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Final proposals submitted for Obama presidential library

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:38
By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Barack Obama Foundation received final proposals on Thursday from four universities to host the U.S. president's future library, the foundation said. Of those four, two are in Chicago, Obama's hometown where Rahm Emanuel, the president’s former chief of staff, is mayor. The other two proposals are from New York's Columbia University and the University of Hawaii. ...

Life sentence for ex-Chicago cop in slaying plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:38

FILE - This undated file photo used as trial evidence and provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago shows former Chicago police officer Steven Mandell. Mandell, who spent years on death row before his murder conviction was overturned, was sentenced Thursday, Dec. 10, 2014, to life in prison plus five years for a grisly plot to kill Riverside, Ill., businessman Steve Campbell. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago police officer who spent years on death row before his murder conviction was overturned was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus five years for a more recent grisly plot to kill a businessman.


Convicted money manager to stars avoids repeat trip to U.S. prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:37

Financial advisor Dana Giacchetto exits the Manhattan Federal Court house in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former money manager to Hollywood stars who served prison time for operating a $10 million investment fraud avoided another trip to the slammer Thursday, even as a Manhattan federal judge said she was "deeply troubled" by his latest crime. Dana Giacchetto, a former investment advisor to A-listers such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz, was sentenced to two years probation, including four months home confinement for using a stolen credit card to spend more than $9,000. U.S. ...


Poll: Most NJ voters don't think Christie would be good a president

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:37

 Most NJ voters don't think Christie would be good a presidentA new poll shows a majority of New Jersey voters do not think Gov. Chris Christie would make a good president.


$5,000 reward to help nab suspects in Pa. armed robberies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:34

$5,000 reward to help nab suspects in Pa. armed robberiesThere is now a $5,000 reward for information leading to the suspects wanted for three brazen armed robberies in Schuylkill Township, Plymouth Meeting, and Bensalem.


Food poisoning sickens dozens at Florida office party

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:34
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Dozens of people attending an office holiday party in central Florida fell violently ill from apparent food poisoning, authorities said on Thursday. Food samples were being tested to determine the cause of the outbreak at a catered event on Wednesday, when guests began complaining of illness within two hours of the party's start. Emergency responders evaluated 200 people, treating 55 at the scene and sending 25 to hospitals, said Kimberly Neisler, fire chief of Maitland, Florida, a suburb of Orlando. ...

Prosecutors seek death in revenge plot killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:32

Eric Williams, left, talks with defense lawyer Maxwell Peck during the punishment phase of his capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Williams is accused in the Kaufman DA murder of Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia McLelland back in 2013. Jurors heard testimony Thursday as they decided whether 47-year-old Eric Williams should be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say the man convicted of capital murder in a revenge plot against a North Texas district attorney and others would remain a threat even if imprisoned for life.


Task force returns to Schuylkill River in search for Shane Montgomery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:31

Task force returns to Schuylkill River in search for Shane MontgomeryThe task force looking for West Chester University senior Shane Montgomery was back Thursday canvassing the banks of the Schuylkill River.


String of clues in burning death of Mississippi woman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:30

String of clues in burning death of Mississippi womanJessica Chambers was a regular at the rural convenience store gas station where Ali Fadhel worked, and the two often chatted. On Saturday, she came by in a dark-colored sweater and pajama pants that looked like sweatpants. She bought $14 worth of gas, more than the $5 or so she usually purchased, he said.


Major storm knocks out power, disrupts flights in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:28

A pedestrian crosses the idle California Street cable car line in San FranciscoBy Curtis Skinner and Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Pacific storm pummeled drought-parched northern and central California on Thursday with heavy rain and high winds, knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes, disrupting flights, washing out roads and prompting school closures in the Bay Area. Some 240 departing and incoming commercial flights were canceled at San Francisco International Airport by late morning, and others were delayed for more than two hours, airport managers said. ...


California father of missing family arrested after standoff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:17

Police and SWAT officers carry two boys to safety after an Amber Alert vehicle was stopped on a freeway exit ramp in Santee, CaliforniaBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A Los Angeles area father sought by police in the disappearance of his wife and four sons was arrested on Thursday after a tense standoff with police on a freeway overpass east of San Diego, and his sons were safely rescued, police said. California Highway Patrol spokesman Kevin Pearlstein said the four boys aged between 6 and 11 are now in police custody. "The kids are doing good - they're playing and talking with us," Pearlstein said. "Physically they are fine, the mental part takes time. ...


Some Atlantic City, N.J., casino tax liens fail to draw bidders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:02
By Daniel Kelley ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Reuters) - Tax collectors in Atlantic City, New Jersey, garnered bids for less than half of the tax liens on bankrupt casinos they had hoped to auction on Thursday, another blow to the city's already weak coffers. While a buyer snapped up about $22 million of tax debt associated with the Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza casinos, nobody bid on the lien for $32 million in unpaid taxes owed by the Revel Casino Hotel. The sale of the Trump liens, at least, gives Atlantic City an immediate cash infusion. ...

Man found guilty in killing of Philadelphia police officer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:02

Man found guilty in killing of Philadelphia police officerA man has been convicted of fatally shooting a Philadelphia police officer as the officer walked to a bus stop after an overnight shift.


Man pleads guilty to threatening Newtown residents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:01
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan man pleaded guilty Thursday to making threatening phone calls to Newtown residents in the days following the 2012 school shooting, a crime that Connecticut's top federal prosecutor said "compounded the collective suffering" of the town.

Man lost at sea for 12 days reconnects with son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 06:57

This undated photo provided by Zakary Ingraham, shows his father, Ron Ingraham. Ingraham, was found dehydrated and hungry Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, after being missing since Thanksgiving, when the Coast Guard picked up his first mayday call. (AP Photo/Zakary Ingraham)HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii fisherman who rode out massive waves and survived on raw fish while lost at sea for 12 days said the ordeal was worthwhile because it led to him reconnecting with the son he'd lost touch with for years.


Driver of car that jumped NYC curb is arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 06:52

Police stand guard at the scene of a vehicular accident on 34th Street, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in New York. Six people were hurt when the car jumped a curb in midtown Manhattan and struck a group of people around 10 p.m. A fire department spokesman says the injured were taken to Bellevue hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Police say the driver of a car that jumped a curb near the Empire State Building has been arrested on charges including driving under the influence. The driver and six other people, including five pedestrians, were injured.


Labor board OKs personal use of company e-mail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 06:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time.

Man says he stabbed police dog in self-defense

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 06:39
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man charged with killing a Pittsburgh police dog says he stabbed it in self-defense.

Spanish news to vanish from Google News globally

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 06:35

FILE - In this April 17, 2007 file photo, exhibitors work on laptop computers in front of an illuminated Google logo at the industrial fair Hannover Messe in Hanover, Germany. Google said Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 it will shut down its Google News service in Spain to prevent publishers' content from appearing on it — ahead of a new law requiring the Internet search company to pay Spanish news organizations for linked content or snippets of news. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)MADRID (AP) — Google is locking Spanish publishers out of its popular Google News service in response to a new Spanish law that imposes fees for linking to the headlines and news stories on other websites.


AP PHOTOS: Storm swamps parched California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 06:35

People use kayaks and a canoe to make their way around a flooded parking lot at a shopping center Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Healdsburg, Calif. A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Parched California got a heavy dosing of rain from a "Pineapple Express" storm, which flooded streets, knocked out power to tens of thousands and shuttered schools Thursday.