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Owner of closed California sushi spot pleads guilty to selling whale meat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:29
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The owner of a shuttered Los Angeles-area sushi restaurant has pleaded guilty to allowing meat from the endangered sei whale to be served at the upscale establishment, in a case that outraged animal rights activists, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. Brian Vidor pleaded guilty in federal court in California on Monday to one count of illegally selling whale meat at his Santa Monica restaurant, The Hump, according to assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Mitchell. ...

Attorney: Stabbing suspect, 12, not fit for trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:25

One of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man is led into a courtroom at the Waukesha County Courthouse in Waukesha, Wis. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Her attorney challenged a doctor's report that said she was competent to stand trial. A competency hearing was scheduled for Dec. 18, the same day as a competency hearing for the other girl accused in the case. (AP Photo/Waukesha Freeman, Charles Auer, Pool)WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for one of two girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man said Tuesday that her mental state has not improved and he will challenge a state doctor's determination that she is fit to stand trial.

Bundle up: It's freezing or below in all 50 states

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:16

CORRECTS DATE Few people were on Dania Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 as a cold front moved into the southern part of the state. While that pre-winter cold weather system broke temperature records and dumped up to foot and a half of snow in the northern part of the country, over night temperatures will drop in the mid 50's, with strong winds and rain. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)NEW YORK (AP) — Baby, it's cold outside, no matter what part of the United States you're in.

Hasbro helps kids with disabilities learn to play

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:14
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Toymakers at Hasbro don't want Mr. Potato Head to end up at the bottom of toy boxes, simply because children with developmental disabilities don't know how to play with him.

Marijuana poisoning incidents spike in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:10
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Marijuana exposure incidents, or 'pot poisonings,' have spiked in Washington state, especially among teenagers, in a trend experts said on Tuesday appears to be linked to the state's largely unregulated medical marijuana industry. Marijuana exposures are defined as any situation where an adult or child suffers an adverse reaction to the consumption of marijuana, such as increased heart rate, paranoia or stomach illness, according to the Washington Poison Center. ...

U.S. aviation safety board says FAA can enforce rules on drones

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:09

Camera drone flown by cameraman near the scene of building explosion in the East Harlem section in New York CityBy Alwyn Scott SEATTLE (Reuters) - The U.S. aviation safety board ruled on Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration has the authority to apply to unmanned aircraft its longstanding regulations against "reckless or careless use" of manned aircraft. As a result of the decision, which was the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) first involving an FAA fine against a drone, the case will be sent back to an administrative law judge to determine whether the flight in question was "careless or reckless. ...

Pedestrian who got lodged in car's windshield dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:07
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A pedestrian who was struck by a car in southern New Jersey and then became lodged in the vehicle's windshield has died.

Shubert Organization buys off-Broadway complex

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:04
NEW YORK (AP) — The Shubert Organization, Broadway's largest landlord, has extended its off-Broadway reach by buying the lease for the five-theater complex New World Stages.

Connecticut jury awards $638K in disabled S&M case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:01
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A jury has awarded about $638,000 to a woman who sued a man she said had a sadomasochistic sexual relationship with her adult daughter in a case that led to a state Supreme Court ruling on whether mentally ill people can consent to sex.

Boy pleads guilty in Michigan school gun case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:00
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy accused of bringing a loaded gun to school in northern Michigan has pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon.

US soldier charged with killing comrade overseas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:57

This undated photo released by the U.S. Army, shows Spc. Adrian M. Perkins of Pine Valley, Calif., at an unknown location. A Fort Carson soldier has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Perkins while both were deployed in Jordan in May, the Army said Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Spc. Jeffery T. Page, 23, of Perrysburg, Ohio, has been accused of killing Perkins with an M4 rifle on May 15, at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, charging documents said. Both soldiers were infantrymen in the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson, outside Colorado Springs. A hearing is scheduled at the post Wednesday, Nov. 19, to determine whether there's enough evidence for a court-martial. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — A Fort Carson soldier has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old comrade while both were deployed in Jordan in May, the Army said Tuesday.

