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Fatal crash hurts officer before Arizona commute

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:40
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A woman is dead and a police officer has been seriously injured after she slammed into his patrol car, closing a major Phoenix-area freeway for hours and through the Wednesday morning commute.

Dow in record terrain after Fed keeps rates intact

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:36

Trader Gregory Rowe works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Financial markets are awaiting the end of a Federal Reserve meeting Wednesday to see whether the Fed sends any clearer signal about the timing of an interest rate increase. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks marched into record territory Wednesday afternoon after the Federal Reserve gave investors some clarity by deciding to keep a key interest rate at a record low.


New photos released of suspect in Pa. trooper shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:35

New photos released of suspect in Pa. trooper shootingPolice have released new photos and an updated description of the suspect in the killing of one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and the wounding of another.


DC proposes concealed-carry licensing program

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:34
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia officials say residents will be able to get licenses to carry concealed handguns outside the home, but only after they show a reason they need such a permit and complete extensive gun-safety training.

Judge pauses Detroit's bankruptcy trial again

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:30

The word 'Bankruptcy' is seen painted on the side of a vacant building by street artists as a statement on the financial affairs of the city on Grand River Avenue in DetroitBy Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ordered a week-long break in Detroit's bankruptcy trial on Wednesday, giving the last major objector to the city's restructuring plan time to rework its case. The hearing will be adjourned from Friday and reconvene on Sept. 29. It was also placed on hiatus last week for three days while the city applied finishing touches to a settlement with another creditor, Syncora Guarantee Inc. Syncora formally withdrew its objections to the plan in on Tuesday, leaving Financial Guaranty Insurance Co (FGIC), which has $1. ...


NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:22

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, technicians work on NASA’s next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. NASA’s Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet in September 2014 following a 10-month journey spanning more than 440 million miles. If all goes well, Maven will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mars, get ready for another visitor or two.


Holder calls for increased whistleblower rewards

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department expects to bring criminal charges in the coming months in investigations involving financial institutions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday as he called for better incentives for Wall Street whistleblowers who report crime.

U.S. scientist: Ebola unlikely to become airborne

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:13

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on the Ebola virus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)A top government scientist says it's very unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air.


NYC police increase security in Times Square

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:02
NEW YORK (AP) — Police stepped up security in Times Square on Wednesday amid concerns that the mounting hostilities between the United States and the Islamic State group could have repercussions on U.S. soil.

Fugitive returned to California in torture case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:00
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man arrested in the Czech Republic and accused of torturing a medical marijuana dispensary owner is back in Southern California to face trial.

Police: Pa. trooper shooting suspect now has Mohawk

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:58

New photos released of suspect in Pa. trooper shootingPolice said the suspect in the killing of one state police trooper and the wounding of another has shaved his hair into a "Mohawk-style haircut'


U.S. Army soldier accused of smuggling undocumented immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:48
By Lisa Maria Garza (Reuters) - A U.S. Army soldier has been accused of smuggling two undocumented immigrants across the Texas-Mexico border while in uniform, according to a federal criminal complaint. Eric Alexander Rodriguez, 20, a private in the Army, was charged with felony "bringing in and harboring certain aliens" on Friday in United States District Court Southern District of Texas, according to court records. ...

8 years for guns supplier in firefighter deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:45

FILE - In this April 7, 2014 file photo, Dawn Nguyen listens as her attorney Matt Parrinello, delivers his opening statement to the jury during her trial in Rochester, N.Y. Nguyen was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 for supplying guns to a former neighbor who used them to kill his sister and two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush that also caused seven homes to burn to the ground. Nguyen, 25, pleaded guilty in June to three felonies, including supplying guns to a known felon. (AP Photo/Democrat & Chronicle, Jamie Germano, Pool)ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for supplying guns to a former neighbor who used them to kill his sister and two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush that also caused seven homes to burn to the ground.


UN: Syrian militants kept weapons of Fijian troops

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:44
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says Syrian militants did not return the weapons, uniforms and cars taken from 45 Fijian peacekeepers who were released last week after two weeks of captivity on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights.

High school stabbing suspect gets funeral furlough

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:42
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy charged with stabbing 20 students and a security guard at his western Pennsylvania high school was granted a furlough to attend a funeral home visitation for his grandmother.

Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:28

This September 2014 image, provided by the Marijuana Policy Project, (MPP), is to appear on a billboard in Denver to promote what MPP says is the first marijuana-related ad campaign that encourages adults to consume it responsibly in states where it is legal, such as Colorado. (AP Photo/Marijuana Policy Project)DENVER (AP) — Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.


Oregonians to vote on driving cards for immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:26

In this Aug. 25, 2014, photo, Reyna Lopez of the rights group Causa explains the campaign behind the drivers license measure that Oregonians will vote on in November in Portland, Ore. The measure will decide the fate of a new Oregon law that allows people living in the country illegally to apply for driver’s cards if they’ve lived in Oregon for at least a year and meet other requirements. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For a time last year, Oregon was on the road to giving driving privileges to people living in the country illegally until a small anti-immigrant group decided to put the state's love affair with ballot measures to use against the law.


Yelp, TinyCo to settle U.S. charges of improperly collecting kids' data

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The popular online review site Yelp and mobile app developer TinyCo have agreed to settle separate charges that they improperly collected children's information online, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. Under the terms of the settlements, Yelp will pay a $450,000 civil penalty while privately held TinyCo will pay a $300,000 civil penalty, the FTC said. ...

Truck firm faces paying millions in Amtrak crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:21

FILE - In this June 24, 2011 file photo, burned Amtrak passenger cars are left after the train was struck by a semitrailer near Fallon, Nev. A federal jury in Reno on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 awarded $4.5 million to Amtrak and $210,777 to Union Pacific Railroad for damages resulting from John Davis Trucking Co.'s negligence when one of its trucks slammed into the side of the passenger train. U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben has put the judgment on hold until Sept. 29 to consider adding up to another $1 million or more in attorney fees and interest to the award to the railroad companies. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette Journal, Liz Margerum, File)RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada trucking company could be forced to pay more than $5.7 million if a judge formalizes a jury verdict that faulted one of its drivers for a fiery 2011 crash with an Amtrak train that killed six people and injured dozens.


Study: Americans endure unwanted care near death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:13
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.