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Volunteers bring Santa to remote Alaska village

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 02:03

This photo taken Dec. 6, 2014, shows Christmas toys and other supplies being loaded from a C130 military transport plane onto sleds being pulled by snowmobiles in Shishmaref, Alaska. The Alaska National Guard provided transport for the good Samaritan program Operation Santa, which took gifts and schools supplies to about 300 children in the Inupiat Eskimo community. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)SHISHMAREF, Alaska (AP) — Volunteers who brought Christmas to a remote Inupiat Eskimo community on Alaska's western coast came bearing necessities like coats and school supplies as well as rare treats like apples, oranges and even ice cream.


Ex-Va. gov's lawyers want longer sentencing memo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 02:01
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's lawyers are seeking permission to file a longer-than-usual brief about his sentencing on federal corruption charges.

Obamacare consultant apologizes for remarks on stupidity of voters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 02:00

Economist Jonathan Gruber speaks at a conference of the Workers Compensation Research Institute in BostonBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber apologized on Tuesday for remarks in which he referred to "the stupidity of the American voter" and told a congressional committee that President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law was not passed in a deceptive manner. Gruber, a healthcare economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said he had not intended to denigrate the 2010 Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, and played down his role in its development. ...


Philadelphia female firefighter killed in blaze identified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 02:00

Female Philadelphia firefighter killed in blaze identifiedPhiladelphia city officials have identified the female firefighter killed in a fire early Tuesday morning in West Oak Lane.


Man accused of impersonating agent to plead guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:55

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Williams County Jail in Williston, N.D., shows Steven Goldmann, a convicted felon working as a bounty hunter in the North Dakota oil patch after his arrest in Williston on an illegal weapons charge. Goldmann, who tried to pass himself off as an FBI agent in the North Dakota oil patch, says he will plead guilty to an illegal weapons charge. He is charged in federal court with six counts, including four counts of impersonating an officer. Under the plea agreement, Goldmann would plead guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. The remaining five charges would be dropped. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Williams County Jail, File)FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A convicted con man who tried to pass himself off as an FBI agent to get perks in the North Dakota oil patch will plead guilty to an illegal weapons charge under an agreement filed in federal court.


Some flights delayed in Texas amid lingering fog

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:41
DALLAS (AP) — Heavy fog has delayed or canceled dozens of flights in North Texas.

159 arrested in Berkeley, protests from California to NYC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:38

159 arrested in Berkeley, protests from California to NYCHundreds of people marched through Berkeley for a third night a row, blocking a major highway and stopping a train as activists in this ultra-liberal bastion protested grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men on the other side of the country.


Nearly 40 years after conviction, third Cleveland man cleared of murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:34
By Kim Palmer (Reuters) - A Cleveland judge on Tuesday dropped all charges against the last of three men to be exonerated for a 1975 murder after the key witness in the case recanted his testimony. Kwame Ajamu, 56, who spent 27 years in prison for the robbery and murder of Harold Franks, told reporters after his court hearing that he had no bitter feelings and is overwhelmed with joy. “I’m so happy today that this battle had come to an end,” said Ajamu, formerly known as Ronnie Bridgeman, as he wept and thanked his attorneys and wife before hugging the judge and the prosecutor. ...

Hallmark pulls holiday wrapping paper with swastika-like image

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:31
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Hallmark Cards Inc, the purveyor of products that it says "make the world a more caring place," was pulling gift wrap from U.S. stores after a complaint that the paper appears to display a swastika, a symbol associated with the persecution of Jews. Hallmark issued an apology on Tuesday and said that the blue and silver wrapping paper was designed to represent a type of vessel, and any similarity to a swastika was unintentional. The company said the pattern has been in the company's reference archives for several years. ...

159 arrested in third night of California protests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:28

159 arrested in third night of California protestsHundreds of people marched through Berkeley for a third night a row, blocking a major highway and stopping a train as activists in this ultra-liberal bastion protested grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men on the other side of the country.


