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Miami internal affairs cop arrested on cocaine trafficking charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:49
By Kevin Gray MIAMI (Reuters) - An internal affairs officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department has been charged with helping drug smugglers and orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot to have assassins dressed as cops kill their rivals, officials said. Ralph Mata, 45, appeared in a federal court in Miami on Wednesday, a day after he was arrested in connection with a scheme to smuggle cocaine from the Dominican Republic to New Jersey and elsewhere, according to federal prosecutors. Mata, a 22-year law-enforcement veteran known as "The Milk Man," discussed a plot with the drug dealers to arrange for two people to wear police uniforms and badges and to kill two of their rivals, according to a criminal complaint.

Sailing family back in US with ailing baby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:44

CORRECTS DATE TO APRIL 9 - This photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows the Kaufman family disembarking from the USS Vandegrift on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, following their rescue at sea on April 6. Six days after the family of four found themselves helpless and adrift in a sailboat far into the Pacific with a vomiting and feverish 1-year-old aboard, a Navy warship delivered them safely to shore, where they had begun their attempted around-the world voyage before the child was born. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Six days after a family of four found themselves helpless and adrift in a sailboat far into the Pacific with a vomiting, feverish 1-year-old, a Navy warship delivered them safely Wednesday to San Diego, where they began their attempted around-the world voyage before the child was born.


Students called 'heroes' in high school stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:39

A woman walks onto the campus of the Franklin Regional School District where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says there were a number of "heroes" who helped prevent further injury or loss of life during the high school hallway stabbing and slashing rampage and "many of them are students."


11 kids hurt in Orlando-area day care center crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:37

Orange County KinderCareWINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A car smashed into an Orlando-area day care Wednesday, injuring 15 people, at least 11 of them children, and authorities were looking for the SUV that started the chain-reaction crash, officials said.


Data brokers disciplined over consumer protections

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:36
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's tough enough landing a job these days.

Convicts say New York City detective framed them

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:29

Martin Tankleff, bottom right, who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his parents in 1988, speaks as as a group of New York City men, who claim they were framed by a crooked police detective decades ago, voice their demand for prosecutors to speed up an ongoing review of the detective's cases at a rally on the steps of City Hall, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in New York. They claim they were convicted on evidence fabricated by the now-retired detective, Louis Scarcella. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — A group of convicts who say they were framed by a corrupt New York City detective urged a New York City prosecutor Wednesday to speed up an ongoing review of potentially tainted murder investigations, some decades old.


Same-sex couples facing illness sue North Carolina for marriage recognition

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:14
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - Three lesbian couples facing urgent health issues sued on Wednesday to force North Carolina to acknowledge their same-sex marriages and allow access to insurance, tax and inheritance benefits. If the ailing spouse dies before North Carolina recognizes the marriages, the surviving spouse will be denied benefits given to married couples, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which helped file the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Greensboro. "Without the legal security that only marriage affords, these families are left vulnerable," said Jennifer Rudinger, executive director of the ACLU of North Carolina. The ACLU has sought to expand gay-marriage rights in North Carolina, which in 2012 became the last state in the South to add a voter-approved ban on gay marriage to its constitution.

New York governor takes aim at racy subway ad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:13
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York transit officials say they will reconsider their advertising standards after a top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo objected to a cleavage-baring subway ad for breast enhancement surgery.

Islam critic: Brandeis turned honor into 'shaming'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:13

In this Monday, Feb. 5, 2007 photo, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, writer of the film "Submission," which criticized the treatment of women in traditional Islam and led to the murder of Dutch film director Theo Van Gogh, talks to a reporter in New York. Brandeis University in Massachusetts is taking heat from some of its own about plans to give an honorary degree to Ali, who has made comments critical of Islam. (AP Photo/Shiho Fukada)BOSTON (AP) — A Somali-born advocate for Muslim women who has made comments critical of Islam says Brandeis University is turning an intended honor for her into a "moment of shaming" by revoking an honorary degree.


