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At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 04:24

This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. The Obama administration has offered a wide range of assessments of the threat to U.S. national security posed by Islamic State extremists in an area straddling eastern Syrian and northern and western Iraq, and whose actions include last week’s beheading of American journalist James Foley. Some officials say the group is more dangerous than al-Qaida. Yet intelligence assessments say it currently couldn’t pull off a complex, 9-11-style attack on the U.S. or Europe. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office)WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.

Alleged gangster admits lying in North Carolina kidnap probe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 04:22
A woman described by prosecutors as a gang member dubbed "Lady Jamaica" has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents during their investigation into the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father this year, court documents show. Chason Renee Chase, 24, pleaded guilty on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Columbia, South Carolina, to a charge of making a false statement, the documents showed. Frank Janssen, father of Wake County Assistant District Attorney Colleen Janssen, was attacked with a pistol and stun gun before being abducted from his home in April and held in an Atlanta apartment for four days before being rescued.

Ecuador heralds digital currency plans

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 04:18

In this Aug. 24, 2014, photo, a young man texts a message on his mobile phone while working at the Mayorista Market in Quito, Ecuador. Ecuador's Central Bank is getting ready to use electronic currency in which consumers will initially be able to use it to make and receive payments using their cellphones. Ecuador is heralding its plans to create the world’s first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could ultimately replace the country’s existing currency, the U.S. dollar, which the government cannot control. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador is planning to create what it calls the world's first digital currency issued by a central bank, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar.

Constitution sets sail for last time for 3 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 04:16

The U.S.S. Constitution, or "Old Ironsides," the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned ship that is still afloat, is towed through Boston Harbor past the financial district skyline with its topsails unfurled Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 in Boston. The ship is setting its sails for the last time before the warship heads to dry dock for a three-year repair project. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON (AP) — The world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat has set its sails for the last time before it heads to dry dock for a three-year repair project.

Reputed gangster pleads guilty in kidnapping plot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 04:10
A South Carolina woman who authorities say is a gang member known as "Lady Jamaica" has admitted lying to federal agents during their investigation of the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father.

Crocodile that bit 2 swimmers dies during capture

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 03:50

This image released by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows the crocodile named Pancho, suspected of biting two swimmers in a Coral Gables, Fla., canal. Pancho died Friday morning, Aug. 29, while fighting capture by two trappers, wildlife officials said. (AP Photo/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via The Miami Herald) MAGS OUTCORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — An American crocodile that bit two swimmers in a South Florida canal has died.

NYC developer makes changes in 'poor door' design

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 03:43
NEW YORK (AP) — A plan for a luxury skyscraper with a so-called "poor door" is changing to extend more of a welcome to residents of its cluster of affordable apartments, officials and the developers said Friday.

Pilot in F-15 crash was decorated combat veteran

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 03:41

U.S. Air National Guard Col. James Keefe, commander of the 104th Fighter WingThe pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday.

Probation for ex-cop who killed elk named Big Boy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 03:40

FILE - This Jan. 1, 2013 photo provided by Lara Koenig, shows Boulder Police Officer Sam Carter, 37, posing with an elk he allegedly shot in Boulder, Colo. Carter, the former Boulder police officer convicted of killing the treasured bull elk, faces sentencing Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. District Attorney Stan Garnett has recommended that Carter be sentenced to one year in prison. In a court filing, he called Carter "flippant" and "arrogant" attitude toward his conviction in the shooting of the trophy elk known around town as "Big Boy." (AP Photo/Lara Koenig via The Daily Camera, File) NO SALESBOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A former Boulder police officer convicted of killing a treasured bull elk in an upscale neighborhood was sentenced Friday to four years of probation.

Firm: Atlantic City losing 3 casinos, not business

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 03:28
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Wall Street firm predicted Friday that much of the revenue generated by three Atlantic City casinos that are closing will remain in the city after they're gone.

