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Suspected Texas robber killed after getaway car slams into Starbucks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:00
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A man fleeing police pursuit after robbing a Houston video game store was killed on Tuesday when he slammed his Chevrolet Impala into a Starbucks coffee shop and flipped the car onto its roof, police said. The man, who has not been identified, robbed a GameStop store of several Xbox One and PlayStation 4 video game consoles at gunpoint, according to police. There were 10 people in the Starbucks in Bellaire, a suburb just outside of Houston. One customer suffered minor injuries, police added. ...

California, investors square off over $2.3B sale

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:56

FILE - This Feb. 26, 2010 file photo shows the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles. The building was one of 11 state office buildings put up for sale to help shrink a budget deficit. A lawsuit that aims to force California officials to sell 11 state properties to private investors for $2.3 billion and then have the state lease them back is set for trial Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. The sale was championed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a way to help the state plug a budget deficit. But Gov. Jerry Brown pulled the plug on the plan in 2011 after independent analysts said it would end up costing the state as much as $1.5 billion. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The State of California and a group of private investors accused each other at a trial Tuesday of breaking an agreement over a $2.3 billion plan to sell 11 state properties and have the state lease them back.

NYC postal service launches 'Operation Santa'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:54
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service in New York City has launched its 102nd annual "Operation Santa" letter-writing program — with security measures in place to protect the mostly needy children.

College student found dead in Wisconsin restaurant dumbwaiter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:53
(Reuters) - A 21-year-old college student was found dead in a dumbwaiter at the bar and grill where she worked in a small western Wisconsin town, authorities said on Tuesday. There was no indication of foul play and authorities were investigating how the Winona State University student got into the food elevator at WingDam Bar and Saloon, Fountain City Police Chief Jason Mork said in a statement. The woman, identified by the school as Brooke Baures from Chetek, Wisconsin, was found dead on Monday evening. ...

California falls short of water conservation goals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:42

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2014, file photo, morning traffic makes it's way toward downtown Los Angeles along the Hollywood Freeway past an electronic sign warning of severe drought. Drought-stricken California is releasing new figures to show how well residents are complying with a statewide water-saving target. The state water board is due to announce the latest statewide counts Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, for average water use. California as of the end of October marked the driest three years in state history. Gov. Jerry Brown has asked Californians to cut water use by 20 percent.(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The three-year drought gripping California has shrunk reservoirs, rivers, creeks and snowpack while leaving residents drawing heavily on underground aquifers to water everything from lawns to crops.

Jordan hopes for Israeli-Palestinian UN resolution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:40
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jordan's U.N. envoy said Tuesday she will be trying to get the U.N. Security Council to agree on a resolution before Christmas that would press for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Inmate challenges convictions in 5 prison slayings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:37

This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Keith LaMar. The 6th U.S. Circuit court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in LaMar's appeal. LaMar, an inmate convicted and sentenced to be executed for the slayings of fellow inmates during a 1993 prison riot in southern Ohio, is challenging his convictions and death sentences before a federal appeals court. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections)CINCINNATI (AP) — An inmate seeking to have his convictions and death sentence for the slayings of fellow inmates during the 1993 Ohio prison riot overturned says he was denied a fair trial.

West Coast port slowdown won't halt holiday goods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:37

Brian Jablon poses in his warehouse in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Jablon, an executive vice president for Stansport Inc., say slow cargo movement through West Coast ports is hurting his camping supply business. He recently started paying a $1,000 fee for each 40-foot container of goods imported from Asia, a fee shipping lines imposed because they are not able to unload goods as quickly. "Those extra costs are taking away any profit we had," said Jablon. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Labor strife on the West Coast waterfront isn't going to steal Christmas.

Washington state man charged with threatening Ferguson police officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:36
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state man was arrested on Tuesday on charges he made multiple online death threats against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, federal officials said. Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, of the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, made an initial appearance in federal court on Tuesday to face three counts of making interstate threats, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington. ...

Obama settles on Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief, sources say

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:22
By Phil Stewart and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Can a career Washington technocrat break into U.S. President Barack Obama's tight-knit inner circle and oversee the world's most powerful military? It looks like former Pentagon official Ashton Carter is about to find out. Administration sources said on Tuesday that Obama has settled on the 60-year-old Carter as his fourth defense secretary, with an announcement expected in coming days once he is thoroughly vetted. ...

