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Artists take credit for hanging black effigies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 04:20
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Artists claimed responsibility for hanging three cardboard images of black lynching victims at a Northern California university, leading campus authorities to say Monday they no longer view the life-size effigies as a hate crime.

Immigrants urged not to fear applying for program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 04:18
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A top federal immigration official on Monday urged qualified immigrants to apply for President Barack Obama's reprieve from deportation and sought to dispel fears that a future administration might unravel the program.

Los Angeles porn actors must wear condoms, appeals court rules

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 04:16
By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - A regional U.S. federal appeals court ruled on Monday that pornographic movie actors in Los Angeles must wear condoms during sex scenes, upholding a lower court decision that was challenged by the adult film industry. In 2012, voters in Los Angeles County approved a measure to require condom use during sex scenes in pornographic movies, as well as the regular testing of actors for sexually transmitted diseases. Lawyers for the industry challenged the regulations in U.S. ...

Chicago thieves adopt 'crash-and-grab' tactics

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 04:10
CHICAGO (AP) — Police are investigating a series of so-called crash-and-grab burglaries in which Chicago thieves crash a vehicle through a storefront, then steal whatever they can with the speed of a NASCAR pit crew.

Michigan priest sentenced in charity theft

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 04:01
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area Catholic priest will spend two months in jail each calendar year for the next five years for stealing money from a charity for the poor.

Elsa, kitten found in frigid Denver, finds a home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:56

In this Dec. 12, 2014 photo provided by The Denver Dumb Friends League, (DDFL) a rescued kitten named Elsa is held by her adopter Jim Slater, DDFL Volunteer of the Year, at the Dumb Friends League in Denver, Colo. The story of the kitten found in sub-zero weather in Denver and named after Elsa from "Frozen" has a happy ending. Elsa has been adopted by Slater, the volunteer who helped nurse her back to health. (AP Photo/Dumb Friends League)DENVER (AP) — The story of a kitten found in sub-zero weather in Denver and named after Elsa from "Frozen" has a happy ending.


Atari's 'E.T.' game joins Smithsonian collection

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:54
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the "E.T." Atari game cartridges unearthed this year from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert has been added to the video game history collection at the Smithsonian.

A look at the rifle in the Sandy Hook shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:49
A wrongful death lawsuit filed Monday by families of some of the Sandy Hook massacre victims targets the maker and sellers of the semi-automatic Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that the gunman used. A look at the weapon, its history and its involvement in other high-profile shootings:

1 dead after crash involving Walt Disney World bus

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:45
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A driver who ran a red light on Walt Disney World property was killed after her car was hit by a Disney bus and then spun into another car.

Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:42

In this Dec. 20, 2012 file photo, law enforcement officials stand outside Riverview Gun Sales, as authorities raid the store in East Windsor, Conn. The shop, which legally sold weapons used in the Newtown school massacre, lost its federal firearms license after the shooting because of hundreds of violations over the past several years, according to federal authorities. The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured on Dec. 14, 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and against Riverview, the seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used by Adam Lanza in the shooting. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The families of nine people killed in the Newtown school massacre filed a lawsuit against the maker and sellers of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting, saying the gun should not have been sold for civilian use because of its overwhelming firepower.


Longshore union, shippers see slow progress in U.S. West Coast port talks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:38

Cargo containers are ready for transportation at the Port of Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The union for 20,000 dockworkers and a group of their employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports say they are making slow but steady progress in months-long contract talks seen by the shipping industry as a contributing factor in chronic cargo backups. However, neither side has ventured to say how much longer it might take to reach a settlement, and both parties continued to abide by a news blackout on the details of their talks and the issues that divide them. ...


Police: 3 dead, including gunman, in Sydney siege

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:33

 3 dead, including gunman, in Sydney siegeA swarm of heavily armed police stormed a cafe in the heart of Sydney early Tuesday, ending a siege by an Iranian-born gunman who had held an unknown number of hostages for more than 16 hours.


Prosecutor: Man suspected of killing 6, wounding 1 near Philadelphia still at large

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:25
PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutor: Man suspected of killing 6, wounding 1 near Philadelphia still at large.

NY judge weighs use of hypnotized witnesses in Etan Patz case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:25

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge is weighing whether the testimony of witnesses who were hypnotized can be used as evidence against a man who has confessed to killing Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who vanished from a New York City street more than three decades ago. The trial of the accused killer, Pedro Hernandez, is set to begin early next month. Patz's disappearance on May 25, 1979, as he walked unaccompanied for the first time to a school bus stop in Manhattan, drew national attention. ...


Man gets 80 years in teacher's oil-patch killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:24

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2012 file photo, Lester Van Waters Jr. 50, one of two suspects charged with aggravated kidnapping in the disappearance of 43-year-old Sherry Arnold of Sidney, Mont., appears at a hearing in the Williams County Courthouse in Williston N.D. Waters faces sentencing Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 in the killing of Sherry Arnold, a Montana math teacher , during an attempted abduction. Waters of Parachute, Colo., pleaded guilty last year to a count of deliberate homicide by accountability. (AP Photo/Elijah Nouvelage,File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for killing a Montana teacher in the Northern Plains oil patch.


LA County deputy sentenced in corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:12
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to 1½ years in prison for trying to block a federal investigation of allegations of inmate abuse at county jails.

Century later, Jewish soldier may get top medal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:12

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2012 file photo Elsie Shemin-Roth holds a World War I photo of her father William Shemin at her home in Labadie, Mo. Nearly a century ago, Sgt. Shemin raced across a battlefield three times to pull wounded comrades to safety, survived a bullet to the head and led his unit to safety. The heroism should have earned him the Medal of Honor but didn't, possibly because discrimination was rampant _ and he was Jewish. Thanks to the efforts of his daughter, Shemin is on the cusp of finally being honored with a medal, 41 years after his death. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nearly a century ago, Sgt. William Shemin raced across a World War I battlefield three times to pull wounded comrades to safety. With all the senior leaders of the platoon wounded or killed, the 19-year-old survived a bullet to the head and led his unit to safety.


Firm to pay $2M fine in DC procurement fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Maryland construction company has admitted to orchestrating phony partnerships to get millions in District of Columbia government contracts and agreed to pay a $2 million fine, ending a two-year fraud investigation.

US says halal food supplier misled Muslims on beef

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:07
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A food supplier for several years falsely marketed beef to Muslims around the world as meeting strict halal standards, exporting products that weren't slaughtered in accordance with Islamic law, federal prosecutors allege in a major fraud indictment.

IllRideWithYou: Aussies offer support to Muslims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 03:00

Armed police stand at the ready close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. A gunman took an unknown number of people hostage inside a downtown Sydney chocolate shop and cafe at the height of Monday morning rush hour, with two people inside the cafe seen holding up a flag believed to contain an Islamic declaration of faith. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)Some Australian social media users sent a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney cafe siege went on for almost a day, offering to accompany anyone who felt intimidated on public transit.