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Funeral arrangements announced for Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig-Lewis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:31

Funeral arrangements announced for Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig-LewisFuneral arrangements have been announced for Philadelphia Firefighter Joyce Craig-Lewis who died in the line of duty battling a fire in West Oak Lane.


Woman files defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:23

Woman files defamation lawsuit against Bill CosbyA woman who has accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her in the 1970s has filed a defamation lawsuit against the comedian in Massachusetts, alleging he "publicly branded" her a liar when his lawyer called her claims "absolutely false."


Mediation coming in IBM, Indiana contract dispute

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:22
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IBM Corp. and the state of Indiana are turning to mediation in hopes of settling their dispute over IBM's failed attempt to privatize Indiana's welfare services.

1 student injured, 2 questioned after fight on Drexel University campus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:13

1 student injured, 2 questioned after fight on Drexel University campusOne student has been released from the hospital and two others are being questioned following a fight on the campus of Drexel University.


U.S. court reverses fund managers' insider trading convictions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:09
By Nate Raymond and Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court dealt federal prosecutors a blow in their crackdown on insider trading on Wall Street on Wednesday, overturning the convictions of two former hedge fund managers charged with making illegal trades in technology stocks. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said prosecutors presented insufficient evidence to convict Todd Newman, a former portfolio manager at Diamondback Capital Management, and Anthony Chiasson, co-founder of Level Global Investors. ...

Enbridge settles Michigan class-action lawsuit

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

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2010 file photo workers drain oil near a oil spill by Talmadge Creek in Fredonia Towship, Mich. Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, Alberta, has agreed to pay about $6.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in one of the costliest onshore oil spills in U.S. history. (AP Photo/The Enquirer, John Grap, File)BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The Canadian company responsible for a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan has agreed to pay about $6.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.


Clarification: Missouri Execution story

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

In this Feb. 10, 2014 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Paul Goodwin who was convicted of killing a 63-year-old St. Louis County woman with a hammer in 1998. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — In a story Dec. 10, The Associated Press reported that Missouri's 10th execution of 2014 matches the state's previous high of nine in 1999. The story should have said the state's 10th execution of 2014 exceeded its previous high for any year of 9, which was set in 1999.


Investec causes outcry with 'I can't breathe' headline on research

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:52

A protester wearing an "I Cant Breathe" face mask takes part in the "We Will Not Go Back" march and rally for Eric Garner in the Staten Island borough of New York(Reuters) - A research note published by South African bank Investec with the headline "I can't breathe" caused an outcry on social media on Wednesday for its use of the dying words of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man killed in a police chokehold. The Investec note focused on a decision by U.S. authorities to put British bank Standard Chartered under greater regulatory scrutiny. Ian Gordon, the analyst who wrote the note, said in it that the U.S. government exerted arguably disproportionate control and influence over Standard Chartered's business. ...


Woman, man burglarized homes in Egg Harbor Twp., police say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:51

Woman, man burglarized homes in Egg Harbor Twp., police sayTwo people are under arrest in connection with a series of home burglaries in Egg Harbor Township.


Timeline: A history of Detroit's fiscal problems

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:45
(Reuters) - The city of Detroit was set to pay off creditors on Wednesday as it officially exits the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Following are steps leading to the city's "rock bottom" point of December 2013, when it was declared eligible for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy, and milestones in the ensuing court process and bankruptcy exit. - Detroit's descent into fiscal insolvency can be traced back to the waning days of long-time Mayor Coleman Young's administration (1974-93), when the city was already deep in debt and struggling with a budget deficit. ...

U.S. chokehold protesters 'die-in', issue demands in NY

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:33

A protester holds his hands up and chants during a protest to demand justice for the death of Eric Garner, at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Sharon Bernstein and Scott Malone BERKELEY, Calif./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Students at medical schools around the United States planned "die-ins" to protest the chokehold death by police of an unarmed black man and New York activists demanded the city take action after a grand jury declined to indict the officer involved. Protests intensified last week after the grand jury decision to not charge a white New York City police officer in the July death of Eric Garner, who was unarmed. ...


Ex-CIA officials say torture report is one-sided, flawed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:31

Former U.S. CIA Director Tenet is seen during World Economic Forum on Middle East at Dead SeaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of former top-ranking CIA officials disputed a U.S. Senate committee's finding that the agency's interrogation techniques produced no valuable intelligence, saying such work had saved thousands of lives. Former CIA directors George Tenet, Porter Goss and Michael Hayden, along with three ex-deputy directors, wrote in an op-ed article published on Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal that the Senate Intelligence Committee report also was wrong in saying the agency had been deceptive about its work following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. ...


Graffiti 'tagger' dies after being hit by police car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:29
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A graffiti artist who went by the nickname "Demz" died after being hit by a police car during a chase amid the height of Miami's annual Art Week, according to his mother. “He died doing what he loved,” Nannette Gutierrez wrote on Instagram alongside pictures of her son's name spray-painted in bright blue bubble letters. ...

Woman stabbed at Subway restaurant in NJ; suspect in custody

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:26

Woman stabbed at Subway restaurant in NJ; suspect in custodyPolice in Mercer County have identified the man charged with attempted murder following an attack at a Subway restaurant.


Drexel University student assaulted on campus released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:24

1 student injured, 2 questioned after fight on Drexel University campusA Drexel University student assaulted during a fight on campus has been released from the hospital.


Police search river for Shane Montgomery after new tip

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:21

Police search river for Shane Montgomery after new tipAdditional police officers have been sent to the Manayunk section of Philadelphia amid the search for missing college student Shane Montgomery.


Chicago proposes chokehold ban in wake of U.S. protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:21

Protesters march against the New York City grand jury decision to not indict in the death of Eric Garner in Oakland, CaliforniaBy Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago city council members have proposed a ban on the use of chokeholds by police officers working within city limits in an expansive proposal coming in the wake of the chokehold death of an unarmed black man being arrested in New York. The proposal, which includes all security personnel such as deputy sheriffs, U.S. Marshals and private security guards, is the first among U.S. municipalities attempting to regulate arrest techniques after a grand jury last week declined to indict a New York City police officer in a chokehold death. ...


Man convicted at 2nd trial in slaying of girl, 5

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:14
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man charged in the abduction and slaying of his girlfriend's 5-year-old niece has been convicted following a second trial.

Extra police searching for Shane Montgomery after new tip

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:12

Police search river for Shane Montgomery after new tipAdditional police officers have been sent to the Manayunk section of Philadelphia amid the search for missing college student Shane Montgomery.


Pot backers oppose U.S. bill banning legal marijuana in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:10

District of Columbia Congressional delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton speaks to low wage U.S. federal contract workers at a strike rally in WashingtonBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marijuana advocates on Wednesday urged Congress not to use a spending bill to overturn a local referendum that overwhelmingly backed legalizing pot in the District of Columbia. A $1.1 trillion spending bill negotiated by lawmakers on Tuesday barred the U.S. capital from using funds to implement Initiative 71, which legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in Washington. Voters easily approved the measure last month but Congress has the power to restrict municipal spending. ...