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For holidays, seasonal flavors bring sales boon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:18

In this Nov. 24, 2014 photo, a sign at a Starbucks store advertises the 30th Anniversary of Starbucks' Christmas Blend coffee, in Seattle. Starbucks is one of many businesses that roll out a number of limited-time flavors around the holidays. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)NEW YORK (AP) — Lisa Hanock-Jasie turns into coffee fiend during the holidays, mainly because she loves the peppermint lattes.


Detroit public art project seeks arsonist who torched installation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:14
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - An internationally acclaimed public art installation in Detroit released a video on Wednesday in an effort to find a suspect who may have suffered burns while torching the project's "Taxi House." It was the 12th time in 18 months that arsonists damaged or destroyed art installations in unoccupied houses at the Heidelberg Project, a two-square-block urban renewal and public art space that began in the 1980s. The video footage depicts an individual igniting the back of the Taxi House structure on Nov. 23 and knocked back by a burst of flame. ...

Avian flu outbreak hits 2 British Columbia farms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:14
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Four poultry farms where an outbreak of avian influenza was discovered in British Columbia are now under quarantine and thousands of their turkeys and chickens will be euthanized, officials said Wednesday.

Mentally ill Texas inmate gets last-minute execution stay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:12
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday issued a stay of execution for a mentally ill Texas death row inmate just hours before he was set to be put to death for the murders of two people in a case that garnered international attention. Lawyers for Scott Panetti had argued his life should be spared, saying the execution of a severely mentally ill man would be morally and legally wrong. They asked the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to issue the stay to allow for a competency hearing. ...

Three women publicly detail sexual allegations against Bill Cosby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:07

Hayes, Chelan, attorney Allred, Ferrier attend a news conference announcing allegations that they were assaulted by Bill Cosby in the past, in Los Angeles, CaliforniaLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three women on Wednesday came together to speak publicly about their allegations that comedian Bill Cosby sexually abused and groped them decades ago, a day after Cosby was sued by a woman who said he molested her when she was a teenager in 1974. The women, one who says she was 17 at the time of her encounter with Cosby, each sobbed while reading statements at a news conference organized by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred. Allred proposed that Cosby should waive the statute of limitations that protects him from decades-old allegations from more than a dozen women. ...


Connecticut protesters rally for education reform

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:04
By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters rallied in downtown New Haven on Wednesday, urging education reform to address a performance gap between the state's richest and poorest school districts. The rally was organized by groups including Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, which wants more public funding for inner-city schools, and policies that make it easier for parents to transfer children to charter and magnet schools. ...

Would-be California militant is schizophrenic, lawyer says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:02
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A California man accused of trying to cross into Canada to eventually join the Islamic State militant group has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, his lawyer said Wednesday. Nicholas Teausant, 21, was arrested in March as he allegedly headed to the border in hopes of joining Islamic State, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria and has claimed responsibility for beheading Western hostages. ...

New Mexico struggles despite federal largess

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:57

 Los Alamos, which, except for its landscapes, looks decidedly unlike the rest of New Mexico. (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing)LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Tucked in the mountains of one of the poorest states is one of the nation's wealthiest counties: Los Alamos, which, except for its landscapes, looks decidedly unlike the rest of New Mexico.


House votes to extend tax breaks through December

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:57

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) — The House rushed through a last-minute measure Wednesday to extend a massive package of expired tax breaks for banks, investment firms, commuters and NASCAR track owners.


Human brains, reported missing, were destroyed: University of Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:55
(Reuters) - Human brains stored in jars of formaldehyde at the University of Texas in Austin and reported to be missing were actually destroyed in 2002, school officials said on Wednesday. Environmental workers disposed of the specimens after faculty members determined they were in poor condition for use in research or as a teaching tool when they were received in the 1980s, the university said. ...

U.S. couple leaves Qatar after convictions overturned in child death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:54

Matthew and Grace Huang, a U.S. couple who were accused of murdering their adopted daughter Gloria, stand outside the entrance of the Court of First Instance after their trial in DohaBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. couple who were convicted and later cleared of wrongdoing in the death of their adopted African-born daughter in Qatar left the Gulf Arab state on Wednesday after a travel ban was lifted, ending a nearly two-year ordeal, their supporters and a U.S. diplomat said. Matthew and Grace Huang left Doha, headed for Los Angeles to reunite with their two other children, also adopted, following a flurry of diplomacy on behalf of the family after an appeals court threw out their conviction. "Matt and Grace Huang are wheels up from Qatar," U.S. ...


Ferguson 'die-in' protesters surround holiday tree at City Hall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:54

'Die-in' protesters gather at City Hall prior to tree lighting ceremonyAfter holding a 'die-in' at 30th Street Station Wednesday, demonstrators moved to City Hall, the scene of tonight's tree lighting, in protest of the decision by the Missouri grand jury to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.


Ex-Philadelphia Traffic Court judge sentenced in ticket fixing scheme

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:48

Ex-Philadelphia Traffic Court judge sentenced in ticket fixing schemeA former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge was sentenced for his role in a ticket fixing scheme.


States sue Obama administration on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:44

Demonstrators picketBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A coalition of 17 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday saying it acted illegally by issuing an executive order to ease the threat of deportation for millions of immigrants who are in the country without the proper documents. The case being led by Texas and filed at the Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas said the executive order announced by Obama last month violated constitutional limits on presidential powers. ...


Two charged in Maryland for alleged Johns Hopkins frat rape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:41
(Reuters) - Two Baltimore-area men have been charged with raping a teenage girl at an off-campus Johns Hopkins University fraternity, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. College sexual assault has drawn national attention since a Rolling Stone magazine article last month detailing an alleged 2012 gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. In the Johns Hopkins case, Baltimore police charged Chaz Haggins, 20, and Ethan Turner, 19, with rape and sexual offenses involving a 16-year-old girl on Nov. 2. ...

Prosecutors rethink convict's sentence after judge cites Holder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:34
By Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors are reconsidering a 50-year sentence for a convicted robber and drug dealer, after a judge on Wednesday suggested they call Attorney General Eric Holder to ask him whether it was fair to "punish" a man for rejecting a plea deal and opting for a trial. Randy Washington, 27, the Bronx man who faced the lengthy term after turning down a 10-year plea deal and getting convicted at trial, had been scheduled for sentencing in New York federal court on Wednesday. ...

Ferguson 'die-in' protesters on the move, affecting Center City traffic

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:34

Ferguson 'die-in' protesters on the move, affecting Center City trafficAfter holding a 'die-in' at 30th Street Station, demonstrators are on the move in protest of the decision by the Missouri grand jury to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.


Victim of West Philadelphia hit-and-run ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:32

Victim of West Philadelphia hit-and-run ID'dAction News has learned the name of the victim in a West Philadelphia hit-and-run as the search for the driver continues.


3 church fires on same day declared arson

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:32

3 church fires on same day declared arsonThree different fires at nearby churches, and in one case, there are only charred remains left standing.


Retired fire chief, step-son injured in Mt. Ephraim fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:12

Retired fire chief, step-son injured in Mt. Ephraim fireA retired Camden City fire chief and his step-son were both injured in a house fire in Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey.