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Court-appointed panel to monitor Los Angeles county jails

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

Inmates attend a life skills class at Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles(Reuters) - A court-appointed panel will begin to oversee the Los Angeles County jail system, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Tuesday, as part of a settlement to a 2012 class-action lawsuit that alleged sheriff's deputies beat inmates. The agreement requires the sheriff's department to adopt an action plan to drawn up by the three-person panel, aimed at reforming its use-of-force policy and give further training to its jail deputies, the civil rights group said. ...


Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:59

FILE - In this June 6, 2008 file photo, a row of freshly poured draft beers are seen in Pittsburgh. Don’t want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Avoid the menu and order at the bar. New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. The idea is that people often don't know _ or even think about _ how many calories they are drinking. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar.


Several hurt after American jet meets turbulence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:10
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An American Airlines jet encountered severe air turbulence shortly after taking off from Seoul, South Korea, prompting an unscheduled landing at Narita International Airport in Tokyo after 14 people asked for medical attention.

Sony under attack from hackers and ex-employees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:06

In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, cars enter Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 released another round of data leaks, including ominous threats against the premiere of Sony Pictures' film "The Interview," in which the group references the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Threats of violence against movie theaters. Cancelled showings of "The Interview." Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages.


Vigil for Montgomery County mass murder victims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:41

Vigil for Montgomery County mass murder victimsA vigil was held Tuesday night for the Montgomery County murder victims.


Dog comes home: Young girl gets Christmas wish

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:37

 Young girl gets Christmas wishA dog that was lost, then found, and lost again is finally home.


DA: Montgomery County murder spree victims shot and cut; suspect found dead

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

 Montgomery County murder spree victims shot and cut; suspect found deadInvestigators are releasing new details about the murder spree in Montgomery County that left six people dead and one person wounded.


California university bans fraternity over anti-rape march harassment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:06
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - San Diego State University on Tuesday banned a fraternity whose members were accused of harassing people taking part in an anti-rape march, a move that comes amid a renewed debate over the handling of sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses. The university said on its website that the national offices of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity had agreed to close the Gamma Alpha chapter at San Diego State at least until the fall of 2016. ...

Crews to resume pit-digging in Seattle's stalled tunnel project

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:56
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state transportation officials said digging was expected to resume on Tuesday on a pit needed to salvage a $3.1 billion roadway overhaul in Seattle, deciding the excavation effort was not causing buildings and a rickety highway to sink. Parts of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the earth around it have sagged as crews pump groundwater from a deep pit near the highway, clearing the way for repairs to a massive tunnel-boring machine, nicknamed Bertha, which overheated and broke down a year ago. ...

Carmike Cinemas pulls 'The Interview' with Sony's support

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:46

FILE - This Dec. 2, 2014 file photo shows Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. Two former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 filed suit against the company for not preventing hackers from stealing nearly 50,000 social security numbers, salary details and other personal information from current and former workers. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers.


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. ...