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Two men from Maine plead not guilty in Hollywood shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:47

Troy McVey appears in court for his arraignment to be charged with the murder of a man in Hollywood, with his lawyer Arthur P. Lindars, in Los AngelesBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two men from Maine pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to murder charges in the California shooting death of a homeless man in a Hollywood tourist area, in what police described as a possible drug deal gone awry. Troy McVey, 22, and Coby Kronholm, 21, entered their pleas during a brief appearance in Los Angeles Superior Court where they stood in jail jumpsuits behind a glass partition as McVey's mother watched from the audience. "The suspects aren't talking and so it's speculation, but we believe it may have been a drug deal gone bad and they may have even mistaken the victim for somebody," said Los Angeles police Detective Mark Morgan. The late-night shooting on Jan. 4 at a busy intersection in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles was witnessed by an off-duty officer and caught on surveillance video from multiple businesses.

Appeals court upholds life sentence for bin Laden secretary

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:44
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the life sentence for Osama bin Laden's one-time secretary after his conviction in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies.

Wisconsin shoplifters' car links pair to Alabama killing: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:40
(Reuters) - A man and woman accused of shoplifting in southeastern Wisconsin may face homicide charges in Alabama after investigators found blood in the car they were driving, authorities said on Wednesday. Stephanie Underwood, 30, and Matthew Thrasher, 33, both from Alabama, were arrested on Jan. 13 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and are being held in jail awaiting an extradition hearing, according to online police records in Wisconsin. Police determined that Thrasher and Underwood were driving a 2001 Chrysler Sebring owned by David Hayes, 53, of Holly Pond, Alabama, who was reported missing on Jan. 4, Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey said in a statement.

'Transparent,' 'Imitation Game' up for GLAAD Media Awards

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:34

In this image released by The Weinstein Company, Benedict Cumberbatch, center, appears in a scene from "The Imitation Game." (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Jack English)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Imitation Game" and "Transparent" are among this year's GLAAD Media Awards nominees.

Strawberry's deferred compensation auctioned for $1.3M

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:26

FILE - In this May 10, 2014, file photo, former Los Angeles Dodgers player Darryl Strawberry, left, talks with Dodgers manager Don Mattingly before a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles. The Internal Revenue Service has auctioned off for $1.3 million the deferred compensation agreement that was part of Darryl Strawberry's 1985-90 contact with the New York Mets. St. Louis-based IRS spokesman Michael Devine says the winning bidder Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Fairview Heights, Illinois, chose to remain anonymous. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The deferred compensation agreement included in Darryl Strawberry's 1985-90 contact with the New York Mets has been auctioned for $1.3 million by the Internal Revenue Service.

Suspected smuggler fatally shot in gunfight near Texas-Mexico border

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:24
A suspected smuggler in a group allegedly bringing drugs over the border from Mexico was fatally shot on Wednesday in an exchange of gunfire with a U.S. Border Patrol agent near the Texas town of Chapeno, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. "As agents secured the narcotics load, one agent searching the area for smugglers came under fire," the office said, adding the agent returned fire and struck the suspected smuggler.

Man, teen charged in incident that closed US-Canada tunnel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:16
DETROIT (AP) — Authorities in Windsor, Ontario, have charged a Michigan man and a teenager with possessing illegal weapons in an incident that closed a busy tunnel between Detroit and Canada for three hours.

4chan founder to retire from site he started at age 15

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:16
NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of the popular, if at times notorious, online message board 4chan is retiring as the site's administrator.

Government closer to goal of 9.1M enrolled under health law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is moving closer to its goal of 9.1 million people signed up for private coverage under the president's health care law.

Border Patrol shoots, kills person along border in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:14
FALCON HEIGHTS, Texas (AP) — A suspected drug smuggler is dead following a Border Patrol shooting in South Texas.

Former executive gets prison in insider trading case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:07
NEW YORK (AP) — A former executive at a Manhattan investor firm was sentenced to 2½ years in prison Wednesday by a judge who criticized his explanation that he turned to crime because he thought his bosses cheated him.

Trujillo drops out of Philadelphia mayor's race

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:07
Another candidate has dropped out of the race to be Philadelphia's next mayor.

1 dead in Tacony crash, driver tested for DUI

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:06

1 dead in Tacony crash, driver tested for DUIPolice say one passenger is dead and the driver is being tested for DUI after a crash in Philadelphia's Tacony section early Wednesday morning.

Dueling Atlantic City recovery plans as 3rd summit looms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 04:06

Dueling Atlantic City recovery plans as 3rd summit loomsDemocratic and Republican plans to help Atlantic City recover from its eight-year losing streak are clashing as Gov. Chris Christie will convene a third summit on the struggling resort's future.

Developer has plans to preserve Westinghouse atom smasher

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:58

FILE - This Feb. 16, 2004 file photo shows the 5-million volt van de Graff generator, the nation's first large-scale industrial atom smasher, at a Westinghouse research facility in Forest Hills, Pa. The property was sold to developer Gary Silversmith, of Washington, D.C. in 2013. During site preparation on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2015, the 1937 iconic Westinghouse atom smasher was torn down. But Silversmith says he plans to preserve the structure no matter what happens to the property it was on. (AP Photo/John Heller, File)FOREST HILLS, Pa. (AP) — A developer has knocked over the Westinghouse atom smasher east of Pittsburgh but plans to preserve the structure no matter what happens to the property it was on.

Road crews get ready for rush hour snow

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:46

Road crews get ready for rush hour snowRoads could be slippery Wednesday afternoon and the visibility low in the Delaware Valley.

Fleeing suspect drives right into Ohio prison's parking lot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:39
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a Michigan man who drove away from a traffic stop smashed through a gate and landed right in a prison parking lot.

Obamacare enrollment hits 7.1 million so far for 2015 coverage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:30

A man sits at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Wednesday that more than 7.1 million people have signed up for 2015 healthcare coverage through the federal government's insurance marketplace as of last Friday. The figures, which show more than 400,000 new applicants for the week from Jan. 10 through Jan. 16 alone, do not include enrollees at 14 state-run marketplaces. The administration hopes to have 9.1 million people enrolled in 2015 coverage under the Affordable Care Act nationwide by the end of the year. (Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Bill Trott)

CBS zapped its rivals in viewership last week, Nielsen says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:26
NEW YORK (AP) — Except for CBS, the broadcast networks mostly closed up shop last week. At least, that's the suggestion from Nielsen, which says the average prime-time audience for CBS matched the total viewership for ABC, Fox and NBC.

Cincinnati-area man charged with allegedly planning to attack U.S. Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Cincinnati-area man was charged on Wednesday with planning an attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to an indictment handed down on Wednesday. U.S. prosecutors accused Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of plotting between August 2014 and January an attack that would have killed U.S. officers and employees, and of owning two semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition. (Reporting by Aruna Viswanatha; Editing by Bill Trott)