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Los Angeles sues Wells Fargo, alleging fraud by employees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 04:49

A downtown building is reflected in the windows of the Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The city of Los Angeles is suing Wells Fargo Bank, alleging that employees driven by strict sales pressure opened unauthorized accounts for customers that charged them fees and damaged their credit. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wells Fargo Bank employees driven by strict sales pressure issued unwanted credit cards and opened unauthorized accounts that charged customers fees and damaged their credit, according to a lawsuit filed by the city of Los Angeles.

Fire damages rowhouses in Reading, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 04:47

Fire damages rowhouses in Reading, Pa.One person has been hospitalized following a fire that damaged several row houses in Reading.

Michael Brown's friend sue Ferguson, Wilson, police chief

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 04:42
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A friend who was with Michael Brown when the 18-year-old was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer is suing the city, the officer and the former police chief.

Meds stolen from delivery van outside East Falls Rite Aid

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 04:31

Meds stolen from delivery van outside East Falls Rite AidPhiladelphia police are investigating the theft of medication from a delivery van outside a Rite Aid store in East Falls.

Five paintings missing since WWII returning to Germany

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 04:23

This image provided by the Monuments Men Foundation shows a Franz de Paula Ferg oil on panel painting titled "Landscape with Staffage." The painting, one of five missing since World War II, are being returned to collections in Germany at the behest of the heirs of their American acquirers. The painting was won by an American GI in a poker game and had been stored in a potassium mine for safekeeping during the war are from an art gallery in the central German city of Dessau. The GI then mailed the painting home to his wife. (Anna Bottinelli/Monuments Men Foundation via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Five paintings missing since World War II are being returned to collections in Germany at the behest of the heirs of their American acquirers.

U.S. probing Islamic State claims it was behind Texas cartoon attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 04:14

The area around a car that was used the previous night by two gunmen is investigated by local police and the FBI in GarlandBy Mark Hosenball and Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators were looking into claims by the Islamic State that it was behind a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in which two gunmen were killed, but officials said on Tuesday they doubted the militant group's direct involvement. The Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State (IS) said on its official online radio station that "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out the attack on Sunday in Garland, a suburb of Dallas.

Forest Service chief expects busy firefighting season

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 04:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. Forest Service warned Tuesday of an "above average" fire season that could cost the agency more than $1 billion and require shifting funds from programs designed to prevent wildfires.

Toddler found on roof, while baby tried to climb out window

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 04:09
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities called to a three-story home found a 2-year-old boy on the roof and a 1-year-old trying to climb out a window to join him.

Florida couple convicted of beach sex face 15-year prison terms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 04:06
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida man and woman convicted of having sex on a public beach in the presence of a child are facing up to 15 years in prison and having to register as sex offenders, their lawyer said on Tuesday. Elissa Alvarez, 20, and Jose Caballero, 40, were arrested on Bradenton Beach in western Florida in July after other beachgoers, among them the mother of a 4-year-old who saw the activity, called police to complain. A video taken by one of the witnesses, which shows Alvarez, a dental office assistant, moving suggestively atop Caballero, a personal trainer, was posted on YouTube and was widely viewed online. "They're devastated, absolutely devastated," said Ronald Kurpiers, the pair's attorney.

Arrest made in shrubbery theft in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 04:04

Arrest made in shrubbery theft in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice have made an arrest in the theft of a prized topiary from a home in Northeast Philadelphia.

Georgia sheriff refuses to talk to police about shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 04:02
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill has not been charged in the shooting, which he so far has declined to discuss, said Gwinnett County police spokesman Deon Washington. Hill critically injured 43-year-old Gwenevere McCord, a real estate agent and friend, inside a model show home in a subdivision in Gwinnett County on Sunday, police said. He called McCord "very dear to me" in a statement posted on the Clayton County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. "I will continue to pray unceasingly for her recovery." Hill, 50, first served as sheriff in Clayton County from 2005 to 2008.

Elder Boston bomber was cruel, dominating, witnesses testify

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:56

Defense attorney David Bruck presents his opening arguments during the first day of the defense's presentation in the penalty phase of the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in this court sketch in BostonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The older of the two brothers in the Boston Marathon bombing was a controlling boyfriend who terrified his future wife's friends but held great influence in his family, witnesses testified as lawyers fought to save the younger brother's life. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died four days after the April 15, 2013 attack that killed three people and injured 264. His younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, last month was convicted of carrying out the attack and could be sentenced to death. The lawyers, who at the trial's opening in March conceded that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had committed all the crimes of which he was accused, contend that Tamerlan was the driving force behind the bombing, with his younger brother going along out of a sense of sibling loyalty.

Boston Marathon bomber's lawyer points to family dysfunction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:54

This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Russian relatives of Boston Marathon bomberTsarnaev are expected to testify at his trial as his lawyers continue to make their case to spare his life. Five family members are expected to take the witness stand Monday, May 4, 2015, in federal court. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers called a Russian historian and a psychiatrist to the stand Tuesday in a bid to save the Boston Marathon bomber from the death penalty by portraying him as the product of a dysfunctional family from a turbulent corner of the world.

Judge tells deadlocked jury in Etan Patz case to keep going

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:51

Defense attorney Harvey Fishbein, left, speaks to reporters during a break in the trial of Pedro Hernandez in New York, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Jurors deliberating in the murder trial of Hernandez, a man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, says they're deadlocked — for a second time. But a judge is telling them to keep trying for a verdict. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors deliberating in the 36-year-old missing-child case of Etan Patz said Tuesday they are deadlocked for the second time in 15 days, but a judge told them to keep trying.

Thousands of Seattle teachers to hold one-day walkout over pay, class sizes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:37
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Thousands of Seattle teachers have voted to walk out of class later this month, joining educators in nearly 30 districts across Washington state staging rolling one-day strikes for better pay and smaller class sizes, the union said on Tuesday. Washington teachers held a first round of walkouts last month, followed by a rally on the steps of the Capitol in Olympia, accusing the state legislature of inadequately funding public schools or teachers' salaries. On Monday, about 4,000 members of the Seattle Education Association, the state's largest teachers' union, voted to join the action with a walkout on May 19. "There's going to be disruption, no doubt about it," said Jonathan Knapp, president of the Seattle Education Association.

Report: IRS issues $5.6 billion in bogus education credits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS issued $5.6 billion in potentially bogus education tax credits in a single year — more than a quarter of all education credits claimed by taxpayers, a government watchdog said Tuesday.

Correction: Fatal Shooting-Menasha story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:29

In this May 3, 2015 photo, authorities move Sergio Valencia del Toro, 27, to an ambulance following a shooting at a recreational bridge in the City of Menasha, Wis. Police say del Toro and his fiancee had recently called off their wedding and had argued before del Toto randomly shot four strangers before killing himself. Authorities say four are dead and one hospitalized in critical condition. (Duke Behnke/The Post-Crescent via AP)MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — In a story May 4 about shootings in the Wisconsin town of Menasha, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a family caught in the attack had been on a bike ride. The family was out for a walk.

Hormel unit Jennie-O lays off employees due to bird flu in poultry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 03:26
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hormel Foods Corp unit Jennie-O Turkey Store will temporarily lay off 233 workers at a Minnesota plant because an outbreak of bird flu has reduced the number of turkeys available for processing, the company said on Tuesday. The layoffs will take effect May 26, according to a statement. (Reporting by Tom Polansek; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)