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Revel sale resurrected; $82M price agreed on for ex-casino

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:12

This May 10, 2012, photo shows the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City N.J. On Thursday Feb. 19, 2015, a bankruptcy judge allowed the casino's owners to terminate a deal to sell it to a Florida developer for $95.4 million because the sale deadline has passed. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Florida developer agreed to buy Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel for $82 million on Tuesday, a week after a bankruptcy judge declared his former deal to buy it at a higher price dead.


DOJ Announces No Charges in Trayvon Martin's Death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:09
Feds concluded not sufficient evidence against George Zimmerman.

Union chief says U.S. refinery strike could spread

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:08

Workers from the USW union walk a picket line outside the Shell Oil Deer Park Refinery in Deer Park, TexasThe largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years could spread if talks over improved safety conditions do not resume soon, United Steelworkers union (USW) International President Leo Gerard said on Tuesday. Union members work at more than 200 oil terminals, pipelines, refineries and chemical plants in the U.S. [ID:nL1N0VX1JM] The USW has said it is seeking to retain safety provisions from previous contracts and tighten fatigue standards for workers, as well as win back daily maintenance jobs now done by non-union contractors. Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc [RDSa.L], is the lead oil company negotiator.


Natural gas blast destroys home, injures 15 in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:02

NJ Natural Gas personnel inspect the scene after a natural gas explosion leveled a house after a gas main break in Stafford, N.J. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Fire Chief Jack Johnson was standing outside a home under renovation near the Jersey shore in the neighborhood where residents had reported a strong smell of natural gas Tuesday morning.


Body of skier who died in Colorado avalanche recovered

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:01
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Searchers have recovered the body of a skier who was killed in an avalanche on Aspen Mountain.

Residents had their fill of landfill smelling up neighborhood

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:57
Residents of Lower Saucon Township have an unseemly problem on their hands.

Chicago's Mayor Emanuel hopes to avoid run-off in election

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:41

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hug during an event in the Pullman neighborhood of ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will easily take first place in Tuesday's municipal election, but polls show he may miss the 50 percent mark needed to avoid a run-off in the race to lead the financially challenged, third-largest U.S. city. Emanuel, 55, a former chief of staff to President Barack Obama seeking a second term as mayor, has already spent millions of dollars in the non-partisan race against four challengers, and a second round will mean six more weeks of expensive campaigning. Emanuel is close to the mark, getting 48.3 percent of the vote in a recent Ogden & Fry poll. His nearest opponent is Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia at 26.5 percent, followed by businessman Willie Wilson with 15.2 percent.


NJ's Christie strikes tentative teachers' pension deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:36

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) attends the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce 78th annual "Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner"By Luciana Lopez Trenton, NJ (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie struck a deal with the state's teachers on a "road map" for pension reform while warning of a dire future if other unions do not make similar commitments to cut the cost of workers' retirement benefits. The tentative agreement between Christie, a Republican weighing a bid for the White House in 2016, and the New Jersey Education Association marked a dramatic turn in a long-bitter relationship.


Man who confessed to Etan Patz murder was prompted, detective testifies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:34

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York in this file photoBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz three decades ago was prompted by police on details of the case before he confessed to the crimes, a police detective testified on Tuesday. Pedro Hernandez, who is charged in the disappearance of the New York boy, did not know the time or date when the child vanished in 1979, New York Police Detective David Ramirez testified in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Hernandez confessed in 2012 to luring Patz into a Manhattan deli where he worked with a promise of a soda, strangling him, stuffing him in a bag and dumping him in an alley, police say. Hernandez' defense attorneys say the confession was coerced and that he is mentally ill and suffers hallucinations.


