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Christie calls on House GOP to compromise

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 04:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — Making a rare Capitol Hill appearance, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday encouraged the GOP's newest members of Congress to embrace compromise and common ground as they shift to a governing role following their party's midterm rout.

Man dies after car smashes into Phoenix care home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 04:23
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a man smashed into a northwest Phoenix care home on purpose, killing one of the residents and damaging the facility that cares for people with traumatic brain injuries.

Man pleads guilty to sending ricin-laced card

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 04:20
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia man has pleaded guilty to charges that he sent a romantic rival a greeting card laced with the deadly poison ricin — and prosecutors now allege that while behind bars he tried to retaliate against those involved in the case, including witnesses, a detective and a prosecutor.

Man, 79, charged in pot bust challenges search

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 04:15
BOSTON (AP) — When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they said they found about $15 million in cash, almost 400 pounds of marijuana and ledgers detailing drug deals going back to 1992.

Second man gets life term for killing two USC grad students from China

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 04:03
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The second of two men convicted of murder in the 2012 shooting deaths of two University of Southern California graduate students from China was sentenced on Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Javier Bolden was found guilty last month of first-degree murder for the slayings of 23-year-old engineering students Ming Qu and Ying Wu, who were gunned down in a botched robbery attempt as they sat together in a car parked outside Wu's rented home, a few blocks from campus. ...

New trial starts in slaying of Detroit girl, 5

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:55

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Detroit Police Department shows Darnell Cheatham, of Detroit. Cheatham's second trial is scheduled to start Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 in connection with the abduction, rape and slaying of his girlfriend's 5-year-old niece. Cheatham is charged with first-degree murder, torture, arson and other crimes in the death of Mariah Smith. Her burned remains were found in a vacant house in 2011. A judge declared a mistrial in his first trial. (AP Photo/Detroit Police Department, File)DETROIT (AP) — A new trial has started for a 23-year-old Detroit man charged in the abduction, rape and slaying of his girlfriend's 5-year-old niece.


Body found in building fire in Germantown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:48

Body found in building fire in GermantownA man is dead and four police officers were injured in a fire in Philadelphia overnight.


Utah man flew 242 pounds of pot to East Coast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:46
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Utah man faces five to 40 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Monday to flying 242 pounds of marijuana from northern California, which was intercepted at a small western Pennsylvania airport.

Sierra Leone doctor dies of Ebola at Nebraska hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:38
By Colleen Jenkins (Reuters) - A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone died early on Monday of the disease at a Nebraska hospital, medical officials said, the second death from the virus out of 10 known cases treated in the United States. Dr. Martin Salia, a native of Sierra Leone and a permanent U.S. resident, had been in very critical condition when he arrived at the Nebraska Medical Center on Saturday afternoon, Dr. Phil Smith, director of the biocontainment unit, said at a news conference. ...

Police investigate stabbing in Camden, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:34

Police investigate stabbing in Camden, N.J.Police in Camden, New Jersey are investigating a stabbing that left one person hospitalized Monday afternoon.


Huge solar plant lags in early production

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:33

 The sun isn’t shining as often as expected. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest solar power plant of its type in the world — once promoted as a turning point in green energy — isn't producing as much energy as planned.


Life sentence in Chinese students' slayings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:29

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 file photo, Javier Bolden reacts as he is convicted of first-degree murder at Los Angeles Superior Court. Bolden was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for the killings of a pair of USC graduate students from China, during a robbery on April 11, 2012 in Los Angeles. Bolden was sentenced to two life terms in prison without possibility of parole for the killings Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man convicted of killing two Chinese graduate students was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles to multiple life terms in prison by a judge who denounced him for showing no remorse and smiling while a grief-stricken victim's father spoke in court.


Pope Francis plans to visit United States next year

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:28
By Philip Pullella and Natalie Pompilio VATICAN CITY/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pope Francis announced on Monday he would make his first visit to the United States next year, travelling to Philadelphia where he will celebrate an outdoor mass before an audience expected to number in the millions. Francis ended months of speculation when he told an inter-religious conference on marriage he would go to Philadelphia in September for the Roman Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families. He is expected to celebrate Mass on Sept. ...

F-35 completes first round of tests on U.S. Navy ship

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy version of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet met 100 percent of the threshold requirements set for a first round of sea-based testing aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, Navy and Pentagon officials said on Monday. The carrier variant of the new warplane completed 124 catapult takeoffs, 124 arrested landings, and 222 planned "touch and go" landings off the coast of San Diego, California, according to data compiled by Navy testers. ...

Jackknifed tractor-trailer blocking traffic on SB I-95 at Penn's Landing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:21

Jackknifed tractor-trailer blocking traffic on SB I-95 at Penn's LandingA jackknifed tractor-trailer is blocking several lanes of traffic on southbound I-95 in Center City.


Coroner: Pack of dogs killed Wyoming woman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:09
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A pack of dogs attacked and killed a member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe on a reservation in central Wyoming, officials said Monday.

St. Louis awaits grand jury's decision on shooting of unarmed black teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:06

Demonstrators lay on the ground with chalk outlines representing a mock crime scene during a protest marking the 100th day since the shooting death of Michael Brown in St. LouisBy Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Residents of Ferguson, Missouri, faced another day on Monday of waiting for a grand jury to decide if it will bring criminal charges against a white policeman who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August, sparking weeks of sometimes violent protests. The grand jury has been meeting in secret for almost three months as it evaluates evidence about the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, and many in this St. Louis suburb expect another wave of demonstrations if no charges are brought. ...


Top aide to New York City's first lady takes leave amid family woes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:02
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A top aide to the wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday she is taking an unpaid leave of absence amid controversy over the legal troubles of her boyfriend and teenage son. Rachel Noerdlinger, chief of staff to the city's first lady Chirlane McCray, said she would use the time to devote full attention to her 17-year-old son, Khari, who was arrested on Friday on a misdemeanor trespassing charge. ...

Numerous crashes block I-74 near Indianapolis

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:58
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A chain reaction crash involving more than a dozen vehicles blocked an icy section of Interstate 74 near Indianapolis for a couple of hours.

FCC chief proposes hiking schools' Internet subsidy by 62 percent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 02:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. communications regulators are expected to vote Dec. 11 on whether to boost funding for the largest U.S. educational technology subsidy program, E-Rate, by 62 percent to help connect more schools and libraries to high-speed Internet. Education labor unions and groups have long urged the Federal Communications Commission to lift the years-old cap on the program's budget. On Monday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed raising E-Rate's funding by $1.5 billion to $3.9 billion. The subsidy is funded through fees Americans pay on their telephone bills. ...