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Prosecutors in Colorado cinema massacre case want to bar some videos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:42

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the death penalty murder trial of accused Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes want certain videos barred from a potential sentencing hearing should jurors convict him of killing 12 moviegoers, court documents showed on Thursday. Holmes, 27, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder stemming from the July 2012 shooting rampage, and he is set to go on trial this month. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty if Holmes is convicted. ...


New video released in police shooting of Cleveland boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:40

Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice looks on as Benjamin Crump speaks during a news conference in ClevelandBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland police did not appear to have given immediate aid to Tamir Rice after an officer fatally shot the 12-year-old boy in a city park in November, according to a security video of the incident released on Thursday. In the video footage released by the city, more than four minutes go by until an FBI agent, who was in the area, can be seen crouching down near Rice for several minutes. Paramedics reach Rice about eight minutes into the video and carry him away on a gurney about 14 minutes after he was shot. Rice, who was black, was shot on Nov. ...


U.S. judge partly lifts gag order in West Virginia mine explosion case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:39

CEO of Massie Energy Blankenship talks with reporters near the Upper Big Branch Mine in MontcoalBy Kara Van Pelt BECKLEY, W.Va. (Reuters) - A federal judge in West Virginia partially lifted a gag order in a case against former Massey Energy chief executive Don Blankenship on charges he violated federal mine and safety laws before a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners, court documents showed on Thursday. U.S. Circuit Court Judge Irene Berger in the Southern District of West Virginia ruled that documents such as opinions and orders, which do not contain information or argument related to the facts and substance of the case against Blankenship, will be unsealed. ...


More sex charges for ex-Utah female teacher accused of raping teen boys

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:37
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A former Utah teacher who prosecutors say sexually abused a 17-year-old boy and sent him photos of her naked breasts while already accused of raping him and two other boys has been hit with additional charges, prosecutors said on Thursday. Brianne Altice, 35, of suburban Salt Lake City, was charged this week with three counts of illegal sexual activity with the 17-year-old boy, one of three teen students she was charged with raping, according to court documents. ...

California firm recalls beef, pork products for possible metal contamination

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:34
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A California meat company is recalling 48,139 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat beef and pork products that may be contaminated with extraneous metal materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced late on Thursday. USDA said Unibright Foods Inc., in Bell Gardens, California, recalled the product that consists of 2.2-pound packages of “Mishima Sukiyaki Beef” with the establishment number “EST.1163” inside the USDA mark of inspection and package ID number “15069.” The beef products were produced between Aug. 12, 2014, and Dec. ...

Arizona officer told he will be fired for scuffle with professor, lawyer says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:33
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona campus police officer who came under scrutiny after he scuffled with an English professor he had stopped for jaywalking last year has been told the university intends to fire him, his lawyer said on Thursday. Officer Stewart Ferrin has been on administrative leave since July following the struggle with Arizona State University assistant professor Ersula Ore that was captured by a dashboard camera on the officer's car. Ferrin was told on Wednesday that Arizona State University intends to terminate his employment effective Jan. ...

End to California foie gras ban sends chefs, activists scrambling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:22
By Lisa Baertlein and Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As chefs in California hurried to stock their kitchens with newly legal foie gras, animal rights activists on Thursday protested a federal judge's decision overturning the state's two-year ban on sales of the fatty liver of ducks and geese. Chefs said they were scrambling to line up shipments from outside California while activists picketed restaurants in Los Angeles and San Francisco that planned to serve the French delicacy prized for its creamy texture and rich taste. "We're still waiting to get foie gras. ...

Boston cheered for winning first heat in Olympic race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:18
(Reuters) - Congratulations poured in to Boston from politicians, athletes and rival bidders on Thursday after the U.S. Olympic Committee put forward New England's largest city as its candidate to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. But not everyone was cheering for a Boston victory as opposition to the bid made sure they will be heard from going forward. Boston was the surprise choice to be the American bid city over two-time host Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington. ...

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:04

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL in New York. A former FBI director hired to look into how the NFL pursued evidence in the Ray Rice abuse case says the league should have investigated the incident more thoroughly before it initially punished the player. Robert Mueller released the report Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, saying that the NFL had substantial information about the case and could have obtained more. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


TSA considering new security measures for airport workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:52
ATLANTA (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is considering additional security measures for airport and airline employees, federal officials said Thursday.

