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Tennessee couple get 35 years in prison in girl's soda death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:39
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - An eastern Tennessee father and stepmother of a 5-year-old girl who died after being forced to drink large amounts of grape soda and water as a form of punishment have been sentenced to 35 years in prison, authorities said. Randall Vaughn, 42, and Mary Vaughn, 59, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated child neglect and were sentenced on Monday in Rogersville, Tennessee, District Attorney General Dan Armstrong said on Tuesday. ...

North Dakota regulators impose oil shipment rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:36

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. North Dakota's Industrial Commission is slated to vote on rules Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, that could require oil companies to reduce the volatility of crude before it's loaded onto rail cars. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators set new rules Tuesday that will require oil companies that are sending out millions of gallons of crude a week by rail to reduce the oil's volatility before it's loaded onto train cars.


Female Philadelphia firefighter killed in blaze identified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:35

Female Philadelphia firefighter killed in blaze identifiedPhiladelphia city officials have identified the female firefighter killed in a fire early Tuesday morning in West Oak Lane.


Mom accused of leaving baby in trash allowed visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:33

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff shows Alicia Englert. A judge is letting Englert have a goodbye visit with her infant daughter, who authorities say survived after the woman left her in a trashcan to die. Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills decided Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 that Englert will have one supervised 90-minute visit with the now 3-month-old child Dec. 15. The girl is being adopted by another family after Englert waived her parental rights. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge is allowing a goodbye visit for a Utah woman accused of dumping her newborn in a trash can to die.


Kevyn Orr: Detroit's financial emergency over

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:24

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2014 file photo Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr, right, leaves U.S. District Court in Detroit. Orr, in a letter to Monday, Dec. 8 to Gov. Rick Snyder, says the city no longer will be in a financial emergency when it officially exits bankruptcy. That means Orr’s job will be done once the bankruptcy court approves the exit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Daniel Mears) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITDETROIT (AP) — Kevyn Orr has agreed to step down as Detroit's emergency manager, saying in a letter released Tuesday that the city will no longer be in a financial emergency once it exits bankruptcy.


Mother killed in Maryland crash had huddled with children: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:24

Handout photo of smoke is seen after a small plane crashed in to a home and damaged others in GaithersburgBy John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Maryland mother of three killed when a small jet crashed into her house in a Washington suburb on Monday, died huddled in a bathroom trying to shield her two youngest children from the smoke and fire caused by the crash, officials said on Tuesday. A police spokeswoman in Montgomery County identified the victims in the house as Marie Gemmell, 36, and her two young sons, 3-year-old Cole and Devin, just six weeks old. ...


Court to weigh challenge in suit on Israel attacks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:21
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court said Tuesday it will consider the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization's pretrial challenge of a $1 billion lawsuit filed by U.S. terrorism victims.

Lawsuit accuses Maker's Mark of false advertising

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:20
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two California consumers sued one of Kentucky's best-known distilleries, saying Maker's Mark tries to spike demand and sticker prices by falsely promoting its bourbon as being handmade.

Female lawmakers in Montana told to check skirt lengths, necklines

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:13
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A new dress code for the Montana House of Representatives that bans jeans and warns women to watch skirt lengths and necklines has drawn the ire of female lawmakers, who say it suggests they cannot independently decide what attire is appropriate. The wardrobe code was enacted by male leaders of the Republican-controlled House in advance of a legislative session that begins on Jan. 5. Most members of the chamber's Democratic minority are women, who say they were not consulted about new rules that target them for apparel infractions. ...

Governors are urged to sign Port Authority reform

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:07
NEW YORK (AP) — Legislation to overhaul the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey remains unsigned by both states' governors even after a second report was released on the politically connected lane closures at the George Washington Bridge and despite renewed calls from legislators.

Locals becoming host families for World Meeting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:04

Locals becoming host families for World MeetingMillions of people are expected to visit Philadelphia to see the Pope during next year's World Meeting of Families they will all need somewhere to stay.


Man charged with trying to take U.S. military documents to China

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former Connecticut resident and Chinese citizen who allegedly worked on the F135 engine was charged with trying to take sensitive documents about military technology to China, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Tuesday. Yu Long was en route to China in November via Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey where customs officers found proprietary documents in his luggage that included equations and test results used to develop titanium for U.S. military aircraft, prosecutors said. Yu Long was arrested two days later in Ithaca, New York. U.S. ...

Police: Woman put bug spray on husband's pills

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:01
BROOKLYN PARK, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland have arrested a woman they say put bug spray on her husband's heart pills after an argument.

Keeping your packages safe from thieves

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:00

Keeping your packages safe from thievesA suspected package thief is off the streets in Center City, but police say that's just one person taking advantage of the mail system during this busy time of year.


Nor'easter brings flooding, 'typical' damage to Jersey shore

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:59

Nor'easter brings flooding, 'typical' damage to Jersey shoreA nor'easter brought the region downpours and high wind. But down at the Jersey shore the storm also brought high water onto roadways.


Priceless viola stolen from Philadelphia musician

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:56

Priceless viola stolen from Philadelphia musicianA Philadelphia musician is also dealing with the loss of something irreplaceable today after someone stole a viola, that dates back centuries, from her Powelton home.


Kerry urges flexibility in U.S. war powers against Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:56

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on "Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIL" on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Any congressional authorization of U.S. military force against Islamic State should be flexible and not limit the fight to Iraq and Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. The authorization should also not restrict U.S. President Barack Obama in deploying combat troops against the militant group if needed, Kerry told a Senate committee debating the need for an Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF. ...


Abercrombie & Fitch CEO retiring

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:54

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO retiringAbercrombie & Fitch's CEO Michael Jeffries is retiring, effective immediately.


Madoff's ex-secretary, programmer get prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:52
NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan judge found plenty of reasons for leniency Tuesday as she ordered prison stints for financier Bernard Madoff's former secretary and a computer programmer that fell well short of the double-digit prison terms the government had sought.

Chicago police investigating rape allegation against Uber driver

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:52
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago police said on Tuesday they are investigating an allegation that a driver for the online car service Uber raped a female customer. Chicago police said in a statement that they have been in contact with the woman as well as Uber personnel, but declined to give further details. Uber spokeswoman Jennifer Mullin called the incident "appalling and unacceptable." She said the company immediately removed the driver from the Uber platform when it learned of the incident, and is cooperating with police in the investigation. ...