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U.S. couple leaves Qatar after convictions overturned in child death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:54

Matthew and Grace Huang, a U.S. couple who were accused of murdering their adopted daughter Gloria, stand outside the entrance of the Court of First Instance after their trial in DohaBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. couple who were convicted and later cleared of wrongdoing in the death of their adopted African-born daughter in Qatar left the Gulf Arab state on Wednesday after a travel ban was lifted, ending a nearly two-year ordeal, their supporters and a U.S. diplomat said. Matthew and Grace Huang left Doha, headed for Los Angeles to reunite with their two other children, also adopted, following a flurry of diplomacy on behalf of the family after an appeals court threw out their conviction. "Matt and Grace Huang are wheels up from Qatar," U.S. ...


Ferguson 'die-in' protesters surround holiday tree at City Hall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:54

'Die-in' protesters gather at City Hall prior to tree lighting ceremonyAfter holding a 'die-in' at 30th Street Station Wednesday, demonstrators moved to City Hall, the scene of tonight's tree lighting, in protest of the decision by the Missouri grand jury to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.


Ex-Philadelphia Traffic Court judge sentenced in ticket fixing scheme

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:48

Ex-Philadelphia Traffic Court judge sentenced in ticket fixing schemeA former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge was sentenced for his role in a ticket fixing scheme.


States sue Obama administration on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:44

Demonstrators picketBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A coalition of 17 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday saying it acted illegally by issuing an executive order to ease the threat of deportation for millions of immigrants who are in the country without the proper documents. The case being led by Texas and filed at the Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas said the executive order announced by Obama last month violated constitutional limits on presidential powers. ...


Two charged in Maryland for alleged Johns Hopkins frat rape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:41
(Reuters) - Two Baltimore-area men have been charged with raping a teenage girl at an off-campus Johns Hopkins University fraternity, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. College sexual assault has drawn national attention since a Rolling Stone magazine article last month detailing an alleged 2012 gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. In the Johns Hopkins case, Baltimore police charged Chaz Haggins, 20, and Ethan Turner, 19, with rape and sexual offenses involving a 16-year-old girl on Nov. 2. ...

Prosecutors rethink convict's sentence after judge cites Holder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:34
By Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors are reconsidering a 50-year sentence for a convicted robber and drug dealer, after a judge on Wednesday suggested they call Attorney General Eric Holder to ask him whether it was fair to "punish" a man for rejecting a plea deal and opting for a trial. Randy Washington, 27, the Bronx man who faced the lengthy term after turning down a 10-year plea deal and getting convicted at trial, had been scheduled for sentencing in New York federal court on Wednesday. ...

Ferguson 'die-in' protesters on the move, affecting Center City traffic

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:34

Ferguson 'die-in' protesters on the move, affecting Center City trafficAfter holding a 'die-in' at 30th Street Station, demonstrators are on the move in protest of the decision by the Missouri grand jury to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.


Victim of West Philadelphia hit-and-run ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:32

Victim of West Philadelphia hit-and-run ID'dAction News has learned the name of the victim in a West Philadelphia hit-and-run as the search for the driver continues.


3 church fires on same day declared arson

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:32

3 church fires on same day declared arsonThree different fires at nearby churches, and in one case, there are only charred remains left standing.


Retired fire chief, step-son injured in Mt. Ephraim fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:12

Retired fire chief, step-son injured in Mt. Ephraim fireA retired Camden City fire chief and his step-son were both injured in a house fire in Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey.


Ferguson 'die-in' protesters on the move in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:05

Ferguson 'die-in' protesters on the move, affecting Center City trafficAfter holding a 'die-in' at 30th Street Station, demonstrators are on the move in protest of the decision by the Missouri grand jury to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.


Ferguson 'die-in' protesters march towards City Hall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:58

Ferguson 'die-in' protesters on the move in Center CityAfter holding a 'die-in' at 30th Street Station, demonstrators are on the move in protest of the decision by the Missouri grand jury to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.


Enrollment in Obamacare plans for 2015 remains strong

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:56

A woman fills out her thoughts on the Affordable Care Act at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act in Washington(Reuters) - The second week of open enrollment in 2015 health insurance plans offered under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform almost matched the pace of the first week, federal health officials said on Wednesday. Last week, which included the Thanksgiving holiday, 303,010 people chose Obamacare plans from Healthcare.gov. Almost half, 49 percent, were new customers, while the others renewed 2014 policies. From Nov. 15-21, 462,125 people chose health plans; 48 percent were new customers. ...


PHOTOS: Ferguson 'die-in,' protest in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:56

 Ferguson 'die-in,' protest in PhiladelphiaA Ferguson protest started at 30th Street Station and moved through Philadelphia on Wednesday, December 3rd.


Multi-alarm fire damages businesses in Lower Merion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:51

Multi-alarm fire damages businesses in Lower MerionThe 4-alarm blaze shut down Montgomery Avenue in Narberth. A water main break complicated efforts to fight the blaze.


'Die-in' protesters block I-76 near 30th Street Station

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:43

Ferguson 'die-in' protesters on the move in Center CityAfter holding a 'die-in' at 30th Street Station, police say demonstrators are blocking the ramp onto I-76 in protest of the decision by the Missouri grand jury to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.


Ferguson protesters stage 'die-in' at 30th Street Station

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:36

Ferguson 'die-in' protesters on the move in Center CityDemonstrators are holding a 'die-in' in Center City Philadelphia to protest the decision by the Missouri grand jury to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.


New York neighborhood simmers over man's death in police chokehold

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:34

Esaw Garner, widow of Eric Garner, cries as civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton speaks at the National Action Network in the Harlem Borough of New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the Staten Island neighborhood where a black father of six died after police put him in a banned chokehold while arresting him for illegal cigarette sales, a painted tribute on a wall reads: "His name was Eric Garner. Father, son and friend." Garner lived and died in Tompkinsville, a neighborhood tucked on the north shore of New York's least populated borough. A grand jury decided on Wednesday afternoon not to indict the New York Police Department officer who put Garner, 43, in the chokehold. ...


FBI raids Puerto Rico highways authority, arrests treasurer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:31
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the offices of Puerto Rico's Highways and Transportation Authority (HTA) on Wednesday, taking documents and arresting the organization's treasurer for alleged bribery in programs using federal funds. The treasurer, Silvino Cepeda Ortiz, was arrested at his place of work "without incident" in connection with a bribery-for-payment scheme involving three unnamed HTA contractors, the U.S. Attorney's office said The raid was the second against one of Puerto Rico's indebted public corporations in little over a week. ...

2 men hurt in fire at Mt. Ephraim home of retired Camden fire chief

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:29

Retired fire chief, step-son injured in Mt. Ephraim fireTwo men are hospitalized following a fire at the home of a retired Camden City fire chief.