Oklahoma City policeman facing sex assault charges is fired

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:46
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City's police chief has fired an officer accused of sexually assaulting 13 women while on duty.

Obama proposes idea of two free years of community college

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:21

President Barack Obama speaks at Central High School, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Phoenix, about the recovering housing sector. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama wants to make two years of community college free and universally available, a proposal he said on Thursday he would flesh out in his State of the Union speech later this month. White House officials acknowledged the plan would come with a significant price tag but declined to disclose projected costs, saying those details would come in Obama's budget on Feb. 2. ...


Colorado NAACP office vows vigilance after blast near office

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:15

This Jan. 6, 2015 photo shows at the bottom right the char marks from a device detonated Tuesday along the northeast corner of a building occupied by a barber shop near the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP in Colorado Springs, Colo. Chapter President Henry Allen Jr. told The Colorado Springs Gazette the blast was strong enough to knock items off the walls. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUTDENVER (AP) — Staff members at a Colorado NAACP office say they are waiting for more information before drawing conclusions about an explosion near their chapter, even as the FBI investigates whether the blast was domestic terrorism.


Driver in Toyota case says he's still haunted by crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:11

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2010, file photo, Koua Fong Lee embraces his wife, Panghoua Moua, in St. Paul, Minn., after learning charges against him, including criminal vehicular homicide, were dropped. Eight years after a crash involving a Toyota Camry driven by Lee that killed three Minnesota residents and resulted in a prison sentence for him, a lawsuit against the automaker goes to trial Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Tom Weber, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who spent 2½ years in prison for a deadly 2006 car accident involving his Toyota before he was released amid reports of a sudden acceleration problem affecting the automaker's cars told jurors Thursday in his lawsuit against Toyota that he is still haunted by the accident.


Couple accused of caging autistic son, 19, make plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:05
BAD AXE, Mich. (AP) — A couple accused of keeping their 19-year-old adopted son in a cage at their home in rural eastern Michigan made a plea deal Thursday and face sentencing in March.

Snowmobiler stranded in freezing ravine wrote goodbye notes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:57

This Jan. 6, 2015 photo by Shoshone County, Idaho, Sheriff Mitch Alexander shows Barry Sadler at his home in Mullan, Idaho, rescued after going missing for two days during a weekend snowmobile outing. Sadler, 54, said he had given up hope of surviving and wrote goodbye letters to his family before his friends found him, hypothermic and dehydrated, in a ravine in Montana. "When you're an extreme snowmobiler and you get lost, you're usually dead," Barry Sadler told KECI-TV. (AP Photo/Shoshone County Sheriff's Office, Mitch Alexander)MULLAN, Idaho (AP) — A snowmobiler who plunged into a freezing Montana ravine says he gave up hope of surviving and wrote goodbye letters to his family before his friends found him, hypothermic and dehydrated, more than a day later.


New York shifts into 'Code Blue' to get homeless off frigid streets

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:54
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - With temperatures in New York expected to plummet again on Thursday night, the city is putting into effect its "Code Blue" emergency measures for the third night in a row to get thousands of homeless people off the streets and into warm shelters. An estimated 3,300 people live on the streets of the nation's largest city, according to the official tally, but advocates for the homeless say the actual number is likely much higher, given the difficulties of counting a shifting population. ...

Obama administration sued over Gulf of Mexico fracking info

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:51
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An environmental advocacy group sued the Obama administration in federal court on Thursday for refusing to release documents detailing the extent of fracking in the Gulf of Mexico.

Balloon pilots wait out weather for record attempt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:50

A model of the Two Eagles ballooning capsule is on display at the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum in Albuquerque, N.M., on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. The Two Eagles team has set up a mission control center at the museum and plans to launch its helium-filled balloon from the coast of southern Japan and head toward North America in hopes of breaking a pair of major ballooning records. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Unfavorable winds over the Pacific Ocean have forced two veteran pilots trying to break a pair of records to delay the launch of their helium-filled balloon.


Viewing held for Shane Montgomery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 08:44

Viewing held for Shane MontgomeryFamily and friends gathered in Manayunk Thursday evening to begin saying goodbye to Shane Montgomery.