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New York State, ex-assemblyman settle harassment lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:48
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York State has agreed to pay $545,000 to settle lawsuits brought by two women who said their boss, former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, sexually harassed them and that then-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver created a culture in which such misconduct was tolerated. “We hope our ordeal will serve as a strong reminder to New York's legislators that they are accountable for their behavior,” the women, Victoria Burhans and Chloe Rivera, said in a joint statement.

Report describes horrific treatment, deaths at reform school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:48

FILE - In this April 15, 2014, file photo, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, center, D-Fla., along with University of South Florida Associate Professor Erin Kimmerle, left, and Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee, right, speak to the media about the on-going research being done at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla., at the United States Courthouse, in Tampa, Fla. Researchers studying dozens of graves and deaths at a now closed Florida reform school describe a long history of horrific treatment of the boys. A report released by University of South Florida researchers this week identifies two more of the people buried in the graves. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — As the bodies exhumed from dozens of old graves at a shuttered Florida reform school continue to yield grudging answers to stubborn mysteries, researchers investigating the cases this week released a report on what they know so far.


2 boys recovering from shooting outside Maryland high school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:46
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — More than a dozen police academy cadets searched a high school athletic field Thursday, eyes trained on the frozen ground for signs of a getaway path possibly used by suspects who shot and wounded two students outside a gymnasium where two basketball games were in progress.

Somali man sentenced in U.S. court in Texas for aiding 'terrorist' group

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:45
A Somali man was sentenced in 15 years in prison on Thursday for providing material support to al-Shabaab, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorism group, U.S. prosecutors said. Abdinassir Mohamud Ibrahim, 43, pleaded guilty to making a cash payment to a known member of al-Shabaab and trying to enlist support for the group linked to deadly attacks in African countries including Somalia, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Western District of Texas said. Al Shabaab, who want to impose their strict version of sharia, or Islamic law, across Somalia, were driven out of Mogadishu in late 2011.

Ethanol from derailed train leaking into Mississippi River

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:45

Crews work at the scene of a Canadian Pacific freight train derailment north of Dubuque, Iowa, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Three railcars plunged into the river, and eight leaked ethanol after the derailment Wednesday. Railroad officials said Thursday it's unclear how much ethanol has leaked into the Mississippi River from the train, but that they were working to monitor the environmental impact and offload fuel from the train. (AP/Telegraph Herald, Dave Kettering) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, TV OUTDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Railroad officials said it was unclear Thursday how much ethanol has leaked into the Mississippi River from a train that derailed a day earlier in eastern Iowa, but that they were working to monitor the environmental impact and offload fuel from the train.


Target employees help young man prep for job interview, tie his tie

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:39

Target employees help young man prep for job interview, tie his tieA Wake County, North Carolina teenager ran into a roadblock before he even got to his job interview, and what happened next was caught on camera.


Two dead in shooting at University of South Carolina's public health school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:35

Two dead in shooting at University of South CarolinaBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Two people died in a shooting at the University of South Carolina's public health school on Thursday in an apparent murder-suicide, state police said. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry told a news conference the shooting in a room inside the school appeared to involve only the two deceased. He said the shooting took place in a room at the new public health research building at the university's public health school in downtown Columbia, blocks from the state capitol building.


Man, 19, accused of lying to FBI agents in terrorism probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:31
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 19-year-old Minneapolis man is accused of lying to the FBI after authorities say he and three other young men from Minnesota took a bus to New York City and tried to board flights overseas.

Police: Students came into contact with crack cocaine at Southwest Philadelphia school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:26

 Students came into contact with crack cocaine at Southwest Philadelphia schoolFour boys were taken to the hospital after coming into contact with crack cocaine at a Southwest Philadelphia school, police say.


California permitted oilfield discharge in protected water

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:23

A farmworker ties almond tree branches with strings as a pumpjack operates near the orchard, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Shafter, Calif. California regulators authorized oil companies more than 2,500 times to inject wastewater and other production-related fluids into federally protected aquifers potentially suitable for drinking and watering crops in the nation’s agricultural center, state records show. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Regulators in California, the country's third-largest oil-producing state, have authorized oil companies to inject production fluids and waste into what are now federally protected aquifers more than 2,500 times, risking contamination of underground water supplies that could be used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show.


Democrats hit GOP plan for replacing Obama health care law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:13

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who also serves as the Senate's president pro temp ore, returns to his office following votes, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Sen. Hatch and other Republican lawmakers eager to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are touting tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveiled its first plan this year for replacing the law that the party reviles. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — A plan by three Republican lawmakers for replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul would leave Americans with less coverage and higher costs than the landmark law they want to repeal, Democrats said Thursday.


LinkedIn's 4Q tops analyst views, stock surges to new high

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:09

In this Nov. 6, 2014 photo, a LinkedIn employee walks past a company logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. LinkedIn reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — LinkedIn maintained its perfect record of pleasant financial surprises as the online professional networking service extended its reach during the fourth quarter and added more tools to help connect salespeople with potential customers.


Sony's Amy Pascal Steps Down in Wake of Hacking Scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:06
The Sony studio head whose hacked emails revealed some of Hollywood's dirty laundry is moving on.

Twitter shares spike as 4Q results fly above expectations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:05

FILE - This Nov. 4, 2013 file photo shows the sign outside of Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. Twitter reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter shares flew nearly 10 percent higher aftermarket, as the messaging service shrank losses and nearly doubled quarterly revenue by drawing more users and expanding its advertising offerings.


Regulators: Design flaws led to DuPont plant deadly gas leak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:05
HOUSTON (AP) — A poisonous gas leak that killed four workers at a Houston-area chemical plant in November can be traced to the design of a network of pipes and valves inside the facility, federal investigators said Thursday.

Utah lawmaker wants sex traffickers eligible for execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:59

Republican Rep. Paul Ray is shown on the house floor Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Ray says he plans to introduce a bill that would allow the state to execute criminals convicted of child sex trafficking, calling it a necessary protection for defenseless children. The hardline plan from Ray faces several legislative hurdles before it could become law, and it would test the boundaries of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the death penalty. But the Clearfield Republican said he welcomes the challenge. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker has said he plans to introduce a bill that would allow the state to execute criminals convicted of child sex trafficking, calling it a necessary protection for defenseless children.


2 girls slip on ice, fall into uncovered basement in Trenton

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:56

2 girls slip on ice, fall into uncovered basement in TrentonTwo girls slipped on ice and fell at least six feet through an uncovered basement door of a vacant building as they walked to school in Trenton.


Arkansas' 1st-in-the nation Medicaid expansion survives

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:54

Rep. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, argues for reauthorizing a program using federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor in the House chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. The Arkansas House voted 82-16 to reauthorize funding through June 2016 for the "private option," which was crafted two years ago as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' first-in-the-nation program using federal funds to buy private health insurance for the poor will survive another year after the Legislature reauthorized the program Thursday, despite an influx of new Republican lawmakers elected on a vow to kill the hybrid Medicaid expansion.


River the dog rescued from brutal cold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:53

River the dog rescued from brutal coldRiver, a 6-year-old German shepherd rescue, is recovering from a near-death experience.


Kentucky sued over lost tax incentive for Noah's Ark park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:45
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Christian ministry building a Noah's Ark theme park sued Kentucky tourism officials Thursday, saying they violated the group's free speech rights by denying them an $18 million tax incentive.