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Jon Stewart leaving Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 13:26
By Eric Kelsey and Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Jon Stewart, famed for his biting television satire of politicians and the media, will leave his job as host of Comedy Central's parody newscast "The Daily Show" later this year, he told his studio audience at the end of Tuesday night's episode. "It's been the honor of my professional life, and I thank you for watching it, for hate-watching it, whatever reason you are tuning in for." The announcement came after Comedy Central's other big name, former "Daily Show" contributor Stephen Colbert, ended his tenure as star of companion show "The Colbert Report" and left the network in December to succeed the retiring David Letterman as host of the "Late Show" on CBS. The New York-based "The Daily Show," which airs weeknights at 11 p.m. on the Viacom Inc-owned Comedy Central, is expected to continue, the network said, but a replacement for Stewart has yet to be named.

Chicago team that knocked Taney out of Little League World Series under investigation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 13:07

Chicago team that knocked Taney out of Little League World Series under investigationThe Chicago-based team that knocked Philadelphia's Taney Dragons out of the Little League World Series is under investigation.


AccuWeather: Brief Break From The Cold

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:43

 Brief Break From The ColdMeteorologist Melissa Magee says snow showers and arctic air return later this week.


NJ man accused of $50,000 mortgage fraud scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:31

NJ man accused of $50,000 mortgage fraud schemePolice in South Jersey have arrested a man they say has been scamming people out of their hard earned money and very nearly out of their homes.


1 dead, 2 injured in Bucks County collision

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:29

1 dead, 2 injured in Bucks County collisionOne person is dead and at least two others injured after a crash in Bucks County.


Family demands more serious charges in Pennsylvania State Trooper's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:25

Family demands more serious charges in Pennsylvania State Trooper's deathThe family of a Pennsylvania State Trooper killed at the hands of another state policeman is furious over what they say are weak charges.


Some Alabama counties refuse gay marriages, prompting suit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:13

John Humphrey, left, and James Strawser wait for a marriage license along with several other gay couples at the Mobile County Probate office in Mobile, Ala., on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. A federal judge's ruling went into effect Monday overturning Alabama's ban on gay marriage after the U.S. Supreme Court refused the state's request to stop the marriages. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore directed probate judges to refuse the licenses and resist what he called an "illegal" intrusion by the federal court. (AP Photo/AL.com, Sharon Steinmann) MAGS OUTMOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Same-sex marriage spread farther across Alabama on Tuesday as more courthouses issued licenses to gays and lesbians, yet some counties still defied a federal judge's order, so couples took their fight back to court.


FBI to probe fake tax filings through TurboTax: WSJ

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:54
(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining how fraudulent tax returns were filed in 19 states through tax-preparation software TurboTax, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person with knowledge of the matter. In particular, the FBI is focusing on whether a computer data breach allowed access to personal identity information and whether the information was obtained from TurboTax, developed by Intuit Inc, or some other source, the Journal reported. "Intuit has not been notified, nor are we aware, that we are the target of an FBI investigation," Intuit spokeswoman Julie Miller said in an email to Reuters.

50-person bribery case sweeps in NY inspectors, landlords

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:52

People chained together cover their faces as they arrive for arraignment in a bribery scandal, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in New York. City inspectors, landlords and contractors formed a 50-person network that exchanged $450,000 in payoffs to get safety violations dismissed, procure phony eviction orders and get favorable and sometimes nonexistent inspections, authorities said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — City inspectors, landlords and contractors formed a 50-person network of graft that exchanged $450,000 in payoffs to get safety violations dismissed, procure phony eviction orders and get fast, favorable and sometimes nonexistent inspections, authorities said Tuesday.


Asian stocks higher on Greek debt deal hope

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:52

FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks were mostly higher on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, despite losses in Asia, as investors monitor a standoff between Greece and its creditors that threatens to shake markets. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday as confidence grew that Greece would reach a new debt deal with its European creditors enabling it to stay in the euro currency bloc.


Pennsylvania State Police corporal charged in trooper's training death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:46

Family demands more serious charges in Pennsylvania State Trooper's deathA Pennsylvania state police corporal has been arrested on charges of reckless endangering in a firearms training accident that claimed the life of a state trooper last fall.


3 Navy rear admirals reprimanded in corruption scandal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:43
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Three Navy rear admirals linked to a massive bribery scandal that cost the government at least $20 million have been reprimanded but will not face criminal charges, the Navy announced Tuesday.

Arizona high court won't allow secret Jodi Arias testimony

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:30
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court won't reconsider a ruling that bars convicted murderer Jodi Arias from testifying in secret at her sentencing retrial.

Obama, China's Xi discuss economic, security issues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) to continue his nation's financial moves toward consumer-led growth and a market-determined exchange rate.

Yellowstone grizzlies exiting winter hibernation early amid mild weather

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:40
Grizzly bears at Yellowstone National Park are emerging from winter hibernation weeks earlier than normal because of the arrival of spring-like weather, with warmer-than-usual temperatures and rain instead of snow, a park spokesman said on Tuesday. Nash said the emergence of grizzlies comes roughly a month earlier than in recent years, with the first sightings of the bears from 2012 to 2014 happening between March 4 and March 14. Grizzlies are ravenous after periods of hibernation that can span months and in which eating and other activities are suspended, Nash said.

UN rights chief says all Libyan sides have committed abuses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:31
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief says all parties in Libya have committed numerous grave human rights abuses ranging from deadly attacks on civilians to executions, abductions and torture.

Target agrees to pay $3.9 million in false-advertising suit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:30
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Target has agreed to pay nearly $4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Northern California prosecutors that alleged the retailer charged higher prices than advertised, prosecutors said Tuesday.

ACLU sues for records on Border Patrol's 'roving' agents

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:30
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Border Patrol's parent agency Tuesday for records on its activities away from the nation's border with Mexico.

Judge sides with government in lawsuit over surveillance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:29
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday sided with the government in a lawsuit alleging the National Security Agency is illegally engaging in the bulk collection of Internet and telephone records in the hunt for potential terrorists.

It's snow joke: More winter weather coming to New England

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:28

Michael Rae, left, and Olga Clark, right, help a man in a wheelchair through a snow-covered crosswalk on Church Street in downtown Worcester, Mass. Monday Feb. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/The Telegram & Gazette, Rick Cinclair)BOSTON (AP) — As New Englanders dug out from 2 more feet of snow Tuesday, there appeared to be no relief in sight. Meteorologists predict more snow is on the way Thursday and perhaps this weekend in the snow-choked region.