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Big fine for crashing drone in Yellowstone spring

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:10
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has ordered a Dutch man to pay more than $3,000 for crashing a drone into the biggest hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

Career criminal gets life for 3 killings in 1980s

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:09

Samuel Little shouts as he is sentenced to three consecutive terms of life in prison without parole for murdering three women in the late 1980s, in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Little, 74, shouted out in court during his sentencing hearing that he didn't commit the killings and said he hoped for a new trial. His lawyer Michael Pentz, left, has filed a notice of appeal. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Audrey Nelson clawed for her life while being beaten and strangled 25 years ago, she grasped something that finally brought justice for her family Thursday and helped send a serial killer to prison.

USDA details new risk-based farm payment programs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:08
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers can start as early as next week on signing up for new safety net programs that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said replaces the much-criticized direct payments with government payouts based on the risks farmers face.

Obama Announces Attorney General Eric Holder's Resignation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:07
Holder plans to step down once a successor is named.

Autopsy: Mentally ill NC inmate died of thirst

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:03
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina inmate with mental illness who had been held in solitary confinement died of thirst, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.

U.S. SEC wins hundreds of millions in Wyly fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:00

Texas investor Samuel Wyly exits the Manhattan Federal CourtBy Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Texas tycoon Sam Wyly and his late brother Charles' estate must pay hundreds of millions of dollars to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a fraudulent offshore scheme, a U.S. judge said on Thursday, one of the largest awards ever imposed on individual defendants. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in New York ruled that the Wyly brothers must pay $187.7 million in disgorgement and an undetermined amount of interest that she estimated would increase the total to between $300 million and $400 million. ...

Playoff spot a longshot as Mariners lose 1-0 at Toronto

Seattle Mariners - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:59
With four games left, Seattle is three games back of Oakland and Kansas City in the wild-card race.
Categories: Sports Center

Fewer New York state municipalities in fiscal stress: study

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:57
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of counties, cities, towns and villages in New York state experiencing fiscal stress fell to 35 in 2013 compared with 40 during the previous year, a report by the state's top financial watchdog showed on Thursday. However, the study by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warned about reading too much into year-on-year comparisons as the report is only in its second year. This year's survey also covered 23 fewer municipalities than the previous year. ...

Mariners’ feel-good season is having a feel-awful finish

Seattle Mariners - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:57
A playoff spot was there for the taking but the Mariners have faltered down the stretch, losing 12 of their past 17 games.
Categories: Sports Center

GM ignition-switch victims' families to accept compensation offer: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:56

Laura Christian and Ken Rimer carry signs in remembrance of their children and others who died in car crashes from defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles in front of the GM World Headquarters in downtown Detroit, MichiganBy Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - The families of two victims killed in a General Motors Co vehicle with a faulty ignition switch will accept offers from a program set up to provide compensation for crash injuries and deaths, a lawyer for the family said on Thursday. The lawyer, Robert Hilliard, said the offers had been accepted by the families of Amy Rademaker and Natasha Weigel, two teenage girls who were killed in a 2006 crash involving a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, one of 2.6 million vehicles recalled by GM since the beginning of the year for switch problems. ...

Utah to appeal ruling in 'Sister Wives' case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:50

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2013, file photo, Jonathan Turley, attorney for Kody Brown and his four wives, the stars of the reality show "Sister Wives," leaves the Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse, in Salt Lake City. Utah's attorney general has filed notice that he will appeal a ruling striking down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit brought by the family on the TLC reality TV show "Sister Wives." Turley says the family will take the legal fight to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's attorney general has decided to appeal a ruling that struck down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in what marked a significant victory for the family on the reality TV show "Sister Wives" and polygamous families living in Utah.

NYC boosted subway security after Iraq warning: police commissioner

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:49

New York City police commissioner William Bratton addresses a news conference at police headquarters in New York(Reuters) - New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said on Thursday that the department boosted police presence on subways and city streets after the Iraqi prime minister's warning of a potential threat to transit systems from Islamist militants. Even so, Bratton and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to reassure New Yorkers that there was no specific, credible threat to the subway system or the city in general. "We are convinced New Yorkers are safe," de Blasio said at a press conference at a lower Manhattan subway station. (Reporting By Frank McGurty; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Guess who almost got cast in 'Gone Girl'?

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:46
(Side note, just for fun: I am delighted to report that there appears to be a character named Moira on "The Good Wife" -- the real estate agent, who I think we've seen in previous episodes, who Alicia called regarding her mortgage. Between this and the Moira character on "Mad Men," my usually obscur

Getting updates on Los Cabos hotel, airport reopenings after the hurricane

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:46
After being devastated by Hurricane Odile on Sept. 14,  electrical power and other infrastructure is being restored in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos and the dozens of the hotels damaged by the hurricane are being repaired. Two local websites with useful updates on hotel reconstruction, restau

U.S. Attorney General Holder to stay until successor in place: Obama

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is stepping down but has agreed to stay on until a successor is named and confirmed. "With his typical dedication, Eric has agreed to stay on as attorney general until I nominate a successor and that successor is confirmed by the Senate," Obama told a news conference with Holder at his side. Holder is a close Obama ally and the first U.S. black chief prosecutor. (Reporting by Sandra Maler and Mohammad Zargham)

US releases IS oil strike images

BBC World News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:42
The Pentagon releases footage and still photos of its air strikes on oil refineries controlled by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria.
Categories: BBC World News

Rival Palestinian Factions Agree to Resolve Differences, Leaders Say

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:41
Government news media reported that the leaders of Hamas and Fatah had made progress on the sticking points of their five-month-old reconciliation pact.

Sheriff: Iowa mom let abusive boyfriend back home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:38

This combination made from booking photos released by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office in West Union, Iowa show 29-year-old Jonya Smith, left, and 28-year-old Joshua Steinbronn. Both were arrested Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, after the sheriff said Steinbronn violated a no-contact order with Smith’s children, who he’s charged with locking in a bedroom for more than 24 hours at a time. (AP Photo/ Fayette County Sheriff’s Office)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa mother was arrested after allowing her boyfriend back in the home where investigators say he locked her five children in a bedroom for 24 hours at a time, a sheriff said Thursday.

Police: Man raped small girl, killed her kitten

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:38

 Man raped small girl, killed her kittenA 34-year old Bucks County man is behind bars, accused of sexually and mentally abusing a little girl over the course of several years and killing he kitten.

Postal Service aims for grocery delivery beyond Amazon

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:33
The U.S. Postal Service, which has been testing grocery deliveries for Amazon in San Francisco, is now seeking permission to move to new markets and handle shipments for other companies.