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Correction: Drug Boat-Warning Shots story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 03:20
SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a story Jan. 19 about U.S. authorities firing warning shots at a suspected drug boat, The Associated Press misidentified the government branch involved. It was a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine helicopter crew — not the Border Patrol.

New Jersey mom accused of setting baby on fire due in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 03:18

New Jersey mom accused of setting baby on fire due in courtA woman accused of dousing her newborn daughter with accelerant, setting her on fire and leaving her in the middle of a road is due in court Tuesday to answer to a murder charge.


Correction: Christo-Over the River story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 03:16
CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — In a story Jan. 3 about a planned exhibition by the artist Christo, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Christo said the project could proceed as soon as August 2018 if he wins a state court lawsuit. Christo has not specified an exhibition date.

Police: Girl reports abduction attempt in Parkside

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 03:15

 Girl reports abduction attempt in ParksidePhiladelphia police are investigating a reported abduction attempt on Tuesday morning in the Parkside section.


American who sent $67K to al-Qaida gets 15 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 03:10
NEW YORK (AP) — A New Yorker who sent $67,000 to al-Qaida and pledged his support to the terror group was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison by a judge who cited the defendant's remorse and medical problems that make his incarceration more difficult than others'.

Two dead, five hurt, when gunmen fire into San Antonio crowd

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 03:10
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Two people were killed and five others hospitalized after gunmen in a car opened fire on a gathering of more than 100 people in a parking lot in San Antonio, police said on Tuesday. Interim San Antonio Police Chief Anthony Trevino said some people in the crowd may have returned fire, calling the Monday night incident a "gunfight." He added the incident looks to be gang related and many in the crowd had gathered in the parking lot for an event to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. Day national holiday.

'The Interview' on track to break digital release record

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 03:04

This photo released by Sony - Columbia Pictures shows James Franco, left, as Dave and Seth Rogen as Aaron in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." Digital sales for “The Interview” are up to $40 million, putting the Sony Pictures release on track to eclipse “Bridesmaids” as the biggest online release ever. In a statement Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, Sony Pictures chief executive Michael Lynton called the total “a significant milestone.” (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures, Ed Araquel)NEW YORK (AP) — Digital sales for "The Interview" are up to $40 million, putting the release on track to eclipse "Bridesmaids" as the biggest online release.


Maryland probe may take days to determine if family died in mansion fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 02:54
(Reuters) - It could take several days for investigators in Maryland to confirm whether a family of six died when a massive blazed ripped through their waterfront mansion on Monday, fire officials said Tuesday. Fire officials said they could not confirm whether a technology executive and five members of his family were at home at the time of the blaze in Annapolis. The severe damage has also left the large home unstable, slowing the search process, Anne Arundel Fire Department spokesman Russ Davies said.

Suspect in Boston hospital shooting dead of 'self-inflicted' wound

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 02:41

A man in wheelchair is taken away from the building where a shooting occurred at Brigham and Women's hospital in BostonA man suspected of shooting a doctor at a major Boston hospital on Tuesday later died of a "self-inflicted" gunshot wound, the city's Police Commissioner William Evans said, adding that the incident was over. The victim in the shooting at Brigham & Women's hospital, a male doctor, sustained "life threatening" injuries, police said. Police have yet to identify the shooter or the victim, who Evans said is being treated in the emergency room at Brigham & Women's. Brigham & Women's, located in downtown Boston amid a cluster of major healthcare facilities, is a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School.


Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 02:41
The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Jan. 12 to Sunday, Jan. 18 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

U.S. top court rules for Muslim inmate over prison beard ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 02:37

Arkansas Department of Correction photo of Gregory HoltBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Arkansas policy prohibiting inmates from having beards violated the religious rights of a prisoner who had wanted to grow one in accordance with his Muslim beliefs, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The justices, on a 9-0 vote in a closely watched case involving prisoner Gregory Holt, rejected the state's reasoning that the policy was needed for security reasons to prevent inmates from concealing contraband. Holt, who wanted to grow a half-inch beard (1.3 cm), is serving a life sentence for burglary and domestic battery at the Varner Supermax prison, according to the Arkansas Department of Correction. Justice Samuel Alito, writing on behalf of the court, said the state already searches clothing and hair and had not given a valid reason why it could not also search beards.


Suspect in Boston hospital shooting found dead of 'self-inflicted' wound: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 02:19
BOSTON (Reuters) - The suspect in Tuesday's shooting at a major Boston hospital was found dead at the scene of a "self-inflicted" gunshot wound, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Susan Heavey)

Factbox: Details of Obama's State of the Union tax proposals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 02:14
(Reuters) - Taxes would rise for high-earning investors, large banks and inherited wealth under a plan to be outlined by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. The following are details of the proposals: CAPITAL GAINS Obama wants to raise the top capital gains and dividends tax rate to 28 percent, for couples earning more than about $500,000 a year, from its present level of 23.8 percent. The capital gains tax was nearly 40 percent in the 1970s. Democratic President Jimmy Carter cut it to 28 percent.

Mother of teen girl suspected in crime spree arrested

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 02:08
LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) — The mother of one of the two teenage sweethearts from Kentucky who are suspected in a multistate crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks has been arrested.

Chewing gum likely caused sleeping Pa. basketball player's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 01:54

Chewing gum likely caused sleeping Pa. basketball player's deathA western Pennsylvania university student and basketball player likely inhaled chewing gum into her lungs while asleep before being found dead in her dormitory over the weekend.


New York man sentenced to 15 years for aiding al Qaeda

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 01:52
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man accused of directing an associate to conduct surveillance of the New York Stock Exchange at the behest of an al Qaeda operative was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday in New York federal court. Wesam El-Hanafi, 39, was arrested in April 2010 along with the associate, Sabirhan Hasanoff, a dual U.S.-Australian citizen. El-Hanafi pleaded guilty in June 2010 to providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to provide such support. The Brooklyn-born El-Hanafi worked as an information technology employee for Lehman Brothers at the bank’s Dubai offices until his arrest.

Police: Girl reports abduction attempt in Wynnefield

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 01:46

 Girl reports abduction attempt in ParksidePhiladelphia police are investigating a reported abduction attempt on Tuesday morning in the Wynnefield section.


Yale freshman survives 4-story fall from dormitory window

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 01:37
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Yale University freshman has survived a four-story fall from a dormitory window.

1 of Mark Wahlberg's victims says he shouldn't be pardoned

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 01:36

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Mark Wahlberg arrives at the 2014 AFI Fest - "The Gambler," in Los Angeles. Wahlberg asked Massachusetts for a pardon for assaults he committed in 1988 when he was a teenager in Boston. Wahlberg’s application with the Massachusetts Parole Board said he isn’t the same person he was 26 years ago and his past convictions are still affecting his life. Victims of one of Mark Wahlberg’s racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated 1980s Boston are divided over whether the actor should get the pardon he’s seeking. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)BOSTON (AP) — A victim of one of Mark Wahlberg's racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated Boston in the 1980s insists he shouldn't be granted a pardon for his crimes.


Accused bin Laden spokesman faces U.S. trial on terror charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 01:33
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man whom U.S. authorities accuse of helping Osama bin Laden disseminate calls for Muslims to wage war on Americans went on trial on Tuesday on terror charges related to the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Khalid al-Fawwaz, a 52-year-old Saudi national, faces up to life in prison if convicted on five counts, including conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals.