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Trooper ambush suspect charged with terrorism

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:49
The man accused of opening fire on a Pennsylvania State Police barracks admitted killing a trooper because he was dissatisfied with government and wanted to "wake people up," according to court documents filed Thursday that provided the first indication of a possible motive.

House fire in NY kills 2, including baby; 6 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:43
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A fast-moving fire engulfed a three-story home in early Thursday, leaving a 64-year-old woman and a 4-month-old baby dead and three residents hospitalized. Three others injured in the blaze were treated and released.

U.S. internal review cites Secret Service failures in White House intrusion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:39

Members of the U.S. Secret Service patrol in front of the North Lawn of the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - An intruder was able to scale the White House fence and enter the executive mansion in September because of major Secret Service failures including an agent who was distracted by a personal cellphone call, according to an internal review released on Thursday. Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez, 42, is accused of breaking into the heavily guarded complex on Sept. 19 armed with a knife in one of the most significant security breaches since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. The suspect was not stopped until he entered the main floor of the White House. ...


Florida man who killed wife, stepdaughter in 1992 attack executed for child's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:36
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida man who killed wife, stepdaughter in 1992 attack executed for child's slaying.

68 cats found in van in Oregon hoarding case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:30

This Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 photo provided by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office via the Argus Observer shows scores of cats found living in a van in Ontario, Ore. The Ontario Feral Cat Project rescue group is caring for the 68 cats in what one worker described as "a swirling mass." Many of the living cats were emaciated, Some had lost an eye to infection, a few were missing both eyes. (AP Photo/Malheur County Sheriff via the Argus Observer)ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — Workers at an animal rescue operation in Oregon were caring Thursday for 68 cats found crammed into a van, many in wretched shape.


NY family accused of $20 million mortgage fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:26
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Twelve members of a single Brooklyn-based family were charged Thursday with lying about being wealthy to obtain mortgages or lying about being poor to get food stamps and other benefits.

Judge sticks to BP gross negligence ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:22
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans is sticking to his ruling that said BP's conduct in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster amounted to "gross negligence."

Amazon, Hachette end monthslong dispute

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:17

FILE - This Oct. 18, 2010 file photo shows an Amazon.com package on a UPS truck in Palo Alto, Calif. Amazon and Hachette announced a multiyear agreement Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, ending one of publishing's nastiest, most high-profile conflicts. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)NEW YORK (AP) — One of publishing's nastiest, most high-profile conflicts, the monthslong standoff between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group, is ending.


Q&A: Sorting confusion over Kansas gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:02

A woman holds an application for a marriage license at the Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita, Kan.,Thursday Nov. 13, 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request Wednesday from the state to block gay and lesbian couples from getting married in Kansas while the state fights lawsuits challenging Kansas' gay-marriage ban. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)A pair of lawsuits over gay marriage has created a legal tangle in Kansas that allowed some gay couples to get marriage licenses, while others could only wait. Here are a few questions and answers to help sort through it all:


Grand jury testimony in black Missouri teen's slaying nearly done: attorney

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:00

A portrait of slain teenager Michael is pictured on a t-shirt worn by his father Brown Sr. during a news conference in GenevaBy Scott Malone CLAYTON Mo. (Reuters) - The grand jury decision on whether to indict a white Missouri police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager is nearing, a lawyer for the family said on Thursday, calling for calm in a situation that has put police and residents on edge. A pathologist hired by the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot dead in August in Ferguson, Missouri, testified before the grand jury on Thursday and will likely be one of the final witnesses before a decision is made on whether to indict Darren Wilson, attorney Anthony Gray said. ...


Prosecutors say vampire-fanged Utah trucker had more victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:58
By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - A Utah truck driver who wore vampire-fang dentures and is charged with sexually abusing and beating two women who he held captive in his vehicle as he traveled the country had four more victims, federal prosecutors have said. Timothy Jay Vafeades, 54, was arrested in Minnesota late last year after a weigh station officer saw bruises on a 19-year-old hostage's face and intervened. Another woman later came forward to say she, too, was held and abused by the man. ...

Sniper shot Pennsylvania troopers to 'wake people up': police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:54
By Joe McDonald EAST STROUDSBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A survivalist charged with shooting two Pennsylvania state troopers, one of them fatally, who then eluded a 48-day manhunt by hiding in the woods told police after his capture that he ambushed the men because he "wanted to make a change" in government and "wake people up." The apparent motive behind Eric Frein's sniper attack outside the Blooming Grove barracks during a late-night shift change on Sept. 12 surfaced in court papers filed on Thursday in which prosecutors added two counts of terrorism to the criminal complaint against him. ...

Text of suspect Eric Frein's letter to parents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:54
Authorities in Pennsylvania on Thursday released a letter they said was written by state police ambush suspect Eric Frein during his time on the run. The text, addressed to Mom and Dad, reads:

'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro charged with DWI

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:51

'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro charged with DWINew York City police say "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro has been arrested on a drunken-driving charge.


Police: Clovis woman died from stab wounds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:44
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A 23-year-old woman whose body was found along a walking path at a city park in southern New Mexico had been stabbed to death, authorities said Thursday.

Electrical Spectacle at Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:42

Electrical Spectacle at Franklin Square Holiday FestivalWe know the holiday season is really gearing up in Philadelphia because they've been kicking off the Franklin Square Holiday Festival Thursday night with what they're calling an Electrical Spectacle.


College football player in Oregon charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:41
By Shelby Sebens (Reuters) - A Willamette University football player from California has been charged with murder after a 66-year-old man was found dead near an intersection in Salem, Oregon, prosecutors said on Thursday. Authorities said Beau W. Smith, a 22-year-old senior at Willamette, a private liberal arts university in Salem, was accused of killing Michael Hampshire, who was found dead on Wednesday. ...

NY lawmakers probe care for mentally ill inmates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:41
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The head of the troubled New York City jail system said Thursday it's critical to send mentally ill inmates to treatment programs instead of a lockup.

3 arrested in Newark car vandalism spree

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:39

3 arrested in Newark car vandalism spreeNew Castle County police made three arrests Thursday in a car vandalism spree.


Delaware man charged with making meth in home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:34

Delaware man charged with making meth in homeA Delaware man is facing criminal charges for allegedly making meth inside his home.