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Immigrant's family hopes he will be able to leave church

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 07:10
DENVER (AP) — The family of an immigrant living in a Denver church to avoid deportation hopes he will be home in time for Christmas.

Michigan faulted for not removing abused boy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 07:04
KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A watchdog says Michigan child welfare workers missed opportunities to remove a 12-year-old boy from his Grand Rapids-area home due to abuse, long before he was accused of fatally stabbing another boy.

Former Fox News reporter Dominic Di-Natale found dead in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:58
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale, whose international reporting took him from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan to covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri, has been found dead in Colorado, officials said on Friday. The body of Di-Natale, 43, was discovered on Wednesday in the foothills west of Denver, the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office said. In an obituary posted on the Fox News website, the network reported that Di-Natale's death was a suicide, citing the Jefferson County Coroner's office. ...

Court lets Pennsylvania widow keep home sold over interest on $6.30 tax bill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 06:54
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A widow whose western Pennsylvania home was sold by the county after she failed to pay interest accrued on $6.30 in late tax fees was overjoyed when a court ruled she can keep her home, her lawyer said on Friday. Eileen Battisti, who is in her early 50s and lost her husband in 2004, was unfamiliar with managing her finances and did not understand in 2009 that she owed the $6.30 late fee, which subsequently accrued $234.72 in interest, prompting the tax sale of her home in 2011, said her lawyer, Ed Santillan. ...

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.