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Ex-ethics chief wins retaliation lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:42
ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors have decided in favor of the former director of Georgia's ethics commission, who had filed a lawsuit alleging retaliation for investigating complaints against Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.

Operator who crashed train at Chicago's O'Hare airport fired

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:41
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Chicago transit officials on Friday fired a train operator who dozed off and did not wake up until cars jumped the end of the track at O'Hare International Airport and ran part-way up an escalator and stairs, a spokeswoman said. More than 30 people were injured, though none seriously, when the Chicago Transit Authority train crashed early on the morning of March 24. The train operator, who investigators and the CTA did not identify, had been running trains for 60 days and admitted dozing off before the crash, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The transit authority may terminate an operator for two serious safety violations under its contract with the union for those workers and she was terminated for two violations, CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said.

3 children killed in central Pennsylvania fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:34
DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) — An early morning farmhouse fire in north-central Pennsylvania killed three children, ages 2 to 13, authorities said.

Potential witness in terrorism trial does not want to testify in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:26

- UNDATED PHOTO - Undated police handout picture of Britain's Saajid Badat who has been jailed for t..By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former al Qaeda operative in Britain told a U.S. judge on Friday that he feared he would be arrested if he traveled to the United States to testify for the prosecution in the upcoming trial of the one-eyed, handless Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri. "I would like to testify remotely from the U.K.," Saajid Badat, who appeared via video feed from an undisclosed location in the United Kingdom, told U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest during a hearing in Manhattan federal court. Federal prosecutors want Badat to testify against al-Masri, an Egyptian-born cleric who is accused of assisting al Qaeda and is expected to be tried on terrorism charges on April 14. Forrest said she may allow Badat to testify from the United Kingdom if he does not agree to come to the United States.


Potential witness in terrorism trial does not want to testify in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:26
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former al Qaeda operative in Britain told a U.S. judge on Friday that he feared he would be arrested if he traveled to the United States to testify for the prosecution in the upcoming trial of the one-eyed, handless Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri. "I would like to testify remotely from the U.K.," Saajid Badat, who appeared via video feed from an undisclosed location in the United Kingdom, told U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest during a hearing in Manhattan federal court. Federal prosecutors want Badat to testify against al-Masri, an Egyptian-born cleric who is accused of assisting al Qaeda and is expected to be tried on terrorism charges on April 14. Forrest said she may allow Badat to testify from the United Kingdom if he does not agree to come to the United States.

Mormon conference this weekend in Salt Lake City

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:23

FILE - This April 6, 2013, file photo, shows the Salt Lake Temple as people walk to the Conference Center before the start of the 183rd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Salt Lake City. More than 100,000 Latter-day Saints are expected in Salt Lake City this weekend for the church's biannual general conference. Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints give carefully crafted speeches aimed at providing members with guidance and inspiration in five sessions that span Saturday and Sunday. They also make announcements about church statistics, new temples or initiatives. In addition to those filling up the 21,000-seat conference center during the sessions, thousands more listen or watch around the world in 95 languages on television, radio, satellite and Internet broadcasts. A Mormon's women group pushing the church to allow women in the priesthood plans to demonstrate outside an all-male meeting Saturday. The church has asked them to reconsider, and barred media from going on church property during the demonstration. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 100,000 Latter-day Saints are expected to gather in Salt Lake City this weekend to find out church news and soak up words of guidance and inspiration from the faith's top leaders.


Mormon conference this weekend in Salt Lake City

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:23

FILE - This April 6, 2013, file photo, shows the Salt Lake Temple as people walk to the Conference Center before the start of the 183rd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Salt Lake City. More than 100,000 Latter-day Saints are expected in Salt Lake City this weekend for the church's biannual general conference. Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints give carefully crafted speeches aimed at providing members with guidance and inspiration in five sessions that span Saturday and Sunday. They also make announcements about church statistics, new temples or initiatives. In addition to those filling up the 21,000-seat conference center during the sessions, thousands more listen or watch around the world in 95 languages on television, radio, satellite and Internet broadcasts. A Mormon's women group pushing the church to allow women in the priesthood plans to demonstrate outside an all-male meeting Saturday. The church has asked them to reconsider, and barred media from going on church property during the demonstration. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 100,000 Latter-day Saints are expected to gather in Salt Lake City this weekend to find out church news and soak up words of guidance and inspiration from the faith's top leaders.


