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After turbulent year, Obama aims for quiet Hawaii getaway

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 40 min ago

President Barack Obama and the first family disembark Air Force One after arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for their annual family Christmas vacation Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Honolulu. The first family will be staying in Kailua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet.


Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 55 min ago

In this November 2014 photo, employee Jen Sans points a customer in the right direction at a Target store, in South Portland, Maine. The National Retail Federation found in a survey that only 9 percent of shoppers finished their shopping by the start of December this year and nearly 15 percent hadn’t even started. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.


Car rolls onto train tracks in Tinicum Twp.

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 5 min ago

Car rolls onto train tracks in Tinicum Twp.It happened at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Tinicum Township, after the driver left his job on the night shift at the nearby UPS facility.


4 questioned after man found dead in alley in Tacony

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 9 min ago

4 questioned after man found dead in alley in TaconyPhiladelphia police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in an alley in Tacony.


San Francisco prosecutor charges deputy in hospital assault: report

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 31 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The San Francisco District Attorney's office charged a sheriff's deputy on Friday for allegedly attacking a hospital patient and covering it up with a false police report, according to officials and local media. District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement on Twitter that his office charged officer Michael Lewelling with assault and perjury in connection with the incident at San Francisco General Hospital. The attorney's office could not be immediately reached for comment or to provide additional details. ...

Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 43 min ago

File - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows anti-whaling activist Paul Watson, center, founder of the Oregon-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, as he listens during a contempt of court hearing in federal court in Seattle. Radical environmentalists have been found in contempt of court for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 ordered a lower court to determine how much Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society owe Japanese whalers. (AP Photo/Karen Ducey, Pool, file)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.


Lawyer: Woman did not intend to hit pedestrians

Yahoo! National News - 13 hours 28 min ago

Mourners placed flowers at a make shift memorial Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, near where a driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians and another car outside a church as a Christmas service ended Wednesday night in Redondo Beach, Calif. Three people were killed and several others were injured including five children, police said. Margo Bronstein, 56, was arrested after the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman said. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — The attorney for a 56-year-old woman accused in the deaths of four people, including a 6-year-old boy, said it was an accident when she ran her car into nearly a dozen pedestrians outside a California church, describing her as someone who "does not live her life recklessly."


A look at large coal ash spills in the US

Yahoo! National News - 14 hours 15 min ago
The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. The Obama announcement ended a six-year effort that began after a massive spill of the ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the EPA has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states with heavy metals and other toxic contaminants.

EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups

Yahoo! National News - 14 hours 19 min ago

F ILE - In this Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 file image provided by Greenpeace, coal ash slurry left behind in a containment pond near the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant is shown in Harriman, Tenn., after the dyke at left broke Dec. 22, 2008. The Obama administration is under court order to unveil the rule Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 ending a six-year effort that began after the massive spill at the Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the Environmental Protection Agency has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states with heavy metals and other toxic contaminants. (AP Photo/Greeenpeace, Wade Payne)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina.


San Francisco deputy charged with assault, perjury

Yahoo! National News - 16 hours 2 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting a hospital patient in an emergency room and then lying in a police report to say the man attacked him, authorities said.

Seventy-four arrested in Milwaukee during police shooting protest

Yahoo! National News - 16 hours 8 min ago
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Dozens of protesters were arrested on Friday in Milwaukee when they blocked rush-hour traffic on a major highway to protest the killing of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer this year. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department took at least 73 adults and one minor into custody during the protest that blocked Interstate 43, which runs through the city, according to the department's Twitter feed. ...

San Francisco deputy charged with assault, perjury

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 13:39
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say a San Francisco sheriff's deputy has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a hospital patient in an emergency room and then lying in a police report to say the man attacked him.

AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 13:35

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho gestures during an interview with The Associate Press, at his apartment, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values against anonymous terrorists. The best-selling author says he was prepared to make himself an example — even if it meant inviting criticism and threats — if Sony Pictures had taken him up on his $100,000 offer for the rights to its cancelled film. (AP Photo/Boris Heger)GENEVA (AP) — Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists.


Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 13:15

File - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows anti-whaling activist Paul Watson, center, founder of the Oregon-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, as he listens during a contempt of court hearing in federal court in Seattle. Radical environmentalists have been found in contempt of court for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 ordered a lower court to determine how much Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society owe Japanese whalers. (AP Photo/Karen Ducey, Pool, file)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.


Today in History

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 13:00
Today is Saturday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2014. There are 11 days left in the year.

NY police officer suspended after new video shows brutality

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 12:40
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City police officer who appears to punch a black youth during an arrest that was captured on video and widely circulated on the Internet has been suspended from duty, the department said on Friday. The posting of the footage follows weeks of protests across the country over recent cases of police violence toward unarmed black men, including one in which a New York City man died after an officer placed him in a banned chokehold. ...

2 young children discovered in towed vehicle in Newark, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 12:26

2 young children discovered in towed vehicle in Newark, Del.A Newark tow truck driver got the surprise of his life when he discovered a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old in a vehicle he had towed.


Man charged with Doylestown false report in search for Montco killer, Bradley Stone

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 12:25

Man charged with Doylestown false report in search for Montco killer, Bradley StoneBucks County authorities have announced charges connected to a false report in the manhunt for Bradley Stone in the hours following his killing spree in Montgomery County earlier this week.


Neighborhood demonstrates to support local police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 12:22

Neighborhood demonstrates to support local policeThere was a different type of demonstration Friday night compared to those held most recently. In the city's Mayfair section, residents took the streets not to protest police, but to support them.


American nurse exposed to Ebola released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:52

Patients entrance of National Institutes of Health is shown in Bethesda(Reuters) - An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone was released from the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Maryland on Friday without showing signs of the disease, NIH said. "The patient has shown no clinical or laboratory evidence of Ebola infection and will complete 21 days of monitoring at a private residence in Virginia under the direction of the Virginia Department of Health," NIH said in a statement. ...