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2nd professor quits amid ranking scandal at Missouri college

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:43
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A second professor has resigned from the University of Missouri-Kansas City after an audit found that its business school knowingly submitted false data when applying for rankings and awards from national organizations.

Victims of 1983 Marine base bombing in Beirut lose quest for Iranian assets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:43
By Edward Taylor and Joseph Ax FRANKFURT/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Relatives of U.S. soldiers killed and wounded in a 1983 Beirut bombing have been barred by a U.S. judge from seeking $1.6 billion in assets belonging to Iran's central bank and held by a unit of German exchange operator Deutsche Boerse. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in New York said in a decision released on Friday that they could not pursue assets owned by Iran's Bank Markazi and held in Luxembourg because she does not have jurisdiction over the funds. Clearstream Banking SA, the clearing unit for Deutsche Boerse AG, had argued for the case to be thrown out because U.S. courts have no jurisdiction over funds held in Luxembourg with no direct link to the United States.

Stepmom covered 10-year-old's head gash with hair extensions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:38
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 48-year-old woman who split her stepdaughter's head open and tried to cover it by affixing hair extensions to her head was sentenced Friday to life in prison in the 10-year-old's death.

Police: Suspect bragged about Las Vegas road-rage killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:37

In this Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, photo, Robert Meyers, left, and others bow their heads during a prayer at a candlelight vigil for his wife, Tammy, who was taken off life support on Saturday after a shooting in Las Vegas. What police first described as a road rage-inspired shooting of an innocent mother of four has morphed into a more complex scenario, prompting a backlash Wednesday against the Las Vegas family and the way the case is being handled. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, L.E. Baskow) LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL OUTLAS VEGAS (AP) — The teenage neighbor arrested in what has been described as the road-rage slaying of a Las Vegas mother boasted about the shooting and told friends that he emptied several clips from his semi-automatic handgun during the gunbattle, according to a police report released Friday.

Texas woman tricked out of 'Fifty Shades' royalties : court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:32
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A Fort Worth jury has decided that a Texas woman was defrauded out of royalty rights to the tantalizing best-selling novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" and stands to earn a large award, her lawyer said on Friday. Court papers showed that Jennifer Lynn Pedroza of Arlington was victorious in her lawsuit against former business partner Amanda Hayward of Australia, who the jury determined cut Pedroza out of rights to the lucrative book deal. Pedroza was part of The Writers Coffee Shop, a small independent publisher of ebooks, that originally published the “Fifty Shades” trilogy in 2011 as an e-book and print-on-demand book. The right to the books written by British author E.L. James were sold to Random House and the deal led to the sale of more than 100 million copies worldwide.

St. Louis man accused of financing terrorists remains jailed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:30

This undated photo provided by the St. Charles County Jail via St. Louis Post Dispatch, shows Sedina Hodzic. Hodzic, a Bosnian immigrant accused of funneling money and military supplies to terror groups in Iraq and Syria will remain in federal custody, after her lawyer told a judge Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, that he wants clarity on her immigration status before seeking bond. She is among six people named in a federal indictment earlier this month. Her husband, Ramiz Hodzic, and another man were also named, along with two people from Illinois and one from New York State. (AP Photo/St. Charles County Jail via St. Louis Post Dispatch)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Bosnian immigrant accused of funneling money and military supplies to terror groups in Iraq and Syria will remain in federal custody after a brief court hearing Friday.

Most of Great Lakes surface frozen for second straight year

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:28

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2015, file photo, snow coats Navy Pier surrounded by ice-covered Lake Michigan in Chicago. For the second consecutive winter, bitter weather threatens to turn the surface of the Great Lakes into a vast frozen plain. The federal Great Lakes research laboratory in Ann Arbor reports Friday, Feb. 20, that nearly 81 percent of the five lakes' surface area is ice-covered. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — For the second consecutive winter, bitter weather threatens to turn the surface of the Great Lakes into a vast, frozen plain.

31-year-old beluga whale dies at SeaWorld Orlando

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:21
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A beluga whale has died at SeaWorld Orlando after being treated for an infection associated with a fractured jaw.

Study: Data lacking about the true state of border security

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:14

In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, U.S. Border Patrol agents patrol the border fence, in Naco, Ariz. A report by a bipartisan think tank that oversees the implementation of 9/11 Commission recommendations and other Homeland Security issues says the department that oversees the U.S. Border Patrol does not use effective performance measurements. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Inconsistent and ineffective reporting by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has led to a skewed perception of the state of border security, a bipartisan think tank says.

Texas attorney general aims to void marriage license for same-sex couple

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:12
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas attorney general asked the state's Supreme Court on Friday to revoke a marriage license issued a day earlier to two women, arguing the move violated a decade-old state ban against gay marriage and could cause legal chaos. Travis County, where the capital Austin is located, issued a marriage license to Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who have been together for about 30 years and have two daughters. It was the first license issued to a same-sex couple in Texas since the ban was put in place.

