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U.S. West Coast port backups delay apparel, bobbleheads, french fries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:53

Tractor trailer rigs line up to pick up and drop off cargo at the Port of Seattle in SeattleBy Steve Gorman and Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crippling cargo backups at U.S. West Coast ports dragged on into a third month amid industry reports on Thursday of prolonged shipment delays for goods ranging from yoga apparel and rice to NBA bobblehead collectibles and frozen french fries. Cargo that normally takes two to three days to flow through the affected ports, accounting for nearly half of U.S. maritime trade and over 70 percent of imports from Asia, now faces lag times of up to two weeks, the National Retail Federation said. ...


U.S. West Coast port backups delay apparel, bobbleheads, french fries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:53

Tractor trailer rigs line up to pick up and drop off cargo at the Port of Seattle in SeattleBy Steve Gorman and Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crippling cargo backups at U.S. West Coast ports dragged on into a third month amid industry reports on Thursday of prolonged shipment delays for goods ranging from yoga apparel and rice to NBA bobblehead collectibles and frozen french fries. Cargo that normally takes two to three days to flow through the affected ports, accounting for nearly half of U.S. maritime trade and over 70 percent of imports from Asia, now faces lag times of up to two weeks, the National Retail Federation said. ...


Boy, 13, shot while fleeing robbers in Wissinoming

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:48

Boy, 13, shot while fleeing robbers in WissinomingAuthorities say a 13-year-old boy was shot while attempting to flee a pair of robbers in Philadelphia's Wissinoming section.


Case tossed vs. woman held 22 years in son's death

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

FILE - This undated image provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Debra Milke. The Arizona Court of Appeals Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 ruled that the charges against Milke in the 1989 death of her son Christopher can't be refiled. The appeals court has ordered that murder charges against Milke, who spent 22 years on death row in son’s death be dismissed. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)PHOENIX (AP) — In a scathing critique of Arizona's criminal justice system, a state appeals court on Thursday ordered the dismissal of murder charges against a woman who spent 22 years on death row for the killing of her 4-year-old son.


U.S. West Coast port backups delay apparel, bobbleheads, french fries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:28
By Steve Gorman and Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crippling cargo backups at U.S. West Coast ports dragged on into a third month amid industry reports on Thursday of prolonged shipment delays for goods ranging from yoga apparel and rice to NBA bobblehead collectibles and frozen french fries. Cargo that normally takes two to three days to flow through the affected ports, accounting for nearly half of U.S. maritime trade and over 70 percent of imports from Asia, now faces lag times of up to two weeks, the National Retail Federation said. ...

Convicted money manager to stars avoids repeat trip to U.S. prison

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

Financial advisor Dana Giacchetto exits the Manhattan Federal Court house in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former money manager to Hollywood stars who served prison time for operating a $10 million investment fraud avoided another trip to the slammer Thursday, even as a Manhattan federal judge said she was "deeply troubled" by his latest crime. Dana Giacchetto, a former investment advisor to A-listers such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz, was sentenced to two years probation, including four months home confinement for using a stolen credit card to spend more than $9,000. U.S. ...


California father of missing children, slain wife arrested after standoff

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

A police officer carries two boys to safety after an Amber Alert vehicle was stopped on a freeway exit ramp in Santee, CaliforniaBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A Los Angeles-area man sought in the disappearance of his family was arrested on Thursday after a standoff on a freeway near San Diego during which police rescued his four sons, and authorities said a woman's body found in a car trunk was his wife. California Highway Patrol spokesman Kevin Pearlstein said the four boys aged 6 to 11 are now in police custody. "The kids are doing good - they're playing and talking with us," Pearlstein said. "Physically they are fine, the mental part takes time. ...


Body found in car is mother from California family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:16

This combination photo released by the Montebello, Calif., Police Department shows the Perez family, who have been missing from their Montebello home since Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Authorities are searching for Daniel and Erica Perez, a couple with a troubled and violent marriage, and their four sons, Jordan, 11, Jaiden, 9, Tristan, 8, and Alex, 6. A police statement said neither parent is returning phone messages and the father hasn't showed up for work for two days. Family members tell police the marriage was unstable and there's a history of domestic violence. Montebello is about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Montebello Police Department)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California man was tackled as he began climbing over the railing of a bridge Thursday and police led his four young sons to safety, a day after his wife was found dead in the trunk of the family car.


