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Judge revokes Chris Brown probation in Rihanna assault case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:12

R&B singer Chris Brown appears in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. A judge has revoked Brown's probation but allowed him to remain free for now after the R&B singer traveled without approval for a concert and failed to complete community service on time. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin allowed Brown to remain free until a March 20 hearing when the judge will receive an update from probation officials. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge revoked Chris Brown's probation on Thursday but allowed him to remain free for now after the R&B singer traveled without approval for a concert and failed to complete community service on time.


Suspect in Phoenix cold cases was acquitted in 2002 assault

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:11
PHOENIX (AP) — Before his arrest this week in Phoenix for the early 1990s killings of two women, suspect Bryan Patrick Miller succeeded in eluding authorities' grasp nearly 13 years ago.

Wisconsin suspect nabbed when prosthetic leg gets stuck in fence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:50
(Reuters) - A suspect in western Wisconsin led police on a high-speed car chase on slick rural highways only to be caught after his prosthetic leg got stuck in a fence when he fled his vehicle, court documents showed on Thursday. On Tuesday night, a police officer in Holmen, Wisconsin, saw a brake light was not working on Thomas Fuselier's vehicle and tried to pull him over, according to the criminal complaint. Instead of stopping, Fuselier, 47, fled, leading police on an 11-mile (18-km) chase that reached 80 mph (130 kph) on dark, ice-covered rural roads. Fuselier drove his vehicle into a ditch and fled, running more than a mile through the woods and a creek before his prosthetic leg got stuck in a fence.

AccuWeather: Blustery End to the Workweek

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:49

 Blustery End to the WorkweekMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a dry start to the weekend followed by rain for parts of our area.


Oklahoma wants ruling from US Supreme Court before execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:46
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's first execution since a botched one last April appears headed for a delay.

Accident shuts down Route 73 in Maple Shade

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:45

Accident shuts down Route 73 in Maple ShadeBurlington County authorities are investigating an accident closed northbound Route 73 in Maple Shade.


Critique of Harvard by SEC's Gallagher sparks rare academic spat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:43
By Ross Kerber BOSTON (Reuters) - High-profile professors and securities lawyers traded jabs Thursday on the merits of a Harvard University legal project, a scholarly slugfest playing out in the normally staid academic sector tracking corporate governance. At issue is a research paper from December by SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher and Stanford University professor Joseph Grundfest, a former SEC commissioner, titled "Did Harvard Violate Federal Securities Law? The Campaign Against Classified Boards of Directors." The paper suggested the SEC could take legal action against the school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visits Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:42

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visits PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia played host to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, as part of the government's effort to improve relations between law enforcement and the community.


Workers at New York's giant produce market could strike over weekend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:37
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York restaurants and grocers scrambled on Thursday to make alternative plans for supplies of fresh food ahead of a possible weekend strike at the city's largest wholesale produce market. Some 1,300 members of Teamsters Local 202 could walk off their jobs on loading platforms and storage facilities at the Hunts Point Produce Market in the South Bronx on Sunday, a union spokesman said. "We are ready, willing, and able to meet with the federal mediator and the businesses to try and settle this contract," said Daniel Kane, president of Teamsters Local 202. "Come Sunday, if we haven't reached an agreement with Hunts Point owners, we will be on strike," he said.

Caesars unit files bankruptcy to cut debt, faces court fight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:34

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, a man takes pictures of Caesars Palace hotel and casino, in Las Vegas. A cash-strapped division of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. said early Thursday Jan. 15, 2015 that it filed for bankruptcy protection in Chicago, hoping the court agrees to its plan to get out from under $18.4 billion of debt. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A cash-strapped division of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday in Chicago, hoping the court agrees to its plan to get out from under $18.4 billion in debt.


Boston area highway blocked by protesters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:20

In this photo provided by the Massachusetts State Police, protesters sit near a barrel in a northbound lane during morning rush hour on Interstate 93 in Milton, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The Boston contingent of Black Lives Matter said in a statement that the protest was intended "to confront white complacency in the systemic oppression of black people in Boston." (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police)BOSTON (AP) — Activists protesting what they call "police and state violence against black people" chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels and blocked a busy Boston-area highway at the height of the Thursday morning commute.


