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Remington to replace triggers on popular rifles

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 04:23

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2013, photo, a man walks past the Remington Arms Company in Ilion, N.Y. A Manhattan father who lost his son in a rifle accident 14 years ago says he can finally rest after fighting gun manufacturer Remington Arms Co. over the triggers on its bolt-action hunting rifles. Richard Barber says that the company's action could save many Remington rifle owners from harm or death. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. gunmaker Remington Arms Co. and plaintiffs in two class-action lawsuits formalized a settlement agreement this week under which the company will replace the triggers on millions of guns, including its most popular bolt-action rifles.


More protests expected after funeral of Brooklyn man shot by police

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 04:03
By Robert MacMillan and Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fourth evening of demonstrations against police violence was expected in New York on Saturday after the funeral of a black man who was unarmed when he was shot dead by a police officer in a darkened stairwell of a Brooklyn apartment building. The shooting of Akai Gurley, 28, by a New York city police officer at a city housing project last month is the latest in a series of incidents fueling public outrage over what many see as a pattern of callous misuse of lethal force against minority groups. ...

Rare conjoined twins die at Georgia hospital a day after birth

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 04:01
(Reuters) - Conjoined twin boys sharing a heart, torso, arms and legs died in an Atlanta hospital on Friday, a day after being born, their parents said in a Facebook video. The birth of the twins was a medical rarity, as many such babies do not survive delivery. "I am so sad to say that my sons passed away today at 5 o'clock," Michael Hamby said in the tearful Facebook video that he and his wife, Robin Hamby, of Alabama posted late on Friday. "They fought long and hard." The twins died at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, the parents said. ...

Funeral held for man shot by cop in NYC stairwell

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 04:01

Members of Akai Gurley’s family fill the pews in front of his casket during his wake at Brown Memorial Baptist Church in New York, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Gurley was shot and killed by a New York City police officer in a dark public housing stairwell on Nov. 20, 2014. New York City police officials are calling Gurley’s death an accident. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Richard Perry, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — Friends and family members of a man shot by police in a New York City housing project stairwell have recited poems and said prayers at his funeral.


Bad weather delays decoration of 'Charlie Brown' tree in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 03:59
(Reuters) - A ceremony to decorate a scraggly Christmas tree in Reading, Pennsylvania with a single red bulb, much like Charlie Brown's tree in the animated holiday classic, was postponed to Sunday from Saturday because of rain and cold temperatures, officials said. The tree has been standing for weeks in the heart of Reading, one of the poorest cities in the United States, attracting supporters wanting to keep it and detractors who wanted it taken down. ...

Official: Necrophilia motivated stepdad in killing

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 03:55
EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Necrophilia motivated a man to fatally shoot his stepdaughter last month, according to a Pennsylvania prosecutor.

Record 4.16-pound truffle sells for $61,250 in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 03:32

In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo provided by Sotheby's Auction House, a record-setting 4.16-pound white truffle is seen at the U.S. Sabatino headquarters in West Haven, Connecticut. Sotheby's sold the massive fungus at auction on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 to a food and wine lover from Taiwan who was bidding by phone. The firm chose to auction the item in New York to benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels and the Children's Glaucoma Foundation. (AP Photo/Sotheby's Auction House, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A record-setting 4.16-pound white truffle has sold for $61,250 at a New York City auction.


Bail Q&A: From blood feuds to reform efforts

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 02:50
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The roots of the current bail system were laid in medieval England and took an entrepreneurial twist when transplanted to American soil. Here's a look at the evolution of bail and efforts to reform it.

Profiling rules exempt agents at airports, border

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 02:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents who guard the border and screen passengers at airports would be exempt from new racial profiling guidelines that must be observed by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. The Obama administration is to announce those guidelines in coming days, but officials say the changes would curtail numerous federal agencies from considering factors such as religion and national origin during investigations.

