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Man charged in wife's death studied her finances

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:52
DENVER (AP) — Before Harold Henthorn married his wife, Toni, he studied the financial statuses of three women and asked his friends whom he should wed.

'This is my jail': Corruption case goes to trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:51

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013 file photo, a corrections officer stands near a gate at Baltimore City Detention Center in Baltimore. Inside the Baltimore City Detention Center, gang members used smuggled cellphones, dealt drugs and had sex with corrupt guards — several of whom they impregnated — who helped them as they ran operations of the Black Guerilla Family, according to court papers in a case alleging widespread corruption at the state-run facility. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, FIle)BALTIMORE (AP) — Gang leaders ruled the Baltimore City Detention Center, using smuggled cellphones to direct crimes on the streets outside, dealing drugs and getting four guards pregnant, a prosecutor said Wednesday at the opening of a major corruption trial involving dozens of officers and inmates.


Texas to extend border plan without National Guard

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:50

FILE - In this June 25, 2014, file photo, a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador, who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. Illegal crossings along the Rio Grande have slowed dramatically since an overwhelming surge of immigrants had state and federal agents scrambling to secure the border earlier this year. But Texas leaders don’t want their ground troops to leave just yet. An $86 million proposal would keep extra state troopers and the National Guard in South Texas through next August, prompting criticisms from local law enforcement who say the money would be better spent elsewhere. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Illegal crossings along the Rio Grande have slowed dramatically since an overwhelming surge of immigrants had state and federal agents scrambling to secure the border earlier this year. Texas leaders still don't want their ground troops to leave just yet.


Crime scene photo on phone leads police to suspect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:47

This undated photo provided by the Montana Department of Corrections shows Jonathan Michael Martinez, 28, who was arrested Tuesday, Nov.18, 2014, and charged with shooting and killing another man on Oct. 2. Police tracked down Martinez after coming across a telling piece of evidence that led to the arrest, a cell phone, logged into the man's Facebook account, with a news photo of the crime scene as the background screen. (AP Photo/Montana Department of Corrections)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Police tracking down a suspected killer came across a telling piece of evidence that led to an arrest: A cellphone, logged into a man's Facebook account, with a news photo of the crime scene as the background screen.


In rarity, U.S. judge takes witness stand in corruption appeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:44
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge took the witness stand on Wednesday to defend her handling of the corruption case of former New York City councilman Larry Seabrook, who says he deserves a new trial after his brother and aide were allegedly excluded from watching jury selection. The rare sight, at a hearing in Manhattan federal court, came five months after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Seabrook, 63, could pursue his argument that his right to a public trial was violated. U.S. ...

Names released of 2 killed in horrific Berks Co. crash; big rig driver charged

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:26

Names released of 2 killed in horrific Berks Co. crash; big rig driver chargedAuthorities have identified the two people killed when a tractor trailer slammed into a line of stopped cars in Berks County Wednesday morning.


U.S. judge strikes down Montana's gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:21
By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - A federal judge struck down Montana's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional on Wednesday, handing gay rights advocates the latest in a wave of legal victories as the nation awaits a potential definitive ruling on the matter by the U.S. Supreme Court. Montana is set to become the 34th state where gay marriage is legal. South Carolina then is due to become the 35th on Thursday unless the Supreme Court agrees to a long-shot plea from the state and blocks it. In Great Falls, Montana, U.S. ...

Plan advances to increase University of California tuition

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:19
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The University of California would raise tuition by more than 25 percent over five years under a plan passed on Wednesday by a committee of the system's governing board, a move strongly opposed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. The full Board of Regents will vote on Thursday on the proposal, part of an escalating and public contest of wills between Brown and Janet Napolitano, the former U.S. homeland security chief who is now the university's president. ...

Govt agency yet to act on controversial insurance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Housing Finance Agency has yet to deliver on changes to a controversial type of homeowner's insurance even as its director told the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday that it's making progress.

Part of lawsuit settled in Allman movie filming death in Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:13
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The parents of a camera assistant killed on the rural Georgia set of "Midnight Rider," a film about rock singer Gregg Allman, has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed against the film's production company and director, the parents' lawyer said on Wednesday. Sarah Jones, 27, was hit by a train in February while part of a crew setting up equipment on railway tracks and a trestle bridge near Savannah in an event that left eight others injured and sparked industry anger about safety standards for film crews. Unclaimed Freight Productions Inc. ...

Uber investigating if exec broke 'God' app rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:13
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies confirmed Wednesday that it is investigating whether one of its general managers violated the popular car-booking service's privacy policies by snooping on a reporter's ride.

Man stealing package while holding baby arrested in Upper Darby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:03

Man stealing package while holding baby arrested in Upper DarbyThe man captured on surveillance video stealing a package off an Upper Darby front porch while holding a baby has been arrested.


Police: Man crawled into sunken car, saved baby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:02
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her out, police said.

Ferguson braces for finding on shooting of unarmed black teen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:02

Volunteers board up the "I Love Ferguson" headquarters in preparation for the grand jury verdict in the shooting death of Michael BrownBy Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Residents of Ferguson, Missouri, prepared on Wednesday for a grand jury report expected soon on the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white policeman, an event that laid bare long-simmering racial tensions in the St. Louis suburb. The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests. Many businesses have boarded up their windows as they expect another wave of demonstrations to follow the grand jury's decision, particularly if officer Darren Wilson is not charged. ...


1st gay marriage licenses issued in South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:01

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, Colleen Condon, left, and her partner Nichols Bleckley appear at a news conference in Charleston, S.C., shortly after filing a federal lawsuit seeking the right to marry in South Carolina. On Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, a probate judge began issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Charleston and the couple were among the first six couples to pick up their license. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, file)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge issued the first gay marriage licenses and a couple was married in South Carolina on Wednesday, even as the state attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and block the unions.


Trial set after vanishing Marine request is denied

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:56

FILE - In this July 19, 2004 file photo, Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun makes a statement to the media outside Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Va. Marine spokesman Lt. Col. Cliff Gilmore said Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, that a judge decided last week to deny Cpl. Hassoun's request for another Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing. Gilmore said Hassoun's general court-martial is scheduled to begin at Camp Lejeune on Dec. 8 before the judge, Marine Maj. Nicholas Martz. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge has declined a request for a new hearing on evidence against a U.S. Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq and later winding up in Lebanon, a military spokesman said Wednesday.


2 dead after tractor-trailer rams stopped cars

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:55
BLANDON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people killed when a tractor-trailer slammed into a line of stopped cars on an eastern Pennsylvania highway.

NBC, Netflix cancel Bill Cosby's shows after sex assault claims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:53

Actor Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New YorkBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NBC said on Wednesday it has canceled an upcoming project with veteran comedian Bill Cosby, his second show to be pulled after accusations that he sexually assaulted women resurfaced in recent weeks. The move by NBC comes a day after online streaming company Netflix Inc said it was postponing Cosby's stand-up comedy special "Bill Cosby 77," which was due to be released on Nov. 28. The 77-year-old Cosby is fighting to protect one of the most storied careers in stand-up comedy and television. ...


NJ man enters agreement in White House case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — A New Jersey man arrested after driving onto White House grounds the day after a different intruder got through the front door has entered into an agreement that could lead to his case being dismissed.

NBC scraps Bill Cosby television project

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:50

NBC scraps Bill Cosby television projectNBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project after another sexual assault allegation against the comic emerged.