Electricity fully restored in Detroit after outage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:13
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit officials fully restored power to downtown government buildings, schools, a hospital, traffic lights and police and fire halls Tuesday after a major cable failure caused parts of the city to go dark for up to seven hours.

2 killed in helicopter crash near Salt Lake City

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:08

Rescue personnel from multiple agencies perform CPR on a patient at the site of a helicopter crash into a building near Sky Park Airport in North Salt Lake, Utah, Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014. It wasn't immediately clear how many people were in the craft or what caused the crash. (AP Photo/Deseret News, Scott G Winterton)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two men were killed when a helicopter crashed Tuesday into an empty industrial building north of Salt Lake City, police said.

Two killed as helicopter crashes into unoccupied building in Utah

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:06
(Reuters) - Two men died when their helicopter crashed through the roof of an unoccupied building north of Salt Lake City on Tuesday, a fire official said. The helicopter struck the two-story building of a company called Wimpole Street Creations in North Salt Lake and came to a rest on the second story, said South Davis Metro Fire Agency Deputy Chief Dave Powers. The two men in the helicopter were pronounced dead at the scene, Powers said. Firefighters extracted one of the men and tried to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful, he said. ...

Florida State quarterback Winston faces conduct hearing on rape accusation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:59

 Florida State at SyracuseBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida State University star quarterback Jameis Winston, accused of raping a female student nearly two years ago, on Tuesday faced the first day of a student conduct code hearing that both sides hope will resolve a nationally watched case. Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy last year as the nation's top college football player, is accused of violating the university's standards during an December 2012 incident, which his lawyers have maintained was a consensual sexual encounter. ...

Agency proposes critical habitat for ringed seals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:56

In this undated photo released by NOAA Fisheries is a ringed seal. A federal agency has proposed about 350,000 square miles of ocean off Alaska's north and west coasts as critical habitat for the seal that's the main prey of polar bears. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, that it's proposing much of the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas within U.S. jurisdiction as critical habitat for ringed seals. (AP Photo/NOAA Fisheries)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal agency that oversees the U.S. seal population has proposed 350,000 square miles of ocean off Alaska's north and west coast as critical habitat for the main prey of polar bears.

University of Alabama at Birmingham to end football program, citing costs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:50
By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - The University of Alabama at Birmingham will shutter its football program at the end of the current season due to the increasing costs associated with it, the school said on Tuesday. The UAB Blazers have struggled to draw fans in a state where they are overshadowed by two national college football powerhouses, the University of Alabama and Auburn University. Eliminating the NCAA Division I program will free the university from spending tens of millions of dollars on the it in the coming years, the school said. ...

Feds: Woman stole passport to travel to Syria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:47
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman was charged in federal court with stealing a passport so she could travel to Syria, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday.

St. Louis Bosnians on edge after hammer death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:46

Bosnians march along Gravois Road on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 to protest the murder of Zemir Begic, a Bosnian man, in St. Louis. Police blocked traffic as hundreds of people marched from Holly Hills Avenue down Gravois Road to Itaska Street where Begic was killed early Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Police in St. Louis say they've arrested two juveniles and are looking for two other suspects in the killing of a Begic, a Florida man who was beaten to death with hammers. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTST. LOUIS (AP) — A recent hammer attack that killed a 32-year-old immigrant has members of St. Louis' sizable Bosnian community embracing some of the same tactics as Ferguson protesters — albeit in hopes of attracting a stronger police presence rather than opposing it.

Republican Boehner tries to avoid spending fight on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:46

Boehner arrives for a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a long-term government spending bill next week, hoping to avoid a government shutdown and pushing any budget fight over President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration into 2015. ...

Man charged with rape in Oklahoma high school case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:46

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, students, parents and grandparents hold signs during a protest across the street from Norman High School in Norman, Okla. Police say they have arrested Tristen Kole Killman-Hardin, 18, a former Norman High School student, and accused him of raping an unconscious girl, alleging he’s responsible for an attack that helped trigger protests by his former classmates. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors charged an 18-year-old Oklahoma man on Tuesday with rape in a case that sparked a protest at Norman High School over how administrators handled bullying of alleged victims.