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Investigators treat massive L.A. construction blaze as 'criminal fire'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:42

Los Angeles city firefighters battle a massive fire at a seven-story downtown apartment complex under construction in Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A fierce blaze that destroyed a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex under construction next to a fire house and damaged three nearby buildings on Monday is being examined by arson investigators as a "criminal fire," authorities said. Commuter traffic into the nation's second-largest city was snarled through the morning rush as authorities shut down a major nearby freeway because of the blaze, which fire officials said erupted overnight and took three hours to bring under control. No injuries were reported. ...


White Florida deputy shoots black man who witnesses say had hands up

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:41
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida sheriff called for calm after a 28-year-old unarmed black man in a stolen car was shot and critically wounded early on Monday by a white officer, after witness reports that the man had his hands up and amid racially charged protests nationwide about police violence. "I ask everyone to not rush to judgment and allow the investigation to be completed," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at a news conference in Orlando. ...

White Florida deputy shoots black man who witnesses say had hands up

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:41
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida sheriff called for calm after a 28-year-old unarmed black man in a stolen car was shot and critically wounded early on Monday by a white officer, after witness reports that the man had his hands up and amid racially charged protests nationwide about police violence. "I ask everyone to not rush to judgment and allow the investigation to be completed," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at a news conference in Orlando. ...

Hospital: Pharmacy error led to patient death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:35
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon hospital says last week's death of a patient who was given the wrong medication occurred because of the error of a hospital pharmacy worker who inadvertently filled an IV bag with the wrong drug.

Pugsley from 'The Addams Family' dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:25

This Oct. 31, 2006 photo provided by ABC, shows some of the original cast of the TV show, "The Addams Family," from left, John Astin, (Gomez Addams), Felix Silla, (Cousin Itt), Lisa Loring, (Wednesday Addams) and Ken Weatherwax, (Pugsley Addams), reunited at a special Halloween edition of ABC's "Good Morning America" outside their Times Square studios in New York. Weatherwax, who played the child character Pugsley on "The Addams Family" television series in the 1960s, has died. He was 59. (AP Photo/ ABC, Ida Mae Astute)NEW YORK (AP) — Ken Weatherwax, who played the child character Pugsley on "The Addams Family" television series in the 1960s, has died. He was 59.


Penalty phase begins for ex-Texas justice of peace

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:22

Eric Williams lowers his head as a guilty verdict is read during his capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. The jury convicted Williams, a former public official, in the 2013 murder of Cynthia McLelland and her husband Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland. Williams now faces a potential death sentence. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Pool)ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — An assistant prosecutor shouted "I'm sorry, I'm sorry" in the moments before a gunman bent on revenge shot him repeatedly last year in North Texas, according to testimony in the punishment phase of the capital murder trial of a former justice of the peace.


UVa won't reinstate fraternity activities

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:13

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. A Rolling Stone article last week alleged a gang rape at the house which has since suspended operations. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia refused to reinstate Greek activities that were suspended after a Rolling Stone article alleged a woman was gang raped at a fraternity house, despite the magazine acknowledging mistakes in its reporting, but officials said Monday that the story and debate has led it to create a group to explore its policies and campus culture.


US sues Deutsche Bank and other banks for $190M

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:11
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities in New York have sued Deutsche Bank and other financial entities, alleging they dodged more than $100 million in taxes with some fancy financial footwork.

Woman charged with killing her son, granddaughter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:09
OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Suburban Detroit authorities have filed first-degree murder charges against a 65-year-old woman they say slashed her son's throat and then fatally beat her 7-month-old granddaughter.

Key lawmakers seek pension changes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:09

FILE - In this July 31, 2014 file photo, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. walks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lawmakers are finalizing a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September and prevent a shutdown later this week. The measure is the main piece of business facing the lame-duck Congress that hopes to adjourn this week. Republicans will take over the Senate when the new Congress reconvenes next month. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Key lawmakers weighed legislation to permit a reduction of benefits for up to 1 million retirees at economically distressed multiemployer pension plans, officials said late Monday as Congress labored over a $1.1 trillion measure to keep the government operating past midnight Thursday.


