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Box office top 20: 'The Hobbit' edges 'Woods,' 'Unbroken'

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:24
In a battle for holiday box-office supremacy, Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" maintained its three-week rule with $21.7 million in ticket sales over the weekend.

CDC: Flu season continues to worsen, could peak this month

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:24
The flu is now widespread in all but seven states, and hospitalization rates match the dismal season two years ago. While health officials fear this will be an unusually bad year, it's too soon to say.

N.Y. police arrest son in murder of hedge fund founder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:20
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - The son of a hedge fund founder was arrested on Monday and charged with the murder of his father, who was discovered shot to death in his New York apartment over the weekend, police said. Thomas Gilbert, 70, founder of the Wainscott Capital Partners Fund, was found shot once in the head Sunday afternoon in the bedroom of his Manhattan apartment, police said. His son was taken into custody and questioned, and he was arrested on charges of homicide and criminal possession of a weapon on Monday, according to New York Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. ...

Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic

BBC World News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:18
Celtic move to within a point of leaders Aberdeen as Emilo Izaguirre and Stefan Scepovic secure victory at Kilmarnock.
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Seahawks will open playoffs Saturday against Carolina

Seattle Seahawks - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:17
Dallas victory over Detroit means fourth-seeded Panthers will travel to CenturyLink Field in fourth meeting against Seahawks since 2012 season.
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Carmakers finish strong in 2014; are even better days ahead?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:16

Dodge Ram pickup trucks are on display on the lot at Landmark Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Morrow, Ga. Buoyed by a resurgent economy, holiday sales, cheap gasoline and a love affair with pickup trucks, Americans headed to car dealers in droves last month, pushing full-year sales to what's likely to be the highest level since 2006. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)DETROIT (AP) — Confident in the economy and cheered by cheap gas, Americans are likely to push new car sales to their highest level in a decade this year.


Suspect ordered to stand trial in ambush on state troopers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:14

Eric Frein, left, is led from the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 in Milford, Pa. Frein is charged with fatally shooting a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another during an ambush at their barracks in September. A judge on Monday ordered Frein to stand trial on the charges. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Frein led authorities on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono woods before marshals captured him at an abandoned airplane hangar. (AP Photo/David Kidwell)MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered a survivalist who called for revolution to stand trial on charges he fatally shot a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another outside their barracks, a case his attorneys acknowledge will be difficult to defend.


Nude man arrested in Oregon over home break-ins

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:13
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon man was still nude when he was arrested this weekend on accusations of breaking into a home, stripping off his clothes, soaking in a hot tub, taking a shower, then burglarizing another nearby residence, police said on Monday. Guillermo Brambila Lopez, 24, appears to have stolen only the alcohol he consumed before dawn on Sunday, although he may have caused some damage during his break-ins, said Jeff Kuhns, deputy police chief in Keizer, near the state capital, Salem. “This guy obviously had a pretty bad night,” Kuhns said. ...

Ms. Gaters' girls: Coach drives for wins, on court and off

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:13

Dorothy Gaters, center, coach of the girls' basketball team at John Marshall Preparatory High School, poses for photos with her team and assistant coaches after her 1,000th career win on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Chicago. Gaters has won more games than any high school basketball coach in Illinois, boys or girls. The back row includes Gwen Howard, left, a former player who is now an assistant coach; Tineesha Coleman, second from left; Temya Russell, fourth from left; and Juliunn Redmond, second from right. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)CHICAGO (AP) — The coach leans forward, her hands pressed on a table in a band room off the gymnasium, where a basketball game is about to start. She is silent for a minute or two. Her players shift uncomfortably.


List: Please save 'knavery,' 'flapdoodle' and 'rapscallion'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:11
DETROIT (AP) — As a new year dawns, a Detroit university wants to bring worthy words back from the brink.

Florida governor tells residents of other states: 'Move here!'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:07

Republican Florida Governor Scott celebrates his re-election during a U.S. midterm elections night party with supporters in Bonita SpringsBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott will kick off his second term on Tuesday with a blunt warning that he intends to poach people and jobs from other large states that have relatively higher taxes.    “I have a message today to the people of New York, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and others: Move to Florida!” Scott said in prepared remarks released by his office on Monday. “Over the next four years, I will be traveling to your states personally to recruit you here,” he said. ...


US oil falls below $50 a barrel

BBC World News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:06
The US oil price falls below $50 a barrel for the first time since April 2009 as investors continue to fear a global supply glut and weak demand.
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U.S. says Kaplan settles suit over charges of unqualified teachers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:05
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - National for-profit academic firm Kaplan Higher Education has reached an agreement to pay about $1.3 million in a civil settlement after facing allegations of hiring unqualified teachers at its Texas campuses, U.S. officials said on Monday. Kaplan officials were not immediately available to comment. The settlement is not an admission of liability by Kaplan or its affiliates, the acting U.S. ...

New York mayor brushes off police slowdown reports after arrests drop

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:03

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio smiles as New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks during a news conference in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio described a sharp decline in arrests and court summonses in the two weeks since two policemen were shot dead in an ambush as a few "aberrant" days, brushing off reports they were signs of a police work slowdown. De Blasio, in his first interaction on Monday with journalists in two weeks, announced along with Police Commissioner William Bratton a general decline in serious crime in New York City in 2014, which he called "record-breaking" year. ...


CDC: Flu season continues to worsen, could peak this month

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 06:02

FILE - In a Jan. 9, 2013 file photo, four-year-old Gabriella Diaz sits as registered nurse Charlene Luxcin, right, administers a flu shot at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston, Mass. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, Jan. 5, 2014, reported flu season is getting worse. Flu was widespread in 43 states and flu activity was intense in most of them, according to the latest national data for the week of Christmas. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The flu is now widespread in all but seven states, and hospitalization rates match the dismal season two years ago. While health officials fear this will be an unusually bad year, it's too soon to say.


AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Liverpool

BBC World News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:59
Steven Gerrard scores twice as Liverpool avoid an FA Cup third-round scare at League Two side AFC Wimbledon.
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Hospitals declare 'major incidents'

BBC World News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:59
Major incidents are declared at a number of hospitals in England as medics struggle to deal with patient numbers.
Categories: BBC World News

Off-duty Boston police officer charged with attack on Uber driver

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:57
BOSTON (Reuters) - An off-duty Boston police officer was charged on Monday with attacking the driver of an Uber car he had hired in the early hours of Sunday morning, after a dispute about the route, prosecutors said. The officer, 40-year-old Michael Doherty, was accused of assault and battery, as well as violating the driver's civil rights because he used a racial slur against the driver, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. ...

Hunter in deer stand kills bear that began climbing up tree

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:55
UNION TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A deer hunter in a tree stand fatally shot a black bear that began climbing up the tree toward him after it got within a few feet of him, state wildlife officials said.