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3 alarm fire burning at farmers market in Columbus, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:16

3 alarm fire burning at farmers market in Columbus, N.J.Firefighters are battling a three alarm blaze at a farmers market in Burlington County, New Jersey.


Man sentenced for boiling water attack on roommate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:15
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore man convicted of throwing boiling water on his roommate after a dispute over breakfast sausages has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Small plane crashes into Chicago home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:13

Police and fire officials walk near a small twin-engine cargo plane that crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side early Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The Aero Commander 500 that had taken off from Midway International Airport slammed into the front of the home and plunged into the basement. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says two occupants of the home were unhurt. The pilot was killed in the crash. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side Tuesday, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away.


Oklahoma mom jailed for leaving naughty daughter at homeless shelter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:04
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma City woman was arrested on child endangerment charges after wanting to give her misbehaving 12-year-old daughter a lesson by dropping her off at a homeless shelter, police said on Tuesday. Tiara Marshall, 29, said she never planned to leave her daughter at the shelter and returned an hour after dropping her off on Sunday to retrieve her. The daughter did not stay at the shelter. Instead, she walked to a friend's house about a mile away, police said. ...

Obama will not change policy against paying ransom for hostages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:59

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he hosts a meeting with his Ebola response team in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who has ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. policy governing efforts to free American hostages, still opposes the payment of ransoms, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama ordered the review last summer in light of the increasing number of U.S. citizens taken hostage by the Islamic State and other militant groups. In recent months Islamic State militants have beheaded three Americans. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that Obama felt a review was warranted by the increased number of kidnappings of Americans. ...


Japanese bank to pay US $315M in laundering case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:57
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ agreed to pay $315 million and sanction some employees to resolve allegations it misled New York regulators about bank transactions that violated U.S. economic sanctions against several countries, including Iran, Sudan and Myanmar.

New trouble for man who avoided prison for years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:53
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man who avoided prison for 13 years because of a clerical error is in trouble again, just months after a Missouri judge released him from his original sentence for armed robbery and declared him a "good man and a changed man."

Man waives hearing in baseball player's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:52
DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — A 22-year-old Oklahoma man has waived his preliminary hearing on charges related to the shooting death of a college baseball player from Australia.

Police: Woman strangled man, tried to cook him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:49
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman charged with strangling and dismembering her neighbor is accused of attempting to cook him in order to hide evidence.

Missouri set to execute man who killed gas station attendant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:48
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Missouri officials on Tuesday were preparing to execute a Kansas City man convicted of killing a gas station attendant in front of the man's stepdaughter 20 years ago. Leon Taylor, 56, is scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. CST Wednesday for shooting to death Robert Newton, 53, during a robbery at an Independence, Missouri, gas station in 1994. Taylor shot Newton in the head as Newton's 8-year-old stepdaughter watched. She testified that Taylor had tried to shoot her as well but the gun jammed. ...

Feds: Bullying, lying debt collectors an epidemic

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:45
NEW YORK (AP) — The country is facing an epidemic of unscrupulous debt collectors willing to pose as law enforcement and threaten arrest to squeeze dollars out of Americans, a top prosecutor said Tuesday as he announced the arrests of seven people who worked for an Atlanta-area company.

Ohio congressional staffer accused of using fake money at NFL game

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:40
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A staff member for an Ohio congresswoman pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a charge of using a counterfeit $100 bill at a concession stand at a Cleveland Browns football game, authorities said. Veronica Brownlee, 39, a caseworker in U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty's office in Columbus, Ohio, was charged with misdemeanor criminal simulation after her arrest on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, according to court documents. Brownlee has been put on administrative leave, said Galen Alexander, a spokesman for the Democratic representative. ...

Southern California high school closed over online threats

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:39
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A high school in a Southern California beach town was closed on Tuesday over threats made on the social media application Yik Yak, which allows users to post anonymously, officials said. Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, an affluent oceanside community just south of Los Angeles, was briefly on lockdown on Monday over an online threat, said the city's schools superintendent, Michael Matthews. ...

New Orleans police to revisit hundreds of mishandled sex crimes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:38
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans police will reopen at least 271 sex crime and child abuse cases that were not properly investigated by the department and launch an internal investigation to determine what went wrong, city officials said on Tuesday. The cases, which are among hundreds more that went uninvestigated between 2011 and 2013, will be reviewed by a group of five officers, New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison told a news conference. ...

Charles Manson granted license to wed devoted fan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:36

Charles Manson granted license to wed devoted fanMass murderer Charles Manson has gotten a license to marry a 26-year-old woman who visits him in prison.


Use of theater shooting photos at trial debated

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:25
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case told a judge Tuesday that about 200 photos, many of dead and wounded victims, are too gruesome and would bias jurors if shown during trial.

SUV recovered from Schuylkill River; 1 dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:17

SUV recovered from Schuylkill River; 1 deadEmergency crews are on the scene of where an SUV plunged into the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.


Alice Lee, sister of 'Mockingbird' author, dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:07

FILE - in this Sept. 11, 2006 file photo, attorney Alice Lee, left, accepts birthday wishes from Monroe County Circuit Judge-elect Dawn Hare, center, and her sister, Pulitzer-winning author Harper Lee, right, in Monroeville, Ala. Alice Lee has died, she was 103. Johnson Funeral Home in Monroeville posted an online obituary saying Lee died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. . No cause of death was given, and the announcement says arrangements are incomplete. Lee practiced law until a few years ago, and for a time she was Alabama’s oldest practicing attorney. (AP Photo/AL.com, Connie Baggett) MAGS OUTMONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alice Lee, the sister of the famous "To Kill a Mockingbird" author and an influential Alabama lawyer and church leader in her own right, died Monday at age 103.


Detroit police officer sentenced in sexual assault

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 02:57
DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit police officer convicted of sexually assaulting a woman after he responded to a domestic violence complaint will spend 19 months to 15 years in prison.

Unfamiliar chill grips the South sooner than usual

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 02:57

James Simon sits under the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass, during a cold snap in the region, in Downtown New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Simon, 56, is homeless and skipped the homeless shelter where he usually sleeps. It was just too crowded there Monday night, so he slept in an abandoned house before coming outside to the overpass. Sub-freezing temperatures haven’t been prolonged, but the daily highs are roughly 20 degrees lower than normal in several places, making it unpleasant for people who expect balmier weather before Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)The lament from New Orleans to north Florida was the same: It's much too cold for this time of year.