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Arab Bank asks U.S. court to block thousands of terror-finance claims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:33
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Arab Bank Plc, found liable in a U.S. civil court of providing material support for Hamas, urged an appeals court on Tuesday to block thousands of non-U.S. citizens from pursuing similar claims that it financed terrorism. A lawyer for the Jordan-based bank asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to uphold a lower court's dismissal last year of lawsuits by foreign victims of attacks attributed to the Islamist militant group in Israel and the Palestinian territories. ...

Police cite driver who slammed into townhomes, sparking fire in Mill Creek

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:28

Police cite driver who slammed into townhomes, sparking fire in Mill CreekA number of townhomes went up in flames on Monday after a car slammed into a building.


Driver who hit homes, sparking fire in Mill Creek, cited by police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:28

Police cite driver who slammed into townhomes, sparking fire in Mill CreekA number of townhomes went up in flames on Monday after a car slammed into a building.


Car hits townhomes, buildings catch fire in Mill Creek, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:25

Police cite driver who slammed into townhomes, sparking fire in Mill CreekA number of townhomes went up in flames on Monday after a car slammed into a building.


Last-ditch appeals made for mentally ill Texas death row inmate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:23
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Lawyers for Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti have launched last-minute appeals to prevent his execution set for Wednesday, arguing he suffers from schizophrenia and putting him to death would cross moral and constitutional lines. The case has drawn global attention, with the U.N. human rights experts on Tuesday calling on Texas to halt the execution. Major Texas newspapers including the Houston Chronicle and Dallas Morning News have said in editorials the execution of a person with severe mental illness would be inexcusable. ...

Chicago City Council votes to increase minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:18

Chicago Mayor Emanuel listens as U.S. President Obama talks about the economy, in Northwestern University in EvanstonBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago City Council voted on Tuesday to gradually increase the minimum wage in the nation's third largest city to $13 an hour by 2019, approving a proposal by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel's measure to boost the minimum wage from the current $8.25 an hour follows similar actions by Seattle, San Francisco and other cities. "We want to make sure people can afford to live here," Emanuel said after the vote on the increase, which was opposed by business groups. ...


Huge Utah nativity scene breaks Guinness record

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

In this photo taken on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, more than 1,000 participants gather at Rock Canyon Park in Provo, Utah, in an attempt to set a world record for the largest recreation of a live Nativity scene. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G Winterton) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUTPROVO, Utah (AP) — More than 1,000 people dressed as angels, wise men and religious royalty gathered at a park in Provo, Utah, and set a new Guinness record for the largest live nativity scene.


Jury trial planned for Rhode Island pension reform lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:06
(Reuters) - A Rhode Island judge on Tuesday agreed to send a union-backed lawsuit over the state's sweeping 2011 public pension reform to a jury trial, scheduled for April 20, a court spokesman confirmed. The pension changes were spearheaded by Treasurer Gina Raimondo, who will take office as Governor in January after winning at the polls in November, at least in part because of her pension efforts. Rhode Island's overhaul has been used by other state and local governments across the United States as a model to rein in ballooning costs of retirement benefits for public-sector workers. ...

Some Ferguson residents accuse police of aggressive arrest tactics

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:02

Police officers detain a protester during a demonstration against the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in San FranciscoBy Emily Flitter FERGUSON, MO. (Reuters) - Some Ferguson-area residents arrested during racially charged protests in the Missouri town last week told Reuters they were unlawfully arrested by police and were just trying to get home when they were picked up and taken to jail.     Reuters was not able to independently verify the allegations from the six individuals interviewed. Their accusations come amid an investigation by U.S. ...


Man killed in shootout with police in Oklahoma City

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 02:47
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma City police shot dead a man and an officer was wounded in a shootout that took place when the police tried to apprehend suspects who were pulled over in a traffic stop, police said on Tuesday. Lincoln Price, 24, was killed in the Monday night incident and Oklahoma City Police Sergeant Jason Burgess was shot in the leg, police said. Price was in a vehicle with two others that was pulled over by police. The driver and the other passenger had outstanding municipal warrants against them and when police tried to arrest the pair, Price opened fire, police said. ...

ACLU: Army to recognize legal names of transgender veterans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 02:45
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Army has agreed to "fully recognize" the new legal names of two transgender military veterans, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.

More than 2,200 NYC school computers missing, unused: comptroller

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 02:33
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 2,200 computers purchased for New York City schools are missing or stashed away in closets and never used, according to an audit released by the city comptroller on Tuesday. The audit of the New York City Department of Education sampled only nine of more than 1,700 city schools and one administration building, sparking fears that millions of dollars worth of devices are unaccounted for citywide, Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a statement. ...

Chicago City Council votes to increase minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 02:30

Chicago Mayor Emanuel listens as U.S. President Obama talks about the economy, in Northwestern University in EvanstonCHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago City Council on Tuesday voted to raise the minimum wage in the nation's third-largest city to $13 an hour by 2019, approving a proposal by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The move to boost the minimum wage from the current $8.25 an hour follows similar actions by other cities, including Seattle and San Francisco. (Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Fiona Ortiz and Susan Heavey)


Obama administration could support short-term tax extender deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 02:16

U.S. Treasury Secretary Lew addresses reporters during a joint news conference with Egypt's Finance Minister Dimian in CairoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration could support "short-term alternatives" that extend expiring tax breaks if lawmakers don't find a way to permanently lower business tax credits while also building in protections for middle-class families, a top official said on Tuesday, citing remarks by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Lew made the remarks in a meeting with Democrats in the House of Representatives, an official with the Treasury Department said. (Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Paul Simao)


Florida high court to consider extension of self-defense gun law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 02:02
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - An appeal before the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday could shift the burden of proof for the state’s "stand your ground" law, relieving gun owners of a legal duty to prove self-defense when they brandish weapons in violent confrontations. If the high court sides with Jared Bretherick, charged with aggravated assault for pointing a pistol at a man in a road-rage incident, the burden of proof would be shifted to prosecutors to show that a defendant claiming the law's protection did not act in self-defense. ...

Marijuana dining still on shaky legal ground

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 01:59

In this Nov. 15, 2014 photo, Chris Lanter, chef and owner of Cache Cache French restaurant in Aspen, talks about cooking with marijuana to attendees of Cannabis Grand Cru festival in Aspen, Colo. Lanter has held cannabis-cuisine dinners at private homes but said Colorado laws against public consumption of marijuana prevent any public marijuana dining. (AP Photo/Kristen Wyatt)ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Acclaimed chef Chris Lanter is talking a crowd of eager foodies through a demo on cooking with marijuana. As he prepares steak au poivre, he describes how to deglaze the pan with pot-infused brandy. How to pair marijuana with fine foods. How to make marijuana's skunky tang work for a dish, not ruin it.


Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon: sources

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 01:59

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter walks towards his seat at the start of a meeting with Japanese Senior Vice Defence Minister Shu Watanabe in TokyoBy Phil Stewart and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter emerged on Tuesday as the expected nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as U.S. defense secretary, sources familiar with the situation said. Carter, a former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense, would have the task of breaking into the tight-knit White House inner circle that President Barack Obama has leaned on to run national security policy. ...


South Florida police searching for armed carjacker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 01:52
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in South Florida are searching for a suspect believed responsible for three armed carjackings and shooting two people.

U.S. says ex-Sentinel CEO deserves 20 years in prison for $666 million fraud

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 01:51
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Eric Bloom, a former Chicago-area money manager convicted of fraud, is an "unrepentant con man" who should spend at least 20 years in prison and repay $665.9 million to his victims, federal prosecutors said. The sentencing recommendation for Bloom, the former chief executive officer of Northbrook, Illinois-based Sentinel Management Group Inc, was disclosed late Monday. A week earlier, Bloom's lawyers had said a maximum three-year prison term plus "significant" community service was appropriate. ...

Adrian Peterson seeking to overturn NFL suspension

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 01:51
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson squares off with the NFL today in a hearing over his punishment for child abuse.