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Study: Marijuana legalization could be big bucks for Vermont

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 05:25
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont could reap hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue if it were to legalize marijuana, but only if nearby states didn't also jump on the bandwagon, according to a study released Friday.

U.S. drug enforcement agency halts huge secret data program

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 05:22
By John Shiffman WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has halted a secret, nearly 15-year program that collected virtually all data on international calls between the United States and certain countries, according to documents and officials familiar with the matter. The sweeping bulk DEA database program was stopped in September 2013, shortly after elements were revealed by Reuters and then The New York Times, according to a redacted court filing made public on Thursday and U.S. officials. The program, run by DEA’s Special Operations Division, collected international U.S. phone records to create a database primarily used for domestic criminal cases – not national security investigations, according to records and sources involved. DEA shared this information with other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, IRS, Homeland Security, and intelligence agencies, according to records reviewed by Reuters.

Woman locked mentally disabled son outside in freezing temperatures, police said

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 05:22

Woman locked mentally disabled son outside in freezing temperatures, police saidPolice in Delaware County are looking for a mother who allegedly locked her mentally impaired son outside in freezing temperatures.


Colorado policeman charged with murder shot victim in back

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 05:21
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A policeman charged with murder in the shooting death of a man last year in a rural Colorado community shot the victim in the back when he posed no threat to the officer, court papers unsealed on Friday showed. James Ashby, 31, is charged with second-degree murder in the October slaying of Jack Jacquez, 27, in the small farming town of Rocky Ford, about 135 miles southeast of Denver.

Supreme court to hear gay marriage cases in April

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 05:14

Supreme court to hear gay marriage cases in AprilSetting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution.


Who is president? A few questions from Arizona's civics test

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 05:14

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2015, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, left, smiles as he shakes hands with son Jack Ducey, second from left, as sons Joe Ducey and Sam Ducey, right, look on during inauguration ceremonies at the Arizona Capitol Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Phoenix. The Arizona Legislature is putting a bill creating a new high school civics test on the fast track. Gov. Doug Ducey wants the bill to be the first to reach his desk, and the Senate and House education committees have set scheduled hearings for Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The bills require students to correctly answer 60 of 100 questions on the civics portion of the test required to become a U.S. citizen in order to graduate. Ducey said Monday that students just aren’t learning the basic civics they need to be good citizens.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)Starting with the class of 2017, Arizona students will be required to pass the U.S. citizenship test on civics before they can graduate.


France attacks reinvigorate privacy versus security debate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 05:13

President Barack Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. In a show of trans-Atlantic unity, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a joint effort on Friday to fight domestic terrorism following deadly attacks in France. They also strongly urged the U.S. Congress to hold off on implementing new sanctions on Iran in the midst of nuclear talks. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama argued Friday that a resurgent fear of terrorism across Europe and the United States should not lead countries to overreact and shed privacy protections, even as British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed for more government access to encrypted communications used by U.S. companies.


Woman chokes up describing young marathon bombing victim

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:56
BOSTON (AP) — A prospective juror in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev choked back tears Friday as she spoke of the 8-year-old boy who was killed in the attack.

Twitter accounts of New York Post and news agency UPI hacked

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:55

This screen shot made on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, shows a United Press International Twitter account that was hacked Friday, displaying suspicious tweets on false economic and military news. A Twitter feed of the New York Post was also hacked. (AP Photo/United Press International via Twitter)NEW YORK (AP) — Some Twitter accounts of the New York Post and UPI, as well as the news agency's website, were briefly hacked Friday.


Correction: Sports Betting-Olympics story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:53

In this Jan. 14, 2015, photo, a man watches sports broadcast on screens at a sports book owned and operated by CG Technology in Las Vegas. CG Technology owns and operates sports books in Las Vegas and is asking the Nevada Gaming Control Board to allow more sports, such as the Olympics, to be wagered upon. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a Jan. 15 story about efforts by Las Vegas sports books to convince Nevada regulators to allow betting on Olympic events, The Associated Press erroneously reported the last name of an executive from CG Technology. The correct name is Jason Simbal.


