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Firm says phone apps spy on Hong Kong protesters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:53

Student pro-democracy activists use their smartphones while sitting on the streets near the government headquarters, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 in Hong Kong. The Chinese government might be using smartphone apps to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a U.S. security firm says. The applications are disguised as tools created by activists to protests, said the firm, Lacoon Mobile Security. The firm said that once downloaded, they give an outsider access to the phone's address book, call logs and other information. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)HONG KONG (AP) — The Chinese government might be using smartphone apps to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a U.S. security firm said.

Judge's ruling strikes at pension fund's sanctity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:56

FILE - In this June 27, 2012 file photo, pedestrians cross a street near the Bank of Stockton in Stockton, Calif. A federal judge could rule Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, on a bankruptcy exit plan for Stockton, an inland port city in California that in 2012 became the largest city in the U.S. to file for Chapter 9 protection before Detroit filed last year. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein has scheduled a hearing in Sacramento in a trial that has lasted more than four months. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has struck a blow against the sanctity of public pensions in California by ruling that U.S. bankruptcy law permits the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, allowing the city to cut benefits.

Philips loses $467M patent suit to US competitor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:51
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Philips NV says it will book a $467 million (366 million-euro) charge in the third quarter after losing a patent lawsuit to smaller U.S. competitor Masimo Corp.

Dallas Cowboys player investigated for alleged sex assault: ESPN

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:38
(Reuters) - A Dallas Cowboys player is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the team's hotel last month, ESPN reported on Wednesday. The sports channel named the player, as did other media, but quoted Grapevine Police Department spokesman Barry Bowling as saying he hadn't been charged or arrested. ESPN did not provide details of the alleged Sept. 20 incident. Reuters has not confirmed the player's identity or the alleged crime. The suspected assault occurred at the Gaylord Hotel a day before the team played the St. Louis Rams, ESPN reported. ...

Gov't website for doc payments not up to snuff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:21

This image provided by the Department of Health and Humans Services shows the Open Payments page of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. They’re calling it "Open Payments," but the government’s new website doesn’t make it easy to find out whether your doctor is getting freebies, travel or other financial benefits from drug companies and medical device manufacturers. For now, the website lacks a "Find Your Doctor" button. (AP Photo/HHS)WASHINGTON (AP) — Although it's called "Open Payments," the government's new website doesn't make it easy to find out whether your doctor is getting freebies, travel or other financial benefits from drug companies and medical device manufacturers.

Man, hostage killed following California standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:15
(Reuters) - A man who took a woman and her two young children hostage in their southern California home was shot dead by police after apparently shooting the woman, who later died, police said on Wednesday. Deputies responded to a call from the woman's husband on Wednesday afternoon, who said a cousin was inside their house in Highland, California, and threatening to shoot her and her children, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. ...

Minneapolis community fights recruiters for jihad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:09

In this Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 photo, Abdirizak Bihi, right, executive director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center, spends time with kids playing soccer at Currie Park in Minneapolis, near a large Somali community in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. While Bihi strolls through the neighborhood parks, he is on the lookout for anyone who might be trying to recruit the city's young Somalis to join jihad in Syria. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Every evening after work, Abdirizak Bihi strolls through neighborhood parks where young Somalis shoot hoops and play soccer. He tells jokes, urges them to clean up their trash and even grabs the basketball to take a few shots.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:02
"That's how we're going to break the chain of transmission, and that's where our focus has to be." — Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on how federal health officials will monitor people who have come into contact with an airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. every day for the next three weeks, the incubation period for the virus.

Timeline for first case of Ebola diagnosed in US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:03

A man walks up the stairway leading to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. A patient in the hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation with test results pending, hospital officials said Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States traveled from Liberia to Dallas, where he is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Key dates in the case:

Bail hearing postponed for suspect in Virginia student's disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:42
(Reuters) - A bail hearing for the suspect charged in the disappearance of 18-year-old University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham was rescheduled for Dec. 4, his attorney said on Wednesday. Jesse Matthew, 32, was initially scheduled to appear before the Charlottesville General District Court on Thursday through a video link. His attorney, Jim Camblos, said he requested the postponement. Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, have charged Matthew in the disappearance of Graham, who was last seen with him on Sept. 13. ...

A look at changes in college prep history courses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:37

In this Sept. 29, 2014 photo, students protest against a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history, in front of their school, Jefferson High, in the Denver suburb of Edgewater, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Colorado students and teachers are protesting a school board's attempt to change the new way some history college prep classes are being taught and tested.

Q&A: What are students in Colorado protesting?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:31
DENVER (AP) — A fight in Colorado over how United States' history is taught has pitted the new conservative majority on a suburban Denver school board against students and teachers who accuse the board of censorship.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:19
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, who has been skewered by critics over the Sept. 19 White House security breach, has resigned, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Man, hostage dead after Southern Calif. standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:05
HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a hostage standoff at a San Bernardino County home ended with the shooting deaths of a woman and a man who was holding her hostage. Two small children also held hostage came away safe.

Obama seeks to restore trust with disappointed Latinos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:05

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his meeting with India's PM Narendra Modi at the White House in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After enraging Latino voters last month by delaying promised immigration reforms, President Barack Obama is expected to assure Hispanic-American lawmakers on Thursday that he is on their side and help is on the way. Obama, who for the past two years missed the annual gala held by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will return to the group and reiterate his ongoing commitment to immigration reform, according to a White House official. ...

U.S. report cites safety lapses at New Mexico nuclear lab

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:56
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Chronic lapses in safety procedures at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico may have led to a radiation leak that has forced a prolonged shutdown across the state of the only permanent U.S. nuclear waste repository, federal inspectors said on Wednesday. The inspectors, in a sharply critical report, sought to explain how a barrel of plutonium-tainted debris from the nuclear weapons lab near Santa Fe ended up improperly packaged before it was shipped off for burial 300 miles away at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. ...

14-year-old girl shot in Wissinoming

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:30

14-year-old girl shot in WissinomingAuthorities say a 14-year-old girl was shot in Philadelphia's Wissinoming section.

Exclusive: U.S. nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola waste

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:03

General view of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasBy Patrick Rucker and Julie Steenhuysen WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official said on Wednesday. Experts have warned that conflicting U.S. regulations over how such waste should be transported could make it very difficult for U.S. hospitals to safely care for patients with Ebola, a messy disease that causes diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases, bleeding from the eyes and ears. ...

AccuWeather: Dry Start to October

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:55

 Dry Start to OctoberMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a rainy start to the weekend, followed by a cool down.

Officials: Fire that killed Cooper Health CEO, wife was intentionally set

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:51

 Fire that killed Cooper Health CEO, wife was intentionally setAuthorities say a house fire that killed the CEO of the Camden-based Cooper Health System and his wife was intentionally set.