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Lawyer asks if others involved in school abduction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:36
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A defense attorney focused on unresolved questions about the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl abducted from school as he urged jurors Wednesday in closing arguments to acquit his client.

New Jersey lets MGM keep half of Borgata casino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:35
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey casino regulators on Wednesday let MGM Resorts back into the Atlantic City casino market

Obama says in speech U.S. to lead 'broad coalition' against Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:33

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference on the second and final day of the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor resort, near NewportPresident Barack Obama said on Wednesday the United States will lead a broad coalition to wage a relentless campaign to root out Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria "wherever they exist." "It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil," Obama said in excerpts of a speech he will make to the country on Wednesday night. "This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground," Obama said, using an acronym for the militant group.


Nevada lawmakers to consider huge tax breaks for Tesla

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:31

A Tesla Motors logo is shown on a Tesla Model S at a Tesla Motors dealership at Corte Madera Village, an outdoor retail mall, in Corte MaderaBy Sandra Chereb CARSON CITY Nev. (Reuters) - Nevada lawmakers on Wednesday will consider controversial tax breaks estimated at up to $1.3 billion for Tesla Motors Inc to build its $5 billion battery factory in the state. Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick promised scrutiny of the legislation, which has drawn criticism from both ends of the political spectrum, at a special session around noon PDT (1900 GMT). "It's exciting that a company such as Tesla has chosen Nevada," said Kirkpatrick, a North Las Vegas Democrat. "But the devil is in the details." Republican Governor Brian Sandoval last week called Nevada’s winning bid against four other states a monumental moment.


More than $100,000 in valuables stolen from New Castle County homes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:28

More than $100,000 in valuables stolen from New Castle County homesPolice in New Castle County are trying to track down the bandits who got away with more than $100,000 worth of valuables from the homes of two senior residents.


Defendant in child kidnap, sex assault case will not testify in own defense

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:28

Defendant in child kidnap, sex assault case will not testify in own defenseThe defense in the trial of 21-year-old Christina Regusters has rested its case without calling to the defendant herself to the stand.


Kardashian store closing at Las Vegas Strip resort

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:25
LAS VEGAS (AP) — After three years, the Kardashian family is closing a store at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas that was fashioned as a "celebrity lifestyle boutique."

Man arrested after posting lyrics defended by ACLU

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:13
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A lawyer for a Kentucky man who spent several days in jail after posting violent song lyrics on Facebook says he should be cleared of a felony charge.

Police: Teenager jumps on trains to elude officers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:12

 Teenager jumps on trains to elude officersA bizarre police chase on SEPTA's Market-Frankford El ended with a suspect trying to elude police by jumping on top of trains.


Tea party, lesson learned, plays nice this time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:11

FILE - This July 28, 2011 file photo shows Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., left, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The tea party may have learned its lesson. As Congress finishes work on a must-pass spending bill set for votes next week, the most conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill are eager to send a message on immigration, and stand firm against a government lending bank. But a year after they forced a 16-day partial government shutdown over President Barack Obama’s health care law, few seem to have the stomach to push their demands that far again. "No question we learned that with the aid of the news media the Democrats were able to pin the blame on us" for last year’s shutdown, said Brooks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The tea party may have learned its lesson.


Senators chide freight railroads on delays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators and shippers complained Wednesday that widespread delays in freight rail shipments are hurting a wide array of industries and driving some companies out of business, and they expressed doubt that the railroad companies are doing all they can to fix the problem.

Outgoing Justice Department official says more to come in bank probes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:06
Department of Justice, has a ready response for critics who question why few individuals have been charged for conduct tied to the financial crisis: just wait. "We are not done, we are not finished," said West, who was responsible for crafting a series of multi-billion dollar civil settlements with top banks JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Bank of America over shoddy mortgage bonds they sold in the run up to the 2008 crisis. He did not provide details about any additional actions the Justice Department may take against the banks or individuals. After spending more than five years at the Justice Department, including three years as head of the civil division, West leaves behind a legacy of nearly $37 billion in settlements that won him praise as a master negotiator who forced substantial penalties on banks that contributed to the crisis.

No charges in America's Cup drowning, San Francisco police say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 06:00

The Artemis Racing yacht is towed to shore after capsizing in the San Francisco Bay(Reuters) - No charges will be filed in connection with the death of a British Olympic sailing champion who drowned after the craft he was sailing during training for last year's America's Cup races capsized and broke apart in San Francisco Bay, police said. Andrew Simpson, 36, a two-time Olympic medalist and father of two young boys, suffered multiple blows to his head and body and drowned in the May 9, 2013 accident involving the 72-foot (22-meter) Artemis Racing catamaran. The San Francisco Police Department investigated the incident to see if charges should be pressed in connection with Simpson's death. "There is no evidence to support a criminal charge, so there are no criminal charges at all," Esparza said.


First death reported from California earthquake

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:56

File - In this Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Jamie Gudino cleans up the damage from an early morning earthquake in Napa, Calif. A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month's earthquake in California's wine country died Friday, Sept. 5, the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 temblor, sheriff's officials said. The earthquake has not claimed any other lives, but left scores of people injured, among them a 13-year-old boy who broke his pelvis in several places when part of a chimney collapsed on him. It was the strongest quake to hit the San Francisco Bay area since a magnitude-6.9 quake in 1989. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month's earthquake in California's wine country has died — the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 temblor, sheriff's officials said.


Business targeted by hacker: Lawyers have conflict

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:55
SEATTLE (AP) — A pizza chain targeted in a credit card hacking scheme told a federal judge this week that its former law firm has a conflict of interest in the case because it represents the son of a Russian lawmaker charged with hacking into businesses across the U.S.

Timeline leading to dad's arrest in 5 kids' deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:52
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man is accused killing his five children and dumping their bodies along a road in Alabama. Here is a timeline of events leading to his arrest and the discovery of the bodies, according to court records and authorities:

FAMU band member's family settles with bus company

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:49
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The family of a Florida A&M University drum major who died after being hazed has reached a settlement with the owner of the bus on which the hazing took place.

In New York's trendy SoHo, a cool million will buy a parking space

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:48
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York property developer is offering the uber-wealthy the opportunity to buy a condo parking spot for a cool $1 million - merely six times the value of a typical American home. The 10 parking spaces are for sale at 42 Crosby Street, the luxury apartment building under construction in the SoHo neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. Based on the $1 million price tag, the spots are probably the most expensive residential car spaces in the country, said the broker marketing the seven-story building. ...

Felon seen on Twitter holding guns gets 18 months

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:46

In this undated image released by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Kwmaine Davis holds a firearm in a photo he posted on Twitter. Davis was sentenced Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, to 18 months in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)BOSTON (AP) — In a photo he posted on Twitter, Kwmaine Davis had a big smile on his face as he held one gun in each hand at a shooting range. His message to his followers: "Yes, I'm really bout that action."


Puerto Rican pleads guilty to selling putrid pork

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 05:40
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Puerto Rico businessman has pleaded guilty to selling thousands of pounds (kilograms) of putrid pork in the U.S. territory for more than a year.