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Fired teacher asks judge to reject request to reject verdict

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:40
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese's request that a federal judge throw out a jury's verdict that it discriminated against a former teacher fired for trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization raises arguments already decided, the woman's lawyer said in a document filed Wednesday.

11 of 12 Pats footballs underinflated

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:37
Eleven of 12 footballs were inflated 2 pounds per square inch below what's required by NFL regulations during the Pats' 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, according to sources.

2 firefighters fired after homicide sparks ethics probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:25
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two state firefighters were fired Wednesday and another has resigned after an ethics investigation that stemmed from the killing of a battalion chief's girlfriend.

Graphic video shows deadly Bridgeton police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:15

Graphic video shows deadly Bridgeton police shootingNewly released video is shedding new light on exactly what led up to a deadly police-involved shooting in South Jersey.

No indication when court will rule in fatal border shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:08
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a Mexican 15-year-old boy across the border should be accountable in U.S. district court because all of his actions were in this country, an attorney for the boy's parents told judges Wednesday.

American Express to cut more than 4,000 jobs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:03

A sign for American Express hangs outside a New York business, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. American Express reports quarterly financial results after the market closes on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — American Express said Wednesday it plans to cut more than 4,000 jobs this year, about 6 percent of its total workforce.

Justice Department said ready to clear Ferguson officer: N.Y. Times

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:58
The U.S. Justice Department is about to close the investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and clear the white police officer involved of any civil rights charges, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The newspaper quoted law enforcement officials as saying that federal prosecutors had begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, after an FBI investigation found no evidence to support charges against him. The Justice Department declined comment. The agency is still conducting a probe into the Ferguson police force.

Questions and answers about oil and gas wastewater spills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:53
Nearly 3 million gallons of briny water generated by crude oil production has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline and reached two creeks, making it the biggest spill of this type of wastewater since the state's Bakken formation oil boom began in 2006.

Key issues and updates on the Keystone XL oil pipeline

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:51

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, trees dominate a field through which the Keystone XL pipeline is planned to run, near Bradshaw, Neb. Officials with TransCanada said Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, they've filed paperwork in nine counties to acquire access to land that's needed for the construction and operation of the pipeline. The route still faces challenges as opponents have filed lawsuits to try to prevent the Calgary, Alberta-based company from using eminent domain and to overturn the state law that allowed ex-Gov. Dave Heineman to approve the route. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — To build or not to build?

Scalia could be surprise vote in Supreme Court housing case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:44

FILE - This Aug. 30, 2014, photo shows the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs in Austin, Texas. The Obama administration may need the vote of a frequent conservative antagonist on the Supreme Court to preserve a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination. Justice Antonin Scalia on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, appeared at times to side with the administration and civil rights groups during arguments over the reach of the landmark Fair Housing Act of 1968, a case that otherwise seemed to split the court along ideological lines. Scalia seemed to agree with the court's four liberal justices that the law can be used to ban housing or lending practices without any proof of intent to discriminate. The court is considering a challenge from Texas officials to the use of so-called disparate impact lawsuits, which allege that even race-neutral lending or housing policies can have a harmful effect on minority groups.(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration may need the vote of a frequent conservative antagonist on the Supreme Court to preserve a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination.

Las Vegas strip killings suspect sentenced for bribing prison guard

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:43
A Nevada man serving time for rape and awaiting trial in a deadly shooting and fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip was sentenced on Wednesday to as much as five additional years behind bars for a prison bribery scheme, officials said. Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, imprisoned on a 2013 conviction for rape and robbery and charged with murder in the deaths of three people in the heart of Las Vegas the same year, pleaded guilty in October to bribery of a public officer. At a court hearing Wednesday, a judge ordered that his existing prison sentence for rape be extended by two to five years for bribery, a spokeswoman for the Nevada attorney general said. Law enforcement officials found a cell phone and other contraband in Harris' High Desert State Prison cell in 2014, items he obtained through payments to a guard, according to court documents.

Wreckage from crashed U.S. plane, two bodies found off Jamaica

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:42
By Horace Helps KINGSTON (Reuters) - Authorities have found wreckage from a private aircraft and the remains of two Americans three months after the plane triggered security alerts as it veered far off its course to Florida before crashing off Jamaica, officials said on Wednesday. Jamaica’s civil aviation officials said the bodies of the two people, believed to be New York state developer Larry Glazer and his wife, Jane, were recovered on Monday. The aircraft was lost at sea about 19 miles (30 km) off the coast of Port Antonio, Jamaica, last Sept. 5 after it ran out of fuel following mechanical problems. “The operation (to recover the aircraft) came to a close on Monday, January 19,” a statement from the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority and Maritime Authority of Jamaica said on Wednesday.

Time to 'turn the page' and help middle class, Obama to say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:41

The U.S. Capitol building is seen before President Barack Obama arrives to deliver his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will challenge a skeptical Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to back tax increases on the wealthy to help lift up middle-class Americans, saying in a State of the Union speech it is time to "turn the page" from recession and war. On foreign policy, Obama will call on lawmakers to pass a new authorization of military force against Islamic State militants to replace powers that were given to President George W. Bush to prosecute the Iraq war. Obama's appeal for a new force authorization for Washington's five-month campaign of air strikes in Iraq and Syria may be one of the few items he proposes on Tuesday that will gain congressional approval, as Republicans cast a dim view on his call for tax hikes. Obama will credit his "middle-class economics" for a surge in the U.S. economy and say it is time to "turn the page" from recession and war and to focus on growth for the middle class, according to excerpts of his 9 p.m. EST (0200 GMT Wednesday) televised speech released by the White House.

Wisconsin thieves nabbed after car falls through ice

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:37
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Two men are in hot water in northwest Wisconsin where they are accused of burglarizing ice shacks before the car they were driving on a frozen lake broke through the ice and sank, authorities said on Wednesday. Ryan VanPuymbrouck, 20, and Tyler Hale, 24, both of Solon Springs, Wisconsin, are accused of taking a television, liquor, an auger used for cutting holes through the ice and other items on Monday from shacks set up on the frozen Upper St. Croix Lake, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

Accelerant found in ruins of massive Los Angeles construction fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:36
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Investigators probing an arson fire that gutted a multi-story apartment complex under construction in Los Angeles have found accelerant in the ruins, and are still trying to identify suspects more than a month after the massive blaze, authorities said on Wednesday. Treading cautiously through the precarious structure, investigators shoveled 1,000 square feet (93 square meters) of debris by hand, said Carlos Canino, special agent in charge of the ATF Los Angeles office.

Attorneys seek new trial in German exchange student's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:33
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for a Montana man convicted of killing a German exchange student who had broken into his garage have filed a motion seeking a new trial or conviction on a lesser offense.

4 inmates leave hospital a week after Texas prison bus wreck

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:30
ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Four Texas prison inmates injured in a prison bus wreck near Odessa that killed 10 people have been discharged from a public hospital to prison medical facilities.

EBay to cut 2,400 jobs, spin off or sell enterprise unit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:27

This Jan. 14, 2015 photo shows an exterior view of eBay headquarters in San Jose, Calif. EBay reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NEW YORK (AP) — EBay plans to cut 2,400 jobs, or 7 percent of its staff, in the first quarter to simplify its structure and boost profit ahead of a planned separation of its business.

ESPN sues Notre Dame over police records involving athletes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:27
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — ESPN has filed a lawsuit against University of Notre Dame, alleging the school is violating Indiana's public record laws by withholding police incident reports about possible campus crimes involving certain student-athletes.

Two bodies recovered from Maryland waterfront mansion fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:26
By John Clarke ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Reuters) - Two bodies were recovered on Wednesday from the charred remains of a Maryland home after a massive blaze ripped through the waterfront mansion on Monday and left six members of a family missing, fire officials said.  Cadaver dogs helped searchers locate the two bodies, which have not been identified, according to Anne Arundel Fire Department spokesman Russ Davies.Two adults and four children have been missing since the fire destroyed the Annapolis home. They are believed to be Lexi and Katie Boone, their cousins Wes and Charlotte Boone and their grandparents Don and Sandra Pyle, according to local media. The mother of Lexi and Katie Boone wrote on Facebook that the fire has been "one big nightmare that I can't wake up from." "I never knew that I could hurt this badly," Stacey Boone wrote.