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Cover Oregon mistake enrolls senator in Medicaid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 04:17

Vice President Joe Biden, right, listens as U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley speaks during a campaign rally in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Biden is in Portland campaigning for Merkley who is being challenged by Republican Monica Wehby. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Yet another mistake by Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange is coming to light: The state mistakenly enrolled a U.S. senator in Medicaid, the health insurance plan for the poor.


Satellites see hot spot of methane in US Southwest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 04:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — A satellite that measured the potent global-warming gas methane in the atmosphere has found a surprising hot spot over the southwestern U.S.

Lawsuit shines new light on old sex abuse scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 04:13
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed this week has reopened a decades-old sex abuse scandal at the exclusive Indian Mountain School in Connecticut.

Ex-Premier of Cayman Islands acquitted of corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 04:12
By Peter Polack GEORGE TOWN Cayman Islands (Reuters) - The former premier of the Cayman Islands, McKeeva Bush, was found not guilty on charges of corruption by a local jury on Thursday, a court official confirmed. Bush was charged last year with 11 counts of official misconduct and breach of public trust in a case that led to his removal from office and stirred up anti-government sentiment in the British Caribbean territory. Bush, 59, was accused of using his government credit card to withdraw $50,000 cash in casinos in the United States and the Bahamas. ...

Ex-Premier of Cayman Islands acquitted of corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 04:12
By Peter Polack GEORGE TOWN Cayman Islands (Reuters) - The former premier of the Cayman Islands, McKeeva Bush, was found not guilty on charges of corruption by a local jury on Thursday, a court official confirmed. Bush was charged last year with 11 counts of official misconduct and breach of public trust in a case that led to his removal from office and stirred up anti-government sentiment in the British Caribbean territory. Bush, 59, was accused of using his government credit card to withdraw $50,000 cash in casinos in the United States and the Bahamas. ...

Family of dead Texas Ebola patient grieve in isolation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 04:10
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Thomas Eric Duncan died without his loved ones. Now the family of the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States is grieving alone, some in quarantine and most isolated by social stigma and fear of the virus. Duncan, a Liberian national who was visiting his fiancée in Texas, died in an isolation ward of a Dallas hospital on Wednesday unable to be surrounded by the people dearest to him. He died 11 days after being admitted. About 48 people who had direct or indirect contact with Duncan since he arrived in Texas on Sept. ...

Family of dead Texas Ebola patient grieve in isolation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 04:10
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Thomas Eric Duncan died without his loved ones. Now the family of the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States is grieving alone, some in quarantine and most isolated by social stigma and fear of the virus. Duncan, a Liberian national who was visiting his fiancée in Texas, died in an isolation ward of a Dallas hospital on Wednesday unable to be surrounded by the people dearest to him. He died 11 days after being admitted. About 48 people who had direct or indirect contact with Duncan since he arrived in Texas on Sept. ...

Slave photo discovered from Robert E. Lee's home

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

National Park Service curator Kim Robinson holds the photo of Selina Gray, right, who was in charge to care for Arlington House where Gen. Robert E. Lee had lived in for 30 years, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The National Park Service has acquired a rare Civil War-era photograph of an enslaved woman at Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's home in Virginia. The previously unknown photograph depicts Selina Gray, the head housekeeper to Lee and his family. The photograph was unveiled Thursday at Lee's Arlington House plantation overlooking the nation's capital. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The National Park Service has acquired a rare Civil War-era photograph of an enslaved woman at Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's home in Virginia.


Indiana newlyweds die in apparent murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:59
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana couple was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide only hours after they were married, authorities say.

No charges in fight at party attended by Palins

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:58
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police in Alaska say no charges will be filed in connection with a fight that broke out at a party and involved members of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's family.

White House dismisses report about Colombia prostitution scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:57

White House spokesman Eric Schultz. speaks to reporters during a press briefing on Martha's VineyardWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday dismissed a report implicating a White House advance team member in a 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia and denied allegations the team member's involvement had been covered up. The White House said it stood by an internal investigation of the incident conducted by then-counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, a former prosecutor who is seen as a possible contender to replace departing Attorney General Eric Holder. ...


Tesla announcement sparks speculation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:55
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Electric carmaker Tesla Motors was expected to unveil an all-wheel-drive system — and perhaps more — at a much-hyped mystery event Thursday night near Los Angeles.

Tesla announcement sparks speculation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:55
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Electric carmaker Tesla Motors was expected to unveil an all-wheel-drive system — and perhaps more — at a much-hyped mystery event Thursday night near Los Angeles.

Tesla expected to introduce all-wheel-drive system

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:46
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Electric carmaker Tesla Motors is expected to unveil its first all-wheel-drive system Thursday night.

Student held in school threat in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:45
YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A student with a cache of weapons arrested for investigation of threatening to shoot, stab and assault staff members at his high school in the California desert community of Yucca Valley, authorities said.

Miami Beach cheers success of flood pumps against 'King Tide'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:41
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI BEACH Fla. (Reuters) - Miami Beach residents breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday as newly installed pumps kept streets dry during the seaside city’s highest tides of the year. For weeks, construction crews worked overtime to install pump stations to keep the so-called annual "King Tide" at bay. The high waters arrive when the gravitational pull from the alignment of the sun, earth and moon raises the ocean. In the past, waters have inundated streets, flooded business, and forced resident to roll up their pants to wade through the lingering surf. ...

Pakistani woman acclaimed by Islamists allowed to end U.S. appeal

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

FBI combo photo showing Aafia SiddiquiBy David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistani neuroscientist whom Islamist militants have tried to free in proposed prisoner swaps with the United States was allowed on Thursday to withdraw what could be the last appeal of her conviction on U.S. charges of attempted murder. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan said that Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year sentence in a prison medical center in Texas, had "clearly and unequivocally" stated her intent to end the appeal. ...


APNewsBreak: FBI, senators discussed corruption

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:20
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state senators quietly met with FBI officials for a private briefing on how not to run afoul of federal corruption laws shortly after a jury found former Gov. Bob McDonnell guilty of selling the influence of his office, lawmakers told The Associated Press this week.

Father charged after child dies of generator fumes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 03:13
SALINA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York heating contractor faces manslaughter charges after his 6-year-old daughter died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a portable generator he left running in their basement while he spent a night at a casino.

Two adults, two boys killed at New York home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 02:49
By TG Branfalt Jr GUILDERLAND N.Y. (Reuters) - Two adults and two children of Chinese descent have been killed in a central New York house, police said on Thursday. The victims, whose names have not been released, were a 37-year-old man, a 39-year-old woman and two boys aged 7 and 10 years old, Guilderland Police Chief Carol Lawlor said at a press conference. Lawlor offered scant details on the crime, including how the four people were killed on Wednesday. Local and state police as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the killings. ...