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U.S. spending bill adds $1.46 billion for military to buy 15 Boeing jets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:10

A U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler carrier-based electronic warfare jet from the Electronic Attack Squadron "Scorpions" flies over the Mediterranean Sea near TrapaniWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A spending bill agreed by lawmakers from the U.S. House and Senate provides $554.2 billion in funding for the U.S. military in fiscal 2015, including $1.46 billion for 15 EA-18G electronic attack jets built by Boeing Co.


Georgia executes man for 1995 killing of sheriff's deputy following store robbery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:05
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia executes man for 1995 killing of sheriff's deputy following store robbery.

Estee, Evelyn Lauder jewels sell for $3.9 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:45

FILE - This file photo provided by Sotheby's, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, shows a ruby, emerald and diamond Cartier Tutti Frutti bracelet. The jewelry is part of the collections of Estee Lauder and Evelyn Lauder that will be auctioned at Sotheby's, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Sotheby's, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A New York auction of 44 pieces of jewelry from the collections of Estee Lauder and Evelyn Lauder has totaled $3.9 million and will benefit two charities.


Rafter fined for dumping trash in Grand Canyon river

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:34
(Reuters) - An Alaska man who led a rafting trip in the Grand Canyon has been fined nearly $2,500 for dumping trash in the Colorado River and illegally collecting firewood, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Nels Nicholas Niemi, 75, was the leader of a 12-day non-commercial rafting trip through Grand Canyon National Park during which rubbish was dropped in the river daily, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona said. ...

Lawmakers agree on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:31

FILE - In this July 31, 2014 file photo, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. walks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lawmakers are finalizing a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September and prevent a shutdown later this week. The measure is the main piece of business facing the lame-duck Congress that hopes to adjourn this week. Republicans will take over the Senate when the new Congress reconvenes next month. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Time running short, Republicans and Democrats agreed Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until the new year.


College student suffered head trauma in Wisconsin dumbwaiter death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:09
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A 21-year-old college student died of severe head trauma after being struck by the cab of a dumbwaiter at a bar and grill in western Wisconsin, an autopsy released on Tuesday found. Brooke Baures, a student at Winona State University and former member of its gymnastics team, was found dead on Dec. 1 in the food elevator at the Wingdam Bar and Saloon where she worked in Fountain City, Wisconsin. ...

U.S. needs longer-range, stealthy drones: think tank

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:02

The MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its inaugural cross-country ferry flight at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MarylandBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military should invest more in longer-range, stealthy weapons, and especially unmanned vehicles, to leverage current advantages and stay ahead of rapid advances by China, Russia and other potential foes, a Washington think tank said Tuesday. The report, released by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, acknowledged U.S. ...


Major provisions of $1.1T omnibus spending bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:57
Top lawmakers Tuesday released a massive 1,603 page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill funding every government agency but the Department of Homeland Security through Sept. 30. The measure also contains dozens of policy provisions affecting financial regulations, the environment, school lunches, and new regulations requiring truckers get more rest. Provisions include:

Lawmaker angered over PSU chief's hands-up gesture

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:55
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania lawmaker is demanding that Penn State University's president apologize for making the "hands up" gesture associated with nationwide protests over the killing of an unarmed black Missouri teenager by a white police officer.

Student charged after teacher eats pot brownie

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

Student charged after teacher eats pot browniePolice say a Maryland teenager eating a pot brownie in class panicked when his teacher asked him for a piece of the treat, and that he is now charged for obliging


Phoenix police name officer who killed suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:47

In this photo taken on Thursday evening, Dec. 4, 2014, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, a Phoenix leader in the Black community, speaks at Civic Space Park during a rally/ march to Phoenix Police headquarters which he organized to protest the police killing of Rumain Brisbon, an unarmed black man. The mother and girlfriend of Brisbon, an unarmed drug suspect fatally shot by a Phoenix police officer who mistook a pill bottle for a gun, do not want the incident to become about race. The deadly shooting Tuesday, Dec. 2, of Brisbon, 34, demonstrates the challenges law enforcement agencies face at a time of unrest over police tactics. Phoenix police say the officer, who is white, feared the suspect was armed during their struggle, but some critics say the officer went too far. Despite the department's efforts to be transparent with information, protesters marched Thursday night. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans ) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESPHOENIX (AP) — Police on Tuesday released the name of a Phoenix police officer who shot and killed an unarmed drug suspect — a move that came just hours before activists and family members of the man planned a protest.


