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Philly councilman: Christie, "you are just a creep"

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:30

 Christie, "you are just a creep"After seeing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sitting with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at Sunday night's game, Philadelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney shared his thoughts on social media.


Defense rests in German exchange student shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:28
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Videotape of Markus Kaarma crying in a Montana police station after he shot and killed a German exchange student was one of the last pieces of evidence put up by defense attorneys in his murder trial, whose outcome hinges on how jurors interpret Kaarma's use of a state self-defense law.

MIA Korean War soldier finally buried next to mom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:28

A soldier salutes during a graveside service for Anthony La Rossa in Farmingdale, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The 18-year-old New York City soldier listed for decades as missing in action during the Korean War is receiving full military honors at a funeral Monday on Long Island. The remains of Pfc. Anthony La Rossa of Brooklyn were returned to the United States by North Korea in the early 1990s, and only recently identified. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — More than 60 years after Pfc. Anthony La Rossa went missing while serving with the U.S. Army in the Korean War, the Brooklyn native's remains have been buried next to the mother who went to her grave never knowing his fate.


Driver accused of fleeing with man on car who died

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:26
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Police in Springfield, Oregon, believe a driver hit a pedestrian and fled with him on top of her car, carrying the man for 11 blocks before removing him and leaving him in the street to die.

Largest family detention center for immigrants opens in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:25
By Jim Forsyth DILLEY, Texas (Reuters) - Saying our borders are "not open to illegal migration," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday opened in Dilley, Texas, what is billed as the largest U.S. family detention center to hold those caught entering the country illegally. Johnson also used the occasion to criticize congressional Republicans he said failed to fully fund his department in the budget bill approved this past weekend. ...

Officials release 3 eagles at Michigan power plant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:24
HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Three weak, emaciated eagles that were nursed back to health at a Michigan raptor rehabilitation facility have been released back into the wild.

Mother: Boy killed by police never had a chance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:20

Samaria Rice, of Cleveland, Ohio, wears a button with her son's photograph during an interview at The Associated Press, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 in New York. A Cleveland police officer fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice on Nov. 22 as he played with a toy gun outside a recreation center. Rice says her son was never given a chance to follow officers' orders, but she believes the family "will have justice." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of a 12-year-old Ohio boy fatally shot by police who believed he was carrying a gun said Monday he was never given a chance to follow officers' orders.


Bill Cosby's wife defends him as 'kind' and 'generous'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:19

Bill Cosby's wife defends him as 'kind' and 'generous'Bill Cosby's wife says the embattled comedian is in fact the man his fans have always loved.


Rare white rhino dies at San Diego zoo, leaving only five on earth

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:18

A northern white rhinoceros named Angalifu that died on Sunday is seen in this San Diego Zoo Safari Park handout photo(Reuters) - One of only six northern white rhinoceros left on earth died over the weekend at a San Diego zoo, bringing the species closer to extinction, zoo officials said on Monday. Angalifu, who was about 44 years old and being treated for age-related conditions, died on Sunday, according to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The world's only known remaining northern white rhinos are an elderly female still at the Safari Park, one at a zoo in Europe and three in Africa, the California zoo said in a statement. ...


Two dead, nine-year-old driver critical after Mississippi car crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:18
(Reuters) - Two child passengers died when a car driven by a 9-year-old boy in rural Mississippi crashed while being pursued by police, authorities said on Monday. The incident occurred on Friday night after the car turned to avoid a mandatory checkpoint on Highway 35, just north of the town of Forest, about 45 miles east of Jackson. A Mississippi Highway Patrol officer, seeing the 2003 Mercury Sable elude the checkpoint, gave chase. The car then veered off the road, overturned and collided with a utility pole, said Sergeant Andy West, a highway patrol spokesman. ...

Connecticut jury awards $7M in scouts abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:14
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A man who says he was sexually abused by a Connecticut scout leader in the mid-1970s won a $7 million jury verdict against the Boy Scouts of America.

AccuWeather: Clouds linger, sun peaks through

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:13

 Clouds linger, sun peaks throughMeteorologist Karen Rogers says clouds will break for some sun today.


Pennsylvania man guilty in stabbing death of police dog

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:03
By Elizabeth Daley NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man was found guilty on Monday in the killing of a German Shepherd police dog whose death inspired "Rocco's Law," strengthening penalties for such crimes, court officials said. A Pittsburg jury found John Rush, 22, guilty of 11 charges including felony aggravated assault, torture of a police animal and disarming an officer in the confrontation and killing of 8-year-old K-9 cop "Rocco," an Allegheny County Court official said. ...

Cincinnati trims parking fines for holiday food donations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:01
By Steve Bittenbender (Reuters) - A holiday special for people with outstanding parking tickets launched on Monday in Cincinnati, which is reducing fines in exchange for canned food donations to a local food bank. For drivers with one or two overdue parking meter fines, a 10-can donation will reduce their total fine on one ticket - including the late fee - to $45 from $90. City Treasurer John Walsh said people turned in more than 300 cans in the first few hours. Cincinnati based its program on one started in Lexington, Kentucky, last month. ...

Family identifies man who was shot, killed by officer in Mayfair

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 05:56

Family identifies man who was shot, killed by officer in MayfairWe now know the identity of the man who was shot and killed in an altercation with Philadelphia police early Monday in the Mayfair section of the city.


Newtown victims' families sue maker of gun used in 2012 attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 05:40

A Bushmaster rifle belonging to Sandy Hook Elementary school gunman Adam Lanza is seen in this police evidence photoBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The families of nine people killed in a 2012 massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school sued the maker of the gun used in the attack on Monday, saying the weapon should not have been sold because it had no reasonable civilian purpose. While the AR-15 assault weapon used in the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School was legally sold in Connecticut, the lawsuit contends that the weapon should not have been available to 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza. The AR-15 is manufactured by Bushmaster, a privately held company based in Windham, Maine. ...


Suspect identified in Montgomery County killing spree; six dead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 05:34

Suspect in Montgomery County killing spree still loose; 6 deadAuthorities have identified the man sought in a Montgomery County killing spree that left six people dead at three separate locations.


Colorado resort towns worry over pot perception

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 05:29

In this Dec. 11, 2014 photo, a sign hangs out in front of the soon-to-move out Breckenridge Cannabis Club, which sells recreational marijuana products, on the main commercial street that runs through the ski town of Breckenridge, Colo. Business is booming in Colorado’s mountain resorts, and the addition of recreational marijuana stores this year has attracted droves of customers curious about legalized pot. But in some quarters, there’s anxiety that ski towns have embraced marijuana a little too much. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Business is booming in Colorado's mountain resorts, and the addition of recreational marijuana stores this year has attracted customers curious about legalized pot. But there's mounting anxiety that ski towns have embraced stoner culture a little too much, potentially damaging the state's tourism brand.


Missing California teen found dead under storm-toppled tree

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 05:06
By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 14-year-old boy reported missing last week has been found dead in South Lake Tahoe, apparently killed by a 50-foot tree knocked down during a storm that struck California late last week, police said on Monday. Dejon Smith, a freshman at South Lake Tahoe High School, was reported missing on Thursday after he left school and never returned home. A witness saw him in a wooded area that evening, but a police search failed to find him. His body was found by a resident on Saturday about half a mile from where he was last seen, authorities said. ...

Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 05:05

In this photo taken July 14, 2010, an electric plug charges a Smart Car electric drive vehicle in New York. People buying all-electric cars where coal supplies the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study shows those coal-powered plug-in vehicles can be making the air dirtier and worsening global warming. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)WASHINGTON (AP) — People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming.