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Arizona sheriff to disband unit that targeted immigrants workers in raids

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:55
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is disbanding a squad that targeted undocumented immigrants in workplace raid, his office said on Thursday, following a lawsuit by groups that accused the controversial lawman of infringing on the powers of the federal government. The move is the latest in a series of setbacks for 82-year-old Arpaio, who bills himself as "America's toughest sheriff" and has come under fire for his efforts to crack down on illegal immigration in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix. ...

Veteran AP trial reporter Linda Deutsch to retire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:48

In this Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 photo, Associated Press special correspondent Linda Deutsch holds a copy of her book, "Verdict, The Chronicle of the O.J. Simpson Trial," at her home in Los Angeles. Deutsch, who wraps up a 48-year career with the AP on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, was a young general assignment reporter when she was inadvertently shoved into the court beat, something that would make her arguably the news organization’s most recognizable reporter. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Linda Deutsch, whose decades-long tenure as an Associated Press courts reporter made her a witness to some of the most sensational trials in U.S. history, is ending a career that saw her report Charles Manson's murder conviction, O.J. Simpson's acquittal and countless other verdicts involving the famous and the infamous.


NYPD: Brooklyn man arrested in assault on officers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:45
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says a Brooklyn man has been arrested in connection with an assault on officers during a protest over the apparent chokehold death of Eric Garner.

2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:43

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning speaks at a news conference in Lincoln, Neb. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 annoucing that he and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt are filing a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a declaration that Colorado's legalization of marijuana violates the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.


Fraternity closed at California university over anti-rape march harassment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:38
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - (This story corrects headline, first paragraph to show that fraternity agreed to close but was not banned by university) A San Diego State University fraternity whose members were accused of harassing people taking part in an anti-rape march has been closed, the school said on Tuesday, a move that comes amid a renewed debate over the handling of sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses. ...

High roller: Billionaire pledges $20M to Taj Mahal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:32

 Billionaire pledges $20M to Taj MahalA roller coaster day for Atlantic City's Taj Mahal casino is seemingly ending with $20-million from a billionaire, which he says could keep the doors open through a bankruptcy process.


2 in meningitis outbreak case to be released

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:32

This Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 booking photo released by the Wrentham, Mass., Police Department shows Barry Cadden, co-founder of the New England Compounding Center, arrested Wednesday at his home. Cadden is among several arrested who face charges that tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country. (AP Photo/Wrentham Police Department)BOSTON (AP) — Two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people around the U.S. will be released from custody, pending their criminal trials, a federal judge in Boston ruled Thursday.


DA: Bristol Township middle school sex video may be case of incest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:31

 Bristol Township middle school sex video may be case of incestPolice are investigating an apparent sex tape involving juveniles that has been circulating among middle school students in Bristol Township.


Oregon high court says injured skier can sue

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:24
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a ski resort's liability waiver cannot prevent a paralyzed snowboarder from suing.

Judge orders onetime billionaire, embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth jailed for contempt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:23
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Judge orders onetime billionaire, embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth jailed for contempt.

UN Experts: Taliban radicals against peace gain prominence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:20
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Radical splinter groups within the Taliban movement that oppose any negotiation with Afghanistan's new government are gaining prominence, U.N. experts said in a report circulated Thursday.

AP Explains: Stephen Colbert vs. "Stephen Colbert"

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:18

This Sept. 8, 2010 publicity photo released by Comedy Central shows host Stephen Colbert appears on "The Colbert Report," in New York. "The Colbert Report" will end on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, after nine seasons. (AP Photo/Comedy Central, Scott Gries)Stephen Colbert leaves Comedy Central's satirical political talk show "The Colbert Report" after nine years Thursday night. He will become host of the "Late Show" on CBS, replacing David Letterman in May. So ends the "Stephen Colbert" character he created: the outlandishly tongue-in-cheek conservative host who leapt from late-night TV to become a political and pop culture phenomenon. Many of his "Colbert Nation" fans are left trying to imagine life without his incessant lampooning of the Washington establishment and TV pundits. Here's a brief explanation of Stephen Colbert and the alter ego he is retiring:


First Bush, then Cuba: Rubio rides political wave

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:14

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, prepares for a news conference where he expressed his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the US and Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — As the 2016 Republican presidential primary lurched ahead this week, no GOP prospect had a ride quite like Marco Rubio.


'Pretty horrible' scene; car slams into crowd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:11

In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 photo provided by Mike Lewis, firefighters attend to a victim after a driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians outside a church as a Christmas service ended in the Los Angeles suburb of Redondo Beach, Calif. Three people were killed and several others were injured including five children, police said. Margo Bronstein, 56, was arrested after the crash Wednesday night on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman said. (AP Photo/Mike Lewis)REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said.


Foxwoods hiring of convict challenged in court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:09
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — The felony conviction of a former Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation official should have kept him from receiving a management job at the tribe's Foxwoods Resort Casino, an attorney for another tribal member argued Thursday.

Think Cuban-Americans all think alike? Think again

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:04

Cuban-American and pro-Obama supporter Claudia Hernandez, left, argues with anti-Castro protester Daniel Tarrab, right, in the Little Havana area of Miami, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Hernandez expressed her support on Wednesday's announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — Anyone who thinks Cuban-Americans think alike on Cuba hasn't taken a close look at the community lately, poet Richard Blanco says.


New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:04

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013 file photo, a designer's runway show is shown on a television screen outside the Fashion Week venue at New York's Lincoln Center. The city of New York and Lincoln Center is evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — C'est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center are evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches.


Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:03

Cars enter and depart from Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot in Culver City, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film, "The Interview," and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.


Icahn promises Taj Mahal casino $20M to stay open

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:50

This Oct. 24, 2014 photo shows the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. On Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, billionaire Carl Icahn promised $20 million to keep the casino operating through its bankruptcy process, and dropped a threat to close it on Dec. 20. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Billionaire investor Carl Icahn pledged $20 million on Thursday to keep Atlantic City's Taj Mahal casino open indefinitely, eliminating a plan to shut it down Saturday.


'Prison Houdini' set to make his 1st legal escape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:43

In this June 22, 2011 photo made available by Found Object Films, inmate Mark DeFriest pauses during an interview at an undisclosed Florida prison. DeFriest was sentenced to four years for stealing mechanic tools his father had left him in a will. DeFriest, dubbed Florida's "prison Houdini" kept escaping. His short sentence turned into a life sentence. The Florida parole commission voted Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, to move up his release date to March 2015 from 2085. (AP Photo/Found Object Films, Jim Butterworth)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.