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Trial begins for teen charged in occult killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:00
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area teenager accused of killing a girl in a satanic ritual had gouged out her eye as she begged for her life, prosecutors said Monday during the opening of the teen's capital murder trial.

Swiss contractor to pay $434 million for overcharging U.S. on food, water

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Swiss firm Supreme Foodservice GmbH pleaded guilty on Monday to overcharging the United States for food and bottled water it provided to U.S. armed forces in Afghanistan and will pay $434 million to resolve a series of related cases, according to court documents. The company had contracts worth $8.8 billion between 2005 and 2013 with the U.S. military, through which it received $48 million in illegal profits, prosecutors said. The settlement includes $288 million paid in connection with the guilty plea and $146 million to resolve civil U.S. ...

3 dead, 8 injured after vehicle hits, kills bear

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:58
MIAMI (AP) — Three good Samaritans were killed Sunday night when they were struck by a car after they'd stopped along a dark, two-lane road in the Florida Everglades to assist another motorist whose vehicle hit a black bear.

Suspected LAX gunman due back in court next month

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:52

FILE - This photo provided by the FBI shows Paul Ciancia, 23. Ciancia, charged with fatally shooting a Transportation Security Administration screener and wounding three other people at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 1, 2013. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty against Ciancia, federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in U.S. District Court. (AP Photo/FBI, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The choice of whether to seek the death penalty against the man charged in a deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport is up to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and federal prosecutors said Monday they hope to announce his decision next month.


No charges for seller who sold gun to W.Va. killer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:44
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — An ex-convict who killed four people last week purchased the weapon used in the shootings online from another West Virginian.

Authorities: Guard arrested, charged in connection with death of NYC inmate in 101-degree cell

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:32
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities: Guard arrested, charged in connection with death of NYC inmate in 101-degree cell.

Judge considers another James Holmes trial delay

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:28

Robert Holmes, far right, father of theatre shooting suspect James Holmes, walks to a pre-trial readiness hearing early on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Centennial, Colo., in the murder trial of his son, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in Aurora, Colo., in July 2012. The trial is set to start on Jan. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case could delay the trial yet again after defense attorneys said Monday they need more time due to medical emergencies involving members of their team.


Police: Man put gun in baby seat next to daughter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:17
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say a 20-year-old man has been arrested after placing a loaded, cocked gun in a car seat with his infant daughter.

Indonesia completes probe into slaying of US woman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:57

American Heather Mack looks out from a cell at the Indonesian prosecutor's office as the police handed her murder case to the prosecutor in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer are accused of murdering Sheila von Wiese-Mack, her mother, who was found stuffed inside a suitcase last August. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Monday that they have completed their investigation into an American couple accused of battering the woman's mother to death and stuffing the body into a suitcase on the resort island of Bali.


Obama's Ebola czar Klain to exit White House by March 1

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:53

Obama holds a meeting with Ebola Response Coordinator Klain at the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ebola coordinator Ron Klain plans to return to his private sector job at the end of February, capping speculation that the seasoned political aide would play a broader White House role for the rest of President Barack Obama's tenure. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday Klain was hired as a "special government employee," a classification that brings consultants on board for a maximum term of 130 days. Klain's first day was Oct. 22, meaning his term will expire by March 1. ...


Mars mountain may have formed from big, wet lake

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:49

This mosaic image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS made from photographs taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks to the west of the Kimberley waypoint on the rover's route to the base of Mount Sharp. The mountain lies to the left of the scene. Sets of sandstone beds all incline to the south, indicating progressive build-out of sediment toward Mount Sharp. These inclined beds are overlain in the background by horizontally bedded fine-grained sandstones that likely represent river deposits. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover is helping scientists close in on a Martian mystery: Why does a mountain jut out of a barren crater?


Man sentenced for threats to Hawaii congresswoman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man prosecutors said had a history of threatening Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison.

Religious nonprofits challenge health law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:45

FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 2, 2014, file photo, Mother Patricia Mary walks in the hallway at the Mullen Home for the Aged, run by Little Sisters of the Poor, in Denver. Faith-based nonprofit organizations that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans are in federal court Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, to challenge a birth-control compromise they say still compels them to violate their religious beliefs. The plaintiffs include the group of Denver nuns known as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who run more than two dozen nursing homes for impoverished seniors. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — In the latest religious challenge to the federal health care law, faith-based organizations that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans argued in federal appeals court Monday that the government hasn't gone far enough to ensure they don't have to violate their beliefs.


3 dead, 3 unaccounted for after plane hits Md. home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:43

3 dead, 3 unaccounted for after plane hits Md. homeA small, private jet crashed into a house in Maryland's Montgomery County on Monday, killing three people on board the plane and leaving three residents of the home unaccounted for, authorities said.


Mom of boy shot by police wants officer convicted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:43

Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer, speaks during a news conference Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Cleveland. Rice says she wants the police officer convicted for killing her son, who was carrying a pellet gun that police say looked real. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot by a Cleveland policeman says she wants him convicted for killing her son, who was carrying a pellet gun that police say looked real.


Trial begins for guard in NYC inmate's 2012 death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:32

File-This June 20, 2014, file photo shows New York's biggest lockup, Riker's Island jail, with the New York skyline in the background. A New York City jail guard accused of ignoring the pleas of a dying mentally ill inmate at Rikers Island in 2012 is set to go on trial. Jury selection begins Monday in Manhattan federal court for Terrence Pendergrass, who is charged with violating the rights of 25-year-old Jason Echevarria. Authorities say Pendergrass ignored other guards’ warnings that Echevarria was in agonizing pain, vomiting and spitting up blood after ingesting a toxic soap ball. They say Pendergrass peered into Echevarria’s cell in a solitary confinement unit for mentally ill inmates before walking away. Pendergrass has pleaded not guilty. Echevarria’s father has filed a $20 million lawsuit. Rikers has come under increased scrutiny for the way mentally ill inmates are treated. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jail guard accused of ignoring the pleas of a dying Rikers Island inmate after he swallowed a toxic soap ball is being tried in federal court.


90-second jewelry heist at rest stop nets $500K

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:28
MARION TOWNSHIP, Minn. (AP) — Investigators believe jewelry thieves followed their victims for several hundred miles from a trade show in Chicago before pulling off a $500,000 heist in less than 2 minutes at a rest stop in southeast Minnesota.

Pioneer of video games, Simon dies at 92

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:25

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 1977, file photo, Ralph Baer, an engineer for Sanders Associates, Inc., of Nashua, N.H., watches his TV hockey game in this double exposure, in Nashua. Baer, a video game pioneer who created an electronic table tennis game, the precursor to "Pong," and led the team that developed the Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video game console, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. He was 92. (AP Photo/File)MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to "Pong" and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, has died. He was 92.


House Intelligence chief: Torture report will spur attacks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:20

 Torture report will spur attacksForeign governments and U.S. intelligence agencies are predicting that the release of a Senate report examining the use of torture by the CIA will cause "violence and deaths" abroad, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday.


House Intelligence chief: Report will spur attacks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 03:19

 Torture report will spur attacksForeign governments and U.S. intelligence agencies are predicting that the release of a Senate report examining the use of torture by the CIA will cause "violence and deaths" abroad, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday.