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NY's top prosecutor targets NFL in antitrust probe: source

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 04:07
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is conducting an antitrust investigation of the NFL and its practice of imposing "price-floors" on certain tickets as part of an ongoing probe into the online ticketing market, a source said on Thursday. The antitrust investigation grew out of a probe by the attorney general's office into irregularities in the ticketing industry, which found that ticket brokers were using illegal software programs to snap up thousands of tickets and reselling them with huge price markups. The source familiar with the NFL antitrust probe, who asked not to be identified because of the non-public nature of the matter, said it was spurred by a flood of complaints about use of the illegal software known as ticket bots.

3 More Arrests Made in Oregon Standoff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 04:05
The FBI made three more probable cause arrests Wednesday in the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Reports of loud boom followed by shaking at Jersey Shore

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:58

Jersey Shore rocked by sonic boom, USGS and National Weather Service confirmPolice in South Jersey are receiving numerous reports of a loud boom followed by ground tremors, shaking Thursday afternoon.


30 years since Challenger: Teacher-in-Space finalists gather

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:52

People attend a Day of Remembrance Ceremony to honor the lives of the seven crew members of the Challenger space shuttle on the 30th anniversary of the 1986 tragedy, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. In addition to paying tribute to the Space Shuttle Challenger, they also honored all of those who have fallen since the beginning of the U.S. space program. (Tim Shortt/Florida Today via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of educators who competed alongside Christa McAuliffe to become the first teacher in space gathered Thursday to remember the seven astronauts who perished aboard Challenger 30 years ago.


California upholds critical solar policy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:49
(Reuters) - California regulators on Thursday upheld a key policy that makes rooftop solar systems affordable by allowing homeowners to sell the electricity they don't use back to their local utility. In a 3 to 2 vote, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a proposal that continues the state's net metering policy, with few changes. (Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

Iran: European airlines set to resume flights to Tehran

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:47
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Several European airlines aim to resume their flights to Iran following a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, the state-owned IRAN daily reported on Thursday.

Spate of random slashings across New York City sows fear

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:42

 having been slashed so deeply that it severed an artery leading to the brain that required emergency surgery. Since December 2015, about a dozen such random, unprovoked slashings have been reported across the city, including three on subway trains during the week of January 25. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Tony-award winning playwright David Henry Hwang was carrying groceries down a Brooklyn street when he felt like he got hit in the back of the head. He suddenly couldn't walk straight.


Allentown schools to remain closed for students Friday after winter storm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:33

Allentown schools to remain closed for students Friday after winter stormSchools in the Allentown School District will remain closed for students on Friday, nearly a week after the Blizzard of 2016 dumped more than 2 feet of snow in the area.


In Atlantic City: pride, anger, worry as city teeters on edge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:17

A man looks at the ocean through the windows of the Playground Pier in Atlantic CityInside the dimly lit Moose Lodge 216 last September in Atlantic City, Frank D'Alonzo discussed a few of the ideas he has heard over the years to revitalize the cash-strapped New Jersey gambling hub. Brimming with promise but ground down by poverty, Atlantic City is trying to reinvent itself even as it teeters on the edge of fiscal ruin.


Sentencing of ex-House speaker Hastert delayed until April

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:16

Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert is surrounded by officers as he leaves federal court after pleading not guilty to federal charges of trying to hide large cash transactions and lying to the FBI in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday postponed until April the sentencing date for Dennis Hastert, convicted last year of a financial crime, because the former U.S. House speaker was still recovering from a stroke and life-threatening infection. Hastert pleaded guilty in October to a federal charge of "structuring" - evading bank reporting rules by withdrawing large amounts of cash in smaller increments - in a hush-money case stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct. The 74-year-old, once one of the country's most powerful politicians, went to the hospital in early November after a fall, his attorney, John Gallo, told U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin.


