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Arms dealer Bout seeks new trial, hires Ashcroft law firm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:18
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - (Clarifies 10th paragraph of November 3 article to show Richard Chichakli had in a separate conspiracy case been a co-defendant of Bout and was convicted in that case) Convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout believes he has evidence to justify a new U.S. trial and has hired the law firm of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to help him pursue his case. Bout, 47, is serving a 25-year prison sentence following his November 2, 2011 jury conviction for having conspired to kill U.S. ...

DA: No criminal charges in Central Bucks West hazing scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:18

 No criminal charges in Central Bucks West hazing scandalThe Bucks County District Attorney's office said there will be no criminal charges in connection with a hazing scandal at Central Bucks West High School.


Lawyers for Colorado cinema gunman seek another trial delay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:17

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for accused Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes, who argue he was insane when he killed a dozen moviegoers in 2012, have requested another delay in his murder trial set to begin next month, court documents showed on Friday. The trial of the former neuroscience graduate student has already been delayed several times, primarily because of two mental examinations the 26-year-old was ordered to undergo after he invoked the insanity defense. ...


Gas prices below $2 a gallon in Texas, Oklahoma

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 03:54
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gas has dropped below $2 a gallon at a handful of stations in Oklahoma and Texas this week, a level that a price-watching group said Friday was the lowest in the nation and a bargain that's proven irresistible to some long lines of drivers coming from miles away to fill up.

UN diplomats mark war's 'Christmas truce' of 1914

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 03:51
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — One hundred years after an unofficial "Christmas truce" in which British and German soldiers stopped fighting for a day in World War I, diplomats have gathered at the United Nations to mark the moment with "Silent Night" and penalty kicks.

Little money for Ferguson, scene of rare U.S. suburban riots

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 03:47
By Edward McAllister and David Greising (Reuters) - Sonya Roberts' liquor store in Ferguson, Missouri was vandalized during rioting in August and November, and with no government aid available, she is relying on Internet crowd-funding and a credit union loan to keep afloat. "I don’t know if I am going to survive past the end of the month," said Roberts, 46, whose insurance does not cover the $37,000 worth of damage to her store on West Florissant Avenue. ...

Ex-Phillie Jayson Werth gets 10 days in jail for reckless driving

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 03:41

Ex-Phillie Jayson Werth gets 10 days in jail for reckless drivingWashington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has been convicted of reckless driving and sentenced to 10 days in jail for driving over 100 miles an hour on the Capital Beltway.


Water woes among topics for 8 governors in Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 03:38

FILE - In this April 16, 2013 file photo, the high water mark for Lake Mead is seen on Hoover Dam and its spillway near Boulder City, Nev.Fearing ongoing drought and dwindling water supplies, Western states are struggling to capture every last drop with projects like dams and diversions that some think could threaten the cooperation that experts say is crucial to managing the scarce resource. Against the backdrop of what could be a looming turf war, eight Western governors meeting in Las Vegas will talk this weekend about drought, and water managers from seven states will meet a couple of days later to talk about ways to make sure 40 million customers in the parched Colorado River basin don’t go thirsty. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Facing dwindling water supplies, Western states are struggling to capture every drop with dam and diversion projects that some think could erode regional cooperation crucial to managing the scarce resource.


APNewsBreak: UN diplomats to debate NKorea rights

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 03:37
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two-thirds of the United Nations Security Council on Friday requested that North Korea's human rights situation be placed on the council agenda for debate— the first step toward a possible referral to the International Criminal Court.

Court to review politically charged license plates

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 03:36

This photo provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles shows the design of a proposed Sons of the Confederacy license plate. The Supreme Court is taking on a free speech case over a proposed license plate in Texas that would feature the Confederate battle flag. The case involves the government’s ability to choose among the political messages it allows drivers to display on state-issued license plates. The justices said Friday they will review a lower court ruling in favor of the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The group is seeking a specialty plate with its logo bearing the battle flag, similar to plates issued by several other states that were part of the Confederacy. The case will be argued in March. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Motor Vehicles)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking on a free speech case over a proposed license plate in Texas that would feature the Confederate battle flag.


Dispatchers fired after ambush of Florida cops

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 03:31
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An official says three employees at an emergency dispatch agency have been fired because they did not alert deputies and firefighters responding to a house fire that a man at the home threatened to shoot arriving law enforcement.

CDC report: Ebola reports rarely panned out

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 03:29
NEW YORK (AP) — A new government report counts hundreds of times U.S. doctors and hospitals raised false alarms about possible Ebola cases, finding that fewer than one in five warranted even additional investigation.

Supreme Court takes up Cisco patent dispute

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 03:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up a patent infringement dispute between computer networking giant Cisco Systems Inc. and rival Commil USA LLC.

U.S. justices to hear Confederate license plate free speech case

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

The Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to weigh in on whether Texas officials should have approved a specialty license plate that displays the Confederate flag. The case raises the issue of how states can allow or reject politically divisive messages on license plates without violating free speech rights. ...


Rolling Stone casts doubt on U.Va. student's account of being gang-raped at fraternity party

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 02:50
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Rolling Stone casts doubt on U.Va. student's account of being gang-raped at fraternity party.

Civilian complaints against NYC police down

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 02:49

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and police Commissioner William Bratton watch a demonstration at the new New York City Police Academy on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at College Point in the Queens borough of New York. De Blasio and Bratton Thursday outlined training they announced earlier this year that all officers would receive on tactical skills and communication, including how officers talk with residents of the city, following the death of Eric Garner. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Richard Harbus)NEW YORK (AP) — Civilian complaints against New York City police are down this year, especially in the months since the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white officer, according to data obtained Friday by The Associated Press.


Philly rapper Beanie Sigel shot in Pleasantville, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 02:49

Philly rapper Beanie Sigel shot in Pleasantville, N.J.Philadelphia rap artist Beanie Sigel was shot Friday morning in Pleasantville, New Jersey.


Florida triple homicide suspect's SUV found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 02:47
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — As Florida officials searched Friday for a suspect in the killing of his wife, a pastor and a neighbor, church members reflected on what happened.

Detroit emergency manager projects budget surplus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 02:46
DETROIT (AP) — The state-appointed emergency manager who helped take Detroit into bankruptcy says he sees a budget surplus not long after it emerges.

L.A. man charged after son, 14, takes loaded gun from home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 02:41
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles man was charged with multiple criminal counts on Friday after prosecutors said he allowed his 14-year-old son to take a loaded gun from the family's home to confront three other teenagers in the neighborhood. The case marked only the second time that the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office has ever charged a defendant with failing to properly secure a gun at home. In October, a Los Angeles woman was charged with allowing her 17-year-old son to bring a . ...