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Montana homeowner who killed German teen was aggressor: prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:14

Markus Kaarma and defense attorney Paul Ryan leave Missoula County District Court in Missoula, MontanaBy Lori Grannis MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - Prosecutors seeking to convict a Montana homeowner in the slaying of a teenage German exchange student painted a picture of the man on Thursday as an armed aggressor who left a purse in his garage to lure a would-be burglar. Markus Kaarma, 30, is charged with deliberate homicide in the April slaying of 17-year-old Diren Dede of Hamburg, who authorities said was killed while "garage hopping" in a possible search for alcohol. The death sparked outrage in Germany. ...


Next steps in chokehold death probe in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:11
NEW YORK (AP) — What happens next after a Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner:

Top U.S. justice official promises probe after NYC police chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:11
By Sebastien Malo, Barbara Goldberg and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday promised a full investigation into a white New York police officer's role in the choking death of an unarmed black man, following a night of protests over a grand jury decision not to bring charges in the incident. More protests were expected on Thursday in New York. The grand jury's decision on Wednesday came nine days after the news that a white officer in Missouri who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager would also not face criminal charges. ...

For-profit Florida college used strippers to recruit students: legal complaint

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:02
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A for-profit Florida college used exotic dancers to recruit students and faked high school diplomas and attendance records to qualify its pupils for millions in federal financial aid, according to a civil complaint. FastTrain, which once operated seven campuses across Florida, fraudulently secured grants and loans for students, state and federal prosecutors said, announcing plans on Wednesday to join a whistleblower case against the defunct school and its owner. ...

Record 4.16-pound truffle to be auctioned in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:00
NEW YORK (AP) — A record-setting 4.16-pound white truffle is going on the auction block before it goes on the chopping block.

More work needed to end U.S. military sexual assault: Hagel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:56

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel listens during his testimony at the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday the Pentagon had made "real progress" in combating sexual assault in the U.S. military but needed to take further action to ensure victims were not subjected to retaliation when they reported the crime. Releasing preliminary findings from the Defense Department's annual report on military sexual assault, Hagel said the Pentagon's three-year crackdown on sex crimes was "beginning to have an impact. ...


Chimpanzees have no human rights: N.Y. court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:56

TommythechimpBy Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, N.Y. (Reuters) - In the first case of its kind, a New York appeals court rejected on Thursday an animal rights advocate's bid to extend "legal personhood" to chimpanzees, saying the primates are incapable of bearing the responsibilities that come with having legal rights. A five-judge panel of the Albany court said attorney Steven Wise had shown that Tommy, a 26-year-old chimp who lives alone in a shed in upstate New York, was an autonomous creature, but that it was not possible for him to understand the social contract that binds humans together. ...


Fire destroys police officer's home in Montgomery County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:49

Fire destroys police officer's home in Montgomery CountyFire gutted the home of a Limerick Township police officer early Thursday, who was away on vacation.


NY court: Chimps don't have same rights as humans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:48
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A chimpanzee is not entitled to the rights of a human and does not have to be freed by its owner, a New York appeals court ruled Thursday.

Taxpayer costs for Arias' defense top $2.7 million

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:44

Jodi Arias looks on during the sentencing phase at her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander but jurors were unable to agree on a sentence. A new jury is hearing testimony on whether to grant prosecutors' request for the death penalty. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — The cost to Arizona taxpayers for Jodi Arias' defense now tops $2.7 million, and the figure will keep rising as her penalty phase retrial continues in a Phoenix courtroom.


San Jose begins clearing massive homeless encampment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:44
By Emmett Berg SAN JOSE (Reuters) - San Jose on Thursday began dismantling a huge homeless encampment known locally as "The Jungle" that has persisted at the southern edge of the Silicon Valley city for more than a decade, at one point claiming some 200 inhabitants. The process of taking down tents, make-shift shacks and in-ground bunkers built on the 68-acre site follows 18 months of placing residents into homes or shelters, a process that has housed 144 people so far, said Ray Bramson, San Jose's homelessness response manager. "It was a change in approach," Bramson said. ...

Cleveland officer who killed boy left past job after 'dismal' review

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:42

A mourner reads the obituary from the program during the funeral service for Tamir Rice in Cleveland, OhioBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Cleveland police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy playing with a pellet gun at a park last month left his previous job with a suburban police department after a string of problems, including immaturity and "dismal" handgun performance, personnel records showed. The shooting of Tamir Rice, who is black, by 26-year-old officer Timothy Loehmann on Nov. 23 sparked protests in Cleveland, and came amid flaring tensions nationwide over recent police killings of unarmed black people, most notably in New York and Ferguson, Missouri. The U.S. ...


NJ restaurant customer diagnosed with hepatitis A

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:36

NJ restaurant customer diagnosed with hepatitis AHealth officials in Hamilton Township, Mercer County will be holding a Hepatitis A vaccination clinic on Thursday for restaurant customers after a worker was hospitalized with the virus.


U.S. states with warmer climate to drive homebuilder growth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:36
By Sagarika Jaisinghani (Reuters) - Homebuilders with a presence in the U.S. south and west are set to gain next year as more Americans swap the frozen north for warmer climes, drawn by some of the country's highest job growth rates. New home construction is projected to rise 24 percent on average next year in eight states along the west and south coasts, compared with the 8 percent forecast for this year, according to the National Association of Home Builders. ...

Ex-South Carolina police chief indicted in 2011 shooting death of unarmed man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:34

Richard Combs a former Eutawville police chief who was indicted by a grand jury in the 2011 shooting death of Bernard Bailey, is shown in this Orangeburg County Detention Center photoBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white former police chief in Eutawville, South Carolina, has been indicted on a murder charge in the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man he was trying to arrest, according to records released on Thursday. The indictment of ex-chief Richard Combs came on Wednesday, the Orangeburg County Clerk of Court said, on the heels of decisions by grand juries in New York City and Missouri not to indict white police officers involved in deaths of unarmed black men this year. ...


Crystal Sugar CEO says shareholders to lose money

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:33

American Crystal Sugar Co. president and CEO David Berg speaks Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at a press conference during a break in the sugar beet cooperative's annual meeting. Berg says it was a bad financial year due to poor yields and a glut of Mexican sugar in the U.S. market. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The head of American Crystal Sugar Co. said Thursday that most shareholders in the sugar beet cooperative will lose money this year, due primarily to excess supply of Mexican sugar in the market and poor yields.


Senators to NFL: Drop 'blackout' rule or we might

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:32

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2014 file photo, Denver Broncos fans watch their team play the Seahawks during the first half of the Super Bowl, inside Jackson's, a sports bar and grill in Denver. Senators from both parties warned the National Football League Thursday to get rid of a 4-decade-old TV “blackout” rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league’s lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties warned the National Football League on Thursday to get rid of a four-decade-old TV "blackout" rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league's lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together.


No gay marriage in Miss. during appeals process

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:18
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court says same-sex marriages won't be allowed in Mississippi while the state defends its gay-marriage ban.

Arrest in fatal shooting of teen in New Castle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:15

Arrest in fatal shooting of teen in New CastlePolice in New Castle arrested a 19-year-old suspect in the murder of a teenager.


Man found guilty of killing Texas DA's wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:08

File - In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Eric Williams makes his way into the courtroom before his trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas. A jury convicted Williams, a former public official Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, of capital murder in a revenge plot against a district attorney, his wife and a top assistant. Williams now faces a potential death sentence for the 2013 murder of Cynthia McLelland, the wife of slain Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool, File)ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A North Texas jury convicted a former public official Thursday of capital murder in a revenge plot against a district attorney, his wife and a top assistant.