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Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:25
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.

Obama says Congress vote shows Americans united against Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress for the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebels showed Americans were united in the fight against Islamic State militants. Obama spoke at the White House shortly after final congressional approval of his plan to help the rebels battle the Sunni militant group that has seized areas of Iraq and Syria. He added: "More than 40 countries, including Arab nations, have now offered assistance as part of this coalition." (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Peter Cooney)

U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:19

Free Syrian Army fighters carry a rocket before firing it towards Hama military airport that is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad, in the Hama countrysideBy Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants on Thursday, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the radical group. The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for one of Obama's high-profile initiatives. With the House of Representatives approving the legislation on Wednesday, the measure now goes to Obama to sign into law. Ten Senate Democrats and 12 Republicans voted no. ...

Suspect in killing of Pennsylvania State Police trooper added to FBI 10 Most Wanted list

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:14

Roads blocked near home of suspect in Pa. trooper shootingThe man being sought in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, and wounding a second trooper, has been added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.

Driver freed in Stratosphere crash commits suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:13
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A hotel room suicide of a man who was freed from jail after being accused of intentionally crashing his vehicle into the Stratosphere and declaring he wanted to jump from its tower raised questions Thursday about why he hadn't been charged with a crime and whether he was properly screened for mental illness.

In Barry Bonds appeal, U.S. judges take swings at Justice Department

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:09

 Spring Training-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Several U.S. appeals court judges appeared skeptical on Thursday about the Department of Justice's attempt to preserve a criminal conviction against baseball home run king Barry Bonds that resulted from a steroids probe. The case involves testimony Bonds gave to a grand jury in 2003 about whether he used steroids to help him bash more long balls. Last year, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirmed a conviction against him for obstruction of justice. However, the full 9th Circuit voted to rehear the case. ...

UN warns of food shortages for Syrians

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:07
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Thursday said that it is running out of money to pay for its food programs for almost 6 million Syrians who have been displaced by the country's civil war and that aid will be cut.

Expert to review autopsy of NYC chokehold victim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:05
NEW YORK (AP) — The expert forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy of the 18-year-old shot by a police officer in Missouri will be reviewing the final autopsy report of a New York City man who died after being put in a police chokehold, the attorney for the man's family said Thursday.

House GOP repackages election-year bills

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:04
WASHINGTON (AP) — In case you missed them the first time, House Republicans have passed an election-year package of tax cuts, regulation reductions and, once again, a tweak to President Barack Obama's health law. As before, they stand no chance of becoming law.

R&A allows women members after overwhelming 'yes' vote

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:59

St. Andrews souvenirBy Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - After 260 years of exclusion, women will be allowed to join the Royal and Ancient golf club after an overwhelming members' vote opened the doors to the famous St Andrews clubhouse and paved the way for them to play a role in the governance of the game. More than 75 percent of the club's 2,400 worldwide members, voting in person and via proxy and postal votes, took part and 85 percent were in favour of the change. ...

Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cards

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:54

Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cardsHome Depot said that 56 million debit and credit cards are estimated to have been breached in a data theft between April and September at its stores in the U.S. and Canada. That makes it the second-largest breach for a retailer on record.

Police: Officers fatally shoot man near St. Louis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:51

St. Louis County police officers investigate the scene of a fatal police officer involved shooting on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Jennings, Mo. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the officers fired a combined 25 shots at the suspect. The officers told Belmar the suspect tried to fire at them, but the rifle the suspect had, jammed. No casings from the suspect's .22-caliber rifle were found. This is the second fatal shooting of a black suspect by police in the region since the fatal August shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo., officer. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTOfficers shot and killed a man after he allegedly pointed a rifle at them in suburban St. Louis, the second fatal police shooting of a black suspect in the region since the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

U.S.: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:50
Moderate Syrian rebels, once made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that the Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.

Deputy missing in Texas after patrol car swept away in heavy rain

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:50
(Reuters) - Rescue workers were searching on Thursday for a sheriff's deputy whose patrol car was washed downstream at a low water crossing during heavy rains in Austin, Texas, authorities said. The seven-year veteran of the Travis County Sheriff's Office was last heard from at about 2 a.m. when she radioed that her car was being swept away by rushing flood waters, according to department spokesman Roger Wade. By the time rescuers arrived at the scene near the Mansfield Dam on the Colorado River in northwest Austin, her car was already downstream and underwater, he said. ...

Argentina approves law for controlling prices

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:45
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's congress on Thursday approved a law that lets the government intervene in setting prices and profits in an attempt to tackle one of the hemisphere's worst inflation rates.

All county sheriffs in Colorado halt federal immigration holds: ACLU

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:43
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado's 64 sheriffs will no longer honor federal government requests to hold suspected illegal immigrants beyond their release date on the charges they were arrested for, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Thursday. Earlier this year, the ACLU's Colorado chapter notified the sheriffs they could he held liable for potential civil rights violations if they continued to hold people at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ...

Lemon shot challenge raising awareness on pediatric cancer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:32

Lemon shot challenge raising awareness on pediatric cancerAfter the success of the ice bucket challenge, a Delaware County couple is hoping to raise awareness about pediatric cancer with the lemon shot challenge.

California bill increases Hollywood tax credits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:30

Actor Warren Beatty speaks at a ceremony at which Gov. Jerry Brown signed California Assembly Bill AB 1839, the Expanded Film and Television Job Creation Act, in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The legislation more than triples the state's tax credit to $330 million a year for films and TV shows produced in the state. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown headed to the cradle of the Hollywood film industry Thursday to sign legislation that more than triples the state's tax credit to $330 million a year for films and TV shows produced in California.

End of era: Ellison steps asides as Oracle CEO

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:23

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison gestures while giving a keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. Oracle says Ellison is stepping aside as CEO of the company he founded. The business software maker promoted Safra Catz and Mark Hurd to replace him as co-CEOs. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful era marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies.

Suspect in Pennsylvania police ambush put on FBI wanted list

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:22

Pennsylvania State Police Troopers carry casket of slain Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Corporal Dickson from St. Peters' Cathedral in ScrantonBy Joe McDonald CANADENSIS Pa. (Reuters) - The FBI on Thursday added the name of the suspect in last week's ambush of two Pennsylvania troopers to its list of the 10 most wanted fugitives, almost a week after a manhunt began for the person who killed one officer and wounded another. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, has been identified as the prime suspect in the fatal shooting of Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and the wounding of Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove late last Friday. ...