Republicans propose declaring Idaho a 'Christian state'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:30
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Members of a county Republican Party in Idaho are to take up a measure on Tuesday evening that would declare the state a Christian one to bolster what the proposal calls the "Judeo-Christian bedrock of the founding of the United States." The resolution to be voted on by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee is non-binding, meaning it does not have the effect of laws or rules. The proposal seeks that Idaho be "formally and specifically declared a Christian state," guided by a Judeo-Christian faith reflected in the U.S. Declaration of Independence where all authority and power is attributed to God, the resolution reads. The measure argues that the Christian faith is under "strident attack" in the United States, and cites as evidence the absence of Christian traditions and symbols in public institutions such as schools.

AMBER ALERT CANCELLED - Michael and Elinor Trotta located safe in Massachusetts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:23
Authorities have cancelled the Amber Alert for Elinor Trotta after the 3-year-old and her father were located in Massachusetts Tuesday afternoon.

Colorado man, 87, arrested in slaying of fellow nursing home resident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:23
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - An 87-year-old Colorado man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease has been arrested for allegedly beating to death a 76-year-old fellow dementia patient at the nursing home where both men lived, authorities said on Tuesday. Homer Castor is being held without bond on suspicion of murder and for a crime against an at-risk adult in the slaying of Gerald Propp, according to Jefferson County jail records. The assault occurred on Saturday at the Atria Applewood assisted living facility in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, court documents show.

European cruise giant Viking plans Mississippi River tours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:23
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — European river cruise giant Viking, already gaining a high profile in the United States with its sponsorship of popular PBS television shows, announced Tuesday that it will make New Orleans its first North American home port for Mississippi River cruises expected to begin by late 2017.

Wal-Mart criticizes Arkansas 'conscience protection' measure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:20
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart is criticizing a "conscience protection" bill in the retail giant's home state of Arkansas that opponents say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Defense: Police knew suspect in Vegas mom killing smoked pot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:06

Erich Nowsch Jr. appears in a Las Vegas courtroom for his initial court appearance Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Nowsch remains jailed following his arrest Friday on murder, attempted murder and other charges in the Feb. 12 shooting that fatally wounded 44-year-old Tammy Meyers outside her home. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police knew a 19-year-old suspect in a shooting that killed a neighborhood mother of four smoked marijuana before he surrendered during a standoff last week, and investigators questioned him while he was high, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.


U.S. won't file charges against George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:06

George Zimmerman listens to judge during a first-appearance hearing in Sanford, FloridaBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - George Zimmerman will not face civil rights charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday, ending its probe three years after the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer fatally shot the unarmed black teenager. The department said it had not found sufficient evidence that Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in state court, intentionally violated the civil rights of Martin, 17. The decision comes as the Obama administration faces pressure from civil rights activists to press charges in other high-profile deaths that have raised allegations of racial bias. The Justice Department is investigating a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, and the New York City police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, another unarmed black man.


MI5 agents testify at US trial of man charged in UK plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:05
NEW YORK (AP) — Identified only by four-digit numbers to conceal their identities, five British Security Service officers testified Tuesday at the U.S. trial of a terrorism suspect charged with plotting to bomb a shopping mall in Manchester, England.

Administration: No quick fix if court kills health subsidies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health secretary told Congress Tuesday that she has no administrative actions available to fix the "massive damage to our health care system" that would result should the Supreme Court invalidate federal subsidies that help millions of Americans buy health care coverage.

Slender Man attorney: Girl shouldn't be tried in adult court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:01
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for one of two girls accused of stabbing their classmate to please the horror character Slender Man tried to persuade a judge Tuesday that she should not be tried in adult court.

NYPD officers honor Texas girl who sent cards to police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:54

Savannah Solis, left, is greeted by a New York City police officer while visiting a police precinct in the Bronx, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. The 10-year-old girl from Tyler, Texas sent hundreds of thank you cards to the NYPD after two officers were fatally shot in Brooklyn. She told the officers she wants to thank them "for what they do for us." (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)NEW YORK (AP) — Teary-eyed New York City police officers on Tuesday honored a 10-year-old Texas girl who sent hundreds of thank you cards to the NYPD after two officers were fatally shot.