New Oregon Governor Kate Brown to extend death penalty moratorium

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:07

Oregon Governor Kate Brown speaks at the state capital building in SalemBy Shelby Sebens SALEM, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon's new Democratic Governor Kate Brown said on Friday she planned to extend a moratorium on executions that her predecessor enacted in 2011, well before an influence-peddling scandal forced him from office earlier this week. “There needs to be a broader discussion about fixing the system," Brown said in her first press briefing since she took Oregon's helm on Wednesday. "Until that discussion, I'm upholding the moratorium imposed by Kitzhaber.”  In a major salvo in the nation's long-running battle over capital punishment, Kitzhaber imposed a blanket reprieve on all Oregon death row inmates in 2011, saying he believed the death penalty was morally wrong. He had faced growing calls in the waning days of his administration to commute all Oregon death sentences to life in prison before leaving office following an ethics scandal over accusations his fiancée used her role in his office for personal gain.

AP PHOTOS: Deep freeze in eastern US, snow in Middle East

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:06

A tourist walks past the brink of the American Falls, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Although sections of the three waterfalls that make up the natural attraction appear to have frozen in place, the Niagara River continues to flow. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)An arctic blast that forecasters are calling the "Siberian Express" plunged the eastern half of the United States into a deep freeze Friday — as far south as Florida.

Man charged in Colorado Springs bombing says he didn't target NAACP

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:03
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A man arrested in connection with the bombing last month of a building that houses the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP said he was targeting his accountant and not the civil rights organization, authorities said on Friday. Thaddeus Murphy, 44, was arrested by federal agents at his Colorado Springs home and confessed to setting off the pipe bomb, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver said in a statement. The explosion at a building that includes a tax preparation business, as well as local offices of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, led investigators to probe whether the bombing was racially motivated. Federal prosecutors have charged Murphy with arson and for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms for having a cache of weapons unrelated to the bombing, court records show.

Philadelphia woman sentenced to life in beating death of 10-year-old stepdaughter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 07:00

Philadelphia woman sentenced to life in beating death of 10-year-old stepdaughterA Philadelphia woman has been convicted of killing her 10-year-old stepdaughter and will now spend the rest of her life behind bars.

Pennsylvania college aims to end insurance coverage of abortions in rape cases

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:59
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - University of Scranton employee insurance plans will no longer cover abortions in cases of rape, incest or life-threatening pregnancies under a plan that the Jesuit school says is consistent with Catholic doctrine. The union negotiated away coverage for elective abortions nine years ago in return for adoption coverage, but its current contract pays for abortions in cases of rape, incest, or to save the live of the mother. In a letter to faculty released by the university on Friday, its president, Rev. Kevin Quinn, said that even limited abortion coverage is "inconsistent with the moral teachings of the church." The move comes as Pope Francis, the first Catholic pontiff who is a member of the Jesuit order, prepares to visit Pennsylvania in September. Michael Friedman, an English professor who serves as union president, insisted that Quinn could not impose the change unilaterally.

Aaron Hernandez jurors see video of victim getting into car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:57

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez looks at his attorney as security footage is seen on a monitor during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Grainy surveillance video shown to jurors in the murder trial of Hernandez on Friday shows the victim an hour before he was killed climbing into a car that prosecutors say was driven by Hernandez. (AP Photo/The Boston Herald, Dominick Reuter)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Grainy surveillance video shown Friday to jurors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez shows the victim an hour before he was killed climbing into a car that prosecutors say was driven by Hernandez.

Video released in New Castle community center killing case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:53

Video released in New Castle community center killing caseNew Castle County police have released video of the person they believe gunned down a man at a community center this week.

Activists discuss Ohio Wal-Mart shooting with US attorney

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:51
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Activists have met with the U.S. attorney in Dayton, Ohio, to urge him to investigate the use of force by police in a suburb where a white officer fatally shot a black man holding an air rifle in a Wal-Mart store.

Family racked with questions over Arizona woman's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:51

This photo provided by the Scottsdale Police Department shows Allison Feldman. Police were called Wednesday afternoon after Feldman's boyfriend discovered her body. Sgt. Ben Hoster declined Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, to say whether police have identified a suspect. He said authorities were continuing to withhold many details, including the manner of death and whether there were signs of a break-in, a struggle or items missing from the home. (AP Photo/Scottsdale Police Department)PHOENIX (AP) — The father of a woman found killed in her suburban Phoenix home said Friday he hasn't been able to sleep, instead imagining what happened to his caring, friendly daughter who was excited about her sales job and hoping to soon get engaged.

Psychiatrist: Triple murder suspect not competent for trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:50
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of killing three people at a municipal meeting in northeastern Pennsylvania is not competent to stand trial, a psychiatrist testified Friday.