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Judge won't delay Colorado theater shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:50
DENVER (AP) — The judge overseeing the Colorado theater shooting case has refused to delay the trial despite defense attorneys' request for more time to review massive amounts of evidence.

Feds target members of 'Hazard' gang in Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:49

A poster showing the crossed-out faces of those arrested, and of a few who weren't, is seen at a news conference after law enforcement officers raided homes on the east side of Los Angeles, searching for Big Hazard gang members with ties to the Mexican Mafia who have been indicted on federal racketeering charges, in Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The indictment named 38 suspected members of the Big Hazard gang who are accused of crimes ranging from drug dealing to robbery to murder. The raids led by the FBI and Los Angeles police nabbed 28 of those named in the indictment, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than two dozen suspected members of a gang that terrorized a housing project for a half century and controlled drug dealing in an East Los Angeles neighborhood were arrested Wednesday on charges related to a federal racketeering indictment.


U.S. Navy laser weapon performing beyond expectations: official

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:31
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A laser weapon deployed aboard the USS Ponce in the Gulf has performed beyond expectations in four months of operational testing, the chief of Navy research said on Wednesday, lifting hopes for a new U.S. defense against cheap anti-ship arms. Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, head of the Office of Naval Research, said the $40 million laser weapon was fully integrated into systems aboard the USS Ponce at the end of the summer for a year of testing. ...

People working to change the face of the tech industry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:24

In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, visits Kacie Gonzalez, vice president of business development, center, and Nick Norena, both with the company Shoto, at the Workshop Cafe in San Francisco. Now that Jackson and, his group, Rainbow Push, have gotten the technology industry’s biggest companies to confront an embarrassing shortage of women, African-Americans and Hispanics on their payrolls, he is stepping up the pressure to come up with solutions at workshop to be held Wednesday in Silicon Valley. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Despite all their wealth and brainpower, technology companies realize they need help identifying and recruiting more women, blacks and Latinos who can write computer code, design websites and build mobile applications.


Corps: US falling behind on waterway levees, dams

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:17
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The nation is falling behind on maintaining its aging levees, dams, ports and harbors and needs to get creative as it seeks ways to pay for the critical projects, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' commander general said Wednesday.

Teamsters pull ballot at FedEx Freight facility in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:10
By Nick Carey CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Teamsters withdrew a planned ballot at a Pennsylvania facility of FedEx Corp's trucking unit, in a further blow to efforts to unionize workers at FedEx Freight. "We believe in our drivers and appreciate all they do for the company," Mike Ducker, incoming president and chief executive of FedEx Freight, said in a statement. "We are pleased with the recent results and look forward to a bright future together." The pulling of the ballot at FedEx Freight's Pocono Summit facility marks the second such withdrawal in the past week. ...

Burning death inquiry eyes woman's last hours

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:02

This undated photograph released by the families of Jessica Chambers and her sister Amanda Prince, shows Jessica Chambers taken in Courtland, Miss. Mississippi authorities have launched a homicide investigation into the death of the 19-year-old woman who was found badly burned on a road near her car that was on fire in Panola County, Miss. Chambers was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, said Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby. (AP Photo/Chambers-Prince Families)COURTLAND, Miss. (AP) — Surveillance video shows a woman at a convenience store gas station less than two hours before she was found badly burned along the side of a Mississippi road.


Is rider safety the real Achilles heel for Uber and Lyft?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:56

FILE - This Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 file photo taken in Newark, N.J., shows smartphones displaying Uber car availability in New York. With assault cases against their drivers in India and Chicago this week, popular ride-hailing app Uber is in for yet another public relations ordeal that follows ongoing criticisms about its corporate ethics and culture. And yet, neither government nor the taxi industry has regulators been able to curb the company’s meteoric growth, one that has spurred an entire industry. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The growth of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft so far has not been hindered by limits from government regulators and campaigns by taxi cab competitors. A bigger threat to the new industry's impressive start could come from customers — if enough people stop using the services over fears that drivers aren't safe.


