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U.S. accuses NJ hedge fund manager of fraud, lavish spending

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 04:46
A New Jersey man posing as a successful hedge fund manager has been charged with defrauding investors out of $5 million and spending much of it on a million-dollar home, expensive cars, Tiffany jewelry and other luxuries, authorities said. Nicholas Lattanzio, 58, who operated Black Diamond Capital Appreciation Fund LP, was arrested on Wednesday and charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with three counts of wire fraud and two counts of securities fraud. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed related civil charges against the Montclair, New Jersey man, who it said claimed to have invested $800 million and posted 18 percent annualized returns since 2008.

Murder charge dropped against woman who induced abortion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 04:23

Murder charge for woman who took abortion pill questionedALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia prosecutor dropped a murder charge Wednesday but is pursuing a drug possession count against a 23-year-old woman accused of ending her pregnancy without a prescription, using pills she bought online.

USDA grants totaling $6.7M encourage efficiency, renewables

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 04:18
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A solar power system to be installed at one of Wyoming's bigger microbreweries helped Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday promote a nationwide program to encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy.

DA: Teen admits to sex assault inside Dieruff High School in Allentown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 04:17

 Teen admits to sex assault inside Dieruff High School in AllentownPolice are investigating a rape inside a Lehigh County high school, and investigators say it involves two young teens.

Female prison worker may have helped two New York inmates escape: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 04:14
A female prison worker may have had a role in assisting two inmates in their escape over the weekend from a maximum security prison, New York State Police said on Wednesday. "She befriended the inmates and may have had some sort of role in assisting them," State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said at a press conference.

Cleveland police enhancing training ahead of consent decree

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 04:14
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland police department has changed the mindset at its training academy from a military-like "warrior mentality" to that of "guardians" who feel like they're members of the communities they serve, the police chief said at a news conference on Wednesday.

U.S. officials looking into possible seventh Takata air bag death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 04:11

A deployed, drivers side air bag is seen in a 2002 BMW at an auto dismantling facility in San FranciscoU.S. auto safety regulators said on Wednesday that they are looking into a possible seventh death linked to defective Takata air bag inflators, a Louisiana woman who died after her 2005 Honda Civic hit a utility pole in the early hours of April 5. A lawsuit filed on Monday in U.S. District Court by the family of the victim, 22-year-old Kylan Rae Langlinais, claims the car's Takata driver-side air bag exploded on impact, sending shards of metal into the passenger compartment and severing the woman's carotid artery.

Teen couple accused of 3-state crime spree charged as adults

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 04:04
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A teen couple accused in a three-state, six-day crime spree that authorities say ended because the pair couldn't swim across the wide Ohio River have been charged in Pennsylvania as adults, authorities said Wednesday.

Louisiana company recalls stuffed chicken sold nationwide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 04:01
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana company is recalling some stuffed chickens sold nationwide because the label didn't show wheat, a potential allergen.

Ex-Rhode Island House Speaker to be sentenced for corruption

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:50

FILE - In this March 3, 2015 file photo, former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox speaks on the steps of the federal courthouse after his initial appearance and plea hearing in front of a federal judge in Providence, R.I. Prosecutors recommended a three-year prison term for Fox on charges of bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return. U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi is scheduled to sentence Fox on Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The planned sentencing of former House Speaker Gordon Fox on Thursday marks the end of a federal investigation that led to the downfall of a man who became admired for his rise from working-class roots to arguably the most powerful person in Rhode Island government.

Senate GOP denies funds for lawyers for immigrant children

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled Senate panel on Wednesday blocked President Barack Obama's request for $50 million to pay for legal help for unaccompanied immigrant children coming to the United States after fleeing violence in Central America.

Los Angeles City Council approves minimum wage hike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:48

People stand as the Los Angeles City Council prepares to vote on a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour in Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to an ordinance raising the minimum wage in America's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9. Eric Garcetti, would require businesses with more than 25 employees to gradually increase wages to meet a $15 hourly pay level by 2020, while smaller businesses would have an extra year to comply with each step. Garcetti, a Democrat, has said that he would sign the wage hike into law, seen as a victory for labor and community groups that have successfully pushed for similar pay hikes in other major U.S. cities, including Seattle and San Francisco.

NTSB: Amtrak engineer wasn't talking, texting on cellphone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:46

 House committee to hold hearingWASHINGTON (AP) — The engineer in last month's fatal Amtrak crash wasn't using his cellphone to talk, text or download anything just before the train sped off the tracks, investigators said Wednesday, addressing one big question about what might have caused the accident but only deepening the mystery of what did.

Jesse Matthew convicted in 2005 Virginia sex assault

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:45

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2014 file photo Jesse Matthew Jr. looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va. A woman who authorities say was sexually assaulted by the same man charged with killing a University of Virginia student came face to face with her alleged attacker in a Fairfax courtroom Thursday. The encounter was brief, and the woman's testimony was focused on a narrow legal question, though she did testify that his face looked familiar. But it provided a preview of the courtroom drama expected next week, when a jury trial begins for 33-year-old Jesse Matthew. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Bill O'Leary, Pool, File)FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Jesse Matthew pleaded guilty Wednesday without acknowledging he committed a crime, entering an Alford plea on charges that he attacked and molested a woman in Virginia in 2005.

Health head: Congress' problem if court voids health law aid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:42

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on President Barack Obama's health care law. Burwell said it will be up to Congress and the states to decide what to do should the Supreme Court annul federal subsidies that are a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress and the states will need to find an answer if the Supreme Court strikes down the federal subsidies that are a foundation of President Barack Obama's health care law, his health secretary told lawmakers Wednesday.

2 charged in Dallas woman's death after silicone injections

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:33
DALLAS (AP) — Two salon workers are facing murder charges in the death of a Dallas woman after she had silicone injections to increase the size of her buttocks.

Cheap, synthetic 'flakka' dethroning cocaine on Florida drug scene

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:27

Alpha-PVP, a powerful stimulant nicknamed Flakka, seen in undated handout picture from Broward County Sheriff's Office in FloridaFor decades, South Florida has battled drug traffickers who ship boatloads of cocaine from South America. Now the region is dealing with a new epidemic - cheap, synthetic drugs that arrive from China through the mail. As authorities in the Sunshine State battle with the surge of Alpha-PVP, better known as "flakka" or "gravel," police departments have begun equipping officers with field detection kits, employing sniffer dogs at mail facilities and training patrol units to look for signs of delirium.

2 buses crash inside Lincoln Tunnel, injuring more than 30

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:20

An injured person is carried on a stretcher to an ambulance at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, Wednesday, June 10, 2015 in New York. A New Jersey transit bus rear-ended a private bus carrying Canadian schoolchildren inside the Lincoln Tunnel, injuring 31 people and slowing traffic on one of the busiest routes for commuters entering and leaving New York City, authorities said. None of the 26 students and two adults from the Toronto school was hurt, according to Anna Caputo, spokeswoman for the Toronto District School Board. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey Transit bus rear-ended a private bus carrying Canadian schoolchildren inside the Lincoln Tunnel on Wednesday, injuring more than 30 people and slowing traffic on one of the busiest routes for commuters entering and leaving New York City, authorities said.

Ferguson hires interim city manager, municipal judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:20
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson has hired its third city manager since a scathing Justice Department report in March forced a City Hall shake-up and called into question the legal system in the St. Louis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Michael Brown.