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New York woman recovering after mistletoe drone stunt draws blood

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:59
By Sascha Brodsky NEW YORK (Reuters) - A photographer taking pictures of a "mobile mistletoe" designed to encourage holiday kisses at a TGI Fridays restaurant in Brooklyn is recovering after being clipped on the nose by the drone. The incident occurred as Georgine Benvenuto was working on a local newspaper story about the airborne mistletoe last Thursday. As part of a one-day promotion, couples kissing under the drone as it flew over them would win restaurant gift cards. ...

Death penalty sought in California deputy killings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:56

FILE - Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes is seen in this undated file photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Northern California prosecutors said Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 that they will seek the death penalty for Bracamontes, charged with killing two sheriffs’ deputies during an hours-long rampage that also left a motorist and third deputy wounded. Placer County Supervising Deputy District Attorney David Tellman said Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, that prosecutors in Placer and neighboring Sacramento County decided the death penalty is appropriate for Bracamontes, who previously was booked into jail under the name Marcelo Marquez. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors said Tuesday they will seek the death penalty for a Utah man charged with killing two deputies during an hourslong rampage that also left a motorist and another deputy wounded.


Wife deemed mentally ill in ex-Penn star's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:55

Wife deemed mentally ill in ex-Penn star's slayingThe wife of a former University of Pennsylvania basketball standout has been found guilty but mentally ill in his stabbing death.


Immigrants in limbo over Obama immigrant rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:51

Arturo Hernandez, left, hugs his 9-year-old daughter, Andrea, as his wife, Ana Sauzameda, right, and Rev. Anne Dunlap of the United Church of Christ look on during news conference in church in downtown Denver, early Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Arturo Hernandez's two daughters, Andrea and Mariana, and their mother are headed to Washington, with Dunlap on Tuesday to plead with lawmakers to help Arturo Hernandez, who is seeking shelter from deportation by living in the basement of a church. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — When President Barack Obama outlined why he was letting as many as 4 million immigrants stay and work legally in this country last month, it sounded like he was talking about Arturo Hernandez.


Oklahoma school district turns to court to rule on disputed football game

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:47
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma high school playoff football game that ended in acrimony is heading to a court, with politicians, a famed coach and citizens in the football-crazy state debating if a legal remedy is needed to resolve a dispute from the playing field. On Wednesday, an Oklahoma district judge will consider hearing a lawsuit on Locust Grove School District's 20-19 quarter-final victory over Oklahoma City's Frederick Douglass High School. The game, played on Nov. ...

NJ may lower requirements in 'boutique' casino law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:44

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2011, file photo, James Allen, CEO of Hard Rock International, discusses his company's plan for a "boutique" casino-hotel in Atlantic City N.J., that would also include a museum on the history of music. The company later scrapped the plan. The state Legislature plans to water down the requirements of a 2011 law designed to attract developers willing to build up to two new, smaller and less costly casinos with as few as 200 hotel rooms. AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey isn't giving up on its effort to attract small new casinos to Atlantic City.


Avalanche survivor says mountain gave warning sign

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:38
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Two friends heard warning sounds as they skied toward mountains in the eastern Alaska Range, but they thought they would be safe at higher elevations.

Food service firms admit cheating US military

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:37
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two foreign companies have pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for overcharging the U.S. military in connection with a contract to provide food and water to troops in Afghanistan.

Official: Iowans will use app to show license

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:36
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Need to show your driver's license? In Iowa, there will soon be an app for that.

Bail raised to $200K for man charged after woman's body found in car trunk

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:34

Bail raised to $200K for man charged after woman's body found in car trunkA man has been charged after a woman's body was found in the trunk of a car outside a hotel in Maple Shade, New Jersey.


Missouri bar slammed for six-shot 'Michael Brown' tequila special

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:31
(Reuters) - A Missouri bar sparked protests after it offered a drink special on the weekend named after black teenager Michael Brown, whose shooting by police in Ferguson, Missouri, in August has sparked months of demonstrations. Mugshots, a bar in St. Joseph, Missouri, promoted on its Facebook page a "Michael Brown Special" consisting of six shots of tequila for $10, WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, reported. The unarmed Brown, 18, was struck by at least six bullets in the shooting by a white policeman, according to three separate autopsies performed in the investigation. ...

