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Ex-CEO gets prison for stealing from NYC charity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:02

William Rapfogel, who formerly led the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, arrives for his sentencing hearing in New York state Supreme Court, Wednesday July 23, 2014. Rapfogel was sentenced Wednesday to a term of 40 months to 10 years in prison for helping to steal more than $9 million from the anti-poverty organization. He has paid $3 million in restitution. (AP Photo)NEW YORK (AP) — The politically connected former CEO of a prominent New York City charity was sentenced to prison Wednesday for helping to steal more than $9 million from the anti-poverty organization.


Tropical depression weakens to tropical wave

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:00
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. National Hurricane Center says a tropical depression in the Atlantic has weakened to a tropical wave as it approaches the Lesser Antilles.

Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:54

Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio flanked by Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, right, listen during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings to examine his nomination to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs.


Report: No crime committed at immigrant cemetery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:44
FALFURRIAS, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers say there isn't enough evidence to pursue criminal charges after several unidentified immigrants were found buried in single graves.

Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

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

A firefighting plane drops water from Fishtrap Lake on a stubborn fire burning near the lake in Lincoln County, Sunday, July 20, 2014, near Cheney, Wash. The fire started Saturday afternoon and spread to several thousand acres, driven by high winds. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUTOLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.


Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:41

Sen. Mike Lee, R-UtahWASHINGTON (AP) — Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.


SEC poised to end $1 a share for some money funds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:41

FILE- In this Dec. 17, 2008 file photo, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) headquarters in Washington is shown. Regulators are expected to vote Wednesday July 23, 2014 to end a longtime staple of the investment industry _ the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds _ at least for some money funds used by big investors. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators prepared to vote Wednesday to end a longtime staple of the investment industry — the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds — at least for some money funds used by big investors.


Officials probe fire at North Dakota company

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:40

Smoke rises from the site of a fire in an industrial area of Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Authorities have set up an evacuation zone within a half-mile radius of Red River Supply, the site of the fire. No injuries were immediately reported. Red River Supply provides services to oil companies working in North Dakota's oil patch. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Federal and state investigators were at a Williston oil supply and logistics company on Wednesday, a day after a massive fire disrupted road and air traffic.


More U.S. teens' report using human growth hormone, group says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:40
U.S. teenagers' reported use of synthetic human growth hormone more than doubled between 2012 to 2013 as they sought to improve athletic performance and appearance, a survey by anti-drug advocates found. Eleven percent of 3,705 teenagers in grades 9 to 12 polled by the non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids said they had used synthetic human growth hormone at least once without a prescription, up from 5 percent in 2012. Use of synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) was higher among blacks and Hispanics, at 15 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Twelve percent of boys said they had used synthetic HGH compared with 9 percent of teenage girls.

Teacher slaying suspect in court on assault charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:37

Philip Chism is escorted into Suffolk County Juvenile Court Wednesday, July 23, 2013, in Boston, where he was arraigned for allegedly assaulting a state worker while he was in custody at a Department of Youth Services facility. Chism has also been charged with murder in connection with the October death of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer, after following her to a bathroom. (AP Photo/Boston Globe, Wendy Maeda, Pool)BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his teacher last year after following her into a bathroom similarly followed a worker at a youth detention facility into a locker room last month before choking and beating her, prosecutors said Wednesday.


New safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:25

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the government's testing of crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana shows the oil is on the high end of a range of volatility compared with other crude oils, meaning it's more likely to ignite if spilled. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.


Kansas man charged with murder after girl dies in police chase

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:19
A man accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old Kansas girl, who was found dead after a police chase, was charged on Wednesday with first-degree felony murder in the child's death, authorities said. Marcus McGowan, 30, also was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer in the incident Friday that killed 5-year-old Cadence Harris of Leavenworth, Kansas, according to Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson. McGowan was in a romantic relationship with the girl's mother and the two argued Friday night, which prompted McGowan to grab the girl and flee in an SUV, authorities said. A police pursuit ended in a construction area of Leavenworth where McGowan got out of his vehicle and pointed a gun at two police officers.

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, battling Alzheimer's, steps down

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:15

File photo of Pat Bowlen, owner of the Denver Broncos, arriving to negotiations between the NFL and the NFLPA in WashingtonBy Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is stepping down as he battles Alzheimer's disease, the National Football League team said on Wednesday, adding that it was saddened he could no longer take part in the club's daily operations. Bowlen, 70, is one of the NFL's most well-known owners and guided the Broncos to six Super Bowl appearances during his 30 years at the helm. "We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to 'Mr. B,' who has faced Alzheimer's disease with such dignity and strength," the team said in a statement. The team's president, Joe Ellis, will oversee day-to-day management, while a trust will handle Bowlen's ownership of the team.


Man charged in chase that ended in girl's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:04
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — An eastern Kansas man is charged with first-degree murder after an abduction and police chase ended in the death of a 5-year-old girl.

Abandoned horses keep flooding overtaxed rescues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:43

In this July 10, 2014 photo, Susan Peirce, founder of Red Bucket Equine Rescue, bonds with a rescued horse at the Red Bucket Equine Rescue in Chino Hills, Calif. Almost every horse rescue in the country is running out of room or money or both. When the recession started, some people had to dump their horses and discontinue donations to horse charities. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)CHINO HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Almost every horse rescue in the country is running out of room or money as they continue to be strained by an influx of abandoned equines, a trend that began during the recession.


Jury reconvenes in defamation case brought by Jesse Ventura

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:33
By Todd Melby ST PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - A jury reconvened Wednesday in a defamation lawsuit brought by former Minnesota governor, Jesse Ventura, alleging his reputation was sullied by claims in a former Navy SEAL's book about his involvement in a bar fight. In closing arguments a day earlier, defense lawyers said Ventura, a former professional wrestler, was a publicity seeker trying to grab headlines by filing a defamation case against the estate of a fellow ex-Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle, who died after serving his country with honor. In Kyle's book, "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," he alludes to a bar fight in which he slugs someone who made disparaging comments about Navy SEALs. They said their client was defamed by the section chronicling a bar fight between the two men.

Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:25

A traveler views a departures board Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. The Federal Aviation Administration is telling U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours after a Hamas rocket exploded nearby. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.


Fact sheet: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:24
2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid

Accord's latest is most fuel efficient

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:24

This undated product image provided by Honda shows the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid vehicle. The fuel-thrifty Accord four door, the first with an electric plug, is propelled by stored electric power on most short trips of up to 13 miles. (AP Photo/Honda)The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid sedan doesn't amaze and daze with its mainstream looks, nice cloth seats and pleasant ride. Its "wow" factor is, simply, how few times a driver may need to stop at a gasoline station in a year.


Officials probe North Dakota oil supply company

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:21

Smoke rises from the site of a fire in an industrial area of Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Authorities have set up an evacuation zone within a half-mile radius of Red River Supply, the site of the fire. No injuries were immediately reported. Red River Supply provides services to oil companies working in North Dakota's oil patch. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Federal and state investigators are at a Williston oil supply and logistics company where a massive fire erupted and disrupted road and air traffic.