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MTV exec Van Toffler exiting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:16

FILE - In this June 5, 2013 file photo, From left, MTV executive Van Toffler poses at the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Toffler says that he’s leaving the network where he’s worked for almost 28 year. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran MTV executive Van Toffler says that he's leaving the network where he's worked for almost 28 years.


Kings of Leon, The Killers headline Firefly Music Festival

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 05:09

Kings of Leon, The Killers headline Firefly Music FestivalKings of Leon and The Killers will headline this year's Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway.


Prosecution rests in 'American Sniper' murder trial in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:44

State District Judge Jason Cashon watches dash cam video of Eddie Ray Routh during murder trial of Routh in Stephenville, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Prosecutors finished calling witnesses on Tuesday in the murder trial of Eddie Ray Routh, who is charged with fatally shooting Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose autobiography was turned into the hit movie "American Sniper." Over several days of witnesses' testimony, prosecutors reconstructed the day two years ago when they say Routh, 27, killed Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth, stole Kyle's pickup truck and was taken into custody following a high-speed car chase. Routh's lawyers have not contested accusations that Routh fired the fatal shots. They are trying to have him declared innocent by reason of insanity and said in opening arguments they would call expert witnesses who will attest to Routh's troubled mental state.


Sinkhole swallows snow plow in north Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:42

Sinkhole swallows snow plow in north JerseyA sinkhole swallowed a tow truck on Tuesday morning Warren County, New Jersey.


Sinkhole swallows snow plow in north Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:42

Sinkhole swallows snow plow in north JerseyA sinkhole swallowed a tow truck on Tuesday morning Warren County, New Jersey.


Prosecutor wants man with bodies in yard sentenced to death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:38

Hugo Selenski is led into the Luzerne County Courthouse on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. A jury is scheduled to resume deliberations in the trial of Selenski, who allegedly used plastic ties to strangle a pharmacist and his girlfriend in 2002, then buried their bodies in his yard. He could face the death penalty if he's convicted. He has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Mark Moran) MANDATORY CREDITWILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man convicted of strangling two people during a 2002 robbery should be sent to death row, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday, four days after the governor declared a moratorium on the death penalty.


Lawyers spar over moving Boston Marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:32

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photoBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber and federal prosecutors sparred in court papers on Tuesday over whether it would be possible to seat an impartial jury in the city where the deadly 2013 attack took place. Two days before a three-member panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals is to hear argument on a defense request to move Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial out of Boston, the two sides painted contrasting pictures of what they had learned through six weeks of jury selection.


Exonerated man files $40 million lawsuit against Northwestern University

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:23
By Suzannah Gonzales CHICAGO (Reuters) - A wrongfully convicted man filed a $40 million lawsuit on Tuesday against Northwestern University, a former journalism professor, a private investigator and an attorney, accusing them of framing him for a double murder to get another man released. Alstory Simon, 64, of Ohio, claims in the lawsuit that he was the victim of unethical tactics by a team focused on freeing another man in what became a celebrated Illinois wrongful conviction case. Simon "has endured and will continue to endure immense and immeasurable, emotional and physical, pain and suffering, all of which was proximately caused by defendants' misconduct," said the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. Another man, Anthony Porter, was originally convicted of the murders, and sentenced to death but was released after Simon's confession.

Federal judge stalls Obama's executive action on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:21

In this Feb. 4, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama meets with a group of "Dreamers" in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. A federal judge temporarily blocked Obama’s executive action on immigration Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders.


Phoenix mom accused of leaving kids in hot car facing trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:21
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman who left her two young sons alone in a hot car while she went for a job interview is scheduled to stand trial on March 31.

Dog sniffs way to find Iowa hospital where owner was

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:20
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A family says a dog who ran away from home turned up at an Iowa hospital, where her owner was recovering from surgery.

'Modern Family' to air episode that takes place only online

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:13

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox Television shows, from left, Claire Dunphy, Jay Pritchett, and Phil Dunphy, in a scene from the episode, "Connection Lost," of "Modern Family." ABC’s “Modern Family” airs an episode on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at 9 p.m. EST that takes place entirely online. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Television)LOS ANGELES (AP) — How to keep the "modern" in "Modern Family" in its sixth season? Create an episode that plays out completely on a computer and in the realm of social media.


Faith leaders show solidarity after Islamic school defaced

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:04
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The community won't be divided by whoever tagged the Islamic School of Rhode Island with offensive graffiti, local faith leaders said Tuesday.

Drake's surprise album sets Spotify records

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:03

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, rapper Drake performs in concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The music streaming service Spotify said Tuesday that the rapper’s new album, “If You're Reading This It's Too Late,” set the record for most streams from an album in its debut week in the US. The album, released Friday, was streamed more than 17.3 million times in just three days. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Drake's surprise album has set records on Spotify.


Penn St. president endorses policies against sex misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:01
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's president on Tuesday threw his support behind a set of policy changes that will remake how the university addresses sexual misconduct matters on campus.

NJ teacher indicted, accused of sex with 6 students

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:57

NJ teacher indicted, accused of sex with 6 studentsA northern New Jersey high school teacher accused of having sex with several male students is now facing a 40-count indictment.


Police: Suspect in family's killings tried to steal $20,000

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:54
EL RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A man suspected of killing a couple and their adult son nearly four years ago tried to steal $20,000 from the family who had previously let him stay in their home, according to court documents.

Authorities work to free humpback whale tangled near Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:52
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Poor weather and dangerous seas have hampered authorities in their efforts to free a humpback whale tangled in a strong synthetic line.

Arizona campus police who scuffled with professor resigns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:40
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona State University police officer who faced termination proceedings after scuffling with a professor he had stopped for jaywalking last year has resigned, citing the impact of the saga on his family, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Stewart Ferrin had been on administrative leave since July following the May 20 struggle with ASU assistant English professor Ersula Ore, which was captured by a dashboard camera in Ferrin's car. "The lack of support, cooperation, and downright bias, coupled with an agenda to ruin my career, has become unbearable and I will not subject my family to this any longer," Ferrin told police chief Mike Thompson in his resignation letter. A preliminary probe by university police found claims by Ore and civil rights activists of excessive force or racial profiling as unfounded and asked the FBI to determine whether any civil rights were violated.

9-month-old found home alone in Crescentville

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:37

9-month-old found home alone in CrescentvillePhiladelphia police had to call in the fire department to help them rescue a baby left home alone Tuesday.