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UN experts: Yemen ex-president allegedly amassed billions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:54

FILE - In a Sept. 3, 2012 file photo, former Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks during a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of his General People's Congress party (GPC) establishment in Sanaa, Yemen. U.N. experts said in a report circulated Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, that Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh is alleged to have amassed assets worth between $32 billion and $60 billion, most believed to have been transferred abroad under other names. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh is alleged to have amassed assets worth between $32 billion and $60 billion, most believed to have been transferred abroad under other names, U.N. experts said in a report circulated Wednesday.

Minnesota man pleads not guilty to supporting Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:52
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man who was stopped at a New York City airport in November as he and three others were allegedly trying to travel to Syria has pleaded not guilty to charges associated with supporting the Islamic State group.

Montana man pleads guilty to killing grandmother with chair

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:50
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to beating his grandmother to death with a chair in December 2013, shortly after he was released from the state psychiatric hospital.

No charges for Georgia officer who shot handcuffed man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:50
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An officer who fatally shot a handcuffed suspect won't face criminal charges after a grand jury found the detained man was armed with a gun that police missed during his pat-down.

Tobacco companies to settle smoking lawsuits for $100 million

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:37

The headquarters of Reynolds American is seen in downtown Winston-SalemBy Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three major U.S. tobacco companies including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, Lorillard Inc and Altria Group’s Philip Morris USA will pay $100 million to settle hundreds of federal lawsuits over smoking, according to an announcement from plaintiffs’ lawyers on Wednesday. The agreement will cover more than 400 lawsuits filed in federal court in Florida by smokers or their families, according to the announcement. Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds will each pay $42.5 million, and Lorillard will pay $15 million, according to a lead lawyer for plaintiffs, Joe Rice of law firm Motley Rice.

Truck driver in California rail crash had DUI conviction: L.A. Times

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:37

A police officer stands at the scene of a double-decker Metrolink train derailment in Oxnard, CaliforniaThe truck driver arrested in a rail crash that injured 50 people in California had been cited for multiple driving violations in his home state of Arizona, including a 1998 conviction for driving under the influence, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, was found walking and "in distress" more than a mile from the accident on Tuesday and was later taken into custody on felony hit-and-run charges for leaving the scene, police said. The crash in Oxnard, about 45 miles northwest of Los Angeles, flipped over three double-decker Metrolink rail cars and derailed two others.

Guatemalan Embassy: Ex-President Alfonso Portillo released from US prison in bribery case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:27
DENVER (AP) — Guatemalan Embassy: Ex-President Alfonso Portillo released from US prison in bribery case.

U.S. conservatives urge Boehner to hold firm on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:14

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks after a House Republican caucus meetingBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative Republicans urged House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner not to capitulate in a fight with Democrats over President Barack Obama's immigration policy that threatens a partial Homeland Security shutdown later this week. The conservative lawmakers, led by Representative Jeff Duncan, circulated a letter to Boehner and other House leaders telling them to hold the line in opposing Obama's executive actions shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, a Duncan aide said on Tuesday. The House last month attached provisions to block spending on Obama's immigration orders to a $39.7 billion bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

Missing boy, missing files: Problem paper trail in 1979 case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:10

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012 file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. He is charged in the death of 6-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared on his way to a school bus stop more than three decades earlier. Hernandez confessed to police in 2012. The veracity of the confession, though, is tempered by Hernandez's history of mental illness. Such frailties, experts say, raise difficult questions about whether a suspect is exercising free will in talking to police, and greatly increase the potential for false confessions. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Trying a man for murder in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz has come with obstacles created by the passage of time: Many witnesses, including the lead detective, have died. Memories of those still alive have faded.

Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:09

In this April 18, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio says Congress is sending President Barack Obama legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. The White House is indicating Obama will quickly veto it in private over Republican lawmakers' urging that he sign it. It would be the third veto of Obama's presidency. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline — a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington's political realignment.

Fact sheet: 2015 Nissan 370Z

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:05
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Nissan's Z sport coupe remains an affordable performer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:04

This undated image made available by Nissan shows the 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO. (AP Photo/Nissan, John Murphy Photography)Thank you, Yutaka Katayama.

$100M settlement for hundreds in Florida tobacco lawsuits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:49
MIAMI (AP) — A $100 million settlement has been reached between three major tobacco companies and hundreds of people who sued them for smoking-related deaths and illnesses in Florida federal court.