Police in Puerto Rico investigate murder of military family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:50
SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Police in Puerto Rico are investigating the execution-style murders of a retired U.S. Army officer and three members of his family during a Monday night attack on their gated suburban community home, officials said. A suspect was in custody and police said the killings may have been in reprisal for an attempt to evict tenants from a rental home the family owned. Police identified the victims as Miguel Ortiz Díaz, 66, his wife Carmita Uceda Ciriaco, 45, his mother-in-law Clementina Ciriaco López, and his 15-year-old son Miguel Ortiz Uceda. ...

Texas aims to extend border protection surge with Mexico through August

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:48
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas plans to spend nearly $90 million to extend through August 2015 a show of force along its border with Mexico that includes the deployment of up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops, officials said on Tuesday. Governor Rick Perry, a Republican who is making the move due to what Texas sees as a lack of federal action, has requested $86.1 million in spending from Dec. 1 through August for the deployment, which has been criticized by Democrats in the state as wasteful and the Mexican government has called irresponsible. ...

FBI tracking 150 Americans who traveled to Syria, perhaps to fight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:46
BOSTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigations is tracking close to 150 Americans it believes traveled to Syria in recent months, potentially to join armed groups, FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday. He said Americans fighting with foreign jihadist groups are a top concern for the FBI because of the possibility they could return to the United States with the training, expertise and connections required to launch an attack on home soil. "We have tracked coming up on close to 150 people who traveled from the United States to Syria, for all manner of motivations. ...

Identity thieves used college student accounts to defraud IRS: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:45
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. law-enforcement officials on Tuesday arrested 17 people accused of trying to collect almost $2 million in bogus tax refunds using college student accounts, the latest identity scam to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. Identity thieves in South Florida, the top U.S. target for such criminals, used the students' financial accounts to receive the fraudulently obtained tax refunds, according to federal prosecutors. ...

New Mexico man shoots himself after being evicted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:43
(Reuters) - A New Mexico man shot himself in the chest after being evicted from his home by police, authorities said on Tuesday. The San Juan Sheriff's Office said one of its deputies visited the house in Farmington on Monday and told the 59-year-old occupant he was the subject of a court-ordered eviction. The man agreed to gather his belongings and vacate the premises voluntarily, the sheriff's office added. "As the deputy waited outside, the man exited the house looking very pale," it said in a statement. "He asked the deputy to take him to the hospital because he had just shot himself. ...

Indiana releases details on unidentified serial murder victim

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:39
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - She was in her 30s or 40s, likely Hispanic, 5-feet 6-inches tall and has healed fractures in her nose. That is all authorities know about the woman believed to be a serial killer victim, whose skeletal remains were found a month ago in Gary, Indiana. The Lake County coroner in northwestern Indiana released the scant details on Tuesday, hoping the information will lead to the identification of one of seven victims of Darren Vann, who has been charged so far in two murders. ...

Woman dead after SUV plunges into Schuylkill River

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:36

Woman dead after SUV plunges into Schuylkill RiverA woman is dead after her SUV plunged into the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Lawyer: Tracy Morgan battling severe brain injury

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:35

FILE - In this April 9, 2014 file photo, actor Tracy Morgan attends the FX Networks Upfront premiere screening of "Fargo" at the SVA Theater in New York. Morgan’s lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a fatal auto accident in New Jersey last summer is headed to court. Attorneys are due to meet in federal court in Trenton, NJ., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, for a scheduling conference. A Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limo van that was carrying Morgan and several friends on the New Jersey Turnpike back from a show in Delaware. James McNair, a friend of Morgan’s, was killed. Morgan suffered a broken leg and broken ribs and three others were injured. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's uncertain if he will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said Tuesday.

Another guilty plea in Main Line drug ring case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:23

Another guilty plea in Main Line drug ring caseA second prep school graduate has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in a ring selling drugs to high school and college students.