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Neighbors: Montana man accused of shooting student planned to lure burglar

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:43

Markus Kaarma waits to be dismissed during an afternoon break in Missoula County Court in Missoula MontanaBy Lori Grannis MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - A Montana man accused of killing a teenage German exchange student last April had been planning with his girlfriend to lure back a burglar who previously robbed them, his neighbors told a court on Tuesday. Markus Kaarma, a 30-year-old former U.S. Forest Service firefighter, is charged with deliberate homicide for firing a shotgun four times into his darkened garage in Missoula late on April 27, killing 17-year-old Diren Dede, a high school student from Hamburg. ...


Prized viola stolen from Philadelphia musician

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:43

Prized viola stolen from Philadelphia musicianA Philadelphia musician is dealing with the loss of something irreplaceable, her prized viola that dates back centuries.


U.S. sports handicapper charged with bilking millions from client

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:40
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A U.S. sports handicapper was arrested on Tuesday and charged with threatening a client in Wisconsin at gunpoint and bilking more than $25 million from him through an elaborate scheme involving use of his alter ego, federal prosecutors said. Adam Meyer of Real Money Sports, who calls himself the "sports consultant to the stars" was charged in U.S. District Court in eastern Wisconsin with three counts of wire fraud, extortion, racketeering and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, according to the indictment. ...

Royals display common touch on NYC visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:38

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, right, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, talk with students Nya Hayer, right, and Steffon Bell as they visit The Door Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The Door provides services to disadvantaged young people. William and Kate are on the last of their 3-day tour of New York City, their first visit to the United States since a trip to California in 2011. (AP Photo/Chad Rachman, New York Post, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — On their U.S. visit, Prince William and his wife, Kate, stepped back from their royal roles, mingling with commoners and not relying on their entourage for everything.


Viola worth thousands stolen from Philadelphia musician

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:38

Prized viola stolen from Philadelphia musicianA Philadelphia musician is dealing with the loss of something irreplaceable, her prized viola that dates back centuries.


Reward in Shane Montgomery case now at $65,000

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:34

Reward in Shane Montgomery case now at $65,000The reward for information leading to a missing 21-year-old West Chester University student is now up to $65,000.


Oversight of Sheriff's Department approved

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:31
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to create a civilian commission to oversee the scandal-plagued Sheriff's Department.

UN diplomats: Report says Iran buying for reactor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:25
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran is being accused of illicitly stepping up purchases for its heavy water reactor, which if completed will produce enough plutonium for several nuclear weapons a year, U.N. diplomats said Tuesday.

Charges: Impostor changed name of ID theft victim

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:17
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Mexican man living unlawfully in the United States for decades was arrested Tuesday in an identity theft scheme that was so ingenious that prosecutors say a court unwittingly changed the name of the U.S. citizen whose identity he assumed to his own real name.

Florida professor resigns after offensive Facebook comments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:14
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - (Editor's note: Language in paragraphs 3 and 4 may be offensive to some readers.) A Florida State University professor said she has resigned after making racial and homosexual slurs in a heated Facebook exchange about recent police killings of unarmed blacks. Deborah O'Connor, an 18-year faculty member of the FSU College of Business, said on Tuesday she was stepping down after several comments she made on Facebook were published by Folio Weekly, a Jacksonville alternative newspaper that contacted FSU about them on Dec. 5. ...

Plane nearly stalled before crash that killed 6

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:14

A firefighter stands outside a smoldering house where a small private jet crashed in Gaithersburg, Md., Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. A woman and her two young sons inside the home and three people on the aircraft were killed, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — A business jet that crashed in a neighborhood near an airport in suburban Washington, killing all three people on board and a mother and her two young sons on the ground, had slowed to the point where it nearly stalled in midair before impact, federal investigators said Tuesday.


