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Chief: Not clear how officer was hurt when teen was killed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:35

Denver Police Department Chief Robert White responds to questions during a news conference in Denver, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, about the death of a 17-year-old woman who was killed after she allegedly hit and injured a Denver Police Department officer while driving a stolen vehicle early Monday in a northeast Denver alley. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — A Denver police officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old girl may have been injured trying to get out of the way of a stolen car the teenager was driving, the police chief said Thursday.


Wrongfully convicted Connecticut man awarded $6 million compensation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:24
By Richard Weizel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Connecticut man who spent 21 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of rape and murder was awarded $6 million on Thursday in the first such payout by the state. Kenneth Ireland, who was found guilty at age 18 of raping and murdering a woman, was released in 2009 after DNA tests exonerated him. The tests led instead to the conviction of Kevin Benefield, who had known the victim, Barbara Pelkey. Benefield was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Investors crave Shake Shack: IPO prices above expected range

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:23

FILE - In this May 21, 2014, file photo, pedestrians walk by a Shake Shack in New York's theater district. Hamburger chain Shake Shack Inc. has priced its initial public stock offering at $21 per share, above its proposed range of $17 to $19 per share. (AP Photo/Mark Kennedy, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Investors apparently have a craving for a better burger.


Some doctors won't see patients with anti-vaccine views

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:20

Pediatrician Charles Goodman vaccinates 1 year- old Cameron Fierro with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, or MMR vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Some doctors are adamant about not accepting patients who don't believe in vaccinations, with some saying they don't want to be responsible for someone's death from an illness that was preventable. Others warn that refusing treatment to such people will just send them into the arms of quacks. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated.


Connecticut man wrongly jailed for 21 years gets $6M award

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:16
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 21 years for the rape and killing of a mother of four was awarded $6 million Thursday from the state of Connecticut.

Convicted drug dealer charged with murder of movie executive

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:12

FILE - This file photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows missing 20th Century Fox executive Gavin Smith who was last seen May 1, 2012. A convicted drug dealer was charged Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, with the murder of Smith, who mysteriously disappeared more than two years ago and whose remains were found in a northern Los Angeles County desert area in October. John Lenzie Creech, 42, was charged with 57-year-old Smith's death, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. (AP Photo/Los Angeles County Sheriffís Department, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A convicted drug dealer was charged Thursday with the murder of a 20th Century Fox executive, who mysteriously disappeared more than two years ago and whose remains were found in a northern Los Angeles County desert area in October.


Lawyers snipe as jury selection resumes in Tsarnaev trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:07

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The process of finding "death qualified" jurors has slowed down jury selection in federal case against Tsarnaev, who is charged with setting off two bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 during the 2013 marathon. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — As jury selection resumed Thursday in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a prosecutor accused one of Tsarnaev's lawyers of trying to "encourage" a hung jury.


Protesters set up sleep pods for homeless at Tucson park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:03
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A White House Cabinet member visited Tucson on Thursday for an event to tally the homeless as the city deals with a legal battle over an encampment in the middle of downtown.

Baby goat beheaded; another goat taken from New Orleans park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:53
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A baby goat was beheaded and its twin was taken from a park where they had been in a pen, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Thursday.

Small aircraft lands on New Jersey highway; no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:51
WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A single-engine airplane has landed on a highway in northern New Jersey, but there are no reports of injuries.

Land commissioner halts huge renewable energy project

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:42
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has put the brakes on a $2 billion transmission project that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West.

New York couple sentenced to prison after woman held in apartment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:41
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York couple who faced life imprisonment on charges of holding a paralyzed woman captive for over a year received sentences on Thursday of more than a decade in prison in a plea deal with prosecutors. Maureen Murray, now 61, was discovered by police in 2012 with broken bones and severe malnourishment, huddled on the floor of a bare apartment room in the city's Queens borough, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Murray had been lured in 2011 by her former neighbor Mae Washington, 65, to rent an apartment together in order to save money. Washington and Donovan faced 11 charges including kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.

NASA astronaut memorial stirs memories for shuttle veteran

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:38

FILE - This undated file photo provided by NASA shows astronaut Ronald E. McNair. McNair was one of seven crew members aboard the space shuttle Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986, when the vehicle exploded shortly after liftoff at the Kennedy Space Center. All seven members of the crew onboard perished. (AP Photo/NASA, File)HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Each year around this time, NASA honors fallen astronauts, including the 17 men and women killed in three separate wintertime accidents in the sky and on the earth.


Administration to seek $1 billion for tribal schools

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it will ask Congress for $1 billion next year to run schools for Native American children — including millions in new money to help fix crumbling buildings.

Kim Kardashian, other celebrities appear in Super Bowl ads

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:31

This image provided by Kia shows a portion of the company's television ad featuring Pierce Brosnan, scheduled to run during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kia)NEW YORK (AP) — Along with puppies and babies, celebrities are a Super Bowl advertising staple. And this year is no exception.


Slain Massachusetts teacher had 16 stab wounds to neck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:28
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts state trooper wiped his eyes while testifying about 16 stab wounds to the neck of a slain math teacher that were allegedly inflicted by a student.

House Dems seek better messaging, not new policies, for 2016

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:23

House Dems seek better messaging, not new policies, for 2016Better messaging, not changes in policy, is the key to winning elections again, House Democrats said as they huddled in Philadelphia to talk strategy. The message, they said, must focus relentlessly on middle class paychecks.


Dartmouth bans hard liquor, takes steps to prevent rape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:23

Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon speaks to faculty and students about changes planned for the Ivy League school Thursday Jan. 29, 2015 in Hanover, N.H. Dartmouth College banned hard liquor on campus Thursday and said all students will have to take part in a sexual violence prevention program all four years they're enrolled at the Ivy League school. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College banned hard liquor on campus Thursday and said all students will have to take part in a sexual violence prevention program all four years they are at the Ivy League school.


U.S. funding impasse blocks Secret Service hires: Homeland Security chief

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:20

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Johnson listens to a question from a Republican member of Congress as he defends Obama's executive action on immigration at Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Doina Chiacu and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service cannot hire new agents for the next presidential election or make improvements at the agency until Congress settles a dispute over funding, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Thursday. Johnson said in a speech in Washington that uncertainty over the budget for the Department of Homeland Security, which secures U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters and protects the president, had put security initiatives on hold. These included recommendations made in December by a review panel on the Secret Service, which has been plagued with a series of security lapses, among them a White House intruder and a drone that landed on the mansion's lawn early Monday. Secret Service protection extends to major presidential and vice presidential candidates and their spouses within four months of a presidential election.


Amazon's big spending pays off in 4th quarter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:19

In this Dec. 1, 2014 photo, Teresa Clark fills an order at the Amazon fulfillment center in Lebanon, Tenn. Shares of Amazon.com jumped over 8 percent in aftermarket trading after the e-commerce giant beat quarterly profit expectations by a mile, the company announced, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NEW YORK (AP) — It was a Prime quarter for Amazon.