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Bankruptcy of debt-heavy Caesars division complex, lengthy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 06:23

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, a man takes pictures of Caesars Palace hotel and casino, in Las Vegas. Two months in and the bankruptcy of Caesars’ debt-heavy operations arm is growing more complex and, likely, expensive than expected. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — No one said it was going to be easy, and the bankruptcy of Caesars Entertainment's debt-heavy operations arm has been anything but as it appears to be growing even more complex and lengthier than expected.


Toddler survives near-drowning after 101 minutes of CPR

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 06:22

In this March 18, 2015 photo provided by Rose Martin, 22-month-old Gardell Martin sits at his home in Mifflinburg, Pa. Gardell's lifeless body pulled from an icy creek was revived after an hour and 41 minutes of CPR and has suffered virtually no lingering effects. Martin came home from the hospital on Sunday, and his doctors said Thursday he has made a full recovery. (AP Photo/Rose Martin)In a survival story his doctors call extraordinary, a 22-month-old Pennsylvania boy whose lifeless body was pulled from an icy creek was revived after an hour and 41 minutes of CPR and has suffered virtually no lingering effects.


Former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge sentenced for perjury

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 06:14

Former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge sentenced for perjuryA former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge was sentenced after being found guilty of lying to the FBI in an investigation into a ticket fixing scheme.


Suspect in fatal Arizona shooting rampage appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 06:13

Ryan Giroux, 41, is seen in an undated picture released by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Phoenix, ArizonaBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona ex-convict appeared in court on Thursday accused of killing one person and wounding five others in a shooting rampage that began at a motel in suburban Phoenix and ended with the suspect's capture four hours later. Ryan Elliott Giroux, 41, who an anti-hate group says has white supremacist ties, is charged with multiple felonies including first- and second-degree murder and is being held without bond for probation violation, authorities said. Wearing striped jail clothing and shackles, the tattooed Giroux made a brief appearance at Maricopa County Superior Court where he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth. He was read the 35 criminal counts he faces, which include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery and kidnapping, by Court Commissioner Sigmund Popko.


Young cancer survivor gives back in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 06:05

Young cancer survivor gives back in WilmingtonA 12-year-old cancer survivor is on a mission to help other children battling the disease.


Obama drives ahead on climate with government emissions cuts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 06:03

President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting at the Energy Department in Washington, Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama ordered the federal government on Thursday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half over the next decade, driving his climate change agenda forward despite percolating challenges from Republican-led states.


BNY Mellon settles suits on currency transactions for $714M

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 06:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York and federal authorities reached a $714 million settlement Thursday with Bank of New York Mellon in lawsuits alleging the bank fraudulently represented rates for client currency transactions for a decade.

Beating of UVA student prompts call to disempower alcohol officers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:59
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Asking why a young man was "beaten like a dog," a prominent Virginia state senator on Thursday called for stripping state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents of their arrest powers after officers of the agency bloodied a black college student while arresting him. In photos circulated on social media, Martese Johnson, 20, vice chair of the University of Virginia's Honor Committee, was shown with a bloodied face after he was arrested outside a Charlottesville pub by state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents early Wednesday morning. Senator A. Donald McEachin, who is African American and chairs the state Senate’s Democratic caucus, said ABC agents do not need policing powers. We can take away their arrest powers,” McEachin said.

'Exclusively for white people' stickers put on Austin stores

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:59

April Jensen, an employee at Sugar Mama's holds a sticker that the business found on the front of their store in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Employees at several businesses in Austin have found stickers saying "exclusively for white people" placed on their windows, sparking an investigation into their origin and condemnation from the mayor. A city spokesman says city officials along with the Austin Police Department are investigating the stickers' origin. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUTAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Employees at several Austin businesses have found stickers saying "exclusively for white people" placed on their windows, sparking an investigation into their origin and condemnation from the mayor.


Prince Charles, Camilla having busy last day in DC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:50

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, mingles she attends reception at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, Thursday, March 19, 2015, for the launch of WOW, Women of the World Festival, a global festival founded by London's Southbank Centre celebrating women and girls. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Prince Charles and his wife finished up their visit to Washington with a whirlwind day that included meeting with President Barack Obama.


