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Teamsters pull ballot at FedEx Freight facility in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:10
By Nick Carey CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Teamsters withdrew a planned ballot at a Pennsylvania facility of FedEx Corp's trucking unit, in a further blow to efforts to unionize workers at FedEx Freight. "We believe in our drivers and appreciate all they do for the company," Mike Ducker, incoming president and chief executive of FedEx Freight, said in a statement. "We are pleased with the recent results and look forward to a bright future together." The pulling of the ballot at FedEx Freight's Pocono Summit facility marks the second such withdrawal in the past week. ...

Burning death inquiry eyes woman's last hours

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:02

This undated photograph released by the families of Jessica Chambers and her sister Amanda Prince, shows Jessica Chambers taken in Courtland, Miss. Mississippi authorities have launched a homicide investigation into the death of the 19-year-old woman who was found badly burned on a road near her car that was on fire in Panola County, Miss. Chambers was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, said Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby. (AP Photo/Chambers-Prince Families)COURTLAND, Miss. (AP) — Surveillance video shows a woman at a convenience store gas station less than two hours before she was found badly burned along the side of a Mississippi road.

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

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:56

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.

Prosecutor criticizes judge in Madoff worker case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:50
NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor lashed out Wednesday at a judge sentencing former employees of imprisoned financial swindler Bernard Madoff this week, saying her leniency would be cited by defendants in future cases as good reason to limit their own exposure to prison.

Holdout creditor in Stockton bankruptcy denied higher claim

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:49
By Robin Respaut (Reuters) - The judge in the bankruptcy case for the city of Stockton, California, denied a motion by a holdout creditor that would slightly increase the amount it would receive on its claim. Attorneys for Franklin Templeton Investments had filed a motion for a stay pending appeal of a ruling by the judge in October that confirmed the city's plan to exit Chapter 9 protection. In the city's plan, Franklin would receive just over $4 million of the $36 million it said it is owed. ...

Oklahoma judge grills district over bringing football dispute to court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:47
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma district judge quizzed school district lawyers on Wednesday over why they asked the court to decide the outcome of a disputed high school football playoff game, saying he will soon decide if a judicial remedy is in order. Oklahoma District Judge Bernard Jones said he would postpone making any decision until Thursday, after he questioned the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association and Oklahoma City Public Schools for hours on Wednesday. ...

Deal to allow multiemployer pension benefits cuts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:27
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.

California braces for high winds, heavy surf ahead of storm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:18
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A major winter storm moved across the Pacific Ocean into Northern California on Wednesday and was expected to pummel the state with torrential rainfall, high winds and dangerous heavy surf over the next few days, the National Weather Service said. Authorities issued flood warnings, high surf and wind advisories ahead of the storm and said they feared that predicted heavy showers could cause mudslides in wildfire scarred foothills across the state. ...

Bill Cosby sued for defamation by sexual assault accuser

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:16

Bill Cosby Hit With Defamation Lawsuit Over Sexual Assault DenialsBy Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby was sued for defamation on Wednesday in Massachusetts by a sexual assault accuser who said he branded her a liar in public statements made through his representatives denying her allegations of abuse. The eight-page complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, is at least the third lawsuit arising from a wave of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against Cosby by more than a dozen women during the past several years. ...

Delaware State Police: 44 charged drug case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:15

 44 charged drug caseDelaware law enforcement officials say a multi-agency investigation in New Castle County has resulted in the arrests or indictments of 44 people on drugs and weapons charges.

Comcast admits to customer billing mistakes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:14

Comcast admits to customer billing mistakesComcast customers - check your bills. The cable giant is admitting it made a mistake and erroneously charged some of its customers an unintended fee.

SKorea to take over search after fishing disaster

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:10

Rear Adm. Dan Abel, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska, speaks with reporters on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska, about the agency response to a South Korean fishing vessel that sank in the western Bering Sea. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — South Korean officials are expected to take over on-scene control of search efforts following the deadly sinking of a fishing vessel in the western Bering Sea last month.

Drexel University student sexually assaulted off-campus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:07

Drexel University student sexually assaulted off-campusDrexel University says a student was sexually assaulted off-campus early Wednesday morning.a

For CIA, fallout from Senate report looks far from over

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:06

Senate Intelligence Committee chair Senator Dianne Feinstein talks to reporters after coming out of the Senate in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As outcry grows over its now-defunct brutal interrogation program, America's spy agency appears caught in the crossfire of debate over its methods in the ongoing U.S. battle against Islamic militants and whether it has changed its ways. Inside the Central Intelligence Agency, intelligence officials expressed resentment over what they said was the unfairness of a Senate Intelligence Committee report released on Tuesday that harshly criticized the spy agency's detention and questioning of militant suspects. ...

2 students charged after stabbing at Drexel University

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:05

2 students charged after stabbing at Drexel UniversityOne student has been released from the hospital and two others have been charged following a fight on the campus of Drexel University.

House renews government terror insurance backstop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Wednesday passed a long-sought legislation to renew a government program that's credited with reviving the market for insurance against terrorist attacks after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Memorial fund established for Philadelphia firefighter's children, funeral arrangements announced

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:49

Memorial fund established for Philadelphia firefighter's children, funeral arrangements announcedA memorial fund has been established for the children of Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig, who died in the line of duty battling a fire in West Oak Lane.

Congressional deal upends pot legalization in DC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:49

In this Oct. 9, 2014 file photo, Adam Eidinger, chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, poses for a portrait at the DC Cannabis Campaign headquarters in Washington. A debate over legalizing marijuana in the nation's capital is focusing on the outsized number of arrests of African Americans on minor drug charges. Pot legalization supporters in Colorado and Washington state also spoke about racial justice, but their voters are mostly white and their campaigns focused more on other issues. The race factor hits closer to many more homes in the District, where nearly half the population is black. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Elected officials and drug-policy advocates hoped to make the nation's capital the first place on the East Coast with legal pot. They wanted to use the District of Columbia as further encouragement for states to make their own marijuana laws, and they were optimistic that Congress wouldn't intervene, pointing to a Republican caucus that's far from unified against pot.

Liberals and conservatives gripe about $1.1T bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:48

In this July 31, 2014 file photo, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. walks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lawmakers are finalizing a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September and prevent a shutdown later this week. The measure is the main piece of business facing the lame-duck Congress that hopes to adjourn this week. Republicans will take over the Senate when the new Congress reconvenes next month. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Exposed to the light of day, a year-end, $1.1 trillion spending bill drew vociferous objections from liberals and milder criticism from conservatives on Wednesday while lawmakers readied a brief, stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown both parties vowed to avoid.

Lawsuit: cops harass recruit, liken her to 'American Girl doll'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:43

 cops harass recruit, liken her to 'American Girl doll'Amanda Holley says she was sexually harassed by her Port Authority Police Department bosses while training.