Yosemite rock climb included coffee, chocolate and whiskey

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:20

In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 photo provided by Ted Distel, Kevin Jorgeson gets a hug from his girlfriend Jacqui Becker after reaching the top of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot sheer granite face in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Rock climber Tommy Caldwell was first to pull himself atop the granite face followed minutes later by his longtime friend Jorgeson. After years of practice, failed attempts and 19 grueling days scaling the vertical wall on El Capitan by their bloodied fingertips, the friends completed the first free climb up the world's largest granite monolith. (AP Photo/Ted Distel)YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Day after day, the two Americans who completed what had been considered the world's most difficult rock climb bloodied their fingertips, endured bruising falls and balanced their bodies on handholds as small as coins.


1 dead in multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in Bensalem; NB closed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:16

1 dead in multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in Bensalem; NB closedAuthorities say one person was killed in a multi-vehicle accident on I-95, that has shut down a portion of the highway in Bensalem, Bucks County.


Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:15

This 2011 image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an H3N2 influenza virus _ the same type of flu that’s responsible for most flu illnesses this winter. A new study shows that this year's flu vaccine is only 23 percent effective, mainly because it isn’t well matched to the H3N2 strain that’s spread across the country. (AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Michael Shaw, Doug Jordan)NEW YORK (AP) — This year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, which is one of the worst performances in the last decade, according to a government study released Thursday.


6 years for multimillion-dollar fraud, involved Miami Heat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:11

FILE-This Wednesday, May, 28, 2014 file photo shows Miami Heat forward Rashard Lewis slapping hands with Mario Chalmers during the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. The government alleges that Haider Zafar defrauded players Mike Miller, James Jones and Lewis in 2013 by promising to invest $7.5 million in various business opportunities. Instead, prosecutors say, Zafar kept the money and used some of it to buy a $1 million, three-season Heat ticket package. A judge is preparing to sentence Zafar, who pleaded guilty in a multimillion-dollar scam involving the three former Miami Heat players and the team itself. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge handed down a six-year prison sentence Thursday to a man who portrayed himself as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family while running a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself.


Duke University reverses plan for bell tower Muslim call to prayer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:09
By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - Duke University scrapped plans on Thursday to allow the Muslim call to prayer to emanate from its chapel bell tower, university officials said, amid fierce criticism from conservative Christians and anger from alumni. Earlier in the week, university officials said the weekly chant by Muslim students, known as the adhan, would be amplified from Duke Chapel beginning on Friday. "However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect." The university, which has Methodist roots but is non-sectarian, reversed course after criticism from conservative Christians, most notably North Carolina-based evangelist Franklin Graham, who urged donors and alumni to boycott the university in a Facebook post.

Parents file suit blaming classmates in son's gym mat death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:08
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The parents of a Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat two years ago filed a lawsuit accusing classmates of killing him at school before criminal investigators and school officials covered up the deed.

Aaron Hernandez lawyers want to know of deals with fiancee

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:07
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Thursday asked that prosecutors disclose any inducements offered to his fiancee to get her to testify in his murder trial, and they're also pushing the judge to allow them to call as a witness an expert on the drug PCP, saying Hernandez's co-defendants were smoking it two days before the killing.

F-35 jet is said to be on track to meet U.S. combat use targets

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:59

U.S. Navy Secretary Mabus speaks at the second day of the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit in WashingtonBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet is on track both to meet the Marine Corps's July target to declare the jet ready for combat use and to meet the Air Force's target date a year later, top U.S. military officials said Thursday. The F-35 B-model, which can take off from shorter runways and land like a helicopter, was making good progress and should meet the Marine Corp's target for initial combat use, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told reporters after a speech at the annual conference of the Surface Navy Association. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh told a separate news conference at the Pentagon that he was confident the Air Force would meet its target date of declaring the F-35 A-model ready for initial combat use by August to December 2016.


Troubled charter school in Wilmington to stay open

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 06:57

Troubled charter school in Wilmington to stay openA charter school will stay open after going through a financial scandal involving two former leaders.