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'American Sniper' astounds with $105.3M over MLK weekend

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 02:43

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Kyle Gallner, left, and Bradley Cooper appear in a scene from "American Sniper." The film is based on the autobiography by Chris Kyle. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)NEW YORK (AP) — Clint Eastwood's R-rated Iraq War drama "American Sniper" opened in January like a superhero movie in July, taking in a record $105.3 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. four-day weekend.


Bible story: Doubts raised over a Texas inaugural tradition

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 02:26

In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 photo, Texas Supreme Court archivist Tiffany Shopshire shows the 1816 publishing date at the bottom of a page in the Sam Houston Bible, in Austin, Texas. Amateur historians have long thought that Sam Houston's signature was on the missing half of a page, but new evidence is raising doubts about whether the Bible used to swear-in Texas governors for nearly two centuries ever actually belonged to Houston. (AP Photo/Paul Weber)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — George W. Bush called it Sam Houston's bible. Rick Perry swore on its centuries-old sheepskin four times. And on Tuesday, Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott is set to preserve one of the oldest inaugural traditions in the U.S. when he lays his hand on the historic tome to take the oath of office.


From car lots to city budgets, cheap oil means change

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 02:24

In this Jan. 13, 2015 photo, a Ford Mustang, right, is parked next to an F-150 pickup truck at the Lee Sapp Ford dealership in Ashland, Neb. With cheaper gasoline in the tank, some car dealers find they have too many smaller fuel-efficient cars, when trucks and sports cars might sell better. Lee Sapp, who runs the Ford dealership in Ashland, Neb., says that fluctuating gas prices will not necessarily make a person who thinks he needs an F-150 or wants an F-150 pickup truck, switch to a compact car. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected oilfield hiring in North Dakota and Texas may not happen.


Thousands take part in day of service honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 02:09

Thousands take part in day of service at Girard CollegeThousands of people took part in a day of service Monday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Driver sentenced for leaving 2 special needs students on bus

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 01:56
NEWTON, N.J. (AP) — A school bus driver who left two special needs children alone in the vehicle for 45 minutes during a hot summer day has been sentenced to three years of probation.

New details about victim of Sunday's crashes on icy highways

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 01:50

New details about victim of Sunday's crashes on icy highwaysWe are learning more about one of the three people who were killed in the crashes on icy highways in the Philadelphia area on Sunday.


AP EXPLAINS: President's State of Union address to Congress

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 01:49

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 1941 file photo President Franklin D. Roosevelt adresses a joint session of Congress as Speaker Sam Rayburn, left, and Vice President John N. Garner, look on. With World War II looming, Roosevelt used his 1941 address to outline the "Four Freedoms," freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama takes the dais in the House of Representatives on Tuesday to tell a joint session of Congress, Cabinet members, judicial and military dignitaries and a national television audience about his plans for the coming year. He will be giving a report on The State of the Union, an assessment mandated by the U.S. Constitution and a tradition since George Washington gave the first such report to Congress in 1790. Here's a brief explanation of what was originally known as the president's Annual Message to Congress:


Bucks County woman chased child, 10, with knife, police say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 01:42

Bucks County woman chased child, 10, with knife, police sayA Bucks County woman is behind bars, accused of threatening a child with a knife.


Amazon to produce, acquire original movies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 01:34
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is getting into the movie business.

Coughing neighbors make Bay Area rethink outdoor cooking

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 01:23

In this Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 photo, a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker smoker sits on display for sale, in Alameda, Calif. The booming popularity of outdoor kitchens among homeowners has a booming number of their neighbors coughing and hacking from the smoke, leading San Francisco Bay Area air-quality officials to consider tightening rules on wood-burning pizza ovens and smokers. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The booming popularity of outdoor kitchens among homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area has an increasing number of their neighbors coughing and hacking from the smoke, leading air-quality officials to consider tightening rules on wood-burning pizza ovens and smokers.


Theater shooting case draws huge pool of prospective jurors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 01:03

FILE -- This Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 file photo shows a view of the jury box, right, inside Courtroom 201, where jury selection in the trial of Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes is to begin on Jan. 20 at the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. The trial begins with 9,000 possible jurors and a rare opportunity to see a mass shooter stand trial. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool, File)DENVER (AP) — One of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history will be replayed in a Colorado courtroom — but only after an unprecedented jury pool of 9,000 people is winnowed to a handful to decide whether James Holmes was insane when he opened fire in a suburban movie theater.


PHOTOS: The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 01:00

 The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.View images relating to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


PHOTOS: The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 01:00

 The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.View images relating to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Fla. boy's circumcision spurs lengthy legal battle, protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 00:58

In this Jan. 10, 2015 photo, Jennifer Blanchard, 34, of Miami, protests in Boynton Beach, Fla., over the case of a little boy whose parents have been fighting over whether to circumcise him. Judges have ruled in favor of the boy’s father, who wants his son to undergo the procedure. (AP Photo/Matt Sedensky)BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An estranged Florida couple's fight over whether to circumcise their son has become a rallying cry for those who denounce the procedure as barbaric.


Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in photos and quotations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 00:55

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in photos and quotationsA look back at some of the civil rights leader's most poignant quotes.


Things to know about the Boston Marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 00:40

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The focus of the Boston Marathon bombing trial figures to be as much on what punishment Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face as on his responsibility for the attack. With testimony expected to start later in January 2015, the Justice Department has given no indication it is open to any proposal from the defense to spare Tsarnaev's life, pushing instead toward a trial that could result in a death sentence. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Jury selection in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is going slower than expected. Here's what you need to know as the trial enters its third week:


PHOTOS: Crashes on icy roads Sunday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 00:37

 Crashes on icy roads SundayAction News viewers stuck in traffic took photos of the damage and delays caused by icy roads.


UK plea to imams to fight extremism draws charge of Islamophobia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 00:26

Britain's Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles and Home Secretary Theresa May hold up signs reading "I am Jewish" during a Board of Deputies of British Jews event in LondonBy Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Muslim groups accused the British government of copying the language of the far right on Monday and of stoking Islamophobia after ministers wrote to imams asking them to explain to Muslims how Islam is compatible with being British. In a letter to over 1,000 imams last Friday, Eric Pickles, the minister for local government and communities, asked them to explain to Muslims how Islam can be "part of British identity", arguing they had a duty to do more to fight extremism and root out anyone preaching hatred. Muslim groups said the letter unfairly singled them out. "The letter has all the hallmarks of very poor judgment which feeds into an Islamophobic narrative, which feeds into a narrative of us and them," Tahla Ahmad of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) told Sky News.


VP Biden says minority communities, police need to heal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 00:10

In this Nov. 22, 2014 file photo, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the annual Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The Secret Service says multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near Biden's Delaware home on Saturday night, Jan. 17, 2015. The vice president and his wife were not at home at the time. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that communities around the country need to work to bridge the separation between police and the residents they serve.


Company's struggles highlight challenges of inmate care

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 23:27

ADVANCE FOR USE TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - This undated photo provided by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office shows Jovon Frazier. Frazier died from cancer in 2011 while he was still an inmate. "I need to see a doctor!" he wrote on his eighth treatment request form, after an X-ray came back negative. "I done put a lot of sick calls in & ya'll keep sending me back and ain't tell me nothing." His medical care was managed not by the county sheriff's office that runs the jail, but by a private company under contract, Corizon Health Inc. (AP Photo/Manatee County Sheriff's Office)Months after he landed in Florida's Manatee County Jail, Jovon Frazier's pleas for treatment of the intense pain that radiated from his left shoulder to his elbow were met mostly with Tylenol.