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U.S. brings new charges against accused Silk Road creator

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:39
A new indictment against Ross Ulbricht, 30, filed late on Thursday in Manhattan federal court, added charges of narcotics trafficking, distribution of narcotics by means of the Internet, and conspiracy to traffic in fraudulent identification documents. The new charges came on top of four other counts previously asserted by prosecutors: narcotics trafficking conspiracy, continuing criminal enterprise, computer hacking conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. Ulbricht, who prosecutors said was known online as "Dread Pirate Roberts," lost his bid to dismiss the earlier charges in July. Prosecutors say Ulbricht owned and operated Silk Road, which they allege served as a black-market bazaar where drugs and criminal services like computer hacking and forgeries could be bought in exchange for the digital currency bitcoin.

Correction: Oil Spill-Land Conservation story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:37

This July 30, 2014 photo provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department shows fringe marshes along Powderhorn Lake in Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is leading the purchase of the 17,300-square-foot Powderhorn Ranch 75 miles northeast of Corpus Christi. It is largely financed by a fund created by BP and Transocean in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (AP Photo/Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Earl Nottingham)HOUSTON (AP) — In a story Aug. 21 about a new state park planned for southeast Texas, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount of money from a BP and Transocean fund that was used to buy the land. It was $34.5 million, not $32 million. The AP also misidentified the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's executive director, Carter Smith, as the head of its nonprofit fundraising partner, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. Lastly, it was the state agency, not the foundation, that estimated that as much as 99 percent of Texas' coastal plain has been lost to agriculture or animal grazing.


U.S. court revives suit over Sturm coffee pod 'knockoffs'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:35
Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower court had been too hasty in denying plaintiffs’ request to sue as a group and dismissing their claims against Sturm and its parent company TreeHouse Foods, the makers of Grove Square Coffee. Sturm and TreeHouse had attempted to jump into the lucrative market for Keurig-compatible coffee pods, or K-cups, in 2010, two years before Keurig’s patent on a design for the filter for the cartridge expired, the ruling said.

Oregon sues Oracle, claiming fraud over failed Obamacare website

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:33
By Teresa Carson PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - The state of Oregon sued Oracle America Inc. and six of its top executives Friday, accusing the software giant of fraud for failing to deliver a working website for the Affordable Care Act program. The 126-page lawsuit, filed in Marion County Circuit Court, claims that fraud, lying and "a pattern of racketeering" by Oracle cost the state and its Cover Oregon program hundreds of millions of dollars. Oregon paid Oracle about $240.3 million for a system that never worked, the suit said. Oracle issued a statement saying the suit "is a desperate attempt to deflect blame from Cover Oregon and the governor for their failures to manage a complex IT project.

Oregon gunman planned to kill 'bunch' of people

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:27

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2014 file photo, investigators leave the scene of a drive-by shooting at Bastendorf Beach, Ore. A gunman who fatally shot his father and then a man camping at an Oregon beach left a suicide note that said he was mentally ill and planned to "kill a bunch of other people" and then himself. Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier released the notes Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/KCBY, Angelica Carrillo, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A gunman who fatally shot his father and then a man camping at an Oregon beach earlier this week left behind notes that said he was mentally ill and planned to "kill a bunch of other people" and then himself.


CDC director to visit Ebola outbreak countries

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:27

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on "Combating the Ebola Threat." A CDC spokesman said Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, that Frieden wants to meet the African and international health leaders trying to control the outbreak, and to hear what help they need. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A top U.S. health official plans to travel to West Africa to see firsthand how the Ebola outbreak is unfolding.


Passenger charged in pre-flight cellphone dispute

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:26
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland authorities say a traveler who refused to turn off his cellphone and fought with flight attendants as a plane taxied for takeoff has been jailed and charged with aggravated disorderly conduct.

Embattled NY jail's investigations chief quits

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:21
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of internal investigations at the embattled Rikers Island jail complex resigned Friday amid intense scrutiny over civil rights violations and inmate deaths.

