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AP source: US investigators link NKorea to Sony hacking,, 'The Interview' release canceled

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:37

 US investigators link NKorea to Sony hacking,, 'The Interview' release canceledA U.S. official says federal investigators have now connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. hacking to North Korea and are expected to make an announcement in the near future.


U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison, a U.S. official said on Wednesday amid reports of a prisoner exchange that heralds a major overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba. The U.S. official said Gross was released on humanitarian grounds. CNN reported a prisoner exchange that also included Cuba releasing a U.S. intelligence source and the United States releasing three Cuban intelligence agents. U.S. President Barack Obama was to make a statement at noon on Cuba, the White House said. ...

Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:33

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History shows George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina, in 1944. A South Carolina state judge, in a Dec. 7, 2014 ruling, vacated Stinney's conviction in the deaths of two young girls, clearing his name. (AP Photo/South Carolina Department of Archives and History, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.


7-year-old honorary firefighter laid to rest with full honors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:31

7-year-old honorary firefighter laid to rest with full honorsA local 7-year-old received a farewell fit for a hero. Aiden Riebel died of cancer last week, and the boy with a big heart was also an honorary firefighter.


AP EXPLAINS: Montana's 'stand your ground law'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:29
The murder trial of a Montana man who shot and killed 17-year-old German exchange student Diren Dede in his garage tested a state law that gives a person the right to use force or threaten to use force to protect his or her own home from unlawful entry or attack, particularly a provision known as "stand your ground." Markus Kaarma unsuccessfully invoked the law in his defense, saying he was protecting his family and property. He was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday. Here's a brief explanation of the law and controversy surrounding it.

AP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says federal investigators have now connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. hacking to North Korea and are expected to make an announcement in the near future.

New Hampshire man charged with raping teen in 10-month kidnap ordeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:28
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire man repeatedly raped a teenage girl, binding her and using a "Taser-like" device to punish her over the 10-month period he held her in a shipping container, state prosecutors charged in court documents on Wednesday. Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was charged with more than 150 counts of felonious sexual assault against the victim, who was not identified but is believed to be 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez, who disappeared in October 2013 from the mountain town of Conway. ...

New Hampshire man charged with raping teen in 10-month kidnap ordeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:28
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire man repeatedly raped a teenage girl, binding her and using a "Taser-like" device to punish her over the 10-month period he held her in a shipping container, state prosecutors charged in court documents on Wednesday. Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was charged with more than 150 counts of felonious sexual assault against the victim, who was not identified but is believed to be 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez, who disappeared in October 2013 from the mountain town of Conway. ...

Man gets life sentence in Vermont teacher's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:24
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A man convicted of first-degree murder in the kidnapping and killing of a Vermont teacher has been sentenced to life in prison.

Doubts cast on cause of death for suspect in Pennsylvania killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:21

Police officers search for Bradley William Stone an Iraq war veteran suspected of fatally shooting and stabbing six family members in Pennsburg PennsylvaniaBy Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Iraq War veteran accused of killing his ex-wife and five of her family members in Pennsylvania did not die of self-inflicted stab wounds as had been previously reported, according to the county coroner overseeing the autopsy. Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, was the subject of a two-day manhunt after going on a killing spree that spanned three towns outside Philadelphia. His body was found on Tuesday. ...


Defense: Release for mom who drove into ocean

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:19
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A South Carolina mother who drove her three children into the ocean off Daytona Beach testified during a hearing to determine whether she should be forcibly confined that she recognizes she is mentally ill and wants to do whatever is necessary to get better.

Cops: Man killed and dismembered mom and stepdad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:18
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man was charged Wednesday with killing and dismembering his mother and stepfather, whose body parts were found in trash bags and containers inside their home.

Republican wins Arizona House seat after recount

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:17

Republican Martha McSally smiles after learning that an recount gave her a 167-vote Congressional victory against Democratic incumbent Rep. Ron Barber, at McSally's campaign headquarters Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month after a recount in Arizona gave the final outstanding race to the Republican challenger. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month after a recount in Arizona gave the final unresolved midterm race to a Republican challenger.


Charges: Stun gun, zip ties used on abducted teen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:16

FILE In this photo taken July 29, 2014 in Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Nathaniel Kibby, of Gorham, N.H. listens during his arraignment charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl. Kibby has been indicted on charges he kidnapped the 14-year-old girl, imprisoned her and sexually assaulted her over nine months. Two courts on Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014 released indictments on 200-plus counts charging Kibby with kidnapping, sexual assault and criminal threatening, among others. He has been jailed on $1 million bail since his arrest. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool, file)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man used death threats, a stun gun, zip ties and a shock collar to control a teenage girl he's accused of kidnapping at gunpoint, imprisoning and sexually assaulting over nine months, according to indictments released Wednesday.


Coroner: Not yet known how Bradley Stone died

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:14

 Not yet known how Bradley Stone diedThe Montgomery County Coroner's Office said on Wednesday that it is not yet known how the man responsible for this week's murder spree, Bradley Stone, died.


From joy to outrage, Florida's Cuban-Americans greet new U.S. policy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:13

City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado speaks with journalists in Little Havana in MiamiBy Zachary Fagenson and David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Some Cuban exiles responded with outrage. Others with ecstasy. News on Wednesday that the United States will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than a half century divided America's 1.5-million-strong Cuban exile community and threatened to shake up the political landscape in the vital battleground state of Florida. ...


2 babies die in Tennessee home; cause unclear

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:12
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A baby and toddler were found dead inside a home Wednesday, and authorities said they were not sure how they died.

2 babies die in Tennessee home; cause unclear

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:12
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A baby and toddler were found dead inside a home Wednesday, and authorities said they were not sure how they died.

Penn fraternity suspended over 'Beyonce' sex doll holiday card

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

Penn fraternity suspended over 'Beyonce' sex doll holiday cardA University of Pennsylvania fraternity has been suspended pending an investigation into a holiday card showing the mostly white group posing with what it says was a Beyoncé sex doll.


Penn fraternity suspended over 'Beyonce' sex doll holiday card

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

Penn fraternity suspended over 'Beyonce' sex doll holiday cardA University of Pennsylvania fraternity has been suspended pending an investigation into a holiday card showing the mostly white group posing with what it says was a Beyoncé sex doll.