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Detroit may offer city workers half off on vacant homes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 05:14
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit may offer city employees a 50 percent discount on homes sold through the city's auction program as part of its efforts to rebound after exiting its historic bankruptcy in December. The proposal introduced to the City Council on Tuesday is for current city employees, their families and retired city workers. “Our employees are the city’s biggest champions,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement. This latest effort comes as Detroit's eight-month-old Land Bank Authority struggles to shed ownership of 24,500 city-owned properties, mostly acquired over the years when owners failed to pay their property taxes.

Police: Utah couple, 3 children found dead in home last fall died from methadone, other drugs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 05:14
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police: Utah couple, 3 children found dead in home last fall died from methadone, other drugs.

Rhode Island's tall ship falls during storm's strong winds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 05:13

In this photo provided by Rocky Steeves, Rhode Island's tall ship, a replica of the USS Providence, rests on its side on the dock at at the Newport Shipyard after strong wind gusts topped it during the snowstorm Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Newport, R.I. Owner and captain Thorpe Leeson said the ship, stored there for the winter, sustained extensive damage. (AP Photo/Rocky Steeves)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Revolutionary War replica tall ship has been toppled by strong wind gusts during the snowstorm that's pounding Rhode Island.


Woman and her 8-year-old son shot in St. Louis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 04:39
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An 8-year-old St. Louis boy went to school and told an office worker he had been shot, after his mother exchanged gunfire with a man who tried to force his way into a home, police said Tuesday.

Central Bucks school volunteer accused of soliciting teens

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 04:23

Central Bucks school volunteer accused of soliciting teensThe Central Bucks School District is notifying families after a volunteer was arrested for allegedly soliciting teenagers for sex.


AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 04:17
McRAE, Ga. (AP) — Sheriff: Bodies ID'd as those of missing Georgia couple; suspect charged with murder, robbery.

Nielsen's top programs for Jan. 19-25

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 04:15
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 19-25. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

Mr Incredible convicted of attacking Batgirl on Hollywood Boulevard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 04:09
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man who dresses as the comic superhero Mr. Incredible has been sentenced to 3 years probation after pleading guilty to attacking a woman costumed as Batgirl in a Hollywood Boulevard turf dispute, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Muhammet Bilik, 35, was also ordered to attend anger management therapy, perform 20 days of roadside cleanup and stay away from the so-called Hollywood Entertainment District where the spat erupted. "Hollywood Boulevard is famous around the globe and attracts millions of visitors every year. We must keep it safe,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement announcing the plea and sentence.

Google expanding fiber service to 4 Southeastern metro areas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 04:07

New Google Fiber service is advertised on a van in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Google announced it would bring gigabit-speed Internet service to Nashville, Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina. (AP Photo/Erik SchelzigNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Google said Tuesday it has selected four metro areas in the Southeast to receive its fiber optic service that can deliver Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average.


Former top U.S. Army prosecutor found guilty of rape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 04:00
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A former U.S. Army prosecutor who supervised sexual assault cases has been found guilty by a military jury at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, of charges including rape, forcible sodomy and assault, the Army said in a statement. Major Erik J. Burris, 39, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, dismissed from the service and ordered to forfeit all pay and allowances at the end of a court martial that concluded on Sunday, the military said. The Army released few details about the case. His crimes occurred between 2010 and 2012 and involved multiple victims, Major Crystal Boring, a Fort Bragg spokeswoman, said on Tuesday.

Microsoft tanks 10 percent, hit by 4 downgrades on earnings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:59

FILE - This July 3, 2014, file photo, shows the Microsoft Corp. logo outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft shares plunged more than 10 percent Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, after the software giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations but warned that a weak PC market and a strong dollar will curb growth this year. (AP Photo Ted S. Warren, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft shares plunged 10 percent Tuesday after the software giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations but warned that a weak PC market and a strong dollar will curb growth this year. Many analysts slashed price targets on the stock and some cut their Buy ratings to Hold.


Police: Cocaine found in prosthetic leg in Dover, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:58

 Cocaine found in prosthetic leg in Dover, Del.Police in Dover, Delaware arrested a man after they allegedly found cocaine in a prosthetic leg during a traffic stop Monday afternoon.


Man accused of running over woman twice on side of freeway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:45
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — A driver has been arrested after authorities say he ran over his passenger twice after arguing with her on the side of a San Francisco Bay Area freeway.

Ex-leader of county hit by tornado gets 7 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:38
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The former top official of a tornado-ravaged Kentucky county was sentenced to seven-plus years in prison Tuesday for raking in more than $100,000 in a kickback scheme that continued even as his constituents struggled to rebuild from the deadly storm.

Social media flurry around blizzard: gripes, jokes and romance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:38
By Laila Kearney and Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fear, disappointment and even romantic thoughts about the Northeast's blizzard of 2015 powered a social media storm that raged on the Internet on Tuesday. The avalanche picking up speed on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook included mashup photos that replaced the Statue of Liberty's torch with a snow shovel and outfitted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in a king's fur cape and sword with the motto "Winter is Coming" from the "Game of Thrones" television show. Two of the most popular Twitter hashtags were #Snowmageddon2015 and #Snowpocalypse, although some felt #Blizzfizz was more appropriate. "A whole lotta 'nope,'" @kelso2utd wrote on Twitter, referring to the storm's underwhelming showing in most of New York City and New Jersey.

Feds: 12 years for Venezuelan financier in Connecticut fraud

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:28
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan financier who ran a massive fraud scheme used investment funds as personal piggy banks to support a lavish lifestyle, including a $5 million home on Connecticut's Gold Coast, prosecutors said in a memo urging a federal judge to sentence him to at least 12 years in prison.

Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:24
The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Jan. 19, to Sunday, Jan. 25, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

Police: Suspects used assault rifle in North Philadelphia robbery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:23

Suspects use assault rifle in North Philadelphia robberyPolice are searching for a suspect who used an assault rifle to rob a food market in North Philadelphia Thursday night.


Uber says ride services reduce drunk driving

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:21

Transportation app Uber is seen on the iPhone of limousine driver Shuki Zanna in Beverly HillsUber, a ride service facing legal challenges around the world, on Tuesday released a survey showing that people are less likely to drive home after drinking alcohol after such businesses started operating in their cities. The results of the survey, done with advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving, were based on a December poll of 807 adults in the largest U.S. cities where Uber operates. Uber customers who request rides over the upcoming Super Bowl weekend, a time that traditionally sees a spike in drunk driving, can opt to donate $1 to Mothers Against Drunk Driving by typing in the code THINKANDRIDE, it said. Other factors, such as intensified campaigns against drunk driving, may have contributed to the numbers, Uber executive Jonathan Hall said in a phone interview.


Mormon church announces support for U.S. laws protecting gay rights

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:14
The Mormon church on Tuesday announced its support for laws protecting the rights of gay individuals - as long as religious freedoms are not compromised - a rare conciliatory move toward a community with whom it has long been at odds. Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said at a news conference in Salt Lake City they were taking a "fairness for all" approach that would balance religious freedom with safeguards for gays and lesbians in terms of housing, employment and other rights.