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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. ...

Drone downer: Will new FAA rules ground recreational fliers?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:02

File photo of a small drone helicopter operated by paparazzi records singer Beyonce as she rides Cyclone rollercoaster while filming music video on Coney Island in New YorkBy Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans shopping for toy remote-controlled airplanes or helicopters may find, sometime in the near future, that they come with unexpected accessories: A raft of new regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration, by the end of the month, is expected to propose new rules governing small unmanned aircraft systems, the first major overhaul of its drone policy. The agency is closely guarding details, saying only that the rules will cover a wide range of users flying aircraft or drones weighing 55 pounds or less. ...

Man indicted in stabbing death at New Mexico park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 05:59
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A 25-year-old man has been indicted in the stabbing death of a 23-year-old woman in a New Mexico park

Texas grand jury rules not to indict policeman in fatal dog shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 05:59
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A grand jury has declined to indict a former Fort Worth deputy police chief charged in the shooting death of a neighbor's dog that may have killed his family's pet cat, officials said on Friday. Fort Worth Deputy Police Chief Kenneth Flynn was arrested Oct. 6 on a charge of animal cruelty. Flynn, 62, resigned from the Fort Worth Police Department on Oct. 31 after 30 years of service, police said. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Flynn shot the German shepherd on Sept. 29 after being informed it had killed his cat. ...

Pulitzer-winning photojournalist dies in Liberia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 05:28

FILE - in this March 31, 1988 file photo, Miami Herald photographer Michel du Cille, seated, is covered with confetti by fellow workers after he was named as the winner for feature photography by the Pulitzer Prize board for his photo essay on crack cocaine addicts in a Miami housing project. Du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who recently captured compelling images of Ebola patients and their caretakers, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Liberia while on assignment for The Washington Post. He was 58. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)WASHINGTON (AP) — Photojournalist Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who recently captured compelling images of Ebola patients and their caretakers, died in Liberia while on assignment for The Washington Post. He was 58.

Texas court rules prisons must disclose source of execution drugs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 05:28
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas court has ordered the state's prison system to reveal the name of the supplier of drugs used in lethal injections, a lawyer for inmates on death row said on Friday, arguing the disclosure is needed for transparency. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said it would appeal the decision. A federal district court ruled in April the prison system needed to reveal the supplier, but the state and the prison system appealed and won a higher court decision allowing them to keep the name secret. ...

Police: Beanie Sigel's wounds still life-threatening; no arrests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 05:24

 Beanie Sigel's wounds still life-threatening; no arrestsPolice in Pleasantville, New Jersey said on Friday that there are two persons of interest in the shooting of rapper Beanie Sigel, but no arrests have been made.

Greenpeace activists take plea deal in P&G protest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 05:23

FILE - This Tuesday, March 4, 2014 file photo shows Greenpeace activists, including this one dressed in a tiger suit, rappel and hang banners in protest of Procter & Gamble outside of the company's headquarters, in downtown Cincinnati, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Eight Greenpeace activists who staged a stunning protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters are due back in Cincinnati to accept a plea agreement offered at P&G’s request. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer Amanda Rossmann, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — Eight Greenpeace activists who staged an eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters pleaded guilty Friday to trespassing in an agreement offered at the consumer products maker's request.

Obama says NFL was 'winging it' in Rice domestic violence case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 05:22

US President Obama answers questions at news conference at White House after mid term electionsBy Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday the NFL appeared to be "winging it" in dealing with former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice's domestic violence case but praised the league for later putting in place a new policy to handle such incidents. The National Football League on Wednesday unveiled a tougher policy for disciplining players for off-field misconduct including violence against women in the wake of high-profile domestic violence cases involving Rice and 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player Adrian Peterson. ...

$1M bond set for man accused in Phoenix ax killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 05:17
PHOENIX (AP) — Bond has been set at $1 million for an alleged gang member who police say killed a man with an ax in Phoenix, nearly decapitating him.

Judge rules woman who drove kids into sea was insane

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 05:13
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida judge on Friday found a South Carolina mother who drove her three children into the Atlantic Ocean not guilty of felony child abuse by reason of insanity, authorities said. Ebony Wilkerson, 33, agreed to the plea after prosecutors at the court hearing dropped attempted murder charges, according to the state attorney’s spokesman, Spencer Hathaway. ...