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U.S. congressional staffers stage walkout in latest police protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:08

African-American Congressional staffers stage walk out with Hands Up Don't Shoot pose on the steps of the House of Representatives in Washington to protest the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric GarnerWASHINGTON/OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Dozens of U.S. congressional staff staged a walkout on Thursday to protest decisions by grand juries not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. The staffers, including members of the Congressional Black Associates group, held a prayer service on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and raised their hands in a reference to the "Hands up, don't shoot" chants that have become a feature of protests around the nation. ...

Detective: Man who shot German student adjusted aim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:07
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The lead detective who investigated the shooting of a German exchange student by a Montana man testified Thursday that it appeared the man adjusted his aim before firing the shot that killed the 17-year-old.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:01

Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., left, and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., join other senators in a rush to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, for a procedural vote to advance the $585 billion defense bill. With a midnight Thursday deadline to keep the government running, a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill is teetering as many lawmakers find more in the measure to dislike than like. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

Wilmington dubbed 'Murder Town USA' in Newsweek article

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:56

Wilmington dubbed 'Murder Town USA' in Newsweek articleA Newsweek article has dubbed Wilmington 'Murder Town USA' and it's causing quite a stir among city officials, business owners and residents alike.

Texas Lottery to halt sales of Monopoly game

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:39
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Lottery is suspending sales of the multistate Monopoly Millionaires' Club game two months after its launch in 23 states.

Time capsule removed from Massachusetts Statehouse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:22

Pamela Hatchfield, a conservator at the Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, holds a time capsule she had just removed from the cornerstone of the Statehouse in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Secretary of State William Galvin said the 200-year-old time capsule is believed to contain items such as old coins and newspapers, but the condition of the contents isn’t yet known. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON (AP) — Crews removed a time capsule dating back to 1795 on Thursday from the granite cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse, where historians believe it was originally placed by Revolutionary War luminaries Samuel Adams and Paul Revere among others.

Award-winning Washington Post photographer dies of heart attack in Liberia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:21
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post photographer Michel du Cille died of an apparent heart attack on Thursday in Liberia where he was on assignment covering the Ebola outbreak, the newspaper said. The Post said du Cille, 58, collapsed after hiking back from a village where he and Post reporter Justin Jouvenal were reporting. Du Cille was taken to a hospital two hours away where he was declared dead. “We are all heartbroken. We have lost a beloved colleague and one of the world’s most accomplished photographers," Post executive editor Martin Baron said in a statement. ...

Ride-sharing firms Über and Lyft gain approval in two Texas cities

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:09
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Ride-sharing firms Über and Lyft made inroads into two of the largest cities in Texas this week by winning approval in Dallas and San Antonio, albeit with regulations in the Alamo City they found tough to swallow. After nearly a year of sometimes heated debate, San Antonio on Thursday approved rules that will allow the smartphone-enabled ride services the right to compete with regular taxi drivers, but with regulations largely fashioned by the taxi industry. ...

In Newtown, mental health problems still emerging

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

In this Sept. 23, 2014 photo provided by the Resiliency Center of Newtown, a chalk board painted column is displayed at the center in Newtown, Conn. Founded after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, the center offers the community mental and emotional health programs that include art, music and play therapy. (AP Photo/Resiliency Center of Newtown)NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse — two years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the scope of the psychological damage to children, parents and others is becoming clear, and the need for treatment is likely to persist a long time.

1901 San Francisco Bay ship wreck found

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:02
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists have located the wreckage of a passenger ship that crashed in 1901 near the site of what is now the Golden Gate Bridge, killing 128 people.

DOJ says Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:51

FILE- In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, a sample of cannabis appears on display at Shango Premium Cannabis dispensary in Portland, Ore. The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, that Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands, as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.

Florida court rules against secret recordings for crime victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:50
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida Supreme Court decided to grant a new trial in a sexual abuse case after ruling that a state law prohibiting conversations from being secretly recorded makes no exception for crime victims gathering proof of an offense. The court unanimously ordered a new trial for a man sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing his teenaged stepdaughter, who had secretly recorded two of the incidents. ...

Jurors convict man of killing girl found in dryer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:50
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Jurors convicted a man Thursday of snatching an 8-year-old girl from a Topeka apartment, raping her, killing her and stashing her body in a dryer.

Police ask public for help in burned woman case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:45

This undated photograph released by the families of Jessica Chambers and her sister Amanda Prince, shows Jessica Chambers taken in Courtland, Miss. Mississippi authorities have launched a homicide investigation into the death of the 19-year-old woman who was found badly burned on a road near her car that was on fire in Panola County, Miss. Chambers was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, said Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby. (AP Photo/Chambers-Prince Families)COURTLAND, Miss. (AP) — Jessica Chambers was a former cheerleader and softball player who had started a new job and hoped to begin college next year, friends and relatives say.

Studio head, producer apologize for Jolie, Obama remarks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:38

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2011 file photo, producer Scott Rudin attends The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures awards gala at Cipriani's 42nd Street in New York. Rudin, the high-powered producer at the center of the latest embarrassment stemming from the Sony hacking scandal, has apologized for remarks he made in leaked emails. In the series of private emails obtained by Gawker and Buzzfeed this week, Rudin, corresponding with Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal, called "Unbroken" director Angelina Jolie a "spoiled brat" and made jokes about President Barack Obama's race and presumed taste in movies. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin apologized Thursday for calling Angelina Jolie a "spoiled brat" and making racially offensive jokes about President Obama's presumed taste in movies.

New York real estate scion acquitted of trespassing on family property

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:36

Real estate heir Robert Durst appears in a criminal courtroom for his trial on charges of trespassing on property owned by his estranged family, in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Robert Durst, scion of one of New York's largest real estate empires, was found not guilty on Thursday of trespassing on property in midtown Manhattan owned by his estranged family. Durst, 71, whose sometimes bizarre life inspired the Hollywood movie "All Good Things," was accused of violating orders of protection obtained by some of his relatives, including his brother Douglas. "I’m not spending my time running around 43rd Street wanting to shoot my brother,” he told media outside the courtroom after the verdict in his two-day trial. ...

UN says several months needed to control Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:36
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Ebola chief said Thursday it will take several more months before the outbreak in West Africa is under control, an assessment that makes clear the U.N.'s goal of isolating 100 percent of Ebola cases by Jan. 1 won't be met.

Suspects wanted in brazen Bensalem coin robbery identified

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:35

Suspects wanted in brazen Bensalem coin robbery identifiedInvestigators have identified the suspects wanted for a violent robbery at collectible coin shop In Bensalem.

Man to plead guilty in Florida to smuggling Cuban baseball star to U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:33
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida man faces 10 years in prison after deciding to plead guilty to helping smuggle Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig out of Cuba, court documents filed this week indicated. Gilberto Suarez is accused of paying $250,000 to a group connected to a Mexican drug cartel to get Puig to the United States in exchange for a slice of his Major League Baseball Contract. He is expected to enter a guilty plea to a charge of conspiring to bring in or harbor aliens at a court hearing on Dec. 16, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami. ...

Hotel owner: I'll open small Atlantic City casino

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:29
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Someone is interested in opening a new casino in Atlantic City after all.