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Thieves smash stolen SUV into San Francisco museum for gold

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 21 min ago

A vehicle is seen smashed into the window of the Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Thieves in the SUV smashed through the glass doors of the museum and made off with gold nuggets on display. (AP Photo/Kristin Bender)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thieves rammed a stolen SUV into a downtown San Francisco museum early Tuesday and swiped historic gold nuggets in the latest smash-and-grab theft in the area in recent months.

Accuweather: Bitter Cold Tonight

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 25 min ago

 Bitter Cold TonightAccuWeather: Meteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking single digit wind chills for your morning commute.

Pilot praised for handling of plane that crashed in Pacific

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 27 min ago

In this early Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 photo from video provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew hoists four passengers from the water about 11 miles off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, after their single-engine Cessna crash landed after running out of fuel Sunday evening. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The owner of one of two small planes that crashed-landed in the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii over the weekend is crediting a novice pilot with staying calm and ensuring the survival of all four people onboard, including a baby.

Alabama Supreme Court chief justice encourages defiance on gay marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 27 min ago

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley speaks during a news conference in Mobile, AlabamaIn a move viewed skeptically by legal experts, the socially conservative chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court on Tuesday encouraged judges in his state to ignore a federal ruling last week striking down its ban on gay marriage. Justice Roy Moore, in a letter addressed to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, said Friday's federal ruling, which was put on hold for two weeks and could be superseded by a U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage due by the end of June, violates the state constitution. "I am dismayed by those judges in our state who have stated they will recognize and unilaterally enforce a federal court decision which does not bind them," Moore wrote.

University of California on-campus doctors stage rare strike

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 28 min ago
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Doctors for student health centers at 10 University of California campuses staged a rare one-day strike on Tuesday, upset that administrators have failed to give their union information the physicians said they needed to negotiate their first contract. The Union of American Physicians and Dentists, their collective bargaining organization, said it marked the first time in 25 years that licensed medical doctors had gone on strike in the United States. Physicians for the student health centers formed a union in November 2013 and have been in talks since then aimed at reaching their first contract. Dr. Charles McDaniel, a psychiatrist at the UCLA center and a spokesman for the group, said the UC administration has dragged its feet in furnishing basic information needed for the talks such as details on discretionary budgets of the university chancellors and a breakdown of how student fees are spent.

Biden, Clinton among hundreds who honor former Senator Ford

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 28 min ago

Kentucky National Guard members stand at attention as the hearse carrying the remains of former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford arrives at Elmwood Cemetery, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Owensboro, Ky. Ford, a former Kentucky governor, was remembered at his service by Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton. (AP Photo/The Messenger-Inquirer, Greg Eans)OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden knew former Kentucky governor and U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford as a trusted adviser and Bill Clinton knew him as the man who first introduced Clinton as President of the United States.

Florida woman in 'warning shot' case released from jail

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 33 min ago
By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida woman who says she fired a warning shot at her abusive husband was released from a Jacksonville jail on Tuesday under a plea deal that capped her sentence to the three years she had already served. Marissa Alexander, 34, was initially sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2012 but her conviction was later overturned. Leaving the courthouse, Alexander cried as she thanked her supporters, sharing plans to continue her education in order to work as a paralegal. Alexander pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault for firing a shot in the direction of her husband, Rico Gray, during a 2010 argument while two of his children were also in the house.

Trafficking twins get sharply reduced sentences

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 34 min ago

In this courtroom sketch, from left, twin brothers Pedro and Margarito Flores, 33, of Chicago, appear before Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo at federal court in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Castillo sentenced the brothers to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion North American drug ring, agreeing with prosecutors to drastically reduce their sentences as reward for their cooperation against Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and other Mexican cartel leaders. (AP Photo/Tom Gianni)CHICAGO (AP) — Identical twin brothers who ran a drug-trafficking ring that spanned much of North America were sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison after a judge agreed to sharply reduce their penalty as a reward for becoming government informants and secretly recording Mexico's most notorious drug lord.

Trans-Pacific balloon crew: It's like camping in the sky

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 35 min ago

30 a.m. JST Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan in a bid to reach North America and break two major records en route. in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan to North America and break two major records en route. The attempt will put them on course to break a distance record of 5,208 miles (8,381 kilometers). They also want to break the flight-duration record of 137 hours set in 1978 when Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman made the first trans-Atlantic balloon flight. (AP Photo/Troy Bradley, Two Eagles Balloon Team)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An international team is piloting the helium-filled Two Eagles balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break a pair of major ballooning records.

Police: WVU frat pledge drank 6X legal limit of alcohol

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 36 min ago
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University fraternity pledge drank a lethal amount of alcohol shortly before he died during an initiation function last year, police said Tuesday.

