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Pennsylvania investigates death of trooper shot during training

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:36
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - An investigation is underway into the death of a 26-year-old Pennsylvania trooper who was shot and killed at a training facility in suburban Philadelphia, the state police commissioner said on Wednesday. Trooper David Kedra, a two-year veteran for the force, died from a gunshot wound to the chest on Tuesday afternoon. Police have not disclosed who was holding the gun when the shooting occurred, and they have released no further information about the incident. ...

Greece's govt to call confidence vote

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:33

European Commission official Declan Costello arrives at the Finance Ministry in Athens for talks with the Greek government on Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. Debt inspectors from the European Central Bank, European Commission and International Monetary Fund, which are closely monitoring Greece's harsh austerity program, launched a new round of meetings with Greek officials Tuesday. Talks will focus on Greece's 2015 state budget and implementation of agreed reforms. Greece has depended on bailouts from its European partners and the IMF since it nearly went bankrupt in mid-2010. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's troubled coalition government said Wednesday it would call a vote of confidence in parliament next week, hours after the country's leftwing opposition demanded early elections citing ongoing austerity measures.

White House fence jumper pleads not guilty in September 19 breach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:31

New River Regional Jail booking photo of Omar GonzalezBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Iraq war veteran accused in the September 19 breach of the White House pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in federal court. The court ordered a mental competency review for Omar Gonzalez, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, but defense lawyers opposed the evaluation. Gonzalez's lawyer, David Bos, said his client was mentally competent and did not need an evaluation. He said he has become increasingly confident in his client's competency. Gonzalez was captured inside the White House on Sept. ...

Texas court upholds dismissal of ex-House leader DeLay's convictions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:30
By Amanda Orr (Reuters) - A Texas court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of money-laundering and conspiracy convictions against former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals found that another state appeals court had correctly overturned DeLay's 2010 convictions, finding insufficient evidence against him in September 2013. ...

Burger King, ex-soldier at odds over needle claim

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:23
HONOLULU (AP) — The former soldier suing Burger King because he swallowed needles in a sandwich said he didn't return to Hawaii for a settlement conference because he had to work and his lawyers say the corporation hasn't taken negotiations seriously.

U.S. parents who ferried children to Cuba agree to jail time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 03:19

Joshua Hakken and his wife Sharyn stand inside a building at the Marina Hemingway complex in HavanaBy Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A U.S. couple face a decade or longer in jail after pleading guilty this week to kidnapping their two young sons in Florida last year, then fleeing by sailboat to Cuba with the family dog. In a deal that spared them additional federal or state charges, Sharyn and Joshua Hakken, who had lost custody of their sons after a drug arrest in Louisiana, admitted on Tuesday to kidnapping the boys, then ages 4 and 2, their attorneys said. The couple, both engineers, believed they had uncovered a government conspiracy, attorneys said. ...

Second U.S. university cuts ties with China's Confucius Institute

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:50
By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) - A second major U.S. university in a week is severing ties with China's government-funded Confucius Institute, which critics call a propaganda arm wrapped in culture and language education. Pennsylvania State University said Wednesday it would end its five-year relationship with the institute at the end of this year, citing differences with the Chinese government agency that controls and funds them. ...

UN says 1st staffer dies of 'probable' Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:48

 "The world is absolutely not doing enough yet, we are still challenged to outrun the disease." (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday a staff member in Liberia has died from "probable Ebola," while the World Health Organization said it was optimistic that an Ebola vaccine could be available for mass vaccination campaigns as early as 2015.

Court: Tribal convictions might not stand

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:48
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors can't always use past tribal court convictions as proof of a defendant's criminal history, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found in a Montana case.

Federal court considers guns in post offices

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:46
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service and a rural Colorado man argued in court Wednesday over where on postal property people can legally carry guns.

New York transit authority sued for denying anti-Islamic bus ad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:46
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - An anti-Islam group filed a civil rights lawsuit against New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on Wednesday for refusing to run a so-called "Hamas Killing Jews" advertisement on city busses, the group's attorney said. The American Freedom Defense Initiative claims the state agency violated its constitutional rights by turning down advertisements that included the slogan, "Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah - Hamas MTV," the lawyer said. ...

Palestinians: Israeli occupation must end in 2016

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:40

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, President Mahmoud Abbas, of Palestine, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters. The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in a new push to achieve independence. The circulation of the draft resolution to council members follows Abbas' announcement to the U.N. General Assembly last Friday that he would ask the council to set a deadline for a pullout and dictate the ground rules for any talks with Israel.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in a new push to achieve independence.

Participants in Detroit pension borrowing knew debt sale was 'iffy': city lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:36
By Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit's controversial sale of $1.4 billion of pension debt, which has become one of the biggest disputes in the city's historic bankruptcy case, involved risks known to all the parties in the transaction, an attorney for the city said on Wednesday. Geoffrey Stewart, a Jones Day attorney, said bond insurers and investors were not misled about the legality of the certificates of participation (COPs) Detroit sold in 2005 and 2006 to raise money for its unfunded pension liability. "Everyone knew it was iffy," he argued in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. ...

Five Dallas-area students had contact with Ebola patient: officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:36
DALLAS (Reuters) - Five Dallas-area students were being monitored for possible exposure to Ebola after coming into contact with a man being treated for the disease at a Texas hospital, officials said at a news conference on Wednesday. "The students did not have any symptoms and so the odds of them passing on any sort of virus is very low," Mike Miles, Dallas Independent School District superintendent, told the news conference. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Eric Beech)

Hearing delayed for driver in fatal Delaware bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:33

Hearing delayed for driver in fatal Delaware bus crashA court commissioner has rescheduled a preliminary hearing for the driver of a tour bus that crashed in Delaware, killing two passengers and injuring dozens of others.

New Polish premier wants more US military presence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:30

Poland's new prime minister Ewa Kopacz delivers her inaugural speech in the parliament in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Kopacz took over the post from Donald Tusk, who will head the European Council starting Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new prime minister said Wednesday that she will seek a greater U.S. military presence in the country as the conflict in neighboring Ukraine has made Poland's security and U.S.-Polish relationship even more important.

Former eBay exec sentenced for insider trading

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:28

Former eBay exec sentenced for insider tradingA former eBay executive will serve 15 months in prison for his role in insider trading.

New York Post settles lawsuit over 'Bag Men' cover

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:28

 Defamation suit filed over "Bag Men" headlineThe New York Post has settled a defamation lawsuit over a cover three days after the Boston Marathon bombing that featured a photo of two Massachusetts residents with the headline "Bag Men." ...

Florida policeman suspended after tasering woman, 61, in the back

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:27
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - The Tallahassee Police Department suspended an officer on Wednesday pending an investigation of his use of a taser on a 61-year-old woman who was walking away from him during a confrontation caught on video in a black neighborhood.    Police Chief Michael DeLeo called a pre-dawn news conference to express concern about the incident, which occurred on Tuesday evening in an area he said police were patrolling because of citizen complaints of drug sales. ...

Q&A: What are students in Colorado protesting?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 02:17

In this Sept. 23, 2014 photo, protesting Pamona High School students, left to right, Ciana Vrtikapa, Tori Suyak, and Becca Ferris engage with passing motorists in a busy intersection near their school, during a multi-school protest against a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history, in Arvada, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A fight in Colorado over how United States' history is taught has pitted the new conservative majority on a suburban Denver school board against students and teachers who accuse the board of censorship.