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Utah trucker challenges arrest in sex slave case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:07
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A defense lawyer on Wednesday challenged the arrest of a Utah truck driver accused of keeping women as sex slaves in his semi-trailer as he drove across the country.

Trapped burglary suspects caught at Northeast Philadelphia Target store

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:06

Trapped burglary suspects caught at Northeast Philadelphia Target storeAction News was there as the suspects were led out of the store and into a waiting police van. It was a dramatic end to a nearly 4-hour search.


UN chief says US torture report should spur global action

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:04
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for an international debate on stamping out torture in the wake of the recent U.S. Senate report detailing brutal CIA interrogations of terror detainees.

UN chief says US torture report should spur global action

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:04
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for an international debate on stamping out torture in the wake of the recent U.S. Senate report detailing brutal CIA interrogations of terror detainees.

Florida judge grants a landmark same-sex divorce

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:00
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A south Florida judge on Wednesday granted what is believed to be the state's first official same-sex divorce to a woman who entered into a civil union in Vermont, her attorney said. The divorce was approved by Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen during a court hearing in Broward County, after he previously ruled in the case that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The divorce was requested by Heather Brassner, who sought to end a civil union that was performed in 2002 in Vermont. ...

Florida judge grants a landmark same-sex divorce

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:00
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A south Florida judge on Wednesday granted what is believed to be the state's first official same-sex divorce to a woman who entered into a civil union in Vermont, her attorney said. The divorce was approved by Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen during a court hearing in Broward County, after he previously ruled in the case that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The divorce was requested by Heather Brassner, who sought to end a civil union that was performed in 2002 in Vermont. ...

U.S. aid agency chief Shah to step down in February

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:59
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Rajiv Shah, said on Wednesday he would step down in February after five years at the helm of the premier U.S. aid agency. "It was with mixed emotions that I informed President (Barack) Obama and Secretary (John) Kerry that I will step down as administrator in mid-February 2015," Shah said in a statement. ...

U.S. aid agency chief Shah to step down in February

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:59
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Rajiv Shah, said on Wednesday he would step down in February after five years at the helm of the premier U.S. aid agency. "It was with mixed emotions that I informed President (Barack) Obama and Secretary (John) Kerry that I will step down as administrator in mid-February 2015," Shah said in a statement. ...

Indiana officer asked to stop selling 'divisive' shirts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:58
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Some officials in the Indiana city of South Bend have called on a police officer to stop selling T-shirts that make light of the "I can't breathe" refrain used in recent protests of the police killing of a New York City man.

UPenn fraternity suspended over 'Beyonce' sex doll holiday card

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:37

UPenn fraternity suspended over 'Beyonce' sex doll holiday cardA University of Pennsylvania fraternity has been suspended pending an investigation into a holiday card showing the mostly white group posing with what it says was a Beyoncé sex doll.


Sexual assault reports calls for changes at Brown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:34
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Brown University task force on sexual assault said Wednesday the school's current culture is unacceptable and must be changed to ensure the campus is a "safe and welcoming place."

Delaware County doctor charged with dealing pills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:32

Delaware County doctor charged with dealing pillsDelaware County investigators say a drug dealing doctor is off the streets.


15 years for FBI chat room terror case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:31
MIAMI (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his conviction in South Florida of supporting terrorism in a case in which an FBI employee posed online as a terror financing middleman.

Sony Pictures cancels Dec. 25 release of 'The Interview'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:29

Sony Pictures cancels Dec. 25 release of 'The Interview'Sony Pictures has canceled the Christmas Day release of the movie "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the comedy.


5 things to know: Alcohol calorie labels on menus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — Want to know how many calories are in that alcoholic drink you're about to order? You might be able to find out just by reading the menu.

Volunteer coach in Ohio rape case charged with violating probation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:28
By Elizabeth Daley STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) - A volunteer football coach convicted of lying to authorities in connection with an Ohio rape case that drew national attention was ordered held without bail on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to four counts of violating his probation. Matthew Belardine, 27, admitted to leaving Ohio without permission, entering a bar, drinking and getting into trouble with the law after he allegedly was involved in a brawl in November in Scottsdale, Arizona, with people who were protesting race and policing issues. ...

Obama grants first commutations under new clemency program

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:27
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eight Americans serving time for drug offenses will be allowed to leave prison ahead of schedule next year, making them the first inmates to earn reduced sentences through a broad clemency program announced by the Obama administration earlier this year. President Barack Obama on Wednesday granted the commutations to men and women from Alabama, Virginia, Iowa and other states who were in prison for possessing crack cocaine or methamphetamine, with the intent to distribute the drugs or related charges. In April, the U.S. ...

Third person arrested over Oregon school shooting that wounded four

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:23
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Police in Oregon have arrested a 16-year-old boy suspected of involvement in a shooting incident outside a Portland high school last week that wounded four people, including three teenagers, authorities said on Wednesday.  The teenager, the third person held in connection with Friday's shooting, was taken into custody late on Tuesday following a car chase with police, according to a Portland Police Bureau statement. ...

Lethal injection drug bill clears Ohio Legislature

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:21

This undated photo provided by the Ohio House of Representatives shows Rep. Jim Buchy. he Ohio House is expected to consider a bill that would shield the names of companies that provide the state with lethal injection drugs. Buchy is one of the bills sponsors. The bill is among several the House planned to vote on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 as lawmakers finish work for the two-year legislative session. The Senate passed it last week. (AP Photo/Ohio House of Representatives)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The names of companies that provide Ohio with lethal injection drugs would be shielded under a proposal sent Wednesday to the governor.


3 men accused of trying to sell arms to terrorists

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 06:19
NEW YORK (AP) — Three men arrested in Montenegro have been charged in a New York court with conspiring to kill Americans and aid terrorists and have been labeled by prosecutors as international arms traffickers.