Two former Vanderbilt football players found guilty by Tennessee jury

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 44 min ago
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Two former Vanderbilt University football players were found guilty on Tuesday in the rape of an unconscious female student. The case comes at a time of heightened national discussion about the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. Relatives of Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey broke into tears as the two were led away after the verdict. Also charged with the rape are former Vanderbilt football players Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, who are awaiting trial.

Chicago-area teenager pleads guilty to stabbing death of sister

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 45 min ago
By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - A 15-year-old Chicago-area girl pleaded guilty in juvenile court on Tuesday to the fatal stabbing of her younger sister in a quarrel over household chores, local media reports said. The girl, who was not identified because she was charged as a minor, stabbed her 11-year-old sister 40 times with a kitchen knife. The Daily Herald in suburban Chicago reported the attack took place last January when the two girls were home alone in Mundelein, Illinois. Authorities said she was upset at having to do most of the household chores and not being appreciated for providing help with homework.

Georgia mother kills three children in murder-suicide: police

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 46 min ago
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The bodies of a mother and her three children ranging in age from 9 months to 10 years old were discovered in a suburban Atlanta apartment on Tuesday in what was an apparent murder-suicide carried out by the mother, authorities said. A maintenance man discovered the four bodies inside the Austell, Georgia apartment when he went there to work on a clothes dryer, Cobb County police spokesman Dana Pierce said. Authorities identified the mother as Kisha Holmes, 35. Police believe Holmes "first took the lives of her three children and then her own," a police statement said.

Police seek man who lured, exposed self to teen in Camden

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 46 min ago

Police seek man who lured, exposed self to teen in CamdenPolice in Camden, New Jersey are looking for the man who exposed himself to a teenage girl.

Vermont takes 2nd look at aid-in-dying law

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 47 min ago
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The first Legislature in the country to pass an aid-in-dying law may revisit the issue, as a key backer says changes to automatically take effect in mid-2016 would remove too many patient protections.

Man sought in Missouri kidnapping captured in Kentucky

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 47 min ago
(Reuters) - A man suspected of kidnapping and robbery in a two-state crime spree was captured on Tuesday afternoon in Kentucky, the FBI said. Robert "Robbie" Caldwell, 25, of Danville, Kentucky, was suspected of kidnapping a man outside his Kansas City home as he prepared to leave for work last Thursday, the FBI said. The FBI said Caldwell was apprehended in Lincoln County, Kentucky, on Tuesday after a vehicle and foot pursuit by the Kentucky State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and Stanford Police Department. The FBI said he could face state and federal charges.

Defense rests in penalty phase of Jodi Arias trial

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 48 min ago

Jodi Arias sits in the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in Phoenix(Reuters) - Defense attorneys for convicted killer Jodi Arias have rested their case in the penalty phase of her trial in Phoenix without calling her back to the witness stand, court officials said on Tuesday. Arias, 34, faces the death penalty for the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, who was found in the shower of his Phoenix-area home, stabbed 27 times, his throat slashed and shot in the face. As part of her sentencing retrial that began in October, Arias spent parts of two days in late October and early November testifying before jurors in Maricopa County Superior Court without the public or the media present for the proceedings. It was not clear if the order that Arias' testimony be public was a factor in the decision by defense lawyers not to put her back on the witness stand.

Fallen bricks crash through Center City Lululemon store

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 49 min ago

Fallen bricks crash through Center City Lululemon storeThree women were injured after falling bricks crashed through the roof of a Lululemon store on Tuesday afternoon in Center City Philadelphia.

Once ubiquitous, parking garages fall to the wrecking ball

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 50 min ago

In this Jan. 26, 2015 photo, heavy machinery nears completion of the removal of a 1960s-era parking garage in downtown Asheville, N.C. A developer will begin constructing a nine-story, upscale hotel with retail along the street _ circling back to what was there before the '60s. Communities across the country are demolishing the garages and putting up buildings again, confident that more people will be drawn to lively offices, hotels and housing. (AP Photo/The Citizen-Times, William Woody)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall.

Obama dropping plan to tax college savings

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 52 min ago

U.S. President Obama delivers a speech at Siri Fort Auditorium in New DelhiPresident Barack Obama has dropped a controversial proposal to tax "529" college savings plans, a White House official said on Tuesday, calling it a "distraction" from administration efforts to provide middle-class tax relief. The proposal had aroused opposition from Republicans and Democrats in Congress. A source familiar with the situation said House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi had pressed senior administration officials to drop the proposal as she flew with Obama on Air Force One from India to Saudi Arabia. "Given it has become such a distraction, we’re not going to ask Congress to pass the 529 provision so that they can instead focus on delivering a larger package of education tax relief that has bipartisan support," the White House official said.