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Feds want recordings of New Jersey bridge scandal testimony

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:45
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A joint legislative committee investigating traffic lane closures at one of the world's busiest bridges has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors again — this time for video and audio recordings of testimony from a former top Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official.

Texas seismologists investigate quakes near old Cowboys stadium

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:43

Texas Stadium, former home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, is demolished in Irving, TexasBy Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - (This story corrects paragraphs seven, removing reference to Exxon Mobil's XTO unit, which does not have operations in Irving.) Seismologists installed a new earthquake-monitoring device in the Dallas suburb of Irving this week after a series of minor temblors rocked an area near the site of the former Dallas Cowboys football stadium. Irving was shaken by nine quakes on Tuesday and into Wednesday, including three measuring magnitude 3.6, 3.5, and 3.1, the U.S. Geological Survey said. ...

Getaway driver in fire set by son that killed 3 gets prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:41
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A getaway driver who helped his drug dealer son flee an arson that killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, in Connecticut has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Police: Corrections officer accidentally shoots daughter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:35
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Police say an Alaska corrections officer accidentally shot his 12-year-old daughter in the leg when they went for physical therapy appointments.

Atlantic City to slash costs but reject more state oversight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:35
By Daniel Kelley (Reuters) - Atlantic City has endorsed steep budget cuts but rejected the idea of a state-appointed emergency manager as part of the struggling New Jersey gambling hub's recovery plan. The city council on Wednesday unanimously endorsed the plan, which envisions $40 million of budget cuts over four years on a roughly $260 million budget. It also calls for steep reductions to the municipal workforce and permission from the state to divert pension payments to debt reduction, and it seeks about $20 million in state aid. ...

Govt considering using Internet, smartphones for 2020 census

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:34

In this photo provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, tabulators in Washington record the information from the more than 120,000 enumerators who gathered data for the 1940 U.S. Census. The days of the census taker with a clipboard in hand may be numbered. Instead, the U.S. Census Bureau is testing digital means of counting Americans this year, from asking people to fill out their forms on the Internet instead of through the mail to giving their employees smartphones instead of paper to complete their counts. (AP Photo/National Archives and Records Administration)WASHINGTON (AP) — The days of the census taker with clipboard in hand may be numbered. The Census Bureau plans to test digital tools in preparation for the 2020 census, a change that could save millions of dollars.

Ohio drops 2-drug lethal injection method, delays execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:33

These undated file photos provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections show death row inmates Ronald Phillips and Raymond Tibbetts. Phillips' execution is scheduled for Feb. 11, 2015, and Tibbetts' for March 17, but, with Ohio’s supply of lethal injection drugs expiring April 1, the state won’t be able to carry out executions under its current system unless it finds a source for more drugs. (AP Photo/Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state said Thursday that it's dropping the two-drug combination administered to an inmate who repeatedly gasped and snorted during a troubling 26-minute execution.

UN chief appeals to extremists groups: Free the children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:31
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general is making a personal appeal to the Boko Haram and Islamic State extremist groups to "immediately and unconditionally" free the hundreds of children they have abducted.

Attorney seeks to use Boy Scout files in sex abuse trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:30

This undated photo provided by the California Department of Justice's official Internet web site, Megan's Law shows former Boy Scout leader Al Stein who has pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment in 2009. An attorney representing the young man who was molested by Stein in 2007 is asking a judge hearing the civil case to allow more than two decades of so-called "perversion" files on abusive Scout leaders into trial as evidence. A judge will hear arguments from both sides Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 about whether to allow the files as evidence in the trial. (AP Photo/California Department of Justice, Megan's Law)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit brought by a 20-year-old man who was molested by a Boy Scout leader in 2007 could force the organization to reveal 16 years' worth of "perversion" files documenting sex abuse allegations.

Investigator: NFL should have sought more info in Rice case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:29

 NFL should have sought more info in Rice caseA former FBI director hired to look into how the NFL pursued evidence in the Ray Rice abuse case says the league should have investigated more thoroughly before it initially punished the player.

