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Indiana dad sentenced to 20 years in child neglect case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:07
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for allowing his 2-year-old twins to become severely malnourished.

Obama sees hysteria and exaggeration in calls to halt refugee inflow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:03

Obama gestures while reacting to a question about U.S. politicians opposed to taking in Syrian refugees as he delivers remarks after meeting with the Philippines President Benigno Aquino alongside the APEC summit in Manila, PhilippinesPresident Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he saw "hysteria and exaggeration of risk" in some of the opposition by politicians at home to U.S. acceptance of more refugees from Syria. Speaking on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, he said calls to halt the flow of refugees to the United States were aimed at scoring political points. "It needs to stop because the world is watching," Obama said.

Former retirement centers CEO gets 15 years for fraud

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:01
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The former head of an Oregon-based chain of retirement centers was sentenced by a federal judge on Tuesday to 15 years in prison for defrauding investors of about $130 million.

Utah former lawmaker to be Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:00
Former Utah Democratic state lawmaker Jackie Biskupski will become Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor after ousting a two-term incumbent in this month's vote, final election results showed on Tuesday. Biskupski, 49, whose campaign touted her experience working in the private sector and law enforcement, defeated fellow Democrat Ralph Becker, a former colleague in the legislature of the socially conservative state. Becker, who ran on his record of economic growth and clean energy plans, has been mayor of Utah's biggest city since 2008.

1 injured in crash on Conchester Highway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:42

1 injured in crash on Conchester HighwayAt least one person was seriously injured during an accident involving a large box truck and a car on Conchester Highway in Delaware County.

Pennsylvania prosecutor: will not fight release of Korean businessman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:39
A Pennsylvania county prosecutor said on Tuesday he would not pursue an appeal of a 2014 federal court ruling that freed a Korean businessman after 24 years behind bars for the arson death of his daughter. Han Tak Lee, 80, of Queens, New York, was freed from prison last year after a federal magistrate ruled the arson evidence used to convict Lee of murder was based on outmoded beliefs about arson. "Our research indicates that the chance of a successful appeal is too remote to legitimately pursue," said Monroe County District Attorney David Christine in a statement to Reuters.

FBI agent testifies against San Francisco Chinatown figure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:39
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The undercover FBI agent at the center of an organized crime investigation in San Francisco's Chinatown testified Tuesday that he posed as a vulgar, racist member of an East Coast crime syndicate that was involved in illegal sports betting and marijuana cultivation and needed help laundering money.

The Latest: Federal agencies to investigate fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:37

Members of Black Lives Matter continue their encampment, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct. More than 50 people were arrested during the second day of protests over the shooting of Jamar Clark by a police officer during an apparent struggle. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest on the investigation into the shooting by a Minneapolis police officer of a black man suspected in an assault. The shooting has sparked protests. (all times local):

Police: Utah teen sickened by candy laced with booze, drugs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:30
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police in Utah say they're investigating after high school students laced gummy worms with alcohol and prescription drugs and sent a teenager to the hospital.

Police: Victims bound in burned Vegas home; 1 dead, 4 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:30
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say two men and women were bound and left in a Las Vegas house that was intentionally set ablaze, and a neighbor rescued a child from the burning home. Firefighters arrived to find one man dead, another with stab wounds and the two women with severe burns.

Michael Gross, who created 'Ghostbusters' logo, dies at 70

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:29

FILE -In this July 16, 2014, file photo, artist Michael Gross, sits on the porch of his ocean front bungalow where he paints and produces other art in his studio in Oceanside, Calif. Gross, an artist who created two of the most distinctive pop culture images of the 20th century, died Monday, Nov. 16 2015. He was 70. Gross first gained wide attention in 1973 for the National Lampoon cover of a dog with a gun to its head and the words, "If You Don't Buy This Magazine, We'll Kill This Dog." A decade later, he created the enduring symbol of a confused looking ghost in the middle of a slashed red circle for the film "Ghostbusters." (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael C. Gross, an artist, illustrator, film producer and personal designer who created two of the most iconic pop culture images of the 20th century — the enduring "Ghostbusters" logo and a dog with a gun to its head for the cover of National Lampoon — has died of cancer at age 70.

Doctor acquitted of inappropriately touching girl on flight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:29
CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. judge acquitted a Pakistani physician of all charges stemming from allegations he inappropriately touched a girl traveling alone on an American Airlines flight from New York City to Chicago.

U.S. dietary supplement shares whipsawed by Justice Dept. announcement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:23
Shares of dietary supplement retailers tumbled in heavy trading volume on Tuesday, spurring a surge in options hedging activity for those stocks even though fears they would be mentioned in a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit did not materialize. GNC Holdings' shares tumbled as much as 27.1 percent to hit their lowest in four years, but closed 6.4 percent lower at $29.07. The DOJ called a press conference at noon Eastern (1500 GMT) about criminal and civil actions aimed at stemming the sale of unproven nutritional supplements.

Blagojevich asks high court to hear corruption case appeal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:22
CHICAGO (AP) — Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear an appeal of his corruption convictions that included his attempt to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

Los Angeles moves to open some public buildings for homeless shelter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:20
Public buildings in Los Angeles would be used to shelter the homeless under a plan that won preliminary approval by the City Council on Tuesday after officials raised the alarm over the growing number of people living on the streets. The buildings, which could include vacant municipal structures or park facilities, would be selected by council members in consultation with residents, said David Graham-Caso, a spokesman for Councilman Mike Bonin, a sponsor of the measure. The country's second most populous city would also allow people living in their cars to stay overnight in designated parking lots, although only a handful of vehicles per lot would be permitted, Graham-Caso said.

Judge accused of having sexual relationships with defendants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:08
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A state disciplinary panel filed civil administrative charges against an Arkansas judge Tuesday, alleging he carried on inappropriate sexual relationships with defendants.

Marvel, Transformers display heads to Vegas' Treasure Island

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:05
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Batman has his bat cave. Superman has his fortress of solitude. And soon the Avengers and a team of Transformers will call a corner on the Las Vegas Strip home.

Pennsylvania judges propose record $50M fine against Uber

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 08:57

Pennsylvania judges propose record $50M fine against UberJudges for the Pennsylvania agency that regulates buses and taxis recommended on Tuesday a record $50 million fine against ride-sharing company Uber for operating in the state without approval.

Former co-director of Kabbalah Center accused of groping in California trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 08:49

Actor Ashton Kutcher arrives with Yehuda Berg for GQ magazine's "Gentleman's Ball" in New YorkThe former co-director of the Kabbalah Center, a spiritual group whose brand of Jewish mysticism has drawn numerous celebrity adherents but also controversy, went on trial on Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by a follower who says he groped her. Yehuda Berg, 43, son of the late rabbi who founded the organization, was called as the first witness in the trial, testifying he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction that led to his resignation from leadership in the group in 2014. In a lawsuit filed last year in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jena Scaccetti accused Berg of inviting her to his mother's apartment in 2012, plying her with alcohol and narcotic painkillers and making an unwanted sexual advance that included hugging her and fondling her leg.

Attorneys: Police officer's widow's bank accounts frozen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 08:42
FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors have frozen the bank accounts of the wife of a northern Illinois police officer who authorities say killed himself after years of embezzling from a police-sponsored youth program.