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Who is Alan Gross and what did he do?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 03:33
HAVANA (Reuters) - Alan Gross, a 65-year-old U.S. foreign aid worker freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews. Here are some facts about Gross: Gross was a longtime supporter of Jewish causes and a career development consultant who traveled the world on private contracts before taking his Cuba assignment. He had only once previously visited Cuba and spoke very limited Spanish. ...

Texas woman convicted of killing child freed from prison on bond

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 03:32
By Jom Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A Texas woman convicted of killing her 4-year-old foster child by force-feeding him an overdose of salt has been released on bail after an appeals court said there were sufficient questions in her original prosecution to warrant a new trial. Bond for Hannah Overton, 37, was set at $50,000, which was posted by friends of the Corpus Christi woman, and she was released from prison on Tuesday after serving about seven years behind bars. Nueces County District Attorney Mark Skurka did not respond to a request for comment. ...

Ex-coal CEO seeks W.Va. mine blast trial delay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 03:32
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The former head of a coal company that ran the West Virginia mine where 29 men were killed in a 2010 explosion told a judge Wednesday that he wants his federal criminal case moved and his trial delayed for a year.

US Fed slashes inflation forecast for 2015

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 03:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has sharply cut its forecast for inflation next year, saying it will remain far below its 2 percent target through 2015.

Dow jumps after Fed pledges patience in rate hikes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 03:24

The facade of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Global stocks were mostly lower Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014 as oil prices tumbled again while investors waited for a U.S. Federal Reserve statement on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average surged as much as 300 points after the Federal Reserve signaled it was edging closer to raising interest rates because of a strengthening U.S. economy, but promised to be "patient" in its approach.


2nd arrest in Lancaster teacher killing; teen also charged

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 02:27

2nd arrest in Lancaster teacher killing; teen also chargedA teenage boy and a 25-year-old man are under arrest in connection with the killing of a teacher in Lancaster.


Arkansas' model Medicaid experiment in jeopardy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 02:21

In this photo taken Dec. 11, 2014, Arwen Dover is interviewed near her employer's store in Little Rock, Ark. Dover participates in a program in Arkansas that expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. The state bought private insurance for low-income people instead of adding them to the rolls of a system GOP lawmakers called bloated and inefficient. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas became the first southern state to expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. The state bought private insurance for low-income people instead of adding them to the rolls of the Medicaid system, which GOP lawmakers considered bloated and inefficient.


Gun found inside Northeast Philadelphia school; 4 people being questioned

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 02:20

Gun found inside Northeast Philadelphia school; 4 people being questionedPhiladelphia Police say they have recovered the weapon that prompted a lockdown at a Northeast Philadelphia high school Wednesday morning.


NYC to try settling suit with Eric Garner's family

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 02:16
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer will attempt to negotiate a settlement of the $75 million civil rights claim brought forth by Eric Garner's family.

Girl, 16, killed while getting on school bus in Bensalem identified

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 02:14

Girl, 16, killed while getting on school bus in Bensalem identifiedA 16-year-old girl was struck and killed by a vehicle as she was getting on a school bus Wednesday morning in Bensalem, Pa.


Community searches for answers after Montgomery Co. murder spree

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 02:06

Community searches for answers after Montgomery Co. murder spreeInvestigators are trying answer many questions in the aftermath of Bradley Stone's killing spree. As the probe goes on, the community is also trying to heal from this tragedy.


Local theaters cancel movie showings after Sony hacker's terror threat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 02:06

Local theaters cancel movie showings after Sony hacker's terror threatA national chain that operates several theaters in the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys has cancelled plans to show a new film following threats from the group claiming responsibility for the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack.


U.S. charges two pharmacists with 25 murders in meningitis outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 02:02

Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, speaks as federal officials announce the indictment of the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in BostonBy Tim McLaughlin BOSTON (Reuters) - Two pharmacists from Massachusetts were charged with second-degree murder in connection with a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed at least 64 people and injured about 750, according to an indictment made public on Wednesday. The 131-count indictment accuses 14 people who either worked or acted as owners of New England Compounding Center (NECC), a specialty pharmacy that went into bankruptcy after the outbreak. Barry J. Cadden, 48, a pharmacist and part of NECC's ownership group, and pharmacist Glenn A. ...


113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 01:31

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. walks to meet with fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. When the 114th Congress convenes in January, Reid and his party will be the minority. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations.


Army's blimp-like airships get East Coast test

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 01:28

U.S. Air Force Col. William Pitts stands in front of an unmanned aerostat that is part of a new U.S. military cruise-missile defense system during a media preview, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Middle River, Md. Military officials said a pair of helium-filled aerostats stationed in Maryland are intended provide early detection of cruise missiles over a large swath of the East Coast, from Norfolk, Va., to upstate New York, during a three-year test. JLENS, short for Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, will be fully implemented this winter. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (AP) — The Army showed off a blimp-like airship Wednesday that is designed to help the military detect and destroy cruise missiles speeding toward the nation's capital or other major East Coast cities.


4 questioned after report of gun inside Philly high school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 01:27

4 questioned after report of gun inside Philly high schoolPhiladelphia Police responded to a high school in the city's Summerdale section after reports of a person with a gun inside the building.


Police: Officer kills soldier who shot girl, 12

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 01:26
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say an officer fatally wounded an 18-year-old soldier clad in fatigues who shot a young girl as he tried to get into her home.

Mom charged for giving sons pot for medical reasons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 01:20
CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan mother faces child abuse and other charges after authorities say she gave her 10- and 12-year-old sons marijuana for medical reasons.

Bird flu found in wild birds in Washington state: USDA

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 01:20
(Reuters) - Two strains of avian influenza have been confirmed in wild birds in Washington state, near the U.S. border with Canada, but there is no immediate cause for public health concerns, U.S. agriculture officials said on Wednesday. Two separate virus strains were identified in Whatcom County, Washington, including H5N2 in northern pintail ducks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement. This same strain has killed thousands of birds on two Canadian farms in British Columbia. ...

Colorado teen to get 10 years for killing father

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 01:20
EAGLE, Colo. (AP) — A 14-year-old Colorado boy will spend 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to killing his father and trying to conceal the slaying for six days by keeping the body at home and telling the man's employer he was sick.