3 construction workers killed in skyscraper fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:08
DALLAS (AP) — Three construction workers are dead and three other people received hospital treatment after a fire erupted in a downtown Dallas high-rise, prompting the evacuation of thousands of office workers from the building.

U.S. congressional staffers stage walkout in latest police protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:08

African-American Congressional staffers stage walk out with Hands Up Don't Shoot pose on the steps of the House of Representatives in Washington to protest the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric GarnerWASHINGTON/OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Dozens of U.S. congressional staff staged a walkout on Thursday to protest decisions by grand juries not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. The staffers, including members of the Congressional Black Associates group, held a prayer service on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and raised their hands in a reference to the "Hands up, don't shoot" chants that have become a feature of protests around the nation. ...


Detective: Man who shot German student adjusted aim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:07
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The lead detective who investigated the shooting of a German exchange student by a Montana man testified Thursday that it appeared the man adjusted his aim before firing the shot that killed the 17-year-old.

10 Things to Know for Friday

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

Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., left, and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., join other senators in a rush to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, for a procedural vote to advance the $585 billion defense bill. With a midnight Thursday deadline to keep the government running, a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill is teetering as many lawmakers find more in the measure to dislike than like. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Wilmington dubbed 'Murder Town USA' in Newsweek article

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:56

Wilmington dubbed 'Murder Town USA' in Newsweek articleA Newsweek article has dubbed Wilmington 'Murder Town USA' and it's causing quite a stir among city officials, business owners and residents alike.


Texas Lottery to halt sales of Monopoly game

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:39
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Lottery is suspending sales of the multistate Monopoly Millionaires' Club game two months after its launch in 23 states.

Time capsule removed from Massachusetts Statehouse

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

Pamela Hatchfield, a conservator at the Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, holds a time capsule she had just removed from the cornerstone of the Statehouse in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Secretary of State William Galvin said the 200-year-old time capsule is believed to contain items such as old coins and newspapers, but the condition of the contents isn’t yet known. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON (AP) — Crews removed a time capsule dating back to 1795 on Thursday from the granite cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse, where historians believe it was originally placed by Revolutionary War luminaries Samuel Adams and Paul Revere among others.


Award-winning Washington Post photographer dies of heart attack in Liberia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:21
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post photographer Michel du Cille died of an apparent heart attack on Thursday in Liberia where he was on assignment covering the Ebola outbreak, the newspaper said. The Post said du Cille, 58, collapsed after hiking back from a village where he and Post reporter Justin Jouvenal were reporting. Du Cille was taken to a hospital two hours away where he was declared dead. “We are all heartbroken. We have lost a beloved colleague and one of the world’s most accomplished photographers," Post executive editor Martin Baron said in a statement. ...

Ride-sharing firms Über and Lyft gain approval in two Texas cities

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:09
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Ride-sharing firms Über and Lyft made inroads into two of the largest cities in Texas this week by winning approval in Dallas and San Antonio, albeit with regulations in the Alamo City they found tough to swallow. After nearly a year of sometimes heated debate, San Antonio on Thursday approved rules that will allow the smartphone-enabled ride services the right to compete with regular taxi drivers, but with regulations largely fashioned by the taxi industry. ...

In Newtown, mental health problems still emerging

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:05

In this Sept. 23, 2014 photo provided by the Resiliency Center of Newtown, a chalk board painted column is displayed at the center in Newtown, Conn. Founded after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, the center offers the community mental and emotional health programs that include art, music and play therapy. (AP Photo/Resiliency Center of Newtown)NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse — two years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the scope of the psychological damage to children, parents and others is becoming clear, and the need for treatment is likely to persist a long time.


1901 San Francisco Bay ship wreck found

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:02
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists have located the wreckage of a passenger ship that crashed in 1901 near the site of what is now the Golden Gate Bridge, killing 128 people.

DOJ says Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:51

FILE- In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, a sample of cannabis appears on display at Shango Premium Cannabis dispensary in Portland, Ore. The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, that Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands, as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.