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Pa. couple charged in boy's death waives hearing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 21:50
HONEY BROOK, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area couple charged in the torture death of the woman's 3-year-old son will head to trial after waiving their preliminary hearings.

Boy, 5, found dead after Amber Alert in upstate New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 21:37

 5-year-old boy found dead after Amber Alert wasn't abductedPolice in upstate New York say the body of a 5-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been found.


Philadelphia Eagles gear up for the Washington Redskins

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 20:58

Philadelphia Eagles gear up for the Washington RedskinsThe Eagles have not lost to the Redskins in 2 years, and this weekend would not be a good time to change that.


Deputies: Woman, 72, slapped over Facebook snub

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 20:22
SEMINOLE, Fla. (AP) — A 27-year-old woman is accused of slapping a 72-year-old woman who denied her friend request on Facebook.

In North Dakota, countdown looms for $5.3 billion oil tax break

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 20:15

A pipeline network is seen in a field outside of WillistonBy Ernest Scheyder BISMARCK, N.D. (Reuters) - Tumbling U.S. oil markets hit an important if obscure milestone on Thursday, closing for the first time at a price that could trigger a $5.3 billion, two-year tax break for North Dakota oil drillers as soon as next summer. Under a decades-old law, the state at the heart of the U.S. shale oil boom would waive its 6.5 percent oil extraction tax once the average monthly price of benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude at Cushing, Oklahoma, falls below a certain threshold for five consecutive months. For next year, that price is $55.08 per ...


Colorado vows to defend pot law against states' challenge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 20:09

Colorado vows to defend pot law against states' challengeColorado's top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state's historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, ...


One dead in crash in Modena, Chester County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 20:03

One dead in crash in Modena, Chester CountyOne person has been killed in a crash in Modena, Chester County.


Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:44

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, people walk out from the headquarters of Sony Corp. in Tokyo. Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger. The studio's parent, Sony Corp., launched an overhaul of its own security in 2011 after hackers broke into its PlayStation Network gaming system and stole data of 77 million users. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)BEIJING (AP) — Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.


Body of 5-year-old boy found after Amber Alert in upstate New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 18:31

Boy, 5, found dead after Amber Alert in upstate New YorkPolice in upstate New York say the body of a 5-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been found.


Families of victims of fatal Texas festival crash sue organizers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 17:11

A patient who was struck by a vehicle on Red River Street during the SXSW festival is assisted in downtown Austin(Reuters) - Families of the victims and survivors of a fatal March crash outside the popular South by Southwest festival in Austin sued the organizers on Thursday, according to court documents and local media. Four people died at this year's event when a 21-year-old motorist plowed into crowds of festival-goers over the space of several hundred yards as he fled a sobriety checkpoint. ...


Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:33

A movie billboard is displayed behind a Sony Pictures Entertainment Studio entrance in Culver City, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism.


Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement foothold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:22

This Jan.9, 2013 file photo shows Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaking with the media in Phoenix. Arpaio known for arresting hundreds of immigrants in the country illegally on charges of finding work using fake or stolen identities is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases. Arpaio's decision to disband the criminal employment squad will end his last major foothold in immigration enforcement after the courts and federal government have gradually reined in his powers in recent years. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.


It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:21

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits. AP’s investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of dollars in retirement benefits after being forced to leave the United States. Recipients ranged from the SS guards who patrolled the Third Reich’s network of camps where millions of Jews died to a rocket scientist who helped develop the V-2 rocket that Nazi Germany used to attack London. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.


It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:21

 'No Social Security for Nazis'President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social ...


NYC event marks winter solstice with music parades

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:23

In this Dec. 21, 2013 photo provided by Make Music, the 2013 Make Music Winter celebration of with winter solstice in New York City is shown. On Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, musicians will take to the sidewalks in small parades to mark the start of winter 2014. There will be over a dozen of small parades marking the arrival of the winter solstice throughout New York City. (AP Photo/Make Music, Clara Schuhmacker)NEW YORK (AP) — Walking? Check. In a winter wonderland? Well, it marks the beginning of the season. Bells ringing? Sure, along with trumpets and some fiddles.


Marathon bombing survivor in 'Yes to Dress' finale

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:59

FILE - In this May 23, 2013 file photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Pete DiMartino, of Rochester, N.Y., and his girlfriend, Rebekah Gregory, hold hands prior to DiMartino throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a Red Sox game at Fenway Park in Boston. DiMartino and Gregory were injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The couple were chosen for the “Dream Wedding Contest” given by Theknot.com, a wedding planning website. Gregory’s fit-and-flare Sophia Moncelli dress, the couple’s rings and location were chosen by the site’s users. The couple tied the knot last April in front of 125 people at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Her search for the perfect wedding dress is featured in Friday night’s season finale of TLC’s popular reality show, “Say Yes to the Dress.” (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombings took Rebekah DiMartino's leg, but they couldn't rob her of her joy as a new bride.


Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:49

A banner for "The Interview"is posted outside Arclight Cinemas, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. A U.S. official says North Korea perpetrated the unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terrorist attacks that ultimately drove the studio to cancel all release plans for "The Interview." (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. It has outraged artists, killing their faith in studios to release edgy content. But it's also inspired a rare hush across a usually chatty industry as everyone from moguls to makeup artists takes stock of the scandal and how it could affect their jobs.


US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:42

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo a farmer drives his tractor past a soybean field toward grain storage bins near Ladora, Iowa. U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba, and soybeans are one of the main products Cuba now buys from the United States. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.


Dog saves man from Sacramento home fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:55
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are crediting a chocolate Labrador with saving the life of a Sacramento man after it alerted him to a fire inside a home that appeared not to have a smoke detector.

Companies' data security in question after Sony hack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:16

Cars enter and depart from Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot in Culver City, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film, "The Interview," and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.