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Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:45

In this Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 photo, Myles Griffin, 74, poses for a photograph in front of his home in Philadelphia. Griffin has lived with his wife for 40 years in their three-bedroom row home and after retiring three years ago, the couple signed up for a reverse mortgage in May. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)WASHINGTON (AP) — Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions.


Doctor convicted of killing sentenced in sex case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:43

Martin MacNeill listens as he is sentenced by Judge Samuel D. McVey in Fourth District Court, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Provo, Utah. The Utah doctor convicted of killing his wife was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison in a separate sexual abuse case. (AP Photo/Deseret News, Tom Smart, Pool)PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah doctor convicted of killing his wife was sentenced Monday to one to 15 years in prison in a separate sexual abuse case.


Prosecutor says Utah man shot had real sword

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:40
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A young black man who was fatally shot last week by Utah police lunged at the officers with a real sword that had a 2.5-foot steel blade, prosecutors said Monday.

California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud conviction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:38
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday. “Effective Sept. 22, 2014, I hereby resign from the California State Senate,” the Los Angeles-area Democrat wrote in a letter to the secretary of the legislative body three days after his sentence was handed down. ...

$40,000 reward in killing of pregnant woman, baby in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:37

$40,000 reward in killing of pregnant woman, baby in FrankfordThe newborn daughter of a pregnant woman shot and killed Sunday has died. The baby was delivered by emergency C-section after the shooting.


Police: Rifle used to ambush Pa. troopers; reward set at $75,000

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:32

 Rifle used to ambush Pa. troopers; reward set at $75,000Pennsylvania State Police say the gunman who ambushed two troopers outside their barracks, killing one, used a rifle and might have had formal firearms training through the military or law enforcement.


Back to school _ even in Texas immigration prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:30

In this Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 photo, a classroom door uses bilingual signage at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border, in Karnes City, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)KARNES CITY, Texas (AP) — In one classroom monitored by security cameras, third- and fourth-graders read in Spanish from a short story about mice.


Cuomo, Christie discuss the region's terror threat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:30

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, New Jersey Gov., Chris Christie, center, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio leave a press conference following a security meeting, in New York, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Govs. Cuomo, Christie and de Blasio met with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and a bi-state group of officials from local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety offices to discuss security preparedness and coordination in the New York-New Jersey region. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Federal and state officials say New York and New Jersey are facing a daunting domestic terror threat fueled by mounting hostilities between the United States and Islamic State extremists


UN envoy warns Libya on brink of prolonged strife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:29
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy in Libya is warning that rapidly deteriorating security and worsening political turmoil have brought the country to the "brink of protracted conflict and civil strife."

Researcher killed by bear in Wyoming wilderness

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:24
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Utah man who disappeared earlier this month while conducting research for the U.S. Forest Service in the Wyoming wilderness was killed by an attacking grizzly or black bear, authorities said on Monday. The body of Adam Stewart, 31, of Virgin, Utah, was found on Friday in rugged mountainous terrain in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in west-central Wyoming where he had been working for an Idaho firm that conducts ecological assessments for government agencies, officials said. ...

NASA inspector blasts asteroid protection program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:23
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit.

Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:16

FILE--In this Feb. 18, 2011 file photo, Katherin Burns, 19, left, smokes with Shannon Roy, 18, right, in the pedestrian plaza in Times Square in New York. New York City's Department of Health released data Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 showing that for the first time since 2007 there are more than 1 million smokers in the city. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, file)NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.


Murder charges for man in gruesome Florida quadruple killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:14

Handout of Adam Matos, 28By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Florida police charged a man with murder on Monday in a quadruple killing, after finding the victims' bodies earlier this month decomposing by the side of the road. Adam Matos, 28, faces four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her parents, and her new boyfriend, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Matos has been jailed since Sept. 5 on charges of aggravated assault, following his arrest when police swarmed a hotel in downtown Tampa police to rescue a 4-year-old boy with him. ...


APNewsBreak: NY bid to halt Alzheimer's drug swap

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:11
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to stop a manufacturer from discontinuing its drug widely used to treat Alzheimer's patients, arguing the company is illegally driving patients to its newer patented drug to avoid losses from cheaper generic alternatives coming out next year.

Trial begins for Florida mayor accused of corruption

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:09
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Former Homestead, Florida, Mayor Steven Bateman went on trial in Monday on charges he illegally held a $125-an-hour consulting job while serving in office and used his position to fast-track construction deals. Bateman, 59, arrested in August 2013, was charged with two felony counts of illegal compensation and three misdemeanors for allegedly breaking Miami-Dade County ethics rules. He was mayor of Homestead, a city south of Miami, from 2009 to 2013. ...

Man chokes sleeping woman in Delaware home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:04

Man chokes sleeping woman in Delaware home invasionPolice are searching for the man who put a mother and her young daughter through a terrifying ordeal in Kent County, Delaware.


Taxi! Seeking women to drive for female passengers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:57

Dinorah De Cruz drives through Queens on her way to the SheRide livery office, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in New York. De Cruz is one of 100 women currently signed up to drive for SheRides, a car service by women drivers for women riders in New York City, Westchester County and Long Island. Less than 3 percent of the city's 115,000 licensed taxi, livery and limousine drivers are women, and that can be a problem for women who are reluctant to get into a cab alone with a male driver because of safety concerns or religious and social mores. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes a woman can be hard to find — if you're looking for one behind the wheel of a taxi in New York City.


Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:56

Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maidsMarriott is placing envelopes in 160,000 hotel rooms beginning this week to encourage guests to leave tips for the maids


The final hours of the Trump Plaza Casino

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:51

The final hours of the Trump Plaza CasinoThe Trump Plaza Casino is shutting its doors on Tuesday, leaving a thousand people out of their jobs, and leaving loyal customers with one fewer option for entertainment.


Police: Rifle used to ambush Pennsylvania troopers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:50

This photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Cpl. Byron Dickson. Dickson was killed by a gunman as he left the police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa. State police spokesman Trooper Tom Kelly said investigators hope to soon interview Trooper Alex Douglass, who was injured in the attack, to get additional information on the ambush. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)The gunman who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers outside their barracks, killing one, used a rifle and might have had formal firearms training through the military or law enforcement, authorities said Monday.