Committee approves bill naming peak after Reagan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:09

FILE - This Dec. 17, 1981 file photo shows President Ronald Reagan pointing to a reporter for the next question during his news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington. About the only thing former Reagan doesn’t have named after him is a mountain, not one recognized by the federal government anyway. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev. is pushing a bill that would name a part of Frenchman Mountain, located just east of Las Vegas, after the nation’s 40th president. The House Committee on Natural Resources approved Heck’s bill on Wednesday by voice vote, but not before some Democrats on the committee had some fun with the issue. (AP Photo, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — About the only thing former President Ronald Reagan doesn't have named after him is a mountain, not one recognized by the federal government anyway.


FBI doesn't take all items from massive collection

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:58
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — FBI agents have left the home of a rural central Indiana man with a collection of thousands of artifacts from around the world.

Factbox: Using the data on Medicare's payments to doctors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:58
By Sharon Begley and M.B. Pell NEW YORK (Reuters) - Medicare billing data released by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) gives the public an unprecedented look at how the program pays medical providers. In practice, some medical practices and labs file Medicare claims under a single NPI assigned to one of their members, said Karthik Balakrishnan, senior vice president of fraud solutions and analytics of Verisk Health, which specializes in healthcare data: doctors can bill under a group NPI, a hospital NPI, or a clinic NPI, he said. That was the case with a pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who is listed as receiving $11 million from Medicare for 23 million lab tests in 2012, the fourth-highest amount in the country. Dr Franklin Cockerill, he said, "is a salaried employee of Mayo Clinic and is not making big money off Medicare." "More than one person can file under one NPI, including nurses, physician assistants, and other team members," AMA president Dr Ardis Dee Hoven said in an interview.

GOP blocks Senate bill curbing gender pay gap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:55

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2013 file photo shows Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., flanked by Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., left, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill Wednesday curbing paycheck discrimination against women, an effort that even in defeat Democrats hoped would pay political dividends in this fall's congressional elections. Wednesday's vote was 53-44 to halt GOP tactics aimed at derailing the legislation, but that fell six short of the 60 Democrats needed to prevail. Mikulski stood up after the vote and said supporters were disappointed but that they would fight on. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans blocked a Senate bill Wednesday aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democrats hope will help spur women to back them in this fall's congressional elections.


12 hurt in Orlando-area day care center crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:46
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says a vehicle crashed into a day care center in an Orlando, Fla., suburb and injured 12 people, including children.

Suspect in school stabbings appears before judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:46

A parent consoles their child as the leave Franklin Regional High School after more than a dozen students were stabbed by a knife wielding suspect at the school on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and is being questioned. (AP Photo/Tribune Review, Sean Stipp) PITTSBURGH OUTEXPORT, Pa. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing and slashing 19 students and a police officer at a suburban Pittsburgh high school is appearing before a judge.


Iowa State halts celebration after student hurt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:43
AMES, Iowa (AP) — A popular Iowa State University celebration was suspended Wednesday after a student was seriously injured in a rowdy, late-night crowd that overturned cars and toppled light poles near the campus, the school's president announced Wednesday.

N.Y. court dismisses claims over Saudi billionaire's alleged fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:40
(Corrects first name of attorney for Al-Sanea, to Robert instead of Richard, in eighth paragraph.) By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - New York's highest state court has ruled that a lawsuit by the Algosaibi family conglomerate, claiming that a Saudi billionaire who married into the family committed a $150 million fraud, should be heard in Saudi Arabia. In the lawsuit, Ahmed Hamad al Gosaibi & Brothers Co claimed that Maan al-Sanea, the billionaire head of the Saad Group, used its accounts with Dubai-based Mashreqbank PSC to commit fraudulent foreign exchange trades executed in New York. Reversing a lower court, the New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed the Mashreqbank claims, saying the fact that the allegedly fraudulent trades were executed in New York did not give the state's courts jurisdiction over the case.

Top-paid Medicare doctors say they have reasons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:40

Dr. Salomon MelgenWASHINGTON (AP) — How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare?


AP-GfK Poll: Most Americans say filing taxes easy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:40

FILE - This March 22, 2013, file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. Struggling to figure out your federal tax return? You're not alone, but you're in the minority. With the tax filing deadline looming on April 15, a majority of Americans say completing a federal tax return is easy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling to figure out your federal tax return? You're not alone, but you're in the minority.


Florida Highway Patrol: 10 to 12 injured when car crashes into Orlando-area day care center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:34
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Highway Patrol: 10 to 12 injured when car crashes into Orlando-area day care center.