Obama tells Latinos immigration policy shift won't hurt them later

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:10

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about immigration reforms during a visit to Casa Azafran in NashvilleBy Jeff Mason NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to reassure Latinos on Tuesday that signing up for deportation relief under his new immigration policy was safe and would not put them in jeopardy if his White House successor tried to overturn the action. Supported strongly by immigration activists and staunchly opposed by many Republicans, Obama's controversial executive action removed the threat of deportation for up to 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. ...


Prosecutor to seek death penalty for mutilator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:09

This undated photo provided by the Jeffersonville, Ind. Police Department shows Joseph Oberhansley. The 33-year-old is charged with murder and abuse of a corpse after he allegedly fatally stabbed his girlfriend, 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton, on Sept. 11, 2014, then mutilated her and ate parts of the Jeffersonville woman's body. On Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, a southern Indiana prosecutor intends to seek the death penalty against Oberhansley. (AP Photo/Jeffersonville, Ind. Police Department via The Courier-Journal)JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A prosecutor intends to seek the death penalty for a southern Indiana man who has confessed to fatally stabbing his girlfriend and mutilating her body, including cooking and eating some of her organs.


Viola valued at $9,000 stolen from Philadelphia musician

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:04

Viola worth thousands stolen from Philadelphia musicianA Philadelphia musician is also dealing with the loss of something irreplaceable today after someone stole a viola, that dates back centuries, from her Powelton home.


Big U.S. school districts plan switch to antibiotic-free chicken

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:01
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Six of the largest U.S. school districts are switching to antibiotic-free chicken, officials said on Tuesday, pressuring the world's top meat companies to adjust production practices in the latest push against drugs used on farms. The move by districts in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami-Dade County and Orlando County is intended to protect children's health amid concerns about the rise of so-called "superbugs," bacteria that gain resistance to conventional medicines, school officials said. ...

Police name officer who killed unarmed black man in Phoenix

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:01

Demonstrators hold protest rally week after unarmed man was shot dead by police in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Phoenix police on Tuesday released the name of the 30-year-old white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a struggle last week, after protests by activists who demanded his identity be made public. About 200 chanting demonstrators angered by the killing faced off with police in riot gear late on Monday in downtown Phoenix, the latest in a wave of demonstrations across the country over the killing of unarmed black men by police. ...


Mom: Man accused in teen's death needs mental help

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:39

In this Dec. 8, 2014 photo Hawo Abdullahi holds a picture of her son, Ahmed H. Aden, in her Minneapolis apartment. Abdullahi says her son, who is accused of deliberately running down a Muslim teenager in Kansas City, Mo., is mentally ill and didn’t commit a hate crime. Minnesota court records show Aden was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2012, was committed to a hospital for treatment, and has a history of stopping medication. (AP Photo/Amy Forliti)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man accused of fatally hitting a Muslim teenager with his car last week in what's being investigated as a possible hate crime had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, committed to a hospital and sometimes stopped taking his medications, according to court records and his family.


Tennessee couple get 35 years in prison in girl's soda death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:39
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - An eastern Tennessee father and stepmother of a 5-year-old girl who died after being forced to drink large amounts of grape soda and water as a form of punishment have been sentenced to 35 years in prison, authorities said. Randall Vaughn, 42, and Mary Vaughn, 59, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated child neglect and were sentenced on Monday in Rogersville, Tennessee, District Attorney General Dan Armstrong said on Tuesday. ...

North Dakota regulators impose oil shipment rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:36

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. North Dakota's Industrial Commission is slated to vote on rules Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, that could require oil companies to reduce the volatility of crude before it's loaded onto rail cars. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators set new rules Tuesday that will require oil companies that are sending out millions of gallons of crude a week by rail to reduce the oil's volatility before it's loaded onto train cars.


Female Philadelphia firefighter killed in blaze identified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:35

Female Philadelphia firefighter killed in blaze identifiedPhiladelphia city officials have identified the female firefighter killed in a fire early Tuesday morning in West Oak Lane.