After Paris, NYPD expanding 'active shooter' training

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:53

FILE - In this Thursday, July 28, 2011 file photo, police officers look at computer monitors in the operations center of the Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center in New York. When news came of a terror attack in Paris in early January, the New York Police Department went on high alert. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, New York's police department is expanding training for what it sees as the most serious terror threat today — "active shooters," terrorists who, rather than detonating a homemade bomb in busy a location like Times Square, simply arm themselves with high-powered rifle and open fire.


US citizen settles lawsuit over post-9/11 arrest with FBI

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:51

FILE - This Feb. 14, 2011, file photo, shows Abdullah al-Kidd in Los Angeles. Al-Kidd, an American Muslim man, said he was wrongly imprisoned as a material witness in a terrorism case against another man. He has reached a settlement with the U.S. government after more than a decade of court battles. The American Civil Liberties Union, which represented al-Kidd in the lawsuit, announced the settlement Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. citizen who said he was wrongly arrested when the government rounded up Muslim men after the 9/11 terrorist attacks has settled his lawsuit against the FBI.


California community college deserves hearing on accreditation: judge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:49
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A college regulator violated the law by failing to give California's largest community college a fair hearing before deciding to terminate its accreditation, according to a tentative court ruling on Friday. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges had planned to withdraw accreditation from City College of San Francisco, citing a lack of financial accountability and other longstanding problems, none directly related to educational quality. Lost accreditation would trigger funding cuts that would shutter the school, San Francisco's only community college, with more than 50 academic programs and over 100 occupational disciplines, from nursing to culinary arts and aircraft mechanics. The city of San Francisco sued, and a judge put the accreditation decision on hold pending a trial that took place last year.

CIA asset 'Merlin' testifies about mission at CIA leak trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:48
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Russian emigre who became a top CIA asset has described to jurors his role in a secret mission to disrupt Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions.

U.S. judge may unseal Epstein sex-crime plea deal records

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:47
A U.S. judge may allow sealed documents on financier Jeffrey Epstein's 2008 plea deal in a sex crime case to be made public. "Public policy favors judicial records being open to the public," Judge Kenneth Marra, of the Southern District of Florida, wrote on Thursday, ordering Epstein to explain why the plea negotiations should stay sealed. Epstein has also been linked to Britain's Prince Andrew and prominent U.S. attorney Alan Dershowitz, who were accused in a court filing last month of having sex with an underage girl they met through Epstein.

APNewsBreak: Company with chemical spill ties cited 8 times

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:47

In this Jan. 9, 2015 photo, the Lexycon LLC Lex Blend facility is shown in Nitro, W.Va. After Freedom Industries leaked chemicals into 300,000 people's drinking water last year, a company run by ex-Freedom employees is facing environmental violations a few towns away. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)NITRO, W.Va. (AP) — A few towns over from the chemical plant that leaked a coal-cleaning mixture into the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginians last year, a new company run by some of the same people is being cited for similar environmental violations.


Newtown school panel to include proposed gun ban in report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:40
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An advisory panel charged with looking at public safety in the wake of the deadly Newtown school shooting agreed Friday to include in its final report a recommendation to ban the sale and possession of any gun that can fire more than 10 rounds without reloading.

Conviction reversed in 2007 family killings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:26

FILE - This Nov. 17, 2011 file photo shows Vitaliy Krasnoperov, 25, before the start of his trial in Santa Ana, Calif. An appellate panel has reversed the conviction Krasnpperov in the killing of relatives of his friend's ex-girlfriend in a fiery attack on their Orange County home. A three-judge panel in Orange County ruled Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 that 29-year-old Krasnoperov did not get a fair trial when he was convicted of the murders of Jay Dhanak and his daughter Karishma in 2011. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Paul Bersebach, File) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUTSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An appellate panel has reversed the conviction of a man in the killing of the father and sister of his friend's ex-girlfriend in a fiery attack on their Orange County home.


Police: Suspect critical after traffic stop shootout with officers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:22

 Suspect critical after traffic stop shootout with officersWilmington police say a man is hospitalized after he allegedly opened fire on officers during a routine traffic stop.


Philadelphia man charged for fatal butt injection near DC

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 04:16

Philadelphia man charged for fatal butt injection near DCMaryland authorities have charged a Philadelphia man with second-degree murder in the death of a woman who was given injections to make her buttocks larger.