state, the lawyers said. "This is an historic settlement," said Bryan Bradley of the Kenneth J. Allen Law Group, in a statement. ...