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U.S. won't file charges against George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:06

George Zimmerman listens to judge during a first-appearance hearing in Sanford, FloridaBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - George Zimmerman will not face civil rights charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday, ending its probe three years after the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer fatally shot the unarmed black teenager. The department said it had not found sufficient evidence that Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in state court, intentionally violated the civil rights of Martin, 17. The decision comes as the Obama administration faces pressure from civil rights activists to press charges in other high-profile deaths that have raised allegations of racial bias. The Justice Department is investigating a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, and the New York City police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, another unarmed black man.

MI5 agents testify at US trial of man charged in UK plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:05
NEW YORK (AP) — Identified only by four-digit numbers to conceal their identities, five British Security Service officers testified Tuesday at the U.S. trial of a terrorism suspect charged with plotting to bomb a shopping mall in Manchester, England.

Administration: No quick fix if court kills health subsidies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health secretary told Congress Tuesday that she has no administrative actions available to fix the "massive damage to our health care system" that would result should the Supreme Court invalidate federal subsidies that help millions of Americans buy health care coverage.

Slender Man attorney: Girl shouldn't be tried in adult court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:01
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for one of two girls accused of stabbing their classmate to please the horror character Slender Man tried to persuade a judge Tuesday that she should not be tried in adult court.

NYPD officers honor Texas girl who sent cards to police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:54

Savannah Solis, left, is greeted by a New York City police officer while visiting a police precinct in the Bronx, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. The 10-year-old girl from Tyler, Texas sent hundreds of thank you cards to the NYPD after two officers were fatally shot in Brooklyn. She told the officers she wants to thank them "for what they do for us." (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)NEW YORK (AP) — Teary-eyed New York City police officers on Tuesday honored a 10-year-old Texas girl who sent hundreds of thank you cards to the NYPD after two officers were fatally shot.

New York City to have $1.6 billion budget surplus: comptroller

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:45
New York City will have a budget surplus totaling $1.6 billion in fiscal years 2015 and 2016, due mainly to higher-than-anticipated tax revenues, the city's top financial watchdog said on Tuesday. The higher tax revenues would be a boon to New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, who predicted a balanced budget in both years when he outlined his spending plans earlier this month. De Blasio is committed to big-ticket items such as universal pre-school and affordable housing. Tuesday's report by city Comptroller Scott Stringer predicts that tax revenues in 2015 and 2016 will be around $1 billion higher than the city's forecast, pointing to the city's "solid" economic recovery.

Review: Apple-centric 'Modern Family' goes beyond gimmicks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:41

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox Television shows, from left, Julie Bowen, as Claire Dunphy; Ed O'Neill, as Jay Pritchett; Adam Devine, as Andy; Sarah Hyland, as Haley Dunphy; and Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, in a scene from the "Connection Lost" episode of "Modern Family." The episode, which takes place entirely on Claire’s MacBook computer, airs Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Television, File)NEW YORK (AP) — When "Modern Family" producers revealed that they shot this week's episode entirely with the iPhone and other Apple products, I was skeptical. I've seen too many good shows decline in quality over time. I worried this 6-year-old show was resorting to a gimmick.

Fifty hurt when Southern California commuter train slams into truck

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:40

An aerial view shows the scene of a double-decker Metrolink train derailment in Oxnard, CaliforniaBy Michael Fleeman OXNARD, Calif. (Reuters) - A Los Angeles-bound commuter train slammed into a produce truck apparently stuck on the tracks in a Southern California city before dawn on Tuesday, injuring 50 people in a fiery crash, some of them critically. The truck driver, who was not hurt, left the scene of the destruction in Oxnard on foot and was found walking and disoriented one or two miles away, Assistant Police Chief Jason Benitez said. Benitez said the 54-year-old driver from Arizona was not arrested but investigators were trying to determine if there was any criminal wrongdoing in the 5:45 a.m. PST (8:45 a.m EST) wreck, which overturned three double-decker Metrolink rail cars. Benitez said it appeared that the truck driver had taken a wrong turn in the pre-dawn darkness and ended up on the tracks, where the rig became stuck as the train approached at 79 miles per hour.

Missouri man charged in killings of 3 people, unborn child

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:38
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man used the light from a headlamp he was wearing to see and methodically shoot and kill a pregnant woman and two other people in a mobile home, authorities alleged Tuesday in charging him with four counts of first-degree murder.

