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Testimony: Ex-Va. governor touted pill at meeting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:06

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, is surrounded by media as he walks to the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va. on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, as his corruption trial enters its third week. McDonnell and his wife are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the former CEO of a nutritional supplements company in exchange for promoting his products. They could face decades in prison if convicted. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell ended a meeting in his office by touting the effectiveness of an anti-inflammatory pill marketed by the wealthy businessman who showered him and his wife with thousands of dollars in gifts and loans, a state official said Monday.


Guantanamo court hears arguments on separate trial for 9/11 suspect

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:51
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE Md. (Reuters) - A military court heard arguments on Monday on removing one of five men charged in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States from a joint trial because of his mental condition. Prosecutors are seeking to reverse a decision by the judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, ordering a separate trial for Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a 42-year-old Yemeni imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Prosecutors say al-Shibh might be delusional but is competent to stand trial. Prosecutor Clay Trivett argued that al-Shibh should be tried with the other four defendants, including suspected ringleader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Feds charge 5 with bank fraud in Iowa home sales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:50
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines attorney and four area businessmen deceived banks into selling homes to them at below market rates, then immediately resold the properties for profit without the lenders' knowledge, federal prosecutors say.

New Hampshire man wants to skip murder sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:43
DOVER, N.H. (AP) — A man who faces life imprisonment for raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student in 2012 does not want to appear for his sentencing this week.

Stewart crash probe focuses on lighting, track

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:42

ADDS MANDATORY CREDIT - This July 5, 2014 photo provided by Empire Super Sprints, Inc., shows sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., in the vicotry lane with his car at the Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y. Ward was killed Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Central Square, N.Y., when the car being driven by Tony Stewart struck the 20-year-old who had climbed from his crashed car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart following a bump with Stewart one lap earlier. (AP Photo/Empire Super Sprints, Inc.)The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.'s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track.


Obama takes step to improve government technology

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:41
CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly.

Mexico enacts gas, oil opening

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:34

Mexico enacts gas, oil openingMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has signed into law the rules governing a historic opening of the state-run oil, gas and electricity industries to foreign and private companies.


NJ man charged in death after truck tears through farmers market

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:33
(Reuters) - Prosecutors in New Jersey charged a man with vehicular homicide on Monday after they said he drove his pickup truck at high speed through a farmers market Sunday, killing one person and sending two others to the hospital. James Woetzel, 48, of Hawthorne, New Jersey, faces up to 10 years in jail over the incident, which killed 58-year-old Donna Wine, also of Hawthorne. Police say Woetzel drove his 2014 Dodge Ram truck through a police barricade and into the farmers market at around 2:15 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to the vehicular homicide charge, Woetzel is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

FBI opens civil rights case after police shoot man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:33
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The FBI is investigating possible civil rights violations after a suburban St. Louis police officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager.

Police want woman charged in fake abduction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:31
ECORSE, Mich. (AP) — Investigators who determined that an 18-year-old woman lied about being abducted and held for 16 hours in Michigan said Monday they plan to ask prosecutors to charge her.

Obama takes step to improve government technology

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:31
CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — The White House is announcing the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly.

PHOTOS: 12 arrested in W. Pa. drug sweep

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:26

 12 arrested in W. Pa. drug sweep12 people were arrested after an investigation targeting low and mid-level drug dealers.


Cowabunga! 'Ninja Turtles' bring box-office power

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:24

Megan Fox and Will Arnett arrive at special screening of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" at AMC Lincoln Square on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office.


Police: Hate crime unlikely in rabbi's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:19

Mourners walk behind a hearse carrying the casket of Orthodox Rabbi Joseph Raksin, who was fatally shot Saturday while in Florida visiting relatives, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police have said the death appeared to result from a robbery and not a hate crime, but they're still investigating. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MIAMI (AP) — Hundreds of mourners followed the casket of a New York rabbi who was gunned down while walking to a temple in Miami over the weekend.


Chiquita gets buyout offer from Safra, Cutrale

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:03
NEW YORK (AP) — Chiquita Brands has received an approximately $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group.

UN proposal would punish Iraq and Syria militant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:00
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain has proposed a U.N. resolution aimed at punishing recruitment and financing of fighters for the Islamic State militant group now controlling a swath of Syria and Iraq and all other terrorist groups associated with al-Qaida.

Girl Blows Out Birthday Candles After Lung Transplant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:58
Sarah was 10 when her family fought the "Under 12 Rule" to get her the lung transplant that saved her life.

App promises to change colors on Facebook, installs virus instead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:58

App promises to change colors on Facebook, installs virus insteadThe app promises to chance the color of your Facebook page but actually installs malware on your computer and smartphone that spams your friends


Market Basket ex-CEO decries 'onerous' terms

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:57
BOSTON (AP) — The former CEO of a supermarket chain says "onerous" terms are preventing him from regaining control of the company from relatives amid a bitter feud that has prompted employee walkouts and customer boycotts.

US agency warns consumers about Bitcoin risks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:46
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are warning consumers about the risks of using virtual currencies such as Bitcoin.