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Toppled trees kill 2 in windy Northern California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 04:49
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Falling trees killed two people in separate incidents as winds topped 60 mph in Northern California.

Luise Rainer, first to win consecutive acting Oscars, dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 04:43

FILE - In this July 29, 1999 file photo, actress Luise Rainer poses in her central London apartment. Rainer, a star of cinema's golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104. Rainer's daughter, Francesca Knittel-Bowyer, told The Associated Press her mother died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. In 1936 and 1937, Rainer was the first performer ever to win back-to-back Academy Awards, for "The Great Ziegfeld" and "The Good Earth." (AP Photo/Adam Butler, File)LONDON (AP) — Luise Rainer, a star of cinema's golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104.


Harvard Law agrees to sex harassment resolution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 04:39
BOSTON (AP) — Harvard Law School has agreed to revise its sexual harassment and assault policies and to review sexual harassment complaints dating to the 2012-2013 school year after U.S. education officials found the school in violation of federal law, officials announced Tuesday.

Washington, D.C. CFO cuts revenue forecast for fiscal 2015

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 04:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief financial officer of Washington, D.C. cut his projections for the district's revenue this fiscal year by $83.4 million, in a report released on Tuesday. The projected total revenue of $6.58 billion would still be 4.3 percent more than that collected in fiscal 2014, according to the independent CFO, Jeffrey Dewitt. Fiscal 2015 started on Oct. 1 in Washington. In fiscal 2014, income tax revenue dropped for the district and many places across the country, in reaction to the federal tax changes. ...

Tests to see if Arizona gray wolf killed in Utah

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 04:35
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal wildlife officials will compare the DNA of a gray wolf accidently shot in Utah with that of a wolf spotted wandering near the Grand Canyon this year, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Police: Boy, 2, accidentally shoots, kills mom in Idaho Wal-Mart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 04:29

 Boy, 2, accidentally shoots, kills woman in Idaho Wal-MartAuthorities in northern Idaho say a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after he reached into her purse at a Wal-Mart store and the concealed gun fired.


Authorities: It's unclear if woman fatally shot by 2-year-old in Idaho Wal-Mart is boy's mom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 04:29
HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) — Authorities: It's unclear if woman fatally shot by 2-year-old in Idaho Wal-Mart is boy's mom.

Baby found starved to death in Florida, parents charged with murder: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 04:26
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - The parents of a 22-day-old baby found starved to death in Florida have been charged with first-degree murder, police said on Tuesday, accusing them of neglecting the suffering infant. Ruby Stephens, 23, and Roy Stephens, 48, of Indiana were visiting relatives in central Florida on Dec. 23 when they called for emergency help after discovering the baby was unresponsive in their car, according to Lakeland Police. Betsey Kee Stephens was declared dead at the hospital. ...

Girl on bike struck by police car in Wilmington, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 04:10

Girl on bike struck by police car in Wilmington, Del.A police cruiser struck a girl on a bicycle in Wilmington, Delaware Tuesday afternoon.


Report: 4 million actively enroll in health plans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 04:01
The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called "an encouraging start."

Four killed in apparent murder-suicide in Texas home: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 03:47
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A woman and her two teenage daughters found dead inside a suburban Fort Worth home on Sunday were likely killed by the woman's former boyfriend, who then took his own life, police said on Tuesday. The three family members were identified as Xiomara Leon, 34, and her daughters, Linda Gonzalez, 18, and Yasmine Zavala, 13. Leon and Gonzalez were shot multiple times and Zavala was strangled, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office. Samuel Morales, 36, was also found dead inside the home in the Fort Worth suburb of Crowley. ...

New York chokehold prosecutor eyes run for Grimm's seat in Congress

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 03:38
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City prosecutor at the heart of the controversy over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white policeman in the chokehold death of a black man said on Tuesday that he may run for the congressional seat being vacated by Michael Grimm. District Attorney Daniel Donovan, 58, who prosecutes cases in the New York City borough of Staten Island, is eyeing the 11th Congressional District seat that will be left open when Grimm, a Republican, resigns on Jan. 5. ...

Pom Wonderful wins trademark ruling over rival pomegranate drink

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 03:36
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal appeals court said on Tuesday the pomegranate juice maker Pom Wonderful LLC may try to stop a rival from selling a pomegranate-flavored energy drink labeled "p?m," in a reversal of a lower court ruling in the trademark lawsuit. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California, said a lower court judge abused her discretion in January when she concluded that Pom did not deserve a preliminary injunction against Pur Beverages LLC. U.S. ...

NYC fields over 200 pre-suit claims from gas blast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 03:32
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City could face more than 200 lawsuits over a gas explosion that leveled two buildings and killed eight people earlier this year.

Harvard Law to overhaul sexual harassment policy after U.S. violations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 03:28
By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Harvard Law School has agreed to overhaul the way it handles sexual harassment complaints among its students after a long-running federal investigation found it was violating U.S. law, officials said on Tuesday. The deal with the elite school comes as part of a broader U.S. review of how colleges and universities that receive public funding handle allegations of sexual crime on campus, following a slew of high-profile cases. The U.S. ...

Police say officer in Berkeley, Missouri, shooting acted in self-defense

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 03:04

Toni Martin, mother of Antonio Martin, who was fatally shot, attends a prayer vigil in Berkeley, MissouriBy Mark Guarino (Reuters) - An 18-year-old man fatally shot by police in Berkeley, Missouri, last week was pointing a gun at an officer, according to a police investigation of the incident. Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall told a news conference on Tuesday that Antonio Martin "was armed and pointing a weapon at the officer" before he was shot outside a gas station convenience store on Dec. 23. The killing sparked protests, with demonstrators saying the shooting was unjustified and that race was a factor. Martin was black and the officer is white. ...


Judge accepts former South Carolina sheriff's guilty plea for bribery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:56
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A former South Carolina county sheriff pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants in a deal that federal prosecutors said could land him in prison after a judge rejected a similar deal that had called for only probation. James Metts, 68, was the state's longest-serving sheriff, having worked for Lexington County from 1972 until this year. He was suspended from office in June after being indicted on 10 criminal counts and resigned earlier this month. ...

Red-light cams fade as speed cams get green light

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:46

FILE - In a Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 file photo, traffic passes a red light photo enforcement sign below a red light camera at the intersection of Route 1 and Franklin Corner Road, in Lawrence Township, N.J. New Jersey legislators recently discontinued the state’s red light camera pilot program after five years. The number of red-light cameras nationwide is falling because of opposition from lawmakers and average Joes _ but the use of cameras to catch speeders is slowly rising, potentially signaling a new battleground. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Motorists rejoicing over decisions to discontinue unpopular red-light camera programs don't have to drive too far for a buzzkill.


AP PHOTOS: A look at $1 million homes in the US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:41

This photo provided by Gladys Manion, Inc. via Realtor.com shows the exterior a five-bedroom, five bath limestone mansion at 36 Portland Place in St. Louis, previously listed at $1.385 million. (AP Photo/Gladys Manion, Inc via Realtor.com, Steven B. Smith Photography)Sales of $1 million homes are booming, even as overall sales have sputtered this year.


Diocese: Episcopal bishop at wheel in fatal hit-and-run that killed NJ native

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 02:24

 Episcopal bishop at wheel in fatal hit-and-run that killed NJ nativeAn Episcopal bishop who was the driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed a South Jersey native was charged four years ago with drunken driving and marijuana possession, documents show.