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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.


PHOTOS: Suspects in Strawberry Mansion killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 03:18

 Suspects in Strawberry Mansion killingPolice have identified five suspects in a murder at a Strawberry Mansion playground.


Police in Oregon draft policy for dealing with mentally ill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 03:13
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police have drafted a new policy for dealing with mentally ill people that says sometimes it's OK for an officer to walk away if a confrontation could jeopardize a suspect or other people.

Oregon farmer killed by falling hay bales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 03:08
MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon farmer has been killed by falling hay bales.

A year before 2016, Iowa attracts presidential long-shots

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

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2014 file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, talks with local residents after a town hall meeting in Ames, Iowa. Democrats and Republicans are waiting for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jeb Bush and other major prospects to formally kick off the 2016 race in the state with the first presidential caucuses, other lesser known or more unlikely aspirants are already active in Iowa, letting everyone know they’re available. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Soft laughter rippled through the audience in an Iowa church meeting room when a woman punctuated her question to the keynote speaker, Bernie Sanders, with, "when you're president."


Mayor didn't trust state to review Ohio boy's fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 02:36

In this Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 photo, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson speaks during a news conference about the shooting by police of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, in Cleveland. Jackson says he doesn't trust a state agency to investigate the fatal police shooting because he believes the agency mishandled a different shooting investigation that led to charges against officers. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's mayor says he didn't trust a state agency to investigate the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy who was carrying a pellet gun, because he believes the agency mishandled the investigation of a different shooting that led to charges against officers and a settlement with the families of two people killed.


U.S. appeals court to hear arguments on Texas abortion restrictions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 02:25
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas abortion rights advocates will be in a U.S. appeals court this week to challenge state abortion restrictions they say are aimed more at shutting clinics than protecting women's health. A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans convenes on Wednesday to consider whether a requirement under Texas law for abortion clinics to have certain hospital-like settings for surgeries is warranted. The "ambulatory surgical center requirement" was to have gone into effect on Sept. 1. ...

Brewery apologizes to those offended by its Gandhi beer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 02:22

FILE - In a Jan. 22, 1948 file photo, Mohandas K. Gandhi squats before a microphone in New Delhi, India, to deliver prayer meeting discourse during second day of his fast to force communal peace in India. New England Brewing Co. in Connecticut is apologizing to Indians offended that the company is using Mohandas Gandhi's name and likeness on one of its beers. The brewery apologized on its Facebook page for the India pale ale it calls Gandhi-Bot. Critics in the U.S. and India have complained about the commercial use of Gandhi, revered for leading India to independence through nonviolence. (AP Photo/File) (AP Photo, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut brewery apologized to Indians offended that the company is using Mohandas Gandhi's name and likeness on one of its beers.


Jury selection begins for suspect in Etan Patz's 1979 murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 02:18

FILE - This May 28, 2012, file photo shows a newspaper with a photograph of Etan Patz that is part of a makeshift memorial in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. Jury selection is set to start Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Hernandez’s murder trial. As the murder case surrounding Patz' notorious 1979 disappearance heads to trial, missing-children’s advocates see it as proof that such cases still can be pursued after decades. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty-five years after Etan Patz's disappearance helped ignite a national missing-children's movement, scores of prospective jurors filed into court Monday for a murder trial that eluded authorities for decades.


NY Times reporter questioned in court in CIA leak case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 02:16

New York Times Company photo of James RisenBy Aruna Viswanatha ALEXANDRIA, VA (Reuters) - New York Times reporter James Risen refused on Monday to answer all but a few basic questions in court about his book detailing a failed CIA effort to undermine Iran's nuclear weapons program, in a case that has become a flashpoint for press freedom. Risen testified in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, as part of the U.S. government's case against former Central Intelligence Agency officer Jeffrey Sterling, who is charged with leaking classified information to Risen. ...


'Real Housewives' star makes prison her new home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 02:07

File- This Jan. 4, 2012, photo shows Teresa Giudice posing for a portrait in New York. Giudice is scheduled to report to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, to begin serving a 15-month sentence for bankruptcy fraud. She and husband Joe Giudice pleaded guilty last year. The couple admitted hiding assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitting phony loan applications to get some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)One of New Jersey's "Real Housewives" has gone to the big house.


UPDATED MAPS: Tuesday's expected snowfall

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

 Tuesday's expected snowfallAccuWeather has updated information on Tuesday's arrival of light, accumulating snow.


Doe attacks man after being shot with arrow

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 02:00
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a deer wounded by an arrow in eastern Wisconsin turned on the bow hunter in an attack that sent the 72-year-old man to a hospital.

Judge to weigh releasing grand jury record in NYC chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 01:54
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge will hear arguments later this month whether to publicly release the records of a grand jury hearing in the case of an unarmed black man killed after a policeman put him in a chokehold while arresting him for peddling loose cigarettes. After an unusually lengthy session lasting nine weeks, the grand jury voted in December not to indict the police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, for his role in the asphyxiation death of Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk last summer. ...

Death of missing Pennsylvania college student ruled accident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 01:48
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's mayor says the death of a college student whose body was found in a river a month after he vanished has been ruled an accident.