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DC subway: Fire changes led to difficulty using radios

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:46
WASHINGTON (AP) — Firefighters had difficulty using their radios during an emergency on the Washington subway system because fire officials had made changes to their radio system without alerting their partners who oversee the subway, officials said Thursday.

Apple's Cook gets hefty bonus for 2014

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:44
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook got a hefty cash bonus that brought his total compensation to $9.2 million last year. That's more than double what he received the previous year, as the company enjoyed a surge in sales and profit fueled by the popularity of its new, over-sized iPhone 6 models.

Pennsylvania high court halts any charges against attorney general

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:33

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane congratulates Governor Tom Wolf following his inauguration ceremony at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA on January 20, 2015.By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court temporarily halted the filing of charges against Attorney General Kathleen Kane in a media leak case while it decides whether the appointment of a special prosecutor assigned to investigate her was legal, her lawyer said on Thursday. The court will hear oral arguments in March to determine whether the appointment of Special Prosecutor Thomas Carluccio by Judge William Carpenter was a potentially illegal conflict of interest, said Lanny Davis, an attorney who represents Kane. "If the Supreme Court rules he is unconstitutional, everything he's done is illegal," Davis said, adding that any investigation into the Democratic attorney general would need to start from scratch. A special grand jury recommended charges of perjury and obstruction against Kane in connection with an allegedly illegal media leak to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Powerful New York politician arrested on bribery charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:31

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is transported by federal agents to federal court, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 in New York. Silver, who has been one of the most powerful men in Albany for more than two decades, was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York's most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks.

California police probe officer's shove of man in wheelchair

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:22
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are investigating an altercation between a police officer and a man in a wheelchair that was captured on video and circulated online.

About 30 bodies removed from suspended Arkansas mortuary

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:20
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Crime Laboratory officials and the Pulaski County coroner's office have removed about 30 bodies from a suburban Little Rock funeral home after its license was temporarily suspended by the state Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

Obama seeks broader audience through YouTube personalities

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:13

President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Lawrence, Kansas. Obama was speaking about the themes in his State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)WASHINGTON (AP) — No cringe. No dazzle. No edge.

Exam to study dead whale found at Seattle ferry terminal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:13

A dead whale floats under a dock at the Colman Dock Washington State Ferry Terminal in Seattle, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. A spokesman with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that they do not know why the whale died and that NOAA will work with officials to move the animal to a site where a necropsy can be conducted. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — A 32-foot gray whale that turned up dead under the Washington state ferry terminal in downtown Seattle has been moved so biologists can figure out why it died.

Hostage video: was it really done outside?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:11
NEW YORK (AP) — The video of two Japanese hostages being held by the Islamic State group seems, like past IS videos, taken in an arid, desert setting. But suspicions are emerging that the message was not prepared outdoors at all.

Philly native Tom Phillips' WWE journey

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:04

Philly native Tom Phillips' WWE journeyTom Phillips, the Philadelphia native and Penn State graduate, shares his journey from high school PA announcer to WWE commentator.

2 nabbed in iPad theft when selfies appear on owner's iCloud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:57

In this undated photo provided by Randy Schaefer, Dorian Walker-Gaines, left, and Dillan Thompson, pose for a selfie they unknowingly uploaded to Schaefer's iCloud account, made with Schaefer's stolen iPad holding money they allegedly took from his vehicle. Investigators arrested the pair on theft charges late Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Houston. The iPad, other electronics and thousands of dollars were stolen from the victim's truck Jan. 8. (AP Photo/Randy Schaefer)HOUSTON (AP) — Two men arrested in Houston are accused of stealing an iPad and using it to take selfies that they unknowingly uploaded to the owner's iCloud account.

'Anonymous' hacking member sentenced in Texas to 5 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:57
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A freelance journalist who said he was a top player in the hacking group Anonymous was sentenced to just over five years in prison by a federal judge in Dallas on Thursday for charges including aiding in cyber crime. The judge sentenced Barret Brown to 63 months in prison, including the 31 months he has already served. Brown, 33, pleaded guilty in April to being an accessory after the fact for attempting to assist a hacker, hiding two computers from FBI agents who were executing a search warrant and threatening an FBI agent in a video. The accessory after the fact charge relates to an incident in December 2011 when someone Brown knew as "o" hacked the computer network of Austin, Texas-based private intelligence firm Stratfor and obtained confidential information, including credit card details, according to court papers.

U.S. judge mulls letting British spies testify in disguise-sources

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:45
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have asked a Brooklyn federal court judge to allow six officers of MI5, Britain's domestic counterintelligence agency, to testify anonymously and in disguise at the trial of an al Qaeda suspect, court documents and official sources said on Thursday. A source close to the case said that if the spies were not allowed to conceal their identity, British authorities could refuse to allow them to give evidence at the trial, which is scheduled to begin early next month. At a pre-trial conference on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie indicated he would consider the prosecutors' request but did not issue a final ruling, according to two sources close to the case. Abid Naseer is charged with providing material support for al Qaeda and on two conspiracy counts, including one of conspiring to use a destructive device.

Old phone unveiled 100 years after first coast-to-coast call

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:38

Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California, takes a photo of himself while posing with the telephone used by President Woodrow Wilson on the first transcontinental call, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. The phones used on the first transcontinental call will be displayed as part of the 100-year anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In true San Francisco irony, smartphones were used Thursday to snap pictures of a historic phone that was used to make the first coast-to-coast phone call 100 years ago.

Two more bodies pulled from rubble of fire that destroyed Maryland mansion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:31
Two more bodies were pulled on Thursday from the rubble of a Maryland waterfront mansion that was destroyed by fire this week, leaving two people still missing, officials said. Two other bodies were recovered on Wednesday from the home destroyed in a massive blaze on Monday, said Anne Arundel Fire Department spokesman Russ Davies. Missing are Alexis Boone, 8, her sister Kaitlyn Boone, 7, their cousins Wesley Boone, 6, and Charlotte Boone, 8 and their grandparents Don and Sandra Pyle. Don Pyle is chief operating officer of the privately held technology company ScienceLogic.

Video of New Jersey man shot by police raises questions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:28

In this frame grab from an officer's dashboard camera taken Dec. 30, 2014, and provided by the Bridgeton, N..J. Police Department, police officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley stand near a car they pulled over for running a stop sign in Bridgeton. One of the officers warned his partner that he could see a gun in the glove compartment. The nearly two-minute standoff resulted in the death of Jerame Reid, one of two men in the car. (AP Photo/Bridgeton Police Department)BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A video of police officers confronting and then fatally shooting a black man at a traffic stop has raised questions and stirred anger over another death at the hands of police.

Yellowstone begins transferring bison for slaughter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:25
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has begun shipping wild bison for slaughter as part of a plan to reduce the park's population by as many as 900 animals this winter.

Attorney: Lawmaker can't be charged with DUI during session

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:23
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky state senator is trying to have his DUI charge dismissed because the state constitution bans lawmakers from being arrested while the legislature is in session.

Man dies after South Philadelphia shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:19

Man dies after South Philadelphia shootingPolice are investigating a shooting in South Philadelphia that left a man dead.

Crews discover 2 more bodies in mansion ruins

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:19
BALTIMORE (AP) — Investigators found the bodies of two more people in the charred remains of an Annapolis-area mansion that burned to the ground earlier this week, bringing the number of dead to four.