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North Korea again urges US to suspend military exercises

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:59

An Myong Hun, Deputy Permanent Representative for North Korea reacts to a question regarding the November hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at the United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea said Tuesday that "many things will be possible this year on the Korean peninsula" if the United States agrees to suspend its annual military exercises with South Korea in exchange for Pyongyang's suspension of nuclear tests.

Christie courts nation in State of the State address

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:55

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — As he eyes a potential presidential run, Chris Christie delivered a State of the State speech Tuesday aimed at defining his record as New Jersey governor for a national audience, calling for an "American renewal" while offering mostly incremental new plans for the state.

Mayor: Fire chief not axed for writing anti-gay book

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:50

Former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, third from right, observes a moment of prayer as religious groups rally to support him following his termination at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Atlanta. Mayor Kasim Reed says Cochran's termination was based on his judgment and not anti-gay statements in his self-published religious book. Reed suspended then fired Cochran after learning of his self-published book in which he described homosexuality as a perversion. Reed said in a statement Tuesday that an investigative report shows Cochran didn't have clearance to publish the book he gave to several subordinates at work. Cochran has said he did get approval from city officials to publish the book. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor says the city's former fire chief was not axed because he wrote a book containing anti-gay statements, but because he didn't get permission to publish it.

Long-delayed CIA-leak trial begins in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:48
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA officer unnecessarily exposed one of the agency's top assets by leaking details of a covert operation in Iran to a New York Times reporter, prosecutors told a jury Tuesday.

Palestine Liberation Organization on trial in US civil case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:37
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. jury at a high-stakes civil trial was asked on Tuesday to decide whether the Palestinian authorities should be held responsible and pay hefty damages for a series of terror attacks in Israel that killed and wounded Americans.

Pennsylvania city sued under new law targeting gun measures

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:34
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's capital is facing a lawsuit believed to be the first filed under a new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a better chance at dismantling illegal municipal firearms ordinances.

Georgia set to carry out first execution in U.S. in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:33
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A decorated Vietnam War veteran convicted of murdering a Georgia sheriff's deputy in 1998 will be the first death row inmate executed in the United States this year if his sentence is carried out as planned on Tuesday night. Andrew Brannan, 66, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at a state prison in Jackson, Georgia, at 7 p.m. (midnight GMT) unless a court halts the execution. Brannan's lawyers do not dispute that he shot Laurens County Deputy Kyle Dinkheller, 22, nine times during a traffic stop recorded by the deputy's patrol car video camera. ...

Kentucky divorce a step toward same-sex marriage right: advocates

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:32
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Same-sex couples still unable to wed in Kentucky have seen at least one step toward marital rights in the state after a judge granted a couple married somewhere else a divorce, gay rights advocates said on Tuesday. Two women who were married in Massachusetts and later moved to Louisville, Kentucky, were granted the divorce in December by Judge Joseph O'Reilly in Jefferson County's Family Court. ...

Jodi Arias revealed few new details in closed-door testimony

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:27

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2015, file photo, Jodi Arias sits during her sentencing phase retrial in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Officials have released transcripts of closed-door testimony given two months ago by Arias during her sentencing retrial. The public was barred from watching the testimony after a judge said the witness, whose name was then kept secret, was skittish and wouldn't testify unless the courtroom was closed. Arias was convicted last year in the murder of her boyfriend Travis Alexander, but jurors deadlocked on her punishment. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Convicted murderer Jodi Arias' closed-door testimony two months ago at her sentencing retrial revealed few new details about her actions in killing her former boyfriend — and no specifics about why she was allowed to speak to the jury in secret.

Feds: Canadian man led international stock manipulation scam

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:25
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Canadian man who bragged about making up to $50 million a month by running an international stock manipulation scheme using a practice known as layering was charged on Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Tollefson takes the stand again as trial continues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:24

Tollefson takes the stand again as trial continuesFormer Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson was back on the stand Tuesday in his ongoing theft and fraud trial.

Connecticut bill would allow Tesla to bypass using dealers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:23
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is the latest state to consider allowing Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars directly to consumers, rather than using independent franchise dealerships that are often family-owned businesses.

US judges review broad surveillance of Muslims by NYC police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:05

Kameelah Rashad demonstrates Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, outside the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia. The 3rd U.S. Circout Court is scheduled to weigh an appeal of N.J. decision that allows New York City police to spy on Muslim communities in the city and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court appeared concerned Tuesday that the New York Police Department may have spied on Muslim groups following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks solely because of their religion.

2 endangered monkeys die from cold temperatures at zoo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:05
Two small endangered monkeys died because a caretaker "overlooked" them and left them out in the cold at a zoo in central Louisiana, officials said.

Husband charged in murder of missing Mt. Laurel woman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:02

Husband charged in murder of missing Mt. Laurel womanPolice say they have charged a man in the murder of his wife, a missing mother of two from Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Delta flight returns to Los Angeles after emergency

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:57

A Delta Air Lines jet, right, sits parked after making an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. The Boeing 757 experienced a mechanical problem soon after takeoff on a flight from Los Angeles to Minneapolis and had to circle off the Southern California coast for about an hour to burn fuel before landing safely back at the airport. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilots of a Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Minneapolis declared an emergency soon after takeoff Tuesday when they began having trouble controlling their Boeing 757.

Hernandez jurors asked about attending Patriots games

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:53

 the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. (AP Photo/CJ Gunther, Pool, File)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers involved in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez want to know if there are any die-hard Patriots fans in the jury pool.

2 Yosemite climbers closing in on historic feat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:51

 a free climb of El Capitan, the largest monolith of granite in the world, a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park. The first climber reached its summit in 1958, and there are roughly 100 routes up to the top. (AP Photo/Tom Evans, elcapreport)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two climbers trying to become the first in the world to use only their hands and feet to scale a sheer granite face in Yosemite National Park in California are almost to the top, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Man's death highlights lack of cages in Iowa patrol cars

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:49

In this 2014 photo provided by Gary Lentzkow is his son Matthew Lentzkow in La Porte City, Iowa. Lentzkow, 36, of Newton, died on Nov. 1 in a traffic accident on Interstate 80 after managing to escape from an Iowa State Patrol car while handcuffed. (AP Photo/Gary Lentzkow)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officers failed to guard an Iowa drunken driving suspect before he escaped from a State Patrol car while handcuffed and was struck by a van and killed, video and reports obtained by The Associated Press show.

Flu cases drop in Pennsylvania, but concern remains

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:37

Flu cases drop in Pennsylvania, but concern remainsThe number of flu cases reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Health dropped from the week before.