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Woman gets 16 years for running fake university

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 06:35
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area woman was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for running what prosecutors said was a sham university that served as a front for an immigration scam.

Russian charged in Afghan attack makes U.S. court appearance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 06:24
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former Russian army officer facing terrorism charges for a 2009 attack on U.S. and Afghan forces made an initial appearance in federal court on Tuesday, the first military detainee from Afghanistan to appear in a U.S. federal court. The suspect, Irek Ilgiz Hamidullin, was arrested in November 2009 and held in Afghanistan by the U.S. Department of Defense. He was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. ...

Detainee brought from Afghanistan to US for trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 06:23
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Russian member of the Taliban made his first appearance in a federal court in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first time a military detainee from Afghanistan has been brought to the U.S. for trial.

Family: Fmr. boyfriend 'obsessed' with abduction victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 06:08

 Fmr. boyfriend 'obsessed' with abduction victim Carlesha Freeland-GaitherHer family is talking about a former boyfriend who, they say, was "obsessed" with her.

Police ID 2 killed in murder-suicide at Chester County YMCA

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 06:01

Police ID 2 killed in murder-suicide at Chester County YMCAPolice have identified the victim and alleged shooter involved in an apparent murder-suicide at a YMCA in Chester County.

Anti-abortion laws blocked by Oklahoma's top court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 05:51
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court blocked two new laws aimed at limiting access to abortions on Tuesday, putting both on hold until lawsuits challenging their constitutionality have been settled.

Legal marijuana gets major test in Oregon, Alaska and D.C. ballots

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 05:50

Canvasser leaves campaign literature to drum up support for Oregon's Measure 91, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Portland, Oregon(Reuters) - In a test for broader marijuana legalization efforts across the United States, voters in the U.S. capital and two West Coast states were casting ballots during national midterm elections on Tuesday to decide whether to legalize cannabis. Ballot measures in Oregon and Alaska would set up a network of regulated pot shops, similar to those already operating in Colorado and Washington state after twin landmark votes in 2012. A measure in the District of Columbia would allow possession but not retail sales. ...

New York woman accused of plotting death of daughter's ex-boyfriend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 05:43
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York woman is facing charges of trying to hire a hit man to kill her daughter's ex-boyfriend and feed his body to alligators, according to police and jail officials. Police arrested Melisa Schonfield, 57, who lives in the small upstate town of Brownville, on Friday on charges of second-degree conspiracy and second-degree criminal solicitation, Dave Pustizzi, a detective in the Jefferson County sheriff's office, said in a statement. ...

Crews battle brush fires in Pine Hill, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 05:42

Crews battle brush fires in Pine Hill, N.J.The New Jersey State Forestry Service has been called in to assist in fighting a series of brush fires in Camden County.

Governors seeking re-election face dissatisfied voters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 05:39

Former Florida Governor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist heads out of the Mid-County Senior Center, during a four-city bus campaign tour in Lake WorthBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 30 U.S. governors' races will be decided on Tuesday, with more than a dozen considered too close to call and a large number of incumbents struggling to defend their economic policies as they seek to remain in office. Hot-button issues from gun control to abortion restrictions and healthcare figure in some races. For many voters, however, the economy has remained the central issue. ...

Judge orders Kansas to allow gay marriage pending lawsuit's outcome; state gets week to appeal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 05:15
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Judge orders Kansas to allow gay marriage pending lawsuit's outcome; state gets week to appeal.

Kansas Republican senator and governor face tough election battles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 05:13

Republican U.S. Senator Pat Roberts campaigns at American Legion Post #370 in Overland Park, KansasBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - Kansas is known as a reliably Republican state but the fate of two longtime party leaders, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts and Governor Sam Brownback, was in serious doubt in Tuesday's election. Polls show Roberts, 78, who barely won the Republican primary over a challenger backed by the conservative Tea Party movement, in a dead heat with millionaire businessman Greg Orman, an independent. The race could be critical for Republicans, who need to gain six seats to take control of the U.S. Senate. ...

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither's ATM card used in Maryland; reward at $42,000

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 05:08

 Fmr. boyfriend 'obsessed' with abduction victim Carlesha Freeland-GaitherPolice confirmed Tuesday that an ATM card belonging to a woman forcibly abducted Sunday night in Germantown has been used in Maryland.

US stocks slip as oil's slump hits energy industry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 05:07

Specialist Peter Giacchi, center, works with traders at a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Stocks edged lower on Tuesday, led by a drop in energy stocks as the price of oil fell to its lowest in four years following reports that Saudi Arabia has cut its prices to the U.S. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing mostly lower, led by declines in energy companies as the price of oil continues to fall.

Senate and governor races on a knife-edge in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 05:06
By Daniel Wallis and Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Two Colorado elections for U.S. Senate and governor, once seen as fairly safe for their Democratic incumbents, could go down to the wire on Tuesday in closely watched races that could affect the national balance of power. Things heated up for U.S. Senator Mark Udall in February when a young Republican congressman, Cory Gardner, said he was leaving a safe seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to take on the first-term senator. Last month, Gardner, 40, won the endorsement of the state's flagship newspaper, The Denver Post. ...

Police: Ambush suspect used Internet while on run

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 05:01
The former fugitive charged with ambushing a Pennsylvania state police barracks had a laptop computer and used the Internet while evading hundreds of law enforcement officials, according to court documents released Tuesday.

Minnesota Vikings' Peterson reaches plea deal to avoid jail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 04:57

 Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota VikingsBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reached a plea deal on Tuesday to charges of abusing his 4-year-old son that would see the former NFL most valuable player avoid any jail time. Peterson, 29, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge. He must pay a fine of $4,000 and perform community service, under the deal reached in a court outside of Houston. He had been accused of felony injury to a child. Montgomery County Judge Kelly Case deferred any finding for two years. ...

Court seems to favor fired whistleblower

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 04:54
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed inclined to rule in favor of a former federal air marshal who wants whistleblower protection for leaking information about aviation security plans.

Barn fire kills 20,000 young chickens near Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 04:42
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - An intense fire destroyed a Pennsylvania poultry barn on Tuesday, killing 20,000 young chickens less than two years after another barn blaze at the same farm incinerated 40,000 hatchlings. More than 60 firefighters from 16 fire companies battled the flames for more than six hours at the farm in North Cornwall Township in central Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg, said Neversink Fire Company Chief Mike Nelson. “When these things go, the odds of stopping it are little to none,” Nelson said. ...

FDNY: New York City's 911 system down for 2 hours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 04:40
NEW YORK (AP) — A part of the city's computerized 911 emergency dispatch system went down for nearly two hours Monday, forcing dispatchers to work manually to handle calls, but fire officials say no life-threatening emergencies came in during the period.