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Cougar that injured boy in California tracked for third day

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:31
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Game wardens and hounds combed steep, wooded canyons and ravines for a third day near California's Silicon Valley on Tuesday, searching for a mountain lion that injured a 6-year-old boy, but the cat has so far evaded trackers, wildlife officials said. The boy was hiking a trail with family and friends on Sunday in a densely wooded preserve adjacent to a winery, just west of the town of Cupertino, when the mountain lion pounced on him and tried to drag the child away, his parents told officials. Kirsten Macintyre, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the boy has since been released and was home with his family, who officials have not publicly identified. A team of sheriff's deputies, game wardens and a tracker with dogs immediately mounted a search for the lion, which resumed after daybreak on Monday and was extended into Tuesday with the addition of a second tracking crew, Macintyre said.

#WhyIStayed: Ways victims react to domestic violence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:26

#WhyIStayed: Ways victims react to domestic violenceIt's a personal encounter that has become very public, but it's not an isolated problem.

Buffett lends Rosa Parks archive to US library

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of items from civil rights icon Rosa Parks that were long kept hidden away in a New York warehouse will have a new home at the Library of Congress for the next 10 years.

Live traps set for mountain lion that attacked boy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:58
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wildlife crews in Northern California added an extra live trap Tuesday in their ongoing search to catch a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy.

Sheriff, slain Tenn. woman's family address media

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:53

A poster offering a reward for information in the disappearance of Holly Bobo is displayed in a store window in Parsons, Tenn., on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. The remains of Bobo, a nursing student who has been missing since April 2011, were found Sunday not far from her home in Parsons, according to officials. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dense woods where the remains of a Tennessee woman were discovered by two hunters had been searched by air and ground when she vanished three years ago but no signs of the nursing student were found, a sheriff said Tuesday.

Security clearance contractor to lose gov't work

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor that was targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company officials said Tuesday. The computer network intrusion compromised the personal files of as many as 25,000 government workers.

Venezuela inflation rises to 63 percent in August

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:49
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's central bank has announced that the South American country's inflation rate is continuing its upward march.

DA: Bodies of 5 missing S.C. children found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:48

This Sunday, Sept. 6, 2014 photo made available by the Smith County Sheriff's Office shows Timothy Ray Jones Jr. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, authorities said the father of five children whose bodies were found in Alabama has been charged with child neglect and that other charges are pending. (AP Photo/Smith County Sheriff's Office)A district attorney says the bodies of five children missing from South Carolina have been found in rural Alabama. The children's father is in custody.

World Trade Center complex on way to completion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:47

The Tribute in Light rises behind buildings adjacent to the World Trade Center complex and a reflecting pool at the National September 11 Memorial, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in New York. The tribute, an art installation of 88 searchlights aiming skyward in two columns, is a remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Thirteen years after 9/11 forever changed the New York skyline, officials say developments at the World Trade Center are on track and on budget.

Missouri prepares for 8th execution of 2014

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:42

01 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, for killing two people during a robbery at a Columbia, Mo., restaurant in 1998. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to halt the execution of a Missouri inmate, hours before he was scheduled to be put to death.

Panel of global leaders urges drug policy overhaul

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:30
NEW YORK (AP) — A 21-member international panel urged a global overhaul of drug policies on Tuesday, calling for some drugs such as marijuana to be regulated, an end to incarceration for drug use and possession, and greater emphasis on protecting public health.

Study: More pilots testing positive for drugs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:27

Acting National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart speaks during a hearing at the NTSB in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Tests of pilots killed in plane crashes over more than two decades show an increasing use of both legal and illegal drugs, including some that could impair flying, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Hart said the board "is concerned about possible safety implications of increased drug use in all modes of transportation." He called the report "an important first step toward understanding those implications." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Tests of pilots killed in plane crashes over more than two decades show an increasing use of both legal and illegal drugs, including some that could impair flying, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

News Guide: Primary election highlights

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:11

Scott Brown, a former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, greets volunteers at his campaign headquarters Tuesday Sept. 9, 2014, in Manchester, N.H. Brown moved to New Hampshire and is seeking the Republican party nomination for U.S. Senate hoping to unseat Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:01

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio waits to speak on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, following a Republican strategy session after returning from a five-week recess. Boehner said Islamic State militants are a serious threat that must be dealt with in Iraq, Syria or wherever they exist and insisted that no decision would be made on a congressional vote until President Barack Obama lays out his strategy to defeat the militants. Boehner and other congressional leaders are heading to the White House this afternoon for a meeting with Obama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

Montana governor issues sage grouse conservation plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:56
Montana's governor on Tuesday signed an executive order creating a habitat conservation plan for sage grouse in a bid to keep management of the imperiled bird in state hands rather than see it come under strict federal Endangered Species Act protections. The greater sage-grouse, a chicken-sized bird dependant on shrinking sagebrush ecosystems in Montana and 10 other Western states, is at the center of a battle that pits environmentalists against industries such as ranching and energy development. "Montanans recognize that it is in the best interest of our state, its economy and our quality of life to maintain state management of the greater sage-grouse," Governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat, said in a statement. Montana is the latest of core sage-grouse states, including Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, to craft a plan aimed at increasing populations of the bird to avoid federal listing.

'Peeping Tom' sought in Radnor Township

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:56

'Peeping Tom' sought in Radnor TownshipPolice in Radnor Township are searching for a 'peeping Tom' suspect.

Police: Apparent double stabbing in Levittown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:46

 Apparent double stabbing in LevittownBucks County officials are investigating an apparent double stabbing in Levittown.

U.S. states probe Home Depot breach, senators seek FTC investigation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:36

A shopping cart is seen in a Home Depot location in NilesBy Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two senators asked the federal government to investigate a data breach on the payment-card processing systems of Home Depot Inc and five U.S. The retailer has yet to say what was stolen, though experts fear the attackers may have gotten away with more than 40 million payment cards, which would exceed the number taken in last year’s unprecedented attack on Target Corp . Home Depot said customers who shopped at its stores as far back as April were exposed, meaning the breach extended for more than four months including the busy summer season. An Illinois customer sued Home Depot saying the company failed to properly safeguard customer data from hackers, a lawsuit filed in a Chicago federal court showed on Tuesday.

Five children aged two to eight found dead in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:30

Timothy Ray Jones is seen in an undated picture provided by the Smith County Sheriff's Department in Smith County, MississippiBy Therese Apel JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - The decomposed bodies of five children aged between 2 and 8 were found stuffed into garbage bags on Tuesday near a logging road in Alabama after their father confessed to killing them and led police to the scene, authorities said. Timothy Ray Jones, the father of the children, did not reveal a motive for the killings, which he confessed to authorities in Mississippi, Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton said. "I'm a father of two, and I can't imagine what goes through a man's head when he does this," Crumpton said. "It was a horrible, horrible crime. ...

Apple unveils smartwatch, bets on wearable devices

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:26

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple unveiled its long-anticipated smartwatch Tuesday, introducing a device that transplants the features of an iPhone onto a smaller screen that's never more than an arm's length away.