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Trapped burglary suspects caught inside Northeast Philadelphia Target store

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 18:27

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.


Sony Pictures CEO consulted U.S. State Department on film, leaked emails show

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 18:19
By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - The head of Sony Pictures consulted with a senior official in the U.S. government in June this year, days after North Korea threatened "merciless countermeasures" over the release of an upcoming film featuring a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un, leaked emails show. In an internal email seen by Reuters and dated June 26, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Lynton said he told Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Russel the studio was "concerned for the safety of Americans and American and North Korean relations. ...

Fla. parole commission hears 'prison Houdini' case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 18:05
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mark DeFriest has spent nearly 35 years in prison for stealing tools his father left him in his will.

'Saving Private Ryan' among films being preserved

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 18:03

FILE - This photo released by DreamWorks shows a scene form the 1998 film "Saving Private Ryan." “Saving Private Ryan” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” are among 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/DreamWorks, David James, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — "Saving Private Ryan" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" are among 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday.


New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:56

File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Jim Finkle and Mark Hosenball BOSTON (Reuters) - The New York premiere of "The Interview", a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has been canceled and a source said one theater chain had scrapped plans to show it, after threats from a hacking group. The hackers, who said they were also responsible for seizing control of Sony Corp's computer system last month, on Tuesday warned people to stay away from cinemas showing the film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, and darkly reminded moviegoers of the Sept. ...


American Airlines plane diverted to Tokyo after being hit by winter storm, several hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:44

Passengers on an American Airlines flight that left South Korea's Incheon International Airport bound for Dallas arrive at Narita international airportTOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. bound-American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Tokyo on Wednesday after hitting severe turbulence created by a strong winter storm, with several people taken to hospital for minor injuries. American Airlines Flight 280, a Boeing 777-200 heading to Dallas/Fort Worth airport from Incheon in South Korea, was flying across Japan when the plane dropped suddenly and was rocked for 30 to 40 seconds, passengers said. "We were eating and all the food just flew up in the air and pretty much bounced off and fell. ...


Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:51

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after accepting the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award during a ceremony, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she's proud to have been part of an administration that "banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations" and said the U.S. should never be involved in torture anywhere in the world.


Upgrades at US border crossing thrill commuters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:17

In this Dec. 3, 2014 picture, cars wait to enter the United States from Tijuana, Mexico through the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego. Long lines disappeared overnight for tens of thousands of motorists who regularly enter the country at the nation’s busiest border crossing, after a $741 million makeover. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Motorists at the nation's busiest border crossing were accustomed to waiting hours while vendors paraded between lanes with everything from sliced papaya and hot oatmeal to sombreros and ceramic mugs. Now, thanks to a $741 million construction project, they may not have enough time to lower their windows and order a cappuccino.


Court-appointed panel to monitor Los Angeles county jails

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:15

Inmates attend a life skills class at Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles(Reuters) - A court-appointed panel will begin to oversee the Los Angeles County jail system, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Tuesday, as part of a settlement to a 2012 class-action lawsuit that alleged sheriff's deputies beat inmates. The agreement requires the sheriff's department to adopt an action plan to drawn up by the three-person panel, aimed at reforming its use-of-force policy and give further training to its jail deputies, the civil rights group said. ...


Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:59

FILE - In this June 6, 2008 file photo, a row of freshly poured draft beers are seen in Pittsburgh. Don’t want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Avoid the menu and order at the bar. New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. The idea is that people often don't know _ or even think about _ how many calories they are drinking. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar.


Several hurt after American jet meets turbulence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:10
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An American Airlines jet encountered severe air turbulence shortly after taking off from Seoul, South Korea, prompting an unscheduled landing at Narita International Airport in Tokyo after 14 people asked for medical attention.

Sony under attack from hackers and ex-employees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:06

In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, cars enter Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 released another round of data leaks, including ominous threats against the premiere of Sony Pictures' film "The Interview," in which the group references the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Threats of violence against movie theaters. Cancelled showings of "The Interview." Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages.


Vigil for Montgomery County mass murder victims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:41

Vigil for Montgomery County mass murder victimsA vigil was held Tuesday night for the Montgomery County murder victims.


Dog comes home: Young girl gets Christmas wish

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:37

 Young girl gets Christmas wishA dog that was lost, then found, and lost again is finally home.


DA: Montgomery County murder spree victims shot and cut; suspect found dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:17

 Montgomery County murder spree victims shot and cut; suspect found deadInvestigators are releasing new details about the murder spree in Montgomery County that left six people dead and one person wounded.


California university bans fraternity over anti-rape march harassment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:06
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - San Diego State University on Tuesday banned a fraternity whose members were accused of harassing people taking part in an anti-rape march, a move that comes amid a renewed debate over the handling of sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses. The university said on its website that the national offices of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity had agreed to close the Gamma Alpha chapter at San Diego State at least until the fall of 2016. ...

Crews to resume pit-digging in Seattle's stalled tunnel project

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:56
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state transportation officials said digging was expected to resume on Tuesday on a pit needed to salvage a $3.1 billion roadway overhaul in Seattle, deciding the excavation effort was not causing buildings and a rickety highway to sink. Parts of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the earth around it have sagged as crews pump groundwater from a deep pit near the highway, clearing the way for repairs to a massive tunnel-boring machine, nicknamed Bertha, which overheated and broke down a year ago. ...

Carmike Cinemas pulls 'The Interview' with Sony's support

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:46

FILE - This Dec. 2, 2014 file photo shows Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. Two former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 filed suit against the company for not preventing hackers from stealing nearly 50,000 social security numbers, salary details and other personal information from current and former workers. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers.


Honolulu police chief mailbox theft case dismissed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:16

Public defender Alexander Silvert, left, speaks to reporters in Honolulu on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, after federal prosecutors dismissed charges against his client Gerard Puana, who was accused of stealing the Honolulu police chief's mailbox. The dismissal comes after Puana's trial ended abruptly in a mistrial two weeks ago when Chief Louis Kealoha testified about Puana's criminal past. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)HONOLULU (AP) — The criminal case against a man accused of stealing the Honolulu police chief's mailbox was dismissed Tuesday, about two weeks after the case abruptly ended in a mistrial and raised allegations about how the city's police department handled the investigation.


Trial for 3 in slur-filled fight with gay couple

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:14
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zachary Hesse and his boyfriend were moving on from a frozen yogurt stop toward a pizza joint in the city's Gayborhood when they came across eight to 10 young adults out on the town.