Florida mother arrested after five kids found living in filthy home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 03:18
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida mother has been charged with child neglect after her 10-year-old boy came to school in foul-smelling clothes and told a teacher he could not remember when he last took a bath, court documents showed. Betsy Velasquez, 34, of Kissimmee, was charged on Tuesday and was released from the Osceola County jail on Wednesday on a $1,000 bond. Investigators were alerted by an elementary school teacher who also said the boy had been coming to school late and hungry.

Family of instructor killed at Arizona gun range does not blame girl

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 03:15

Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White HillsThe ex-wife and children of an Arizona gun range instructor shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl using an Uzi submachine gun do not blame the child and plan on reaching out to her family, according to a TV interview broadcast on Friday. Charles Vacca was showing the girl how to fire the Uzi at the Arizona Last Stop gun range in remote White Hills on Monday when the recoil caused her to lose control of the high-powered weapon, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office. Vacca, 39, was struck by at least one round from the Uzi and died, in an accident that has touched off debate over the wisdom of giving children access to high-powered firearms, even in a controlled setting such as a gun range. "He was a good person, but we know they are as well," one of Vacca's daughters, Ashley, told NBC's "Today" show, referring to the girl's family.

EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 03:12

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Tomasz Sikorski arrives holding a basket of apples to protest against Russia's ban on food imports, during an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. European Union foreign ministers on Friday were set to weigh adopting a tougher stance on the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to beef up economic sanctions against Russia. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)MILAN (AP) — Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional economic sanctions.

Pentagon identifies F-15 pilot killed in Virginia crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 03:05
The Pentagon on Friday identified the pilot killed in the crash of an F-15C fighter in Virginia as Lieutenant Colonel Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr., a U.S. Fontenot, an F-15 instructor and combat veteran, was piloting the Massachusetts Air National Guard plane when it went down on Wednesday in a remote area of western Virginia. Fontenot reported an in-flight emergency shortly before contact was lost with the Washington flight controller, and the crash is under investigation. Fontenot was the inspector general of the Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing, stationed at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield.

3rd tourist cited for flying drone in Yellowstone

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 03:03
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — For the third time this summer, Yellowstone National Park rangers have cited a tourist for illegally flying a drone in the park.

Connecticut catering company penalizes CEO after dog-kicking incident

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 02:50
(Reuters) - The chief executive officer of catering company Centerplate, who was caught on videotape kicking a dog, has been placed on indefinite probation by his employer and ordered to donate to animal welfare efforts, the company's board of directors said. The incident of animal cruelty by CEO Des Hague is "unacceptable," the company's board said in a statement. Stamford, Connecticut-based Centerplate serves large sports and entertainment venues. Other critics have called for a boycott of Centerplate concessions.

Power mostly restored after fire in Wildwood, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 02:46

Power restored after fire in Wildwood, NJMost of the customers who were without power following a fire in Wildwood, New Jersey have been restored.

New challenge for Tax forms

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 02:41

This photo taken Aug. 21, 2014 shows health care tax form 1095-A in Washington. The federal agency that brought you the glitchy website has a massive new project. Technical difficulties on this one could delay tax refunds for millions of Americans. That agency is the Health and Human Services department. To facilitate complicated connections between the new health care law and income taxes, HHS will have to send some 5 million households new tax forms that are like W-2s for health care. Those forms are called 1095-As, and they’re being introduced next year. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on this one could delay tax refunds for many Americans.

Kraft issues voluntary recall of some American Singles cheese product

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 02:38
By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kraft Foods Group Inc said on Friday it is voluntarily recalling 7,691 cases of some varieties of its Kraft American Singles as a precautionary measure after a supplier failed to store an ingredient correctly. The Northfield, Illinois-based company said the recall affects four varieties of Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product. A supplier did not store an ingredient in accordance with Kraft's temperature standards. Kraft said it has had no consumer illness complaints for the product associated with the recall.

Chief in $800M fraud gets 20 years prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 02:27
MIAMI (AP) — The man who masterminded an $800 million insurance scam that fleeced tens of thousands of investors in one of Florida's all-time largest fraud schemes was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.