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Ohio trooper pleads guilty to civil rights charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:56

This photo provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol shows Bryan Lee. Lee a former trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol has pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of female motorists by forcing them into sexual acts in exchange for dropping traffic charges. The U.S. Department of Justice says Bryan Lee also pleaded guilty to a count of cyberstalking involving threatening messages sent to a woman pulled over twice within a month's time. (AP Photo/Ohio State Highway Patrol)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former state trooper accused of forcing female motorists into sexual acts in exchange for dropping traffic charges pleaded guilty on Wednesday to violating their civil rights.


Suge Knight and Katt Williams arrested for robbery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:52

Suge Knight and Katt Williams arrested for robberyRap producer Marion 'Suge' Knight and comedian Micah 'Katt' Williams were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of robbery.


Ex-controller charged with embezzling from Connecticut hedge fund

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:46
(Reuters) - The former controller of Contrarian Capital Management LLC was arrested on Wednesday and charged with embezzling millions of dollars from the Greenwich, Connecticut-based hedge fund firm, federal prosecutors said. Lawrence Herzing, 45, who lives in Greenwich, was accused of improperly wiring money from his employer to accounts he controlled at least 32 times between 2004 and 2013. According to court papers, the wire transfer instructions "did not correspond to any legitimate payments or investments necessary to Contrarian Capital's business. ...

American Indian casino in California to stay shut until dispute settled: Judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:45
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Native American casino in California must remain closed for the foreseeable future because of the threat of violence from a tribal faction that sought to take over the establishment weeks ago, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. The state Attorney General's Office sought the closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold after guests were sent scurrying on Oct. 9 when an armed tribal faction entered and confronted another group running the business. U.S. ...

NYC hatchet attack called terrorism, but why?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:36
NEW YORK (AP) — What police have labeled the latest act of terror in New York City didn't involve an international conspiracy, a high-profile target or a bomb — just an unemployed loner wielding a hardware-store hatchet on an unremarkable street.

Japanese official dies on Hawaii sister-city trip

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:24
HONOLULU (AP) — A Japanese deputy mayor who worked to establish a sister-cities relationship with Honolulu died a day after an agreement was signed with the Hawaii city.

Student science projects explode with rocket

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:24
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Eighteen groups of students have lost science projects that were onboard an unmanned rocket that exploded in Virginia after taking off for the International Space Station.

NASA explosion fuels concerns about Russian engines, oversight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:22
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The explosion of an Orbital Science Corp supply rocket over Virginia could accelerate U.S. efforts to replace aging Russian space technology with a pricey homegrown rocket engine. Even before the crash on Tuesday, Orbital had planned to switch to another engine for future launches, given the age of Soviet-era motors now in use as well as uncertainty about future supplies. Analysts said they expect Orbital to use a motor from Alliant Techsystems following the planned merger of the two firms. More critical will be the potential development of a U.S. ...

NY recovers $18 million using warrants for Facebook accounts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:20

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Daniel Wiessner (Reuters) - New York prosecutors have secured more than $18 million in a series of fraud cases using warrants to access hundreds of Facebook accounts, a move the social medial firm says was unconstitutional and is still fighting. The information obtained from Facebook Inc also helped lead to 130 indictments of civil servants, including police officers and firefighters, for Social Security fraud, according to a court document filed by the Manhattan District Attorney's office in a state appeals court on Wednesday. ...


Police: Woman stabbed in domestic incident in Northeast Philadelphia hotel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:18

 Woman stabbed in domestic incident in Northeast Philadelphia hotelPolice say a woman was stabbed in an apparent domestic incident inside a Northeast Philadelphia hotel.


Kennel owners plead not guilty in 21 dog deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:07
PHOENIX (AP) — The owners of a suburban Phoenix kennel pleaded not guilty Wednesday to animal cruelty charges stemming from the deaths of 21 dogs this summer.

U.S. Ebola czar to visit CDC headquarters Thursday: official

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:06
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain will visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta on Thursday for meetings with Director Tom Frieden and other officials, a White House official said. "Mr. Klain has been in daily contact with Dr. Frieden and other CDC officials, but this will be his first opportunity to visit the headquarters of the men and women of the CDC, who have been a critical component of our international and domestic response since the onset of this outbreak," the official said. ...

WhatsApp founders own nearly $9B in Facebook stock

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:49
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9 billion when they sold their unprofitable messaging service to the social networking leader earlier this month.

Authorities capture Iowa student amid lockdowns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:49
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 16-year-old student suspected of bringing a gun to his school in northwest Iowa was taken into custody Wednesday following a search for him that included a helicopter.

AP IMPACT: US health care unprepared for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:41

In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, members of the Department of Defense's Ebola Military Medical Support Team dress with protective gear during training at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio. Even small clusters of Ebola cases could overwhelm parts of US medical care system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network.


Miami cop nabbed on charges he protected drug deals while in uniform

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:38
MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami police officer was arrested on Wednesday on drug trafficking charges for allegedly, while in uniform, providing armed protection for two separate cocaine sales, police said. The officer, identified as Jose Maldonado Dick, was arrested after video, phone calls and text messages linked him to two cocaine deals in the parking lot of a Miami area McDonald's. ...

'Hoarders' psychologist testifies at murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:34

This undated photo provided by the Galt Police Department shows Joseph Corey. Robin Zasio, a psychologist who stars on the reality TV show "Hoarders" says Corey, accused of killing an animal control officer, suffered from hoarding disorder and could have reacted violently to anyone trying to take away his animals. Corey is accused of shooting and killing 45-year-old Roy Marcum on Nov. 28, 2012 as Marcum arrived at Corey's home in Galt, Calif. to remove animals. (AP Photo/Galt Police Department)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A psychologist who stars on a reality TV show testified at a murder trial that a California man accused of killing an animal control officer had a hoarding disorder and could have reacted violently to anyone trying to take away his many animals.


Hernandez lawyers say prosecutors lifted passages

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:13
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez are accusing Massachusetts prosecutors of lifting passages from a court filing by federal prosecutors arguing against moving the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

Moroccan living in Connecticut sentenced to two years in drone plot case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:12
By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - A Moroccan national, accused of plotting to attack Harvard University and a federal building with bombs attached to a drone, was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday by a federal judge in Connecticut. U.S. Attorney Krishna Patel had sought a maximum penalty of five years in prison for El Mahdi Semlali Fathi, 27, for a alleged plan to attack the Cambridge, Massachusetts, university and an unnamed federal building. ...

Girls' jihadi quest stirs Muslim communities' fear

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:09

Somali-American Ahmed Odowaay, who works as a community advocate and professional translator, makes his midday prayer inside an office used by the Colorado Muslim Council, in Aurora, Colo., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. As a child in Somalia, Odowaay saw more than his share of war before emigrating to the U.S. as a refugee when he was twelve. But while Odowaay is deeply grateful to be an American, he says that being a Muslim teenager isn't easy in America. One feels like an outsider, even as a U.S. citizen, he says. "This community is outcast. They feel like they don't belong here. They're frustrated... I'm worried their frustrations will lead them in the wrong direction." (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The strange journey of three suburban Denver girls who authorities say tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria has many in their close-knit east African community worried about whether their own children will be the next to be lured to terror.