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Wilmington Blue Rocks sell $.04 tickets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:38
The Wilmington Blue Rocks sold some of the cheapest tickets in baseball history Monday -- with an assist from the cold weather -- as they discounted regular prices by 99 percent.

Wilmington Blue Rocks sells $.04 tickets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:36
The Wilmington Blue Rocks sold some of the cheapest tickets in baseball history Monday -- with an assist from the cold weather -- as they discounted regular prices by 99 percent.

Full UN Security Council votes support on Ukraine cease-fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:35
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a Russian-drafted resolution that endorses the new cease-fire agreement on Ukraine, stresses the country's independence and calls on all parties involved to fully carry it out, even as the deal threatened to crumble.

Online sales buoy Indianapolis Girl Scout wounded by gunfire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:35
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis Girl Scout who was shot in the leg as she headed to a meeting to pick up cookies is expected to be a top seller thanks to an online drive.

Female teacher indicted on charges she had sex with 6 boys

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:27
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A female high school teacher accused of having sex with six male students is now facing a 40-count indictment in New Jersey.

Connecticut court nixes murderer's appeal over tossed juror

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:26
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of a convicted murderer who said his trial judge improperly dismissed the only member of the jury who believed he wasn't guilty, which may have prevented a third mistrial in the case.

Royals' affiliate sells $.04 tickets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:22
The Wilmington Blue Rocks sold some of the cheapest tickets in baseball history Monday -- with an assist from the cold weather -- as they discounted regular prices by 99 percent.

Administrator fired after dress code dust-up sues school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:18
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah high school administrator is suing the district, saying he was wrongly laid off after a 2012 controversy over girls being turned away from a homecoming dance because their dresses were deemed too short.

Two states looking at Tesoro's and Marathon's strike plans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:17
Tesoro Corp and Marathon Petroleum Corp's contingency plans to employ replacement workers at two of their refineries after union employees hit the picket lines are under scrutiny by inspectors in both Kentucky and California, officials of the two states said Wednesday. Kentucky's Labor Department opened an investigation into Marathon’s Catlettsburg refinery after it received a compliance complaint on Monday, a day after union workers walked out, agency spokesman Daniel Lowry said. In California, the state's Department of Industrial Relations had planned a routine inspection at Tesoro's Carson refinery before the strike, and decided to use the time to also check the qualifications of the replacement workers once the strike occurred, agency spokeswoman Julia Bernstein said Wednesday.

MTV exec Van Toffler exiting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:16

FILE - In this June 5, 2013 file photo, From left, MTV executive Van Toffler poses at the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Toffler says that he’s leaving the network where he’s worked for almost 28 year. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran MTV executive Van Toffler says that he's leaving the network where he's worked for almost 28 years.


Kings of Leon, The Killers headline Firefly Music Festival

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:09

Kings of Leon, The Killers headline Firefly Music FestivalKings of Leon and The Killers will headline this year's Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway.


Prosecution rests in 'American Sniper' murder trial in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:44

State District Judge Jason Cashon watches dash cam video of Eddie Ray Routh during murder trial of Routh in Stephenville, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Prosecutors finished calling witnesses on Tuesday in the murder trial of Eddie Ray Routh, who is charged with fatally shooting Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose autobiography was turned into the hit movie "American Sniper." Over several days of witnesses' testimony, prosecutors reconstructed the day two years ago when they say Routh, 27, killed Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth, stole Kyle's pickup truck and was taken into custody following a high-speed car chase. Routh's lawyers have not contested accusations that Routh fired the fatal shots. They are trying to have him declared innocent by reason of insanity and said in opening arguments they would call expert witnesses who will attest to Routh's troubled mental state.


Sinkhole swallows snow plow in north Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:42

Sinkhole swallows snow plow in north JerseyA sinkhole swallowed a tow truck on Tuesday morning Warren County, New Jersey.


Sinkhole swallows snow plow in north Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:42

Sinkhole swallows snow plow in north JerseyA sinkhole swallowed a tow truck on Tuesday morning Warren County, New Jersey.


Prosecutor wants man with bodies in yard sentenced to death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:38

Hugo Selenski is led into the Luzerne County Courthouse on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. A jury is scheduled to resume deliberations in the trial of Selenski, who allegedly used plastic ties to strangle a pharmacist and his girlfriend in 2002, then buried their bodies in his yard. He could face the death penalty if he's convicted. He has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Mark Moran) MANDATORY CREDITWILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man convicted of strangling two people during a 2002 robbery should be sent to death row, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday, four days after the governor declared a moratorium on the death penalty.


Lawyers spar over moving Boston Marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:32

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photoBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber and federal prosecutors sparred in court papers on Tuesday over whether it would be possible to seat an impartial jury in the city where the deadly 2013 attack took place. Two days before a three-member panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals is to hear argument on a defense request to move Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial out of Boston, the two sides painted contrasting pictures of what they had learned through six weeks of jury selection.


Exonerated man files $40 million lawsuit against Northwestern University

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:23
By Suzannah Gonzales CHICAGO (Reuters) - A wrongfully convicted man filed a $40 million lawsuit on Tuesday against Northwestern University, a former journalism professor, a private investigator and an attorney, accusing them of framing him for a double murder to get another man released. Alstory Simon, 64, of Ohio, claims in the lawsuit that he was the victim of unethical tactics by a team focused on freeing another man in what became a celebrated Illinois wrongful conviction case. Simon "has endured and will continue to endure immense and immeasurable, emotional and physical, pain and suffering, all of which was proximately caused by defendants' misconduct," said the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. Another man, Anthony Porter, was originally convicted of the murders, and sentenced to death but was released after Simon's confession.

Federal judge stalls Obama's executive action on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:21

In this Feb. 4, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama meets with a group of "Dreamers" in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. A federal judge temporarily blocked Obama’s executive action on immigration Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders.


Phoenix mom accused of leaving kids in hot car facing trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:21
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman who left her two young sons alone in a hot car while she went for a job interview is scheduled to stand trial on March 31.

Dog sniffs way to find Iowa hospital where owner was

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:20
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A family says a dog who ran away from home turned up at an Iowa hospital, where her owner was recovering from surgery.