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Sources: Video shows Shane Montgomery after leaving bar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:28

 Video shows Shane Montgomery after leaving barSources tell Action News that a piece of surveillance video that showed missing college student Shane Montgomery the night he vanished.

Detroit mayor: Challenges remain after bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:54

Gov. Rick Snyder, left, speaks as emergency manager, Kevyn Orr listens at a news conference in Detroit Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Snyder said that the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy will end at midnight. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — The formalities may be over for Detroit, which officially exits bankruptcy after midnight Wednesday and shrugs off the yoke of state receivership. But efforts to make the Motor City livable for residents and appealing to businesses will likely have to last for years to come.

Chinese defendants enter pleas Vegas gambling case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:24
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two more Chinese citizens took plea deals Wednesday in what federal prosecutors say was an illegal Internet gambling ring broken up by an FBI raid at high-roller suites at Caesars Palace.

Four dead after fire rages through Connecticut home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:18
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - The bodies of four people were found in a two-story duplex near the Connecticut River about 20 miles northeast of Hartford after fire engulfed the building on Wednesday, authorities said. Emergency workers have not been able to identify the victims, who were all adults between the ages of 40 and 70, or even pull them from the rubble at the site of the fire in Enfield, Connecticut, said Lieutenant William Zaczynski of the city's police department. ...

LA man charged with killing ex-lover's pet rabbit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:16

FILE - In this May 23, 2012 file photo, cast member Dimitri Diatchenko arrives at the premiere of "Chernobyl Diaries" in Los Angeles. Diatchenko is charged with killing his ex-girlfriend's pet rabbit, sending her grisly photos of its carcass, and threatening to do the same thing to her. Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Diatchenko of North Hollywood, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, with cruelty to an animal and making criminal threats. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A TV and video game actor was charged with killing and cooking his ex-girlfriend's pet rabbit, sending her grisly photos of the procedure and threatening to do the same thing to her, authorities said Wednesday.

Google News to go dark in Spain over 'Google Tax'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:00
MADRID (AP) — Google said Thursday it will shut down its Google News service in Spain to prevent publishers' content from appearing on it — ahead of a new law requiring the Internet search company to pay Spanish news organizations for linked content or snippets of news.

California residents load up sandbags before storm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:00

Kathryn Olson carries a couple of sandbags to her vehicle to be used at her home in the Sacramento suburb of North Highlands, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Sandbags and sand were provided in flood- prone areas of Sacramento County for residents to use to protect their homes in anticipation of a powerful storm that is expected to hit Northern California Thursday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful storm expected to pack hurricane force winds and heavy rain triggered emergency preparations across Northern California on Wednesday, with residents gathering sand bags, crews clearing storm drains and San Francisco school officials canceling classes for the first time since 9/11.

Man struck and killed in Christiana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:54

Man struck and killed in Newark, Del.Police say a man in his 30s was struck and killed in Christiana, Delaware.

Chicago plans app so taxis can compete with Uber, ridesharing services

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:51
By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago opened a new front in the war on ridesharing services like Uber on Wednesday, approving a plan to sponsor an app for riders to hail local cabs. The measure was part of a package including financial supports for taxis, such as fee breaks, passed by the city council on Wednesday. A union that has expanded into cab drivers and organized Chicago this year pushed hard for the package, which had the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. ...

Man shot in the arm in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:51

Man shot in the arm in West PhiladelphiaPolice say someone opened fire in West Philadelphia striking a man in the arm.

Prosecutor: Wife killed in bondage, suburbia clash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:41
DETROIT (AP) — A former Rotary Club president arranged to have his wife killed because his marriage was colliding with his desire to indulge in bondage and masochism with other women, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday at the conclusion of a long trial that revealed a secret life in suburban Detroit.

Son to reunite with dad found after 12 days at sea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:39

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Cmdr. John Barsano, welcomes Ron Ingraham aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) after rescuing him on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 near Hawaii. Ingraham, 67, was found dehydrated and hungry after going missing on Thanksgiving, when the Coast Guard picked up his mayday call saying his boat was in danger of sinking. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)HONOLULU (AP) — The estranged son of a 67-year-old Hawaii fisherman rescued after 12 days at sea says the ordeal has motivated him to reunite with the man after not speaking to him since the 1990s.

4 found dead in Connecticut house fire; 5 escape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:26

Firefighters control a house fire where fire officials said four people were reportedly unaccounted for, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Enfield, Conn., about 20 miles northeast of Hartford. (AP Photo/Journal Inquirer, Jessica Hill) MANDATORY CREDIENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Four bodies were found inside a two-family Connecticut house Wednesday, where four people had gone unaccounted for earlier following a morning fire, officials said.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:09

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2009 file photo, a customer looks at the menu at McDonald's drive-thru in Williamsville, N.Y. McDonald's is planning to trim its menu, review its cooking methods and maybe even get rid of some of the ingredients it uses to change perceptions that it serves junk food, CEO Don Thompson said Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Los Angeles approves ads aimed at shaming men who hire underage prostitutes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:08
By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Men caught buying sex from underage prostitutes could soon find their faces plastered on billboards in Southern California under a proposed ordinance in the nation's most populous county. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a "john-shaming" publicity campaign on Tuesday, sending the measure to lawyers to study and return within 45 days to determine at what point in the legal process such photos can be posted and whether there would be any risk of lawsuits. ...

Missouri university branch freezes hiring, cites Ferguson unrest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:03
(Reuters) - The University of Missouri-St. Louis has frozen hiring due to smaller-than-expected student enrollment that followed unrest in nearby Ferguson over the police shooting of an unarmed teenager, the school's chancellor said on Wednesday. Chancellor Thomas George said in an email to faculty and staff the university faces a $2 million deficit in the coming months, although he added that some factors other than the unrest have contributed to the shortfall. ...

Oregon, needing funds for education, offers to sell forest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:03
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Want to buy a forest? Oregon is preparing to sell off 92,000 acres (37,200 hectares) of coastal woodlands, in a move to distance itself from environmentally questionable timber sales that have long provided revenue to the state's public schools. Officials expect a sale price between $300 million and $700 million – a big range that reflects uncertainty about the extent of logging restrictions in the Elliott State Forest, an Oregon Department of State Lands spokeswoman said on Wednesday. ...

Pot backers oppose U.S. bill banning legal marijuana in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:50

District of Columbia Congressional delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton speaks to low wage U.S. federal contract workers at a strike rally in WashingtonBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marijuana advocates on Wednesday urged Congress not to use a spending bill to overturn a local referendum that overwhelmingly backed legalizing pot in the District of Columbia. A $1.1 trillion spending bill negotiated by lawmakers on Tuesday barred the U.S. capital from using funds to implement Initiative 71, which legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in Washington. Voters easily approved the measure last month but Congress has the power to restrict D.C. municipal spending. ...

Alabama woman found guilty in child sex ring: reports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:49
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - An Alabama woman was convicted on Wednesday for her role in what prosecutors say was an incestuous child sex abuse ring, according to local media reports. Wendy Wood Holland, 35, is among 11 people - eight of them related - arrested as part of a group of family and friends who groomed and then shared children for sex, the Alabama Media Group reported. It is not clear how many children were victimized. ...

Northern California police chief joins peaceful protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:39
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California police chief noted for his community policing efforts raised a few eyebrows when he joined a peaceful protest, holding a sign with the popular Twitter hashtag of "blacklivesmatter."