NYC jail guard charged in connection with inmate's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:02
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A guard at New York City's Rikers Island jail complex was indicted on Monday for failing to keep watch the night a mentally ill, homeless Marine Corps veteran died in a cell with heat topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) Carol Lackner, 35, was indicted in state court in Bronx, New York, on charges she failed to tour and inspect the inmates under her charge and made false log entries claiming she did her tour the night Jerome Murdough, 56, died in February 2014. New York City last month agreed to pay $2.25 million to the Murdough's family. ...

Chicago police investigate video of cop car playing 'Alabama' song

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:01
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago police said on Monday they are investigating an incident caught on video during a weekend protest that appears to show a Chicago police car blasting the song "Sweet Home Alabama." The 1974 song, by the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, has been taken by some as supporting former Alabama Governor George Wallace, a segregationist, but members of the band have said the lyrics were misunderstood. ...

Demonstrations, violence go on in Bay Area cities

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:01

This photo provided by Gabriel Reyes shows the protest in Berkeley, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 7. 2014. Three officers and a technician were hurt and six people arrested in Northern California when a protest over police killings turned violent. (AP Photo/Gabriel Reyes)BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Protests in New York and Missouri have died down, but angry crowds in one California city famous for activism spent much of the weekend blocking traffic and clashing with police in this ultra-liberal bastion thousands of miles from the where Michael Brown and Eric Garner were killed.


Executive plane crashes into Maryland house, kills six

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 07:57

Handout photo of smoke is seen after a small plane crashed in to a home and damaged others in Gaithersburg(Reuters) - An executive jet crashed into a Maryland house on Monday, killing all three people aboard the plane and a mother and two children inside the house, a fire official said. The pilot of the jet who died in the crash had previously crashed a plane destined for the same airport in 2010, according to records. The Embraer SA twin-engine Phenom 100 crashed into a home about one mile (1.6 km) from the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, a Washington suburb. ...


Formal charges filed against woman in neglect case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 07:52
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Formal charges have been filed against an Indiana woman charged with her husband with the neglect of a 15-year-old granddaughter found weighing less than 40 pounds.

Dead orca was pregnant with full-term fetus

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 07:49

In this Dec. 6, 2014 photo provided by the Victoria Marine Science Association, biologists examine a dead orca at Bates Beach, Comox, British Columbia. The necropsy on the endangered orca found dead off Vancouver Island showed it was pregnant with a full-term fetus, and that someone removed several teeth from the dead killer whale before it could be examined. Experts had speculated the death may have arisen from birth complications. Biologists have yet to determine the cause of death. (AP Photo/Victoria Marine Science Association,Marcie Callewaert)SEATTLE (AP) — The necropsy on the endangered orca found dead off Vancouver Island showed it was pregnant with a full-term fetus, and that someone removed several teeth from the dead killer whale before it could be examined.


Medical examiner: German student's death homicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 07:47
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A German high school student could have survived an initial shot to the arm by a Montana man but was killed by a subsequent gunshot wound to the head, a state medical examiner testified Monday in the man's murder trial.

Parents, daughter in tuition case go to court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 07:47

Parents, daughter in tuition case go to courtThe battle over who should pay for a 21-year-old girl's education continued in Camden County court Monday.


Texas jury considers death penalty for murder of prosecutor's wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 07:45

Handout photo of Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric WilliamsBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas jury that convicted a former Texas justice of the peace of murdering a prosecutor's wife in a revenge plot, heard arguments on Monday in the penalty phase of the trial, in which it could sentence him to death. Eric Williams, 47, was found guilty last week in the killing of Cynthia McLelland in 2013. He has also been charged with murdering District Attorney Mike McLelland and Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse to get back at them for obtaining a theft conviction that cost Williams his job and law license, prosecutors said. ...


Phoenix man arrested for killing woman, dumping body in suitcase

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 07:42
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A Phoenix man has been arrested for killing a woman, stuffing her body into a large suitcase and leaving it beside a trash bin, court records showed on Monday. Semyon Shamsiyev, 36, is being held on a $500,000 bond at a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and abandoning the body of 25-year-old Kali Bouldin in the north of the city late last week. ...