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Arizona sheriff could face fines for disobeying judge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:51

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2013, file photo Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks with the media in Phoenix. The six-term sheriff learns in court hearings set to begin Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, whether he'll face civil fines for disobeying a judge's orders in a racial profiling case and whether he'll later be called into criminal court on the same grounds. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)PHOENIX (AP) — The sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix built his reputation around defying those who said it wasn't his job to enforce immigration laws. But Sheriff Joe Arpaio's stubborn streak is catching up with him — and taxpayers will foot the bill.

Archaeologists recover cannon from sunken Confederate ship

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:50
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Marine archaeologists have recovered the fifth cannon from a Confederate warship that's been at the bottom of the Savannah River since the American Civil War, officials said.

Leonardo DiCaprio says he's shedding fossil fuel investments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:41

Leonardo DiCaprio, second from left, attends a news conference for the Divest-Invest coalition headed by Ellen Dorsey, far right, a group of organizations worth $2.6 trillion pledging to reduce or eliminate their fossil fuel investments, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015, in New York. DiCaprio is joining the campaign to fight global warming by shedding his own fossil fuel investments. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio is joining a campaign to use investment decisions to fight global warming: He's planning to shed his own investments in fossil fuels, an activist group said Tuesday.

Philadelphia giving pope a bike with angel wing chain guard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:41

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, at podium, speaks about a bicycle being examined by Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput, that the city plans to give to Pope Francis, during a ceremony marking the opening of the World Meeting of Families, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Philadelphia. Organizers describe the conference that blends prayer, religious instruction and faith-themed lectures as the world's largest gathering of Catholic families. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has a couple of gifts for visiting Pope Francis — an ivory-bone China bowl featuring images of Independence Hall and St. Peter's Basilica, and a bike with a chain guard shaped like an angel's wing.

Pete Mackanin named Phillies manager through 2016

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:39

Pete Mackanin named Phillies manager through 2016The Philadelphia Phillies have named Pete Mackanin the official manager of the team through the 2016 season.

Indicator light sends Dallas-bound flight back to Sacramento

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:36
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An American Airlines plane with 141 passengers on board has returned to Sacramento International Airport after an apparent problem with a fuel line.

Study: Diagnosis wrong too often, urgent improvement needed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:34

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2014, file photo, a hazardous material cleaner removes a wrapped item from the Dallas apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, stayed. Most people will experience at least one wrong or delayed diagnosis in their lifetime, concludes an alarming report that calls diagnostic errors a blind spot in modern medicine that can cause devastating consequences. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people will experience at least one wrong or delayed diagnosis at some point in their lives, a blind spot in modern medicine that can have devastating consequences, says a new report that calls for urgent changes across health care.

Oregon to pay settlement to leaker of ex-governor's email

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:31
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The state technology manager who leaked former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails to a reporter has agreed to resign in exchange for a $286,000 settlement with the state of Oregon.

Police: Man sold counterfeit Eagles tickets at Parx Casino

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:30

 Man sold counterfeit Eagles tickets at Parx CasinoBensalem Township police are searching for a man accused of selling counterfeit Philadelphia Eagles tickets.

Zimmerman testifies against man who police say shot at him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:27
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman is in a Florida courtroom as a judge decides whether to move forward in a case involving a man who police say shot at the former neighborhood watch leader.

Girl, 16, charged in gasoline attack on 2 school guards

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:19
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 16-year-old girl poured gasoline on two Pennsylvania high school security guards and unsuccessfully tried to ignite it using a grill lighter, police said Tuesday in announcing charges against the girl.

U.S. to warn China against quick fixes for economy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:17
The United States will press China during a state visit by President Xi Jinping to avoid "quick fixes" for its economy, such as devaluing its currency to boost exports, White House chief economist Jason Furman said on Tuesday. Furman said China's recent loosening of controls on the yuan currency caused turmoil in global financial markets and that U.S. officials would also raise the issue of China's volatile stock market.

Exclusive: Americans overpaying hugely for cancer drugs - study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:15

Man buys cancer drug Glivec for a relative who is suffering from cancer at a pharmacy in a government-run hospital in AhmedabadThe United States also pays more than double the price charged in Europe for these drugs - so-called tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), a potent class of cancer pills with fewer side effects than chemotherapy. The analysis by pharmacologist Andrew Hill of Britain's University of Liverpool, who will present his findings at the Sept. 25-29 European Cancer Congress in Vienna, is likely to fuel a growing storm over U.S. drug costs.

NYC street art makes statement for human rights in Iran

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:14

In this Sept. 10, 2015 photo, a large gazelle mural is shown on the side of a building in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. The mural is one of about half a dozen that have been commissioned as part of a campaign to raise awareness for a nonprofit created by Maziar Bahari, the journalist who spent 118 days in an Iranian jail after an appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The murals are being painted on buildings around the city as the United Nations General Assembly kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 15. Bahari hopes the art will attract the attention of diplomats and spark a conversation about human rights. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)NEW YORK (AP) — A woman in a head scarf gazes piercingly from the side of a Brooklyn brownstone. A flock of spray-painted birds breaks free from shackles on a Manhattan building. A Harlem mural shows a giant teal gazelle against a black background, barren trees and a peacock feather.

Gun-friendly West Virginia eyes adding new Capitol security

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:09
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians can carry firearms to many city swimming pools, tennis courts and afterschool centers under gun protections okayed by state lawmakers and their governor in 2014. Now those officials in the gun-friendly state are debating whether to ratchet up security at their own Capitol.

1 person dead after car crashes through doors of Livermore gym

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:08

1 person dead after car crashes through doors of Livermore gymPolice say a car crashed through the front doors of a Livermore gym on Tuesday, killing one woman and injuring five others. It happened at the LifeStyleRX gym on Stanley Boulevard.

White House seeks answers from China on U.S. woman detained in spy probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:04

Sandy-Flier-Letter-SizeBy Megha Rajagopalan and Jon Herskovitz BEIJING/AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The White House has contacted China's Foreign Ministry over the detention of an American businesswoman accused of spying, a spokesman said on Tuesday, in a case that blew up just as President Xi Jinping began a visit to the United States. Sandy Phan-Gillis of Houston, Texas, has been held by Chinese authorities for about six months under suspicion of spying and stealing state secrets, according to a statement from her family released this week. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters it was "disconcerting" that many of the U.S. government's questions "have gone unanswered" by Chinese officials about the status of Phan-Gillis.

Illinois man accused of trying to join Islamic State may face trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:37
A federal judge on Tuesday said he wanted to set a trial date for a Chicago-area man accused of trying to provide support to Islamic State militants, as prosecutors and the defense failed to reach a plea deal in the case. Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 20, of the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook is charged with trying to provide material support to Islamic State militants after he tried to travel with his two younger siblings to the Middle East to join the group. Khan's defense lawyer and federal prosecutors have been trying to reach a plea deal, but were not ready to present one to the judge at a status hearing in federal court in downtown Chicago on Tuesday.

Whistleblowers: VA inspector general a 'joke'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:35

 Examining First-Hand Accounts of Department of Veterans Affairs Whistleblowers." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to retaliate against whistleblowers despite repeated pledges to stop punishing those who speak up, a national group said Tuesday. One called the department's office of inspector general a "joke."

Blackhawk wins Patriot Coal bankruptcy auction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:26
Lexington, Kentucky-based Blackhawk had agreed to act as the initial, or stalking horse, bidder for Patriot's assets, which include mines in West Virginia and reserves in other states. Blackhawk's initial bid did not include cash. Instead, the privately held company offered Patriot's creditors new debt and a stake in the entity that would own the auctioned assets.