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FBI probing death of black North Carolina teen hanged from swing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:53
By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - The FBI will investigate the hanging death of a black teenager in a small North Carolina town, the agency said on Friday, after his family questioned the finding by local authorities that it was a suicide. The body of Lennon Lacy, 17, was found hanging from a swing set in a mobile home park in Bladenboro, a town with a population of about 1,700 located roughly 150 miles (240 km) southeast of Charlotte. ...

Viewing set to begin for fallen firefighter Joyce Craig

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:53

Final farewell begins for fallen firefighter Joyce CraigHundreds of family, friends, fellow firefighters and other first responders will gather this weekend to say goodbye to fallen Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig.

Police: Teen killed father with crossbow after skipping school

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:51

 Teen killed father with crossbow after skipping schoolA 17-year-old boy is accused of killing his own father in Delaware.

Questions rising over who's in charge of protests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:50

Freddie Chavez 'dies-in' as Santa Claus beside Marcus Macon as the men join a small group of protesters at the corner of Broadway and Market Street on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Protesters presented a holiday satire, marching against police brutality in downtown St. Louis. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Who, if anyone, is leading the emerging movement around the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner — younger activists or legacy civil rights groups?

Contractor convicted of stealing $2.5 million from 12 families

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:49

Contractor convicted of stealing $2.5 million from 12 familiesA contractor accused of one of the biggest home builder frauds in Pennsylvania history is behind bars tonight.

New York protesters to stage mass whistle-blowing at police stations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:48
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - The latest wave of protests in New York against the killing of an unarmed black man by a white patrolman began on Friday with a visual demonstration by artists in Times Square and a rally outside City Hall. As hundreds of tourists and shoppers watched, protesters held up stark, black signs with white lettering bearing the names of more than 100 people who organizers say were victims of police violence. The artists are members of a Brooklyn-based collective called We Will Not Be Silent. ...

Congress approves plan to expand Gettysburg park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:42
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress gave final approval on Friday to a plan that expands Gettysburg National Military Park by 45 acres and adds the historic Lincoln Train Station.

Senate OKs defense policy bill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Friday sent President Barack Obama a massive defense policy bill that endorses his stepped-up military campaign of air strikes and training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels in the war against Islamic State militants.

'Layaway Angel' pays customers' bills at toy store

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:40
BELLINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Shoppers at an eastern Massachusetts toy store are getting an early Christmas present: All their layaway bills totaling $20,000 have been paid off by an anonymous woman dubbed "layaway angel."

Flyers make preps as NHL battles mumps outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:29

Flyers make preps as NHL battles mumps outbreakThe Philadelphia Flyers are taking steps to keep their players healthy as the NHL deals with an outbreak of the mumps.

New Jersey former water official gets prison for falsifying tests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:29
By Daniel Kelley (Reuters) - A former top executive at a New Jersey water utility has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to falsifying tests to hide elevated levels of dry-cleaning solvent in drinking water used by two towns, according to authorities. William Mowell, the former assistant executive director of the East Orange Water Commission, was sentenced for his role in the scheme which prosecutors said allowed the commission to avoid installing expensive water purification systems at the plant. The utility also provided water to the town of South Orange. ...

The latest on powerful California storm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:28

Homeowner Ed Heinlein checks a rain barrier made with sandbags and tarp set to avoid rain damage at his home in Azusa, Calif., Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. A soaking storm swept into California, causing several mudslides, flooding streets and cutting power to tens of thousands Friday after lashing the rest of the state with much-needed rain. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Here is the latest on the storm hitting California gathered by AP reporters across the state:

Too many drinks? New cellphone app may tell you so

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:25
A new federally funded cellphone app allows people who may have had one too many to get an idea just how drunk they are — and hail a ride home.

AccuWeather: Still Brisk and Chilly Today

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:21

 Brighter Skies this WeekendMeteorologist Melissa Magee says the weather becomes gradually more comfortable over the weekend.

Mistrial is declared in child custody-hit man case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:21
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial because of a deadlocked jury in the case of a Connecticut woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband during a child custody case.

Man accused of setting bottle bombs takes plea

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:15
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A man accused of setting off "bottle bombs" at Washington-area movie theaters on six days earlier this year has pleaded guilty to charges in one Maryland incident and is expected to resolve other charges within months.

Ex-CEO admits role in scheme to defraud government

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:15
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The former president and CEO of a New Jersey-based engineering consulting firm pleaded guilty Friday to leading a conspiracy that reaped tens of millions of dollars by overcharging the U.S. government for reconstruction projects overseas, including in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Penn police criticize president's 'die-in' act

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

In this Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 photo provided by The Daily Pennsylvanian, University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann joins protesters at a holiday party at her home in Philadelphia, lying on the floor for a symbolic 4½ minute "die-in" to protest the police-shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The head of the campus police union said officers were outraged by Gutmann's display after student protesters interrupted her holiday party. A Penn vice president said Guttmann was showing solidarity with students, not attacking officers. (AP Photo/The Daily Pennsylvanian, Luke Chen)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The University of Pennsylvania's president is under fire from campus police for participating in a student "die-in" protest.

Mayflower replica leaves Plymouth for repairs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:09

The Mayflower replica passes through a jetty as it is towed out of Plymouth Harbor Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 in Plymouth, Mass. The 57 year-old Mayflower is being towed to Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Conn., where it will be under repair throughout the winter. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America has set sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts, to another historic port in Connecticut where it will undergo a restoration.

Prosecutors rest case against Montana homeowner accused of shooting student

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:04

Markus Kaarma waits to be dismissed during an afternoon break in Missoula County Court in Missoula MontanaBy Lori Grannis MISSOULA, Montana (Reuters) - Montana prosecutors rested their case on Friday in the trial of a Montana homeowner accused of murdering a teenage German exchange student who had entered the man's garage in April, possibly searching for alcohol to drink. Markus Kaarma, 30, a former U.S. Forest Service firefighter, has pleaded not guilty, and defense lawyers say he acted to protect his family when he shot 17-year-old Diren Dede of Hamburg shortly after midnight on April 27. ...