Pennsylvania officer cleared in girl's fatal shooting, father charged

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:16
A Pennsylvania constable who prosecutors say accidentally killed a 12-year-old girl during an eviction while firing in self-defense has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing, but the girl's father has been charged with murder. Perry County District Attorney Andrew Bender said on Thursday that Constable Clarke Steele was in imminent fear for his life and lawfully fired at Donald Meyer, 57, on Jan. 11 after Steele pointed a loaded, semi-automatic rifle at him from a few feet away. The .40 caliber bullet tore through Meyer's arm and struck Ciara Meyer, 12, in the chest as she stood behind her father, killing her almost instantly.

Former Providence, Rhode Island mayor Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:54

Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, former mayor and current mayoral candidate of Providence, answers a question during an interview with Reuters in his campaign headquarters in ProvidenceVincent "Buddy" Cianci, whose two stints as mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, each ended abruptly due to felony convictions, died on Thursday at age 74 after a brief hospitalization. Cianci, the longest serving mayor of Rhode Island's capital city, ran Providence for 22 years in all, from 1975 to 1984 and again from 1991 to 2002. Despite his convictions, Cianci remained popular with many residents.


Celebrities are going to be huge in Super Bowl ads

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:38

This image provided by Anheuser-Busch shows actors Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen in the company's Bud Light ad for Super Bowl 50. (Anheuser-Busch via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The Big Game is more than a week away, but Super Bowl advertisers are already out in force online, playing up celebrity cameos to drive buzz for their brands.


Police: Senator's family SUV stolen from his Delaware home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:31

 Senator's family SUV stolen from his Delaware homeOfficials say U.S. Sen. Chris Coons' family SUV was stolen from his Delaware home.


Deal struck to save historic ocean liner SS United States

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:21

Deal struck to save historic ocean liner SS United StatesThe SS United States, a historic and record-breaking ocean liner that once hosted royalty and presidents, has escaped the scrap heap and will undergo a rebirth, supporters announced Thursday.


Drug traffickers seek safe haven amid legal marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:17

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2013 file photo, employees tends to marijuana plants at a grow house in Denver. According to law enforcement officials, Colorado’s legal marijuana marketplace is in some cases serving as cover for a host of illegal drug traffickers who hide their product among the state’s many legal growing operations, then covertly ship it elsewhere and pocket millions of dollars from its sale. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)DENVER (AP) — Seeking a safe haven in Colorado's legal marijuana marketplace, illegal drug traffickers are growing weed among the state's sanctioned pot warehouses and farms, then covertly shipping it elsewhere and pocketing millions of dollars from the sale, according to law enforcement officials and court records consulted by The Associated Press.


Burning candle sparks house fire in Hockessin, 4 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 01:26

Burning candle sparks house fire in Hockessin, 4 hurtFour people were hurt after a burning candle set a house on fire in Hockessin, Delaware.


Washington police have mixed results after federal oversight: review

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 01:25

Police officers block the street outside of the Imagine Southeast Public Charter School, which was locked down because of three nearby shootings in WashingtonThe Metropolitan Police Department of Washington's overall record on use-of-force reforms is mixed seven years after federal monitoring ended, a first-of-its-kind review said on Thursday. The results of the review of whether the department remains in compliance with a 2001 agreement with the Department of Justice were released as police across the United States are under scrutiny over relationships with the communities they serve, especially minorities.


Girl, 11, dies trying to rescue siblings from burning home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 01:16

Girl, 11, dies trying to rescue siblings from burning homeA house fire in Sheboygan Falls, Wis., has claimed the lives of two children, including an 11-year-old girl who went back into the house to rescue two other children, officials said.


Six dead in Virginia murder-suicide after police standoff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:59
Police in Chesapeake, Virginia, about 200 miles south of Washington, found five bodies, including the suspected gunman, inside a home shortly after 2 a.m., Chesapeake police said in a statement. An investigation led police to a nearby residence where the armed man was barricaded inside, police said. Police believe the suspect killed the relatives before they arrived, the statement said.