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Ice cream shop owner gets prison in kid abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:19
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A suburban Pittsburgh ice cream store owner convicted of sexually abusing two young girls has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison.

Feds: Ex-CEO who oversaw W.Va. mine that exploded, killing 29, indicted on federal charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:19
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Feds: Ex-CEO who oversaw W.Va. mine that exploded, killing 29, indicted on federal charges .

Famous Las Vegas gambler gets probation in card-marking case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:13
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A Las Vegas gambler who once famously turned $50 into $40 million and then lost it all has been sentenced to three years' probation for a card-marking scheme that got him arrested at a California casino, a San Diego prosecutor said on Thursday. Anargyros Karabourniotis, who was also ordered to pay $6,860 in restitution, pleaded guilty to a felony count of burglary for entering the Barona Casino in the San Diego area in July 2013 intending to commit a theft. ...

Two people injured in shooting at Chicago-area shopping mall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:11
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A man and a woman were shot and wounded on Thursday afternoon in a shooting at a popular shopping mall just outside the Chicago city limits, police said. The shooter at the Harlem Irving Plaza mall in Norridge, just northwest of the city, is in custody after what appears to have been a domestic incident, Norridge Police said. No information was immediately available about the suspect. The local CBS affiliate reported that the incident took place in the mall's parking garage. ...

Southern California port truckers demonstrate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:08
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Truckers who haul cargo in and out of the massive seaports in Los Angeles and Long Beach are again demonstrating against what they call unfair labor practices.

Obama plans to shield up to 5 million immigrants from deportation: NY Times

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:06

Photos of the day - November 13, 2014WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama plans to announce an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy through executive action that would shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, the New York Times reported on Thursday. Such a move will set up a showdown with Republicans, who have blocked Democrats' efforts in Congress to reform immigration laws and warned the president not to take unilateral action on immigration. ...

Father of boys found in squalid Denver home pleads guilty to abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:05

File of handout booking photo of Wayne Sperling and Lorinda BaileyBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A father of four malnourished boys found living amid cat feces in a squalid Denver home and unable to speak except by grunts pleaded guilty on Thursday to felony child abuse, prosecutors said. Wayne Sperling, 66, was arrested last year along with his common-law wife, Lorinda Bailey, after authorities discovered the boys, aged 2, 4, 5 and 6, living in a filthy apartment teeming with flies. Sperling pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse, second offense, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office. ...

5 years for officer who shot handcuffed suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:59
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland police officer convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed suspect from the waist down was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, far less time than prosecutors had requested.

Grand jury testimony in black Missouri teen's slaying nearly done: attorney

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:56

A portrait of slain teenager Michael is pictured on a t-shirt worn by his father Brown Sr. during a news conference in GenevaBy Scott Malone CLAYTON Mo. (Reuters) - The grand jury decision on whether to indict a white Missouri police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager is nearing, a lawyer for the family said on Thursday, calling for calm in a situation that has put police and residents on edge. A pathologist hired by the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot dead in August in Ferguson, Missouri, was due to testify on Thursday and will likely be one of the final witnesses before the grand jury decides whether to indict Darren Wilson, attorney Anthony Gray said. ...

Hunt on for California driver who killed teen while fleeing police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:55
By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - Police in Northern California have recovered a car they believe struck and killed a 14-year-old boy at a crosswalk during a police chase this week, but were still searching for the driver, authorities said on Thursday. Teenager Ivan Cruz had been holding a scooter and crossing the street with friends in the San Francisco Bay area town of Ashland when he was struck on Tuesday, said Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sergeant J.D. Nelson. ...

Son of U.S. senator pleads not guilty to animal cruelty charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:48
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The son of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake and his wife pleaded not guilty on Thursday to multiple animal cruelty charges after 21 dogs died while the couple were caretakers at a boarding kennel that overheated in suburban Phoenix, court officials said. Austin Flake is married to Logan Flake, daughter of the Green Acre kennel's owners, who were on a trip to Florida and had left the couple, both aged 21, in charge of the facility when the incident happened in June. ...

Fracking accident kills 1, injures 2 in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:42
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — One worker is dead and two others have been seriously injured following a fracking accident at an oil or gas well site in northern Colorado.

University of North Carolina to face accrediting inquiry for academic fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:40
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - An accrediting agency sent a letter to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday, asking the school to prove its compliance with the group's standards after a probe found that more than 3,000 students received credit for fake classes. The public university could face warnings or probation as a result of the academic fraud findings, which showed student-athletes accounted for nearly half of enrollments in "irregular classes" over an 18-year period. ...

1 worker dies when NC pedestrian bridge collapses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:34
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials say one worker was killed and four others were hurt when a pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed at a community college in North Carolina.

Man accused of driving wife's Corvette into Delaware River arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:31

Man accused of driving wife's Corvette into Delaware River arrestedAuthorities say they've arrested the man accused of intentionally driving his wife's Corvette into the Delaware River.

Yellen says Fed must focus on globalization

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — The growing globalization of financial markets requires the Federal Reserve to understand how economic developments in other nations may affect the U.S. economy, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.

Why Chinese stocks leave US investors vulnerable

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:24

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, trader Richard Cohen works near the post that handles Alibaba on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Chinese companies like Alibaba, whose initial public offering this year set a record high, operate under lax standards compared with other stocks on U.S. exchanges. That means higher risks for investors. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Something about the deal smelled fishy.

Study finds as world warms, US gets more lightning

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:24

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, lightning strikes north of Macworth Island in Portland, Maine. A new study says flashes of lightning in the US will likely increase by nearly 50 percent by the end of the century because of global warming. Scientists found a mathematical formula that equates lightning to the rain rate and how much moist energy is in a storm cloud. Then using that formula researchers applied basic physics to show that for every degree Fahrenheit the world warms, lightning strikes will go up nearly 7 percent (12 percent for every degree Celsius). (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Lightning strikes in the United States will likely increase by nearly 50 percent by the end of the century as the world gets warmer and wetter, a new study says.

Appeals court dismisses clergy housing lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:21
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday dismissed a challenge to the law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances, saying the leaders of an anti-religion group in Wisconsin didn't have the standing to bring the lawsuit.

Chicago college student missing since Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:19
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A college student last seen entering the Chicago Board of Trade building in the city's downtown business district has been missing for nearly a week, police and school officials said on Thursday. Chan Williams, 20, last seen on Friday evening entering the Chicago Board of Trade building, was reported missing by his father, according to Loyola University Chicago. Williams is described as African-American, 6-feet tall, 210 pounds and wearing a black fleece jacket, dark gray athletic pants or shorts and gray Puma-brand athletic shoes, Chicago police said. ...