Palestinians say ICC can examine war crimes allegations now

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:27
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court can immediately start examining allegations of war crimes against Israel if she chooses, the Palestinian U.N. ambassador said Thursday.

Slump in New York arrests, fines hits traffic lawyers, bail bondsmen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:07

An automobile sits illegally parked without a parking ticket issued by the NYPD in the Queens borough of New YorkBy Megan Davies NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sharp drop in arrests and fines in New York may prove costly for the city but it could already be hurting some traffic lawyers and bail bonds firms, which are seeing their phones ring less often as fewer people are in trouble and need help. The slump in arrest volume - last week's total was around half that recorded a year ago - is seen by supporters of new York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as evidence of a work slowdown by police officers angered by recent comments he made that they viewed as anti-police. ...

Wintry weather around US brings fatalities, school closings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:00

Passengers brave a temperature of minus 9 degrees F for a ride on an outdoor deck of a ferry making its way through arctic sea smoke off Portland, Maine, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures plummeting around the U.S. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Dangerously cold temperatures plunged into the single digits around the U.S. and wind chills pushed them even lower.

Atlanta fire chief who criticized homosexuality may fight ouster

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:56
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Atlanta's ousted fire chief is considering a legal challenge against the city, Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom said on Thursday, arguing that his firing over a book critical of homosexuality was an attack on his faith. Kelvin Cochran was forced out as leader of the city's Fire Rescue Department on Tuesday. Alliance Defending Freedom said it was representing the ex-chief, who the group contends was wrongfully terminated and was never found to have engaged in any discrimination. ...

Ohio to change execution drugs after inmate's prolonged death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:54
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio will halt use of the two-drug lethal injection combination that led to the protracted death of an inmate a year ago and has postponed an execution scheduled for February, officials said on Thursday. The state prison system is seeking to add a drug used for lethal injections from 1999 to 2011, thiopental sodium, to pentobarbital as the two drugs permitted for lethal injections in the future, said JoEllen Smith, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Either can be used, she said. ...

French police detain 9 in massive hunt for 2 suspects

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:41

French police detain 9 in massive hunt for 2 suspectsFrightened yet defiant, French residents held a day of mourning Thursday for 12 people slain at a Paris newspaper. French police hunted for the two heavily armed brothers suspected in the massacre, fearing they might strike again.

Obama tells Americans: Don't buy a gas guzzler

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:40

Obama speaks about the housing market during a visit to PhoenixBy Jeff Mason PHOENIX (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told Americans on Thursday that cheap U.S. gasoline prices would not last and that they should not buy gas-guzzling vehicles. As fuel prices have dropped to near six-year lows, sales of pickup trucks and SUVs have surged. "Gas prices aren't going to be low forever, so don't start suddenly saying you don't have to worry about fuel efficiency," Obama said in a speech about the rebounding economy, noting gas prices are about $1.10 per gallon cheaper than a year ago. ...

NYC police to reform public housing stop-and-frisk in settlement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:38
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's police department has agreed to reform its stop-and-frisk practices in public housing projects as part of a proposed settlement in a federal class action lawsuit, the latest step in altering a broad policing strategy that critics assailed as unconstitutional. The preliminary settlement, which requires approval from U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan, would mandate changes to police regulations and training materials that govern patrols in public housing, among other reforms. ...

Honda fined $70M for not reporting death, injury complaints

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:37

FILE - In this April 25, 2014 file photo, a man walks past a Honda on display at Honda Motor Co. headquarters in Tokyo. The Obama administration on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 said it will fine Honda $70 million _ the largest civil penalty leveled against an automaker _ for not reporting to regulators over 1,700 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries and not reporting warranty claims. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Thursday it is fining Honda $70 million — the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker — for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims.

Submariners in video scandal face 'significant' penalties

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 05:28
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Sailors involved in the secret video recording of female officers in the dressing area of a U.S. Navy submarine will face "significant penalties," the admiral in charge of the submarine force said Thursday.