Man charged in Amtrak stabbings held on $1 million bond

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 02:42

A man is seen in custody aboard an Amtrak train following a stabbing incident in Niles, Michigan(Reuters) - A man accused of stabbing a conductor and three passengers on an Amtrak train in southwestern Michigan was charged with four counts of assault with intent to murder and is being held on a $1 million bond, officials said on Saturday. Michael Williams, 44, is being held on a cash-only bond at the Berrien County Sheriff's Department Jail in St. Joseph, Michigan, said Deputy Craig Staneart. Niles, Michigan police received a call from Amtrak on Friday evening about a man "acting odd and becoming agitated" on a train from Chicago to Port Huron, said Police Chief James Millin in an ...


Mishaps at nuke repository lead to $54M in fines

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 02:38

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository near Carlsbad, N.M., remains idle on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Operations at site were halted in February following a truck fire and a release of radiation nine days later. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Saturday levied more than $54 million in penalties against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.


Small blast injures police at North Carolina motel

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 02:19
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say six officers and a suspect were taken to a hospital after a small explosion in a motel in North Carolina as one officer was testing substances he thought were illegal drugs.

Jail release could depend on prediction of risk

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 02:13

FILE-This Oct. 23, 2014 file photo a sign is seen outside a bail bondsman across the street from Mercer County criminal courthouse in Trenton, N.J. In courtrooms across the country every day, a price tag is put on freedom and for many it’s too expensive. With more than 60 percent of inmates in jails nationwide awaiting trial and many unable to afford bail, some states and counties are looking at overhauling the system so it’s based less on money and more on holding dangerous defendants. Earlier this year, New Jersey became the latest state to adopt a system that bases bail on a risk analysis of each defendant. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — In courtrooms across the country every day, a price tag is put on the freedom of the accused and for many it's too expensive.


Ohio museum telling story of passenger pigeons

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 01:29
CINCINNATI (AP) — An exhibit recounting the story of passenger pigeons' extinction is opening in the city where the last one died a century ago.

Royal visit puts NYC's first lady on world stage

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 01:27

FILE- In this March 5, 2014 file photo, New York City first lady Chirlane McCray is interviewed at New York's City Hall. McCray will chaperone Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton during her and Prince William’s royal visit on the week of Dec.7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The eyes of the world will follow the Duchess of Cambridge on her first visit to New York when she tours a children's development center in Harlem next week.


16 sickened on Philadelphia-bound flight from Israel

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 01:08

16 sickened on Philadelphia-bound flight from IsraelA Philadelphia-bound flight from Israel had to be diverted after 16 people on-board were sickened.


Deep in coal country, pondering future without it

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 01:03

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a mural of a coal miner stands in an empty storefront as signs advertising vacant apartments and stores hang in the windows along the main business street in Cumberland, Ky. Harlan County's population has shrunk along with the coal industry, to around 28,000, its lowest since 1920. (AP Photo/David Goldman)HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — The rest of the house is just waking as Scottie Sizemore plops down in a rocking chair on his front porch with a cup of coffee. The sun has yet to crest the ridge above, where mist clings like clouds that couldn't quite make it over.


Man fatally struck on Roosevelt Boulevard, driver faces DUI

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 00:37

Man fatally struck on Roosevelt Boulevard, driver faces DUIA man was struck by a car and killed along Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia and the driver is facing DUI charges.


U.S. holiday shopping discounts deepen, last longer

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 00:06

File photo of shoppers entering Macy's to kick off Black Friday sales in New YorkBy Jilian Mincer and Nandita Bose (Reuters) - Amarilis Sinchi visited Macy's at a New Jersey mall on Black Friday, but she waited until this week to purchase the red fleece pajamas she had her eye on. The 21-year-old student ended up paying $13 at the department store, down from $30 on Friday, which has traditionally been the best day for deals during the U.S. holiday season. "The prices keep getting better," she said, planning a return to another store - Kohl's - which had dropped the price on LEGO toys. ...


Surge pricing: Uber's $40B valuation. Worth it?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 23:01

This Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, photo taken in Newark, N.J., shows smartphones displaying Uber car availability in New York. Uber is offering car service in 250 cities in 50 countries now, up from 60 cities in 21 countries just a year ago. Uber hasn’t released its financial figures to the public, so valuing the company is pure guesswork. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — Can a company that didn't exist five years ago, an upstart with a knack for angering regulators who could close it down, really be worth $40 billion?