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Traffic resumes on highway hit by deadly landslide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:14

FILE - This combination of March 27, 2014 and Sept. 23, 2014 photos shows search and rescue workers probing the water covering Washington Highway 530 on the eastern edge of the massive mudslide that struck Oso, Wash., and the rebuilt roadway which re-opened to two-way 50mph traffic on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool, File)OSO, Wash. (AP) — Traffic was for the most part flowing freely in two directions on a state highway that was blocked by a huge landslide six months ago in Washington state that killed 43 people.

Providence: Mayor OK to send firemen to gay parade

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:08
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci did not violate the rights of firefighters ordered to drive a fire truck in a 2001 gay pride parade, a lawyer for the city argued to the Rhode Island Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Arrest warrant issued for suspect in Virginia student's abduction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:07
By John Clarke (Reuters) - Police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for a suspect in connection with the disappearance of a University of Virginia student who has been missing for 10 days. The warrant seeks the arrest of 32-year-old Jesse Matthew on suspicion of abduction with the intent to defile, Charlotteville Police Chief Tim Longo told reporters at a Tuesday evening press conference. Longo said police were "absolutely" still searching for 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who was seen entering a bar with Matthew at about 1 a.m. on Sept. 13. ...

Teen pleads innocent to rape that followed UO game

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:04
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A young offender accused of raping a woman during a supervised group outing to a University of Oregon football game pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Eugene.

Driver charged in fatal Delaware bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:54
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police have charged the driver of a tour bus that crashed in New Castle, killing two passengers and injuring dozens.

Florida State University picks powerful politician as president

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:54
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida State University on Tuesday selected a powerful state politician to serve as its next president over the loud objections of angry faculty members and students. John Thrasher, a Republican political veteran and state senator who lacks academic credentials but is chairman of Governor Rick Scott's reelection campaign, was selected by the university's Board of Trustees. The 11-2 vote was greeted by a brief, furious outburst from about 50 student protesters, many waving signs with messages like "choose an academic" and "this is OUR university. ...

Ban sought on children working on tobacco farms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects.

Gabrielle Giffords: I'm still fighting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:44
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Gabrielle Giffords walked slowly and with the help of her husband onto a stage in Tucson as over 400 women cheered her on and gave her a standing ovation.

Lawyer: Offers made for closed Revel casino

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:25
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The lawyer for a Florida developer who has offered $90 million for the former Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City says multiple offers have been received for it, and an auction will be held Wednesday.

Manning sues Defense Dept. for gender treatment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:18

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. Manning is suing the Defense Department for hormone therapy. Lawyers for the Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning and the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning asked a federal court Tuesday to order the Defense Department to provide hormone therapy and other treatment for her gender identity condition while she serves her 35-year sentence in military confinement.

Six L.A. sheriff's deputies sentenced to federal prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:17
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Six current or former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who were convicted of conspiring to thwart an FBI probe into prisoner abuse and other misconduct inside the largest U.S. jail system were sentenced on Tuesday to prison terms of up to 41 months.  The sentences mark the latest blow to a sheriff's department that has been beset with allegations of civil rights violations and corruption as well as a federal investigation of its jails. Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca retired earlier this year rather than seek reelection. ...

U.S. officials: Terrorist group was nearing attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:13

Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville, Jr., Director of Operations J3, speaks about the operations in Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, during a news conference at the Pentagon. In a separate action from the air strikes against the Islamic State group, the U.S. bombed a cell of al Qaida militants in northwestern Syria after concluding they were close to attacking the U.S. or Europe, Pentagon officials say. Mayville, the Pentagon’s operations chief, said that the Khorasan Group was nearing “the execution phase of an attack either in Europe or the homeland." (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)President Barack Obama's decision to order airstrikes against an al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group was based on intelligence suggesting that the group was close to carrying out a terror plot against the U.S. or Europe, administration officials said Tuesday.

Atlantic City's Revel casino heads to sale as late bids emerge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:11
By Tom Hals (Reuters) - At least two last-minute bids were received on Tuesday for Atlantic City's Revel casino, which closed this month, setting up an auction to challenge an agreed sale to a Florida developer. Bidding on the two-year-old casino, which cost $2.4 billion to build, will start at $94 million. Revel's owner obtained an initial, or stalking horse, cash bid of $90 million from Glenn Straub, a Florida developer. A stalking horse bid creates a floor for bids to be submitted at a court-supervised auction. ...

Woman bound in trunk of Los Angeles area car rescued after calling 911

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:10
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A woman bound in the trunk of her car in the Los Angeles area managed to call emergency responders on a cell phone to say she had been kidnapped, and was rescued with the help of a GPS tracker, an official said on Tuesday. California Highway Patrol officers located the car on an off-ramp from Interstate 10 freeway in Pomona, a short time after the woman made the call on Monday night, said Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Juan Galvan. The officers opened the trunk and found the woman with her hands and feet tied, Galvan said. ...

Obama's Syria war carries risks for him at home and abroad

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:06

U.S. President Obama meets in New York with representatives of Arab nations that contributed in air strikes against Islamic State targets in SyriaBy Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Appearing relaxed enough to crack a joke, U.S. President Barack Obama took to the world stage on Tuesday after launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants but he is still facing huge political risks at home and abroad. The reason for Obama's good humor? His diplomacy paid off this time, with military contributions from five Arab states. One of his first items of business after arriving in New York for meetings at the United Nations was to personally thank representatives from the five. ...

Manpower added to fight wildfire as winds expected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:05

A firefighter with the Gabilan Camp crew hoses down hot spots during a controlled burn to fight the King Fire on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, near Placerville, Calif. Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week ago. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 2,000 firefighters were added Tuesday to battle a massive Northern California wildfire that threatened thousands of homes and fouled the air 50 miles away in Reno, Nevada, which was blanketed by smoke.

Fired UPS worker kills two supervisors, self, in Alabama shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:57

Police vehicles are seen outside a UPS service center following a deadly shooting in Birmingham, AlabamaBy Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A recently-fired UPS employee on Tuesday shot dead two supervisors at the company facility where he had worked in Birmingham, Alabama before turning the gun on himself, police said. The gunman, who was wearing a brown UPS uniform, had been terminated earlier this month and had learned a day earlier that he had lost his appeal to get his job back, police said, adding that his motive was not immediately clear. Police had earlier said that the man was fired yesterday. The shooting occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. ...

Connecticut man arrested after driving stolen car to meeting with cops

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:56
By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - A 26-year-old Connecticut man was in police custody on Tuesday after showing up to a phony probation meeting driving a car that police say he stole from a woman in a supermarket parking lot and later may have used to rob a bank. Gary Harding was arrested on Monday when he showed up at a state office in New Haven for what he thought was to be a meeting with his probation officer. "Thank God people aren't always very bright, it really does make our job a lot easier," said New Haven Police spokesman David Hartman. ...

Idaho woman accused of chewing up back seat of police car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:56
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - An Idaho woman accused of chewing up the back seat of a police cruiser after being arrested in a pepper spray incident could face up to five years in prison if convicted of a felony charge linked to the damage, authorities said on Tuesday. Staci Spence, 42, is expected to enter a plea in coming days to a charge of malicious injury to property tied to allegations she gnawed through the upholstery and foam cushioning of the back seat of a patrol vehicle, according to Bonner County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Florea. ...

Judge dismisses snowboarder suit against ski area

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 06:56
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Utah on Tuesday tossed a lawsuit brought by snowboarders against one of the last ski resorts in the country to prohibit their sport, ruling that boarders don't have a constitutional right to practice their sport at the private resort.