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Case of South Carolina police chief accused of murder ends in mistrial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 01:09

Former Eutawville Police Chief Richard Combs sits with lawyers on the second day of testimony in his trial for the murder of Bernard Bailey in OrangeburgBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina judge declared a mistrial early on Tuesday after a jury said it was deadlocked in the case against a white former police chief accused in the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man. Richard Combs, 38, was charged with murder after killing Bernard Bailey, 54, with his service weapon in the town hall parking lot in Eutawville, a town of about 300 people southeast of the state capital of Columbia. The ex-chief said he fired his gun in self-defense. ...


Judge cuts damages for teacher fired for in vitro treatment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:56
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge has cut by more than two-thirds the damages awarded to an Indiana teacher who was fired by a Roman Catholic diocese for trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization.

Obama sits down with leaders of new GOP-run Congress

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:54

President Barack Obama, flanked by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks to media before his meetin with bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss a wide range of issues, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, huddling with House and Senate leaders for the first time this year, urged lawmakers Tuesday to stake out areas of compromise, including on trade, tax reform and cybersecurity.


Man robbed inside 7-Eleven after answering Craigslist ad in Mayfair

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:45

Man robbed inside 7-Eleven after answering Craigslist ad in MayfairPolice have released surveillance video from inside a convenience store where a man was robbed after responding to a Craigslist ad in Philadelphia's Mayfair neighborhood.


Plea deal calls for man to get life terms in 4 Ohio slayings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:38

FILE-This undated file photo provided by Crawford County, Ohio, Sheriff's Office shows Donald Hoffman. Hoffman, accused of killing four men at their homes in Bucyrus, Ohio, has been scheduled for a change of plea hearing after an expert concluded he was competent to stand trial. Hoffman earlier pleaded not guilty on 21 counts, including aggravated murder and robbery. The hearing for Hoffman is set for Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, days before the scheduled trial in the potential death penalty case in Bucyrus.(AP Photo/Crawford County Ohio Sheriff Office, File)BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) — A defendant charged with killing four men at their homes in a small, north-central Ohio city would spend life in prison under a proposed plea deal, a prosecutor said.


DuPont workers may have been exposed to toxic gas for years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:33

FILE - This undated file photo shows a sign at a DuPont facility in La Porte, Texas. Records show that employees at the Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas killed four workers in November 2014, may have been exposed to the dangerous fumes for years. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Marie D. De Jesus, File)HOUSTON (AP) — State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years.


Worker dies after fall at Citgo Corpus Christi refinery: sources

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:31
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A worker has died from injuries sustained in a fall on Monday night at Citgo Petroleum Corp's Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery, said sources familiar with the plant's operations. The man fell while he was working about 120 feet up on the gasoline-producing 69,000-barrel-per-day Fluidic Catalytic Cracking Unit No. 2 at the 163,000 bpd refinery, according to the sources. In a statement, Citgo said another employee found the worker unconscious near an operating unit at about 9 p.m. on Monday night. ...

Quiet year in terms of tax changes, but ACA provides twist

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:24

In this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 photo, tax preparer Richard Sowell, left, works with Courtney Mayhew at H&R Block offices in Atlas District in Washington. The Internal Revenue Service said it would begin accepting electronic returns and processing paper ones as scheduled on Jan. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's signature health care law will bring a new twist to tax-filing in 2015, a year in which much else will seem familiar when you're working on your return.


Prospect of Chinese cars in US still remain years away

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:14

Xiangdong Huang, president of GAC Engineering, left, and Yuan Zhongrong, vice chairman of GAC, pose with the automaker's new GS4 during the North American International Auto Show, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Another Chinese automaker is showing vehicles this year at the auto show in Detroit, raising the perennial question about when these companies might sell in the United States.


Supreme Court upholds man's conviction over elderly woman's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 00:05
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a North Carolina man for causing the death of a 79-year-old woman who died of a heart attack after he entered her home while fleeing police following a botched bank robbery. On a unanimous 9-0 vote, the court said Larry Whitfield could be prosecuted under a criminal law that penalizes "forceful accompaniment resulting in death" during or after a bank robbery. Whitfield entered Mary Parnell's home while fleeing from the scene of the failed bank robbery in Gastonia, North Carolina. ...

Jury selection starts in New York trial of alleged Silk Road creator

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 23:58
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jury selection began on Tuesday in the trial of the suspected operator of Silk Road, an online black market bazaar where users could anonymously by drugs and other illicit goods using bitcoin. The trial in Manhattan federal court of Ross Ulbricht, 30, marks the highest-profile test yet of U.S. authorities' efforts to crackdown on the use of the digital currency bitcoin for drug trafficking and other crimes. Ulbricht faces seven counts including operating a continuing criminal enterprise and conspiracy to commit narcotics trafficking. ...

Judge hears dispute over Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible, Nobel medal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 23:31

Bernice King and Martin Luther King, III attend a service on the 25th anniversary of the King Holiday in AtlantaBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A legal battle between the children of the late Martin Luther King Jr. over ownership of his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal and the Bible he carried with him during the civil rights movement is being heard by a judge in Atlanta on Tuesday. The feud pits King's sons, Dexter King and Martin Luther King III, against his surviving daughter, Bernice King. ...


Husband of missing Mt. Laurel woman taken into custody

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 23:24

Husband of missing Mt. Laurel woman taken into custodyPolice have taken a man in for questioning in the disappearance of his wife, a missing mother of two from Mount Laurel, New Jersey.


U.S. Supreme Court rules for homeowners over mortgage dispute

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 23:16

The Supreme Court in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of homeowners seeking to back out of mortgages when lenders are accused of failing to follow a federal “truth in lending” law.


Princeton University announces death of student on campus

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 23:16

Princeton University announces death of student on campusA 22-year-old Princeton University student was found dead in her campus residence on Monday.


Victim ID'd n vehicle crash in Milford Twp., Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 22:59

Victim ID'd n vehicle crash in Milford Twp., Pa.Police have identified the person who died following a car crash in Milford Township, Pennsylvania late Monday night.


Bad weather delays balloon crew aiming to break records

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 22:57
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An international team aiming to break two major ballooning records says the launch of its helium-filled balloon has been delayed again by bad weather.

New tax forms to fill out on health insurance coverage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 22:47

This Aug. 21, 2014 file photo shows health care tax forms 8962, 1095-A, and 8965, in Washington. Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015. In 2015, all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service for the first time whether or not they had health insurance the previous year. Most will check a box. It’s also when the IRS starts collecting fines from some uninsured people, and deciding if others qualify for exemptions. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Be prepared for the tax man to get even more personal this year — with questions about your health insurance.


Lawyers: Ex-Va. gov's appeal may take bulk of sentence

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 22:25
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawyers say the appeal of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption convictions could take almost as long as his two-year prison sentence itself.

5 Things to Know about Albuquerque police situation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 22:11

FILE - This March 16, 2014 photo of an Albuquerque Police Department lapel camera still, shows a standoff with James Boyd, 38, before firing six shots at the man. Lawyers for two Albuquerque police officers say both will face charges in the March killing of Boyd a homeless camper, a shooting that generated sometimes violent protests around the city and sparked a federal investigation. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Police Department, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Police Department has been roiled by a series of police shootings since 2010, many of them deadly. The controversy reached a peak last year after officers shot and killed a mentally ill homeless man carrying two small knives, resulting in sometimes violent protests.