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New Jersey mayor rejects calls for outside probe into police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:27
(Reuters) - The mayor of a New Jersey city defended on Friday the local prosecutor's investigation into a traffic stop that culminated with police fatally shooting a man with his hands up, rejecting calls for a state or federal inquiry. Jerame Reid was killed on Dec. 30 in the city of Bridgeton after the driver of the car he was in was pulled over for not stopping at a stop sign. The two police officers who approached the car became alarmed and pulled out their guns after one of them says he sees a gun in the car's glove compartment. "I cringe every time I see the video but the public's right to know outweighed delaying, delaying, delaying," Albert Kelly, the mayor of Bridgeton, said at a news conference.

VIDEO: Nora Muchanic reports on snow preps in Bucks Co.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:23

 Nora Muchanic reports on snow preps in Bucks Co.Nora Muchanic reports live on snow preparations in Bucks County.


Auditor eyes deal with expert who decried voter 'stupidity'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:07
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is applying a fresh round of scrutiny to its contract with Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who made headlines for talking about "the stupidity of the American voter."

Army: Fort Hood lacked system to ID threat of 2014 rampage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:06

FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file photo, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, speaks with the media outside of an entrance to the Fort Hood military base following a shooting that occurred inside, in Fort Hood, Texas. Fort Hood did not have a system in place that could have anticipated a deadly rampage last April that left four soldiers dead and 16 wounded, according to a U.S. Army report released Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa, File)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Army's tools for identifying troubled soldiers would not have flagged the man who shot to death three people and wounded 16 others before killing himself at Fort Hood last year, despite previous signs of instability, a U.S. Army report said Friday.


Bridgeton mayor, NAACP confident in police shooting investigation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:01

Bridgeton mayor, NAACP confident in police shooting investigationElected officials, the state NAACP and local religious leaders said Friday they have confidence in an investigation into a fatal police shooting at a traffic stop.


Ex-volunteer firefighter accused of luring, raping children

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:59
MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — A former volunteer firefighter already charged with arson faces new allegations he lured children with toys and money and sexually assaulted them.

Caesars bankruptcy venue decision near

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:54
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Delaware or Chicago: Troubled casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. should find out early next week where a subsidiary's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case will be decided.

City Councilman Jim Kenney enters mayor's race

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:52

City Councilman Jim Kenney enters mayor's raceAnother candidate is tossing his name into the race for Philadelphia Mayor.


Study suggests your smartphone choice is a sign of your intelligence

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:44

Study suggests your smartphone choice is a sign of your intelligenceAre you and Android or iPhone person? A study suggests it could be an indicator of your intelligence


Moody's drops Atlantic City credit rating, fears default

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:41

Moody's drops Atlantic City credit rating, fears defaultWall Street is looking at Atlantic City's financial future and doesn't like what it sees.


Fort Hood shooter showed no clear warning signs: report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:39

Puerto Rico National Guard handout photo shows U.S. soldier SPC Lopez in the Sinai Peninsula during his service with the 295th Infantry of the PR National GuardBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The soldier who went on a deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, last year was under great personal stress because of family deaths, a career setback and financial woes, but showed no signs he was about to explode, investigators said on Friday. Army Specialist Ivan Lopez-Lopez, 34, opened fire at several locations on the sprawling military post on April 2, 2014, with a .45 caliber pistol, killing three soldiers and wounding 12 before taking his own life when confronted by military police. Relatives told investigators Lopez-Lopez had been profoundly affected in the months before the shootings by the deaths of his grandfather and then his mother. Health problems had caused a career setback that forced him to shift from being an infantryman to a driver, the investigators said.


Family remembers 4 kids, grandparents believed dead in fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:35

Flowers and teddy bears have been left at the front gate of a waterfront mansion that was gutted Monday by a massive fire, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. Relatives of six family members who remain unaccounted for after the fire believe they were inside at the time of Monday's blaze, a fire official said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The big sister wanted to be known as a gamer, and she loved making videos with her pet guinea pig, Oreo. Her 6-year-old brother wanted to build robots.


$125,000 worth of stolen goods seized in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:34

$125,000 worth of stolen goods seized in North PhiladelphiaPolice from Upper Merion and Philadelphia have cleared out a home that was allegedly a stash house for stolen goods.


Bear bites, severely injures woman in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:34
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A 400-pound (180-kg) Florida black bear named Abner severely injured a woman who tried to pet him in his cage on Friday, police said. The woman, whose identity has not been released, suffered severe wounds to her arm. She was airlifted to a hospital, according to a statement from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The incident occurred at a wildlife sanctuary in Dade City, Florida, said Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Details of the woman's condition were not immediately known. ...

Canadian extradited to U.S., charged with bombing truck in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:28
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Canadian man has been extradited to the United States to face federal terrorism charges he helped orchestrate the April 2009 truck bombing of a U.S. base in Mosul, Iraq, that killed five soldiers, U.S. authorities announced on Friday. Faruq Khalil Muhammad ’Isa, 36, is expected to make his initial court appearance in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday to answer charges of murder, conspiring to kill Americans abroad and providing material support to terrorists. Prosecutors accused Isa of working with a militant network that conducted multiple suicide bombings against U.S. military personnel in Iraq, including a truck bombing on April 10, 2009, at Forward Operating Base Marez.

Moody's slashes Atlantic City rating on bankruptcy potential

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:25

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivers his state of the state address at the New Jersey State House in TrentonMoody's Investors Service slashed Atlantic City's credit rating six notches deeper into junk territory on Friday, a day after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appointed an emergency manager with a mandate to consider a debt restructuring. Atlantic City has about $344 million of long-term debt outstanding. Moody's dropped the city's general obligation rating to Caa1, down from Ba1, indicating that the credit rating agency thinks there is a substantial risk of default over the next five years. The appointment could spell trouble for bondholders, as the emergency management team has ties to Detroit's historic bankruptcy.


Virginia ex-governor's law license suspended after corruption conviction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:24

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell addresses the media after his sentencing hearing in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A disciplinary board of the Virginia State Bar said on Friday it had suspended the law license of former Governor Robert McDonnell after his conviction on 11 felony federal corruption charges. McDonnell is scheduled to report to prison on Feb. 9 to begin a two-year sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge James Spencer. He has appealed his September conviction, which followed a six-week jury trial, to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The former governor was ordered to appear before the state bar’s disciplinary board on Feb. 20 to show cause why his license should not be further suspended or revoked.


Voter ID debate in New Mexico takes high-tech turn

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:20
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The push to require New Mexico voters to present some form of identification at the polls has long divided Democrats and Republicans, but one state senator is taking the debate in another direction.

AccuWeather: Snow Tonight, Snow/Rain Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:16

 A Nor'easter to start the weekend then a Sunday night clipperMeteorologist David Murphy says snow tonight will change to sleet and then rain overnight in most areas. Saturday could be slushy.


VIDEO: Eva Pilgrim reports on storm preps in Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 06:14

 Eva Pilgrim reports on storm preps in Pa.Action News reporter Eva Pilgrim has the latest on snow preps in Pennsylvania.