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Afghanistan gave CIA money to al Qaeda for diplomat's ransom: NYT

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 01:58
About $1 million provided by the CIA to a secret Afghan government fund ended up in the hands of al Qaeda in 2010 when it was used to pay a ransom for an Afghan diplomat, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had at first been concerned about the payment, fearing the CIA knew about the money and had tainted it with poison, radiation or a tracking device, the Times said, and suggested it be converted to another currency. The newspaper said letters about the ransom payment were found in the 2011 raid by U.S. Navy SEALS who killed bin Laden at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The communications were submitted as evidence in the trial of Abid Naseer, who was convicted this month in New York of supporting terrorism and plotting to bomb a shopping center in Manchester, England.

Looted Ferguson store to be transformed into training center

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 01:55

FILE - This Monday, Aug. 11 2014 photo shows debris scattered in front of a QuikTrip store in Ferguson, Mo. The convenience store that was looted and burned after a white officer shot an unarmed black man will be rebuilt as a job training center. The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis said Friday, March 13, 2015, that the center is part of its “empowering communities” effort. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A Ferguson convenience store that was looted and burned after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown will be rebuilt as a job training center.


Utah plans registry for white-collar criminals to stop fraud

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 01:52
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In the same way a customer searching for a new laptop might consult Consumer Reports before making a purchase, Attorney General Sean Reyes wants would-be investors to consult a resource listing convicted fraudsters before handing over any money.

Possible house explosion in Seaside Heights, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 01:49

Possible house explosion in Seaside Heights, N.J.Officials are investigating a possible house explosion in Seaside Heights, New Jersey Saturday morning.


USDA reports virulent strain of avian flu in Kansas poultry

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 01:43
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified the first infection of a virulent strain of avian flu in poultry in Kansas, confirming the virus has spread into a migratory bird route that runs through the center of the country. The discovery of the H5N2 flu strain in a backyard chicken and duck flock in a county just outside Kansas City, Kan., is certain to lead to expanded restrictions on U.S. poultry exports from top trading partners like Mexico and Canada. The infection, confirmed on Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was the first case in an established migratory bird route, known as the central flyway, that stretches roughly north-south from Montana to Texas. Kansas officials quarantined the infected property in Leavenworth County, and birds there will be culled to prevent the spread of the disease.

Woman missing after leaving Montgomery County hospital

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 01:21

Woman missing after leaving Montgomery County hospitalUpper Merion Township police are asking for help in locating a missing woman who was last seen leaving a Montgomery County hospital in February.


Free sunblock dispensers installed in Miami Beach

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 01:05
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Miami Beach is installing 50 free sunblock dispensers to help visitors protect themselves against sun damage and skin cancer.

Crews continue to monitor W.Va. landslide near airport

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 00:53
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Emergency crews are continuing to monitor a landslide next to a West Virginia hilltop airport that already has forced residents out of a few dozen homes in Charleston.

Husband faces 3rd murder trial in 2001 disappearance of wife

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 00:52
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — Calvin Harris has twice been convicted of killing his estranged wife in 2001 and twice saw verdicts overturned. Over nearly 14 years, he has been imprisoned, released and sat at the defendant's table for a string of trials with competing narratives touching on infidelity, money, drugs and threats.

A look at casino developments in New England

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 00:49
BOSTON (AP) — A casino arms race is building in New England. Here's a look at some recent developments in the region's ever-changing gambling landscape:

New England states face off in a race for casino dollars

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 00:46

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2013 file photo, patrons play craps at tables at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Lawmakers from Connecticut to Maine have introduced bills to expand their residents’ gambling options. Mohegan Sun and other gambling houses are making moves to shore up business as MGM, Wynn and other new rivals prepare to enter the market in Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)BOSTON (AP) — A casino arms race is ramping up in New England.


U.S. appeals ruling on size of BP oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 00:43

File photo of fire boat response crews battling the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon off LouisianaThe U.S. government is appealing a federal court ruling that reduced the potential penalty BP Plc must pay for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by almost $4 billion. The appeal, which was filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, challenges a January decision by U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier that set the size of the spill at 3.19 million barrels. The appeal did not detail what aspects of Barbier's ruling it was challenging.


PHOTOS: Viewings, funeral for Officer Robert Wilson III

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 23:56

 Viewings, funeral for Officer Robert Wilson IIIFamily, friends, and fellow police officers gathered to pay a final tribute to slain Philadelphia Officer Robert Wilson III.


2 escape kitchen fire inside Wilmington house

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 23:49

2 escape kitchen fire inside Wilmington houseTwo women escaped a kitchen fire inside a Wilmington, Delaware house Saturday morning.


Slain Phila. Officer Robert Wilson III honored during final farewell

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 23:38

Slain Phila. Officer Robert Wilson III promoted during final farewellSlain Philadelphia police officer Robert Wilson III is being posthumously promoted to sergeant, and the department's Medal of Valor is being named in his honor.


New players replacing newspapers in seeking government info

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 23:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newspapers were once the dominant force in dislodging documents and other records from reluctant federal government agencies, but a new crop of media players, advocacy groups and corporate interests now drive the release of information.

In Kentucky, bipartisanship gets some things done

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 23:16
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — At the start of the 2015 Kentucky legislative session, state Sen. Paul Hornback made an unusual request to the Republican leadership about a telecommunications bill he had been touting for years.

Cost-related access challenges, solutions in 18 states

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 23:15
Some recent developments regarding the cost of seeking access to information:

Final farewell for slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 23:12

Slain Phila. Officer Robert Wilson III promoted during final farewellA solemn funeral procession through the rain-soaked streets of University City early Saturday began the second day of Philadelphia's final farewell to slain police officer Robert Wilson III.