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As Israelis vote, Netanyahu rules out Palestinian state

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 19:07

As Israelis vote, Netanyahu rules out Palestinian stateIsraelis were voting in parliament elections Tuesday after a heated three-month campaign that focused on economic issues but ended with a dramatic last-minute pledge by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Missouri set to execute brain-damaged man who killed deputy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 19:05
(Reuters) - Missouri is set to execute the convicted killer of a sheriff's deputy on Tuesday over objections from his lawyers who say a sawmill accident decades ago cost him part of his brain and made him ineligible for the death penalty. Cecil Clayton, 74, of southwest Missouri, is scheduled to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. CDT at a Missouri state prison. He would be the second inmate executed in Missouri this year and the 10th in the country. He shot Barry County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Castetter in the head while the officer was in his patrol car.

Runner, 16, collapses at practice, dies after heart attacks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 18:58
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say a high school sophomore has collapsed at track practice and died after suffering back-to-back heart attacks.

Prosecutors: Starving pet dog ate wood, plastic before death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 18:10
WESTBURY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man is accused of causing the death of his dog, which was so hungry it ate wood and plastic and so cold its temperature didn't register on a thermometer.

Man critical after shooting in Feltonville

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 17:44

Man critical after shooting in FeltonvillePolice say a man is in extremely critical condition after a shooting in Philadelphia's Feltonville section early Tuesday morning.

United Airlines flight returns to Dulles after disturbance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 17:40

United Airlines flight returns to Dulles after disturbanceA United Airlines spokesman says a flight headed from Washington, D.C., to Denver had to return to Dulles International Airport after a passenger failed to comply with crew instructions.

Woman, 25, stabbed in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:58

Woman, 25, stabbed in FrankfordPolice say a 25-year-old woman was stabbed in the Frankford section of Philadelphia early Tuesday morning.

Alabama federal judge declines to lift gay marriage order

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:49

A protester waving a bible walks past in the background as two women named Donna and Tina get married in a park outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham(Reuters) - The battle over gay marriage in Alabama heightened on Monday when a federal judge refused to stay her order to a county judge that he start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade said in a five-page order that Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis must comply with her previous ruling, which found the state's gay marriage ban to be unconstitutional. Alabama's all-Republican Supreme Court had contravened that ruling earlier this month.

NJ Gov. Christie's tax breaks reward political insiders

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:27

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014, file photo, Camden Mayor Dana Redd, center, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greet people at a gathering in Camden, N.J. Under Christie, New Jersey has paid more than $2 billion in state tax breaks since 2014, often to corporations with notable political connections and at least one developer who already owed millions of dollars in unpaid state loans, an Associated Press review found. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Under Republican Gov. Chris Christie, New Jersey has authorized more than $2 billion in economic development tax breaks since 2014, often to corporations with notable political connections. One grant went to a developer who owes millions of dollars on an unpaid state loan, an Associated Press review found.

Media turns detective with 'The Jinx,' other murder cases

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:16

In this Aug. 15, 2014 file photo, New York City real estate heir Robert Durst leaves a Houston courtroom. Durst was arrested in New Orleans on an extradition warrant to Los Angeles on Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Durst was a rich man living free despite police efforts to link him to murder. Adnan Syed was a young man imprisoned for life for killing an ex-girlfriend.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:01
"This is a very devastating cyclone in Vanuatu. I term it as a monster, a monster. It's a setback for the government and for the people of Vanuatu. After all the development that has taken place, all this development has been wiped out." — Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale on Cyclone Pam which destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the buildings in the capital alone.

GOP 2016 hopefuls Graham, Pataki to speak at breakfast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:49
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Former New York Gov. George Pataki and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham will speak before hundreds of business leaders at Nashua's annual Wild Irish Breakfast in return trips to New Hampshire as they both consider presidential bids.

