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Thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations won't affect baseball right away: experts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:38
By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There will be no immediate flow of top Cuban players into Major League Baseball despite the major U.S. policy shift toward the communist-run island, experts on baseball in Cuba said on Wednesday. Any move to let Cuban players leave their country freely will not happen for at least several years, said author Pete Bjarkman, who has written extensively about Cuban baseball. "I don't think it will have any real visible immediate impact," Bjarkman said of the policy change. "Cuba wants to maintain its strong baseball at home. ...

Officers cleared in killing of FSU gunman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:38
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Grand jurors called actions of police "heroic" and cleared five officers of all wrongdoing in killing a gunman who shot at students at a Florida State University library.

Mom driving van of kids pleads not guilty in chase

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:37
ALBUQURQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Tennessee woman has pleaded not guilty in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop and chase during which a New Mexico State Police officer shot at her minivan full of children.

Dentist suspended; patient died after teeth pulled

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:35

Dentist Rashmi Patel, center, sits with supporters at a hearing of the Connecticut State Dental Commission in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Officials suspended Patel's license pending a comprehensive review of his practice after finding he didn't properly care for two patients, including a woman who died in February while having 20 teeth extracted at Patel's Enfield office. (AP Photo/Dave Collins)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A dentist whose patient died after developing complications while getting 20 teeth pulled and several implants installed will not be allowed to work until after a comprehensive review of his practice.

Jury finds former New York jail guard guilty in inmate death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:34
By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former supervising guard at New York City's Rikers Island jail complex was found guilty on Wednesday of refusing to summon medical attention for a mentally ill inmate who died after swallowing corrosive detergent. Jurors in U.S. District Court in Manhattan delivered their verdict after deliberating for less than a day. The former guard, Terrence Pendergrass, immediately shook his head while family members in the courtroom sobbed. He was facing a federal civil rights charge in connection with the 2012 death of the prisoner, Jason Echevarria. ...

Judge rejects plea deal by South Carolina sheriff in bribery case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:33
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge rejected a plea deal on Wednesday that would have allowed South Carolina's former longest-serving sheriff to serve three years of probation in exchange for admitting he was guilty of conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants. James Metts, 68, served as sheriff of Lexington County from 1972 until being suspended from office last summer after he was indicted on 10 criminal counts. ...

U.S.-Cuba rapprochement exposes Venezuela's Maduro

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:27
By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Even as Cuba and the United States try to bury 50 years of enmity, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has seemed to be going in the other direction, vilifying "insolent Yankees" at rallies and threatening to cut ties completely. Fellow leftists Cuba and Venezuela are arguably the most unconditional allies in Latin America, but Cuban President Raul Castro's move to rapprochement with the old "imperialist" enemy contrasts with Maduro's fury at U.S. plans for sanctions against his own government. ...

Father reportedly charged in Poconos crash that killed 3 Bucks teens

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:24

Father reportedly charged in Poconos crash that killed 3 Bucks teensA man has been charged after a teenage girl allegedly crashed an SUV in the Poconos over Labor Day weekend, killing three teenage boys from Bucks County.

NYC pushes for settlement in chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:22

30 minute "die-in" protest Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at the criminal justice center in Philadelphia. A number of protests have been staged around the country following recent grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in New York and Ferguson, Mo., over the deaths of unarmed black men. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)NEW YORK (AP) — The city said Wednesday that it is trying to negotiate a settlement with Eric Garner's family as scores of defense attorneys protested the criminal justice system's handling of police killings of unarmed black men by participating in marches and die-ins.

Pathologist tells U.S. court that Oklahoma had deeply flawed execution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:15
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma's death chamber was "a disorganized mess" during a troubled execution in April, a pathologist who performed an autopsy on the executed inmate told a federal court that is hearing arguments on whether to halt executions in the state. Lawyers for 21 death row Oklahoma inmates, four of whom are scheduled to be executed next year, have asked the court to halt future executions there after the flawed lethal injection of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett in April led to national and global criticism. ...

New York panel recommends 3 upstate resort casinos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:14

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks casino gaming during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. An announcement on casino siting in New York will be made this afternoon. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Three economically distressed communities in upstate New York have been selected as sites for casinos, a panel announced Wednesday, bringing an end to a fierce competition among developers and job-hungry communities.

Protest leads to closing of St. Louis City Hall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:14
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters upset with police over their handling of demonstrations related to the Michael Brown shooting managed to shut down St. Louis City Hall.

Ex-prosecutor sentenced for child porn, fleeing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:11
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's former top drug prosecutor who fled the state and set off a nationwide manhunt after being convicted of child pornography charges was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 16 years in prison.

Member of German rocket team dies in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:09
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A member of the German rocket team that helped build America's space program in north Alabama has died.

Ohio man acquitted after insanity defense dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:09
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Billy Milligan, an Ohio man believed to be the first person to use multiple personality disorder in an insanity defense, has died. He was 59.

NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:08

In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, cars enter Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 released another round of data leaks, including ominous threats against the premiere of Sony Pictures' film "The Interview," in which the group references the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too.

Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 05:08

30 p.m. and midnight. Prison officials and federal agents insisted at the time that the inmates perished, but their bodies were never found. (AP Photo/File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.

New York bans fracking after health report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 04:30

Protesters demonstrate against fracking, as New York State Governor Cuomo takes part in a book signing, in New YorkBy Daniel Wiessner and Edward McAllister ALBANY, NY/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state will ban hydraulic fracturing after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas extraction method poses health risks, Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration said on Wednesday. New York Environmental Commissioner Joseph Martens said at a cabinet meeting he will issue an order early next year banning fracking, which has been under a moratorium since 2008. Once that happens, New York will join Vermont as the only states to completely prohibit fracking. ...

After first big step, U.S. faces long path to forge ties to Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 04:29
By Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The renewal of full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba could be the start of a long thaw in decades of animosity but the path is full of obstacles, not least the U.S. sanctions on the Communist-run island. The embargo is enshrined in law, most notably the Helms-Burton Act of 1996, which tightened bans on U.S. companies trading with Cuba and Americans visiting the country. ...

Regal, AMC theaters cancel movie showings after Sony hacker's terror threat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 04:29

Regal, AMC theaters cancel 'The Interview' showingsThree national chains that operate dozens of movie theaters in the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys have cancelled plans to show a new film following threats from the group claiming responsibility for the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack.