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Man struck and killed in Christiana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:54

Man struck and killed in Newark, Del.Police say a man in his 30s was struck and killed in Christiana, Delaware.


Chicago plans app so taxis can compete with Uber, ridesharing services

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:51
By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago opened a new front in the war on ridesharing services like Uber on Wednesday, approving a plan to sponsor an app for riders to hail local cabs. The measure was part of a package including financial supports for taxis, such as fee breaks, passed by the city council on Wednesday. A union that has expanded into cab drivers and organized Chicago this year pushed hard for the package, which had the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. ...

Man shot in the arm in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:51

Man shot in the arm in West PhiladelphiaPolice say someone opened fire in West Philadelphia striking a man in the arm.


Prosecutor: Wife killed in bondage, suburbia clash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:41
DETROIT (AP) — A former Rotary Club president arranged to have his wife killed because his marriage was colliding with his desire to indulge in bondage and masochism with other women, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday at the conclusion of a long trial that revealed a secret life in suburban Detroit.

Son to reunite with dad found after 12 days at sea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:39

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Cmdr. John Barsano, welcomes Ron Ingraham aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) after rescuing him on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 near Hawaii. Ingraham, 67, was found dehydrated and hungry after going missing on Thanksgiving, when the Coast Guard picked up his mayday call saying his boat was in danger of sinking. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)HONOLULU (AP) — The estranged son of a 67-year-old Hawaii fisherman rescued after 12 days at sea says the ordeal has motivated him to reunite with the man after not speaking to him since the 1990s.


4 found dead in Connecticut house fire; 5 escape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:26

Firefighters control a house fire where fire officials said four people were reportedly unaccounted for, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Enfield, Conn., about 20 miles northeast of Hartford. (AP Photo/Journal Inquirer, Jessica Hill) MANDATORY CREDIENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Four bodies were found inside a two-family Connecticut house Wednesday, where four people had gone unaccounted for earlier following a morning fire, officials said.


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:09

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2009 file photo, a customer looks at the menu at McDonald's drive-thru in Williamsville, N.Y. McDonald's is planning to trim its menu, review its cooking methods and maybe even get rid of some of the ingredients it uses to change perceptions that it serves junk food, CEO Don Thompson said Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Los Angeles approves ads aimed at shaming men who hire underage prostitutes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:08
By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Men caught buying sex from underage prostitutes could soon find their faces plastered on billboards in Southern California under a proposed ordinance in the nation's most populous county. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a "john-shaming" publicity campaign on Tuesday, sending the measure to lawyers to study and return within 45 days to determine at what point in the legal process such photos can be posted and whether there would be any risk of lawsuits. ...

Missouri university branch freezes hiring, cites Ferguson unrest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:03
(Reuters) - The University of Missouri-St. Louis has frozen hiring due to smaller-than-expected student enrollment that followed unrest in nearby Ferguson over the police shooting of an unarmed teenager, the school's chancellor said on Wednesday. Chancellor Thomas George said in an email to faculty and staff the university faces a $2 million deficit in the coming months, although he added that some factors other than the unrest have contributed to the shortfall. ...

Oregon, needing funds for education, offers to sell forest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:03
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Want to buy a forest? Oregon is preparing to sell off 92,000 acres (37,200 hectares) of coastal woodlands, in a move to distance itself from environmentally questionable timber sales that have long provided revenue to the state's public schools. Officials expect a sale price between $300 million and $700 million – a big range that reflects uncertainty about the extent of logging restrictions in the Elliott State Forest, an Oregon Department of State Lands spokeswoman said on Wednesday. ...

Pot backers oppose U.S. bill banning legal marijuana in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:50

District of Columbia Congressional delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton speaks to low wage U.S. federal contract workers at a strike rally in WashingtonBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marijuana advocates on Wednesday urged Congress not to use a spending bill to overturn a local referendum that overwhelmingly backed legalizing pot in the District of Columbia. A $1.1 trillion spending bill negotiated by lawmakers on Tuesday barred the U.S. capital from using funds to implement Initiative 71, which legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in Washington. Voters easily approved the measure last month but Congress has the power to restrict D.C. municipal spending. ...


Alabama woman found guilty in child sex ring: reports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:49
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - An Alabama woman was convicted on Wednesday for her role in what prosecutors say was an incestuous child sex abuse ring, according to local media reports. Wendy Wood Holland, 35, is among 11 people - eight of them related - arrested as part of a group of family and friends who groomed and then shared children for sex, the Alabama Media Group reported. It is not clear how many children were victimized. ...

Northern California police chief joins peaceful protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:39
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California police chief noted for his community policing efforts raised a few eyebrows when he joined a peaceful protest, holding a sign with the popular Twitter hashtag of "blacklivesmatter."

Delaware State Police: 44 charged in drug case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:25

 44 charged in 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.


Woman sexually assaulted in bushes in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:25

Woman sexually assaulted in bushes in West PhiladelphiaPolice are issuing a warning after a woman was sexually assaulted in West Philadelphia


Judge in Colorado cinema massacre case won't delay trial again

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:19

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A judge overseeing the Colorado movie theater massacre case said on Wednesday he will not delay the trial of gunman James Holmes again, rejecting a request by the defense for more time to study the results of a second court-ordered sanity exam. Jury selection in the trial of Holmes, 26, is due to start next month, and Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour has previously told lawyers for both sides to be ready to present their opening statements in late May or early June. ...


Podcast changes public perception of murder case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:12

Shamim Syed, whose son Adnan was convicted for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend and whose case is being revived in a wildly popular podcast, poses for a photograph in her home, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Baltimore. A Maryland appeals court recently showed interest in the case and will hold a hearing in January weighing arguments that the man had ineffective counsel. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Like more than 1 million other faithful listeners, the family of convicted killer Adnan Syed eagerly awaits the next episode of a podcast investigating his murder case.


Federal agents start combing site of suspicious L.A. construction fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:52
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Investigators of a suspicious fire that destroyed an apartment complex under construction in downtown Los Angeles began walking the site on Wednesday looking for clues to origins of the blaze, two days after it reduced a city block to charred ruins. Firefighters were still working to extinguish hot spots in the rubble on Tuesday, and it took another day before the area was safe enough for inspectors from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to enter. ...

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.