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Africa in spotlight at meeting of 122 ICC members

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:13
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The International Criminal Court's 122 member states opened their annual meeting Monday with Africa the focus, as the court is roiled by the collapse of the case against Kenya's president and charges that it targets only Africans.

Texas pair arrested for suspected Black Friday murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:10
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Two former employees of an American Eagle Outfitters store in Fort Worth, Texas, beat, strangled and set on fire an assistant store manager to steal thousands of dollars of Black Friday sales, according to police documents released on Monday. Carter Cervantez, 25, and her boyfriend Clarence "David" Mallory, 19, have been charged with capital murder in the Nov. 28 death of Ashlea Harris, 31, police said. Bond was set at $500,000 each and lawyers for the arrested pair were not immediately available for comment. ...

Man says he saw demon before train stabbings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:08
NILES, Mich. (AP) — A passenger accused of stabbing four people on an Amtrak train in southwest Michigan told police he began the attack after seeing another man turn into a demon, according to court documents released Monday.

New policy widens profiling ban, with key caveats

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:01

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, file photo, U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference before a roundtable meeting in Cleveland. New racial profiling guidelines are being announced by the Obama administration that would exempt agents from the Homeland Security Department who do border checks and screen passengers at airports. An official said Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, that the new guidelines exempt the Transportation Security Administration in entirety and also do not cover inspections at port of entry and interdictions at border crossings. The official was not authorized to discuss the guidelines by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Holder had said Monday night that he expected the new guidelines, which apply to federal law enforcement but not local police officers, would be announced in coming days. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration released racial profiling guidelines for federal law enforcement agencies on Monday. The new policy broadens existing decade-old guidance on profiling, but contains significant exceptions that trouble some advocacy groups for minorities.

Royal visit: Kate wraps gifts, William drops by DC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:54

Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge laughs as she mingles with members of the British community in New York from culture, arts, hospitality, and business before a luncheon at the residence of the British Consul General in New York, December 8, 2014. Prince William and his wife Kate are on their first visit to New York City, a whirlwind trip that includes visits to a Harlem child development center and the September 11 Monument and Museum. (AP Photo/Mike Segar, Reuters)NEW YORK (AP) — Prince William and his wife, Kate, aren't wasting a moment in their short trip to the United States. After a Sunday arrival in New York City, William traveled to Washington on Monday for the day. Kate visited a child development center in Harlem with Mayor Bill de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray.

Guard arrested in death of NYC inmate in hot cell

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:47

FILE - In this March 12, 2014 file photo, a picture of Jerome Murdough is held by his mother Alma Murdough left, and sister Cheryl Warner at Alma Murdough's home in the Queens borough of New York. Jerome Murdough died in February at Rikers Island where, according to a city official, Murdough "basically baked to death" when he was left unchecked for at least four hours in an overheated jail cell in a special unit for mentally ill inmates. On Monday Dec. 8, 2014 prosecutors said jail guard Carol Lackner was arrested in connection with Murdough's death. Lackner faces multiple counts of falsifying business records and official misconduct for making logbook entries indicating she toured every half hour to check on 56-year-old Murdough and other inmates in his unit even though video didn't show her doing so, according to prosecutors in the Bronx. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A jail guard accused of skipping her rounds and falsifying a logbook to cover it up was charged Monday in connection with the death of a mentally ill inmate in his stifling 101-degree cell.

Jenni Rivera's estate sues over fatal plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:35

FILE - This Aug. 12, 2011 file photo shows Mexican singer Jenni Rivera at the Imagen Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Rivera's estate on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, sued the owner of a Learjet 25 that crashed two years ago in northern Mexico, killing the Mexican-American superstar and six others. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The estate of Mexican-American superstar Jenni Rivera on Monday sued the owners of a Learjet that crashed two years ago, killing the singer and several members of her entourage.

U.S. Border Patrol looking to hire more women for Mexican border

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:33
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Border Patrol is launching a recruitment effort to hire more women to work along the U.S. border with Mexico, in part because of a rise in the number of women being apprehended, a Border Patrol spokesman said Monday. The number of women apprehended at California's San Diego border with Mexico has increased 20 percent in the last year, according to Border Patrol statistics. Nationwide, that number jumped 173 percent between fiscal year 2012 and 2014, according to spokesman Timothy Hamill. ...