NYC tour bus firms agree to $7.5 million anti-trust settlement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:33
Two New York City tour bus companies have agreed to pay $7.5 million and forfeit about 50 stops, including highly prized locations in Manhattan, to settle an anti-trust lawsuit brought by state and federal prosecutors, officials said on Monday. Coach USA Inc, City Sights LLC and their joint venture, Twin America LLC, which was created by the two former rivals in 2009, were accused of monopolizing the market, the U.S. Justice Department and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. "The largest operators of New York City's iconic double-decker tour buses were able to raise prices and deprive city visitors of the benefits of a free and fair market," Schneiderman said in the statement. Coach USA and City Sights both run open-topped, double-decker buses that ferry tourists around the city, but will have to give up stops at Times Square, the Empire State Building and elsewhere under the settlement, the statement said.

Twenty-four hour Missouri standoff ends, police find three dead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:12
(Reuters) - A 24-hour standoff at a Missouri apartment complex ended on Monday evening, when police broke into the home and found the dead bodies of a man and two of his children, officials said. The Springfield Police Department said in a statement that officers breached the apartment door and found 51-year-old William Williams, who appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the bodies of his daughter and son, aged 2 and 4-years-old. A police spokeswoman could not be immediately reached to provide details.

Detroit nonprofit hires homeless to make coats/sleeping bags

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 13:23

In a Tuesday, March 3, 2015 photo, Veronika Scott of The Empowerment Plan Detroit, helps Todd Frank test wear one of her sleeping bag coats she designed, in Pontiac, Mich. Scott, a former design student is trying to help the homeless population in two distinct ways by employing and training homeless women to manufacture a garment that serves as both a coat and a sleeping bag. The coats then are distributed back to homeless people at no cost to them. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Veronika Scott simply wanted to get an "A'' on her product design project. And she did — with an idea that has changed her life and those of countless others. Now, the coat she created that can transform into a sleeping bag is providing warmth to homeless people and jobs for many who used to be so themselves.

Family of mentally ill black man killed by Dallas police release video: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 13:20
(Reuters) - The family of a mentally ill African-American man who was shot dead by Dallas police last summer has released footage from an officer's body camera that recorded the incident, the Dallas Morning News reported on Monday. The footage, released by the family of 38-year-old Jason Harrison and their attorney Geoff Henley and published by the Morning News, shows officers responding to the home of Harrison's mother the morning of June 14, 2014. Harrison's mother had called for help to take him to a local hospital as he was in a mental crisis, suffering from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, the Morning News reported. Dallas Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Jose Garcia said the case was forwarded to the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, the Morning News reported, adding that an attorney for the officers said they feared for their lives.

2 police officers injured in gunfire in Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:45
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police questioned three people and more suspects were being sought Monday after a shooting that left two officers with minor injuries in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

Removing U.S. oil ban would create jobs beyond drilling: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:09

Mody Torres and Josh Anderson of Select Energy Services connect hoses between a pipeline and water tanks at a Hess fracking site near WillistonLifting a 40-year-old U.S. ban on crude exports would create a wide range of jobs in the oil drilling supply chain and broader economy even in states that produce little or no oil, according to a report released on Tuesday. Only 10 percent of the jobs would be created in actual oil production, while 30 percent would come from the supply chain, and 60 percent would come from the broader economy, the report said. The supply chain jobs would be created in industries that support drilling, such as oil field trucks, construction, information technology and rail. "The jobs story extends across the supply chain, right across the United States," said Daniel Yergin, a vice chairman at IHS and an oil historian.

Police describe battling marathon bombers in escape attempt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:03

In this April 20, 2013 file photo, investigators work near the boat in Watertown, Mass., where the previous night police captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, after a car chase and gun battle earlier in the day left his older brother dead. The prosecution presented as evidence Tuesday, March 10, 2015, during Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial, photos of the handwritten note found inside the boat where he was captured four days after the bombings. (AP Photo/Katie Zezima, File)BOSTON (AP) — Three police officers on Monday described an onslaught of gunfire and bombs thrown during a violent confrontation with the Boston Marathon bombers days after the deadly attack and one suspect's furious escape in a stolen car that ended with him dragging his brother's body through the street.

Durst heir faces murder charge after documentary broadcast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:53

File photo of real estate heir Durst appears in a criminal courtroom for his trial on charges of trespassing on property owned by his estranged family, in New YorkNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Robert Durst couldn't explain away similarities between his handwriting and a letter he said "only the killer could have written" that alerted police to his friend's shooting 15 years ago.