Obama wants diverse skills for federal managers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling on the government to improve the way it serves the public, President Barack Obama on Tuesday directed top management prospects in the federal bureaucracy to develop a more diverse set of skills as the upper ranks of the federal workforce retire in greater numbers.

Nissan settles class-action lawsuit claiming faulty brakes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:26

The Nissan logo sign is seen outside a Nissan auto dealer in Broomfield, ColoradoBy Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nissan North America has agreed to reimburse customers between $20 and $800 each to resolve a lawsuit alleging that defects in certain vehicles caused brakes to fail suddenly, according to court papers. The settlement agreement, filed on Dec. 5, would affect current or former owners of approximately 350,000 vehicles nationwide. They include Nissan Armadas, Infiniti QX56s or certain Nissan Titans, all model years 2004 to 2008, according to the court papers filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. If approved by U.S. ...


Man fatally shot after stabbing at NYC synagogue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:23

Man fatally shot after stabbing at NYC synagogueAn emotionally disturbed man stabbed an Israeli student in the head at an international Jewish organization in Brooklyn early Tuesday, then was shot and killed by a police officer after lunging at him with a knife, authorities said.


Ice bucket, Brazil elections popular on Facebook

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:11

FILE - In this July 9, 2014 file photo, thousands of soccer fans watch a live broadcast of the FIFA World Cup semifinal soccer match between Netherlands and Argentina on a giant screen in the center of Eindhoven, Netherlands. The World Cup soccer tournament tops Facebook's list of most popular topics worldwide in 2014, based on the number of posts, comments, likes, photos and videos shared. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Day after day, Facebook captures our best and worst moments, from the birth of a new baby to heated political spats. So what got discussed the most in 2014? The Ice Bucket Challenge and the death of Robin Williams, to name a few.


Female firefighter is Philadelphia's first killed in the line of duty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:09

Philadelphia female firefighter killed in blaze identified"She had a strong worth ethic," said Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer. "She prided herself on working at busy fire companies."


U.S. citizen indicted in Israel on weapons charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:07
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen has been indicted in Israel on weapons charges and told investigators he had been weighing the possibility of attacking Muslim holy sites, the Israeli domestic security service Shin Bet said on Tuesday. The man's lawyer told reporters that the Shin Bet was exaggerating the security implications of the case, which coincides with high Arab-Jewish tensions in Jerusalem over access to a holy site where the al-Aqsa mosque now stands and biblical Jewish temples once stood. ...

Houston police search for missing baby of dead woman found in refrigerator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 01:02
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Police are searching for a missing 11-month-old boy on Tuesday after his mother's corpse was found stuffed inside a refrigerator in their Houston apartment. The identity of the woman, 27, who was fatally stabbed, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston police said. Patrick Lambert 38, the child's father, is a person of interest in the case and wanted for questioning in both the disappearance of his son and the death of the child's mother, police said. ...

Police hunt for man, son after mom found in fridge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:58
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities are searching for a man and his 11-month-old son after the child's mother body was found in a refrigerator in her Houston apartment.

New York police shoot, kill man who stabbed student in synagogue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:34

A man walks past the world headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, the scene of a stabbing at the Brooklyn synagogue in New York CityBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police fatally shot a man armed with a knife on Tuesday after he stabbed a rabbinical student from Israel in a Brooklyn synagogue, and authorities quickly stepped up security at Jewish houses of worship around the city, police said. The suspect, Calvin Peters, 49, who has a history of mental illness, stabbed and wounded 22-year-old Levi Rosenblat, who was studying at the world headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, police said. When police arrived at the synagogue at 1:40 a.m. ...


Amber Alert for baby in Texas after mom found in refrigerator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:09

Amber Alert for baby in Texas after mom found in refrigeratorPolice believe the 11-month-old baby is with his father, who's also a person of interest in the mother's death