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Man who lived modestly leaves millions in surprise donations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:10

This undated photo provided by the estate of Ronald Read shows Read, a former gas station employee and janitor who died in June 2014 at age 92. Known as a private man who led a modest life in Brattleboro, Vt., Read had a hidden talent for picking stocks - a talent that became public after his death when he bequeathed $6 million to his local library and hospital. (AP Photo/Estate of Ronald Read)BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A man who sometimes held his coat together with safety pins and had a long-time habit of foraging for firewood also had a knack for picking stocks — a talent that became public after his death when he bequeathed $6 million to his local library and hospital.


Cuban immigrant gets six years over Eli Lilly heist in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:10
A Cuban immigrant who pleaded guilty to having a role in the theft of more than $50 million of pharmaceuticals from an Eli Lilly and Co warehouse in northern Connecticut was sentenced on Wednesday to 6-1/4 years in prison. Yosmany Nunez, 42, of Southwest Ranches, Florida, is the first defendant to be sentenced among five who pleaded guilty over the March 13, 2010 heist in Enfield, Connecticut, which borders Massachusetts, federal prosecutors said.

Syracuse Bars Its Men's Basketball Team From Postseason

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:09
Syracuse on Wednesday announced a self-imposed one-year postseason ban for its men’s basketball team because of an ongoing N.C.A.A. investigation.






Ivory Coast can play better - Renard

BBC World News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:09
Ivory Coast head coach Herve Renard was far from happy with their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final win over DR Congo.
Categories: BBC World News

The Bruce Jenner Story Goes From Gossip to News

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:07
Trans advocates respond to the media attention Mr. Jenner has received as a member of a family that has put everything about itself up for public consumption.






Music Review: Diana Ross Reopens the Kings Theater in Brooklyn

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:06
Diana Ross performed at the reopening of the renovated Kings Theater in Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

UN diplomats: Iraq envoy Mladenov to be new UN Mideast envoy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:04
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. diplomats say the Security Council has given a green light to the appointment of Nikolay Mladenov as the U.N.'s top Mideast envoy, replacing Robert Serry.

Son of Episcopal priest arrested in killing of father and two others in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:03
By Camilo Smith HOUSTON (Reuters) - The 19-year-old son of an Episcopal priest was arrested in Mississippi on Wednesday on charges of killing his father and two other family members this week in their Houston home. Isaac Tiharihondi was arrested at a motel in Jackson, Mississippi, according to a spokeswoman with the FBI’s Jackson Field office. Israel Ahimbisibwe, 51, Dorcus Ahimbisibwe, 47 and 5-year-old Israel Ahimbisibwe, Jr. were all found dead in their northwest Houston apartment on Monday, Houston police said. Only God knows," said a message posted on Wednesday on the Facebook page for the Church of the Redeemer, where Israel Ahimbisibwe was a priest.

Investigation Underway in Metro-North Train Crash

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:01
Federal officials said the impact between the train and a vehicle on the tracks dislodged an electrified rail, which, mixed with gasoline, created an inferno.






In Net Neutrality Plan, F.C.C. Chief Sees Internet Service Regulated as Public Utility

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:59
The proposal would create legal authority to ensure that no content is blocked and that the Internet is not divided into pay-to-play fast lanes for Internet and media companies.

California man pleads guilty to killings of five people in 2008

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:57
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California man charged with killing his ex-wife and four others in 2008, then torching her home, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to murder and arson in a plea deal that could spare him the death sentence if he testifies against a co-defendant. As part of the plea agreement, Jae Shim, 45, of Palmdale, admitted to lying in wait to kill his victims, then using a Samurai sword and baseball bat to stab and beat them to death in June 2008, prosecutors said. The bodies of his former spouse, Jenny Young Park, 34, her 13-year-old daughter, Jamie, her 11-year-old son, Justin, and a 60-year-old relative, Joseph Ciganek, were found in the ruins of a home they shared in the desert community of Quartz Hill, north of Los Angeles. The remains of Park's boyfriend, Si Young Yoon, 34, missing since the day of the slayings, were found in Mexico in December by authorities acting on information Shim provided as part of his plea agreement, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Cuban immigrant gets 6 years for theft of drugs worth $50M

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:55
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Cuban immigrant was sentenced Wednesday to more than six years in prison for his role in the 2010 nighttime heist of a Connecticut warehouse in which the robbers filled a tractor-trailer with more than $50 million worth of pharmaceutical drugs.

