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Off-duty Boston police officer charged with attack on Uber driver

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:57
BOSTON (Reuters) - An off-duty Boston police officer was charged on Monday with attacking the driver of an Uber car he had hired in the early hours of Sunday morning, after a dispute about the route, prosecutors said. The officer, 40-year-old Michael Doherty, was accused of assault and battery, as well as violating the driver's civil rights because he used a racial slur against the driver, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. ...

Hunter in deer stand kills bear that began climbing up tree

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:55
UNION TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A deer hunter in a tree stand fatally shot a black bear that began climbing up the tree toward him after it got within a few feet of him, state wildlife officials said.

Report: Arrested sheriff drove 100 mph after hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:50
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — State police reports accuse a South Carolina sheriff of driving more than 100 mph, speeding through a red light and nearly losing control of his county-issued pickup truck shortly before he was charged with drunken driving.

California governor vows to boost renewable energy, cut petroleum use

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:49
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday laid out an ambitious plan for 50 percent of the state's electricity to be generated by renewable resources over the next 15 years and to cut petroleum usage by drivers. Brown, who was sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term, said he would also seek to double the energy efficiency of existing buildings and make heating fuels cleaner. ...

Trial for union boss Joseph Dougherty begins

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:22

Trial for union boss Joseph Dougherty beginsThe federal corruption trial involving Iron Workers Local 401 union boss Joseph Dougherty began Monday morning.


UN says its troops and Congo will launch offensive on rebels

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:20
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo and the Congolese army will launch a military offensive against a rebel group that failed to surrender by a Jan. 2 deadline set by two regional groups, the United Nations said Monday.

Eric Frein ordered to stand trial in Pa. trooper killing; graphic video shown at hearing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:20

Eric Frein ordered to stand trial in Pa. trooper killing; graphic video shown at hearingEric Frein, accused of killing one Pennsylvania state trooper and wounding another back in September, was ordered to stand trial.


AP Exclusive: Maine governor spent $53K in Medicaid fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:19

FILE – In this July 8, 2010 file photo, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills speaks to reporters near the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta, Me. According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, Gov. Paul LePage's administration spent nearly $53,000 on private lawyers in its failed attempt to remove thousands of low-income young adults from the state's Medicaid program after being told by Maine's attorney general Janet Mills that he couldn't win the case, (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Documents show that Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration spent nearly $53,000 on private lawyers last year in its failed attempt to remove about 6,000 young adults from Maine's Medicaid program.


Same-sex marriages start in Miami, hours before rest of Florida

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:04

Same-sex couples Todd and Jeff Delmay with Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello get married at the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Miami FloridaBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida's first same-sex weddings took place in Miami on Monday, shortly before gay and lesbian couples were to begin tying the knot elsewhere in the 36th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage. Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel paved the way for some couples in Miami-Dade County to get a jump-start on their weddings when she lifted a stay on her earlier decision finding the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Amid cheers and tearful embraces, Zabel later presided over the marriages of two Florida couples in ceremonies witnessed by a throng of media. ...


Responders pull 2 elk from frigid Colorado pond

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:04

This image provided by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, shows emergency workers rescuing three elk who fell through ice, near Aspen, Colo., Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Two elk that fell through the ice of a pond near Aspen were rescued but a third didn't survive. A homeowner discovered the elk in the pond. AP Photo/Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office)ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Responders have rescued two elk that fell through the ice of a pond near a Colorado resort town, but a third elk didn't survive.


Face to face: Jury selection starts in Boston Marathon case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 04:58

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from right, is depicted with his lawyers, left, beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. His trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 26. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — Some of the prospective jurors who could decide Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's fate got their first look Monday at the young man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon, and they seemed transfixed by the sight of the shaggy-haired 21-year-old.


Sale of Atlantic City's Revel approved despite fight with buyer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 04:54

People walk outside the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic CityBy Tom Hals CAMDEN, New Jersey (Reuters) - A U.S. bankruptcy judge approved on Monday the sale of the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to a Florida developer for $95.4 million, a price the buyer said he now doesn't want to pay. Judge Gloria Burns in Camden, New Jersey, approved the sale to Glen Straub but rejected his argument that the price should be cut to $87 million because the auction process was tainted by conflicts and a lack of transparency. Straub's attorney said he will appeal the ruling. Lawyers for Revel, which cost $2. ...


Exclusive: CIA says its inspector general is resigning at end of month

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 04:48

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, VirginiaBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA inspector general David Buckley, who investigated a dispute between the agency and Congress over the handling of records of the CIA's detention and interrogation activities, is resigning effective Jan. 31, the CIA said on Monday. The agency said in a statement that Buckley, who has served as the agency's internal watchdog for more than four years, was leaving the agency to "pursue an opportunity in the private sector." Officials at both the CIA and on Capitol Hill said his departure was unrelated to politics or anything he had investigated. ...


US weighs cutting aid to Palestinians over ICC move

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 04:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing whether to cut aid to the Palestinians because of their effort to join the International Criminal Court to pursue war-crimes charges against Israel.

Brutal cold snap hits eastern half of U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 04:23

Charles Martinez looks over the partially frozen Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline,By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A bitter cold snap is freezing most of the eastern half of the United States, driving the mercury below zero in the Midwest on Monday, with possible freezing temperatures as far south as Atlanta later this week, forecasters said. The brutal weather pattern, brought on by a polar air mass pushing south from Canada, is impressive but not out of the ordinary for this time of year, said Tom Kines, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.com. "When it comes right down to it, it's January," said Kines. The pattern is expected to continue into next week. ...


Jury selection begins for trial of accused Boston bomber

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 04:20

Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis leaves the federal courthouse on the first day of jury selection in the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Monday began the process of selecting the jury that will hear the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, telling the first of some 1,200 prospects to read no more news accounts about the deadly blasts.Tsarnaev could get the death penalty if convicted of killing three people and injuring more than 260 others by detonating a pair of homemade bombs placed amid a crowd of thousands of spectators at the race's finish line on April 15, 2013. The 21-year-old ethnic Chechen and naturalized U.S. ...


Smoke smell sends Aeromexico flight back to Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 04:05
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Aeromexico jetliner bound for Mexico City has returned to Los Angeles International Airport because of the smell of smoke in the cabin.

Previous abuse charges against mom accused in girl's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 03:25

Katlyn Marin appears in a video arraignment from the Department of Corrections jail in Manchester, N.H. on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in the District Courtroom in Nashua, N.H. Marin was charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of her 3-year-old daughter. (AP Photo/The Telegraph, Don Himsel, Pool)NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A woman charged with beating her 3-year-old daughter to death had faced child abuse charges before: She was indicted last year on a charge of striking an 8-year-old boy with a belt, but the case was dismissed because he was too scared to testify against her, according to court papers.


5 arrested in Strawberry Mansion playground murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 03:24

5 arrested in Strawberry Mansion playground murderPhiladelphia police say five people have been arrested after a murder at a playground in Strawberry Mansion.


16-year-old charged in New Year's Day killing in Olney

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 03:24

16-year-old charged in New Year's Day killing in OlneyPolice have arrested a teenager in connection with the shooting death of a 18-year-old man in Philadelphia's Olney section.