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FDNY: 6 injured when car jumps curb in Manhattan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 17:34

Police search a car at the scene of a vehicular accident on 34th Street, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in New York. Six people were hurt when the car jumped a curb in midtown Manhattan and struck a group of people around 10 p.m. A fire department spokesman says the injured were taken to Bellevue hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Six people were hurt when a car jumped a curb in midtown Manhattan and struck a group of people.


U.S. closes Bagram prison, says no more detainees held in Afghanistan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 17:13
By Frank Jack Daniel KABUL (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it had shut its last detention facility in Afghanistan and no longer had custody of detainees there, closing a much-criticized chapter in Washington's fight against Islamic extremism. The U.S. Defense Department said it had recently transferred the last detainees from Bagram Airfield north of the capital, Kabul. It closed the prison there on Dec. 10, a day after a Senate report detailed abuse at a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan. The U.S. ...

Budget would raise limits on political money

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:37

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses before meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, following a House GOP caucus meeting. With time running short before Congress adjourns, 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. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to make it easier for political parties to collect bigger checks from their wealthiest backers — if Democrats do not scuttle the plan first.


Multiemployer pensions could face cuts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retirees covered by financially troubled multiemployer pensions could soon see their benefits cut under a congressional spending deal to keep the government running.

Black officers torn between duty and race

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:23

This photo taken Dec. 8, 2014 shows Alameda County Deputy Sheriff Jorge Ferreira in front of the REACH Crime Prevention unit in San Leandro, Calif. Jorge “Jinho” Ferreira feels the tension between being black and carrying a badge every day as a sheriff’s deputy in Alameda County, California. “I feel like you have to prove yourself on every level,” said Ferreira, 39, who patrols about 30 miles east of San Francisco. “You have to prove yourself to the black community, you have to prove yourself to all of your co-workers, you have to prove yourself to society.” With the nation roiled by two grand juries’ recent refusal to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men, some black police officers say that as they enforce the law, they also wonder whether the system they’re sworn to uphold is stacked against black men. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Jorge "Jinho" Ferreira feels the tension between being black and carrying a badge every day as a sheriff's deputy in Alameda County, California.


Police find body of woman in car of missing California family

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:21
(Reuters) - Police in southern California found the body of a woman on Wednesday inside the trunk of a car belonging to a family of six that has been missing for days, officials said. Authorities in the Los Angeles suburb of Montebello have been searching for the Perez family since they were reported missing on Tuesday, police said in a statement. Around 5:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday, authorities found a Honda Accord belonging to the family and inside discovered a woman's body. Police did not release the name of the woman, pending positive identification from the local coroner. ...

Is rider safety the real Achilles heel for Uber and Lyft?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:17

FILE - This Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 file photo taken in Newark, N.J., shows smartphones displaying Uber car availability in New York. With assault cases against their drivers in India and Chicago this week, popular ride-hailing app Uber is in for yet another public relations ordeal that follows ongoing criticisms about its corporate ethics and culture. And yet, neither government nor the taxi industry has regulators been able to curb the company’s meteoric growth, one that has spurred an entire industry. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The growth of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft so far has not been hindered by limits from government regulators and campaigns by taxi cab competitors. A bigger threat to the new industry's impressive start could come from customers — if enough people stop using the services over fears that drivers aren't safe.


Feds aid probe of Los Angeles apartment blaze

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:38

Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigator Frank Oglesby, second from left stands with his accelerant detection dog, Major, prior to a news conference in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. A Los Angeles arson team has been joined by federal investigators at the scorched remains of an unfinished downtown apartment complex destroyed by a raging fire that also damaged adjacent office towers. Officials said that the investigation of the early Monday blaze at the Da Vinci complex now begins in earnest and could take weeks or months because of the complexity. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — City arson investigators were joined by a federal team Wednesday at the scorched remains of an unfinished downtown Los Angeles apartment complex destroyed by a raging fire that also damaged adjacent office towers.


Flap over sage grouse spurs Congress to intervene

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:31

FILE - This July, 26, 2014 file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a Greater Sage Grouse at the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. A legislative rider in Congress’ $1.1 trillion spending bill would delay protections for the wide-ranging Western bird that’s been on a collision course with the oil and gas industry. The Obama administration faced a September 2015 deadline to propose protections for greater sage grouse. But the spending package agreed to late Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 by Democrat and Republican leaders prevents the administration from spending any money next year on rules to protect the ground-dwelling bird. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tom Koerner, File)BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Congress is poised to make an end-run around the Endangered Species Act with a legislative rider on a massive spending bill that would delay protections for several struggling bird populations in the Western U.S.


Congress passes sanctions on Venezuela officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has cleared and sent to President Barack Obama legislation directing him to levy sanctions against Venezuelan government officials involved in a crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Car crashes into New York fashion store, seven hurt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:06
(Reuters) - A car crashed into a fashion store in a popular New York shopping precinct on Wednesday night, injuring seven people, authorities said. The vehicle ran into the Forever 21 store in Manhattan's Herald Square around 10 p.m., the New York Fire Department said, adding that seven people were taken to a nearby hospital, one with minor injuries and six in serious condition. Television news station CBS New York broadcast footage of the smashed Ford Mustang beside a shattered window of the apparel retailer. ...

Survey shows Internet's broadening political role

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 13:19

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Bow Stanley, from Silver Lake, Kan, votes at the Prairie Home Cemetery building in Topeka, Kan. More Internet users than ever view online efforts as key to political campaigns, according to a survey released Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 by the University of Southern California. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Would-be 2016 presidential candidates take note: the Internet may potentially make or break your campaign.


U.S. chokehold protesters stage 'die-ins', issue demands in NY

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 13:00

An undercover police officer, who had been marching with anti-police demonstrators, aims his gun at protesters after some in the crowd attacked him and his partner in OaklandBy Emmett Berg and Sebastien Malo BERKELEY, Calif./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Students at medical schools around the United States staged "die-ins" to protest the chokehold death by police of an unarmed black man, and New York activists demanded the city take action after a grand jury declined to indict the officer involved. Protests intensified last week after the grand jury decision not to charge a white New York City police officer in the July death of Eric Garner. ...


Budget deal takes aim, but misses on climate plans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional deal to finance the government chips away at some Obama administration energy and environmental programs, but leaves largely intact the president's plans on global warming — at least until Republicans take control of Congress next month.

AccuWeather: Windy, with Additional Snow Showers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:48

 Windy, with Additional Snow ShowersMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking another chilly, unsettled day on the way.


Man struck and killed in Newark, Del.

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

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


Kentucky: No tax breaks for Noah's Ark project

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:42
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has withdrawn its offer of tax breaks for a religious-themed park that would feature a 500-foot-long wooden ark because its organizers plan to screen park employees based on religion.

ESPN: Phillies trade Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:35

 Phillies trade Jimmy Rollins to DodgersAccording to an ESPN report, the Philadelphia Phillies have traded shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, however, another report says the deal has not been finalized.


Camden County Police fight hard to drop crime overall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:29

Camden County Police fight hard to drop crime overallAction News went on a ride along with Camden County Police to see their efforts to cleanup everyday life, now that the violent crime rates have dropped dramatically.


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.