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Findings expected soon in Philadelphia firefighter sex investigation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:17

Findings expected soon in Philadelphia firefighter sex investigationThe Philadelphia Inspector General's Office has reportedly finished an investigation into alleged sexual activity involving a female paramedic and a number of male firefighters.


Officers find shooting victim on street in Holmesburg

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:08

Officers find shooting victim on street in HolmesburgAt least one person was injured in a shooting late Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia's Holmesburg section.


Moderate earthquake strikes Northern California coast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:08
EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 has struck off the coast of Northern California.

Vanderbilt rape verdicts signal support for assault victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:08

Brandon Vandenburg looks at the jury as Judge Wilkins reads the charges during his trial on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The jury deliberated for three hours before announcing that Vandenburg and Cory Batey were guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, John Partipilo, Pool)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The gang-rape conviction of two former Vanderbilt University football players sends signals out in every direction.


No retrial for Detroit policeman who shot child -prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:01
(Reuters) - Prosecutors will not seek a third trial for a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a sleeping child during a raid on a house in 2010, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said on Wednesday. Jurors in October were unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Officer Joseph Weekley, the second time that a trial against the officer in the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones ended in a mistrial. Worthy said prosecutors informed the girl's family on Wednesday they would not seek a retrial and would move to dismiss the case on Friday. A Wayne County judge granted Weekley a directed verdict on the more serious felony charge of involuntary manslaughter during the trial, a decision prosecutors cannot appeal.

Dozens displaced after apartment blaze in Whitemarsh Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:55

Dozens displaced after apartment blaze in Whitemarsh Twp.Three people were taken to the hospital, several had to be rescued, and dozens remain out of their homes after an apartment blaze in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County.


Woman shot in head in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:52

Woman shot in head in Southwest PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating a shooting in Southwest Philadelphia that seriously injured a woman.


Supreme Court blocks three Oklahoma executions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:50

In this Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 photo, the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla. Oklahoma plans to resume executions Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, after botching its last one and will use the same three-drug method as a Florida lethal injection scheduled for the same day. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to temporarily block the execution of three Oklahoma inmates who are challenging the state’s lethal injection procedure. The court’s action means that convicted killers Richard Glossip, John Grant and Benjamin Cole will not be put to death using the sedative which they object to before the Supreme Court decides whether the procedure violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The court's brief order leaves open the possibility the state could proceed with the executions using different drug combinations. Oklahoma's three-drug process has been under scrutiny since the flawed April 2014 execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett.


Alibaba spinoff likely to increase scrutiny on Yahoo CEO

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:49

In this Nov. 5, 2014 photo, a person walks in front of a Yahoo sign at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yahoo reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is losing a precious security blanket now that she is spinning off the Internet company's prized stake in China's Alibaba Group.


Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in Md. mansion fire, killing 6

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:49

Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in Md. mansion fire, killing 6An electrical fire that spread to a 15-foot Christmas tree prompted a blaze that killed six people in a Maryland mansion.


Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:48

This image taken from the the Waze app on an iPhone, in Washington, shows police at the scene on a map on the app. A sheriffs’ organization is broadening its concerns about the popular Waze mobile traffic app. Now it says a feature that lets drivers warn others about nearby police cruisers not only presents a threat to police safety from potential cop-killers, it also interferes with the ability to write speeding tickets. (AP Photo/Ted Bridis)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheriffs said Wednesday that Google's popular Waze traffic app is making it harder to nab speeders, adding to earlier police complaints that a feature in the software that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity is putting officers' lives at risk.


'Never felt guilty': Civil rights convictions tossed in SC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:39

In this February 1960 file photo, people take part in a civil rights "sit-in" protest at the lunch counter in McCrory's in Rock Hill, S.C. A prosecutor on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, will argue a motion to vacate the convictions of a group known as the Friendship Nine. Eight Friendship Junior College students and a civil rights organizer were convicted of trespassing and breach of peace for staging a similar protest at the same lunch counter in 1961. The men opted for a month’s hard labor rather than allow bail to be posted for them by civil rights groups. (AP Photo/The Herald, File)ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — For a moment, Clarence Graham's heart raced. Fifty four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed.


Panel unanimously OKs bill easing employee health care count

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama's health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute.

Owners of Ohio mansion gutted by fire sue insurer for $60M

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:37

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, file photo, firefighters battle a fire in Indian Hill, Ohio, that destroyed the $4 million mansion. The owners, Jeffrey and Maria Decker, are suing their insurance company for almost $60 million for allegedly not honoring their claims. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Joseph Fuqua II, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — The owners of a $4 million suburban mansion that burned to the ground last year are suing their insurance company for almost $60 million, saying it didn't honor their claims.


Sheriff: Minnesota City Hall shooter should not have had gun

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:37

An emergency personnel member walks outside the New Hope Police Department after two police officers were shot Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 in New Hope, Minn. Two newly sworn-in officers and others were shot at Monday night as they left a New Hope City Council meeting. Two officers were hit, and others returned fire and killed the gunman, Hennepin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mike Carlson said. Authorities are not seeking any other suspects and did not identify the gunman or disclose a possible motive. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Jeff Wheeler) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTNEW HOPE, Minn. (AP) — A man with a history of mental illness who shot and wounded two police officers before he was killed at a City Hall in suburban Minneapolis should not have had access to a gun, authorities said Wednesday.


Bankruptcy judge approves financing for Trump Entertainment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:36
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal judge in Delaware approved $20 million in new bankruptcy financing Wednesday for Trump Entertainment Resorts from billionaire investor Carl Icahn as the company continues to work to keep the struggling Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, open.

Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuclear espionage case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:32
(Reuters) - A former scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday for passing secret U.S. nuclear weapons data to a person he believed to be a Venezuelan government official, the FBI said. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, pleaded guilty in June 2013 to several espionage-related offenses stemming from an undercover sting operation, according to the FBI and court records. His wife, who is 71, was previously sentenced to a year in prison and three years of supervised release for her role in the same case, the FBI said. Mascheroni, a physicist, worked from 1979 to 1988 at Los Alamos, a U.S. government facility where the first atomic bomb was developed and which still conducts nuclear weapons research.

Main Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:30

In this Jan. 27, 2015 photo, former school teacher and current souvenir entrepreneur Ann Jordan displays a few of her products, socks and flip-flops decorated with marijuana-themes, as she drops off supplies to one of her sellers, the Red Carpet Car Wash and Detailing, in Aurora, Colo. Marijuana is legal in Colorado, but not at its largest airport - and now Denver International Airport wants to keep out weed-themed souvenirs, too. A policy enacted this month bans the sale of souvenirs depicting marijuana leaves or Colorado's ubiquitous "Mile High" pot puns. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport.


Man charged in assault on teen girl on SEPTA trolley

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:28

Man charged with assaulting teen girl on SEPTA trolleyPhiladelphia police have arrested and charged a man wanted for attacking a teenage girl on board a SEPTA trolley.


Police: Man arrested in wrong-way accident knew he was drunk

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 04:50

This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Stephen B. Martin. Authorities said the Phoenix man arrested in a wrong-way freeway accident in which a fire department dispatcher was fatally injured had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit. The Arizona Department of Public Safety also said that 39-year-old Martin said after the Tuesday morning accident that he knew he was drunk and shouldn't be driving. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)PHOENIX (AP) — A 39-year-old Phoenix man arrested in a wrong-way freeway accident in which a fire department dispatcher was fatally injured had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit, authorities said Wednesday.