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FBI investigates Ford engineer after listening devices found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:28

International flags fly along side the U.S. flag in front of the Ford Motor Co. headquarters in DearbornBy Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - A former Ford Motor Co engineer is being investigated by the FBI after listening devices were found in meeting rooms at company offices, the automaker said on Friday. "Ford and the FBI are working together on a joint investigation involving a former employee," Ford spokeswoman Susan Krusel said. "As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to provide additional details." The Federal Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant at Ford offices on July 11, the company cooperated, and agents left with eight listening devices, an FBI spokesman said.

Reward of $100,000 after 3 kids killed by carjacked SUV

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:25

Reward of $100,000 after 3 kids killed by carjacked SUVThree children are dead and their mother was among those who were seriously injured after a carjacking and crash.

Jury in defamation case by Jesse Ventura to reconvene next week

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:21

PETE ROSE JESSE VENTURA AND VINCE MCMAHON POSE.By Todd Melby ST PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - The jury in the defamation lawsuit brought by former Minnesota governor and pro wrestler Jesse Ventura will reconvene next week after it adjourned on Friday without reaching a verdict following four days of deliberations. The 10-person jury heard closing arguments at a federal court on Tuesday in a civil lawsuit involving Ventura and Chris Kyle, a deceased former Navy SEAL who wrote the bestselling book "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History." Lawyers for Ventura said the ex-governor's reputation was sullied and his TV career left in shambles by claims made in the book about a bar fight between the two sparked by what Kyle said were disparaging comments about the Navy SEALs that he later attributed to the former politician.

Three children killed, three adults hurt in Philadelphia carjacking

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:20
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Three children were killed and three adults, including their mother, injured on Friday when a carjacked SUV swerved out of control in Philadelphia, striking a sidewalk church fundraiser, police said. The crash occurred at about 11:15 a.m. after two men used a gun to force a 45-year-old woman driving a white SUV into the back seat and made off with the car, Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark told a news conference. The mother was critically injured and transported to a local hospital, and all of her three children - ages 7, 10 and 15 - were killed in the crash, Clark said. "We now have three children who are gone, and their mother is fighting for her life," Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison told a news conference.

New Hampshire town gripped by mystery of girl's disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:18
By Ted Siefer CONWAY N.H. (Reuters) - Elation over the sudden return of a teenager who went missing for nine months from a small town in New Hampshire's White Mountains is giving way to critical questions from residents about why and how she had vanished. Abigail Hernandez, 15, was reported missing in Conway on Oct. 9 after she didn't return home from high school, prompting a public campaign that drew national headlines. Authorities announced her return on Monday, noting the "facts and circumstances" of her disappearance are under investigation. At Banners Restaurant, a popular local eatery, Hernandez's return was a common topic of conversation.

U.S. appeals court backs Florida law in 'Docs v. Glocks' case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:18
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday in favor of a Florida law that bars doctors from asking patients about gun ownership, overturning a decision in the so-called "Docs v. Glocks" case by a lower court that had struck it down. Florida's Republican-led legislature passed the law after a north Florida couple complained that a doctor asked them if they had guns, and refused to see them after they declined to answer. A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 vote, vacated the federal judge's ruling and described the law as a "legitimate regulation" of professional conduct that simply codified good medical care. Any restrictions it places on physicians' speech was entirely incidental, the appeals court said, since it "was intended to protect patient privacy and curtail abuses of the physician-patient relationship." Lawyers representing doctors and others had argued that the law violated healthcare providers' First Amendment rights by threatening them with heavy fines and the possibility of losing their license should they broach the subject.

Judge says Texas man innocent in rape

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:16

Michael Phillips speaks to reporters after court in Dallas on Friday, July 25, 2014. A judge has recommended the exoneration of a Phillips who prosecutors said did not commit a 1990 rape based on recent DNA testing. Phillips, 57, who suffers from sickle cell anemia and did little to lobby for his exoneration during his 12 years in prison or the 14 since his release, said he never imagined he would live to see his name cleared. (AP Photo)DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison should be exonerated based on recent DNA testing he did not request, a judge recommended Friday.

