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Judge: Rape lawsuit against Harvard can proceed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 11:24
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has reinstated a lawsuit against Harvard University over child rape allegations against a now-dead swim coach that date back four decades.

Major storm sweeps through Southern California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 11:01

Ellie Mahoney, 15, of Geyserville, Calif., uses a kayak to make her way through a flooded parking lot Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Healdsburg, Calif. A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians got a lot of what they wanted and not too much of what they didn't from a major storm that finally blew out of the state Friday.

Hunter mistakes jogger for deer, opens fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 10:23

Hunter mistakes jogger for deer, opens firePolice on Cape Cod say a deer hunter has been arrested after mistakenly shooting a jogger in the woods.

U.S. opts not to force N.Y. Times reporter to reveal source

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 10:20

People pose with laptops in front of projection of binary code and CIA emblem in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to force a New York Times reporter to divulge the identity of a confidential source for a book that detailed a failed CIA effort to undermine Iran's nuclear weapons program, a person familiar with the decision said on Friday. Federal prosecutors had wanted James Risen's testimony because they think information in his 2006 book "State of War" was leaked by former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who is facing trial. ...

Homeless shootings suspect charged in 3rd slaying

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 10:19
ATLANTA (AP) — A suspect has been arrested and charged in the deaths of two homeless men shot as they slept on the streets of Atlanta and the separate slaying of a female hairstylist in the nearby city of Decatur, police said Friday.

Discipline urged for 4 in NYC subway derailment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 10:05
NEW YORK (AP) — Transit officials say a New York City subway derailment this year that injured 30 riders and two employees was caused by track defects.

Police charge Atlanta suspect with killing two homeless men, hair stylist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 09:56
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Police on Friday filed murder charges against a man accused of fatally shooting two sleeping homeless men in downtown Atlanta and a suburban hair stylist over the last two weeks. Aeman Lovel Presley, 34, is charged with three counts of murder and is being held in the Fulton County Jail, Atlanta police spokesman Greg Lyon said Friday. Presley is accused of killing Dorian Jenkins, 42, who was found dead on Nov. 23, and Tommy Mims, 64, who was found three days later, Lyon said. They were found wrapped in blankets in different locations on downtown sidewalks. ...

Witness: police made mistakes in German student case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 09:48
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An expert in police practices called by lawyers for a Montana man on trial for killing a German exchange student said Friday detectives missed critical things when investigating the case.

Records: Cellphone, DNA linked man to sex assault

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 09:43
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A damaged cellphone and DNA evidence were used to connect a man accused of raping and fatally burning a woman at a Wichita, Kansas, park to the crime, affidavits released Friday show.

DC museum to display Texas tower sniper's rifle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 09:41

This Dec. 11, 2014 handout photo provided by the Crime Museum, Washington, D.C. shows the Remington Model 700 rifle that sniper Charles Whitman used to kill 16 people and wound 32 others from atop the University of Texas clock tower in 1966, on display at the Crime Museum in Washington, D.C. The museum will display the 6 mm Remington Model 700 rifle, still bearing Whitman’s handwritten scope sightings on a piece of tape, the museum announced Friday , Dec. 12, 2014, in a statement. (AP Photo/Crime Museum, Washington, D.C.)DALLAS (AP) — A Washington, D.C., museum announced Friday that it will display the rifle that sniper Charles Whitman used to kill 16 people and wound 32 others from atop the University of Texas clock tower in 1966.

Can Amy Pascal's career survive Sony cyberattack?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 09:40

FILE --In this Oct. 4, 2013 file photo, Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman, arrives at Variety's 5th Annual Power of Women event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Pascal is under fire for racist remarks that surfaced in emails made public by the Sony cyberattack. Pascal apologized Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, for the “insensitive and inappropriate” comments in her emails that she says are “not an accurate reflection of who I am.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amy Pascal, one of the most powerful women in the man's world that is Hollywood and the force behind such critical and commercial hits as "The Social Network" and "American Hustle," has had better days.

New York protesters 'blow the whistle' at police stations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 09:28

People hold candles while they take part in a rally to call for action in response to police violence, at the steps of City Hall in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo and Frank McGurty NEW YORK (Reuters) - Demonstrators staged mass "whistle-blowing" rallies outside police stations across New York City on Friday to start a second weekend of planned protests against the killing of an unarmed black man by a white patrolman. In Harlem, about three dozen protesters marched past public housing projects where they say police abuse is particularly pervasive before rallying outside a local police station house. There, the crowd blew metal whistles, piercing the cold air with the high-pitch shrill. ...

SC prison gets new equipment after drone incident

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 09:14
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina maximum security prison is getting new surveillance equipment after someone tried to smuggle contraband into the institution with a drone aircraft earlier this year.

Feds: NY lawyer told of Ponzi ruse in suicide note

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 09:13
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer who authorities say attempted suicide to evade prosecution for a $5 million Ponzi scheme was arrested Friday at the hospital where he has been recovering since he was pulled from the Hudson River off Manhattan over a month ago.

FBI reviews hanging death of black teenager

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 09:12
BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — The black teenager was found in a North Carolina trailer park, hanging from a swing set by a dog leash and a belt that were not his own. His mother said he showed no sign of suicidal thoughts, yet authorities quickly ruled that he had taken his own life.

Boy, dad sought in Houston mom's death found safe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 09:03
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say an 11-month-old boy whose mother was found dead in the refrigerator of her Houston apartment has been found safe in Mexico with his father, who has been taken into custody as a suspect in the killing.

New York lawyer charged in $5 million fraud outlined in suicide note

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 09:02
By Nate Raymond and Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York lawyer left a suicide note admitting that he had run a $5 million Ponzi scheme and called the investments "all an illusion," prosecutors said on Friday. Charles Bennett, 56, who was rescued Nov. 3 after he jumped into the Hudson River, was arrested and charged with securities and wire fraud in Manhattan federal court. ...

Navajo VP seeks to save sacred items from auction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:59
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim is in Paris trying to spare tribal ceremonial items from auction.

St. Louis to discipline officer who wore Wilson patch at protest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:57
By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A St. Louis city police officer will be disciplined for wearing a patch bearing the name "Wilson" on his uniform on Friday in apparent support of the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the police department said. The officer was pictured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wearing the patch on his sleeve while standing in front of St. Louis City Hall during a public protest of police brutality. "Chief Dotson is disappointed in the officer's decision to violate the department's policy," the St. ...

Adrian Peterson's appeal denied, suspension upheld

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:57

Adrian Peterson's appeal denied, suspension upheldAn arbiter appointed by the NFL to hear Adrian Peterson's appeal has ruled that the Minnesota Vikings running back will remain suspended until at least next spring.