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Arab Bank settles U.S. litigation over attacks by militants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:32
Arab Bank Plc has agreed to settle litigation brought by hundreds of Americans who accused it of facilitating militant attacks in Israel, nearly a year after a U.S. jury found the bank liable. The settlement was confirmed on Friday by Michael Elsner, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, and a spokesman for Arab Bank. Approximately 500 U.S. citizens had sued Arab Bank under the U.S Anti-Terrorism Act, which permits U.S. citizens to pursue claims arising from international terrorism.

The Latest: EPA says no risk from Colorado river sediments

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:31

Water flows through a series of sediment retention ponds built to reduce heavy metal and chemical contaminants from the Gold King Mine wastewater accident, in the spillway about 1/4 mile downstream from the mine, outside Silverton, Colo., Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Officials have said that federal contractors accidentally released more than 3 million gallons of wastewater laden with heavy metals last week at the Gold King Mine near Silverton. The pollution flowed downstream to New Mexico and Utah. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The latest in the Colorado mine spill (all times local):


U.S. court throws out Arizona sheriff's immigration policy challenge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:30

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio watches as actor Steven Seagal addresses the media about a simulated school shooting in Fountain HillsBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit brought by an Arizona sheriff who argued that President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration were unconstitutional. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a district court judge's finding that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio did not have grounds to sue. Arpaio claimed his office had been injured by Obama's November 2014 orders that were designed to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants.


Small earthquake shakes parts of New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:29

Small earthquake shakes parts of New JerseyFolks in northern New Jersey are still a bit nervous after a small earthquake rattled them on Friday.


U.S. woman hostage raped by Islamic State leader before death: U.S. officials

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:26

Eric Mueller reads a poem about his late sister aid worker Kayla Mueller at the Prescott's Courthouse Square in Prescott, ArizonaKayla Mueller, the U.S. aid worker who died earlier this year while being held hostage by Islamic State militants, was raped repeatedly by the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi while in captivity in Syria, U.S. officials said on Friday. The officials confirmed a report by ABC News, which said Mueller's family had been told by U.S. government officials that their daughter, who was 26 at the time of her death, had been sexually assaulted by al-Baghdadi. The White House declined to comment.


Kentucky clerk: issuing gay marriage licenses violate religious beliefs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:21
A Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples said that doing so would violate her religious beliefs as she asked a judge on Friday to delay his order to process applications for the licenses. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis should not have to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples until the issue is resolved in court, attorneys for Davis wrote in a response filed with the U.S. District Court in Ashland, Kentucky. Davis stopped issuing all marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling legalizing gay marriage because her religious beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevented her from recognizing same-sex marriages.

Hospitals preparing, stocking up for pope weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:21

Hospitals preparing, stocking up for pope weekendThere are a lot of things to think about. The Chief Medical Officer here tells me it's like planning for the worst snow storm.


Congress mulls measures to curb soaring drone incidents

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:20
U.S. lawmakers are considering steps to reverse a disturbing rise in illegal drone flights, including new government enforcement tools to crack down on rogue flyers, especially near airports, according to people familiar with the matter. Discussions in the House of Representatives and Senate gained new urgency this week, amid heightened fears of a looming air disaster, after the Federal Aviation Administration reported a spike in drone sightings near crewed aircraft, including commercial airliners.

Exclusive: Scandal-tainted U.S. Secret Service to hire 1,100 staff - sources

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:18

Secret Service agents flank Obama as he crosses the tarmac to greet people who watched him arrive aboard Air Force One at the Oregon Air National Guard Base in Portland, OregonBy Julia Edwards and Jason Szep WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facing accusations that it cannot adequately protect the White House, the U.S. Secret Service plans to hire 1,100 more officers and agents for an agency besieged by embarrassing scandals and security lapses, two law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the plans said. The addition of 700 uniformed division officers and 400 agents over five years would expand its staff of 6,647 by nearly 17 percent, the biggest hiring increase in more than a decade at the 150-year-old agency whose job it is to protect the president, his family, and senior officials, along with fighting financial crime. The Secret Service is trying to rebound from a leadership crisis and mend a culture of covering up mistakes that some trace back 12 years to when it was pulled out of the Treasury Department and absorbed into the sprawling new Department of Homeland Security, where it had to compete for turf and money.