Florida judge overturns gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:15
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida judge has overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

Obama tells Central American leaders most children will go home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:00

U.S. President Obama disembarks from Air Force One as he arrives at Los Angeles International AirportBy Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged the leaders of three Central American countries on Friday to work with him to stem the flow of child migrants who have surged across the U.S. border and warned that most of them would not be allowed to stay. In a White House meeting with the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Obama had a tough-love message: his administration had compassion for the children, but not many would qualify for humanitarian relief or refugee status. The meeting came as Obama struggles to contain a border crisis triggered by the tens of thousands of children who have crossed the Texas border with Mexico in recent months.

Miami judge becomes 2nd in Florida to overturn state's ban on same-sex marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 05:59
MIAMI (AP) — Miami judge becomes 2nd in Florida to overturn state's ban on same-sex marriage.

US judge denies Spanier bid to halt criminal case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 05:59
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge in Pennsylvania said Friday she will not halt the criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who is accused of a criminal cover-up of child sex abuse complaints against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 05:55
NEW YORK (AP) — Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can —at least in some instances— be used on other carriers.

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 05:51

CORRECTS TO SAY SECOND NATIONAL CONVENTION INSTEAD OF FIRST - FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, protesters gather outside of the McDonald's Corporation headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., the annual shareholders meeting demonstrating for higher wages and the right to unionize. On Friday, July 25, 2014, in Chicago, organizers are holding the second national convention of fast-food workers. They’ll be discussing how to move forward with the protests and other actions calling for higher wages that have been taking place in cities around the country since late 2012.  (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

Widow of NY man who died in police custody seeks federal probe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 05:51
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The widow of a man who died last week after being put in a choke hold by a New York City police officer urged federal prosecutors to launch a civil-rights investigation at a meeting in Brooklyn on Friday. Eric Garner, 43, died last week after being tackled by police, who said he was resisting arrest, in front of a beauty parlor on Staten Island. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in a statement released on Friday following the meeting by Garner's widow, Esaw Garner, with two prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn, called the death a "tragic event." "We are closely monitoring the city's investigation into the incident," Holder said.

Moderate quake strikes Alaska coast but little damage seen

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 05:48
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck on the coast of Alaska early on Friday, shaking people awake in the state capital city of Juneau but causing little, if any, damage, officials said. "We don't think there is any damage, though it was felt in Juneau," said Jessica Turner, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center, which is part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Local police also said there were no immediate damage reports. The USGS said the quake's epicenter was 81 kilometers, or 50 miles, west of Gustavus, Alaska, and was 10 kilometers, or 6 miles, deep.

3 children killed after carjacking, crash in Tioga

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 05:39

3 children killed after carjacking, crash in TiogaThree children are dead and their mother was among those who were seriously injured after a carjacking and crash.

Gunman in fatal Philadelphia-area hospital shooting had 39 more bullets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 05:33
By Daniel Kelley MEDIA Pa. (Reuters) - The accused gunman in a fatal shooting at a Philadelphia-area hospital opened fire after arguing about signs prohibiting guns at his psychiatrist's office and had a cache of 39 more bullets when he was tackled by two men, a prosecutor said on Friday. District Attorney Jack Whelan told a news conference he was preparing first-degree murder charges against Richard Plotts, 49, for Thursday's shooting, which killed his social worker and wounded his psychiatrist at the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center in Darby, Pennsylvania. It was during a scheduled appointment at psychiatrist Lee Silverman's office that Plotts pulled a .32-caliber revolver from his waistband after an argument and fired two shots, killing social worker Theresa Hunt at point-blank range, Whelan said. Silverman, who suffered a graze wound to the head, pulled out a .32-caliber semi-automatic gun and shot six or seven bullets, hitting Plotts three times and critically wounding him, Whelan said.

Carjacked vehicle hits crowd, killing 3 children

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 05:28

A police officer walks past the wreckage of a carjacked vehicle that police say hit a group of people on a corner in Philadelphia on Friday, July 25, 2014, killing two children and critically injuring three other people. One of the children was pronounced dead at the scene and another at a hospital, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Alejandro A. Alvarez) MANDATORY CREDIT; THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT, TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESTwo men forced a woman into the backseat of her sport utility vehicle at gunpoint, drove off but later lost control and plowed into a group of people on a corner near a fruit stand on Friday, police said. Three children, all siblings, were killed, and at least two other people were critically injured.

Police: 3rd child dies after carjacked SUV hits group selling fruit on Philly street corner

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 05:22
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police: 3rd child dies after carjacked SUV hits group selling fruit on Philly street corner.