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Rolling Stone casts doubt on U.Va. rape story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:40

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, University of Virginia students walk to campus past the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Rolling Stone is casting doubt on the account it published of a young woman who says she was gang-raped at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party at the school, saying there now appear to be discrepancies in the student's account. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Rolling Stone cast doubt Friday on its story of a young woman who said she was gang-raped at a fraternity party at the University of Virginia, saying it has since learned of "discrepancies" in her account.


Driver charged with murder in Somali teen's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:40

This undated Department of Motor Vehicles photo courtesy the family shows Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein. The 15-year-old was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in front of the Somali Center of Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. An SUV driver accused of deliberately running down the Muslim teenager in Kansas City was charged Friday with first-degree murder in a case that's being investigated by federal authorities as a possible hate crime. (AP Photo)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An SUV driver accused of deliberately running down a Muslim teenager in Kansas City was charged Friday with first-degree murder in a case that's being investigated by federal authorities as a possible hate crime.


Report: Threatening email sent to Sony employees

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:21
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI said Friday it is investigating threatening emails sent to some employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which was hit by a cyberattack last week that disrupted its computer system and spewed confidential information onto the Internet.

High court to hear Louisiana death row appeal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from a death-row inmate in Louisiana who claims he should not be executed because he is mentally disabled.

Police: Chokehold victim complicit in own death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 10:04
NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Garner was overweight and in poor health. He was a nuisance to shop owners who complained about him selling untaxed cigarettes on the street. When police came to arrest him, he resisted. And if he could repeatedly say, "I can't breathe," it means he could breathe.

Autopsy on man shot by Phoenix police completed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 09:54

In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo provided by Officer Calbert Gillett Maricopa County Sherrif's Office Media Relation Unit, Rumain Brisbon poses for a mugshot in Phoenix. The mother and girlfriend of Brisbon, an unarmed drug suspect fatally shot by a Phoenix police officer who mistook a pill bottle for a gun, do not want the incident to become about race. The deadly shooting Tuesday, Dec. 2, of Brisbon, 34, demonstrates the challenges law enforcement agencies face at a time of unrest over police tactics. Phoenix police say the officer, who is white, feared the suspect was armed during their struggle, but some critics say the officer went too far. Despite the department's efforts to be transparent with information, protesters marched Thursday night, Dec. 4. (AP Photo/Officer Calbert Gillett Maricopa County Sherrif's Office Media Relation Unit)PHOENIX (AP) — The family of an unarmed drug suspect fatally shot by a Phoenix police officer expressed frustration Friday that an independent investigator was not present at an autopsy and accused authorities of not being transparent.


Detectives meeting with possible Bill Cosby victim

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 09:40

 African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, " at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, in Washington. A Los Angeles police spokeswoman says detectives are meeting with a woman who is a possible victim of sexual assault by Cosby. Officer Jane Kim says detectives were meeting with the woman Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, but could not release any additional details. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police detectives were meeting Friday with a woman who is a possible victim of sexual assault by comedian Bill Cosby, a department spokeswoman said.


Gun used to shoot George Wallace being auctioned

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 09:37
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Illinois auction house is selling the revolver that almost killed former Alabama Gov. George Wallace in a 1972 assassination attempt as he ran for president.

911 call: German student bleeding from everywhere

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 09:35
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The girlfriend of a Montana man charged with killing a German exchange student in his garage held her face in her hands on the witness stand Friday as a 911 call she made the night of the shooting played that said the teen was bleeding from "everywhere."

Bridge report leaves unanswered questions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 09:30
FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — Two investigative reports and millions of dollars later, the residents of Fort Lee, New Jersey, still don't have a definitive answer for why their city was subjected to days of excruciating gridlock last year.

Watchdog finds abuses in Indian schools contract

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 09:30

FILE -, In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speak at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington. Federal officials appear to have violated ethics rules governing impartiality in awarding a contract to evaluate schools attended by tens of thousands of Native American students, a federal watchdog says. The report comes as President Barack Obama makes high-profile promises to fix the schools, which are among the nation's lowest performing and have been plagued by crumbling buildings needing $1 billion in repairs. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials appear to have violated ethics rules governing impartiality in awarding a contract to evaluate schools attended by tens of thousands of Native American students, a federal watchdog says.


Denver police investigate driver who hit officers at Ferguson protest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 09:13
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Denver police are investigating a motorist who plowed into officers during a demonstration by high school students protesting the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri, badly injuring one of the officers, authorities said on Friday. Hundreds of students from the city's East High School marched through downtown streets on Wednesday in solidarity with Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot to death by a white officer on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. ...

Ferguson marchers arrive at Missouri Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 09:08
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chants of "Hands Up. Don't Shoot!" echoed through the Missouri Capitol on Friday as hundreds of people protesting Michael Brown's death rallied after the culmination of a weeklong, 130-mile march from the site of the police shooting in Ferguson.

Packed agenda for Prince William, Kate in NYC, DC

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 09:03

 Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate. They’re due to arrive Sunday Dec. 7, 2014 for the first trip either has made to the United States’ biggest city, and William also is set to visit the nation’s capital for the first time. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Among the roughly 5 million visitors expected in New York this holiday season, at least two are certain to get the royal treatment: Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate. They are due to arrive Sunday for the first trip either has made to the United States' biggest city, and William also is set to visit the nation's capital for the first time. A few things to know:


Missouri march seeks justice for black teen killed by police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 08:56

Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, raises his hands while marching through FergusonBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Activists protesting police treatment of black Americans concluded a 120-mile (190-km) march from Ferguson, Missouri, to the Missouri governor's mansion on Friday, ending a "journey for justice" tied to the police killing of an unarmed black teenager. More than 100 protesters shouted "hands up, don't shoot" and other slogans as they rallied in the rotunda of the state Capitol in Jefferson City. The demonstrators walked through cold rain as they concluded a march that began Nov. ...


Obama signs order keeping U.S. government offices closed December 26

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 08:52
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. federal government offices will be closed on Friday Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, the White House said on Friday. President Barack Obama signed an executive order giving most federal workers that day off, meaning they will have a four-day weekend, with Christmas coming on a Thursday. Some departments and agencies are permitted to order employees to work on Dec. 26 "for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need," according to the order, which was released by the White House. (Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Sandra Maler)

After 2 reports, no Christie link to bridge plot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 08:48
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — One report has been derided by critics of Gov. Chris Christie as a whitewash; his defenders see the other as a partisan smear-job against the governor.

Striking vehicle found in fatal hit-and-run investigation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 08:47

Striking vehicle found in fatal hit-and-run investigationPolice say they have recovered a vehicle and identified a person of interest in relation to a fatal hit-and-run in Thorndale, Chester County.


Charges dropped against 2 former Lilly scientists

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 08:40
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two former Eli Lilly and Co. employees who were accused of sending trade secrets worth more than $55 million to a competing Chinese drug company will no longer face charges, the U.S. attorney's office announced Friday.

Kerry urges caution over timing of releasing U.S. torture report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 08:40

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference at the London Conference on Afghanistan, in LondonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday privately expressed concern about the timing of the release of a long-awaited Congressional report criticizing the CIA's use of harsh interrogation methods days before it was expected to be released. Kerry's spokeswoman said he called Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, to urge her to take foreign policy considerations into account when choosing when to publish. ...