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17 on Cuba prisoner list set free before U.S.-Havana deal announced

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 08:07
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seventeen of the Cuban prisoners freed under an agreement with the United States had been let go before the two countries announced the deal on Dec. 17, a Cuban dissident leader said on Monday. According to a copy of the list of 53 names obtained by Reuters from a congressional source, the released prisoners include, among others, members of prominent protest groups such as the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) and the Ladies in White. Senior U.S. ...

How prisoner names were drawn up in U.S.-Cuba secret talks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 08:06
By David Adams, Matt Spetalnick and Lesley Wroughton HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba's deal with the United States to release 53 prisoners, worked out in secret talks over many months, has left a number of political opponents still in jail on the communist-led island. The U.S. side drew a narrow definition for the people it wanted released to include only those defined as being jailed for peacefully having exercised their rights of freedom of expression and assembly, two senior U.S. officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity. ...

2 Tuskegee Airmen, both 91, die on same day in Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 08:05

This April 7, 2011 photo by Bruce Talamon shows Clarence E. "Buddy" Huntley Jr., a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the famed all-black squadron that flew in World War II, posing with a P-51C Mustang fighter plane similar to the one that he was a crew chief on while overseas during the war, at Torrance, Calif., Airport. Huntley and fellow Tuskegee Airman Joseph Shambrey, lifelong friends who enlisted together, both died on the same day, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in their Los Angeles homes, relatives said Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Both were 91. Huntley and Shambrey enlisted in 1942 and were shipped overseas to Italy in 1944 with the 100th Fighter Squadron of the Army Air Force's 332nd Fighter Group. As mechanics, they kept the combat planes flying.(AP Photo/Bruce Talamon (c) 2011 All Rights Reserved)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey grew up running track together in the same Los Angeles neighborhood in the 1930s.


LA-area stadium developers expect $100M in public paybacks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 07:52

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, file photo, Chris Meany, senior vice president of Hollywood Park Land Company, unveils an architectural rendering of a proposed NFL stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. The developers behind a sprawling sports and housing complex in the Los Angeles suburbs, whose centerpiece stadium could become home for an NFL team, expect to receive as much as $100 million in local tax dollars over five years if it's completed, an Associated Press review has found. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The developers behind a sprawling sports and housing complex in the Los Angeles suburbs — whose centerpiece stadium could become home for an NFL team — expect to recoup up to $100 million in local tax dollars in the first five years of operation, an Associated Press review has found.


Inspector general: Some NY police use chokehold as first response

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 07:17

African-American Congressional staffers stage walk out with Hands Up Don't Shoot pose on the steps of the House of Representatives in Washington to protest the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric GarnerBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new inspector general blasted the New York City Police Department on Monday for failing to punish officers who used banned chokeholds on citizens, sometimes as a first response in a confrontation. The first official report by police Inspector General Philip Eure comes a month after New York was shaken first by a grand jury's decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner and then by the killing of two NYPD officers by a gunman avenging the Staten Island man's death. ...


'Cybervandalism': ISIS Supporters Hijack US Military Social Media Accounts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 07:17
Group calling themselves CyberCaliphate takes over US Central Command account.

Social Security won't seize tax refunds to collect old debts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 07:12
WASHINGTON (AP) — People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season: The federal government won't be seizing their tax refunds.

Keystone bill clears Senate hurdle despite Obama veto threat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 07:08

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. arrives for work on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, as the Republican-controlled Senate is moving ahead on a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline despite President Barack Obama's veto threat, in Washington. The House approved the bill last Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline has cleared an initial hurdle in the Senate, a victory for Republicans newly in charge and now eager for a veto showdown with President Barack Obama.


Marathon bomb suspects' pal to plead guilty to lying to FBI

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 07:01
BOSTON (AP) — A friend of the brothers accused of bombing the Boston Marathon plans to plead guilty to charges of deleting information from his computer and lying to the FBI.

Fiat Chrysler CEO: No decision yet on Jeep Wrangler factory

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 07:00

??Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer?, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, speaks at media previews for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Keeping production of the Jeep Wrangler in the city where the original Jeeps began rolling off the assembly line during World War II will take a sizable investment, the head of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Monday.


Apparent Islamic State backers hack U.S. military Twitter feed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 06:57

US Centcom Twitter Account Hacked By ISBy David Alexander and Jim Finkle (Reuters) - The Twitter and YouTube accounts for the U.S. military command that oversees operations in the Middle East were hacked on Monday by people claiming to be sympathetic toward the Islamic State militant group being targeted in American bombing raids. "American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back, ISIS," the hackers posted on the U.S. Central Command Twitter feed, using an acronym for the hardline Islamist group, which has taken control of parts of Syria and Iraq. U.S. ...


Dozens excused from jury pool in marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 06:57
BOSTON (AP) — A judge has excused 124 potential jurors in the federal death penalty case against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

Service honors fallen Philadelphia firefighter Lt. Joyce Craig

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 06:56

Service honors fallen Philadelphia firefighter Lt. Joyce CraigThe city of Philadelphia honored the life of fallen firefighter Lt. Joyce Craig on Monday.


NYPD: Signs of more arrests after suspected slowdown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 06:52

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, right, with NYPD Chief of Transit Joseph Fox, addresses a news conference at police headquarters, in New York, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. There are signs that disgruntled officers have started making more low-level arrests, New York Police Department officials said Monday. NYPD statistics show arrests were up in the past week after plummeting in the weeks following the fatal ambush of two patrolmen in December.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — New statistics show that New York Police Department officers are starting to make more arrests after a suspected work slowdown at the start of the year that further exposed tensions between the rank and file and Mayor Bill de Blasio, officials said Monday.


17 on Cuba prisoner list set free before U.S.-Havana deal announced

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 06:47
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seventeen of the Cuban prisoners freed under an agreement with the United States had been let go before the two countries announced the deal on Dec. 17, a Cuban dissident leader said on Monday. According to a copy of the list of 53 names obtained by Reuters from a congressional source, the released prisoners include, among others, members of prominent protest groups such as the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) and the Ladies in White. Senior U.S. ...

GM's new electric could upstage Tesla _ and its own Volt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 06:42

General Motors CEO Mary Barra presents the Bolt EV electric concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)DETROIT (AP) — With the introduction of an affordable electric car that can go 200 miles on a single charge, General Motors sets up a showdown with Tesla to sell an electric vehicle to the masses. It may also upstage a car of its own.


Families of 2 Newtown victims sue town, school board

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 06:40
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Families of two of the 20 first-graders killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are suing the town of Newtown and its board of education, alleging security measures at the school weren't adequate.

Kyrgyzstan national to change plea on hampering Boston bomb probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 06:38
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A citizen of Kyrgyzstan is due to change his prior not guilty plea on charges of lying to investigators probing the deadly bombing attack on the Boston Marathon in April 2013, according to court papers filed on Monday. The man, Khairullozhon Matanov, was a friend of accused bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev who approached police three days after the deadly attack to offer information on the brothers but played down how well he knew the pair. Defense attorneys and prosecutors asked U.S. ...

Prosecutor: We have informant in Etan Patz case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 06:38

 We have informant in Etan Patz caseAn informant has emerged as a down-to-the-wire witness against the suspect in the infamous missing-child case of Etan Patz, prosecutors revealed Monday.


Busy Metro station in downtown DC evacuated because of smoke

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 06:38

Busy Metro station in downtown DC evacuated because of smokeMetro officials say one of the busiest stations in downtown Washington has been evacuated because of smoke.