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Washington state school district cancels classes after reports of gunman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:58
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A lockdown was lifted at a Washington state school district near Seattle on Wednesday but authorities canceled classes and were sending students home after reports of an armed man on the campus of an elementary school, the King County Sheriff said. Police searched all schools in the Shoreline School District and were continuing to canvas a swath of the city of Shoreline, a Seattle suburb, after witnesses called in reports of a man dressed in a dark hooded sweatshirt and camouflage pants and brandishing a firearm, the sheriff's office said. ...

Man accused of stabbing young mom in park pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:52
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of stabbing a woman to death while she was with her young son in a New Mexico city park has pleaded not guilty.

Family of mentally ill woman who died in custody sues

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:51
CLEVELAND (AP) — Relatives of a woman who died after they say two Cleveland police officers slammed her to the ground face first, put a knee in her back and then handcuffed her filed a civil rights lawsuit Wednesday against the city and the officers.

Bruce Castor seeks return to Montgomery County DA job

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:47

Bruce Castor seeks return to Montgomery County DA jobA former prosecutor who decided against charging Bill Cosby in an alleged 2004 sexual encounter says he wants to return to his old job as Montgomery County district attorney.


US Geological Survey records cluster of earthquakes in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:44
DALLAS (AP) — A cluster of small earthquakes rattled a Dallas suburb for a second day Wednesday as experts turned to seismic data to help determine why.

Obama calls French shooting 'cowardly evil attacks'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:22

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking to members of the media prior to his meeting with Secretaryof State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Obama called the shootings at French newspaper a 'cowardly evil attack' on journalists and a free press. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called Wednesday's deadly shooting at a satirical newspaper in Paris "cowardly evil attacks" on journalists and a free press and vowed to help France pursue the terrorists who went on the run.


Wife: Comedian attacked onstage has double skull fracture

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:14

 Comedian attacked onstage has double skull fractureThe wife of a Seattle-area comedian attacked onstage at a suburban restaurant says her husband suffered a double skull fracture and is hospitalized in intensive care.


White House threatens veto on Republican bill to weaken Obamacare

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:12

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustrationWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama would veto a Republican-backed bill that would reduce the number of people who qualify for employer-based health insurance under his signature Affordable Care Act. The bill, introduced on Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives, aims to require companies to offer healthcare coverage to employees who work 40 hours per week, instead of the 30-hour threshold under the reforms known as Obamacare. ...


Fmr. Philadelphia principal arrested in PSSA cheating case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:12

Fmr. Philadelphia principal arrested in PSSA cheating caseThe Pennsylvania Attorney General's office has arrested a former principal for allegedly changing answers on the PSSA in order to boost test scores.


Attorney Dershowitz files sworn statement denying sex claims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:11

Attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz checks his telephone after discussing allegations of sex with an underage girl levelled against him, during an interview at his home in Miami BeachNEW YORK (Reuters) - Prominent U.S. criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz has filed a sworn statement denying he had sex with an underage girl on financier Jeffrey Epstein's private plane and island. Dershowitz filed the statement in Florida federal court on Monday night, along with a motion to join in a lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by Dershowitz's accuser and other women who say Epstein sexually abused them. The women say the government's 2008 plea deal with Epstein, which allowed him to serve jail time on state charges but avoid federal prosecution, violated their rights. ...


Man surrenders after Upper Moreland standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:10

Man surrenders after Upper Moreland standoffA man surrendered peacefully following a stand-off in Upper Moreland, Montgomery County.


Suspect in municipal meeting killings sues jail over food

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:09
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man charged with killing three people at a northeastern Pennsylvania municipal meeting is suing his jailors over demands for special dietary foods.

Two U.S. lawyers file defamation suit against attorney Dershowitz

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:06

Attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz discusses allegations of sex with an underage girl levelled against him, during an interview at his home in Miami Beach(Reuters) - Two lawyers representing a woman who claims to have had sex while a minor with prominent U.S. criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz filed a defamation lawsuit against him on Tuesday. Former federal judge Paul Cassell and Florida plaintiffs attorney Bradley Edwards filed the lawsuit in a Florida circuit court, accusing Dershowitz of initiating a public media assault on their reputation and character, according to court documents. ...


UK's Prince Andrew steps up denial of underage sex

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:03

Britain's Prince Andrew gestures as he delivers an opening speech at a seminar on Japan-UK security cooperation in TokyoBy Kylie MacLellan and Brendan Pierson LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - (Corrects story published on Jan 4 to add source to first paragraph. Also corrects paragraph four to show that Buckingham Palace has not identified Jane Doe #3 as Virginia Roberts.) Buckingham Palace denied on Sunday that Prince Andrew had sex with an underage girl introduced to him by a disgraced U.S. financier, and named by some British newspapers as 17-year-old Virginia Roberts. ...


Facebook post lands Ohio ex-inmate back behind bars

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:01
ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted in a fatal car crash and released early from prison has ended up back behind bars after an Ohio judge and the victim's family took issue with a post he made on Facebook.

Judge apologizes for telling media testimony was off limits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 01:57
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge who tried to tell reporters what they could and could not report on a criminal proceeding called the parties back to the courtroom on Wednesday to apologize.

Massachusetts triple slaying suspect held without bail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 01:47

Salvatore Guglielmino, 57, of North Andover, Mass., enters the courtroom for his arraignment hearing in Lawrence District Court, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Lawrence, Mass. According to the police, Guglielmino is accused of bludgeoning to death three men, ages 68 to 79, in their apartments in North Andover. (AP Photo/The Eagle Tribune, Paul Bilodeau, Pool)LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with fatally beating three neighbors in a public housing complex for the elderly and disabled briefly interrupted proceedings at his arraignment Wednesday before he was ordered held without bail.


U.S. sets air safety rule, airlines must implement in three years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 01:45
By Alwyn Scott and Eric Beech (Reuters) - The U.S. government said on Wednesday it is requiring domestic airlines to put in place proactive safety measures designed to highlight risks, deter accidents and make air travel safer. The rule by the Federal Aviation Administration, which was four years in the making, requires U.S. airlines and freight carriers to submit so-called "safety management system" plans within six months and implement them within three years, the FAA said. While the U.S. ...

Police chase ends with crash on Route 130 in Burlington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 01:42

Police chase ends with crash on Route 130 in BurlingtonA police chase ended with a crash in Burlington, New Jersey, leaving two people injured.


12 dead in terror attack at French satirical newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 01:35

12 dead in terror attack at French satirical newspaperMasked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing 12 people, including the editor of the paper, before escaping. French President Francois Hollande called the slayings a terrorist attack.