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16 firefighters on leave after sex-tape inquiry

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 23:43
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sixteen state firefighters were placed on paid administrative leave for unrelated policy violations that grew out of an investigation into allegations of firefighters having sex on fire trucks, officials said.

Lawyer says U.S. offered prisoner swap for ex-Marine held in Iran

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 23:40

The armed forces identification card of Iranian-American Amir Mirza Hekmati, who has been sentenced to death by Iran's Revolutionary Court on the charge of spying for the CIA, is seen in this undated still image taken from videoDUBAI (Reuters) - A lawyer for an Iranian-American former U.S. Marine jailed in Tehran was reported on Tuesday as saying the United States had sought his release through a prisoner swap, but officials in Washington denied any proposed exchange. Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabai, attorney for former Marine Amir Hekmati, told Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency that the United States had made the request and it had been put to Iran's judiciary, which has not yet responded. "The US has submitted the request via its interest section in Iran," Tabatabai was quoted by Tasnim as saying. ...


Fact sheet: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 23:33
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Believe it: 707 horsepower under the hood

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 23:32

This undated photo provided by Chrysler Group LLC shows the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Popular Mechanics magazine calls the top-of-the-line, new-for 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat the “wildest muscle car Detroit (has) ever built” and named it “Best Muscle Car” for 2015. (AP Photo/Chrysler Group LLC, Andrew Yeadon)Want some attention and excitement in the new year? Try the newest Dodge Challenger — the one with a 707-horsepower, supercharged Hemi V-8 under the hood.


Wreckage, bodies reveal jet's fate days after it disappeared

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 23:13

Wreckage, bodies reveal jet's fate days after it disappearedFamily members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the ...


Serial robber targets hotels in Philadelphia and Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 22:43

Serial robber targets hotels in Philadelphia and Delaware CountyPolice are investigating a series of robberies at hotels in Philadelphia and Delaware County which they believe were the work of the same man.


Reputed NY mobster gets $300,000 settlement for conviction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 22:12
NEW YORK (AP) — A reputed New York mobster has won a $300,000 settlement after his conviction for a 1994 murder was overturned.

Gun deaths for U.S. officers rose by 56 percent in 2014: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 22:06

Combination image shows mourning bands placed over different police badges at the funeral of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Queens borough of New York(Reuters) - Gun related deaths of U.S. law enforcement officers rose by 56 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year, with about one-third of officers killed in an ambush, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said on Tuesday. Across the country, 50 officers were killed by guns in 2014 compared to 32 in 2013, according to the website of the non-profit fund, which aims to increase safety for law enforcement officers. The most deadly states were California, Texas, New York, Florida and Georgia, the group said. ...


Mystery over shots fired at historic NJ church

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 22:05
RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Officials in northern New Jersey are trying to figure out why someone fired shots into a church at the site of a Revolutionary War battle.

Serial hotel robber may have struck again, police say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 19:29

Serial robber targets hotels in Philadelphia and Delaware CountyPolice are investigating whether a robbery at a Delaware County hotel late Monday night is connected to a series of recent, similar crimes in the area.


Bodies found in Indonesian waters where AirAsia plane disappeared

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 18:41

Bodies found in Indonesian waters where AirAsia plane disappearedSix bloated bodies and debris seen floating in Indonesian waters Tuesday painfully ended the mystery of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people aboard and was lost to searchers for more than two days.


Feds dock Los Alamos lab in performance review

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 17:26
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The contractor that runs one of the nation's premier national laboratories has lost out on tens of millions of dollars from the federal government because of what officials call a serious performance failure.

2 men open fire on Los Angeles police patrol car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 17:12

Los Angeles police officers investigate a shooting in South Central Los Angles on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. A man fired a rifle at two Los Angeles officers in a patrol car on Sunday night but no one was injured in the attack that comes amid tension nationwide between police and protesters rallying against their tactics. LAPD spokeswoman Officer Nuria Venegas said Monday that one man was under arrest and a second suspect was being sought in the shooting in an area of the city ridden with gangs and crime and heavily patrolled by police. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said. One suspect was later arrested and the other was on the loose.


Autopsy shows Los Angeles police shot man 3 times

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 16:28

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck speaks at news conference about the autopsy of Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Beck says nothing in the autopsy of Ezell Ford is inconsistent with the statements of the two officers involved in the fatal shooting, but he says no conclusion has yet been reached on whether the shooting was within department policy. Ford was unarmed when police confronted him on a street near his home Aug. 11. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autopsy report released on a 25-year-old black man killed in a confrontation with Los Angeles police appears to affirm initial statements by officers about the struggle that led to the close-range shooting, police said.


Rapid growth leaves Asian airlines searching for pilots

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 16:20

A crew of an Indonesian Air Force C-130 airplane of the 31st Air Squadron, looks out of the window during a search operation for the missing AirAsia flight 8501 jetliner over the waters of Karimata Strait in Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Search planes and ships from several countries on Monday were scouring Indonesian waters over which an AirAsia jet disappeared, more than a day into the region's latest aviation mystery. AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished Sunday in airspace thick with storm clouds on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)NEW YORK (AP) — Every week, a combined total of 28 new planes roll off the assembly lines at Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer factories — the fastest production rate in the history of commercial aviation. Most of those aircraft feed the insatiable demand in Asia.


Cities model New Year's events after Times Square

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 16:19

This Jan. 1, 2014 photo shows a lighted cowboy boot drop resting on the roof of the Palace Saloon, officially marking the start of the new year on Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott, Ariz. Televised images every year of New York City’s glittery ball drop in Times Square have become inextricably linked with New Year’s Eve. But Times Square isn’t the only place to ring in the new year with an object dropping from the sky at midnight. (AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Les Stukenberg)PHOENIX (AP) — Televised images of New York City's glittery ball drop have become inextricably linked with New Year's Eve. But Times Square isn't the only place to ring in the new year with an object dropping at midnight.


No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 16:07

FILE - In his Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore. Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015. In 2015, all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service for the first time whether or not they had health insurance the previous year. Most will check a box. It’s also when the IRS starts collecting fines from some uninsured people, and deciding if others qualify for exemptions. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people.


Wildlife artists angle for top prizes, prestige

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 14:50

In this Dec. 1, 2014 photo, outdoor artist Stephen Hamrick talks about his paintings in his home studio in Lakeville, Minn. Hamrick recently won the Minnesota DNR's 2015 walleye stamp contest for his rendition of the toothy fish. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A casual viewer wouldn't even have noticed. But Stephen Hamrick knew the neck of the buck in the foreground of his painting was a little too thin for a late autumn scene. With a narrow brush, he carefully made the neck a bit fuller, then added some highlights to the antlers to capture the last rays of the setting sun.


Representative Grimm to step down following guilty plea

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:45
By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Michael Grimm of New York, who pleaded guilty last week to a federal felony tax charge, will resign his seat on Jan. 5 because he does not feel he can be completely effective in Congress, he said on Monday. "After much thought and prayer, I have made the very difficult decision to step down from Congress effective January 5th, 2015," Grimm said in a statement provided by a spokesman. "The events which led to this day did not break my spirit, nor the will of the voters. ...

Alert issued after likely HIV porn set infection

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:20
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California public health officials issued an alert Monday after finding "very strong evidence" that an adult film actor became infected with HIV as a result of unprotected sex on an out-of-state film shoot.