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Colorado man arrested after 163-mile Wyoming chase

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:38
ELK MOUNTAIN, Wyo. (AP) — A Colorado man is under arrest after leading authorities on a 163-mile chase in a stolen car in Wyoming.

Former POW Bergdahl seeks to return to civilian life, lawyer says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:34

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. Army"He is ready to move on to the next chapter of his life," Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, told Reuters. "He would like to get a college education." Bergdahl, 28, an Army sergeant, was released by the Taliban in May in exchange for five Taliban prisoners who were taken to Qatar from the U.S. The prisoner swap triggered an outcry from critics of the Obama administration amid accusations by some members of Bergdahl’s Army unit that he had deserted before being captured by the Taliban. "People who have had this kind of experience, in my understanding, tend not to remain in the service," Fidell said. "It is time for Sergeant Bergdahl to just become plain old Bowe Bergdahl and move on with his life." An Army general is investigating how Bergdahl, from Hailey, Idaho, came to be a prisoner of the Taliban.


FBI warns healthcare firms they are targeted by hackers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:32
By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned that healthcare industry companies are being targeted by hackers, publicizing the issue following an attack on U.S. "The FBI has observed malicious actors targeting healthcare related systems, perhaps for the purpose of obtaining Protected Healthcare Information (PHI) and/or Personally Identifiable Information (PII)," the agency said in a "Flash" alert obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. "These actors have also been seen targeting multiple companies in the healthcare and medical device industry typically targeting valuable intellectual property, such as medical device and equipment development data," the one page document said.

Feds order reinstatement of nuclear whistleblower

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:26
SEATTLE (AP) — A Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor has been ordered to reinstate a worker who the U.S. Department of Labor says was fired for voicing concerns about nuclear and environmental safety, officials said Wednesday.

Feds order reinstatement of nuclear whistleblower

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:26
SEATTLE (AP) — A Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor has been ordered to reinstate a worker who the U.S. Department of Labor says was fired for voicing concerns about nuclear and environmental safety, officials said Wednesday.

Bodies of 3 climbers retrieved from Mount Rainier

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:25
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — The National Park Service says the bodies of three climbers have been retrieved from a glacier on Mount Rainier in the same area where six went missing in May.

Israeli ship unloads cargo despite Oakland protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:19
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Officials say an Israeli-owned commercial ship has unloaded its cargo at a port in Northern California after being delayed for days by a group of pro-Palestinian protesters.

Israeli ship unloads cargo despite Oakland protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:19
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Officials say an Israeli-owned commercial ship has unloaded its cargo at a port in Northern California after being delayed for days by a group of pro-Palestinian protesters.

Guilty plea expected by friend of marathon suspect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:18
BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Guilty plea expected by friend of marathon suspect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:18
BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack, his lawyer said Wednesday.

NYC mayor, faith leaders meet over chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:13

Rev. Al Sharpton, center, attends a press conference alongside Rabbi Michael Miller, left, Executive VP and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of NY, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, right, following a multi-faith roundtable meeting Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in New York, spawned by the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who was placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer, The mayor says he believes the meeting can help a city gripped by protests and distrust of the police in some minority neighborhoods. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's mayor and archbishop convened a round-table meeting of police and minority community leaders on Wednesday to diffuse tensions between the groups, days before a march to protest the death of a black man placed in a chokehold by a white police officer.


Almanac predicts colder winter, hotter summer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:11
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.

Obama condemns killing of reporter, U.S. hits militants in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:11
President Barack Obama expressed revulsion on Wednesday at the beheading of an American journalist by Islamist militants and vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens as international condemnation of the insurgents grew. Not long after Obama called Islamic State a "cancer" with a bankrupt ideology, the Pentagon said U.S.

Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:06

This photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, and provided by Robert A. Franco, shows a billboard in Coshocton, Ohio opposing deep-injection wells . Michael Boals, an Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” on billboards opposing local deep-injection gas wells is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on grounds he’s exercising his free speech. (AP Photo/Robert A. Franco)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.


Drug czar promotes treatment, tells personal story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:00

Acting U.S. drug czar Michael Botticelli, second from left, talks with U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon, left, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Ward County State's Attorney Rosa Larson before a press conference Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Botticelli was in North Dakota to announce the administration's updated northern border policy. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)MINOT, N.D. (AP) — As the nation's drug czar continues to warn people about the potential death and destruction from substance abuse, he's also encouraging them to tell their stories about treatment and recovery. Usually he starts with himself.


Judge delays start of Arias penalty-phase retrial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:52

FILE - In a Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, Jodi Arias, right, looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz. An Arizona judge on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 granted Arias' motion to delay the start of her planned Sept. 8, 2014 penalty phase retrial. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool,File)PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge on Wednesday granted Jodi Arias' motion to delay the start of her planned Sept. 8 penalty phase retrial.


Lightning hits New Mexico school football practice, six hurt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:41
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Six people were injured, one critically, when a lightning bolt struck during a middle school football practice in southern New Mexico, a school spokesman said on Wednesday. The Picacho Middle School football team stopped training as the skies darkened and a light drizzle began to fall on Tuesday afternoon over the city of Las Cruces. "It was totally out of the blue, with no warning," said Jo Galvan, spokeswoman for the Las Cruces School District. "They fell over as the current went through the ground." The Las Cruces Police Department said one student was taken to a burns unit at an El Paso, Texas, trauma center.

Lightning hits New Mexico school football practice, six hurt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:41
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Six people were injured, one critically, when a lightning bolt struck during a middle school football practice in southern New Mexico, a school spokesman said on Wednesday. The Picacho Middle School football team stopped training as the skies darkened and a light drizzle began to fall on Tuesday afternoon over the city of Las Cruces. "It was totally out of the blue, with no warning," said Jo Galvan, spokeswoman for the Las Cruces School District. "They fell over as the current went through the ground." The Las Cruces Police Department said one student was taken to a burns unit at an El Paso, Texas, trauma center.

Virginia prosecutor questions accountant in ex-governor's trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:37

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the bribery and corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell tried on Wednesday to cast doubt on an accountant’s testimony for the defense that the governor's personal finances were sound. Attorney Ryan Faulconer presented documents showing McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, had used loans from businessman Jonnie Williams to pay off credit card and other debt and make it seem as if their finances were in good order. District Judge James Spencer also questioned Connecticut accountant Allen Kosowsky about numbers and examples he used to conclude that the McDonnells were on solid financial footing. Kosowsky asserted that the ex-governor’s ability to write cash advances, transfer money from one credit card to pay off another and to borrow money from credit card accounts was a sign of financial well-being.


Forbes values Eagles at $1.75 billion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:30

Forbes values Eagles at $1.75 billionThe Philadelphia Eagles are worth $1.75 billion, according to Forbes.