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Man who poisoned, dismembered mom gets life

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:40
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man convicted of killing his mother and storing her dismembered remains in boxes in the back of her car was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.

2 men convicted in New York birthday party killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:39
NEW YORK (AP) — Two men have been convicted of killing a woman who was shot through a door at a New York City birthday party.

School apologizes for video that faked shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:35
ATWATER, Calif. (AP) — A California school district apologized for a video spoof that ended with a security officer pretending to shoot students from a rival high school with a toy gun.

AT&T stops adding Web tracking codes on cellphones

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:35

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2011 file photo, a hands-free device to talk on a cellphone while driving is seen in San Diego. The nation's second-largest cellular provider, AT&T Mobility, said Friday it would no longer add tracking codes to its subscribers' devices. That practice made it nearly impossible to keep a user's identity private on the Internet. The change by AT&T essentially removes a long string of hidden letters and numbers _ specific to a user's smartphone _ that was passed along to websites. While the code doesn't explicitly contain personally identifying information like a name or phone number, it nonetheless can be used to track a user's behavior across the Internet _ a lucrative data-mining opportunity for advertisers that could still reveal him or her based on browsing habits. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T Mobility, the nation's second-largest cellular provider, said Friday it's no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users' smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers' identities online.

Theater shooting judge rejects bid to replace self

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:35
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case have asked for a new judge, saying the current one is hostile and biased against them.

Portland prosecutors drop pot cases after Oregon legalization vote

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:31

Buds are removed from a container at the "Oregon's Finest" medical marijuana dispensary in PortlandBy Shelby Sebens PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon's biggest county will no longer prosecute most marijuana cases after state voters voted this month to legalize the drug even as other prosecutors across the state take a more cautious approach, authorities said on Friday. The Multnomah County district attorney, whose jurisdiction includes Portland, said that because recreational marijuana use by adults will become legal in July there is little point proceeding with marijuana possession or delivery cases. ...

Tour bus veers of Rt. 295 in Burlington Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:30

Tour bus veers of Rt. 295 in Burlington Twp.New Jersey State Police are on the scene of an accident involving a tour bus in Burlington County.

Georgia police arrest 2 in starvation of infant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:14
PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. (AP) — A man and his 23-year-old daughter have been arrested outside Atlanta after the man's infant daughter starved to death and three other children and a disabled adult were found to be severely malnourished, police said Friday.

Next postmaster general to inherit thorny problems

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:13

In this photo taken Sept. 19, 2013, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Donahoe says he'll retire Feb. 1 after leading the struggling agency for four years. He made the announcement Friday at a meeting of the Board of Postal Governors. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — America's new postmaster general will face the same daunting problems as the man she will succeed: budget losses in the billions and battles with Congress over cost-cutting.

Thousands of high school students skip Colorado state tests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:11
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Thousands of Denver-area high school students skipped state-mandated science and social studies tests this week and some staged street protests in the latest dispute to hit Colorado education since a flare-up over history curricula. Nearly 1,900 high school seniors in Douglas County failed to take the newly introduced Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests, while about 1,500 pupils missed them in each of two other districts, Boulder Valley and Cherry Creek, media reports said. ...

The true story behind 'Foxcatcher'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:10

The true story behind 'Foxcatcher'The new movie 'Foxcatcher' opens nationwide Friday.

California newspaper asks reporters to help with deliveries

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:10
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - One of California's largest newspapers has asked reporters and other employees to help deliver papers on Sundays, according to a memo obtained by Reuters, the latest sign of the toll that financial woes are taking on print journalism. The Santa Ana-based Orange County Register, which recently stopped contracting with rival Los Angeles Times for delivery services, is offering $150 gift cards to staff members if they deliver 500 to 600 papers, according to the memo sent on Thursday, which was confirmed by the paper's top editor. ...

Virgin America shares jump in public-trading debut

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:03

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014 file photo, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson speaks at the Grey Goose Vodka and Virgin Galactic global partnership announcement event at the Rose Center for Earth & Space in New York. Virgin America begins selling shares to the public on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, and the timing of the IPO could hardly be better. Airlines are reaping huge profits thanks to full planes, rising revenue and falling fuel prices. After years of losing money, Virgin America is now profitable. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)Virgin America made a successful takeoff in its public trading debut Friday.

Cost of manhunt for trooper ambush suspect: $11M

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:02

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2014, file photo, Eric Frein, charged with the murder of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Byron Dickson and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass, is taken to prison after a preliminary hearing in Pike County Courthouse in Milford, Pa. On Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, authorities added terrorism charges againstFrein and they say he told them he wanted to "wake people up." State police say Eric Frein called slaying of Cpl. Bryon Dickson an "assassination" in an interview after his capture. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Michael J. Mullen, File)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State police spent about $11 million on the manhunt for a survivalist charged in the ambush slaying of a trooper outside his barracks, according to a cost breakdown released Friday.

Landrieu faces lopsided air war in Louisiana

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:01
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican Senate contender Bill Cassidy and his conservative allies have overshadowed endangered Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu by roughly a 180-to-1 margin on television since their campaign went into overtime, according to an analysis released Friday.

Women get 6-year terms in nightclub brawl death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:00

FILE - Defendant Candace Brito listens to closing arguments in Santa Ana, Calif., in this Wednesday, July 23, 2014 file photo. Brito and Vanesa Zavala were convicted earlier this year of voluntary manslaughter and assault in the death of a third woman who died after a brawl outside a popular California nightclub face up to 11 years in state prison at their sentencing hearing Friday Nov. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Christine Cotter, Pool, File)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two women who kicked to death another woman outside a bar were sentenced Friday to six years in prison by a judge who chastised them for not walking away and denounced bystanders who shot cell phone video rather than break up the melee.

Ohio inmates spent months making ladder used in prison escape

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:00
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An inmate convicted of killing three teenagers in an Ohio high school shooting spent months with two other prisoners fashioning a 13-1/2-foot long ladder they used in a prison escape in September, a state prison report released on Friday said. T.J. Lane, serving a life sentence for the 2012 shootings in Chardon, Ohio, northeast of Cleveland, and fellow inmates Lindsey Bruce and Clifford Opperud, were all recaptured within hours of the escape from a prison in Lima. ...

Man who tried to help at Tennessee traffic wreck dies after fall

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:58
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - A Good Samaritan who stopped to help at the scene of a car crash on Friday died after stepping over a bridge railing and plummeting into a river far below, Nashville police said. Mark A. Ferguson, 27, of Omaha, Nebraska, probably believed there was land on the other side when he stepped over the railing and fell into the Stones River, the Nashville police said in a news release. Ferguson was able to swim to the bank of the river, but he was pronounced dead after being taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. ...

Officials assess fire damage at Miss. Ag Museum

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:57

A firefighter walks past blazing wreckage of a barn at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson, Mississippi, that caught fire late Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Joe Ellis)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A two-alarm fire at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum was believed to have started in a barn, but fire investigators were sifting through the charred debris to determine the exact cause, fire officials said Friday.

Noted muni bond investor James Lebenthal dies: family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:54
NEW YORK (Reuters) - James Lebenthal, the U.S. municipal bond market's biggest champion, has died following a heart attack at age 86, his daughter said on Friday. Lebenthal became a force in the New York municipal bond market in the 1970s, selling to retail investors for decades via radio and TV commercials. "No one loved municipal bonds and their value as the tool for rebuilding America more than Dad," his daughter Alexandra Lebenthal said via email. "He was a Wall Street legend and his legacy will live on. ...