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Obama to name Sally Yates as pick for deputy attorney general

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 07:16
By Julia Edwards HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce on Monday that U.S. Attorney Sally Yates will be his nominee for deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, a U.S. official said. Yates, 54, currently serves as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia where is known as a close ally of outgoing U.S. Attorney Eric Holder's Justice Department. She is a vocal proponent of Holder's policies on lowering incarceration rates by cutting jail time for low-level drug offenders. ...

Man dies after driving into trees off highway

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 07:06

Man dies after driving into trees off highwayAuthorities say a 34-year-old southern New Jersey man has died after his car left the Atlantic City Expressway.


NY cop killer had long criminal history

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 07:02

NYPD Officers ShotNEW YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday.


In wake of police killings, New York officers on edge

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 06:59

A man walks past some fresh graffiti very near the site where two police officers were shot in the head in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy Michelle Conlin (Reuters) - On December 13, as thousands of protesters mobbed the New York streets, Yuseff Hamm, an NYPD police officer, was monitoring the demonstrations from a mobile command unit near the Brooklyn Bridge. As the protest drew near, Hamm and his fellow officers could hear the chants of the noisy throngs:  “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now.”     In his 13 years on the force, Hamm had never encountered demonstrators shouting out anything like that. ...


Real-life 'Sopranos' strip club robbed of $30,000

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 06:36

Real-life 'Sopranos' strip club robbed of $30,000Authorities say the northern New Jersey strip club that was used for filming of "The Sopranos" has been robbed of $30,000.


Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 06:26

Rev. Al Sharpton, center, speaks about Saturday's killings of two New York City police officers, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 during a news conference at the National Action Network headquarters, in New York. Behind him are, from left, Esaw Garner, widow of Eric Garner, attorney Michael Hardy, Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, and attorney Jonathan Moore. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner, ambushed two New York City officers in a patrol car Saturday and fatally shot them in broad daylight before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.


NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 06:07

FILE - This Feb. 14, 2013 file photo shows David Johnson posing in the kitchen of his home at his family's Apple Hills Farm in Chenango, N.Y. While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, file)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.


4 people including 2 children killed at Rockford home

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 05:55
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Four people, including two young boys, were killed in a shooting late Saturday at a home in the northern Illinois city of Rockford, authorities said.

Christie to Obama: Demand Cuba return cop killer

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 05:41

 Demand Cuba return cop killerNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the immediate return of a convicted cop killer from the country "before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government."


Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 05:30

In a photo from Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, Charles Floyd Jones picks up trash at the tent city on the eastern edge of downtown Detroit. Jones can only hope that the city’s good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents of a tent city that’s sprouted in the shadow of a resurgent downtown where rental occupancy is close to full and retail square-footage fetches top dollar. Jones and others in this makeshift community of seven tents say they have nowhere else to go. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit's atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Charles Floyd Jones can only hope that the city's good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents of a tent city that's sprouted in the shadow of a resurgent downtown where rental occupancy is close to full and restaurants and shops are doing brisk business.


Teen gets life without parole in girlfriend's slaying in Skippack

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 05:10

Teen gets life without parole in girlfriend's slaying in SkippackA judge has sentenced a teenager to life in prison without possibility of parole in the stabbing death of his girlfriend on a suburban Philadelphia hiking trail last year.


Florida police officer killed; suspect charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 04:53

Handout of Officer Charles KondekBy Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A veteran Florida police officer was shot and killed while on duty early Sunday by a man described as transient, according to law enforcement officials, who gave no motive for the suspect now charged with murder. Officer Charles Kondek, 45, was gunned down in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, after responding to a call for service around 2 a.m. EST, the Tarpon Springs Police Department said. The officer later died of his injuries at a local hospital, the police department said. ...


Mokrzycki, former AP polling director, dies at 52

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 04:46
WEST NEWBURY, Mass. (AP) — Mike Mokrzycki, a former journalist and election polling specialist at The Associated Press who later started his own survey research business, died of an apparent heart attack, his wife said. He was 52.

'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 04:43

 The Battle of the Five Armies." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Mark Pokorny)NEW YORK (AP) — While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell.


Obama expresses condolences to N.Y. police commissioner after shootings

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 04:32
By Julia Edwards HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama called New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton on Sunday to express his condolences for the Saturday killing of two New York police officers and to offer any needed assistance, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. Obama's response followed an attack by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley who allegedly walked up to the two officers in a parked squad car in Brooklyn and shot them dead. Obama called Bratton while vacationing with his family in Kailua, Hawaii. (Editing by Eric Walsh)

Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 04:30

In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, Rev. Juan Rumin Dominguez talks to a reporter at Our Lady of Charity Catholic church in Miami. Many Catholics have expressed pride in seeing Francis stirring hopes of progress in communist Cuba, but some Cuban-Americans say their spiritual leader betrayed them (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.


Oneida Indians plan new 'Oz'-themed NY casino

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 04:13
CHITTENANGO, N.Y. (AP) — The Oneida Indian Nation plans to open a $20 million casino with a "Wizard of Oz" theme in the village where author L. Frank Baum was born, the Oneidas confirmed Sunday.

US coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 03:33

FILE - In this file April 5, 2011, file photo, Jami Cash, daughter of dead coal miner Michael Elswick, attends a vigil following the Upper Big Branch Memorial Service in Whitesville, W.Va., for the 29 coal miners killed in an explosion at the mine in Montcoal, W.Va. Coal mines are on pace this year to set a new low mark in mining deaths. So far in 2014 there have been 14 coal mine-related deaths, and with less than a month left in the year, the number could stay well below the record 18 set in 2009. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner, File)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths.


Christie to Obama: Demand Cuba return cop killer

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 03:23
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the immediate return of a convicted cop killer from the country "before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government."

States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 03:11

This June 12, 2014 photo shows the new Swier Law Firm nestled between businesses in Corsica, S.D., a rural town of 600. A program in South Dakota is helping to lure attorneys from big cities to sparsely populated areas. Although federal grant money for decades has been available for doctors, nurses and dentists willing to relocate to sparsely populated areas, the South Dakota program is believed to be the first of its kind to similarly compensate lawyers. (AP Photo/Regina Garcia Cano)CORSICA, S.D. (AP) — By landing a steady job in a hopping metropolis, Jake Fischer achieved the dream of many who finished law school during the Great Recession. Then, he left the big-city life and moved to a small South Dakota town, lured by a program that seeks to boost the number of rural attorneys.