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Man pleads guilty to corporate espionage; awaits sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 04:23
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Chinese-American researcher has pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from his U.S. employers, but his attorneys are hoping to limit the time he serves in prison.

A look at school shootings in the US in the past decade

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 04:09
School shootings have erupted in small rural communities and major urban centers across the U.S. over the past decade. According to an analysis of all mass shootings by a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, about 11 percent of cases involves possible mental illness and in 44 percent of the cases, the shooter committed suicide. Everytown is a coalition of government officials, victims and advocates against gun violence.

Goat sacrifice, talk of civil war upset Florida Libertarians

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 04:03
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two years ago, Augustus Sol Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying, at times thinking he wouldn't survive. In a pagan ritual to give thanks when he returned home, he killed a goat and drank its blood.

Creative writing teacher at Oregon college among dead in shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 04:03
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A creative writing teacher at Oregon's Umpqua Community College was one of nine people killed by a gunman in a classroom on Thursday, his friends told Reuters. Larry Levine, an assistant professor of English, was teaching in the classroom where the shooting occurred, said a friend who declined to give her name. Friends and family gathered at Levine's house to mourn on Friday, as authorities continued to investigate the bloodiest U.S. mass shooting this year. (Reporting by Katie Reilly; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Girlfriend of former U.S. treasure hunter gets one month in jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 04:02
Alison Antekeier, 47, and Thomas "Tommy" G. Thompson, 63, both formerly of Columbus, Ohio, were captured in Florida. Antekeier was sentenced at U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio. Thompson's company, Columbus Exploration, confirmed in 1988 that it had found a ship that sank in the 19th Century.

Punitive damages possible in suit against DuPont over cancer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 04:01
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ruled against a motion by DuPont and said punitive damages were possible for an Ohio woman who says she got kidney cancer after drinking water contaminated by a chemical discharged from a company plant.

Gov. Christie: Make sure you have a plan for flooding

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 03:53

 Make sure you have a plan for floodingNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie was telling residents along the shore to have a plan as a storm brings heavy rain, wind and flooding.

Indicted sheriff in Oklahoma submits resignation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 03:47
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff indicted following an investigation into his office, which was sparked by a volunteer deputy's killing of an unarmed man, has submitted his letter of resignation.

Man injured in hit-and-run trying to protect girlfriend in Bethlehem

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 03:35

Man injured in hit-and-run trying to protect girlfriend in BethlehemA Lehigh Valley man is recovering nearly a week after he was hit by a car while trying to protect his girlfriend.

Oil bust saps U.S. students' enthusiasm for petroleum degrees

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 03:27
Enrollment in U.S. petroleum engineering degree programs fell for the first time in 13 years this fall, as an oil industry slump makes college students wary of entering the boom and bust world of oil and gas. The drop, revealed this week in annual data provided by the country's 21 petroleum engineering departments and made available to Reuters, is modest - the number of enrollments dipped just 1 percent from a record high of 11,332 hit last year when oil was around $100 a barrel. "The students who haven't made a long term commitment yet are making a change based on what they are seeing," said Lloyd Heinze, professor of petroleum engineering at Texas Tech University, who compiled the data.

Pope Francis met with gay couple in U.S. visit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 03:03

Pope Francis celebrates his final mass of his visit to the United States at the Festival of Families on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in PhiladelphiaPope Francis met with a gay couple at the Vatican Embassy in Washington during the pontiff's visit to the United States last week in a quiet gesture to the gay and lesbian community. The meeting between Francis, an Argentine gay man and his long-term partner came to light as the Vatican tried to tamp down controversy about a separate meeting the pope held with well-known American gay marriage opponent Kim Davis. The pontiff met on Sept. 23 with Yayo Grassi, a U.S-based Argentine caterer, Grassi's male partner of 19 years, Iwan Bagus and three other people for 15 minutes, Grassi told Reuters.

Elderly Montana woman dies from rare black bear attack

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 02:49
(Reuters) - An 85-year-old Montana woman has died of wounds she suffered in a rare attack by a black bear inside her rural home where she had been feeding bruins in violation of state law, authorities said on Friday.

Charges tossed against man accused of killing wife's grandma

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 02:42

FILE - In this April 10, 2015, file photo, Richard Lapointe, center, raises his arms with Kate Germond, left, Centurion Ministries co-director, and Paul Casteleiro, Centurion Ministries legal director, after he was granted bail and released at the Connecticut Supreme Court in Hartford Conn. A Connecticut judge dismissed charges Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, against the mentally disabled former dishwasher who was convicted of killing his wife's 88-year-old grandmother in 1987 and spent almost 26 years in prison. (Jared Ramsdell/Journal Inquirer via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDITHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A judge on Friday dismissed all charges against a mentally disabled former dishwasher who spent more than a quarter-century in prison in the killing of his wife's 88-year-old grandmother.

2 arrested in 1984 rape, killing of Pennsylvania teen girl

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 02:26

This photo provided by Bensalem, Pa. Police shows Robert Sanders. Saunders and George Shaw have been arrested in the 1984 rape and murder of 14-year-old Barbara Rowan in Bensalem. Police say it was Shaw who committed the rape and murder. Sanders is being charged with hindering apprehension. (Bensalem, Pa. Police/Bucks County Courier Times via AP)BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — Two men have been arrested in the 1984 rape and strangulation of a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in the woods two weeks after she vanished, police said Friday.

NHC sees Joaquin weakening slowly from Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 02:20
The hurricane was located about 10 miles (15 km) off Rum Cay in the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kph), the Miami-based weather forecaster added. The core of the storm's strongest winds will continue moving over parts of the central and northwestern Bahamas Friday, the NHC said.

Fire official: 6 hurt in South Florida high-rise explosion

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 02:11
SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A penthouse boiler room exploded because of a gas leak Friday at a 33-story high-rise near Miami, injuring at least six people, fire officials said.

Syria at UN: Airstrikes 'useless' unless coordinated

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 02:09

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem leaves the podium after addressing the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said Friday that airstrikes against the Islamic State group "are useless" unless they are coordinated with the Syrian government, as the international community scrambled to respond to Russia's airstrikes in his country.

The Latest: 6 hurt in South Florida building explosion

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 02:07
SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The latest on the explosion at a high-rise in the Miami area (all times local):

Oklahoma sheriff linked to fatal shooting to step down on November 1

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 02:06
Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz will resign on Nov. 1 after a grand jury recommended his removal and indicted him on two misdemeanors in an investigation spurred by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white volunteer deputy. In a letter obtained by the Tulsa World newspaper from Glanz to Governor Mary Fallin, Glanz announced the date and requested a special election be held as soon as possible to fill the vacancy coming with his resignation. Scott Wood, an attorney for Glanz, told reporters this week the sheriff was stepping down after the grand jury accused him of displaying gross partiality in office, willfully neglecting his duty, and corruption in office.

Oklahoma court grants state's request to halt 3 upcoming executions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/03/2015 - 02:02
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday granted a state request to halt three upcoming executions so it can examine a drug mix-up discovered about two hours before inmate Richard Glossip was to have been put to death earlier this week. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed the request on Thursday so the state could examine what went wrong with its execution protocols. Glossip's planned execution had received global attention with his case raising questions about whether the state may be executing an innocent man and about the drug combination Oklahoma plans to use in its lethal injection mix.