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Judge rules loss could be imposed on Calpers in Stockton bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:23

A view of downtown Stockton, California is reflected in a windowBy Robin Respaut SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing Stockton, California's municipal bankruptcy trial on Wednesday ruled that the state's public employee retirement system, known as Calpers, could be forced to absorb losses along with other creditors. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said the city's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System could be rejected. While the judge ruled the city may impose losses on Calpers, he has not yet ruled that it must do so as part of its financial restructuring. ...


Secret Service director resigns under fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:22

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, in her position for just 18 months, faced mounting calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a September 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife scaled the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before an off-duty agent stopped him. ...


17 people displaced by major fire in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:21
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Four buildings in Atlantic City will be demolished after they were severely damaged by a wind-blown fire that broke out just steps from the resort's boardwalk.

Texan bids for Nuremberg stenographer's mementos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:18

File - This Sept. 19, 2014, file photo taken in Anchorage, Alaska, shows credentials and a Social Security card for Maxine Carr, a stenographer who was assigned to cover the Nuremberg trials after World War II. A Dallas woman bid $9,000 on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, for documents from the Nuremberg trials that were found in an old trunk in Alaska that belonged to a postwar stenographer. (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro, File)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Dallas woman bid $9,000 for documents from the Nuremberg trials that were found in an old locked trunk in Alaska that belonged to a postwar stenographer.


Report IDs 'weaknesses' at nuclear weapons lab

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:15
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report issued Wednesday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy squarely places blame for the shutdown of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository on failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

US, China air differences over Hong Kong protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:13

Local residents join a a pro-democracy sit in at a main intersection in the Mongkok district in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong warned Wednesday that if the territory's leader doesn't resign by the end of Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. and Chinese officials publicly aired differences Wednesday over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system.


U.S. Ebola patient flew on United Airlines to Dallas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:08
By Jeffrey Dastin (Reuters) - United Airlines believes the U.S. Ebola patient flew on its aircraft from Brussels to Dallas-Fort Worth via Washington on Sept. 20, based on information it received from federal officials, according to a company spokeswoman. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there was "zero risk of transmission" on these two flights because the patient showed no symptoms at the time and therefore could not have been contagious, the United spokeswoman said. The CDC has said it is unnecessary to contact others who traveled on the flights, she added. ...

Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:08

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance. "His whole family was screaming. He got outside and he was throwing up all over the place," resident Mesud Osmanovic, 21, said on Wednesday, describing the chaotic scene before the man was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday where he is in serious condition. ...


Judge: Was biased vs. white suspect; verdict OK'd

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:03
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Kagan had been in prison for murder for more than a decade when doubts about his guilt arose from an uncommon source: the former judge who had convicted him.

Florida man convicted of killing unarmed teen over loud music

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:49

File photo of Defendant Dunn reacting on the stand during testimony in his own defense during his murder trial in Duval County Courthouse in JacksonvilleBy Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida jury found Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in an argument over loud rap music. Dunn, 47, a software engineer, testified he thought he was defending himself from an armed threat when he fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four teens at a Jacksonville gas station parking lot, killing Jordan Davis, 17. Dunn and Davis exchanged words before the shooting about the loud music coming from the SUV. ...


Trooper accidentally shot in training exercise

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:49

This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police, Trooper David Kedra is shown. Kedra was shot in the chest Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, during a yearly training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex in Conshohocken, near Philadelphia, state police said. Kedra, 26, was flown by helicopter to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He had been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police since June 2012. (AP Photo/ Pennsylvania State Police)SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania state trooper killed Tuesday during a firearms training exercise in suburban Philadelphia was fatally wounded when another trooper's gun accidentally discharged, Capt. James Raykovitz announced Wednesday afternoon.


Liberia, U.S. say Texas Ebola patient showed no symptoms before flying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:48
By David Lewis and James Harding Giahyue DAKAR/MONROVIA (Reuters) - The man being treated for Ebola in Texas showed no signs of fever or symptoms of the virus when he left Liberia for the United States via Brussels on Sept. 19, Liberian and U.S. authorities said on Wednesday. The case is the first to be diagnosed outside West Africa during the current outbreak, raising the prospect that the worst epidemic of the deadly hemorrhagic fever on record could spread to nations beyond the region. ...

LA officials give final approval to pay increase at large hotels

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:47

Hotel worker Blanca Aldana cheers after a City Council vote to increase minimum wage at City Hall in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles city leaders gave final approval on Wednesday to a measure that would increase the wages of workers at large hotels to $15.37 an hour, prompting a warning from hotel industry officials they might sue over the "living wage ordinance." Mayor Eric Garcetti, who pledged last month to bring the city's overall minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017, has promised to sign the hotel measure, which would establish one of the highest minimum wages in the country. The current California minimum wage is $8 an hour. ...


Slaying of mother and six children prompts Florida agency changes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:45
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Florida authorities should have done more to respond to repeated warnings of problems in the family where a 51-year-old felon shot his daughter and her six children before killing himself last month, the state child welfare agency said on Wednesday. The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) also announced immediate changes intended to improve accountability at the agency, long troubled by reports of inadequate protection for children in its care. ...

Calpers says ruling by judge in Stockton case is not legally binding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:40
(Reuters) - The California Public Employees' Retirement System, or Calpers, on Wednesday said it disagreed with a U.S. bankruptcy judge's ruling that Stockton, California, could impair worker pensions as part of the city's proposed financial restructuring. "This ruling is not legally binding on any of the parties in the Stockton case or as precedent in any other bankruptcy proceeding and is unnecessary to the decision on confirmation of the City of Stockton’s plan of adjustment," Calpers spokeswoman Rosanna Westmoreland said in an emailed statement. ...

Mother of former U.S. Marine says son suffers in Mexico jail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:39

Former U.S. Marine Andrew Tahmooressi is escorted to a federal court in TijuanaBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The mother of a former U.S. Marine held for six months in a Mexican prison appealed on Wednesday for the U.S. government to do more to free her son, who told her his guards threatened him with rape, torture and execution. Andrew Tahmooressi, 26, was arrested on March 31 by Mexican customs agents who found three guns in his pick-up truck at a border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. He was charged with weapons offenses and has been imprisoned ever since. His case has drawn the attention of U.S. ...


Pennsylvania deer hunt curtailed as police search for ambush suspect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:38

Handout of Matthew Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, PennsylvaniaBy Joe McDonald EAST STROUDSBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania has reversed an earlier decision to allow deer hunting in an area of the Pocono Mountains where hundreds of law enforcement officers are searching for the suspect in an ambush that killed a state trooper nearly three weeks ago. The closure of a large swath of state game lands in the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania, announced on Wednesday, came a day after police said search teams had found two pipe bombs while in pursuit of the 31-year-old suspect, Eric Frein. R. ...


Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheading

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:36

In this Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 photo provided by the Cleveland County, Okla., Sheriff's Department, Alton Nolen is pictured in a booking photo. Nolen has been charged with murder in the first degree in the death of Colleen Hufford, in Moore, Okla. (AP Photo/Cleveland County Sheriff's Department)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor said Wednesday he will seek the execution of a man accused of beheading a co-worker in a fit of rage after being suspended from his job at a food processing plant.


Complaint: Racial slurs, threats at Daimler plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:32
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's labor commissioner has filed a complaint against heavy-duty truck and school bus manufacturer Daimler Trucks North America, alleging five employees at its Portland plant were subjected to racial slurs and threats.

California Catholics challenge abortion order

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:32
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's Catholic leadership has filed a federal civil rights complaint over a state requirement that health insurance cover abortions.