Former Texas teacher gets 10 years for killing boy in hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:18
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A former Texas school teacher was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison for killing a 6-year-old boy in a hit-and-run accident that prompted a highly publicized manhunt in 2013. Tammy Lowe, 54, was founded guilty and sentenced to eight years in the death of John Paul Raidy, who was struck in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie while crossing a street at an intersection with his mother as she pushed his younger sister in a stroller. The veteran Grand Prairie middle school teacher was also sentenced to 10 years for failure to stop and render aid. The sentences will run concurrently and she must serve at least five years before being eligible for parole, a spokesman for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said.

Friends: Jeffords took Vermont roots to Washington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:17

The casket of the late U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords is carried from a church in Rutland, Vt., on Friday Aug. 22, 2014, followed by Jeffords' two children, Laura and Leonard and their families. Jeffords died Monday in Washington at age 80. Jeffords was known nationally for leaving the Republican Party in 2001, switching control of the Senate to the Democrats. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Sen. Jim Jeffords left his mark on the state and the nation during more than 30 years in Washington, but family and friends said he never lost his affinity for the Vermont countryside or let his position eclipse his love for his family and the simple things in life.


Owner gets stolen life-size statue of Obama back

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:59
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Police have returned a life-size statue of President Barack Obama that went missing from its owner's northeastern Pennsylvania porch and was found a few days later reclining on a nearby park bench with a six-pack of Twisted Tea.

Mom seeks stranger who saved her family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:50

Mom seeks stranger who saved her familyA young mom is on a mission to find the stranger who ran toward danger to save her - and her two small children.


20 injured in crash involving truck, SEPTA bus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:40

21 injured in crash involving truck, SEPTA bus21 people were injured when a SEPTA bus and a truck collided in Montgomery County.


2 parolees charged in suburban Chicago standoff

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:37
CHICAGO (AP) — Both suspects in this week's nearly 21-hour hostage situation in a Chicago suburb are parolees, and one is a convicted murderer who was under electronic monitoring.

Penn ex-justice won't have to send out photo of self in handcuffs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:37
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice is studying an appeals court ruling that upheld her corruption conviction but released her from a requirement that she send a photo of herself in handcuffs to other judges, her lawyer said on Friday. The former justice, Joan Orie Melvin, was found guilty last year of using public employees to work in her 2009 campaign for a seat on the Supreme Court. In upholding the conviction, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled on Thursday that a requirement that she send the photographs as part of her punishment went too far and was not authorized under the state’s sentencing code. “This condition was not imposed to promote her rehabilitation, but rather to shame and humiliate her in the eyes of her former colleagues in the judiciary,” Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue wrote.

2 kids hurt in fall from Ferris wheel

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:34

Patrons ride a Ferris Wheel at the Indiana State Fair Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Indianapolis. The fair comes to a close on Sunday, Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)CHELSEA, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two children are recovering from injuries after falling at least 15 feet from a Ferris wheel at a community fair in southeastern Michigan.


IDs of men found shot in adjacent yards released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:31
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say the shooting deaths of two men found in adjacent backyards in the San Francisco Bay Area appear to be a murder-suicide.

Washington Post editorial board no longer using word 'Redskins'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:25
The Washington Post editorial board will generally avoid using the word "Redskins" when referring to Washington's football team, it announced on Friday, saying the term denigrates Native Americans. A growing number of newspapers and sportswriters, including the Post's Mike Wise, have said they will no longer use the team's moniker. "While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency we have decided not to use the slur ourselves except when it is essential for clarity or effect," the board said in a statement, referring to the National Football League. The editorial board controls only the paper's opinion pages and is separate from the Post's news-gathering side, which will continue to use the name, Marty Baron, the paper's executive editor, said.

15 injured in crash involving truck, SEPTA bus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:19

20 injured in crash involving truck, SEPTA busAt least 15 people were injured when a SEPTA bus and a truck collided in Montgomery County.


1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:04

Han Tak Lee, 79, arrives at the federal courthouse with assistance from friends and supportersafter his release from a Pennsylvania prison, Friday, August 22, 2014, in Harrisburg, Pa. Lee was released on bail Friday while prosecutors decide whether to appeal a ruling that threw out his conviction in his daughter's 1989 death. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science.