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Judge rules loss could be imposed on Calpers in Stockton bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:23

A view of downtown Stockton, California is reflected in a windowBy Robin Respaut SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing Stockton, California's municipal bankruptcy trial on Wednesday ruled that the state's public employee retirement system, known as Calpers, could be forced to absorb losses along with other creditors. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said the city's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System could be rejected. While the judge ruled the city may impose losses on Calpers, he has not yet ruled that it must do so as part of its financial restructuring. ...


Secret Service director resigns under fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:22

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, in her position for just 18 months, faced mounting calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a September 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife scaled the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before an off-duty agent stopped him. ...


17 people displaced by major fire in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:21
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Four buildings in Atlantic City will be demolished after they were severely damaged by a wind-blown fire that broke out just steps from the resort's boardwalk.

Texan bids for Nuremberg stenographer's mementos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:18

File - This Sept. 19, 2014, file photo taken in Anchorage, Alaska, shows credentials and a Social Security card for Maxine Carr, a stenographer who was assigned to cover the Nuremberg trials after World War II. A Dallas woman bid $9,000 on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, for documents from the Nuremberg trials that were found in an old trunk in Alaska that belonged to a postwar stenographer. (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro, File)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Dallas woman bid $9,000 for documents from the Nuremberg trials that were found in an old locked trunk in Alaska that belonged to a postwar stenographer.


Rio 2016 Olympics 'are on track'

BBC World News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:15
The International Olympic Committee says it is satisfied with the progress made by Rio de Janeiro in its preparations for the 2016 Olympics.
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Report IDs 'weaknesses' at nuclear weapons lab

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:15
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report issued Wednesday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy squarely places blame for the shutdown of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository on failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

US, China air differences over Hong Kong protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:13

Local residents join a a pro-democracy sit in at a main intersection in the Mongkok district in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong warned Wednesday that if the territory's leader doesn't resign by the end of Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. and Chinese officials publicly aired differences Wednesday over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system.


Hulk actor's foray into Brazilian politics

BBC World News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:11
Hollywood actor's halting foray into Brazilian politics
Categories: BBC World News

In pictures: A journey through 19th Century Brazil

BBC World News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:10
19th Century Brazil seen through the eyes of an Englishman
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Amazon closing distribution plant in Kansas

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:10
Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, a move that will affect hundreds of workers in this rural area, the online retailer said Wednesday.

Will our cities be congestion-free?

BBC World News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:09
Will our cities ever be congestion-free?
Categories: BBC World News

Coho fishing action building in many Puget Sound region rivers

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:09
%%%2191a98a738447b3035818cd4dff111a%%%The recent rainstorms have been a boon for river salmon anglers with good numbers of coho heading upstream.

U.S. Ebola patient flew on United Airlines to Dallas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:08
By Jeffrey Dastin (Reuters) - United Airlines believes the U.S. Ebola patient flew on its aircraft from Brussels to Dallas-Fort Worth via Washington on Sept. 20, based on information it received from federal officials, according to a company spokeswoman. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there was "zero risk of transmission" on these two flights because the patient showed no symptoms at the time and therefore could not have been contagious, the United spokeswoman said. The CDC has said it is unnecessary to contact others who traveled on the flights, she added. ...

Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:08

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance. "His whole family was screaming. He got outside and he was throwing up all over the place," resident Mesud Osmanovic, 21, said on Wednesday, describing the chaotic scene before the man was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday where he is in serious condition. ...


EU commissioner: Nude celebs 'dumb'

BBC World News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:07
Celebrities who had intimate pictures of themselves leaked onto the internet were "dumb" for taking them, the EU's new digital commissioner says.
Categories: BBC World News

Devil worship on the man-eating mountain

BBC World News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:05
Devil worship in the tunnels of the man-eating mountain
Categories: BBC World News

Judge: Was biased vs. white suspect; verdict OK'd

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:03
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Kagan had been in prison for murder for more than a decade when doubts about his guilt arose from an uncommon source: the former judge who had convicted him.

Job hunting the big data way

BBC World News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:03
How data crunching is dictating our job prospects
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Wenger praises 'electric' Welbeck

BBC World News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:03
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Danny Welbeck is "electric" after his hat-trick in the 4-1 win against Galatasaray.
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35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:02
Pacific walrus that can't find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska.