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Jury chosen for trial of marathon suspect's friend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 02:10

Robel Phillipos arrives at federal court for the start of jury selection for his trial in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Boston. Phillipos is charged with lying to authorities about being in Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room while two other friends removed Tsarnaev’s backpack, laptop and other items. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — A jury has been chosen in the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

New York teen football player dies after collision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 02:01
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 16-year-old New York high school football player died at a Long Island hospital after colliding with an opponent during a varsity game, school officials said on Thursday. The death of Tom Cutinella, a junior at Shoreham-Wading River High School in Shoreham, New York, comes at a time when awareness is already growing about the long-term health effects of head injuries in professional and youth sports, particularly football. Cutinella died from a head wound he suffered during a game against Elwood John H. ...

AccuWeather: Nice Afternoon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 01:57

 Nice AfternoonMeteorologist Karen Rogers is tracking big changes for the weekend.

Political clash over U.S. history sparks Colorado school protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 01:56

Protestors at Bear Creek High School sit on a street with their signs near the school in Lakewood, ColoradoBy Daniel Wallis JEFFERSON COUNTY Colo. (Reuters) - Sitting with friends by a skate park near a Colorado high school known more for an infamous shooting than conflict over curriculum, 17-year-old Charlotte Beierle said attempts to play down the darker parts of U.S. history mystify her. The Columbine High School student was one of more than 1,000 placard-waving pupils who walked out of classrooms in the largely white, middle-class district in suburban Denver last week after one school board member proposed changing parts of a history course. ...

U.S. Air Force seeks to apply satellite savings lessons to other programs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 01:48
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force hopes to translate its recent successes in driving down the cost of huge satellite programs to a range of other weapons, including Lockheed Martin Corp's C-130J transport plane, a top official told Reuters. Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, who won praise for reversing years of cost increases on big satellite programs in her previous role, hopes to apply those lessons to other programs after she took over in June as the service's top military acquisition official. ...

Man shot in Olney, marijuana operation found in basement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 01:44

Man fatally shot in Olney, marijuana operation found in basementPhiladelphia police are investigating a shooting and marijuana growing operation in Olney.

Supreme Court to hear case of Muslim woman denied employment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 01:35

Shoppers make their way past the abercrombie store at Woodfield Mall in SchaumburgBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said it would consider whether a Muslim woman denied a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch Co clothing store because she wears a head scarf was required to specifically request a religious accommodation. The nine justices agreed to hear an appeal filed in the closely watched case by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that sued the company on behalf of Samantha Elauf. She was denied a sales job at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2008. ...

Four California teenagers arrested over chicken slaughter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 01:31

Gabriel Quintero, 18, of Riverdale, California in this handout photo(Reuters) - Sheriff's deputies have arrested four teenage boys suspected of slaughtering more than 900 chickens that were beaten to death by intruders at a poultry farm in central California, authorities said. The birds were killed, some of them apparently with a golf club, during a break-in last month at the Foster Farms facility in Caruthers, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said. ...

Silicon Valley takes benefits 'arms race' to health care

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 01:16

A pillow is placed on a couch at Twitter headuiarters in San FranciscoBy Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - High salaries and free food aren't enough any more in Silicon Valley, where maturing companies are competing for talent with creative health care and "wellness" programs that use gadgets to promote good behavior. Standard benefits at the largest technology companies, including Google Inc and Apple Inc, range from fertility treatments to deluxe on-site medical clinics, to new technology treats like health-tracking bracelets. ...

Softbank invests $250M in Legendary Entertainment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 01:16
NEW YORK (AP) — Japanese telecommunications and Internet company SoftBank Corp. is investing $250 million in media company Legendary Entertainment, known for films such as "The Dark Knight" and "Man of Steel."

L.A. fashion district faces closer scrutiny in money laundering probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 01:12

Department of Justice handout photo shows box containing U.S. currency seized during a raid in the Los Angeles Fashion DistrictLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department will soon order heightened financial disclosure requirements for about 2,000 businesses in the Los Angeles fashion district, which is suspected of operating as a major money laundering hub for Mexican and Colombian narcotics traffickers, officials said. The order by the department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network takes effect on Oct. 9 and lasts for six months, making it one of the biggest actions of its kind for the division, officials said. ...

Death penalty notice filed in beheading case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:59

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 has filed formal notification that he'll seek the death penalty against a man accused of beheading a woman at a food processing plant.

Hot air balloon landing prompts calls in Warrington Township

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:52

Hot air balloon landing prompts calls in Warrington TownshipA hot air balloon landing caused some concern in Warrington Township, Bucks County Thursday morning.

Funeral arrangements announced for fallen Pa. state trooper

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:50

Funeral arrangements announced for fallen Pa. state trooperFuneral arrangements have been announced for David Kedra, the Pennsylvania state trooper accidentally shot and killed Tuesday during a training exercise.

Officials: About 80 being monitored for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:48

 About 80 being monitored for EbolaHealth officials in Texas say about 80 people are being monitored for symptoms of Ebola.

Ebola patient remains in serious condition at Dallas hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:26
DALLAS (Reuters) - The patient infected with Ebola remains in serious condition on Thursday at a Dallas hospital, the hospital said. "The doctors on the medical staff and nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas continue to provide compassionate, quality care to the patient who tested positive for Ebola Virus Disease. As of this morning, the patient's condition is serious," Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said in a statement. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Family held at gunpoint in Collingdale home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:24

Family held at gunpoint in Collingdale home invasionPolice in Delaware County are looking for the four men who forced their way into a home and terrorized a family at gunpoint.

5 Swiss killed in helicopter crash in France

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:23
PARIS (AP) — French authorities say a helicopter that took off from neighboring Switzerland has crashed in the yard of a home in eastern France, killing five people.

Scores possibly exposed to U.S. Ebola patient; four isolated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:17

Students disembark from a school bus outside The Ivy ApartmentsBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Up to 100 people may have had direct or indirect contact with the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the United States, and four of his relatives have been quarantined in their homes as a precaution, health officials said Thursday. Dallas County officials said 12 to 18 people had direct contact with the Texas patient, and they in turn had contact with scores of others. ...

Episcopalians battle behind walls of NYC seminary

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 00:14

Seminarians gather outside the chapel on the grounds of The General Theological Seminary, after morning prayers, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in New York. More than two-thirds of the faculty at the seminary, one of the nation’s oldest, most venerable religious institutions that trains ministers of America’s Episcopal Church, say they were fired earlier this week after going on strike to protest their dean’s leadership. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) — The lid has been lifted on a fierce internal battle at the nation's oldest Episcopal seminary, which has lost most of its faculty over what they say is their dean's intimidating, disrespectful leadership.