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Boston Scientific ordered to pay $26.7 million over mesh devices

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:14
By Zachary Fagenson and Jessica Dye MIAMI/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boston Scientific Corp was ordered Thursday to pay four women a total of $26.7 million after it was found liable for selling faulty transvaginal mesh devices, following one of the first federal trials resulting from thousands of lawsuits over the devices. After deliberating for a few hours, a Miami federal court jury found Boston Scientific liable following an eight-day trial. ...

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:01

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, rebels from al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, also known as the Nusra Front, wave their brigade flag, as they step on the top of a Syrian air force helicopter at Taftanaz air base that was captured by the rebels in Idlib province, northern Syria. In the early dawn of Nov. 2, militant leaders with the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria and sealed a deal to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a prominent Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander said. Such an alliance could be a significant blow to struggling U.S-backed Syrian rebels. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

Baker Hughes says in deal talks with Halliburton

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:52
HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield-services provider Baker Hughes Inc. said Thursday it is talks with rival Halliburton Co. about a potential merger.

Gay couples marry in Kansas despite legal fight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:51

Shelly Walston, left, and Mallory Rine swear their information is correct as they pick up their marriage license application at the Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita, Kan., Thursday Nov. 13, 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request Wednesday from the state to block gay and lesbian couples from getting married in Kansas while the state fights lawsuits challenging Kansas' gay-marriage ban. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gay couples across Kansas headed Thursday to county offices where judges granted marriage licenses and waived waiting periods after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex unions over the objections of the state's attorney general.

Report: Planes used to gather cellphone data

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:44
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is collecting data from thousands of cellphones through high-tech gear deployed on airplanes that mimics communications towers, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

SAP to pay Oracle $359M to end bitter legal battle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:39
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.

Florida man executed for stepdaughter's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:28

In this undated arrest photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows inmate Chadwick Banks. Banks from Gadsden County, Fla., is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, for the 1992 murder of his 10-year-old stepdaughter. He also killed his sleeping wife on the same day. (AP Photo/FDLE)STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who fatally shot his sleeping wife and then raped and killed his young stepdaughter 22 years ago was put to death Thursday for the child's slaying.

WVU suspends fraternity, sorority activities

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:26
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has suspended social and pledging activities at its campus-affiliated fraternities and sororities after two problems on campus.

Brown family urges police, protester restraint

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:22

Pathologist Dr. Michael Baden waves off media questions as he arrives to testify before the grand jury concerning the Michael Brown shooting at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo., on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown are urging restraint by both protesters and police once a grand jury decides whether the suburban St. Louis officer who shot him should face charges. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTCLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown are urging restraint by both protesters and police once a grand jury decides whether the suburban St. Louis officer who shot him should face charges.

Florida man executed for killing stepdaughter in 1992

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:21

Death row inmate Chadwick Banks is seen in an undated picture from the Florida Department of Corrections in Raiford, FloridaBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - A man convicted of fatally shooting his sleeping wife, then raping and murdering her 10-year-old daughter, was executed by lethal injection Thursday evening at Florida State Prison after spending almost half his life on death row, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. The execution of Chadwick Banks, 43, was delayed by about an hour because of an unsuccessful late appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay, DOC spokeswoman Jessica Cary said. ...

A timeline of events in Upper Big Branch disaster

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:17
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on numerous counts of conspiracy, making him the highest-ranking executive charged in the April 2010 underground explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia. Here is a timeline of major events in the Upper Big Branch disaster in southern West Virginia, beginning with the explosion:

New Jersey state Assembly approves assisted suicide bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:52
By Sebastien Malo (Reuters) - The New Jersey state Assembly on Thursday passed a measure that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients, modeled after the Oregon law that allowed a 29-year-old woman suffering from brain cancer to end her life. The legislation must still win approval in the New Jersey state Senate, where a companion bill has stalled, and then be signed by Governor Chris Christie. If it passes those hurdles, New Jersey would become the fourth state with a so-called "death with dignity" law. ...

Trooper ambush suspect charged with terrorism

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:49
The man accused of opening fire on a Pennsylvania State Police barracks admitted killing a trooper because he was dissatisfied with government and wanted to "wake people up," according to court documents filed Thursday that provided the first indication of a possible motive.

House fire in NY kills 2, including baby; 6 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:43
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A fast-moving fire engulfed a three-story home in early Thursday, leaving a 64-year-old woman and a 4-month-old baby dead and three residents hospitalized. Three others injured in the blaze were treated and released.

U.S. internal review cites Secret Service failures in White House intrusion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:39

Members of the U.S. Secret Service patrol in front of the North Lawn of the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - An intruder was able to scale the White House fence and enter the executive mansion in September because of major Secret Service failures including an agent who was distracted by a personal cellphone call, according to an internal review released on Thursday. Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez, 42, is accused of breaking into the heavily guarded complex on Sept. 19 armed with a knife in one of the most significant security breaches since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. The suspect was not stopped until he entered the main floor of the White House. ...

Florida man who killed wife, stepdaughter in 1992 attack executed for child's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:36
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida man who killed wife, stepdaughter in 1992 attack executed for child's slaying.

68 cats found in van in Oregon hoarding case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:30

This Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 photo provided by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office via the Argus Observer shows scores of cats found living in a van in Ontario, Ore. The Ontario Feral Cat Project rescue group is caring for the 68 cats in what one worker described as "a swirling mass." Many of the living cats were emaciated, Some had lost an eye to infection, a few were missing both eyes. (AP Photo/Malheur County Sheriff via the Argus Observer)ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — Workers at an animal rescue operation in Oregon were caring Thursday for 68 cats found crammed into a van, many in wretched shape.

NY family accused of $20 million mortgage fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:26
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Twelve members of a single Brooklyn-based family were charged Thursday with lying about being wealthy to obtain mortgages or lying about being poor to get food stamps and other benefits.

Judge sticks to BP gross negligence ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:22
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans is sticking to his ruling that said BP's conduct in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster amounted to "gross negligence."

Amazon, Hachette end monthslong dispute

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 08:17

FILE - This Oct. 18, 2010 file photo shows an package on a UPS truck in Palo Alto, Calif. Amazon and Hachette announced a multiyear agreement Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, ending one of publishing's nastiest, most high-profile conflicts. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)NEW YORK (AP) — One of publishing's nastiest, most high-profile conflicts, the monthslong standoff between and Hachette Book Group, is ending.