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Dog reportedly thrown from car leaves hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 05:02

Dog reportedly thrown from car leaves hospitalA dog that suffered serious injuries when it apparently was thrown out of a moving car on the Garden State Parkway last weekend has been released from a veterinary hospital.


SEPTA: Person struck by train in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 05:00

SEPTA employee struck by train in Center CityPhiladelphia police are investigating the report of a person struck by a SEPTA train in Center City.


Navy professor resigns after racy photo inquiry

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:55
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A U.S. Naval War College professor has resigned following an investigation into a complaint that he took a racy photo that wound up online.

Man arrested in New York accused of supporting Islamist rebels: CBS

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:53
Federal prosecutors have accused a man arrested on gun charges at a New York City airport of sympathizing with Islamic State militants, CBS News reported on Monday. Donald Morgan, 44, of North Carolina was arrested on Aug. 2 for being in possession of a rifle as a felon, according to court documents. He was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where he had arrived on a flight from Lebanon, CBS News reported. At Morgan's bail hearing at U.S. District Court in Brooklyn last week, prosecutors asked a judge to deny him bail as he had "pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Twitter," and was a threat to the community, CBS reported.

Shooting victims' families want donations diverted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:52
HOUSTON (AP) — The extended family of a Houston-area girl who was the lone survivor of a shooting that left her parents and four siblings dead asked Monday that a fundraising effort for her be halted, after it surpassed $400,000.

Driver charged in fatal crash at farmers market

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:51
HAWTHORNE, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man was charged Monday with vehicular homicide for a weekend crash at a farmers market that left one woman dead and two people injured.

Obama's great-uncle Charles Payne dies at age 89

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:50

FILE - This July 22, 2008 file photo shows Charles T. Payne, President Obama’s great-uncle, during an interview with The Associated Press in Chicago. Payne is the brother of Obama’s maternal grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham. Payne died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Chicago of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, his wife Melanie said. He was 89. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Charles T. Payne, a World War II veteran and great-uncle of President Barack Obama who was briefly in the public eye during his nephew's first presidential bid, has died.


Python caught in Florida is chief suspect in mystery of missing cats

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:41

Handout of Port St. Lucie police officers displaying a captured 12-foot Burmese Python in Port St. LucieMultiple cats missing without a trace, a freshly killed body, and one well-fed, 120-pound Burmese python lurking in the Florida underbrush. Four Port St. Lucie police officers on Friday captured the 12-foot-long snake, which they believe is the culprit in the disappearance of a slew of neighborhood pets over the past nine months. “It’s the answer to so many questions,” said Pamela Dinola, who lost five of her seven cats.     Pythons are an exotic species and growing nuisance in Florida where they have no natural predator and feed on native wildlife, most notably in the Florida Everglades. State wildlife officials were looking for the snake's owner, said Frank Sabol, a spokesman for the Port St. Lucie police department.     Meanwhile, police consider the case of the missing cats closed.


Atlanta educators face trial in widespread cheating scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:41
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The trial of a dozen former Atlanta educators charged in one of the nation's largest school test-cheating scandals began on Monday, a case receiving wide attention as similar cheating accusations blemish schools across the United States. Lawyers say it could take several months to try the group of former teachers, principals and administrators, accused of conspiring to alter students' standardized test scores after a state investigation uncovered cheating at 44 Atlanta public schools in 2009. The high-profile Atlanta case is one in a string of cheating cases affecting 39 states over the last five years, said Bob Schaeffer, education director at the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, known as FairTest, which seeks to end the misuse of standardized tests. “I think the nation closely follows the Atlanta investigation and trial to determine the scope of the problem,” said Schaeffer.

Top federal officials discuss energy development

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:38
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The potential for renewable energy development in the Southwest is tremendous, but two top officials in President Barack Obama's administration said Monday much work needs to be done to meet the challenges of exporting that power to market.

Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:36

Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri manA day of anger over a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in suburban St. Louis turned to mayhem as people looted businesses, vandalized vehicles and confronted police who sought to block off access to several areas of the city.


US settles with Kansas over alleged pension fraud

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:26
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal authorities announced Monday that Kansas has agreed settle a securities fraud charge accusing the state of misleading investors about the financial health of its public employee pension system in 2009 and 2010 — at the time the second-worst underfunded system of its kind in the nation.

Judge extends temporary halt to Ohio executions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:20

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Ronald Phillips. The Sept. 18, 2014 execution of Phillips for the rape and death of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in 1993, has been put on hold following a ruling by federal Judge Gregory Frost to delay executions scheduled for September, October and November, as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A freeze on capital punishment in Ohio will continue into 2015 after a federal judge extended a months-long moratorium on executions as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty.


Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook's messenger app

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:20

FILE - In this June 11, 2014 photo, a man walks past a Facebook sign in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook’s recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. In truth, Facebook Messenger isn’t any more invasive than Facebook’s main app _or other similar applications. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive.


Attorneys for Glenn Beck ask judge to toss suit tied to Boston bombing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:16

Radio and television personality Glenn Beck shows a copy of the Koran during a speech at FreePAC Kentucky in LouisvilleBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for U.S. television commentator Glenn Beck on Monday asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit charging their client with defamation for wrongly accusing a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing of being the "money man" behind the attack. The plaintiff, Saudi Arabian national Abdulrahman Alharbi, 21, had been present at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, when two homemade pressure-cooker bombs ripped through the crowd and was injured. Federal prosecutors now contend that a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, carried out the bombing. "The fact that Mr. Alharbi said what he said and availed himself of the opportunity to inject himself into this controversy in an attempt to shape the debate is not a fact that can be denied," attorney Michael Grygiel said during a hearing at U.S. District Court in Boston.


Par Petroleum says ops normal at Kapolei, Hawaii refinery after storms

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:15
(Reuters) - Par Petroleum Corp said on Monday the refinery in Kapolei, Hawaii operated by its subsidiary Hawaii Independent Energy was running normally after back-to-back storms in the region. Based on updates from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center and the Hawaii State Emergency Operations Center, throughout the hurricane watch period, the company was able to operate the refinery at moderate throughput, Lance Tanaka, spokesman for Par Petroleum said.

Austin Beutner is new Los Angeles Times publisher

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:13
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Austin Beutner (BYOOT'-ner) is the new publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times Media Group.

US stocks edge higher on corporate news, earnings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:07

FILE - This Jan. 4, 2010 file photo shows an entrance to a Wall Street subway station in New York. U.S. stocks are opening higher Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, as tensions ease in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing slightly higher as investors turn their focus to corporate news and as tensions ease in Ukraine.


Suspect in girl's death to be charged as adult

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:04

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the FBI shows Jenise Wright. Authorities say a 17-year-old has been arrested in the death and sexual assault of Wright, a 6-year-old girl whose body was found near the mobile home park she vanished from last weekend. (AP Photo/FBI, File)PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old boy arrested in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old Washington state girl will be charged as an adult.


Ebola may be scary, but most shouldn't be afraid

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:02

In this Aug. 7, 2014, photo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ebola is a "painful, dreadful, merciless virus," the United States' top disease fighter says. The outbreak in West Africa has been declared an international health emergency, already killing more than 900 people and spreading. That's scary, and it's serious. But it needs context. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States' top disease detective calls Ebola a "painful, dreadful, merciless virus."