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Lawmakers squabble over probe of lane closures

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:16
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — After a second report found no proof GOP Gov. Chris Christie was involved in the politically motivated bridge scandal, the investigation devolved into political sniping Monday as Republicans charged that Democrats might have illegally leaked information and Democrats fired back that Republicans were distracting from the report's findings.

State lawmakers launch gun control coalition

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:00

Handguns are seen for sale in a display case at Metro Shooting Supplies in BridgetonBy Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - State lawmakers have launched a nationwide non-partisan coalition to combat gun violence, in part because the Congress has failed to reform gun laws, members of the group said on Monday. Some 200 lawmakers from 50 states have joined the alliance, American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention, said the group's founder, Democratic New York State Assembly member Brian Kavanagh. ...


Tamir Rice's mom wants Cleveland officer convicted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:53

Tamir Rice's mom wants Cleveland officer convictedThe 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.


Death toll now at 6 after plane hits home in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:48

Death toll now at 6 after plane hits home in MarylandThree residents of a house hit by a small, private jet were among six people killed in the crash in Maryland's Montgomery County.


Cosby performance in Iowa postponed indefinitely

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:41

 African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, " at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, in Washington. A Los Angeles police spokeswoman says detectives are meeting with a woman who is a possible victim of sexual assault by Cosby. Officer Jane Kim says detectives were meeting with the woman Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, but could not release any additional details. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Iowa venue says a Bill Cosby performance scheduled for next year has been postponed indefinitely.


Applicants, protestors at Philly charter school hearing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:38

Applicants, protestors at Philly charter school hearingThe Philadelphia School Reform Commission held hearings Monday on dozens of new charter schools in the city.


Man charged after woman's body found in car trunk

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:23

Man charged after woman's body found in car trunkA man has been charged after a woman's body was found in the trunk of a car outside a hotel in Maple Shade, New Jersey.


Los Angeles freeways jammed after huge construction site fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:12

Un gigantesque incendie au coeur de Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Flames destroyed a massive seven-story apartment building under construction next to a fire station in downtown Los Angeles and spread to a nearby high-rise on Monday, forcing the shutdown of a major freeway through the morning rush-hour. Northbound commuter traffic into the nation's second-largest city was snarled for several hours due to the blaze, which fire officials said erupted overnight and took three hours to bring under control. No injuries were reported. ...


Judges hear arguments over NSA surveillance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:12

Idaho real estate attorney Peter Smith, left, and his wife, nurse Anna J. Smith, pose for a photo outside the federal appeals court building Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in downtown Seattle. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday in Anna Smith’s case challenging the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records; Peter Smith argued the case on her behalf. (AP Photo/Gene Johnson)SEATTLE (AP) — A federal appeals court is considering an Idaho woman's challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records.


Northeast bracing for heavy rains, strong winds

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:07

This is the Weather Underground forecast for Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, for the eastern region of the U.S. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Northeast is bracing for a strong, slow-moving storm expected to bring heavy rains and high winds to a wide swath of the coast and a half-foot or more of snow to some inland areas.


Man falls asleep while cooking, dies after fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:04
BROWNSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state police say a man who fell asleep while cooking has been found dead after a house fire.

Feds: Don't blame California drought on warming

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:02

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2014 file photo, a dock sits high and dry at the end of a boat ramp yards away from the edge of Folsom Lake near Folsom, Calif. Don’t blame man-made global warming for the devastating California drought, a new federal report says. A report issued Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said natural variations _ mostly a La Nina weather oscillation _ were the primary drivers behind the drought that has now stretched to three years. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't blame man-made global warming for the devastating California drought, a new federal report says.


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.