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CIA chief says social media 'greatly amplifies' terror threat

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 02:40

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan pauses while he holds a rare news conference at the CIA Headquarters in VirginiaSocial media and other technology are making it increasingly difficult to combat militants who are using such modern resources to share information and conduct operations, the head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency said on Friday. CIA Director John Brennan, in a speech in New York, said such communications heighten the challenge of dealing with diffuse threats and attacks across the world from groups like Islamic State, known also as ISIL, and others.

Teen held in Washington state kidnapping previously investigated: official

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 02:39
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A 15-year-old Washington state boy arrested in the attempted kidnapping of a toddler, captured on video, had previously been investigated for luring a minor but no charges were filed, prosecutors said Friday. The teenager, who has not been identified because of his age, was set to make an initial court appearance Friday as investigators consider kidnapping charges after the March 8 incident in Sprague, a farming town of about 500 people.

With gay marriage on hold, Alabama judge OKs lesbian divorce

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 02:38
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Same-sex marriage is on hold in Alabama, but the state now has lesbian divorce.

Suspected Indiana serial killer to stand trial in June

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 02:34

Lake County Sheriff's Department photo of Darren VannBy Tracy Rucinski CROWN POINT, Ind. (Reuters) - A convicted sex offender suspected of killing seven women in Indiana will stand trial for murder on June 22, a Lake County judge said on Friday. Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, has been charged with the murders of Afrikka Hardy, 19, and Anith Jones, 35, who both died by strangulation. Hardy's body was found in a motel room in Hammond, Indiana, last October, after which police said Vann led them to the bodies of six other women in abandoned buildings in neighboring Gary, a poverty-struck city about 25 miles southeast of Chicago. Vann, shackled and wearing grey-and-black prison stripes, smiled widely as he looked around the courtroom of Lake County Criminal Judge Diane Boswell on Friday.

Britain applies to join Chinese-led Asian bank

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 02:30

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Friday, March 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)BEIJING (AP) — Britain has become the first major Western government to apply for membership in a proposed Chinese-led Asian regional bank that Washington worries will undercut institutions such as the World Bank.

University officials respond to fraternity racial incident

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 02:25
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — About 100 people met with Washington State University President Elson Floyd this week to discuss a February incident when a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity allegedly made a racial slur against a group of young black women.

NYSE ex-manager sues over firing after 'Daily Show' appearance

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 02:23
A former New York Stock Exchange managing director has filed a lawsuit claiming he was fired for appearing on the satirical newscast "The Daily Show" to discuss Obamacare because his bosses objected to the program's politics. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in California state court, Todd Wilemon says his supervisors at Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE), which owns NYSE and other financial exchanges, had allowed him to appear on Fox News, Al Jazeera and other television stations without receiving permission in each instance. After appearing in a 2014 segment about the Affordable Care Act on the popular Comedy Central show without permission, however, Wilemon was promptly fired, the suit says. An ICE representative, also speaking for the New York Stock Exchange, declined to comment on the suit on Friday.

Salvaged artifacts auction in NYC includes cathedral gates

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 02:11

In this Tuesday, March 10, 2015 photo, Gil Shapiro, founder of Urban Archeology, poses next to a Reed & Stern train station clock at his Manhattan store in New York. The clock was installed about 1900 in the Union Station train depot in Troy, N.Y. Shapiro's former salvage company that years ago switched to the manufacture of tile, lighting and bathroom accessories based on iconic designs, is auctioning off approximately 6,000 artifacts saved from destruction, nearly its entire salvage inventory. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Collectors, designers and developers looking for their next statement piece will get a chance to find one at a large auction of salvaged historical artifacts.

Handcuffed DUI suspect steals CHP cruiser; officer chases in tow truck

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 02:00

Handcuffed DUI suspect steals CHP cruiser; officer chases in tow truckA DUI suspect was handcuffed and put inside a patrol car, but moments later, he managed to steal the cruiser and take off.

Correction: Fort Hood-Prostitution Ring story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 01:59
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — In a story March 11 about a prostitution ring at Fort Hood, The Associated Press reported erroneously that prosecutors said a master sergeant planned to but did not have sex with a female soldier. Prosecutors say they believe Master Sgt. Brad Grimes did have sex with her.