Prosecutor criticizes judge in Madoff worker case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:50
NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor lashed out Wednesday at a judge sentencing former employees of imprisoned financial swindler Bernard Madoff this week, saying her leniency would be cited by defendants in future cases as good reason to limit their own exposure to prison.

Holdout creditor in Stockton bankruptcy denied higher claim

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:49
By Robin Respaut (Reuters) - The judge in the bankruptcy case for the city of Stockton, California, denied a motion by a holdout creditor that would slightly increase the amount it would receive on its claim. Attorneys for Franklin Templeton Investments had filed a motion for a stay pending appeal of a ruling by the judge in October that confirmed the city's plan to exit Chapter 9 protection. In the city's plan, Franklin would receive just over $4 million of the $36 million it said it is owed. ...

Oklahoma judge grills district over bringing football dispute to court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:47
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma district judge quizzed school district lawyers on Wednesday over why they asked the court to decide the outcome of a disputed high school football playoff game, saying he will soon decide if a judicial remedy is in order. Oklahoma District Judge Bernard Jones said he would postpone making any decision until Thursday, after he questioned the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association and Oklahoma City Public Schools for hours on Wednesday. ...

Deal to allow multiemployer pension benefits cuts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retirees covered by financially troubled multiemployer pensions could soon see their benefits cut under a congressional spending deal to keep the government running.

California braces for high winds, heavy surf ahead of storm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:18
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A major winter storm moved across the Pacific Ocean into Northern California on Wednesday and was expected to pummel the state with torrential rainfall, high winds and dangerous heavy surf over the next few days, the National Weather Service said. Authorities issued flood warnings, high surf and wind advisories ahead of the storm and said they feared that predicted heavy showers could cause mudslides in wildfire scarred foothills across the state. ...

Bill Cosby sued for defamation by sexual assault accuser

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:16

Bill Cosby Hit With Defamation Lawsuit Over Sexual Assault DenialsBy Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby was sued for defamation on Wednesday in Massachusetts by a sexual assault accuser who said he branded her a liar in public statements made through his representatives denying her allegations of abuse. The eight-page complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, is at least the third lawsuit arising from a wave of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against Cosby by more than a dozen women during the past several years. ...


Delaware State Police: 44 charged drug case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:15

 44 charged drug caseDelaware law enforcement officials say a multi-agency investigation in New Castle County has resulted in the arrests or indictments of 44 people on drugs and weapons charges.


Comcast admits to customer billing mistakes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:14

Comcast admits to customer billing mistakesComcast customers - check your bills. The cable giant is admitting it made a mistake and erroneously charged some of its customers an unintended fee.


SKorea to take over search after fishing disaster

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:10

Rear Adm. Dan Abel, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska, speaks with reporters on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska, about the agency response to a South Korean fishing vessel that sank in the western Bering Sea. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — South Korean officials are expected to take over on-scene control of search efforts following the deadly sinking of a fishing vessel in the western Bering Sea last month.


Drexel University student sexually assaulted off-campus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:07

Drexel University student sexually assaulted off-campusDrexel University says a student was sexually assaulted off-campus early Wednesday morning.a


For CIA, fallout from Senate report looks far from over

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:06

Senate Intelligence Committee chair Senator Dianne Feinstein talks to reporters after coming out of the Senate in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As outcry grows over its now-defunct brutal interrogation program, America's spy agency appears caught in the crossfire of debate over its methods in the ongoing U.S. battle against Islamic militants and whether it has changed its ways. Inside the Central Intelligence Agency, intelligence officials expressed resentment over what they said was the unfairness of a Senate Intelligence Committee report released on Tuesday that harshly criticized the spy agency's detention and questioning of militant suspects. ...


2 students charged after stabbing at Drexel University

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:05

2 students charged after stabbing at Drexel UniversityOne student has been released from the hospital and two others have been charged following a fight on the campus of Drexel University.