Oklahoma sees meth addicts fueling surge in cattle rustling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:54
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - One of the oldest Wild West crimes, cattle rustling, has been making a comeback in Oklahoma in recent years, with major culprits being methamphetamine addicts selling stolen livestock to pay for their drug habits, officials said. This week, Oklahoma identified five people suspected of being in a cattle-rustling ring, arresting two suspects. Cattle thefts cost ranchers about $4.5 million last year, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture said. "Cattle rustling has been around since Moby Dick was a minnow, but the price of cattle has doubled and tripled in the past few years, and theft is on the rise," said Jerry Flowers, chief agent of investigations for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.

Gov. Snyder: Michigan will recognize about 300 gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:53

In this June 26, 2013, file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. The justices might have to decide to jump in at their closed-door conference on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, if they want to resolve the legal debate over gay marriage in the next few months. The justices would hear the case in April, the last month for oral arguments before the next term begins in October. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages that were quickly performed in the hours before an appeals court blocked a ruling legalizing the unions, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday.


Bush calls for expansion of immigration of skilled workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:53

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pauses while speaking at a Economic Club of Detroit meeting in Detroit Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. The Detroit event is the first in a series of stops that Bush's team is calling his "Right to Rise" tour. That's also the name of the political action committee he formed in December 2014 to allow him to explore a presidential run. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — In Republican presidential prospect Jeb Bush's first major economic speech, the former Florida governor said the U.S. economy should be growing at 4 percent annually — and called making it easier for skilled immigrants to enter the country a key to getting there.


California lawmakers seek to end 'personal belief' vaccine exemptions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:51
By Dan Whitcomb and Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Responding to an outbreak of measles that has infected more than 100 people, two California lawmakers said on Wednesday they would introduce legislation to end the right of parents in the state to exempt their children from school vaccinations based on personal beliefs. California public health officials say 92 people have been diagnosed with measles in the state, many of them linked to an outbreak that they believe began when an infected person from outside the country visited Disneyland in late December. We need to take steps to keep our schools safe and our students healthy,” state Senator Ben Allen said in a written statement announcing the legislation he is co-sponsoring with fellow Democrat Richard Pan. The measure would make California the 33rd state to bar parents from opting out of vaccinations based on personal beliefs.

Fox profits beat expectations

BBC World News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:48
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox reports better than expected profits, buoyed by the success of films like thriller Gone Girl and The Maze Runner.
Categories: BBC World News

Utah lawmaker apologizes for questioning rape definition

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:46

FILE - This Feb. 20, 2013 file photo shows Rep. Brian Greene, R-Pleasant Grove, testifying at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. After a backlash from victim’s advocates, the Utah lawmaker apologized Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 for asking whether sex with an unconscious person within a marriage should be considered rape during a discussion about a sexual consent bill. Greene said he supports a proposal to make it clear that an unconscious person can’t consent to sex, but was worried about unintended consequences. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After a backlash from victim's advocates, a Utah lawmaker apologized Wednesday for asking whether sex with an unconscious spouse should be considered rape during a discussion about a sexual consent bill.


Ohio city settles lawsuit by wheelchair comic's promoter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:44

FILE - In this June 13, 2012 file photo, Ally Bruener, right, poses for a photograph with friend Forest Thomer at her home in Alexandria, Ky. The comedy promoter, Thomer, who asked people if they wanted to laugh at a “crippled girl” in a wheelchair and then was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge has received $25,000 from the city to settle his federal lawsuit charging violation of his free-speech rights, the man’s attorney said Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. The question wasn’t intended to demean Bruener, but to promote her next comedy show and website. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cara Owsley, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALESCINCINNATI (AP) — A comedy promoter who asked people if they wanted to laugh at a "crippled girl" in a wheelchair and then was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge has received $25,000 from the city to settle his federal lawsuit alleging violation of his free-speech rights, his attorney said Wednesday.


Borussia Dortmund 0-1 FC Augsburg

BBC World News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 06:42
Borussia Dortmund players go over to speak to fans after a loss to 10-man Augsburg leaves them bottom of the Bundesliga.
Categories: BBC World News