Seven utility workers injured in New Jersey house explosion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:35
(Reuters) - More than a dozen New Jersey utility and emergency service workers were injured, two of them seriously, in a house explosion while they were responding to reports of a gas leak on Tuesday, officials said. People had already been evacuated from nearby houses in Stafford Township, about 85 miles south of Newark, when the mid-morning blast occurred, said Michael Kinney, spokesman for New Jersey Natural Gas.

SUV lands on cars after crash in Ardmore, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:33
A Jeep Cherokee SUV landed on cars parked at a dealership in Ardmore, Pa. on Tuesday morning.

Judge limits medical testimony about girl's running death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:33

FILE - This photo released by the Etowah County Sheriff's Office shows Joyce Hardin Garrard, who is is charged with capital murder, accused of making her 9-year-old granddaughter, Savannah Hardin, run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy. Final jury selection is set to begin in the case the week of Feb. 23, 2015, in Gadsden, Ala., located about 60 miles northeast of Birmingham. Opening statements will follow. (AP Photo/Etowah County Sheriff's Office, File)GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge agreed with prosecutors Tuesday and limited medical testimony about a 9-year-old girl who was allegedly run to death by her grandmother.

Bill Cosby appearance postponed at Kentucky university

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:31

Comedian Bill Cosby performs at The Temple Buell Theatre in DenverBy Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - A March appearance by Bill Cosby at a Kentucky university has been postponed, adding to the list of shows postponed or canceled following accusations of sexual misconduct against the comedian. The March 15 appearance by Cosby at the University of Kentucky in Lexington was postponed "by mutual agreement" with the entertainer and the show's promoter, National Artists Corp, the university said in a brief news release on Tuesday. More than a dozen women have publicly accused Cosby of sexual misconduct in recent months, in a controversy that has tarnished the image of the actor and comedian best known as the lovable father figure on the 1980s sitcom "The Cosby Show." Cosby denies the allegations of sexual assault, many of which are decades old and fall outside the statute of limitations for criminal or civil cases.

Treasury issues reprieve for health law tax errors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayers who've filed their 2014 returns only to learn that the government provided them with erroneous information on health care subsidies won't be required to submit corrected returns, the Treasury Department said Tuesday.

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill, defying Republicans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:18
President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying the Republican-led Congress and wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.

Doctor: Woman in buttocks-injection death blackmailed me

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:17

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Padge Gordon, also known as Padge Victoria Windslowe. An aspiring rapper known as "the Black Madam," Windslowe is accused of killing a 20-year-old dancer from London during a procedure that involved silicone buttocks injections and Krazy Glue. Her third-degree murder trial is expected to start Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A doctor says a Philadelphia woman charged with murder in a client's buttocks-injection death blackmailed him after their affair.

Veteran journalist Galofaro joins AP Louisville bureau

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:15

In this undated photo released by Jessie Burnett, Claire Galofaro poses for a photo. The Associated Press has named Claire Galofaro, a veteran newspaper reporter and Louisville native, as its administrative correspondent for Kentucky and Tennessee. Galofaro, 32, most recently worked at The Courier-Journal, where she covered criminal justice and social services. (AP Photo/Jessie Burnett)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Associated Press has named Claire Galofaro, a veteran newspaper reporter who has covered criminal justice and social service issues, as its administrative correspondent for Kentucky and Tennessee. She will be based in her hometown of Louisville.

U.S. to allow work permits for spouses of some foreign high-tech workers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:11
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government will allow spouses of certain high-tech foreign workers to apply for work permits, an accommodation designed to make things easier for families waiting in long lines for green cards. The regulation for spouses of H-1B visas, first proposed last year and finalized as part of President Barack Obama's package of executive actions on immigration, will take effect starting on May 26. "The inability of those spouses until now to apply for employment, to seek and obtain employment, has imposed in many cases significant hardships on the families of H-1B visa holders," said Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Restaurant damaged in marathon bombings to close, cites rent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:03
BOSTON (AP) — A restaurant that was heavily damaged in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings but later reopened is closing its doors on Sunday.

Ex-NFL star's fiancée looked nervous day after alleged killing: witness

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 06:01

Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez?s fiancee, charged with perjury, attends the fifth day of trial for former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez at the Bristol County Superior Court House in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's fiancée was visibly nervous the day after an associate of the ex-NFL star was killed, a woman who cleaned Hernandez's Massachusetts home testified at his murder trial on Tuesday. Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, spent time on the telephone, peeking out the window and crying after hauling away a large trash bag in the trunk of a red car, Carla Barbosa, 31, testified at Massachusetts Superior Court in Fall River. She added police were outside when Barbosa left the house on June 18, 2013, a day after Odin Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez's home.