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Terror suspect says US used jail informants improperly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:38
MIAMI (AP) — A Kenyan man accused of supporting terrorists around the world claims in new court documents that jailhouse informants were improperly used as U.S. government agents to gather evidence against him.

U.S. House eyes narrowing spy access to Americans' personal data

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:34

File photo of NSA data gathering facility in Bluffdale, south of Salt Lake City, UtahBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Broad U.S. government powers to collect personal data on Americans, such as travel and financial records, would be curtailed under a bill expected to win approval on Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mostly framed so far as dealing with bulk collection of domestic phone call data, the bipartisan USA Freedom Act addresses activities much broader than phone calls, said government officials and private experts. For instance, they said, the FBI has used the USA Patriot Act, enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and court rulings to gather records of hotel stays and international wire transfers by companies such as Western Union. Under the USA Freedom Act, such powers would remain in place, but investigators' data-collections power would be narrowed to cases where the government sets out tightly targeted "specific selection terms." "The big news in the USA Freedom Act is to limit bulk collection programs," said Peter Swire, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Connecticut patient being monitored for possible Ebola: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:28
A patient admitted to a Connecticut hospital late on Tuesday was being monitored for possible Ebola infection after recently traveling from Liberia, a Fox News affiliate reported. "An Ebola infection could not be ruled out because of the symptoms and the patient('s) recent arrival from Liberia on April 30," Fox affiliate WTIC said on its website, adding the patient was admitted to the University of Connecticut Health Center's John Dempsey Hospital.

Arctic Cat making $27M investment at Minnesota facilities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:19
PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — Arctic Cat plans to make a nearly $27 million investment in its facilities at two locations in Minnesota.

More than 200 hurt, 11 critically, in Philadelphia Amtrak crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:12

More than 200 hurt in Philadelphia Amtrak crash taken to 10 hospitalsMore than 200 passengers from Tuesday night's Amtrak crash in Port Richmond were taken to a total of 10 Philadelphia-area hospitals.


More than 100 hurt, 11 critically, in Philadelphia Amtrak crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:11

More than 200 hurt in Philadelphia Amtrak crash taken to 10 hospitalsMore than 200 passengers from Tuesday night's Amtrak crash in Port Richmond were taken to a total of 10 Philadelphia-area hospitals.


Six people dead in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; some unaccounted for

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:11

Six people dead in Philadelphia Amtrak crash; some unaccounted forOfficials say six people were killed in the Amtrak train crash in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia on Tuesday night, and more than 200 people have been treated at local hospitals.


Seattle activist tries to block Shell's fuel-transfer station

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:11

Activists protest the Shell Polar Pioneer oil rig at a rally in Seattle, WashingtonAn activist perched herself on a 15-foot tripod to try to block the entrance of a Royal Dutch Shell fuel-transfer station on Tuesday, in a harbinger of expected protests over the company's plan to store Arctic drilling rigs in Seattle. Annie Lukins staged her protest on Seattle's Harbor Island a day after the U.S. Department of the Interior conditionally approved Shell's plan to explore for oil in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, where it has not drilled since a mishap-filled 2012 season. Environmental activists are preparing for three days of demonstrations from May 16 against Shell's plans to store two drilling rigs in Seattle. Protesters say they will meet one of the drilling rigs in kayaks as it arrives in the port later this week.


US court hears dispute over 5 Somali pirates' sentences

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:10
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court heard arguments Wednesday on whether a judge overstepped his authority when he imposed less than the mandatory life prison term for five Somali pirates whose mistaken attack on a Navy ship left one of their own dead but caused no harm to any of the sailors.

California golf courses tee up water-saving measures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:10

In this April 25, 2015 photo, workers install moisture monitoring and irrigation systems at the El Niguel Country Club in Laguna Niguel, Calif. California's epic drought is reshaping the course at El Niguel Country Club and dozens of others statewide. Pressed by the fourth year of bone-dry weather and the threat of state-mandated water cuts, some of the poshest courses in California are ceding back to nature some of their manicured green, installing high-tech moisture monitoring systems and letting the turf they don't rip up turn just a little bit brown. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — At first glance, nothing seems amiss at this lush, members-only golf club in one of the priciest communities in Orange County. A bubbling fountain gurgles out of an artificial lake. Emerald-green fairways stretch into the distance. Golf carts zoom across the grass like white ants.


Technology revolutionizes voter registration for 2016

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states offered a website where citizens could register to vote.

ABC News: U.S. Naval Academy midshipman killed in Amtrak crash ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 23:57

 U.S. Naval Academy midshipman killed in Amtrak crash ID'dThe U.S. Naval Academy says one of the people killed in the Philadelphia Amtrak crash was a midshipman at the school.


Judge weighs whether to release fatal police shooting video

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 23:56
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge is considering whether to release a video that shows a central Pennsylvania police officer fatally shooting an unarmed man in the back earlier this year.

Injured from Amtrak derailment taken to several hospitals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 23:52

More than 200 hurt in Philadelphia Amtrak crash taken to 10 hospitalsMore than 200 passengers from Tuesday night's Amtrak crash in Port Richmond were taken to a total of 10 Philadelphia-area hospitals.


Clarification: Military-Maternity Leave story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 23:43
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — In a story May 12, The Associated Press reported that extending paternity leave for Navy sailors would require legislative approval. The story should have specified that the Navy is only proposing extending paid maternity leave, not paternity leave. Both would require legislative approval.

Don't let the slobber fool you, your dog could be a brainiac

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 23:39

FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, Wallis Brozman is aided by her service dog, Caspin, while going through a shopping mall in Santa Rosa, Calif. On the weekend of May 15, 2015, Nat Geo Wild will air a three-part series called "Is Your Dog a Genius?" It will be part of the network's inaugural "BarkFest" weekend with one show after another dedicated to dogs. Brozman and Caspin will be guests on the show. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When her muscles locked and left her unable to move or speak, Wallis Brozman was glad she had a genius for a service dog.


Massachusetts lawyer pleads guilty to trading on fellow golfer's tips

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 23:38
A Massachusetts lawyer has admitted to trading on inside information about American Superconductor Corp that a fellow golfer was told in confidence by an executive, his attorney said on Wednesday. Douglas Parigian, 56, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy and securities fraud charges after a federal judge in Boston refused to dismiss the case in light of a recent appellate ruling that narrowed the reach of insider trading laws. U.S. District Judge Denise Casper's decision, issued earlier on Tuesday, clears the way for a June 1 trial for the remaining defendant, golfing friend and marble salesman Eric McPhail. Casper's decision followed a December ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that curtailed authorities' ability to pursue insider trading.

Fact sheet: 2016 Acura MDX

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 23:22

This undated image provided by Acura shows the 2016 Acura MDX. (AP Photo/Acura)2015 Acura MDX AWD Advance, Entertainment


Acura MDX surpassing German SUVs in US sales

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 23:22

This undated image provided by Acura shows the 2016 Acura MDX. (AP Photo/Acura)More Americans are choosing Acura's MDX mid-size, luxury sport utility vehicle this year than the competing crossover SUVs from BMW, Mercedes and Audi.


Top senator: Domestic surveillance needs to be ramped up

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 23:13
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he is shocked at how little information the National Security Agency is collecting through American phone records. He says the American public should be less worried about privacy and should back increased collection as a means of foiling terrorist attacks.