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Michigan art dealer arrested by FBI for selling counterfeits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:18
A Michigan art dealer was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday for what authorities say was an extensive scheme to sell counterfeit works by renowned artists including Willem de Kooning. Eric Ian Hornak Spoutz, 32, was charged with wire fraud in a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court and arrested in an apartment he has in Hollywood, California, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. According to the complaint, Spoutz between 2010 and March 2015 sold dozens of counterfeit works of art by famed American artists, including de Kooning, Franz Kline and Joan Mitchell, creating fake documentation to sway buyers of the pieces' authenticity.

Witness: Prosecutor misled her about 'Serial' podcast case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:15

Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore prior to a hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 in Baltimore. The hearing, scheduled to last three days before Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch, is meant to determine whether Syed's conviction will be overturned and case retried. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBALTIMORE (AP) — An alibi witness for a convicted murderer profiled in the public radio podcast "Serial" testified Wednesday that a former Baltimore prosecutor misled her about the importance of her testimony and that he later gave a deceptive account of their conversation when he testified about it during a hearing.


Super Bowl security plan informed by Paris attacks: U.S. official

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:09

NFL Chief Security Officer Jeffrey Miller speaks during a media briefing on security arrangements for Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, CaliforniaU.S. law enforcement officials preparing for Super Bowl 50 have worked with their French counterparts to learn from last year's deadly attacks in Paris, as they plan safety for Sunday's big game, the Secretary of Homeland Security said on Wednesday. Secretary Jeh Johnson said he and his team have been "constantly" in contact with security officials in Paris following the Nov. 13 attacks there by gunmen linked to the Islamic State militant group.


Judge: Sex assault case against Cosby can move forward

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:05

Judge refuses to throw out sex assault case against CosbyA judge in Montgomery County has denied a request by Bill Cosby's attorneys to have sex assault charges against him thrown out, allowing the case to move forward.


U.S. gun traders rush to set up new sites after Facebook firearms ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:55
U.S. gun traders are setting up new websites to arrange deals after Facebook Inc barred private gun sales on its platform. With gun rights and safety registering as a hot-button issue on the U.S. presidential campaign trail after several mass shootings last year, Facebook said on Friday it would no longer allow users to arrange private gun sales via the site. Reaction was swift among some Facebook gun trader groups, hundreds of which are based in the United States.

The Latest: Sex assault case against Cosby can proceed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:55

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was arrested and charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in January 2004. A judge will decide whether to dismiss a sexual assault case against the comedian over an unwritten promise of immunity that a former prosecutor says he gave Cosby's now-deceased lawyer. (Ed Hille/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The latest on Bill Cosby's court appearance on a felony sexual assault charge (all times local):


The Latest: Attorney asks lawmakers to approve jury's award

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:54
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the civil trial of a Florida sheriff's deputy who shot and paralyzed an unarmed black man (all times local):

The Latest: Oregon standoff leader, his followers indicted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:50

Protesters stand outside the Sandra Day O'Connor United States Courthouse, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 in Phoenix. A detention hearing was scheduled Tuesday in federal court in Phoenix for an Arizona man arrested in connection with the occupation of the Oregon wildlife refuge. (David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via AP) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):


Lacking execution drugs, Virginia eyes the electric chair

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:42
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposal that would force inmates to die by electric chair if lethal injection drugs can't be found is gaining steam in Virginia, in part because of a looming execution scheduled for next month.

Oilfield services provider Weatherford to cut 6,000 jobs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:40
(Reuters) - Weatherford International Plc said it would cut about 6,000 jobs in the first half of 2016 as a steep drop in oil prices hurts drilling and exploration activity.

The Latest: Cabbie says California jail fugitive saved him

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:39

Long Hoang Ma, a California taxi driver held hostage for a week by three escaped inmates, sits inside his taxi during an interview at the offices of Vietnamese-language newspaper Nguoi Viet in Westminster, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Ma said the fugitives laughed gleefully as they watched TV reports about the search from motel rooms where they holed up during the manhunt. Ma also said he was befriended by inmate Bac Duong, who called him "uncle" and served as his protector as the fugitives argued over whether to kill him.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on three inmates who were recaptured after escaping from a California jail (all times local):


Testimony ends in Cosby hearing, judge now deciding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:38

Judge refuses to throw out sex assault case against CosbyA judge in Montgomery County is now deciding whether the sex assault case against Bill Cosby should move forward.


Ford conducting tests after chemical found outside plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:30
LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Company is conducting tests at one of its Detroit-area facilities after finding vinyl chloride in groundwater outside the plant.

Vintage military plane makes belly landing at Dallas airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:30
DALLAS (AP) — A World War II-era military plane has made a belly landing at Dallas Executive Airport.

Tiny NH Town Set to Crash Midnight Voting Party

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:30
A town with a population of 29 prepares to re-enter the spotlight.

US Zika case sparks questions about sex and mosquito germs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:28

Severina Raimunda holds her granddaughter Melisa Vitoria, left, who was born with microcephaly and her twin brother Edison Junior at the IMIP hospital in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. The zika virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is well-adapted to humans, thrives in people's homes and can breed in even a bottle cap's-worth of stagnant water. The Zika virus is suspected to cause microcephaly in newborn children. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)NEW YORK (AP) — A sexually transmitted case of Zika in Texas has scientists scrambling to understand how much of a risk infection through sex is for the usually mosquito-spread illness.


Florida governor declares health emergency in four counties over Zika

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:26

The larvae of Aedes aegypti mosquito are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, BrazilFlorida Governor Rick Scott declared a public health emergency in four counties with travel-related cases of the Zika virus on Wednesday, and ordered state officials to increase mosquito control efforts in some of the most populous parts of the state. "Although Florida’s current nine Zika cases were travel-related, we have to ensure Florida is prepared and stays ahead of the spread of the Zika virus in our state," Scott said in a statement.


House Republicans unveil bill to privatize air traffic control

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:22
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday introduced a measure to privatize the national air traffic control system by placing it in the hands of a new private nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other stakeholders. The long-anticipated measure would transfer air traffic operations and 38,000 government employees from the Federal Aviation Administration to the nonprofit, in a bid to reduce flight delays, speed the adoption of next-generation technology and insulate the system's funding from congressional gridlock. "Our system is incredibly inefficient, and it will only get worse as passenger levels grow and as the FAA falls further behind in modernizing the system," said U.S. Representative Bill Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

NY inmate who sparked 3-week manhunt gets more prison time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:21
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A convicted killer already serving life behind bars was ordered Wednesday to pay restitution and sentenced to additional prison time for his daring escape last year from a maximum-security prison in northern New York.

Convicted Maryland killer in 'Serial' podcast seeks new trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:19

SyedA Maryland man whose 2000 murder conviction was thrown into question by the popular "Serial" podcast was in court on Wednesday to argue he deserved a new trial because his lawyers had done a poor job with his case. Adnan Syed, 35, appeared in a prison jumpsuit in a courtroom packed with family members, supporters and the producer of the podcast. On the first day of a hearing expected to run through Friday, defense attorney C. Justin Brown asked Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Martin Welch for a new trial for Syed.