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Test-cheating trial delayed for ill former Atlanta school chief

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 00:44
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The trial for a former Atlanta school superintendent charged with conspiring to alter students' standardized test scores will be delayed indefinitely because she is too sick to attend, a judge ruled on Friday. An attorney for Beverly Hall said she is undergoing chemotherapy for advanced breast cancer and, given her condition, would be unable to endure the court proceedings due to begin on August 11. Judge Jerry Baxter agreed, noting a dozen of Hall’s co-defendants charged in one of the nation's largest test-cheating scandals will be tried as scheduled next month. “If Dr. Hall gets better and is able, she will be tried later," Baxter said.

3rd Colorado county giving licenses to gay couples

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 00:41

Samantha Getman, right, and Victoria Quintana embrace as they receive their marriage license at the Denver Clerk's office on Thursday, July 10, 2014. They were the first couple to receive a marriage licence in Denver, after clerk Debra Johnson began issuing licenses to same sex couples on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)DENVER (AP) — A third Colorado county began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Friday even though the legal fight is far from resolved in the state.


CDC safety lapses shut 2 labs, stop shipments

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 00:35
NEW YORK (AP) — Citing a recurring problem with safety, U.S. officials have suspended the shipment of potentially dangerous germs from government laboratories in Atlanta to other labs.

Man beaten to death outside North Philadelphia home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 00:23

Man beaten to death outside North Philadelphia homePolice say a man was beaten to death outside his North Philadelphia home.


Over 100 killed in Gaza as rockets fall on Israel

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 00:18

Over 100 killed in Gaza as rockets fall on IsraelThe Palestinian death toll from Israel's massive air campaign in Gaza topped 100 people Friday as rockets fired by militants reached deeper into Israel - and for the first time in the fighting, struck from neighboring Lebanon.


Texas shooting suspect collapses in court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 00:07
SPRING, Texas (AP) — A man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, collapsed in court Friday as a prosecutor recited the charges against him.

House votes to make business tax break permanent

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Friday to make permanent a temporary tax break that makes it easier for businesses to invest in new equipment, one of many expired tax breaks that Congress must deal with by the end of the year.

Carnival ride falls off truck on New Jersey Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:57

Carnival ride falls off truck on New Jersey TurnpikeA truck carrying a carnival ride caused a huge backup along the New Jersey Turnpike on Friday morning.


New York police work to ID body parts found in two towns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:55
New York police on Friday are working to identify the human body parts scattered around two Long Island communities over three days this week, authorities said. A severed limb was found in a yard in the town of Hempstead on Thursday, after another limb turned up a few blocks away the day before, Suffolk County Police said in a statement. Suffolk and Nassau police declined to say who discovered the remains or whether they belonged to a man or woman. The body parts have been sent to Suffolk County and Nassau County medical examiners.

New York's MTA may have to increase debt in LIRR pay deal: Moody's

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:55
Meeting wage demands of Long Island Rail Road workers threatening to strike over a pay dispute may mean New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority will have to issue more debt to cover capital investment costs, according to ratings agency Moody's Investors Service. MTA's capital plan calls for $29 billion investment from 2010 to 2014.

Trial will go on without ex-Atlanta school chief

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:50
ATLANTA (AP) — A judge has decided that an upcoming trial in Atlanta's school cheating case will go on as scheduled in August without former school superintendent Beverly Hall, who is battling cancer.

Economists lower forecasts for US growth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:42

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 file photo, a cashier rings up a sale at a Sears store, in Las Vegas. U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter.


Federal judge affirms Detroit's access to casino revenue

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:27
(Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge on Friday ruled that bond insurer Syncora Guarantee Inc cannot block bankrupt Detroit's access to casino tax revenue. Syncora, which insures some of the city's bonds and interest-rate swaps, appealed an Aug. 28, 2013 ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes that gave Detroit access to about $11 million in monthly tax revenue that the insurance company had tried to block. Judge Bernard Friedman said that Rhodes had correctly decided that the disputed money was part of the bankruptcy estate. Syncora's attorney, James H.M. Sprayregen at law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, said an appeal will be filed with the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Man charged in Craigslist knifepoint robbery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:24

Man charged in Craigslist knifepoint robberyPolice arrested a man in connection with a robbery at a Burlington County mall.


Colorado gay couples wed but on shaky legal ground

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:21

Samantha Getman, right, and Victoria Quintana show their marriage license at the Denver Clerk's office on Thursday, July 10, 2014. They were the first couple to receive a marriage licence in Denver, after clerk Debra Johnson began issuing licenses to same sex couples on Thursday. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)DENVER (AP) — A third Colorado county is issuing marriage licenses to gay couples even though the legal fight on the issue isn't over in the state.


Philly man, 81, among 8 child porn arrests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:13

Philly man, 81, among 8 child porn arrestsThe Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has announced the arrests of eight men on unrelated child pornography charges.


PHOTOS: 8 arrested for child porn in Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 23:10

 8 arrested for child porn in Pa.Eight men throughout Pennsylvania have been arrested on child porn charges.


Haskell collapses in Texas court as details of Texas murder read

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 22:58
By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - The man accused of fatally shooting four children aged 4 to 14 and their parents after entering their suburban Houston home while looking for his former wife collapsed when details of the murder scene were read in court on Friday. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, who is being held without bond, was in court for a procedural hearing after being charged on Thursday with capital murder and multiple murders. Capital murder can bring the death penalty in Texas. Haskell said "Yes, sir" after his rights were read and then collapsed as details of the crime were listed in the court.

US given heads up about newspaper data destruction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 22:40

FILE - This June 6, 2013 file photo shows a sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper’s hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents last year, newly declassified documents show. The White House had publicly distanced itself from doing the same against an American news organization. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper's hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents last year, newly declassified documents show.


Correction: North Dakota Saltwater Spill story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 22:24
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — In a July 10 story about a North Dakota pipeline leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, The Associated Press erroneously reported the names of the pipeline owner and its parent company. The pipeline owner's name is Arrow Pipeline LLC, not Aero Pipeline LLC, and its parent company is Crestwood Midstream Partners LP, not Crestwood Midstream Services Inc.