Continental Resources adds to oil acreage at North Dakota auction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:49

Storage tanks stand on a Continental Resources oil production site near WillistonContinental Resources Inc, the second-largest North Dakota oil producer, spent $2.3 million at a state land auction for the right to explore for crude on 160 acres, outbidding its nearest rival with just seconds left on the clock. With most of its mineral rights spoken for, any new auctions tend to elicit strong interest, usually from smaller companies hoping for a sliver of North Dakota's Bakken shale formation. While larger industry peers have curbed 2015 output forecasts, Continental has taken a bullish view and expressed confidence oil prices will rebound by December. Given that Oklahoma City-based Continental already controls the largest amount of mineral rights in North Dakota, the No. 2 U.S. oil producing state after Texas, it was not immediately clear why it moved aggressively to add to its holdings.


Boys, 15, charged with killing dog-walker in botched robbery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:46
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two 15-year-old boys are being charged with murder in the shooting death of a man who was out walking his dog and pleaded with them to spare his life in what apparently was a botched robbery, police said.

Ex-NFL star Hernandez "on edge" at nightclub before murder: witness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:46

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits during his murder trial in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez was "on edge" and aggressive at a Boston nightclub two nights before prosecutors say he killed another football player, a witness told jurors at his murder trial on Thursday. Kasey Arma, who danced with the former New England Patriots tight end at Rumor nightclub early on June 15, 2013, said he initially seemed relaxed, but later appeared irritated, grabbing her and telling her to dance with him in another part of the club. "He was just very aggressive." Hernandez, 25, is on trial at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, for fatally shooting Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating his fiancée's sister, early on June 17, 2013.


Post-election, a widening US Jewish split over Israel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:45

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at the party's election headquarters In Tel Aviv. Before the elections, Israel had already become a source of division, rather than unity, for American Jews, who bitterly debated the ever-expanding Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories and the acceptable boundaries of dissent from Israeli policies. The outcome of the Israeli election will only deepen that polarization, experts say. Netanyahu's anti-Arab campaign rhetoric and his rejection of a Palestinian state, they say, will further splinter American Jews into hard left and right camps, and intensify conflicts over what it means to be loyal to the Jewish state. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)NEW YORK (AP) — Well before this week's elections, Israel had already become a source of division for American Jews, who bitterly debated the ever-expanding Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories and the acceptable boundaries of dissent from Israeli policies.


Grisly slayings shock refugee community in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:45

Investigators work, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in the backyard of a home where a triple homicide took place late Tuesday, in New Bern, N.C. Three children were stabbed to death and two other people were wounded in the attack. (AP Photo/Sun Journal, Bill Hand)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police in the quiet coastal town of New Bern, North Carolina have a grisly multiple slaying to investigate, allegedly committed by a neighbor who "speaks very little English, if any," and doesn't share the language of his victims, even though they're all refugees from Myanmar.


New Hampshire students' hawk bill provokes abortion comment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:44
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A civics lesson took an unexpected turn for a group of New Hampshire fourth-graders when a lawmaker brought the abortion debate into their effort to name a state raptor.

AccuWeather MAPS: Wintry mix coming Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:34

 Wintry mix coming FridayAccuWeather is tracking the system that is bringing a mix of snow and rain to our area on Friday.


Florida high court rejects life sentences for juvenile crimes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:31
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday threw out what amounted to life sentences for four prisoners who had committed their crimes as juveniles, citing U.S. high court rulings that rejected long prison terms for youths. In the separate cases, they found the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010 and 2012 had forbidden the state from sentencing juveniles to life without parole. Florida law was revised last year to comply with the mandate, but the law applied only to laws committed recently. Anthony Duwayne Horsley Jr. was also 17 when he killed a convenience store owner during a 2006 robbery.

UN waived human rights concerns over 2 Congo generals

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:28
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two Congolese generals who the U.N. says were involved in "massive human rights violations" were given waivers so they could cooperate with that country's U.N. peacekeeping mission as recently as last year, an official said Thursday.

Philadelphia officers not charged in fatal shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:28

Philadelphia officers not charged in fatal shooting of Brandon Tate-BrownThe fatal shooting of a motorist by police during an overnight traffic stop in December was a tragedy but not a crime, Philadelphia's district attorney said Thursday.