Outburst mars DUI court hearing in Vegas crash that killed 2

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 01:58
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A weeping relative denounced a 22-year-old Henderson man as a murderer as he was hustled out of a courtroom Friday after a judge ordered him held on $4 million bail pending a preliminary hearing of evidence in a high-speed crash that killed two teenage women.

Teenager charged in fatal shooting of Iraqi immigrant in Dallas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 01:57

Booking photo of Nykerion NealonDallas police arrested a teenager in last week's fatal shooting of an Iraqi immigrant who was gunned down while taking pictures of his first snowfall, officials said on Friday. Ahmed al-Jumaili, 36, had only been in the United States for about three weeks to be reunited with his wife when he was shot in the chest as he stood in the parking lot with his family, enjoying the snow, according to police. Nykerion Nealon, 17, was charged with murder in his death. We do not believe that he knew Mr. al-Jumaili's ethnicity," police spokesman Major Jeff Cotner said at a news conference.

University of Washington probes SAE frat, racial slurs alleged

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 01:41
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - The University of Washington chapter of a fraternity embroiled in a racist video saga in Oklahoma is under investigation after black students claimed that frat members hurled slurs at them during a protest on the Seattle campus, the school said on Friday. The university said it was investigating allegations that Sigma Alpha Epsilon members hurled "grossly insensitive comments and rude gestures" at African Americans taking part in a Black Lives Matter demonstration as they marched passed the frat house last month. Michael Hickey, president of the SAE's University of Washington chapter, said the comments were made by non-members who were standing near the house. On Monday, the University of Oklahoma closed its SAE chapter after a video showing students chanting racist phrases was uploaded online.

NY police locate woman reported missing in Manayunk

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 01:27

NY police locate woman reported missing in ManayunkA woman who went missing after a night out with friends in Manayunk has been located by the New York Police Department in good condition.

Weak profit margins dampen U.S. producer inflation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 01:24

Clif Small is seen getting a 2013 Accord ready to come off the line during a tour of the Honda automobile plant in MarysvilleBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. producer prices fell in February for a fourth straight month, pointing to tame inflation that could argue against an anticipated June interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. The Labor Department said on Friday its producer price index for final demand declined 0.5 percent as profit margins in the services sector, especially gasoline stations, were squeezed, and transportation and warehousing costs fell. "The underlying message appears to be that pipeline inflationary pressures remain quite weak, even as energy prices have stabilized and gasoline prices have drifted modestly higher," said Millan Mulraine, deputy chief economist at TD Securities in New York. The PPI had dropped 0.8 percent in January.

Atlantic City's Revel Casino fails again to get a deal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 01:12

A man reads a sign at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City notifying the public about its closureRevel Casino's hard luck continues after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge rejected its agreement for a sale to a Florida developer for $82 million, marking the third failed deal for the shuttered hotel in New Jersey's struggling seaside resort of Atlantic City. Judge Gloria Burns in Camden, New Jersey, said she could not approve the sale because it would interfere with an appeal being pursued by casino tenants who argue that the deal would deny them their property rights. The casino, which cost $2.4 billion to build, struggled from the time it opened in 2012 as neighboring states embraced gambling and siphoned off Atlantic City's business. Revel was one of four casinos to close last year in Atlantic City, which is struggling with a drastic drop in tax revenue and may face its own bankruptcy.

Big bills to view public documents discourage public access

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 01:10
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The public's right to see government records is coming at an ever-increasing price, as authorities set fees and hourly charges that often prevent information from flowing.

Carjack victim describes harrowing ride with Boston bombers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 01:09

Carjack victim describes harrowing ride with Boston bombersA carjacking victim on Thursday described his harrowing ride at gunpoint with the Boston Marathon bombers three days after the attack and the moment he made the terrifying decision to bolt from the car.

Police: 15-year-old boy stabbed to death for his backpack

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 01:08
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy walking home from school was stabbed to death for his backpack, California authorities said.

Police: Pregnant Florida woman charged with drunken driving

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 01:07
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Police say a drunk, pregnant Florida woman driving with two 18-month old children in her SUV crashed into the back of another car.