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Perelman's fraud lawsuit vs NY gallery owner is thrown out

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:43
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The billionaire Ronald Perelman's lawsuit accusing New York City art gallery owner Larry Gagosian of defrauding him into overpaying for a Cy Twombly painting has been thrown out by a unanimous state appeals court. Despite being a "sophisticated" plaintiff, Perelman "conducted no due diligence" to determine the value of Twombly's "Leaving Paphos Ringed With Waves" before agreeing to buy it for $10.5 million, the Manhattan court said on Thursday. ...

UN chief hoping for draft of global climate deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:42
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he will travel to the climate conference in Peru next week and is hopeful that delegates will draft an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.

Connecticut town considering razing home of shooter in 2012 massacre

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:41
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - The Connecticut town that was the site of one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history might demolish the home of the 20-year-old gunman who killed 26 first-graders and educators, a town official said on Thursday. Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra said the town was "strongly considering" tearing down the house where Adam Lanza began his rampage when he fatally shot his mother. The home was turned over to the town by Hudson City Savings Bank at no cost after a unanimous vote by the town's Legislative Council. ...

'Cute Mugshot Girl' wins the love of the Internet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:38

'Cute Mugshot Girl' wins the love of the InternetAlysa Bathrick, 18, is receiving a lot of attention over her recent mugshot.

Temple University students stage 'die-in'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:29

Temple University students stage 'die-in'Students at Temple University staged a 'die-in' protest Thursday in the wake of grand jury decisions to not indict two white police officers in the death of two black men.

Reward in Shane Montgomery disappearance at $40,000

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:26

 Bouncer talked to someone else, not Shane MontgomeryThe reward in the disappearance of missing college student Shane Montgomery has grown to $40,000.

Minimum wage fight hits the streets of nearly 200 U.S. cities

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:25

Scores of fast food workers and their supporters calling for a $15 minimum wage fill a McDonalds restaurant in ChelseaBy Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - Thousands of U.S. fast-food workers and supporters marched in nearly 200 cities around the United States on Thursday including Chicago and Boston to advocate for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights. About 200 demonstrators marched in downtown Chicago starting near the Rock 'N' Roll McDonald's, the largest in the city, chanting "We can't survive on $8.25." Behind a thick, colorful scarf, Halle Smith, 20, was among about 50 demonstrators in frigid pre-dawn temperatures outside a Milwaukee Taco Bell. ...

Washington man finds wedding ring near site of 1959 plane crash, tracks down daughter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:17

Washington man finds wedding ring near site of 1959 plane crash, tracks down daughterThe parents of a young girl disappeared in 1959 while flying to Washington state, her pilot father and mother never heard from again. And for more than a decade, the family lived under a shroud of mystery.

Montana homeowner who killed German teen was aggressor: prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:14

Markus Kaarma and defense attorney Paul Ryan leave Missoula County District Court in Missoula, MontanaBy Lori Grannis MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - Prosecutors seeking to convict a Montana homeowner in the slaying of a teenage German exchange student painted a picture of the man on Thursday as an armed aggressor who left a purse in his garage to lure a would-be burglar. Markus Kaarma, 30, is charged with deliberate homicide in the April slaying of 17-year-old Diren Dede of Hamburg, who authorities said was killed while "garage hopping" in a possible search for alcohol. The death sparked outrage in Germany. ...

Next steps in chokehold death probe in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:11
NEW YORK (AP) — What happens next after a Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner:

Top U.S. justice official promises probe after NYC police chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:11
By Sebastien Malo, Barbara Goldberg and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday promised a full investigation into a white New York police officer's role in the choking death of an unarmed black man, following a night of protests over a grand jury decision not to bring charges in the incident. More protests were expected on Thursday in New York. The grand jury's decision on Wednesday came nine days after the news that a white officer in Missouri who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager would also not face criminal charges. ...

For-profit Florida college used strippers to recruit students: legal complaint

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:02
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A for-profit Florida college used exotic dancers to recruit students and faked high school diplomas and attendance records to qualify its pupils for millions in federal financial aid, according to a civil complaint. FastTrain, which once operated seven campuses across Florida, fraudulently secured grants and loans for students, state and federal prosecutors said, announcing plans on Wednesday to join a whistleblower case against the defunct school and its owner. ...

Record 4.16-pound truffle to be auctioned in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:00
NEW YORK (AP) — A record-setting 4.16-pound white truffle is going on the auction block before it goes on the chopping block.

More work needed to end U.S. military sexual assault: Hagel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:56

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel listens during his testimony at the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday the Pentagon had made "real progress" in combating sexual assault in the U.S. military but needed to take further action to ensure victims were not subjected to retaliation when they reported the crime. Releasing preliminary findings from the Defense Department's annual report on military sexual assault, Hagel said the Pentagon's three-year crackdown on sex crimes was "beginning to have an impact. ...

Chimpanzees have no human rights: N.Y. court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:56

TommythechimpBy Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, N.Y. (Reuters) - In the first case of its kind, a New York appeals court rejected on Thursday an animal rights advocate's bid to extend "legal personhood" to chimpanzees, saying the primates are incapable of bearing the responsibilities that come with having legal rights. A five-judge panel of the Albany court said attorney Steven Wise had shown that Tommy, a 26-year-old chimp who lives alone in a shed in upstate New York, was an autonomous creature, but that it was not possible for him to understand the social contract that binds humans together. ...

Fire destroys police officer's home in Montgomery County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:49

Fire destroys police officer's home in Montgomery CountyFire gutted the home of a Limerick Township police officer early Thursday, who was away on vacation.

NY court: Chimps don't have same rights as humans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:48
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A chimpanzee is not entitled to the rights of a human and does not have to be freed by its owner, a New York appeals court ruled Thursday.

Taxpayer costs for Arias' defense top $2.7 million

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:44

Jodi Arias looks on during the sentencing phase at her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander but jurors were unable to agree on a sentence. A new jury is hearing testimony on whether to grant prosecutors' request for the death penalty. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — The cost to Arizona taxpayers for Jodi Arias' defense now tops $2.7 million, and the figure will keep rising as her penalty phase retrial continues in a Phoenix courtroom.

San Jose begins clearing massive homeless encampment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:44
By Emmett Berg SAN JOSE (Reuters) - San Jose on Thursday began dismantling a huge homeless encampment known locally as "The Jungle" that has persisted at the southern edge of the Silicon Valley city for more than a decade, at one point claiming some 200 inhabitants. The process of taking down tents, make-shift shacks and in-ground bunkers built on the 68-acre site follows 18 months of placing residents into homes or shelters, a process that has housed 144 people so far, said Ray Bramson, San Jose's homelessness response manager. "It was a change in approach," Bramson said. ...

Cleveland officer who killed boy left past job after 'dismal' review

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:42

A mourner reads the obituary from the program during the funeral service for Tamir Rice in Cleveland, OhioBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Cleveland police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy playing with a pellet gun at a park last month left his previous job with a suburban police department after a string of problems, including immaturity and "dismal" handgun performance, personnel records showed. The shooting of Tamir Rice, who is black, by 26-year-old officer Timothy Loehmann on Nov. 23 sparked protests in Cleveland, and came amid flaring tensions nationwide over recent police killings of unarmed black people, most notably in New York and Ferguson, Missouri. The U.S. ...