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Snow expected from Midwest to Northeast, then bitter cold

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:42

Ice forms as waves crash along Lake Michigan in below-normal temperatures near Oak Street Beach, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Chicago. Forecasters expect significant snowfall and freezing temperatures this week in northern Illinois. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)CHICAGO (AP) — A winter weather system expected to dump more than a foot of snow in some places has begun its trek east, with a separate blast of arctic air right on its heels.

Prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz denies underage sex claims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:35
MIAMI (AP) — Prominent American lawyer Alan Dershowitz has filed a detailed denial of a woman's claims he had sexual contact with her when she was underage in a case also involving Britain's Prince Andrew.

Katherine Scott reports on snow in King of Prussia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:33

Katherine Scott reports on snow in King of PrussiaAction News reporter Katherine Scott reports on snowy conditions in King of Prussia and beyond.

Sirhan Sirhan loses bid for freedom over RFK death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:29
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Sirhan Sirhan, who is serving a life sentence in prison for the June 1968 assassination of presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, failed to persuade a federal judge to set him free because he was innocent of the crime. In a decision dated Monday, U.S. District Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell in Los Angeles said Sirhan "failed to meet the showing required for actual innocence" that might excuse his having failed to seek his freedom sooner in federal court. Sirhan had filed his petition for habeas corpus, which could have resulted in his freedom, in May 2000. ...

Judge extends order limiting Missouri police use of tear gas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:27
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday extended for 45 days a temporary restraining order requiring Missouri law enforcement officers to give protesters a reasonable chance to disperse before using tear gas.

U.S. Steel to idle Ohio pipe plant as oil prices drop

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:23
By Abinaya Vijayaraghavan (Reuters) - United States Steel Corp said it would temporarily idle its pipe manufacturing plant in Lorain, Ohio and lay off 614 workers, largely due to weak demand from the oil industry. The company sent a layoff notice to workers on Monday, citing weak market conditions. ( U.S. Steel's shares were down nearly 2 percent at $24.88 in early afternoon trading on Tuesday. A number of North American oil and gas companies have cut capital spending plans following a sharp fall in oil prices, which have more than halved since mid-2014. ...

TV makers design for streaming video to stay relevant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:21

Joe Clayton, president and CEO of Dish Network, introduces the Sling TV, a live television streaming service, at a news conference at the International CES, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Las Vegas. Standout features in many of the TV sets out this year will be more useful for streaming Internet video than watching broadcast or cable channels. In addition, satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp. will offer a package of channels, including ESPN and CNN, for delivery entirely over the Internet, starting at $20 a month. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.

NYC grabs back top spot for global property investors

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

A giant drill rig breaks ground on the new Hudson Yards construction project on Manhattan's west side in New YorkBy Michelle Conlin (Reuters) - New York City regained its top position among global commercial real estate buyers, unseating London and highlighting the appeal of U.S. properties in general, according to a survey of international investors released Tuesday. More than 90 percent of respondents said they planned to maintain or increase the size of their U.S. portfolio in 2015, according to the survey conducted by the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate. AFIRE members have an estimated $2 trillion in real estate assets under management. The U.S. ...

Safeway fined nearly $10M for illegal disposal of waste

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:06
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Safeway supermarket chain has been ordered to pay nearly $10 million for illegally dumping batteries, electronics and pharmaceuticals in California landfills.

NY parking officer sentenced for $90,000 in meter thefts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 01:05
MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. (AP) — A New York parking enforcement officer has been sentenced to jail for stealing over $90,000 from meters.

Asylum decision delayed for Afghan who fled US training

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:56
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An Afghan military officer who said he would be a target of the Taliban if sent home is awaiting an immigration judge's decision on whether he can stay in the United States.

Attorney Dershowitz files sworn statement denying sex claims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 23:47

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 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 shot and killed in West Oak Lane

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 22:28

Man shot and killed in West Oak LanePolice say a 26-year-old man was shot and killed in Philadelphia's West Oak Lane section late Monday night.

Cops: Dad cut dreadlocks off teen daughter's male friend

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 22:20
READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania father is apologizing after police say he pulled his daughter's male friend by the hair and chopped off his dreadlocks with a knife.

Police: 3 dead in central California murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 22:05
SELMA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators say three people are dead in a murder-suicide at a home in central California.

Mercedes-Benz to move U.S. headquarters to Atlanta: source

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 21:34

Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz cars, looks on during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las VegasDETROIT (Reuters) - Mercedes-Benz will move its U.S. headquarters to Atlanta from northern New Jersey, a source familiar with the brand's plans told Reuters on Tuesday.

Gay marriage ban ends as couples wed throughout Florida

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 21:21

Aaron Huntsman, left, and William Lee Jones kiss after being declared legally married early Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on the steps of the Monroe County Courthouse. The couple obtained the first same-sex marriage license issued in the Florida Keys. Huntsman and Jones helped to pave the way for marriage equality in Florida with a lawsuit protesting the state's 2008 ban on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Rob O'Neal) MIAMI HERALD OUTKISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and court clerks in some counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples in the early morning hours.

Ohio museum apologizes for gunman figure in Lego model city

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 21:11
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio art museum has apologized after a visitor examining a Lego model of Columbus noticed it included a Lego figure with a gun pointing at the front door of the model police station.

Angry father chops off dreadlocks of daughter's friend in Berks County

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 21:05

Angry father chops off dreadlocks of daughter's friend in Berks CountyA Berks County, Pennsylvania father took matters into his own hands when he found his daughter with a male friend.

Showdown looms as North Dakota legislators mull oil levy sharing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 20:58

Natural gas flares are seen at an oil pump site outside of WillistonBy Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakota's legislature will decide how to divvy up oil tax revenue among the state's 53 counties, and whether to wave sales taxes on materials used to build natural gas pipelines and chemical plants in a biennial session starting on Tuesday. How to share lucrative tax revenue from booming oil production promises to be the most contentious part of the 80-day session, with politicians from the state's western oil producing counties clamoring for more money to build roads, schools and other infrastructure projects. ...