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U.S. aviation safety board says FAA can enforce rules on drones

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:09

Camera drone flown by cameraman near the scene of building explosion in the East Harlem section in New York CityBy Alwyn Scott SEATTLE (Reuters) - The U.S. aviation safety board ruled on Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration has the authority to apply to unmanned aircraft its longstanding regulations against "reckless or careless use" of manned aircraft. As a result of the decision, which was the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) first involving an FAA fine against a drone, the case will be sent back to an administrative law judge to determine whether the flight in question was "careless or reckless. ...

Pedestrian who got lodged in car's windshield dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:07
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A pedestrian who was struck by a car in southern New Jersey and then became lodged in the vehicle's windshield has died.

Shubert Organization buys off-Broadway complex

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:04
NEW YORK (AP) — The Shubert Organization, Broadway's largest landlord, has extended its off-Broadway reach by buying the lease for the five-theater complex New World Stages.

Connecticut jury awards $638K in disabled S&M case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:01
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A jury has awarded about $638,000 to a woman who sued a man she said had a sadomasochistic sexual relationship with her adult daughter in a case that led to a state Supreme Court ruling on whether mentally ill people can consent to sex.

Boy pleads guilty in Michigan school gun case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:00
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy accused of bringing a loaded gun to school in northern Michigan has pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon.

US soldier charged with killing comrade overseas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:57

This undated photo released by the U.S. Army, shows Spc. Adrian M. Perkins of Pine Valley, Calif., at an unknown location. A Fort Carson soldier has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Perkins while both were deployed in Jordan in May, the Army said Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Spc. Jeffery T. Page, 23, of Perrysburg, Ohio, has been accused of killing Perkins with an M4 rifle on May 15, at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, charging documents said. Both soldiers were infantrymen in the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson, outside Colorado Springs. A hearing is scheduled at the post Wednesday, Nov. 19, to determine whether there's enough evidence for a court-martial. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — A Fort Carson soldier has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old comrade while both were deployed in Jordan in May, the Army said Tuesday.

Police in Puerto Rico investigate murder of military family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:50
SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Police in Puerto Rico are investigating the execution-style murders of a retired U.S. Army officer and three members of his family during a Monday night attack on their gated suburban community home, officials said. A suspect was in custody and police said the killings may have been in reprisal for an attempt to evict tenants from a rental home the family owned. Police identified the victims as Miguel Ortiz Díaz, 66, his wife Carmita Uceda Ciriaco, 45, his mother-in-law Clementina Ciriaco López, and his 15-year-old son Miguel Ortiz Uceda. ...

Texas aims to extend border protection surge with Mexico through August

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:48
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas plans to spend nearly $90 million to extend through August 2015 a show of force along its border with Mexico that includes the deployment of up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops, officials said on Tuesday. Governor Rick Perry, a Republican who is making the move due to what Texas sees as a lack of federal action, has requested $86.1 million in spending from Dec. 1 through August for the deployment, which has been criticized by Democrats in the state as wasteful and the Mexican government has called irresponsible. ...

FBI tracking 150 Americans who traveled to Syria, perhaps to fight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:46
BOSTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigations is tracking close to 150 Americans it believes traveled to Syria in recent months, potentially to join armed groups, FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday. He said Americans fighting with foreign jihadist groups are a top concern for the FBI because of the possibility they could return to the United States with the training, expertise and connections required to launch an attack on home soil. "We have tracked coming up on close to 150 people who traveled from the United States to Syria, for all manner of motivations. ...

Identity thieves used college student accounts to defraud IRS: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:45
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. law-enforcement officials on Tuesday arrested 17 people accused of trying to collect almost $2 million in bogus tax refunds using college student accounts, the latest identity scam to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. Identity thieves in South Florida, the top U.S. target for such criminals, used the students' financial accounts to receive the fraudulently obtained tax refunds, according to federal prosecutors. ...

New Mexico man shoots himself after being evicted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:43
(Reuters) - A New Mexico man shot himself in the chest after being evicted from his home by police, authorities said on Tuesday. The San Juan Sheriff's Office said one of its deputies visited the house in Farmington on Monday and told the 59-year-old occupant he was the subject of a court-ordered eviction. The man agreed to gather his belongings and vacate the premises voluntarily, the sheriff's office added. "As the deputy waited outside, the man exited the house looking very pale," it said in a statement. "He asked the deputy to take him to the hospital because he had just shot himself. ...

Indiana releases details on unidentified serial murder victim

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:39
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - She was in her 30s or 40s, likely Hispanic, 5-feet 6-inches tall and has healed fractures in her nose. That is all authorities know about the woman believed to be a serial killer victim, whose skeletal remains were found a month ago in Gary, Indiana. The Lake County coroner in northwestern Indiana released the scant details on Tuesday, hoping the information will lead to the identification of one of seven victims of Darren Vann, who has been charged so far in two murders. ...

Woman dead after SUV plunges into Schuylkill River

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:36

Woman dead after SUV plunges into Schuylkill RiverA woman is dead after her SUV plunged into the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Lawyer: Tracy Morgan battling severe brain injury

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:35

FILE - In this April 9, 2014 file photo, actor Tracy Morgan attends the FX Networks Upfront premiere screening of "Fargo" at the SVA Theater in New York. Morgan’s lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a fatal auto accident in New Jersey last summer is headed to court. Attorneys are due to meet in federal court in Trenton, NJ., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, for a scheduling conference. A Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limo van that was carrying Morgan and several friends on the New Jersey Turnpike back from a show in Delaware. James McNair, a friend of Morgan’s, was killed. Morgan suffered a broken leg and broken ribs and three others were injured. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's uncertain if he will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said Tuesday.

Another guilty plea in Main Line drug ring case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:23

Another guilty plea in Main Line drug ring caseA second prep school graduate has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in a ring selling drugs to high school and college students.

Blase Cupich installed as Chicago's Catholic archbishop

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:18

Bishop Blase Cupich addresses the crowd from the pulpit at Holy Name Cathedral in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Blase Cupich was installed on Tuesday as archbishop of Chicago, taking the helm of the third-largest U.S. diocese after becoming the first major appointment by Pope Francis to the hierarchy of the U.S. Roman Catholic Church. Cupich, 65, is seen as a moderate in the Catholic Church and succeeds the more conservative Cardinal Francis George, 77, who has cancer and is retiring. Cupich previously served as bishop in Spokane, Washington. ...

Central Bucks West coach loses job after hazing scandal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:17

Central Bucks West coach loses job after hazing scandalA suburban Philadelphia football coach suspended amid a hazing scandal won't be back next season.

Pennsylvania justices hear case of Catholic official in abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:13
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court on Tuesday heard arguments in the case of Monsignor William Lynn, weighing whether the highest-ranking clergyman convicted in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church child sex abuse scandal should be returned to prison. Lynn was convicted in 2012 of covering up child sex abuse by priests in Philadelphia, but a three-judge panel later ruled that the abuse law applied only to those with direct responsibility for the care and welfare of children. ...

Boeing aims to make missile defense more like space programs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:10

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in ChicagoBy Andrea Shalal EL SEGUNDO Calif. (Reuters) - Boeing Co is working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to address quality and reliability issues with the sharply criticized $41 billion homeland missile defense system by adopting controls from space programs, a company official said. Craig Cooning, named four months ago to head the Boeing division that includes satellites and missile defense, told Reuters in an interview on Monday that he was working out a new approach to the system with Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Admiral James Syring. ...

Dry Central California town gets portable showers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:09
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.