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Boy Scouts settle California abuse case, averting release of files

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:37
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America have settled a high-profile sex abuse lawsuit in a move that averts a requirement to release files detailing abuse claims and incidents across the country from 1986 to 2007, an attorney said on Thursday. The case in Santa Barbara County was closely watched because of the potential for public release of years of documents the Boy Scouts call the ineligible volunteer files but which have often been publicly derided as the "perversion files." The terms of the settlement in the civil lawsuit, brought by a 20-year-old man who was abused at age 13 by a Scout leader in 2007, were not immediately released. "I'm still optimistic that at some point these files are going to become public, it just didn't happen with this lawsuit," said Tim Hale, an attorney for the plaintiff. In another case in 2012, the Oregon Supreme Court ordered the release of roughly 20,000 pages of confidential Boy Scout files documenting suspected or confirmed sexual abuse by the group's leaders and volunteers between 1965 to 1985.

Smartphone Snapshot: Samsung getting squeezed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:35

Graphic shows worldwide market share for smartphones; 3c x 3 inches; 146 mm x 76 mm;SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The runaway success of Apple's newest iPhone has fueled a dramatic shift in the global market: the California tech giant is now neck-and-neck with South Korea's Samsung for the title of world's leading seller of smartphones.


Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:32
SEATTLE (AP) — For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades.

Boy Scouts settle California suit over abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:31

 Boy Scouts settle California suit over abuseLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 — a decision that will keep years' worth of "perversion" files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.


Marijuana arrests: A look at their rise and fall in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:30
NEW YORK (AP) — Low-level marijuana arrests came under scrutiny in New York City after rocketing up during the last 20 years. But they've declined markedly amid public pressure and policing changes in the last few years. A look at the annual numbers:

APNewsBreak: Pot arrests plunge in NYC after policy change

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:27
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's pledge to stop making many marijuana arrests is playing out on the streets, where arrests and summonses for small-time pot possession have plummeted since the policy change this fall.

OF Jayson Werth pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:25
Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has pleaded guilty to reckless driving and has been sentenced to five days in jail for driving 105 mph on the Capital Beltway.

4th person faces murder charges in deadly house explosion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:24

In this undated photo provided by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department shows Gary Thompson. Thompson arrested Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, and is the fourth person that been arrested in connection with an Indianapolis house explosion that killed two people and damaged dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man charged Thursday with murder and arson in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion was offered $5,000 to burn down the home two weeks before it was leveled by a natural gas blast, court documents allege.


U.S. military pay reforms could save $12 billion yearly: panel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:09
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressionally appointed panel on U.S. military compensation recommended overhauling retirement and healthcare benefits on Thursday to improve services offered to troops and families while cutting costs by up to $12.6 billion annually. The nine-member panel, including former military leaders and lawmakers, recommended the Pentagon broaden its retirement benefits to provide 401(K)-style savings plans for most service members while retaining a slimmed-down version of its current 20-year retirement plan. It also recommended reforming the health system for military families and younger retirees, replacing much of the current Tricare system with commercial insurance that would improve access to care. The report's release drew a muted response, with President Barack Obama and other senior leaders thanking the panel and promising to study its findings.

School bus involved in Logan accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:04

School bus involved in Logan accidentOne person was hospitalized after a crash involving a school bus in Phildaelphia's Logan section.


Fugitive treasure hunter wants to stay in Florida: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:04
After years on the run, a treasure hunter wanted in Ohio over accusations of cheating investors after recovering a fortune in gold from a shipwreck told a federal court hearing on Thursday that he has health problems and should stay in Florida, the Palm Beach Post reported. Authorities apprehended Tommy Thompson this week at a Hilton hotel in Palm Beach County, where he apparently had been living for two years with a woman, Alison Antekeier, who also was detained, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Lee Brannon did not appear receptive to Thompson's desire to stay in Florida due to health concerns, the Post reported. A warrant was issued for his arrest in Ohio in 2012 when Thompson failed to appear in federal court for a civil case to disclose the location of the gold recovered from his 1988 treasure hunt.

