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Improper payments by federal government top $100B

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:33

Graphic shows top programs for improper payments; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax credits for families that don't qualify. Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary. Unemployment benefits for people who are secretly working. Federal agencies reported making $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them.


Federal agency accused of violating artifacts law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:31
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An independent federal agency is calling for an investigation into allegations that U.S. officials ignored a law requiring them to monitor, preserve and ultimately return human remains and relics to American Indian tribes.

Arizona professor admits resisting arrest during scuffle

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:31
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A professor in Arizona who scuffled with campus police after being stopped for walking in the middle of the street at night pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, court officials said. Ersula Ore, an assistant English professor at Arizona State University, made the plea in Maricopa County Superior Court in relation to the video-taped incident from May 20. Jerry Cobb, a spokesman for the county attorney, said Ore is expected to receive probation when she is sentenced on Aug. 1 under the terms of the plea deal with prosecutors. Her lawyer, Alane Roby, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Pot gives Oregonians a reason to visit 'The Couv'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:29
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Legal pot means Portlandia is going to get to know "The Couv" a little better.

NY court OKs $1.75B award in Iran terror cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:24
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that $1.75 billion for terrorism-related judgments against Iran can be distributed to victims of attacks, including a 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines in Lebanon.

Berkeley, California orders free pot for poor patients

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:10

Marijuana plants are displayed for sale at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in SeattleBy Mary Papenfuss BERKELEY California (Reuters) - A California college town known for its liberal activism has voted to make medicinal marijuana dispensaries give away free a small amount of their pot to the poor. Berkeley City Council members voted unanimously late on Tuesday to instruct local outlets to provide marijuana equal to 2 percent of their sales to patients on low incomes. "It's an equity issue," Council member Darryl Moore told Reuters. "We want to ensure that those who are in need have access to the medication necessary to treat their condition." Under the law, which takes effect next month, the marijuana given away free must be of the same quality as that given to paying customers.


Nazi suspect denied bail in US on German warrant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:05
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An elderly Nazi war crimes suspect will remain jailed in Philadelphia as part of a German criminal case after a U.S. judge denied him bail this week.

Suitcase bodies suspect dodged discipline as cop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:02
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — The suspect in the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in suitcases dumped along a rural Wisconsin highway resigned his job as a police officer to avoid discipline amid allegations of stalking, lying and abuse of power, according to personnel records released Wednesday.

Man gets 17 years for nursing home beating death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:56
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man will spend 17 years in prison for beating his nursing home roommate to death with a metal piece from a wheelchair.

Officials say juvenile started California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:52
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Investigators who spent weeks examining photos and tips from the public have identified a juvenile as a suspect for intentionally starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern California this spring, officials said Tuesday.

Recipe for higher sales: Add fiber, cinnamon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:39

FILE - This March 22, 2011 file photo shows boxes of General Mills cereals in Portland, Ore. The Minneapolis-based company, which last month announced a cost-cutting plan that will include a review of its manufacturing plants, is working to adapt its offerings as it grapples with the changing eating habits of Americans. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills hopes a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of fiber will be a recipe for stronger sales.


Accused Silk Road creator loses bid to dismiss U.S. indictment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:34
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man accused of creating Silk Road, which U.S. authorities said was an online drug marketplace, lost his bid on Wednesday to dismiss a federal indictment accusing him of conspiring to deal illegal narcotics and launder money. Ross Ulbricht, who prosecutors said was known online as "Dread Pirate Roberts," had claimed he did not conspire with Silk Road users who might have broken the law by completing transactions on the now-defunct website, using the digital currency bitcoin. In a 51-page decision, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said, "the design and operation" of Silk Road and Ulbricht's role as an "intermediary" between website users justified letting prosecutors pursue their case. "Whether the government can prove the facts alleged is not a question at this stage." Forrest also said the federal money laundering statute encompasses bitcoins, noting that the virtual currency's value can be expressed in dollars.

Police trying to ID body found in Cohansey River

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:29

Police trying to ID body found in Cohansey RiverPolice in Bridgeton, New Jersey are trying to identify a man found dead in the Cohansey River.


Michigan man charged with murder in death of soccer referee

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:26
(Reuters) - A soccer player accused of punching a referee and fatally injuring him during a weekend game in a Detroit suburb has been charged with second-degree murder, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Bassel Abdul-Amir Saad, 36, had been charged with assaulting referee John Bieniewicz, 44, during a game in Livonia, Michigan, but the charges were upgraded following his death, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. "The entire soccer world mourns with the family upon the death of John Bieniewicz," Worthy said.

Ranchers taking advantage of USDA disaster program

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:19

FILE - This Oct. 10, 2013 file aerial photo shows dead cattle in Sulphur Creek in western South Dakota during a flyover of areas hard hit by a snowstorm that killed thousands of animals. In a progress report Wednesday, July 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers and ranchers who suffered heavy livestock and grazing losses due to extreme weather in the past three years have been quick to take advantage of newly available disaster relief funds. The agency said it has distributed more than $1 billion in relief funds, a little less than half the overall amount predicted in the recently passed farm bill, in just over three months. The agency estimates it will spend $2.5 billion overall on disaster relief cases from 2011 to 2014. (AP Photo/KOTA-TV, Pool, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers and ranchers who suffered heavy livestock and grazing losses over the last three years due to extreme weather have been quick to take advantage of newly available disaster relief funds, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.


Trial in Colorado theater shootings delayed again

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:09

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. The trial in the Colorado theater shootings was delayed again Wednesday, July 9, 2014, because the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes will take more time than expected. The trial had been scheduled to start with jury selection on Oct. 14. Samour said he had no choice but to grant the extension. He said he would set a new trial date at hearing on July 22, two years and two days after the shootings.(AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)DENVER (AP) — The trial in the Colorado theater shootings was delayed again Wednesday because the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes will take more time than expected.


Storm leaves 244,000 in dark, shuts Buckeye pipeline in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:07
(Reuters) - Over 244,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states remained without power on Wednesday after severe thunderstorms rolled through the region overnight. Buckeye Partners LP, a U.S. petroleum pipeline operator, said in a notice to shippers that its Laurel refined products pipeline from Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, was shut due to a power failure. Officials at Buckeye were not immediately available for comment. Exelon Corp's PECO utility in the Philadelphia area said it expected to restore power to the Buckeye pipeline in about three hours. ...

Tips for preventing child deaths in hot cars

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:06
More than three dozen children die of hyperthermia in cars annually in the United States, and since 1998 more than 500 children have died in hot cars. Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees, and car interiors can reach well over 110 degrees even when the outside temperature is in the 60s.

Attorneys in theater shooting weigh defense

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:59
DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a retired Tampa police captain accused of killing a man in a movie theater said Wednesday that Florida's "stand your ground" defense might be used at trial next year.

Juvenile is suspect in major California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:54
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Investigators have identified a juvenile as a suspect for intentionally starting a wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes near San Diego in May.