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Texas lawmakers put new gun rights laws in their sights

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:06
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Several proposed new gun laws await the new Texas legislature when it opens next month, including one to allow open carrying of handguns in public and another providing a sales tax holiday for firearms purchases. The Republican-dominated legislature will become even more conservative due the party's landslide win in the November election, with many members pledging to expanding firearms rights in the state often seen as an incubator of conservative policies nationwide. ...

With crime coverage, paper 'challenging community'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 00:55

In this Nov. 20, 2014, photo, New Pittsburgh Courier editor and publisher Rod Doss, left, and assistant to to publisher Stephan Broadus, right, show copies of the paper with focus on black on black violent crime while in the newspaper conference room in Pittsburgh. The Courier, an historic black newspaper, began a campaign with coverage of each homicide almost a decade ago because editors at the Courier simply felt black-on-black killings were not getting the attention they deserved. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — At the start of every month, the same image of a pistol points from the same place on the front page of the New Pittsburgh Courier, above the same caption: Under Attack By Us!


Your info has been hacked. Now what do you do?

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 23:37

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 file photo, a shopper pays for her purchases at a Target store in South Portland, Maine. Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches last year. Of those affected, one in three became victims of identity theft, according to research firm Javelin. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft, according to research firm Javelin. Whether shopping, banking or going to the hospital, Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies to keep their sensitive details safe. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself against the financial, legal and emotional impact of identity theft — and most of them are free:


Identity theft victims face months of hassle

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 23:36

In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, identity theft victim Mark Kim poses for photos in front of a Target store, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Kim spent seven months trying to clear his credit history after his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer's free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified if someone used his identity to commit fraud.


Lower lobster catch in 2014 means higher prices

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 23:12
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The 2014 lobster fishing season appears to have resulted in a lower total catch than the previous two years — meaning slightly higher prices for consumers — but it remained a productive year, lobstermen say.

Singer Jeremih charged after NJ airport incident

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 23:08

Singer Jeremih charged after NJ airport incidentR&B star Jeremih and two others face charges in New Jersey after one of the men allegedly opened a door to a boarding ramp at Newark International Airport after it had been closed to prepare for takeoff.


Chip Kelly respects Cowboys, doesn't share hate

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 22:37

Chip Kelly respects Cowboys, doesn't share hateFrom Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson and Jason Garrett to Dick Vermeil, Buddy Ryan and Andy Reid, the men in charge have changed while the rivalry remains intense.


Mormons say race remains taboo topic in church

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 22:29
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A year after Mormon leaders published a landmark essay on the church's past ban on blacks in the priesthood, some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say race seems to remain a taboo topic.

Police: DNA from beard leads to burglary arrest

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 22:20

In this undated photo provided by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office in Oriskany, N.Y., 54-year-old Leon Tennant is shown. Tennant was charged with first-degree burglary for allegedly confronting a woman with a knife after breaking into her Vienna, N.Y. home on Dec. 20, 2013. Police said the woman grabbed the man’s beard and caused some hair to be pulled out as he fled. DNA tests on the hair sample led police to Tennant. (AP Photo/Oneida County Sheriff’s Office)VIENNA, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a suspect was caught by a whisker when DNA from his beard hair led to his arrest.


Bond producers say screenplay stolen in Sony hack

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 22:00

Bond producers say screenplay stolen in Sony hackThe producers of James Bond films say an early version of the screenplay for the new movie "SPECTRE" is among the material stolen in the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.


Coast Guard searches for sailor who fell from ship

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 21:26
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has joined the crew of a Chinese freighter in the search for a crew member who fell into the Gulf of Mexico while painting the bulk freighter's hull.

Factbox: Taxpayers help subsidize oil-by-rail boom

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:31
By Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Reuters analysis identified 10 federal and state grants either approved or pending approval, totaling $84.2 million, that helped boost the number of rail cars carrying crude oil across the nation. Here is a description of each one. Granting Agency: Ohio Development Services Agency Amount: $12. ...

3 Inmates, 2 Charged with Murder, Escape From Alabama Jail

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:26
Police and U.S. marshals were searching today for three inmates, including two accused of murder, who escaped from an Alabama jail this morning.

What Life Is Like in Newtown 2 Years After Sandy Hook Shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:26
It's been two years since Nicole Hockley's son was murdered by Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old gunman who stormed into Sandy Hook Elementary School days before Christmas.

Families of Newtown, Connecticut, massacre victims plan lawsuits

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:25

This Oct. 28, 2013 aerial photo shows the Sandy Hook Elementary School, relocated to the former Chaulk Hill School building in Monroe, Conn., after the original building in neighboring Newtown was razed following A Dec. 14, 2012, shooting rampage where 26 people were killed. A threat Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, led to the evacuation of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe. The superintendent's office said the students were being moved to a nearby school where they could be picked up by their parents. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)By Richard Weizel NEWTOWN, Conn. (Reuters) - Parents of almost half the young children killed by a gunman at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, two years ago on Sunday have taken initial steps toward filing lawsuits tied to one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. For a second straight year the leafy suburb has planned no public events to commemorate the massacre, which left 20 first graders and six educators dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School, an incident that inflamed the U.S. debate over gun control. The parents of eight of the children killed in the Dec. ...


SEPTA train hits abandoned car in Conshohocken

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:22

SEPTA train hits abandoned car in ConshohockenA SEPTA train crashed into a car in Montgomery County.


Crews rescue baby, 4 adults from Germantown fire

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:20

Crews rescue baby, 4 adults from Germantown fireFirefighters rescued four adults and a baby from the roof of a back porch in Germantown after a fire erupted.


Turning Milder Sunday

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:14

Turning Milder TodayMeteorologist Chris Sowers says temperatures will climb to near normal levels Sunday.


U.S. taxpayers help fund oil-train boom amid safety concerns

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:11

A crude oil train moves past the loading rack at the Eighty-Eight Oil LLC's transloading facility in Ft. LaramieBy Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the past 18 months, Americans from Albany to Oregon have voiced growing alarm over the rising number of oil-laden freight trains coursing through their cities, a trend they fear is endangering public safety. States and the federal government have handed out tens of millions in public dollars to rail companies and government agencies to expand crude oil rail transportation across the country, a Reuters analysis has found. The public assistance in states like New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma and Oregon comes as railroads are posting record profits, and as state and federal authorities press for safety overhauls that the oil and rail industries have opposed, following several explosive derailments. The Reuters analysis identified 10 federal and state grants either approved or pending approval, totaling $84.2 million, that helped boost the number of rail cars carrying crude oil across the nation.


45 arrested after police protests in SF Bay Area

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 17:32
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police arrested 45 people Saturday in the hours after thousands of protesters took to the streets of San Francisco and Oakland in largely peaceful protests, joining in a national demonstration against police killings.