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Judge releases limited details of New York chokehold grand jury

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:50

A woman, demanding justice for death of Eric Garner, holds sign while shouting slogans from behind police barricades separating protesters from Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, New YorkBy Joseph Ax and David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York grand jury that decided not to charge a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man heard testimony from 50 witnesses and considered 60 exhibits including four videos, a state judge said on Thursday. The details were contained in a brief order from Stephen Rooney, a judge in the New York City borough of Staten Island who granted the request of local prosecutor Daniel Donovan to release publicly some details about the secret proceeding. ...


Man gets 110 years for killing boy, raping sister

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:49

Man gets 110 years for killing boy, raping sisterA man has been sentenced to 110 years in prison for killing a 6-year-old boy and raping his sister.


Manhunt under way for Florida man suspected in triple homicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:48
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A man was shot dead at a Florida church on Thursday and two women were found dead at a nearby home, and authorities were searching for the husband of one of the women as the suspect in the triple murder. Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a church shooting around 1:20 p.m., according to a news release. While at the scene, they learned about two more people killed at a nearby home in Bradenton, located on central Florida's Gulf Coast. ...

De Blasio sends careful message in chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:45

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, surrounded by community leaders, speaks to reporters about the grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case in the borough of Staten Island in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. A grand jury cleared the white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim's family said. A video shot by an onlooker and widely viewed on the Internet showed the 43-year-old Garner telling a group of police officers to leave him alone as they tried to arrest him. The city medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide and found that a chokehold contributed to it. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio first spoke at a Staten Island church. Next, he gave an interview to a hip-hop radio station. That was followed by a blast email to his campaign mailing list and a press conference about a new training program aimed at reforming the New York Police Department.


911 calls show frantic moments after FSU shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:45
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In the frantic and chaotic moments after gunfire erupted at Florida State University late last month, one female student in a library stairwell told a police dispatcher by phone, "There's a shooter, please I'm begging you," and another caller said, "Everyone's running."

NJ restaurant customer diagnosed with hepatitis A

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:42

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.


Exclusive: U.S. House Republicans prepare 2015 immigration legislation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:41

Demonstrators picket against the possible arrivals of undocumented migrants who may be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in CaliforniaBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans, outraged with President Barack Obama for easing deportations of millions of undocumented residents, plan legislation in 2015 strengthening the U.S.-Mexican border to discourage illegal immigration. The move, likely to come early next year according to House Republican leadership aides, may lead to other steps the House of Representatives could contemplate to repair parts of U.S. immigration law. ...


Arrest in Germantown murder of NBA player's father

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:27

Arrest in Germantown murder of NBA player's fatherPhiladelphia police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of the father of a Los Angeles Lakers player in Germantown.


Kentucky healthcare worker fired over inflammatory Ferguson post

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:17
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - A Kentucky healthcare worker who called people protesting a fatal police shooting in Missouri "cockroaches" in a personal Facebook post has been fired, her employer said on Thursday. “Just an excuse to act more like the animals they are... ” read Renea French Rainey's post, which was published by Insider Louisville, an online news site. “Real ammo not rubber!!!!! The authorities have betrayed their law abiding, peaceful citizens by allowing this to happen. ...

Russian arms dealer's accused associate gets five years in U.S. prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:15
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S.-Syrian citizen was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for conspiring with Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to buy aircraft in violation of sanctions imposed on them by the U.S. government. Richard Chichakli, 55, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge William Pauley in New York to pay $1.77 million in forfeitures and restitution after a jury last year found him guilty of conspiracy and wire fraud charges. He faced up to nine years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. ...

Navy investigates illegal video allegation on sub

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:13
KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE, Ga. (AP) — The Navy has launched a sexual misconduct investigation into allegations that illegal video recordings were made aboard a submarine that was among the first to allow American women to serve alongside men.

New York mayor faces conundrum over police chokehold protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:12
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mayor Bill de Blasio, a liberal Democrat who vowed to bridge New York's divides over race and wealth, is struggling to balance the need for policing and unfair treatment of black people following a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. De Blasio, of Italian descent and married to a black woman with whom he has two children, defused a first night of protests across New York City on Wednesday with a balance of restrained policing and by showing he was listening, political experts said. ...

Hagel dismisses reports he resigned over differences with Obama

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:12

U.S. President Obama listens to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel after the president announced Hagel's resignation at the White House in WashingtonBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday his resignation last week was not prompted by "major differences" with President Barack Obama, pushing back against statements that he had been fired or quit due to White House micromanagement. Hagel, speaking publicly for the first time about his Nov. 24 resignation, said he decided to step down after several conversations with the president led him to conclude that now was the best timing for a Pentagon leadership change. ...


Police in Florida shoot man in car, say he was armed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:07
ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - An Orlando police detective working a burglary case on Thursday shot and critically wounded a man who was sitting in a car with a gun, the police department reported. Two police detectives were walking up to a home as part of a burglary investigation when they noticed the man in the car in the driveway, according to the police department’s press release. “After the detectives walked up to the parked vehicle, they looked inside and immediately saw the suspect with a gun. ...

Yemen hostage's family pleads for mercy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:02
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The family of an American photojournalist taken hostage by al-Qaida in Yemen has posted a video pleading for his captors to spare him.

White ex-cop charged in killing of black man in SC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:51

The town hall and police station in Eutawville, S.C., is seen on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. A white man who was the police chief in the small South Carolina town was charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting death of an unarmed black man nearly four years ago. A grand jury indicted Richard Combs on Wednesday, the same day a New York grand jury refused to indict a white officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. And it has been more than a week since a grand jury similarly refused to indict a white officer in the death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — A white former police chief here was indicted on murder charges in the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man after an argument, a case that instantly drew comparisons to the Ferguson shooting and the chokehold death in New York.


Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:48

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama administration officials are acknowledging that HealthCare.gov premiums, on average, will go up next year. But the same officials say most current customers can still save money if they are willing to shop around a competitive marketplace. In a report released Thursday, the Health and Human Services Department says premiums for the most popular type of plan will go up an average of 5 percent in 35 states where the federal government is running the health insurance exchanges. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.


Crews break up homeless camp in Silicon Valley

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:46
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — About 50 muddy souls dragged their meager belongings out of a trash-strewn California creek bed Thursday as police and social-service workers began clearing away one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, a collection of flimsy tents and plywood shelters in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Perelman's fraud lawsuit vs NY gallery owner is thrown out

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:43
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The billionaire Ronald Perelman's lawsuit accusing New York City art gallery owner Larry Gagosian of defrauding him into overpaying for a Cy Twombly painting has been thrown out by a unanimous state appeals court. Despite being a "sophisticated" plaintiff, Perelman "conducted no due diligence" to determine the value of Twombly's "Leaving Paphos Ringed With Waves" before agreeing to buy it for $10.5 million, the Manhattan court said on Thursday. ...

UN chief hoping for draft of global climate deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:42
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he will travel to the climate conference in Peru next week and is hopeful that delegates will draft an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.