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U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to California death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 02:10

Screen grab of the execution chamber at the Arizona State Prison Complex in FlorenceA U.S. appeals court on Thursday rejected a constitutional challenge to the death penalty in California, overturning a lower court ruling that had found the system too arbitrary. A California prisoner had argued that long delays in the judicial process surrounding the death penalty in California made the death penalty arbitrary and unconstitutional.

Big beer merger leaves future uncertain for competitors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 02:06

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, drinks sit on the bar in a pub in London. The world's two biggest beer makers will join forces to create a company that produces almost a third of the world's beer, as Budweiser maker AB InBev announced Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, a final agreement to buy SABMiller for 71 billion pounds ($107 billion). But in the U.S., the deal will not bring arch rivals Budweiser and Miller under the same roof. AB InBev's brands include Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona, while SABMiller produces Peroni and Grolsch. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)LONDON (AP) — It's no fun being in the middle.

Sony tries to make its pricy Vue TV service more popular

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 02:02
NEW YORK (AP) — Sony is trying to get more people on its TV service by allowing customers to sign up without a PlayStation.

Name of man killed in New Jersey house explosion is released

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 01:59

Officials investigate the inside of a house explosion, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Elizabeth, N.J. Officials say the explosion was caused by gas. The blast leveled the two-family duplex. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Officials have released the name of the man who died in a house explosion in New Jersey.

School resource cop to be fired after shoving Florida teen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 01:55
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police department plans to fire a school resource officer who used "improper conduct" and "excessive force" in shoving a middle school student to the ground.

Hong Kong tycoon buys 7-year-old daughter $77M in diamonds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 01:54

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2015 file photo a Sotheby's employee displays the rare Blue Moon Diamond during a preview at Sotheby's, in Geneva, Switzerland. The 12.03 carat blue diamond is the largest cushion shaped fancy vivid blue diamond ever appear at auction. It is estimated to sell between 35 and 55 million US dollars. The auction will take place in Geneva, on Nov. 11, 2015. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP, file)HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong billionaire tycoon paid a total of $77 million at auctions in Geneva for two large and rare colored diamonds for his 7-year-old daughter Josephine — and renamed them after her, his office said Thursday.

Police shoot, kill armed man near San Francisco hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 01:47
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police shot and killed a gunman Wednesday as he took aim at them in the city's Mission District, authorities said.

Minnesota investigating alleged deer chase on dentist's land

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 01:46
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Thursday it was investigating a report of potentially illegal hunting activity on land owned by the dentist who was sharply criticized for shooting a well-known lion in Zimbabwe.

U of Illinois OKs settlement with professor over job offer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 01:44

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2015 file photo, professor Steven Salaita speaks at the Independent Media Center in Urbana, Ill. On Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, the University of Illinois announced a proposed agreement to pay $600,000 plus legal costs to the professor who lost his job offer over a series of anti-Israel tweets. Its trustees are expected to vote on the deal in Chicago. (Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette via AP File) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois will pay a professor who lost his job offer over a series of anti-Israel tweets $600,000 plus legal costs under an agreement trustees approved Thursday.

Obama awards Medal of Honor to French-born U.S. Army captain

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 01:44

Obama presents Groberg with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. distinction for valor, on Thursday to retired Army Captain Florent Groberg for thwarting an Afghan suicide bomb attack that left him badly wounded. Groberg, 32, received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony. Groberg "says that day was the worst day of his life, and that is the stark reality behind these Medal of Honor ceremonies," Obama said.

Judge sets hearings for defendants in SC church shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 01:39
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has set hearings in the cases of the two men facing various charges in the shooting of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

Obesity still rising among US adults, women overtake men

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 01:39

Chart shows obesity rates; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;NEW YORK (AP) — Obesity is still rising among American adults, despite more than a decade of public-awareness campaigns and other efforts to get people to watch their weight, and women have now overtaken men in the obese category, new government research shows.

Cleveland clergy join Rice family request for prosecutor to step down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 01:36

Tamir Rice is seen allegedly pointing his weapon at the Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland in still image from video"The public trust in (Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty's) representation of the public interest has been significantly compromised," said Rev. Dr. Jawanza Colvin of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland. Added Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Cleveland suburb of Beachwood: "A mother is grieving.

Detroit-area cop who beat driver 16 times won't testify

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 01:30
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area police officer charged with assault in the bloody beating of an unarmed driver has decided not to testify.

Hershey to offer healthier Kisses this holiday season

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 01:06

Hershey's chocolate bars are shown in this photo illustration in EncinitasHershey, founded in 1894, said it would also launch a mobile tool, called SmartLabel, that will provide information on nutritional facts, ingredients and allergens. The new Kisses and milk chocolate bars will be made using locally sourced milk, cane sugar and contain natural flavors, the company said.

Video shows Virginia police using Tasers on man who died

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 00:55
The videos obtained by MSNBC show Linwood Lambert Jr., 46, of Richmond, Virginia, being taken into custody by three South Boston officers on May 4, 2013. The footage shows him repeatedly shocked at the doors of a hospital and then slumping almost unconscious in the back of a police cruiser. Lambert's family filed a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit in U.S. District Court in April against the South Boston officers, the police chief, the deputy chief and the town.

Federal government to finance half of $20 billion New York-New Jersey tunnel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 00:51
The federal government will fund half of a planned $20 billion commuter rail tunnel linking New Jersey and New York under the Hudson River in an agreement announced on Thursday by the states' governors. National rail operator Amtrak has said it expects construction to start in 2019-2021 with completion of the tunnel in 2030. The dates are contingent on financing, Amtrak said in August.

Consumer coalition forms to fight U.S. health insurance mergers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 00:47
Two U.S. consumer groups announced the formation of a coalition with New York labor unions on Thursday to press antitrust regulators to oppose big insurance mergers that would cut the number of nationwide for-profit health insurers from five to three. The Coalition to Preserve Patient Choice, made up of the Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Action and others, was formed because of concern about Anthem Inc's purchase of Cigna Corp for $47 billion and Aetna Inc's decision to buy Humana Inc for $37 billion, the group said in a statement.

Brazil fines Volkswagen $13 million over emissions scheme

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 00:46
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian government says its environmental protection agency has fined Volkswagen $13 million over the German automaker's emissions cheating scheme.

Tensions over whether Paris climate deal can be binding

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 00:39

French President Francois Hollande waits for the start of the second working session of a summit on migration between European and African leaders, in Valletta, Malta, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS (AP) — France's leadership is bristling at U.S. resistance to making a global climate accord under negotiation in Paris next month legally binding.