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Texas murder suspect plotted revenge for a year, prosecutors say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:37
By Lisa Maria Garza ROCKWALL, Texas (Reuters) - A former Texas justice of the peace plotted revenge for a year before gunning down two suburban Dallas district attorneys who had prosecuted him and ruined his career, prosecutors said on Monday at the start of his capital murder trial. Eric Williams, 47, a former Kaufman County justice of the peace and attorney, is charged in the shooting deaths of District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse in early 2013. ...

House nearing vote on 1-year package of tax breaks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:29

FILE - In this March 22, 2103 file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building is seen in Washington. House Republicans are moving to pass a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals. Most of the more than 50 tax breaks expired at the end of 2013, so the extension would only run through the end of the month. However, it would allow taxpayers to claim the tax breaks when they file their 2014 tax returns. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling to reach a long-term agreement, House Republicans plan to vote on a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals.


Mennonite sentenced in cartel drug smuggling case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:26

FILE - In this May 8, 2014 file photo legally-grown marijuana grows at a dispensary in Denver. In what prosecutors called a drug smuggling conspiracy involving Mennonites and a Mexican drug cartel, a Mennonite man was sentenced Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 to 15 months in prison for aiding the movement of tons of marijuana to the U.S. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — It was an unlikely alliance that authorities said involved a group of pacifist Mexican Mennonites accused of growing tons of marijuana and working with a notoriously vicious Mexican cartel to ship it across the U.S. border.


Cyber Monday shoppers give retailers sales bump

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:24

Glenn Wright, dressed in a Santa Claus costume, moves items at the Amazon fulfillment center on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Lebanon, Tenn. Retailers rolled out discounts and free shipping deals on Cyber Monday, with millions of Americans expected to log on and shop on their work computers, laptops and tablets after the busy holiday shopping weekend. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NEW YORK (AP) — Cyber Monday is turning into Cyber Month.


FBI looking into hack of Sony Pictures' computers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:24

FBI looking into hack of Sony Pictures' computersThe FBI has confirmed it is investigating a recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week.


Feds: Mercedes violated labor law at Alabama plant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:21

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2014, file photo, Mercedes workers sign up for a new United Auto Workers local aimed at gaining representation at the Mercedes plant near Tuscaloosa, Ala. The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant.


Amazon's new robot army is ready to ship

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:05

A Kiva robot drive unit is seen, foreground, before it moves under a stack of merchandise pods, seen on a tour of one of Amazon's newest distribution centers in Tracy, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. This Amazon Fulfillment Center opened in 2013 and was refitted to use new robot technology in the summer of 2014. All year Amazon has been investing in ways to make shipping faster and easier to prepare for this holiday season. At this Northern California warehouse the company is employing robotics and other new technology to help workers process the annual onslaught of shopping orders. (AP Photo/Brandon Bailey)TRACY, California (AP) — A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to "pick" each item a customer ordered and prepare it for shipping.


Man fined in Saddam Hussein family gun plot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:01
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to trying to sell firearms believed to have been owned by Saddam Hussein's family was fined $5,000 by a federal judge Monday.

Son convicted of looting Brooke Astor's money dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:01

FILE - In this April 29, 2009 file photo, Anthony Marshall arrives with his wife Charlene to State Supreme court in New York where Marshall, the son of philanthropist Brooke Astor, was charged with plundering his mothers fortune. Marshall, whose aristocratic life as Astor's only child unraveled as he was convicted of raiding her fortune, has died, his lawyer said Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Marshall was 90. Marshall, a decorated World War II veteran who later became a diplomat and Broadway producer, died Sunday morning, Nov. 30, 2014, in New York, attorney Kenneth Warner said. Warner didn't immediately have information on the cause of Marshall's death, but the 90-year-old had had heart and other health problems for years. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Marshall's trial was a lens on the lives of the famous and monied, featuring testimony from the likes of Barbara Walters and Henry Kissinger.


Bill to ban NYC horse carriages heads to council

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 07:55

 a career driving a taxi. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio's long-delayed plans to ban the city's horse carriages are finally moving forward with a bill that phases out the industry by 2016 and dangles a carrot for the soon-to-be unemployed drivers: a career driving a taxi.


Boston Marathon bombing suspect asks to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 07:54
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday made a second bid to move his trial outside Massachusetts, arguing that "emotionally charged" media coverage and the widespread impact of the attacks have made it impossible for him to get a fair trial in the state.

Texas murder suspect plotted revenge for a year, prosecutors say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 07:49
By Lisa Maria Garza ROCKWALL, Texas (Reuters) - A former justice of the peace in Texas plotted his revenge for a year before gunning down the men who had prosecuted him for theft and ruined his career, prosecutors said Monday at the start of his capital murder trial. Eric Williams, 47, stands accused of killing three people, including two prosecutors, in suburban Dallas last year. ...

AccuWeather: Wintry mix possible tomorrow

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 07:46

Rain, Wintry Mix TuesdayMeteorologist Karen Rogers says temperatures rise well above average for the first day of December.


Boy behind wall used texts to help police find him

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 07:41
JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy used text messages and photos to help lead police to the small compartment behind an upstairs linen closet where he was being hidden inside his father's and stepmother's home in the Atlanta suburbs, authorities said Monday.

Kids caught riding bikes in traffic on Schuylkill Expressway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 07:39

Kids caught riding bikes in traffic on Schuylkill ExpresswayA group of several children were caught riding their bikes through traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway.


Conservatives work to block Obama on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 07:37

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks at a news conference following the secretary's visit to the Islamic Center of the San Gabriel Valley in Rowland Heights, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives circulated draft legislation Monday aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration from taking effect, as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson prepared to offer GOP critics a full-throated defense of the new policies.


Obama vows to address 'simmering distrust' between police, minorities

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 07:36

Protestors stage a "die-in" as they rally against the Ferguson, Mo. Grand Jury exoneration of police officer Darren Wilson, at the U.S. Justice Department in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made a forceful pledge on Monday to use his last two years in office to address the "simmering distrust" between police and minority communities as he requested $263 million for the federal response to the civil rights upheaval triggered in Ferguson, Missouri. Obama said he would set up a task force to study how to improve community policing with an eye toward building trust between law enforcement and communities of color. ...


Bill Cosby quits trustee post at Temple University

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 07:35

File photo of Bill Cosby attending American Comedy Awards in New YorkBy Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby has resigned from the board of trustees of Temple University, his alma mater said in a statement on Monday, after the entertainer was hit with a wave of sexual assault accusations. More than a dozen women have come forward in the past few weeks with accusations that Cosby, 77, sexually assaulted them as far back as the 1960s. Patrick O'Connor, chairman of the Philadelphia university's board of trustees, said Cosby called him on Monday to resign. ...


More details emerge about the night Shane Montgomery went missing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 07:28

More details emerge about the night Shane Montgomery went missingThe reward went up today for information about missing college student Shane Montgomery. But despite the plea for help, there's still no sign of him.


Delivery services ready for Cyber Monday boom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 07:27

Delivery services ready for Cyber Monday boomAfter what's being called a disappointing holiday weekend at shopping malls across the country, Cyber Monday could take on an added importance.