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Ex-Subway pitchman Fogle gets more than 15 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 07:37

Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle arrives at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Fogle is due to formally plead guilty and be sentenced on charges of trading child pornography and paying for sex with minors. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jared Fogle emerged from obscurity to become the unlikely face of one of the nation's biggest restaurant chains, earning a small fortune by touting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle that included Subway sandwiches.

U.S. FCC proposes upgraded wireless emergency alerts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 07:36
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed upgrading wireless emergency alerts to the nation's more than 350 million mobile phones. The FCC cited the attacks last Friday in Paris and the threat of terrorism in the United States as a factor in discussing the need for upgraded alerts. Wireless emergency alerts have been in place since 2012 to warn phone users of missing children, severe weather and other emergencies.

Treasury issues new rules to limit tax inversions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 07:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Thursday issued new rules aimed at reducing the tax benefits available to companies that move their tax addresses overseas.

Arkansas suspends judge facing charges of sexual misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 07:33
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - An Arkansas judge accused by a state panel of multiple disciplinary infractions, including sexual impropriety with defendants, was suspended on Thursday by the chief of the state Supreme Court. 

Defying Obama, U.S. House passes bill to slow Syrian refugees

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 07:24

U.S. Speaker of the House Ryan holds news conference on Syrian refugee bill on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Megan Cassella and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives, defying a veto threat by President Barack Obama, overwhelmingly passed Republican-backed legislation on Thursday to suspend Obama's program to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year and then intensify the process of screening them. The measure, quickly drafted this week following the Islamic State attacks in Paris on Friday that killed 129 people, was approved on a vote of 289 to 137, with 47 of Obama's 188 fellow Democrats breaking with the White House to support it. It would mandate that high-level officials - the FBI director, the director of national intelligence and homeland security secretary - verify that each Syrian refugee poses no security risk.

Oklahoma governor wants funding cut to Planned Parenthood affiliates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 07:11
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, has requested that the state's Health Care Authority cut its contracts with two Planned Parenthood affiliates, citing high rates of billing errors, her office said on Thursday. Fallin's request comes as Republican governors of several states have moved to cut funding for Planned Parenthood after an anti-abortion group released videos that it said showed Planned Parenthood officials negotiating prices for fetal tissues from abortions it performs. Planned Parenthood has said that the videos were heavily edited and has said it does not profit from fetal tissue donation.

A glance at disputed passages in 'Three Cups of Tea'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 07:07

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014 file photo, Greg Mortenson, author and co-founder of the Central Asia Institute charity, poses at his home in Bozeman, Mont. "Three Cups of Tea" author has spent four years weathering accusations that his best-selling book contained fabrications and that he mismanaged the charity he co-founded, will retire in January, 2016, Central Asia Institute officials said Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. The announcement comes as the Bozeman-based charity works to turn around five years of declining donations and refocus its mission from building schools in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. (AP Photo/Janie Osborne, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Greg Mortenson's best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea" came under intense scrutiny after "60 Minutes," author Jon Krakauer and some people in the book said some of the stories were fabricated.

House launches probe of Rep. Pittenger but will defer to FBI

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 07:06
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Thursday that it will delay a probe into Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger while federal authorities investigate his family's business.

Local company offering residents heating oil at cool price this year

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 07:05

Local company offering residents heating oil at cool price this yearCustomers of Cardinal Fuel in need of heating oil are in for a pleasant surprise this year.

Turkey struts his stuff to get spared the Thanksgiving plate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 07:00

This picture taken Nov. 19, 2015, in Modesto, Calif., shows a turkey selected for a pardon from the Thanksgiving dinner table by President Obama. A class of fifth grade students from nearby Eisenhut Elementary School cheered for their favorite as Foster Farms staffers picked the prized bird. The lucky turkey was selected on Thursday for a trip to the White House, where President Obama will pardon it in an annual tradition. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — He strutted, he gobbled and he puffed up his feathers like his life depended on it. And it did.

8 Syrian refugees turn themselves in at US-Mexico border

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 06:58
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Eight Syrian refugees turned themselves in to immigration authorities along the U.S.-Mexico border this week, officials said Thursday. Their arrival and uncertainty about their future in the United States comes at a time of political upheaval over Syrian refugees following the deadly Paris attacks.

Home Depot issues alert, recalled items continued to be sold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 06:55

Home Depot issues alert, recalled items continued to be soldHome Depot has announced numerous recalls on items that have been previously recalled, but continued to be sold in stores.

Students stage sit-in, demand changes at Princeton University

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 06:50

Students stage sit-in, demand changes at Princeton UniversityMembers of the Black Student League and their supporters remained camped out in the lobby of Princeton University's Nassau Hall Thursday, demanding the administration make changes at the Ivy League School.

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake shakes Oklahoma, Kansas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 06:49
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck northern Oklahoma early on Thursday, rattling residents out of their beds and shaking the ground across a 100-mile (160-km) radius that included the city of Tulsa and the state of Kansas. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 1:42 a.m. CST (0742 GMT) quake's epicenter was 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Cherokee, Oklahoma. With a shallow depth of 3.8 miles (6.2 km), it was one of the most-powerful temblors to shake Oklahoma since the strongest one recorded there struck in 2011 with a 5.6 magnitude.

Waco bikers' lawyers contest prosecutor's discovery waiver

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 06:48
WACO, Texas (AP) — Defense attorneys representing bikers who were arrested after a shooting outside a Texas restaurant say they don't have access to key evidence because they refuse to sign the district attorney's unusual agreement to not share it with media.

UN committee OKs resolution slamming Syria on human rights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 06:34
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations General Assembly's human rights committee has adopted a resolution criticizing Syria's human rights record.

New Islamic State video threatens attack on White House

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 06:30
Islamic State militants released a video on Thursday threatening the White House with suicide bombings and car blasts and vowing to conduct more attacks on France. The six-minute video released by Islamic State fighters in Iraq applauds last week's Paris attacks, according to a translation of the Arabic provided by the Maryland-based SITE Intelligence Group. The latest threat comes one day after the militant group put out a video showing scenes of New York City, which suggested it was also a target.

Officials: Suspected Paris mastermind, cousin died in raid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 06:30

 Suspected Paris mastermind, cousin died in raidThe Belgian extremist suspected of masterminding the deadly attacks in Paris died along with his cousin when police stormed a suburban apartment building, French officials said Thursday, a day after the chaotic, bloody raid.

Chicago-area cousins to plead guilty in attack plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 06:29
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Army National Guard soldier and his cousin will plead guilty next month to charges they conspired to provide material support to the Islamic State group.

Court transferring cases of judge accused of misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 06:26
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday that it will reassign the cases of an Arkansas judge facing allegations of administrative misconduct including having sexual relationships with defendants.