Bond manager featured in 'The Big Short' breaks down on stand

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:20
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wing Chau, an investment adviser made infamous in the "The Big Short," a best-selling book about the financial crisis, wept on the witness stand during his administrative trial on Friday before yelling, "Shame on you!" at a lawyer for the U.S. government. The dramatic moment came as Chau attempted to defend himself against charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he misled investors in a complex financial vehicle linked to subprime mortgages. On Friday morning, the fifth day of the trial, Chau gave several long, sometimes meandering answers to questions from Howard Fisher, an SEC prosecutor, about his firm, Harding Advisory, and its management of a $1.5 billion transaction called Octans I CDO Ltd. At one point, in response to a seemingly innocuous question about whether he had reviewed management agreement documents before signing them, Chau became emotional, saying he was upset that Harding employee Alison Wang had been forced to endure questioning in the trial from SEC lawyer Daniel Walfish and his own defense lawyers.

Bond manager featured in 'The Big Short' breaks down on stand

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:20
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wing Chau, an investment adviser made infamous in the "The Big Short," a best-selling book about the financial crisis, wept on the witness stand during his administrative trial on Friday before yelling, "Shame on you!" at a lawyer for the U.S. government. The dramatic moment came as Chau attempted to defend himself against charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he misled investors in a complex financial vehicle linked to subprime mortgages. On Friday morning, the fifth day of the trial, Chau gave several long, sometimes meandering answers to questions from Howard Fisher, an SEC prosecutor, about his firm, Harding Advisory, and its management of a $1.5 billion transaction called Octans I CDO Ltd. At one point, in response to a seemingly innocuous question about whether he had reviewed management agreement documents before signing them, Chau became emotional, saying he was upset that Harding employee Alison Wang had been forced to endure questioning in the trial from SEC lawyer Daniel Walfish and his own defense lawyers.

GOP Immigration backers see service path to status

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:17

FILE - This July 23, 2013 file photo shows Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif. on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans are pushing a plan to give young immigrants brought to the country illegally by their parents a path to resident status if they join the U.S. military. Denham said Friday he would press for a vote on his legislation either as a free-standing bill or as an addition to the defense authorization measure that the House will consider in May. Denham immediately faced conservative opposition. Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama circulated a letter among his colleagues opposing any attempt to add immigration legislation to the defense bill. His intent was to collect as many signatures as possible and deliver the letter to House leadership. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Stymied on comprehensive immigration overhaul, House Republicans are pushing a plan to give young immigrants brought to the country illegally by their parents a path to resident status if they join the U.S. military.


GOP Immigration backers see service path to status

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:17

FILE - This July 23, 2013 file photo shows Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif. on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans are pushing a plan to give young immigrants brought to the country illegally by their parents a path to resident status if they join the U.S. military. Denham said Friday he would press for a vote on his legislation either as a free-standing bill or as an addition to the defense authorization measure that the House will consider in May. Denham immediately faced conservative opposition. Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama circulated a letter among his colleagues opposing any attempt to add immigration legislation to the defense bill. His intent was to collect as many signatures as possible and deliver the letter to House leadership. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Stymied on comprehensive immigration overhaul, House Republicans are pushing a plan to give young immigrants brought to the country illegally by their parents a path to resident status if they join the U.S. military.


3 suspended amid Missouri school rape allegations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:17
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Months after vowing to boost security at a Kansas City school where a student says she was dragged to a room and raped, district officials have suspended three employees amid new allegations from a 14-year-old girl who alleges a boy repeatedly raped her at school.

3 suspended amid Missouri school rape allegations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:17
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Months after vowing to boost security at a Kansas City school where a student says she was dragged to a room and raped, district officials have suspended three employees amid new allegations from a 14-year-old girl who alleges a boy repeatedly raped her at school.

Calif. senator, others indicted in corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:08
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California state senator and more than two dozen others have been formally indicted in a sweeping San Francisco political corruption case, officials announced Friday.

