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Expert gives cat taming tips after Oregon attack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 01:56
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The black-and-white cat that clawed at a baby who pulled its tail and cornered an Oregon family in a bedroom has touched off an Internet divide that worries cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy.

Health law concerns for cancer centers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 01:46

This photo taken Feb. 24, 2014, provided by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, shows Dr. Willie Underwood, a urologic oncologist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, examining patient Richard Waldrop at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in Buffalo, N.Y. Cancer patients relieved that they can get insurance coverage because of the new health care law may be disappointed to learn that some of the nation’s best cancer hospitals are off limits. Only four of 19 nationally recognized comprehensive cancer centers that responded to an Associated Press survey said patients have access through all the insurance companies in their state’s exchange, or primary market. (AP Photo/Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Bill Sheff)WASHINGTON (AP) — Cancer patients relieved that they can get insurance coverage because of the new health care law may be disappointed to learn that some the nation's best cancer hospitals are off-limits.


2 winning tickets in $414M Mega Millions jackpot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 01:39

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo a clerk prepares to operate a lottery machine to print out Mega Millions lottery tickets for a customer in Muncie, Ind. The March 18, 2014 estimated $400 million Mega Millions jackpot could potentially be the sixth-largest in lottery prize in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — The holders of two lucky tickets purchased states apart awoke to good news Wednesday: They will split a Mega Millions jackpot of $414 million, the third-largest prize in the game's history.


Wrong March madness for NJ without sports betting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 01:26
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — By this time, New Jersey figured it would be raking in the bets on professional and college sports.

NJ town official admits stealing $460K in quarters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 01:16
RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — The former public works inspector for a northern New Jersey town has admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters.

Man sentenced for hitting dog with sledgehammer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 01:15
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man who tried to kill his dog with a sledgehammer after he hit it for eating doughnuts and it bit him has been sentenced to 14 days in jail.

U.S. Naval Academy sex-assault accuser asked about inconsistencies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 01:12
By Tom Ramstack WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A female U.S. Naval Academy midshipman testified on Wednesday that she had been torn about pursuing allegations that a fellow student sexually assaulted her in April 2012 when she was drunk at an off-campus party. Internally, I didn't," the 22-year-old woman said in response to questions from a lawyer for former Academy football player Joshua Tate on the second day of her testimony at Tate's court-martial. Tate's lawyer, Jason Ehrenburg, played a recording of a phone conversation between Tate and the woman discussing the Navy investigation, in which she said, "I don't want this to go anywhere." Reuters does not report the names of sexual assault victims. The woman said she had concealed from Navy investigators how much alcohol she drank during the party at a house.

Ex-al-Qaida spokesman tells of meeting bin Laden

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 01:04

Bin Laden SpokesmanNEW YORK (AP) — In surprise testimony in a Manhattan courtroom Wednesday, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law recounted the night of the Sept. 11 attacks, when the al-Qaida leader sent a messenger to drive him into a mountainous area for a meeting inside a cave in Afghanistan.


Woman in Naval Academy sex assault case testifies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 01:02

FILE - This July, 24, 2013 file photo provided by the U.S. Naval Academy shows Midshipman Joshua Tate, a former U.S. Naval Academy football player accused of sexual assault. Lawyers are expected to give opening statements Tuesday in the court-martial of Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn. Opening statements had been scheduled for Monday but were delayed because of snow. (AP Photo/U.S. Naval Academy, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys for a former Naval Academy football player charged with sexual assault grilled his accuser on the witness stand Wednesday, questioning why she didn't initially cooperate with investigators.


Tonawanda Coke fined $12.5 million for polluting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 01:00
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York industrial plant has been fined $12.5 million for illegally releasing the carcinogen benzene into the air and improperly handling hazardous sludge.

US officials to meet with China on shellfish ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 00:55
SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. officials are traveling to Beijing this week to discuss China's ongoing import ban on geoduck clams and other shellfish from the U.S. West Coast.

Georgia lawmakers pass measure for Martin Luther King Jr statue

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 00:43
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia lawmakers have passed a measure allowing a monument to be erected on the state Capitol grounds to honor late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., nearly a half century after the Georgia-born Nobel Peace Prize winner's assassination. The bill, which won final approval on Tuesday and now goes to Governor Nathan Deal for his signature, calls for the monument to be constructed with private funds "as soon as practicable" once licensing rights for King's image have been obtained from his estate. "Paying a tribute to Dr. King in his hometown is the greatest honor we can bestow on him." Last year, a monument to the late Thomas Watson, a former U.S. senator known for his racist, anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic views, was moved from the front steps of the Georgia Capitol to a park across the street. King, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his nonviolent campaign for civil rights and social justice, was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee, in April 1968.

US files charge against Toyota, $1.2B penalty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 00:33

Attorney General Eric Holder, left, accompanied by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, announces a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota over its disclosure of safety problems, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government announced a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. on Wednesday and filed a criminal charge alleging the company defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements about safety issues in Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The penalty is the largest of its kind ever imposed on an auto company, the Justice Department said.


2 winning tickets in $400M Mega Millions jackpot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 00:26

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo a clerk prepares to operate a lottery machine to print out Mega Millions lottery tickets for a customer in Muncie, Ind. The March 18, 2014 estimated $400 million Mega Millions jackpot could potentially be the sixth-largest in lottery prize in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — The holders of two lucky tickets sold states apart will split a $400 million Mega Millions jackpot, the sixth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.