New Delhi bans Uber after alleged rape by driver

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:23

Protestors from All India Students Association (AISA) demonstrate outside the Delhi Police headquarters after a taxi driver from the international cab-booking service Uber allegedly raped a young woman Friday in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. Official statistics say about 25,000 rapes are committed every year in India, a nation of 1.2 billion people. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian capital on Monday banned taxi-booking service Uber after a woman accused one of its drivers of raping her.

Damaged Seattle highway sank up to 1.2 inches since October

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:17
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Parts of a double-decker highway along Seattle's waterfront have sunk up to 1.2 inches since October, possibly due to workers pumping groundwater out of a pit they are digging to salvage a tunnel project, Washington state officials said on Monday. The so-called "settlement" of the busy above-ground Alaskan Way Viaduct poses no immediate threat to public safety, state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Laura Newborn said. ...

Some $500,000 in gems, jewelry taken in Minnesota rest stop heist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:12
(Reuters) - Thieves apparently trailed a van from a jewelry trade show in Illinois for several hours, then smashed the back windows early on Monday at a rest stop in southern Minnesota and made off with about $500,000 of loose diamonds and jewelry, authorities said. The owner of a precious stones and metals business was with six employees when they stopped to use the bathroom at the rest stop along westbound Interstate 90 near Eyota, Minnesota, said Captain Scott Behrns from the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office. ...

Mom, kids killed among dead after plane hits Md. house

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:06

Mom, kids killed among dead after plane hits Md. houseA small, private jet slammed into a house Monday, killing a woman and her young sons inside the home and three people on the aircraft, authorities said.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:03

President Barack Obama meets with Britain's Prince William in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

Man charged with running down Muslim teen in court

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

File-This undated Department of Motor Vehicles photo courtesy the family shows Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein. The man charged with deliberately running down the Muslim teenager outside a Somali center has made his first court appearance. Thirty-four-year-old Ahmed Aden, of Kansas City, appeared Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Jackson County Circuit Court where he is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful use of a weapon. (AP Photo/File)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man charged with deliberately running down a Muslim teenager outside a Somali community center made his first court appearance Monday as police released details about an earlier assault investigation.

Swastikas spotted on Hanukkah wrapping paper sold at Walgreens

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 09:48

Swastikas spotted on Hanukkah wrapping paper sold at WalgreensA Northridge woman was shocked to find what appeared to be swastikas on Hanukkah wrapping paper.

Hospital: Pharmacy error led to patient death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 09:46
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The death of a hospital patient who was given the wrong medication occurred because a pharmacy worker inadvertently filled an IV bag with the wrong drug, officials at an Oregon hospital say.

Bond for Arab activist who hid Israel bombing role

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 09:34

FILE- In this Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 67, of Chicago is interviewed outside federal court in Detroit, after the Palestinian immigrant was found guilty of immigration fraud for failing to disclose her conviction and imprisonment in a Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two people. On Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain reversed his earlier decision that Odeh remain jailed until her sentencing in March. Drain said he no longer believes she will flee and said she can leave by posting a $50,000 bond. She was charged for not revealing an Israeli military court conviction for several bombings in 1969. She served 10 years before being released in a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — An Arab-American activist convicted of failing to tell U.S. immigration officials about her conviction for a fatal bombing in Israel can be released from jail if she comes up with $50,000 cash, a federal judge in Detroit said Monday.

San Jose State University evacuates classrooms over report of gunman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 09:23
(Reuters) - San Jose State University in California evacuated a classroom building and adjoining faculty offices on Monday after a student reported overhearing a conversation about a gunman hiding in the building, a university spokeswoman said. A 90-minute, floor-by-floor search of the Boccardo Business Complex and adjoining Business Tower turned up no evidence of a gunman or any other witnesses who had seen one, San Jose State spokeswoman Patricia Harris said. ...

Pugsley from 'The Addams Family' dies

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

Pugsley from 'The Addams Family' diesKen Weatherwax, who played the child character Pugsley on "The Addams Family" television series in the 1960s, has died. He was 59.

Pugsley from 'The Addams Family' dies

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

Pugsley from 'The Addams Family' diesKen Weatherwax, who played the child character Pugsley on "The Addams Family" television series in the 1960s, has died. He was 59.