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Two potential witnesses sought in suspicious Los Angeles construction fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:48
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Arson investigators are asking for the public's help in locating two potential witnesses seen on video footage captured near the scene of a suspicious Los Angeles construction fire that gutted an entire city block last week, fire officials said on Tuesday. Both men are being sought for questioning about what they may have observed before the fire erupted, and neither is considered a suspect or even a "person of interest," said Thomas Mangan, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). ...

Former oil executive in custody after escape from U.S. prison in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:47
By Jim Forsyth AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A former oil company executive convicted of operating an investment scam that defrauded about $7 million from hundreds of investors was captured on Tuesday after escaping from a low-security federal prison in central Texas. Jimmy Morrisett, 55, who fled the Bastrop Satellite Prison Camp on Sunday night, was tracked by U.S. marshals to a vacant home in Burnet, a town west of Austin, where he lived before being sentenced last year. Morrisett, found hiding in the attic of the home, at first refused to surrender, according to Deputy U.S. ...

Cam captures penguin hatching at Pittsburgh aviary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:45
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A webcam captured images of the first of two African penguins hatching at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.

U.S. torture report puts Romania's role under scrutiny

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:42

The logo of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is shown in the lobby of the CIA headquarters in La..By Radu-Sorin Marinas and Christian Lowe BUCHAREST/WARSAW (Reuters) - The lawyer for a man tortured by the CIA said Romania's authorities should acknowledge the role they played after a U.S. Senate report pointed to Romania as the site of the secret CIA jail where the man was interrogated. The report did not name countries that hosted CIA jails, but it gave details of prisoners being transferred to and from "detention center BLACK" which matched air traffic records of CIA-chartered planes passing through Romanian airports between 2003 and 2005. ...


Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:38

FILE - In this March 27, 2010 file photo, actor Robin Williams speaks at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The reaction to Williams’ death in August 2014 topped Google’s list of the year’s fastest-rising search requests. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.


Former Chester Co. fire official to face trial for $300K theft

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:34

Former Chester Co. fire official to face trial for $300K theftThe former treasurer of a Chester County volunteer fire company has been held over for trial on theft charges.


Real estate heir acknowledges urinating at store

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:28
HOUSTON (AP) — New York real estate heir Robert Durst has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief for exposing himself and urinating on candy at a Houston drug store.

Sources: Bradley Stone may have killed self, but search continues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:28

Body believed to be of Bradley Stone found near his homeSources are telling Action News they believe Bradley Stone, the suspect in the Montgomery County killing spree, may have killed himself.


Cases of most common STD fell for first time in 30 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:03
NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in three decades, the nation's most common sexually transmitted disease is a little less common.

Pakistani military: 141 dead in school attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 02:01

 141 dead in school attackA spokesman for the Pakistani military says that 141 people, most of them children, were killed in a Taliban assault on a school.


2 Pa. state lawmakers charged in cash, gifts sting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:58

2 Pa. state lawmakers charged in cash, gifts stingTwo more public officials from Philadelphia were charged in connection with a state undercover sting investigation that allegedly caught them on tape accepting money or gifts, District Attorney Seth Williams said Tuesday.


Family of Ohio man shot and killed in Walmart sue company, police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:47
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The family of an Ohio man shot and killed by police while holding a BB gun in a Walmart store filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit on Tuesday against the police and the national retail chain. John Crawford, 22, was shot after a 911 caller reported a man with a gun at the Beavercreek Walmart in a suburb of the southern Ohio city of Dayton. ...

South Carolina sheriff to plead guilty in bribery case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:42
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A man who was South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff will plead guilty to conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants as part of a deal reached in a federal bribery case against him, according to court documents filed on Tuesday. James Metts, 68, had served as sheriff of Lexington County since 1972 before being indicted in June by a federal grand jury on 10 criminal counts and getting suspended from office. U.S. ...

Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress.

Sources: Police believe Bradley Stone may have killed himself

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:39

 Bradley Stone may have killed self, but search continuesSources are telling Action News they believe Bradley Stone, the suspect in the Montgomery County killing spree, may have killed himself.


Times reporter's testimony sought in leak trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:38
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A New York Times reporter will be subpoenaed to answer questions ahead of an upcoming trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information, though a Tuesday hearing indicated there is much confusion about what the journalist may be asked to reveal.

Vatican report on U.S. nuns is conciliatory, stresses teachings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:35

The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo hold a candlelight vigil outside the Club Allure Chicago in Stone Park, IllinoisBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A keenly-awaited Vatican report prompted partly by concerns over a secular mentality among some Roman Catholic nuns in the United States praised them on Tuesday for their social and educational work but urged them to stick closely to Church teachings. The report, largely conciliatory in tone, is the result of an investigation launched in 2008 after some Vatican officials and U.S. bishops voiced concerns over the nuns. One official suggested they had been infiltrated by "radical feminism". ...


Wal-Mart must pay $188 million in workers' class action

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 01:18

A shopping cart full of products is seen as a customer shops at a Wal-Mart store in Beijing(Reuters) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to pay $188 million to employees who had sued the retailer for failing to compensate them for rest breaks and all hours worked.


The 10 fastest-rising search requests on Google

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:45

FILE - This Aug. 14, 2009 file photo shows actor Robin Williams in Los Angeles. The reaction to Williams' death in August topped Google's list of 2014's fastest-rising search requests, the company said Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)Google has released its annual list of the year's fastest-rising search requests. Although Google's list usually comes last each year among other search engines and sites, its rankings typically provide more telling insights into what people were thinking because the company's technology processes about two out of every three search requests made on the Internet.


Source: Resources in Bradley Stone search 'wasted' in Doylestown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:44

 Police believe Bradley Stone may have killed himselfPolice are intensifying the search for Bradley Stone in Pennsburg, the Marine veteran accused of killing six people across Montgomery County.