NJ Transit papal ticket sales begin this weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:17

NJ Transit papal ticket sales begin this weekendSpecials passes to ride New Jersey Transit during the papal visit go on sale this weekend.


River in Colorado reopens as toxic plume reaches Lake Powell

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:14

A plastic container feeds additives through tubes into mine wastewater flowing into a series of sediment retention ponds, part of danger mitigation in the aftermath of the blowout at the site of the Gold King Mine, outside Silverton, Colo., Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Officials have said that federal contractors accidentally released more than 3 million gallons of wastewater laden with heavy metals last week at the Gold King Mine near Silverton. The pollution flowed downstream to New Mexico and Utah. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A river in Colorado that was turned sickly yellow by a mine waste spill reopened Friday after the now-diluted toxic plume passed through and reached Lake Powell — a huge reservoir 300 miles downstream that feeds the Colorado River and supplies water to the Southwest.


Slaying casts pall on plan to reduce solitary confinement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:07

This Jan. 8, 2014 photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows inmate Hugo Pinell. Pinell, involved in a bloody 1971 San Quentin escape attempt that left six dead, has been killed by a fellow prisoner. The slaying of Pinell triggered a riot Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at a maximum security prison east of Sacramento. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's efforts to ease its famously harsh use of solitary confinement are clashing with a bloody reality after an inmate who spent decades alone in a tiny cell was sent back to the general population and killed by fellow inmates within days.


Police: Fight over iPad leads to assault with frying pan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:02

 Fight over iPad leads to assault with frying panA woman is hospitalized after a fight over an iPad led to an assault with a frying pan.


Fame finds courtroom artist after Brady drawing goes viral

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 06:01

FILE- In this April 2, 2015 file photo, members of the media surround court artist Jane Rosenberg, center, to copy her artwork of terrorist suspects outside Federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Rosenberg has taken some criticism for her Aug. 12, 2015 sketch of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, as he sat in court trying to get his four game suspension overturned. Rosenberg says she was trying to capture his mood rather than duplicate pictures taken outside court. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Jane Rosenberg's courtroom drawing of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is everywhere and now so is she, fending off cyberbullies who disparage her along the way.


Bomb threat prompts evacuation of Stanford business school

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 05:59
A bomb threat prompted the evacuation of Stanford University's Graduate School of Business on Friday morning, the San Francisco Bay Area school said. The message said some 700 faculty and staff members in the Knight Management Center complex were affected and have been dismissed for the day, but classes were not in session at the time.

Man kills ex-girlfriend, self in loans store in downtown Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 05:58
A man shot and killed his former girlfriend and then himself on Friday in the downtown Chicago loans store where she worked, police said. "It does not look like a robbery at this point, it looks like a domestic murder-suicide," Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters at the scene of the crime just south of the traditional commodities exchange. Kelly Evans, 32, said she was scared and shaken up after hearing four shots at around 2:30 p.m., when she walked by on a bank errand.

Police: Suspicious device found on New Mexico church grounds

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 05:56

A Dona Ana County bomb squad robot is deployed to examine a suspicious package at the First Presbyterian Church, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Las Cruces, N.M. The device was found Friday morning by a groundskeeper at the church. Police haven't released any details about the device. The incident comes just weeks after the detonation of explosive devices outside two other Las Cruces churches. (Robin Zielinski/The Las Cruces Sun-News via AP) MANDATORY CREDITLAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police say a suspicious device found on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church in Las Cruces has been rendered safe, just two weeks after the detonation of explosive devices outside two other churches in the city.


Philly officer injured in Hunting Park crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 05:49

Philly officer injured in Hunting Park crashA Philadelphia police officer was injured in a crash on Friday evening in Hunting Park.


Drug execs behind female libido pill have run afoul of FDA

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 05:47

 in winning Food and Drug Administration approval for the first drug to boost women’s sexual desire. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)WASHINGTON (AP) — A small drugmaker from North Carolina may succeed next week where many of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have failed: in winning approval for the first drug to boost women's sexual desire.


White officer ends testimony in black man's shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 05:47

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Randall Kerrick testifies during his trial, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C. Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of former Florida A&M football player Jonathan Ferrell in September of 2013. (Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer via AP, Pool)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As prosecutors attempted to discredit him, a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer completed nearly six hours of testimony Friday, recounting the events of the night he shot and killed an unarmed black man nearly two years ago.