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Jury finds Don Tollefson guilty of theft

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:02

Jury finds Don Tollefson guilty in fraud trialAfter nearly twelve hours of deliberations, a Bucks County jury has reached a verdict in the fraud trial of former sportscaster Don Tollefson.


Senate panel OKs official chosen after Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:56
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Senate committee has voted to confirm the state's public safety director, despite concerns about a racial discrimination lawsuit against him.

Washington state attorney general seeks to raise smoking age to 21

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:56

A woman disposes a cigarette in Los Angeles, CaliforniaWashington state’s top lawyer was set to unveil legislation on Wednesday seeking to raise the legal smoking age to 21 from 18 in a move that could make the state the first in the nation with such a threshold, his office said. Attorney General Bob Ferguson will announce the bill later on Wednesday in Olympia, the state capital, his office said. “The drive behind this is the health and well-being of our youth in the state of Washington,” spokesman Peter Lavallee said. “Some other jurisdictions have raised the age and seen some real impact on youth smoking rates.” Consumers age 18 and up can buy cigarettes in many U.S. states, with four states – Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah – selling to those ages 19 and older, Lavallee said.


PHOTOS: Suspects in drug ring based in Philly area

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:48

 Suspects in drug ring based in Philly areaA total of 22 people have been arrested in a statewide drug ring based out of the Philadelphia area, investigators say.


1st racial-impact law seen as having modest effect in Iowa

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:38

In this Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 photo, former state Rep. Wayne Ford stands in his Urban Dreams offices, in Des Moines, Iowa. A first-in-the-nation Iowa law requiring legislators to consider the racial impact of criminal justice bills appears to be having a modest effect six years after passing, according to a review by The Associated Press. Ford authored the law and is advising lawmakers across the country on similar legislation. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — After a 2007 report showed that Iowa had the nation's highest disparity for sending blacks to prison, state lawmakers took a novel step: They passed a law requiring analysts to draft "racial-impact statements" on any proposals to create new crimes or tougher penalties.


Camping gear stolen from 2 Boy Scout troops in same city

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:34
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Thieves stole camping gear and a trailer worth more than $10,000 from two Boy Scout troops in the same Montana city over the past month.

Florida city bans use of mug shots in police target practice

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:32
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A city council in Florida has banned its police force from using mug shots of black men for target practice after a National Guard member found a photo of her brother laced with bullets in a trash can last month..

Tootsie Roll Industries chief executive dies at 95

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:19

In this April 8, 2013 photo, Melvin Gordon, the CEO of Chicago-based Tootsie Roll Industries, is seen attending an event with University of Chicago faculty leaders at a hotel in Chicago. A company spokesperson said Gordon died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Boston after a brief illness. He was 95. Gordon ran the company for 53 years. It makes 64 million Tootsie Rolls a day and other favorites including Junior Mints, Charleston Chews and Tootsie Pops. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO (AP) — Melvin Gordon, who led Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. for more than five decades, has died at age 95.


Missing 13-year-old girl found safe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:15

Missing 13-year-old girl found safePhiladelphia police say a 13 year-old girl who went missing last week has been found safe.


Supreme Court backs former air marshal in whistleblower case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:13

The Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a former air marshal can seek whistleblower protections for disclosing sensitive information to the news media about the absence of security officers on certain flights. On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected arguments made by President Barack Obama's administration, which was seeking to reverse an appeals court ruling favoring whistleblower Robert MacLean, who was fired for the 2003 leak. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court concluded that U.S. Transportation Security Administration regulations that prohibited MacLean's disclosures did not have sufficient legal force to bar him from receiving protections under the Whistleblower Protection Act. MacLean told a reporter with the MSNBC cable TV network that the TSA had decided not to assign air marshals to certain long-distance flights, a decision he disagreed with.


Texas to execute man for triple murder in San Antonio home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 02:09

Arnold Prieto is seen in an undated picture released by the Texas Department of Criminal JusticeBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas plans to execute on Wednesday a man who was convicted of stabbing three people to death with a screwdriver, including his great-uncle and great-aunt, in a San Antonio home robbery in 1993. Arnold Prieto's execution by injection is planned for 6 p.m. CST at the state's prison death chamber in Huntsville. If it takes place, Prieto, 41, will be the 519th person executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Prieto and two other men went to the home of Rodolfo Rodriguez, 72, and his wife, Virginia, 62, who cooked the visitors breakfast.


Grand jury: Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane could face charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 01:59

Perjury charge recommended for Pa. Attorney General Kathleen KaneA grand jury says there are reasonable grounds to charge Pennsylvania's attorney general with perjury, false swearing, official oppression and obstruction after an investigation into leaks of secret grand jury material.


Jury in Don Tollefson trial undecided on one charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 01:52

Jury in Don Tollefson trial undecided on one chargeA Bucks County jury was excused for the night, but will return Wednesday in the fraud trial of former sportscaster Don Tollefson.


Jury in Don Tollefson trial locked on one charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 01:43

Jury in Don Tollefson trial undecided on one chargeA Bucks County jury was excused for the night, but will return Wednesday in the fraud trial of former sportscaster Don Tollefson.


NYU student accused of setting classmate's clothing on fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 01:09
NEW YORK (AP) — New York University said Wednesday it erred in not immediately reporting to police accusations that a student set a sleeping classmate on fire over the summer, then recorded her putting out the flames.

U.S. solar product trade ruling opens way to import duties on China, Taiwan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 01:06
The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Wednesday imports of solar products from China and Taiwan injure U.S. producers, clearing the final hurdle for import duties on the goods. ITC commissioners voted in favor of the complaint brought by the U.S. arm of German solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG in a bid to close a loophole that let Chinese producers sidestep duties imposed in 2012. The decision gives the U.S. Commerce Department the green light to impose anti-dumping duties as high as 165.04 percent for Chinese goods and 19.5 percent for Taiwanese goods. Separate anti-subsidy duties of up to 38.72 percent apply for Chinese goods.

Judge bars defense from seeing evidence in airport bomb case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 00:43
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Attorneys for a man accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack at a Wichita airport are not being allowed to view some classified evidence in the case.

Police: Snapchat message sparked stabbing, leaving teen dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 00:37
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A 16-year-old fatally stabbed a fellow student because he was upset about a Snapchat message sent to his girlfriend, according to police.

Fact sheet: 2015 Toyota Yaris 5-Door SE

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 00:32
2015 Toyota Yaris 5-Door SE

Toyota's lowest-priced car gets spruced up

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 00:32

This undated photo made available by Toyota shows the 2015 Toyota Yaris car. The Yaris, available as three-door and five-door hatchbacks, continues to rank among the top 10 gasoline-powered, non-hybrid cars in fuel economy in the country. (AP Photo/Toyota, David Dewhurst Photography)Toyota's lowest-priced car, the Yaris, is restyled inside and out for 2015, has an improved ride and adds new standard features — all for a starting retail price of less than $16,000.