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A week of reruns, Christmas saw dip in TV viewing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 03:24

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) battles through Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell (23) and inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Gresham was injured on the play. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)NEW YORK (AP) — As Americans trimmed the tree last week and hung their stockings with care, many viewers turned away from TV screens. During a week of mostly reruns, total prime-time viewership of the Big Four networks dipped by 25 percent from the week before.

U.S. drone rules remain in the hangar in 2014

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 03:23
By Alwyn Scott and Roberta Rampton NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States missed a year-end deadline for publishing new rules on remote-control aircraft, delaying an eagerly awaited step toward using drones in everything from farming to package delivery. Businesses have been clamoring for rules to allow commercial drone flights, fearing the United States is falling behind other countries in developing a multibillion-dollar industry. The Federal Aviation Administration turned a draft of the rules - the first major overhaul of the regulations - over to the White House on Oct. ...

Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber lose delay bid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 03:21

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch during a pre-trial hearing at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Tim McLaughlin BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday denied defense requests to move and delay the start of the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose lawyers say they are overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of pages of documents. Jury selection in the Tsarnaev's case is set to begin on Monday after U.S. District Judge George O'Toole rejected his lawyers' request to push it back until September. The trial will begin 18 months after Tsarnaev was indicted. ...

Flurries, scant snow in Vegas on New Year's Eve

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 03:14

This Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, photo, provided by the The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, shows a fresh snow fall at the resort near Las Vegas. The National Weather Service reported snow showers and flurries Wednesday morning in parts of the Las Vegas valley, but virtually none of it stuck. (AP Photo/The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, Jim Seely)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas visitors hoping for a winter wonderland on New Year's Eve can bet on plenty of cold but not much of the white stuff.

Uber didn't OK Chicago driver charged with assault

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 03:13

This undated photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows Maxime Fohounhedo. Fohounhedo is accused of sexually assaulting an Uber passenger in November. On Tuesday Dec. 30, 2014 a judge ordered him held in lieu of $500,000 bail in Chicago. Uber says the Chicago driver was not authorized to be picking up passengers for the ride-sharing company. The San Francisco-based company says Fohounhedo was driving on an account in his wife's name in violation of Uber's rules. Prosecutors say he used his own photo and phone number on the account. (AP Photo/Chicago Police Department)CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago driver accused of sexually assaulting an Uber passenger was not authorized to drive for the ride-sharing company and used an account created in his wife's name to pick up customers, the company said Wednesday.

Ban on smoking in N.Y. state parks reinstated

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 03:08
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, N.Y. (Reuters) - A New York appeals court has reinstated a ban on smoking in state parks, dismissing a challenge by a group of smokers who said the restriction was enacted illegally. A five-judge panel of the Albany court on Wednesday said the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation had the authority to enact the 2013 rule, which banned smoking at beaches, picnic areas and other outdoor areas at more than 200 parks and historic sites. ...

Prosecutors oppose ex-Virginia governor's request

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 02:51
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors urged a judge to reject former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's plea for leniency, arguing that the three years of community service his lawyers have recommended would amount to no punishment at all for his public corruption convictions.

911 records: Cell phone saved man trapped in sewer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 02:47
ORLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — A man who fell 20 feet into an open suburban Chicago storm sewer was able to call for help on his cell phone and direct rescuers to the hole.

Newlywed man, 95, dies after wife taken away

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 02:28

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo, 96-year-old Edith Hill and 95-year-old Eddie Harrison are seen in their home in Annandale, Va. A 95-year-old newlywed Virginia man has died just weeks after his 96-year-old wife was taken away by family members to Florida. Rebecca Wright, who was caring for the couple in their Alexandria, Virginia, home, says Eddie Harrison died Tuesday in a hospital after suffering from influenza. Wright says Harrison was distressed after his wife and longtime companion, 96-year-old Edith Hill, was taken away. Wright is Hill's daughter. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A 95-year-old newlywed Virginia man has died just weeks after his 96-year-old wife was taken away by family members to Florida.

California citrus avoids damaging cold

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 02:26
EXETER, Calif. (AP) — Citrus growers in California's San Joaquin Valley say potentially damaging cold failed to materialize overnight.

Conflicting reports about what happened in fatal Bridgeton police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 02:17

Authorities ID man killed in Bridgeton police involved shootingA man was shot and killed by police in Bridgeton, Cumberland County Tuesday night.

Ex-science chief sues Revlon over safety issues, anti-Jewish bias

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 02:12
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former Revlon Inc chief scientific officer has sued the cosmetics company, claiming he was fired after raising safety concerns that its chief executive did not want to hear and was discriminated against for being Jewish. In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, Alan Meyers claimed that CEO Lorenzo Delpani accused him of raising "ghost" safety problems at recently acquired laboratories, resulting in slower production. ...

New laws OK wine shipments, ban tiger selfies

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

In a July 7, 2014 file photo, Susan Edwards, of Westborough, Mass., browses the wine selection at Prairie Berry East Bank in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D. Wine connoisseurs will be popping the cork over a new law taking effect Jan. 1 that allows out-of-state wineries to ship bottles directly to consumers in Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Joe Ahlquist, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New state laws taking effect Thursday give livestock in California more living room, approve direct-to-consumer wine shipments in Massachusetts and levy the ultimate punishment on wannabe teen drivers in Nevada by denying them licenses if they skip too much school.

UN condemns coup attempt in Gambia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 02:10
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday condemned the coup attempt "against the legal and democratic institutions" in Gambia.

Woman killed, 2 injured when tree falls into house

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 02:10
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A tree that fell into a home in Northern California killed a woman and trapped a child.

Mother sues feds after agents kill son in Nevada

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 02:08
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A mother has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and two unidentified rangers who shot and killed her 20-year-old son during a chaotic confrontation on a state highway outside Las Vegas.

Woman charged in 4-year-old girl's oxycodone death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 01:58
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors in northeastern Pennsylvania are charging a woman in the death of a 4-year-old girl after a coroner determined she received a lethal dose of the painkiller oxycodone.

Feds deny performance pay to nuke dump operator

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 01:46
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The contractor that runs the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository is being denied millions of dollars in performance pay as part of the financial fallout from a radiation leak that forced the closure of the facility.

KKK group to keep fighting to join cleanup program

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 01:45
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia Ku Klux Klan group says it will move forward with its application for a highway cleanup program after a judge ruled the state's denial violated the organization's right to free speech.

Cardinal George drops out of cancer clinical trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 01:37
CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago says retired Cardinal Francis George has been dropped from a clinical trial he had been participating in to treat a recurrence of cancer.