U.S. spending bill bans funds to legalize marijuana in Washington, DC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:46

chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign works on postersWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional negotiators to a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday undercut the U.S. capital city's referendum to legalize marijuana, prohibiting Washington, D.C., from using federal and local funds to implement the initiative. The full House of Representatives and Senate still must pass the legislation that funds federal agencies that otherwise would run out of money at midnight on Thursday. District of Columbia voters last month overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71, which legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. ...


Poignant image emerges from Phoenix protest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:43

In this Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 photo, a Phoenix police officer in riot gear talks with Aiyana Rains, 9, the daughter of Rumain Brisbon, as she participates with hundreds of protesters headed towards police headquarters to demand transparency in the case that left her father dead following a confrontation with a police officer on Dec. 2. Grasping her hand, the officer said, "I'm sorry." (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Nick Oza)PHOENIX (AP) — A poignant image has emerged from protests over a deadly police shooting in Phoenix.


Central America ready to commit $5 bln to migration plan -Guatemala

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:41

Guatemala's President Otto Perez talks to Reuters in Guatemala CityBy Alexandra Alper VERACRUZ, Mexico (Reuters) - Three Central American nations that have sent a flood of migrants to the United States are ready to provide $5 billion between them to match a sum Washington says may be needed to help solve the problem, Guatemala's president said on Tuesday. Struggling to stop the migrant exodus that sparked a crisis in the summer, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador presented U.S. officials with a plan in September to boost their economic growth with infrastructure investment. Addressing the problem on Nov. 18, U.S. ...


Kennedy says former company cooperating with SEC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:38
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Ted Kennedy Jr. says his former company is cooperating fully in an SEC investigation into allegations of insider trading.

Subaru, Cooper Health get tax breaks approved in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:36

Subaru, Cooper Health get tax breaks approved in CamdenThe New Jersey-sponsored business rush to Camden got a boost Tuesday when the state Economic Development Authority approved $118 billion in future tax breaks for Subaru of America to move its U.S. headquarters to the city, and $40 million for Cooper Health System to move non-medical offices from the suburbs.


California district attorneys sue Uber over safety issues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:32
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber, the online car service embroiled in allegations that one of its drivers in India raped a passenger, is now facing a lawsuit over safety issues in its home state of California. The district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles said on Tuesday they had filed a lawsuit against Uber for misleading customers about its background checks on drivers. ...

Detainee Zubaydah a key figure in Senate report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:21

FILE - This undated file photo provided by U.S. Central Command shows Abu Zubaydah at an unknown location. Zubaydah was the CIA’s guinea pig. He was the first high-profile al Qaida terror suspect captured after the Sept. 11 attacks and the first to vanish into the spy agency’s secret prisons, the first subjected to grinding white noise and sleep deprivation tactics and the first to gasp under the simulated drowning of waterboarding. Zubaydah’s stark ordeal became the CIA’s blueprint for the brutal treatment of terror suspects, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report released Tuesday. (AP Photo/U.S. Central Command, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Abu Zubaydah was the CIA's guinea pig.


Neighbors detail baiting plot in teen's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:17
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Neighbors of the Montana man who fatally shot a German exchange student testified at the man's murder trial Tuesday that the man's girlfriend told them the couple planned to bait intruders in order to catch them in their garage.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:12

FILE - In this June 9, 2011 file photo, then-CIA Director nominee Leon Panetta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. After U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin laden in Pakistan in May 2011, top CIA officials secretly told lawmakers that information gleaned from brutal interrogations played a key role in what was one of the spy agency’s greatest successes. Panetta repeated that assertion in public, and it found its way into a critically acclaimed movie about the operation, Zero Dark Thirty, which depicts a detainee offering up the identity of bin Laden’s courier, Abu Ahmad al- Kuwaiti, after being tortured at a CIA “black site.” As it turned out, Bin Laden was living in al Kuwaiti’s walled family compound, so tracking the courier was the key to finding the al-Qaida leader. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: