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Woman released in 1976 Reno murder case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:49

Cathy Woods, right, who has been imprisoned for more than 30 years, smiles with her lawyers in Washoe District court in Reno, Nev. on Sept. 8, 2014, where she was granted a new trial based on recently evaluated DNA evidence that her lawyer said ties an Oregon prison inmate to the 1976 slaying of a Reno student and two killings in California. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron) NO SALES; NEVADA APPEAL OUT; SOUTH RENO WEEKLY OUTA 64-year-old woman who spent more than 30 years in prison for a Nevada killing she says she didn't commit was released on Thursday, three days after a judge granted her another trial in light of new DNA evidence.


Multi-vehicle accident on Pennsylvania Turnpike causes 10-mile backup

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:47

Multi-vehicle accident on Pennsylvania Turnpike causes 10-mile backupTwo people are injured after a multi-vehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.


US Senate rivals become reality show survivors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:44

This Aug. 2014 photo provided by the Discovery Channel, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-AZ, left and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. work together and attempt to start a fire while surviving on a remote Eru island, part of the Marshall Islands for Discovery Channel’s Rival Survival. Two U.S. senators from opposite sides of the political aisle spent a week marooned together on a remote island for a new reality show, "Rival Survival." (AP Photo/Discovery Channel)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two freshmen U.S. senators from opposite sides of the political aisle said Thursday they survived and even cooperated while spending a week marooned together on a remote island for a new reality show, "Rival Survival."


Report: Border Patrol homes cost $680,000 each

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:44

This undated photo provided by the Office of the Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security shows houses used by Border Patrol agents who live in Ajo, Ariz. The federal government spent about $17 million on housing in Ajo after doubling the number of agents from 2004 to 2008. A watchdog report found that the government overspent by millions, paying nearly $700,000 per house in Ajo when the average home cost there is less than $90,000. (AP Photo/Office of the Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government wasted millions of dollars in building a housing project for Border Patrol agents in Arizona near the Mexican border, spending nearly $700,000 per house in a small town where the average home costs less than $90,000, a watchdog report found.


Prosecutors in NYC indict 8 in stock fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:39
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City prosecutors have indicted eight people they say operated a penny stock "pump and dump" scheme that defrauded $290 million from thousands of investors.

Over 20 Aryan Brotherhood members arrested in suspected Texas meth ring

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:37
Federal and Texas authorities arrested 21 members of the white supremacist group Aryan Brotherhood on Thursday and charged them with running a methamphetamine distribution operation in the Waco area, a U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas said. Four other Aryan Brotherhood members already in custody were also charged with being in the ring. "This operation highlights a deliberate and strategic effort to cut off and shut down the supply of methamphetamine trafficked by the Aryan Brotherhood and corresponding impact that this horrific drug inflicts on our communities," said Joseph Arabit, a special agent at the Drug Enforcement Administration's Houston Field Division.

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy responds to burger tip controversy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:34

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy responds to burger tip controversyPhiladelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has responded to the tipping controversy that has heated up the internet this week, saying it was "a statement."


Colorado activists want rules on pot edibles implemented fast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:31

Cookies shaped like marijuana leafs are pictured at the Cannabis Carnivalus 4/20 event in SeattleBy Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Activists in Colorado called on Thursday for the fast implementation of rules requiring marijuana-infused edibles be clearly distinguishable from regular products when removed from their original packaging. Colorado and Washington this year became the first U.S. Members of Smart Colorado, a non-profit aimed at informing young people about the risks from marijuana, told a state law enforcement meeting in the city of Golden that there were many examples of accidental pot consumption, including by children. A bill sponsored by Smart Colorado, which passed with bipartisan support, requires that by Jan. 1, 2016 the state adopt rules requiring pot edibles "be shaped, stamped, colored, or otherwise marked with a standard symbol indicating that it contains marijuana" and is not for consumption by children.


Man saved by doctor who walked through storm dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:31
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The wife of an Army veteran whose life was saved by a brain surgeon who walked for miles to reach him during a snowstorm says the man has died.

Congressional medal part of Flight 93 9/11 ceremony in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:24

Congressional medal part of Flight 93 9/11 ceremony in PennsylvaniaThe 40 people who died in southwestern Pennsylvania during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks will be honored in a new way during the 13th anniversary ceremony.


Washington's Supreme Court holds state in contempt over education

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:19
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state's Supreme Court on Thursday found the legislature in contempt for failing to uphold a court order to come up with a plan to boost its education budget by billions of dollars over the next five years. State lawmakers are not meeting a "paramount duty ... to make ample provisions for the education of all children residing within its borders," the court said in a unanimous ruling. The ruling stems from a 2012 state Supreme Court decision that found the state had failed to "amply" fund public education for Washington's 1 million school children. The money was to be spent on classroom supplies, transportation and targeted education plans for struggling students.