Judge strikes down part of Ohio gay marriage law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:07

CORRECTS CAPTION TO SAY THAT JUDGE SAYS HE WILL ORDER OHIO TO RECOGNIZE OUT OF STATE GAY MARRIAGES INSTEAD OF STRIKING DOWN GAY MARRIAGE BAN - FILE - In this April 2009 file photo photo provided by the Cincinnati Bar Association, federal Judge Timothy Black accepts an award from the bar for his involvement in the community. Black on Friday, April 4, 2014 said he will strike down part of Ohio's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, meaning the state must recognize marriages of gay couples who legally wed elsewhere. Black made the statement following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban. (AP Photo/Cincinnati Bar Association, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that he will order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages, a move that strikes down part of the state's ban on gay marriages but stops short of forcing it to perform same-sex weddings.


Judge strikes down part of Ohio gay marriage law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:07

CORRECTS CAPTION TO SAY THAT JUDGE SAYS HE WILL ORDER OHIO TO RECOGNIZE OUT OF STATE GAY MARRIAGES INSTEAD OF STRIKING DOWN GAY MARRIAGE BAN - FILE - In this April 2009 file photo photo provided by the Cincinnati Bar Association, federal Judge Timothy Black accepts an award from the bar for his involvement in the community. Black on Friday, April 4, 2014 said he will strike down part of Ohio's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, meaning the state must recognize marriages of gay couples who legally wed elsewhere. Black made the statement following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban. (AP Photo/Cincinnati Bar Association, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that he will order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages, a move that strikes down part of the state's ban on gay marriages but stops short of forcing it to perform same-sex weddings.


Chinese national indicted in US over exports to Iran

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:06
A Chinese citizen faces U.S. criminal charges that he conspired to export to Iran products that could be used in that country's nuclear program, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. Sihai Cheng supplied thousands of parts that have nuclear applications to Eyvaz, a company involved in Iran's nuclear weapons program, in violation of U.S. sanctions on Iran, federal prosecutors said. The indictment, unsealed on Friday, comes as Iran and six world powers are trying to negotiate a comprehensive agreement to address Western suspicions that Iran is seeking to acquire nuclear weapons. The aim of the talks is to hammer out a long-term deal by July 20 that would define the permissible scope of Iran's nuclear program in return for a lifting of sanctions that are severely battering its oil-dependent economy.

Chinese national indicted in US over exports to Iran

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:06
A Chinese citizen faces U.S. criminal charges that he conspired to export to Iran products that could be used in that country's nuclear program, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. Sihai Cheng supplied thousands of parts that have nuclear applications to Eyvaz, a company involved in Iran's nuclear weapons program, in violation of U.S. sanctions on Iran, federal prosecutors said. The indictment, unsealed on Friday, comes as Iran and six world powers are trying to negotiate a comprehensive agreement to address Western suspicions that Iran is seeking to acquire nuclear weapons. The aim of the talks is to hammer out a long-term deal by July 20 that would define the permissible scope of Iran's nuclear program in return for a lifting of sanctions that are severely battering its oil-dependent economy.

U.S. reports three million Medicaid enrollments under Obamacare

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:00

Applications are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act in Jackson, MississippiBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three million lower-income Americans have enrolled in the Medicaid program for the poor so far during the rollout of U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, the administration announced on Friday. That brings to more than 10 million the number of people who have signed up for both public and private health coverage since the October 1 launch of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. "The increase in Medicaid enrollments across the country is encouraging," U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a government blog posting. The latest data show for the first time actual enrollments in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) from October 1 through February 28 for 46 states that have reported statistics to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Even the healthy locked out of 2014 policies now

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 02:59

 Healthy customers with money to spend will no longer be able to walk into a private insurance office or go online and buy standard coverage any time of year. With limited exceptions, insurers don’t plan to sell to individuals outside the open enrollment period in HealthCare.gov and the state insurance marketplaces. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans thinking about buying health insurance on their own later this year, or maybe switching to a different insurer, are probably out of luck. The policies are going off the market as a little-noticed consequence of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.