New push on Capitol Hill for more oversight of US aid agency

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 06:03

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Key senators are telling The Associated Press they want to see more rigorous oversight of the federal government's development agency, called the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. The agency was the subject of an AP investigation earlier this week into a failed $217 million energy project in western Africa that was marked by insider connections and questionable due diligence. The AP's scrutiny brings renewed attention to earlier proposals on Capitol Hill to create the job of inspector general inside the agency to review its activities. McCaskill said inspectors general serve as the eyes and ears of taxpayers to prevent waste, fraud and abuse, and every agency should have one. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Key U.S. senators said they want more oversight of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the federal government's development finance agency that was the subject of an Associated Press investigation earlier this week into a failed $217 million energy project in western Africa marked by insider connections and questionable due diligence.


U.S., Colombia arrest 17 accused of shipping cocaine from Venezuela

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:57
Officials in Puerto Rico and Colombia arrested 17 members of an alleged drug ring on Thursday accused of money laundering and smuggling cocaine from Venezuela to the United States. Last month a federal grand jury in Puerto Rico issued a 23-count indictment against the group of 29. Six were arrested in Colombia on Thursday, where three more are wanted. All will be extradited to Puerto Rico, where officials are searching for the remaining nine, said Homeland Security spokesman Ivan Ortiz.

NY prosecutors clear immigrant from Barbados in '86 burglary

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:51

Michael Waithe sits in a courtroom while waiting to be exonerated in New York, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. A state Supreme Court judge granted a prosecutor's motion to vacate Waithe's 1987 burglary conviction. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says in a statement Waithe came to the U.S. seeking a better life but was instead framed for a crime he didn't commit. The green card-holder faces deportation based on the conviction. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City judge on Thursday vacated the 1987 conviction of an immigrant from Barbados who prosecutors said was wrongfully convicted of burglarizing a woman's apartment, serving more than a year in prison for a crime that never took place.


Report: Lawyers in city-funded group were in anti-cop video

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:51
NEW YORK (AP) — Two lawyers at a legal defense agency that receives $20 million in city funding participated in a music video that advocated the killing of police officers, city investigators said Thursday.

Amazon shares spike as 4Q profit beats by a mile

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:48

In this Dec. 1, 2014 photo, Teresa Clark fills an order at the Amazon fulfillment center in Lebanon, Tenn. Shares of Amazon.com jumped over 8 percent in aftermarket trading after the e-commerce giant beat quarterly profit expectations by a mile, the company announced, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Amazon.com jumped over 8 percent in aftermarket trading after the e-commerce giant beat quarterly profit expectations by a mile.


Fame made ex-NFL star a target in murder case, lawyer says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:46

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez listens during his trial as defense attorney Charles Rankin looks on while an image of Odin Lloyd is displayed on a monitor in Fall River MassachusettsBy Scott Malone and Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had no reason to kill the semiprofessional football player he is charged with murdering in 2013, but was targeted by law enforcement because of his fame, his attorneys argued on Thursday. The first of two murder trials that the one-time National Football League star faces this year opened in Massachusetts Superior Court in Fall River just days before his former team faces the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona, 2,600 miles (4,184 kilometers) away. Prosecutors contend that Hernandez, 25, murdered Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near his North Attleborough, Massachusetts, home in June 2013, after a dispute regarding some people that Lloyd had spent time with at a nightclub, a charge that his lawyers vigorously opposed in their opening statements. "Aaron Hernandez is an innocent man," defense attorney Michael Fee told the jury.


Accused cop killer Eric Frein pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:45

Accused cop killer Eric Frein pleads not guiltyEric Frein, the man accused of killing a Pennsylvania State Trooper and injuring another, has entered a plea of not guilty.


Accuweather: Light Snow Arrives Tonight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:41

 Light Snow Arrives TonightMeteorologist David Murphy says snow tonight is light. Colder air arrives Friday evening.


Ohio rabbi held on charges of sexually abusing Maryland girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:40
(Reuters) - An Ohio rabbi charged with sexually abusing a Maryland girl was ordered held on $500,000 bail and to turn in his passport, officials in Baltimore said on Thursday. The rabbi, 50-year-old Frederick Karp, was charged Wednesday with sexually abusing the minor between July 2009 and December 2014 while visiting with her family in Baltimore. Karp faces charges including sexual abuse of a minor and perverted practice, according to police.He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $500,000 bail, said a spokeswoman for the Maryland State's Attorney's Office.Karp, who is from the Cleveland suburb of Beachwood, was arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Jan. 15. He was extradited to Maryland on Wednesday.