Missouri teachers can become armed safety officers under new law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:16
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - More Missouri teachers could carry concealed weapons under a measure state lawmakers approved late Wednesday that also bans local laws against open carry of guns. The Republican-controlled state General Assembly voted to override Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that included the weapons provisions. The law allows school districts to select teachers or other employees to carry a concealed weapon or pepper spray as "school protection officers" if they pass a training program and meet other requirements. "This is just an option for school districts, it's not mandatory," state Senator Will Kraus, the bill sponsor, said on Thursday.

Ex-tech officer at indicted money exchange pleads guilty to U.S. charge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:13
By Bernard Vaughan and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former technology officer at indicted former digital currency exchange Liberty Reserve pleaded guilty on Thursday in New York to a federal charge of conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business. Mark Marmilev, 35, became the third employee of Liberty to strike a deal with prosecutors. At a hearing in Manhattan federal court, Marmilev, who was responsible for designing and maintaining Liberty's technological infrastructure, said he was trying to protect the company from "hackers and identity thieves." Marmilev said he suspected a substantial amount of the funds Liberty Reserve processed were obtained fraudulently but that he "consciously avoided" confirming it. Liberty Reserve was indicted in May 2013.

Jury selected for Texas doctor charged with poisoning lover's coffee

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:12
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A jury was selected on Thursday in the trial of a breast cancer physician accused of spiking two cups coffee for her lover, a cancer researcher, with a compound commonly found in antifreeze. The trial of Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, a 43-year-old oncologist with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is expected to begin on Monday. According to a criminal complaint, Gonzalez-Angulo had a relationship with Dr. George Blumenschein, an oncologist at the same hospital who specializes in the treatment of lung, head and neck cancers. Blumenschein told investigators that Gonzalez-Angulo served him two sweet-tasting cups of coffee while they were alone in her home in January 2013.

12 Delaware children hospitalized with respiratory illness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:10

12 Delaware children hospitalized with respiratory illnessHealth officials in Delaware say 12 children have been hospitalized with a respiratory illness.


Oscar Pistorius cleared of murder; full verdict expected Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:08

Oscar Pistorius cleared of murder; full verdict expected FridayOscar Pistorius could still be convicted of culpable homicide.


Former FBI director Mueller to lead probe of NFL's handling of Ray Rice case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:05

Mueller reacts to applause from the audience during his farewell ceremony at the Justice Department in WashingtonBy Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - A former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert Mueller III, will lead a probe into the National Football League's handling of former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice's domestic violence case, the league said on Wednesday. The announcement comes within hours of a report by the Associated Press that a law enforcement official sent a video to the league in April that showed Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an elevator. ...


Crocs trying to monopolize marketplace, competitor says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:02
By Andrew Chung (Reuters) - A family-owned, Nevada-based shoe company is taking on the giant shoe maker Crocs, accusing it of creating a monopoly by suing smaller competitors and putting them out of business. In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday in federal court in Nevada, USA Dawgs said Crocs Incwas using "sham" patent lawsuits in order to "litigate its competition out of the market." "Crocs has managed to put everybody out of business," said Brian Elliott, the Las Vegas company's in-house attorney. ...

Arkansas judge dismissed for disclosing details about Theron adoption

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:00
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - An Arkansas state judge who acknowledged posting on the Internet confidential information regarding an adoption by actress Charlize Theron was removed from office on Thursday by the Arkansas Supreme Court. Circuit Judge Michael Maggio of Conway, Arkansas, admitted using a pseudonym to disclose information on the adoption, which apparently occurred in January 2012 and was handled by another judge in the same city. ...

Alien-like giant water-living dinosaur unveiled

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:55

University of Chicago Paleontologist Paul C. Sereno looks inside the jaws of a 50-foot life-size model of a Spinosaurus dinosaur at the National Geographic Society exhibit in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. National Geographic has put together a life-size model of the first non-bird dinosaur that could live much of the time in water. Picture the fearsome creatures of “Jurassic Park” crossed with the shark from “Jaws.” Then super-size to the biggest predator ever to roam Earth. Now add a crocodile snout as big as a person and feet like a duck’s. The result gives you some idea of a bizarre dinosaur scientists have just unveiled. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Picture the fearsome creatures of "Jurassic Park" crossed with the shark from "Jaws." Then super-size to the biggest predator ever to roam Earth. Now add a crocodile snout as big as a person and feet like a duck's.