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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.


U.S. Air Force pushes back SpaceX certification date

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 01:26
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday it expects to certify Space Exploration Technologies, also known as SpaceX, to compete for launches no later than mid-2015, pushing back its original target date by six months. The Air Force said on Tuesday it was "close" to certifying a new company to launch large U.S. military satellites, but did not name SpaceX. United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, is at present the only firm certified for such launches. ...

Correction: Former Governor Trial story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 01:19

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court for sentencing with his daughter Rachel McDonnell, right, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Richmond, Va. McDonnell, once a top Republican prospect for national office, was convicted for selling the influence of his office to the CEO of a dietary supplements company. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In some versions of a story Jan. 7 about former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's sentencing for public corruption, The Associated Press reported erroneously the contents of a letter from U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine. Kaine said that McDonnell's work to restore voting rights for thousands of felons should weigh positively in the judge's sentencing decision. But he did not ask the judge to spare McDonnell from prison.


Gay marriage bans in three southern states on trial at U.S. appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 01:17

Same-sex couples kiss after being married in Miami, FloridaBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court this week will hear arguments on whether to strike down, or keep in place, same-sex marriage bans in three conservative southern states including Texas, the most populous state that does not allow gay couples to wed. The same judicial panel that will consider the Texas case will also hear appeals on same-sex marriage bans in Louisiana and Mississippi, setting up a possible decision that could redefine same-sex marriage in parts of the U.S. South, where each state has passed legislation banning the practice. ...


Wet Seal closing over 300 stores, nearly 3,700 losing jobs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 01:16

Wet Seal closing over 300 stores, nearly 3,700 losing jobsWet Seal is closing 338 stores, about two-thirds of its locations, resulting in nearly 3,700 full- and part-time workers losing their jobs.