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New York Mayor de Blasio named PETA's Person of the Year

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:48

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attends a news conference to announce a tentative contract agreement with the Uniformed Superior Officers Coalition at City Hall in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was named 2014 Person of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for opposing horse-drawn carriages in Manhattan and advocating other animal-friendly causes, the group said on Thursday. De Blasio, a liberal who took office less than a year ago, campaigned partly on the promise to push for a ban on horse-drawn buggy rides in Central Park, a cause that has won him the support of PETA and other animal rights groups. “I’m humbled to receive this support from PETA," de Blasio said in a statement. ...


Couple arrested after girl, 1, falls out of window

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:39
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut couple is facing charges after the woman's 1-year-old daughter fell out of a second-story window.

DA: Bristol Township middle school sex video may be incest case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:36

 Bristol Township middle school sex video may be case of incestPolice are investigating an apparent sex tape involving juveniles that has been circulating among middle school students in Bristol Township.


Ohio high court upholds traffic camera enforcement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:33

File - In this Oct. 29, 2014 file photo, motorists drive past a sign warning of upcoming traffic cameras in Cleveland. A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state’s municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks for camera use. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state's municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks for camera advocates.


Father of unlicensed driver in fatal crash denies having let her drive his SUV

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:33
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A man whose 15-year-old daughter, an unlicensed driver, crashed his SUV in an accident in Pennsylvania that killed three people denies having given her permission to drive the vehicle, his attorney said on Thursday. The father, Michael J. Ware, was charged on Wednesday with manslaughter. Pennsylvania State Police on Wednesday filed 13 criminal charges, including involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children, against Ware, 53, of Scarsdale, New York. ...

Cuomo gets kudos, scorn for New York fracking ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:33

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his.


Thieves steal package from porch of Rhawnhurst home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:30

Thieves steal package from porch of Rhawnhurst homePolice are searching for a pair of thieves who stole a package from the front porch of a home in Northeast Philadelphia.


Judge to decide evidence issue in gambling case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:30

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, Wei Seng Phua walks into federal court in Las Vegas. Phua, his son Darren Wai Kit Phua, and four others were arrested in July after federal agents raided three high-roller villas at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Defense attorneys will ask U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, to throw out the evidence that was collected as the tainted result of an illegal FBI ruse. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge said Thursday she'll rule soon on whether the FBI improperly entered suites at a Las Vegas Strip casino without a warrant during a probe of what prosecutors say was illegal gambling involving a Malaysian businessman and his son.


7-year-old honorary firefighter laid to rest with full honors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:29

7-year-old honorary firefighter laid to rest with full honorsA local 7-year-old received a farewell fit for a hero. Aiden Riebel died of cancer last week, and the boy with a big heart was also an honorary firefighter.


Trial of Pennsylvania family accused of starving boy set for March

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:27
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The trial of three members of a western Pennsylvania family accused of beating and starving a seven-year-old boy nearly to death will begin on March 10, court officials said on Thursday. The boy's mother, Mary Rader, 28, his grandmother Deana Beighley, 48, and her husband, Dennis Beighley, 59, appeared at the Mercer County courthouse on Wednesday before Judge Christopher St. John for a hearing to set the trial date. The three have been charged with torturing and nearly killing Rader's son in Greenville, about 80 miles north of Pittsburgh. ...

Wisconsin girls in Slenderman case ruled competent to stand trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:26
By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA, Wisc. (Reuters) - Two Wisconsin girls accused of luring a classmate into the woods and repeatedly stabbing her to please a fictional Internet character named Slenderman are competent to stand trial, a judge ruled on Thursday. Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 12 at the time, were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide in the attack on their classmate the morning after a sleepover in May in Waukesha, a suburb west of Milwaukee. ...

Prized viola found smashed after being stolen from Philadelphia musician

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:26

Prized viola found smashed after being stolen from Philadelphia musicianA Philadelphia musician is dealing with the loss of something irreplaceable, her prized viola that dates back centuries.


Most steel fasteners safe on San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge: officials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:11
By Michael Fleeman (Reuters) - The vast majority of steel rods and bolts holding together a new section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are safe, state investigators said Thursday, despite earlier cracks in about 32 fasteners on the span, which replaced a section of the bridge lost in a 1989 earthquake. ...

Thousands respond to black rhino import request

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:09

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2014 file image from video provided by WFAA.com, Corey Knowlton, whose $350,000 bid at a January auction won a rare permit to hunt endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia, speaks during an interview in Dallas. A federal agency examining Knowlton's application for a permit to import the corpse of an endangered black rhinoceros says it has received about 135,000 signatures demanding that the request be denied. (AP Photo/WFAA.com, File)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A federal agency is sifting through thousands of comments regarding a Texas hunter's application for a permit to import the carcass of an endangered black rhinoceros that he hopes to kill.


Innovative California Rabbi Harold Schulweis dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:07
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rabbi Harold Schulweis, an influential Conservative synagogue leader and scholar who fostered bold change, has died in Los Angeles at age 89.

President signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:40

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits. AP’s investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of dollars in retirement benefits after being forced to leave the United States. Recipients ranged from the SS guards who patrolled the Third Reich’s network of camps where millions of Jews died to a rocket scientist who helped develop the V-2 rocket that Nazi Germany used to attack London. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.


Grave of Confederate soldier dug up in Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:40
KNOXVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say the grave of a Confederate soldier has been dug up and investigators are working to determine whether anything has been stolen.

Obama signs bill to sanction Venezuelan officials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed legislation into law allowing him to sanction Venezuelan government officials who were involved in a crackdown on anti-government protesters.

NASA's Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:18

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 image made from video provided by NASA, the Orion capsule floats after splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars. (AP Photo/NASA)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck.


Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:18

This June 17, 2013 photo, made available courtesy Sean Waugh, NOAA, shows graduate research assistant Kevin Rauhauser, with the University of Colorado's Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles, (RECUV), launching the Tempest unmanned aerial vehicle for a test flight on Table Mountain, near Boulder, Colo. Researchers say they’ve collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big storms, and now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning how tornados form.(AP Photo/Sean Waugh, NOAA)DENVER (AP) — Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form.