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Judge orders onetime billionaire, embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth jailed for contempt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:23
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Judge orders onetime billionaire, embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth jailed for contempt.

UN Experts: Taliban radicals against peace gain prominence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:20
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Radical splinter groups within the Taliban movement that oppose any negotiation with Afghanistan's new government are gaining prominence, U.N. experts said in a report circulated Thursday.

AP Explains: Stephen Colbert vs. "Stephen Colbert"

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:18

This Sept. 8, 2010 publicity photo released by Comedy Central shows host Stephen Colbert appears on "The Colbert Report," in New York. "The Colbert Report" will end on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, after nine seasons. (AP Photo/Comedy Central, Scott Gries)Stephen Colbert leaves Comedy Central's satirical political talk show "The Colbert Report" after nine years Thursday night. He will become host of the "Late Show" on CBS, replacing David Letterman in May. So ends the "Stephen Colbert" character he created: the outlandishly tongue-in-cheek conservative host who leapt from late-night TV to become a political and pop culture phenomenon. Many of his "Colbert Nation" fans are left trying to imagine life without his incessant lampooning of the Washington establishment and TV pundits. Here's a brief explanation of Stephen Colbert and the alter ego he is retiring:


First Bush, then Cuba: Rubio rides political wave

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:14

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, prepares for a news conference where he expressed his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the US and Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — As the 2016 Republican presidential primary lurched ahead this week, no GOP prospect had a ride quite like Marco Rubio.


'Pretty horrible' scene; car slams into crowd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:11

In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 photo provided by Mike Lewis, firefighters attend to a victim after a driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians outside a church as a Christmas service ended in the Los Angeles suburb of 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 Wednesday night on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman said. (AP Photo/Mike Lewis)REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said.


Foxwoods hiring of convict challenged in court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:09
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — The felony conviction of a former Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation official should have kept him from receiving a management job at the tribe's Foxwoods Resort Casino, an attorney for another tribal member argued Thursday.

Think Cuban-Americans all think alike? Think again

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:04

Cuban-American and pro-Obama supporter Claudia Hernandez, left, argues with anti-Castro protester Daniel Tarrab, right, in the Little Havana area of Miami, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Hernandez expressed her support on Wednesday's announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — Anyone who thinks Cuban-Americans think alike on Cuba hasn't taken a close look at the community lately, poet Richard Blanco says.


New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:04

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013 file photo, a designer's runway show is shown on a television screen outside the Fashion Week venue at New York's Lincoln Center. The city of New York and Lincoln Center is evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — C'est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center are evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches.


Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:03

Cars enter and depart from Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot in Culver City, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film, "The Interview," and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.


Icahn promises Taj Mahal casino $20M to stay open

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:50

This Oct. 24, 2014 photo shows the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. On Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, billionaire Carl Icahn promised $20 million to keep the casino operating through its bankruptcy process, and dropped a threat to close it on Dec. 20. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Billionaire investor Carl Icahn pledged $20 million on Thursday to keep Atlantic City's Taj Mahal casino open indefinitely, eliminating a plan to shut it down Saturday.


'Prison Houdini' set to make his 1st legal escape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:43

In this June 22, 2011 photo made available by Found Object Films, inmate Mark DeFriest pauses during an interview at an undisclosed Florida prison. DeFriest was sentenced to four years for stealing mechanic tools his father had left him in a will. DeFriest, dubbed Florida's "prison Houdini" kept escaping. His short sentence turned into a life sentence. The Florida parole commission voted Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, to move up his release date to March 2015 from 2085. (AP Photo/Found Object Films, Jim Butterworth)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.


Mom, boyfriend waive preliminary hearing in torture death of Scotty McMillan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:37

Mom, boyfriend waive preliminary hearing in torture death of Scotty McMillanThe Chester County couple accused of torturing a three-year-old boy to death appeared before a judge on Thursday.


Detroit-area businessman guilty in murder-for-hire of his wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:36
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit jury on Thursday found a suburban businessman guilty of hiring his handyman to kill his wife. After a two-month trial, Robert Bashara, 57, was convicted of first-degree murder and four additional charges in the death of his wife, Jane, a marketing executive. He faces life in prison. Defense attorney Lillian Diallo said she expected to file an appeal of the verdict. Prosecutors said Bashara told handyman Joseph Gentz to carry out the killing. After Jane Bashara's body was found in the backseat of her Mercedes Benz SUV in Detroit on Jan. ...

Year after W.Va. river spill, execs face charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:33
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak.

Neighboring states challenge Colorado pot laws in top U.S. court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:27

Danielle Hackett prepares marijuana buds for sale at BotanaCare in Northglenn, ColoradoBy Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Nebraska and Oklahoma challenged neighboring Colorado's recreational marijuana laws in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday amid complaints its pot was seeping across their borders, and Colorado vowed to defend its laws. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said he joined Oklahoma in filing the action against Colorado, where voters chose to legalize recreational marijuana in a landmark 2012 vote even as the drug remains federally outlawed. ...


Review: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:27

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency. The Homeland Security Department released an executive summary of the assessment on Thursday. The review was led by four former officials, two who served under President Barack Obama and two from the administration of former President George W. Bush. It was launched after a security breach at the White House in September. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service is an "insular" agency that needs a new director hired from the outside, according to former government officials tasked with examining the embattled agency after a man with a knife stormed the White House.


Missouri attorney general sues cities over predatory traffic ticketing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:26
By Fiona Ortiz (Reuters) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a civil lawsuit on Thursday against 13 St. Louis suburbs for predatory traffic ticketing, saying the cities were depending on traffic fines for too much of their budgets. Black residents in some municipalities around St. Louis have complained they are unfairly targeted by frequent police patrols on highways, and have pressured politicians to make it more difficult for cities to earn revenue from traffic fines. ...

Convicted rapist charged with stalking Allentown boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:22

Convicted rapist charged with stalking Allentown boyA convicted rapist is facing charges for allegedly stalking an Allentown boy.


Missing man's car found torched in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:20

Missing man's car found torched in North PhiladelphiaPolice are asking for the public's help tracking down a missing man whose car was found torched in North Philadelphia.


U.S. FCC declines to punish radio station for use of NFL Redskins team name

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday rejected a petition that asked regulators to punish a radio station for using on air the name of the National Football League's Washington team, Redskins, a word some consider a slur to Native Americans. Legal activist John Banzhaf III had petitioned the agency to strip the WWXX-FM radio station, which belongs to the team's owner, Dan Snyder, of its broadcasting license for using the word "Redskins." Banzhaf said the name was racist, derogatory, profane and hateful, making its use "akin to broadcasting obscenity. ...