Northeast dealing with heavy rains, snow, wind

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:27

Waves splash against a seawall and onto houses along the Atlantic coast, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Scituate, Mass. The National Weather Service posted a flood watch for urban and poor drainage areas, and a coastal flood advisory for the midday high tide cycle. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A slow-moving storm churned through the Northeast on Tuesday, bringing drenching wind-blown rain to coastal areas, wet snow inland and a wintry mix to the New England states.


2 men beat, rob clerk at Chester County gas station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:21

2 men beat, rob clerk at Chester County gas stationAction News has obtained exclusive video of two masked men holding up a Chester County gas station.


With future uncertain, Colorado shields its water

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:20

In this Dec. 8, 2014 photo, pedestrians pass through Confluence Park, where Cherry Creek joins the South Platte, a key channel in Colorado’s water supply, in Denver. Colorado is drawing up a strategy to protect some of the trillions of gallons of water that gushes out of the Rocky Mountains every spring as the snow melts, most of which flows into drought-stricken California and other states. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — With demand increasing across the West, Colorado is drawing up a strategy to keep some of the trillions of gallons of water that gushes out of the Rocky Mountains every spring — most of which flows downstream to drought-stricken California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico.


NY police promise to rebuild trust as protests continue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:17

Police officers with the Berkeley Police Department clash with protesters during a march in BerkeleyBy Noel Randewich and Scott Malone BERKELEY, Calif./NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of the New York Police Department vowed on Tuesday to repair relations with poor and minority communities following the death of a suspect, even as protests over police violence flared across the United States. The department will retrain its members in nonviolent ways of making arrests, Police Commissioner William Bratton said, adding that he had taken a non-confrontational approach to protests over a grand jury's decision not to charge the officer involved in the controversial chokehold case. ...


Warrant recalled in 77-year-old nude sunbather case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:14

In this undated photo provided by the Davis County Jail Myron Lee Kipp poses for a booking photo, in Utah. A judge is issuing an arrest warrant for the 77-year-old Kipp, who police said was sunbathing nude in his backyard next to a church parking lot. Court records show the $5,000 cash-only warrant was issued Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, after Kipp failed to show up at a court hearing in his lewdness case. Police say Kipp's neighbors reported he was sunbathing nude in his backyard March 5. His yard has a chain-link fence with no privacy slats. (AP Photo/Davis County Jail)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A court is recalling an arrest warrant for a 77-year-old Utah man who police say was sunbathing nude in his backyard next to a church parking lot.


Ernest Brace, civilian POW in Vietnam, dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:10

CORRECTS TO PRISON OUTSIDE HANOI, NOT THE HANOI HILTON - FILE - In this March 31, 1973, file photo, Ernest Brace, a pilot from Atlanta, Ga., talks to the media after arriving at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Brace, who was captured flying supplies to a base in Laos for the CIA during the Vietnam War and spent more than a year in a prison outside of Hanoi tapping code through a wall to Sen. John McCain, has died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Klamath Falls, Ore., his family said. He was 83. (AP Photo/File)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Ernest Brace, a civilian who was captured during the Vietnam War while flying supplies for the CIA and who later tapped code through a wall to fellow prisoner John McCain, has died. He was 83.


Statues of Mary, Joseph vandalized at church in Chicago suburb

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:58
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Police in a Chicago suburb were investigating on Tuesday an act of vandalism at a Catholic church in which the heads were removed from statues of Mary and Joseph in a convent garden. The destruction was discovered on Sunday, while parishioners at St. Odilo in Berwyn, a largely Hispanic suburb of Chicago, were gathering to mark the upcoming feast on December 12 of Our Lady of Guadalupe, said Pastor Anthony Brankin. ...

Obama health adviser apologizes for 'glib' remarks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:55

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, before the House Oversight Committee health care hearing. Congressional Democrats charged Tuesday that Republicans are seizing on a health adviser's self-described "thoughtless" and misleading remarks to attack President Barack Obama's signature health care law. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)WASHINGTON (AP) — MIT economist Jonathan Gruber — an often-quoted adviser on the president's health care law — told Congress on Tuesday he was glib and "inexcusably arrogant" when he said it was "the stupidity of the American voter" that led to the law's passage. Democrats tried to limit the damage as Republicans raked Gruber at a four-hour hearing, but acknowledged he gave the GOP a political gift "wrapped in a bow."


Lawsuit accuses Maker's Mark of false advertising

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 04:54
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit accuses Maker's Mark of false advertising by promoting its Kentucky bourbon as handmade.