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Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:32

President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in Los Angeles, Thursday, July 24, 2014, on the final day of his three-day West Coast trip. Striking a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, Obama is demanding "economic patriotism" from American corporations that seek overseas mergers to avoid U.S. taxes. Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing to severely limit such deals, a move resisted by Republicans who argue the entire corporate tax code needs an overhaul. (AP Photo)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.

Officials require more supports beneath oil pipes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:32
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Two oil pipelines at the bottom the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan will get additional support structures to help prevent potentially devastating spills, officials said Thursday.

One dead, one wounded by gunman at Pennsylvania hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:29

1 dead, 2 injured on campus of hospital in Delaware County; 1 in custodyThree people were shot at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania, on Thursday and one person was in custody, according to NBC10 television station in Philadelphia. Darby Borough Police were at the scene of the hospital, about 7 miles (11 km) west of Philadelphia, according to NBC10. Authorities said a 911 call identified one of the victims as a doctor but police had not confirmed the identity, NBC10 reported.

Albuquerque agrees to court oversight of police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:28
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque has agreed to let both a court and an independent monitor oversee reform of its troubled police department, officials said Thursday.

National Guard recruiter charged with fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:25
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay area National Guard recruiter is facing federal charges after authorities say he falsified sign-up numbers to earn about $78,000 in bonuses.

Effort to force vote to repeal Seattle minimum wage increase fails

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:25

Labor activists celebrate during a rally at Seattle City Hall after a Seattle City Council meetingBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Seattle business group said it has fallen short of the number of signatures needed to force a November vote seeking to repeal a municipal ordinance that raises the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour. Forward Seattle, which represents restaurants, retailers and other businesses, said late on Wednesday that its petition was 1,237 signatures short of the 16,510 needed to compel the city to include a vote on the measure during upcoming balloting. The proposal would have asked Seattle voters to repeal a $15 minimum wage that was approved by a unanimous vote of the City Council in June and signed by Mayor Ed Murray. Forward Seattle and other opponents said the law will hurt local and independent businesses and could prevent other businesses from expanding or moving to the city.

Former Massachusetts probation official found guilty in corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:23
A former director of Massachusetts' probation commission was found guilty on Thursday of running the agency as a corrupt political patronage operation, offering jobs in return for favors from state legislators. A U.S. District Court jury found that former commissioner John O'Brien and an aide were guilty of racketeering, conspiracy and mail fraud, while a third colleague was found guilty of conspiracy but cleared of charges of mail fraud and racketeering. The jury found that O'Brien went beyond political patronage in his hiring practices, aggressively using his ability to bestow jobs to increase his political clout and seek favors. Former aide Elizabeth Tavares was also found guilty of racketeering, conspiracy and mail fraud while a third former official, William Burke was found guilty of conspiracy but not guilty of the other charges.

NYC murder accomplice with 'extraordinary' record denied parole

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:21
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY N.Y. (Reuters) - An accomplice in the fatal shooting of a New York City police officer on Thursday lost his latest bid for parole, despite what a state appeals court said was an "extraordinary" 30-year prison record and broad support from corrections officials. The court said that since Samuel Hamilton's 1983 incarceration, he had earned bachelor's and master's degrees, acted as a teacher and mentor to dozens of fellow inmates, and coordinated a number of prison programs. Hamilton was sentenced to 18 years to life for the 1982 crime, in which off-duty officer James Carragher was shot during a robbery in Brooklyn. Thursday's decision by the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, was the seventh time that Hamilton had been denied parole, despite the court saying it was "persuaded that petitioner's achievements during his incarceration have been extraordinary." In a 3-2 decision, the panel of judges agreed with the state parole board that the nature of his crime required that he remain incarcerated.

20 relatives to share $20 million NJ Lottery jackpot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:15

20 relatives to share $20 million NJ Lottery jackpotThe winner of a $20 million New Jersey Lottery Pick-6 jackpot plans to keep it all in the family and share the winnings with 19 relatives.

Two-hours Arizona execution sparks calls for rethink on death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:10

Joseph Wood is pictured in this undated handout booking photoBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Lawyers for a double-murderer whose lethal injection in Arizona dragged on for two hours called for an outside review of the "horrifically botched execution" and prompted new calls on Thursday for the United States to abandon the death penalty. The ordeal in putting Joseph Wood to death on Wednesday at a prison facility southeast of Phoenix followed lethal injections that went awry this year in Ohio and Oklahoma, renewing the U.S. debate over capital punishment. Corrections officials said Wood was never in pain but Rob Freer, a U.S. researcher with human-rights group Amnesty International, asked, "How many more times do officials need to be reminded of the myth of the 'humane execution' before they give up on their experiment with judicial killing?" States that impose the death penalty have been scrambling to find new suppliers of chemical combinations to use in lethal injections after their former suppliers, primarily European drug makers, objected to having their products used to put people to death.

Walsh campaign: Senator won't withdraw from race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:08

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid allegations he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.

Court throws out Chiquita terror payment claims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:06
MIAMI (AP) — A divided federal appeals court on Thursday threw out claims potentially worth billions of dollars against produce giant Chiquita Brands International made by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed during years of bloody civil war.

Sanity exam of accused Colorado theater gunman can be filmed: judge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:58

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A second psychiatric examination of accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes, who says he was insane when he shot dead 12 moviegoers two years ago, can be recorded on video, a judge overseeing the case ruled on Thursday. Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour ordered a second evaluation in February, siding with prosecutors who said the initial evaluation, whose results have not been made public, was “incomplete and inadequate.” On Thursday, Samour rejected a motion by lawyers for Holmes that filming the second evaluation could violate his right against self-incrimination.

Ruling on antibiotics in livestock reversed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:57
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Canadian, German among Arizona plane crash victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:53
SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — Two teenage girls from outside the United States were among four people who died in a northern Arizona plane crash.

Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:49

Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Alex Kozinski poses for a portrait in the lobby of a Washington office building, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Kozinski, an influential federal appeals court judge said that the nation's third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads. Kozinski said lethal injection was a "dishonest" attempt to disguise the brutal nature of capital punishment. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation's third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads.

False bomb threat phoned in to Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:45
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police and their bomb-sniffing dogs responded to a phoned-in threat Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport.

VIDEO: D.A. Whelan update on hospital shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:36

 D.A. Whelan update on hospital shootingDistrict Attorney Jack Whelan delivers an update on the shooting at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.

1 dead, 2 hurt in Pennsylvania hospital shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:34

Hospital ShootingA shooting at a suburban Philadelphia hospital campus has killed one worker and injured two other people.

Police seek five young adults in Brooklyn Bridge flag case: media

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:21
New York police are looking for five young adults in connection with the mysterious white flags that fluttered atop the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday morning, baffling onlookers below, local media reported on Thursday. Reuters could not immediately verify the reports, as representatives for the New York Police Department declined to comment on the investigation.