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Honolulu police chief mailbox theft case dismissed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:16

Public defender Alexander Silvert, left, speaks to reporters in Honolulu on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, after federal prosecutors dismissed charges against his client Gerard Puana, who was accused of stealing the Honolulu police chief's mailbox. The dismissal comes after Puana's trial ended abruptly in a mistrial two weeks ago when Chief Louis Kealoha testified about Puana's criminal past. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)HONOLULU (AP) — The criminal case against a man accused of stealing the Honolulu police chief's mailbox was dismissed Tuesday, about two weeks after the case abruptly ended in a mistrial and raised allegations about how the city's police department handled the investigation.


Trial for 3 in slur-filled fight with gay couple

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:14
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zachary Hesse and his boyfriend were moving on from a frozen yogurt stop toward a pizza joint in the city's Gayborhood when they came across eight to 10 young adults out on the town.

Colorado inmate who suffered stroke awarded $11 million by jury

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:12
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A federal jury has awarded $11 million to a Colorado jail inmate who was left permanently disabled after he said he was denied treatment for 16 hours after suffering a stroke, court documents showed on Tuesday. Kenneth McGill, 46, alleged in a lawsuit that he sustained “major permanent disabilities” as a result of delayed medical treatment he received in 2012 while being held at the Jefferson County jail in suburban Denver. Following a 10-day trial in U.S. ...

Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:00

Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into lawWith little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government operating over the next nine months.


Michigan divides up $75 million in blight funding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:50

FILE--In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, sunlight falls on two adjacent abandoned homes in west Detroit. The state of Michigan has divided more than $75 million in federal funding to fight blight among 12 cities, with Detroit getting about two-thirds of the money. The funding details announced Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 are part of the latest in a series of efforts to deal with vacant and dilapidated buildings across the state. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has divided more than $75 million in federal funding to fight blight among 12 cities, with Detroit getting about two-thirds of the money, as part of efforts to deal with vacant and dilapidated buildings across the state, officials announced Tuesday.


Soggy California gets wind, rain from new storm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:47

A surfer rides a wave at Blacks Beach, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in San Diego. A new storm dumped more rain on already waterlogged parts California Tuesday, bringing large surf with it to Southern California. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Another storm moved in to water-logged California on Tuesday with the potential to create more flooding and trigger mudslides.


Ex-US Marine held in Iran to start hunger strike

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:21
DETROIT (AP) — The family of a former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran says he is going on a hunger strike and has dictated a letter asking President Obama not to forget him as dialogue continues between the two countries over Iran's nuclear activities.

Ex-wife of Deion Sanders sentenced to week in Texas jail over custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:12
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The former wife of Hall of Fame football player Deion Sanders was booked into jail on Tuesday after a Texas judge sentenced her to serve seven days for violating a custody agreement by not returning the couple's children on time, his attorney said. Pilar Sanders appeared in court in suburban Dallas without an attorney for a hearing requested by Deion Sanders’ attorney Rick Robertson who requested changes to the divorce decree and an injunction to stop her from disparaging her ex-husband. ...

PHOTOS: Victims of Montgomery County murders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:12

 Victims of Montgomery County murdersThe names and faces of those killed in the Montgomery County murders on Monday.


Early winter storms put dent in California drought

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:11

Cars make their way along the coastal highway 101 as a winter storm clears in Solana Beach, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A trifecta of early winter storms that swept California with heavy rain and snow in the past two weeks put a promising dent in a severe drought entering its fourth year, but the water shortage remains far from over, water officials said on Tuesday. Depleted reservoirs and the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which normally constitutes the state's largest natural store of fresh surface water, received a welcome boost from successive Pacific storms on Dec. 1-2, Dec. 11-12 and again on Monday and Tuesday. ...


AP: Carolinas politicians get payouts from broker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:01

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013, file photo, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., discusses his first months back in Congress during an interview in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Soon after taking office, Sanford and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory each accepted six-figure stock payouts from Tree.com, an online mortgage broker that regulators have accused of violating state and federal laws, according to financial records and the company’s chief executive. The two Republican politicians both served as directors at the Charlotte-based brokerage. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Soon after taking office, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina accepted six-figure stock payouts from an online mortgage broker accused by regulators of deceiving its customers.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:01

A man comforts a child who survives a Taliban attack on a school that killed more than 100 people, admits at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 100 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


TSA chief: Travelers from some nations targeted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:31

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2014, file photo, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pistole said Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, that the Transportation Security Administration needs an exemption from new Obama administration rules restricting racial profiling. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration needed an exemption from new Obama administration rules restricting racial profiling by the government so the TSA could target travelers for extra scrutiny based on their nationality and gender, the head of the agency said Tuesday.


Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings commits suicide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:30
PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A body has been found in the woods near the suburban Philadelphia home of a Marine veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives.

Man fatally stabbed in Yeadon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:24

Man fatally stabbed in YeadonDelaware County officials are investigating a fatal stabbing in Yeadon.


Cosby won't be charged over molestation claim

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:24

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby performs during a show at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla. Los Angeles prosecutors have declined to file any charges against Cosby after a woman recently reported the comedian molested her around 1974. The rejection of a child sexual abuse charge by prosecutors on Tuesday comes roughly 10 days after the woman, Judy Huth, met with police detectives. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office rejected filing a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18 because the statute of limitations had passed. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974.


Congress votes to extend tax breaks through 2014

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — Banks, retailers, commuters and teachers will keep their temporary tax breaks for another year after Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a massive tax package affecting millions of businesses and individuals.

LA mayor plans 7,000 police body cameras in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:15

FILE- In this Jan. 15, 2014 file photo a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti will unveil a plan Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, to equip every officer on the Los Angeles police force with an on-body camera. The department has been field testing body cameras on a small number of its 9,900 officers. Nationally, about one in six officers has been outfitted with a body camera. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a plan Tuesday to equip 7,000 Los Angeles police officers with on-body cameras by next summer, making LA's police department the nation's largest law enforcement agency to move forward with such an ambitious expansion of the technology.


Son of former Chicago hit man arrested on suspicion of killing Idaho man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:15
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The son of a slain Chicago hit man has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of an Idaho man who disappeared in 2000 and whose dismembered body was found in October, authorities said on Tuesday. Michael Dauber of Idaho City, about 30 miles northeast of Boise, is believed to have shot and killed Josh Reddington shortly after the 25-year-old Salmon man vanished while in Dauber's company, Idaho State Police detectives said. ...

Jury ends 1st day of talks on ex-judge's penalty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:07

Special prosecutor Bill Wirskye asks Kim Williams, the estranged wife of Eric Williams, a few questions during the punishment phase of the Eric Williams trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — Jurors began deliberating Tuesday whether to send a former North Texas justice of the peace to death row for killing a North Texas district attorney's wife in a revenge plot.