Lexus tops auto dependability survey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:47

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2011 file photo, the Lexus logo is displayed on a Lexus sedan in the showroom at Lexus of Kendall in Miami. Lexus is the most dependable car brand for the fourth consecutive year in J.D. Power’s annual survey, released Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)DETROIT (AP) — Lexus is the most dependable car brand for the fourth consecutive year in rankings that increasingly hinge on high-tech features.

FACT CHECK: Talking heads skew 'net neutrality' debate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:33

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks during new conference in Washington. Is President Barack Obama taking over the Internet? Not by a long stretch, but that’s not stopping some interesting political banter on the “net neutrality” debate. The FCC votes Thursday on whether to put Internet service in the same regulatory camp as the telephone. That means broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile must act in the “public interest” when providing your Internet connection and conduct business in ways that are “just and reasonable.” ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Is President Barack Obama taking over the Internet? Not by a long stretch, but that's not stopping political banter in the "net neutrality" debate.

40-vehicle pileup in snowy Maine leaves at least 14 injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:05

In this photo provided by Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, emergency personnel respond to a multi vehicle pileup on Interstate 95 near Bangor, Maine, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says the pileup in Etna happened early Wednesday in heavy snow and involved many cars, a school bus and a tractor trailer. No fatalities were immediately reported but McCausland says some of the injuries were serious. (AP Photo/Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, Stephen McCausland)ETNA, Maine (AP) — At least 14 people have been hurt in a crash involving more than 40 vehicles on a snowy stretch of Interstate 95 in Maine.

Fisherman let off the hook in U.S. white-collar crime ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:02
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court threw overboard on Wednesday a Florida fisherman’s conviction under an evidence-tampering provision of a federal white collar crime law for disposing of undersized red grouper fish while he was under investigation. On a 5-4 vote, the court said fisherman John Yates’ actions were not the type of conduct covered by the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, passed by Congress to guard against corporate fraud of the sort committed by companies including Enron Corp and WorldCom Inc. Yates was convicted in 2011 on two of three charges, including one under the so-called anti-shredding provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley law. The provision penalizes the destruction or concealment of "a tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct or influence" a government investigation. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote on behalf of herself and three colleagues that a “tangible object” should be defined as something that is used to record or preserve information, "not all objects in the physical world." Justice Samuel Alito, who provided the decisive fifth vote, said the term was intended to describe file-keeping.

Police: Bus aide stole lunch money, food from preschoolers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:59
MILVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A school bus aide has been charged with stealing lunch money and bagged lunches from preschoolers in New Jersey.

California dog owner alleges Purina Beneful pet food can kill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:54

Nestle Purina brand dog food is pictured in Mexico CityA California dog owner whose English bulldog died in January has filed a lawsuit against Nestle Purina PetCare Co [NESNP.UL], alleging his dog and thousands of others have been sickened by pet food that contains harmful toxins. The suit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, claims that all three of Frank Lucido's dogs became ill in January after eating from a bag of Purina Beneful dog food. The dogs were healthy until Lucido bought Beneful dog food for the first time, the suit claims. There was no immediate comment from St. Louis-based Purina PetCare but the company says on its website that it maintains "a strict code of standards for buying, storing and processing ingredients used in our pet foods." Keith Schopp, a Purina PetCare spokesman, was quoted by the St. Louis Business Journal as saying the lawsuit was without merit.

Army secretary optimistic on relief from budget caps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:43

U.S. Secretary of Army McHugh and Army Chief of Staff General Odierno appear at the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, after the Fort Hood shootingsBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh on Wednesday said he was optimistic lawmakers would agree to some form of relief from congressional budget caps for fiscal 2016, given widespread recognition the resulting spending cuts would undermine military readiness. McHugh said that if the budget caps, known as sequestration, remained in place, U.S. lawmakers would have to make tough decisions about which missions it wanted to Army to abandon. If sequestration cuts take effect, he said, the Army would try to protect two big weapons programs for new ground vehicles: a Humvee replacement contract due to be awarded this year, and a new armored personnel carrier deal won by British company BAE Systems Plc's U.S. unit. Lockheed Martin Corp, Oshkosh Corp and AM General Llc are vying for a contract valued at over $20 billion to replace over 17,000 Humvees used by the Army and the Marine Corps.