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No credible sign of plot on theaters over Sony movie: U.S. officials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:29

Cast members Franco, Rahi Chun and Rogen pose during premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Jim Finkle and Mark Hosenball BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. security agencies are investigating a threat against theaters planning to show Sony Corp's controversial movie about an assassination of the leader of North Korea, and so far they have seen no real sign of an active plot, two U.S. officials said. A hacking group published what appear to be more internal emails on Tuesday and promised a "bitter fate" for those who went to see the movie, "The Interview" following a cyber attack that severely damaged movie studio's network. An official at the U.S. ...

Teen gets new hearing in case of woman's killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:29
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania teen has been granted a new chance to argue there was insufficient evidence to convict him of killing his father's pregnant fiancee when the boy was 11 years old.

Anthony Flick, teen wounded amid Montco killings, in 'very serious condition'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:19

Anthony Flick, teen wounded amid Montco killings, in 'very serious condition'The 17-year-old boy who was wounded amid the Montgomery County killing spree that left six people dead - including his parents and sister - remains hospitalized.

Woman found in Massachusetts home with dead babies charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:16
BOSTON (Reuters) - A 31-year-old Massachusetts woman who authorities discovered living with the bodies of three dead babies tucked inside a closet in her rodent-infested house was charged on Tuesday with two counts of murder, prosecutors said. The woman, Erika Murray, had been charged in September with crimes including fetal death concealment after police found the bodies of three dead young children in the home in Blackstone, Massachusetts, she shared with her boyfriend, Raymond Rivera, 38. ...

Texas jury considers death penalty in revenge plot killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:05

Handout photo of Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric WilliamsBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas jury that convicted a former justice of the peace of murdering a suburban Dallas prosecutor's wife in a revenge plot began deliberations on Tuesday in the penalty phase of the trial, in which it could sentence him to death. Eric Williams, 47, was convicted on Dec. 4 of murdering Cynthia McLelland in 2013. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, while attorneys for Williams asked jurors to invoke "Jesus' mercy" by sparing him from the death chamber and sentence him to life in prison instead. ...

Vatican signals new tone on US nuns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:04

Sister Sharon Holland reacts during a press conference at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The Vatican went out of its way Tuesday to mend fences with American religious sisters, thanking them for their selfless work caring for the poor, gently suggesting ways to survive amid a decline in numbers and promising to value their "feminine genius" more. The Vatican released the long-awaited results of its controversial three-year investigation into U.S. women's religious orders, and the report was remarkable for what it didn't say. After years of tension and distrust between the nuns and the Vatican, there was no criticism of American nuns, no demands that they shift their focus from social justice issues to emphasize Catholic teaching on abortion, no condemnation that a feminist, secular mentality had taken hold in their ranks. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)An unprecedented Vatican investigation of U.S. women's religious orders that alarmed Roman Catholic sisters when the inquiry began years ago ended Tuesday with a report signaling a softer approach under Pope Francis.

Convicted killer Jodi Arias was mystery witness at her sentencing retrial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:03

Jodi Arias speaks to defense attorney Jennifer Willmott in the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Convicted murderer Jodi Arias was the mystery witness allowed to testify in secret at her sentencing retrial in Arizona because of fears for her safety after her lawyers said she received death threats, court papers showed on Tuesday. A state appeals court ruled last month that the judge had been wrong to close those proceedings to the public, and the appeals court on Tuesday confirmed suspicions that Arias herself had been the witness in question. ...

Ruble collapse shakes Russian economy, consumers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 06:01

Signs advertising currencies light next to the exchange office in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. After a massive overnight rate hike by Russia's Central Bank, the ruble staged a two-hour rally Tuesday morning before rolling back to new historic lows. The surprise Central Bank decision to raise the rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent came in the early hours on Tuesday in a desperate attempt to prop up the troubled currency. It's the biggest interest rate hike since 1998, the year when Russia defaulted on its sovereign bonds.(AP Photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a major new challenge after a catastrophic fall in the value of the ruble, which hit a new low Tuesday despite the Central Bank's desperate efforts to halt the selling.

Murder indictments in Florida church slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:59
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man accused of killing his wife, a neighbor and a pastor who worked with his wife has been indicted on first-degree murder charges.

Lockheed to settle suit over retirement accounts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:54
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. agreed on Tuesday to settle a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the aerospace and defense behemoth of mismanaging the investment accounts of its employees and retirees, charging the investors high fees along the way.

Appeals court overturns sex-change for inmate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:54

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1993 file photo, Michelle Kosilek, sits in Bristol County Superior Court, in New Bedford, Mass. A federal appeals court on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, overturned a 2012 ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for the inmate born as Robert Kosilek, who had been convicted of murdering his wife in 1990. (AP Photo/Lisa Bul, File)BOSTON (AP) — A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder.

Suspect in Pennsylvania killings died of 'self-inflicted cutting wounds': district attorney

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:48
(Reuters) - The suspect in six Pennsylvania killings, whose body was discovered near his home on Tuesday, died of "self-inflicted cutting wounds," the local district attorney said. Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg was being sought in the deaths on Monday of his ex-wife, her mother, grandmother, sister and two other family members, including his 14-year-old niece. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said at a news conference that Stone's body was found on Tuesday afternoon about a half mile from his home. (Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Bill Trott)

Supremacist says he was found fit for murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:46

FILE - In this April 24, 2014 file photo, Frazier Glenn Cross, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, looks around after being wheeled into court in Olathe, Kan. THE avowed white supremacist accused of killing three people outside two suburban Kansas City Jewish facilities on the eve of Passover this year says a mental evaluation has determined that he is mentally fit to stand trial. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, John Sleezer, Pool, File)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri white supremacist accused of killing three people at Jewish sites in Kansas on the eve of Passover says a court-ordered competency evaluation has found him fit to stand trial and he hopes to serve as his own defense attorney.

Court reveals why Arias wanted testimony private

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:44
PHOENIX (AP) — An appeals court on Tuesday revealed some of the reasons Jodi Arias refused to testify in an open courtroom during the penalty phase of her trial, including purported death threats she is getting in jail.

Nordstrom fires worker over police killings post

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:39
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nordstrom has fired a sales associate who made a statement about killing police on his Facebook page.

Lawyer in New York jail 'soap ball' death disputes photo evidence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:38
By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for a former New York City jail captain asked jurors on Tuesday to discount graphic photos they were shown of a mentally ill inmate who died in 2012 after swallowing corrosive detergent known as a soap ball. Lawyer Sam Braverman said in a closing argument in Manhattan federal court that the photos of the inmate and his cell are not the evidence that prosecutors said they are. In one photo, grime on a window was streaked in directions that would be inconsistent with the prosecution's theory that the grime was dried vomit, Braverman said. ...

Gas leak that evacuated Denver buildings stopped

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:33
DENVER (AP) — A natural gas leak that evacuated several buildings in downtown Denver has been stopped, ending the risk of an explosion.

'Nut rage' gives Hawaii macadamia nuts a boost

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:28
HONOLULU (AP) — A Korean Air Lines executive's tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii's $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost.

Sources: Montgomery County murder spree suspect Bradley Stone killed self with sword

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:27

 Montgomery County murder spree victims shot and cut; suspect found deadSources say Stone killed himself with a sword in his stomach, and that sword was used in the murders.

Court overturns ex-Army medic's weapons conviction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 05:21
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the acquittal of a former Army medic who was sentenced to 15 months in prison for transporting a knife and police baton in his vehicle during a move out of state.