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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.

Democratic senator: U.S. shifts on Cuba 'clearly intended' to bypass law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 04:29
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama's shifts on Cuba policy were intended to circumvent U.S. law. "Today’s regulatory changes ... are clearly intended to circumvent the intent and spirit of U.S. law and the U.S. Congress," Menendez said in a statement issued after Obama announced that the United States will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. Menendez, who is Cuban-American and represents New Jersey, will be the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the new Congress that will be seated in January. ...

Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 04:25

FILE- In this Aug. 11, 2014, file photo, flowers are placed in memory of actor/comedian Robin Williams' Walk of Fame star in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Aug. 11, 2014, in an apparent suicide at his San Francisco Bay area home. He was 63. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre.

U.S. top court bars Arizona from denying driver's licenses to immigrants

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

Protesters demonstrate against the arrival of undocumented immigrants in Oracle, ArizonaBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the state of Arizona from enforcing a policy that denies driver's licenses to young immigrants granted legal status by President Barack Obama in 2012. The court denied the request by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to place a hold on a ruling from the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the policy had no legal basis. The state must now let roughly 20,000 eligible immigrants apply for driver's licenses. "This is the best day ever," said Phoenix-based activist Dulce Matuz. ...

Third suspect arrested in Portland school shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 04:17
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police say a third suspect has been arrested in their investigation of a shooting outside an alternative Portland High School that injured four young people.

Sprint accused of billing for unwanted services

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 04:13
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are accusing Sprint Corp. of illegally billing its wireless customers hundreds of millions of dollars in charges for text message alerts and other services that they didn't order.

Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 04:13

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, Matt Figi hugs and tickles his once severely-ill seven year old daughter Charlotte, as they walk together inside a greenhouse for a special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web, which was named after the girl early in her treatment for crippling severe epilepsy, in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado is poised to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot's medical potential. Among the research projects poised for approval on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, are one for pediatric epilepsy patients, and another for children with brain tumors. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — Colorado awarded more than $8 million for medical marijuana research Wednesday, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot's medical potential.

Texas TV station says meteorologist shot, suspect at large

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 04:09
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A meteorologist at Waco, Texas, broadcaster KCEN-TV was shot multiple times during a confrontation in the station's parking lot on Wednesday, and the suspect is still at large, the station said. Morning show meteorologist Patrick Crawford exchanged words with the suspect, who then pulled out a handgun and fired several times, it said. Crawford is undergoing surgery at a local hospital. He managed to drive away and flag down a construction worker, who called for kelp, KCEN said. The station was briefly placed on lockdown as a result of the incident. ...

Pentagon upbeat Lockheed will deliver 36 F-35s in 2014 as planned

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 04:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp is on track to deliver all 36 F-35 fighter jets planned in 2014, the Pentagon's F-35 program manager told reporters on Wednesday. Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan said the final two aircraft to be delivered to the U.S. government were in flight testing, but he expected that process to be completed by the end of the year. The deliveries would pave the way for Lockheed to receive most of the incentive fees associated with the delivery schedule, Bogdan said. He did not provide any details. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Chris Reese)