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College football player in Oregon charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:41
By Shelby Sebens (Reuters) - A Willamette University football player from California has been charged with murder after a 66-year-old man was found dead near an intersection in Salem, Oregon, prosecutors said on Thursday. Authorities said Beau W. Smith, a 22-year-old senior at Willamette, a private liberal arts university in Salem, was accused of killing Michael Hampshire, who was found dead on Wednesday. ...

NY lawmakers probe care for mentally ill inmates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:41
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The head of the troubled New York City jail system said Thursday it's critical to send mentally ill inmates to treatment programs instead of a lockup.

3 arrested in Newark car vandalism spree

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:39

3 arrested in Newark car vandalism spreeNew Castle County police made three arrests Thursday in a car vandalism spree.


Delaware man charged with making meth in home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:34

Delaware man charged with making meth in homeA Delaware man is facing criminal charges for allegedly making meth inside his home.


Two New York men are paid $9 million in wrongful conviction case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:33
By Sascha Brodsky NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two men who spent 16 years in prison for a New York City double murder they did not commit accepted a $9 million settlement on Thursday for their wrongful convictions. Danny Colon, 50, and Anthony Ortiz, 44, were arrested in 1990 and charged with a drive-by shooting on Manhattan's Lower East Side that killed two men and wounded two others. In their 1993 trial, prosecutors relied heavily on the testimony of Anibal Vera, a drug addict and friend of Colon’s who testified that Colon and Ortiz committed the crime. ...

Utah trucker accused of keeping more sex slaves

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:31

In this photo released by the Davis County Jail shows Timothy Jay Vafeades. Prosecutors say they've found four more victims of Vafeades, a Utah truck driver accused of keeping women as sex slaves in his semitrailer as he traveled the county. Some of the new accusations against Vafeades date back 20 years. In two of the new cases detailed in court documents filed Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, Vafeades is accused of holding women as prisoners for months. (AP Photo/Davis County Jail)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah truck driver accused of keeping two women as sex slaves in his semitrailer as he traveled the country had four more victims, federal prosecutors said in court documents.


U.S. charges 12 family members with defrauding banks of $20 million

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:30
By Sam N. Adams NEW YORK N.Y. (Reuters) - A dozen members of a Brooklyn family were among 15 people charged in New York federal court Thursday with being part of a conspiracy to inflate their incomes to obtain $20 million in real estate loans and understate it to the government for welfare benefits. Real estate developer Irving Rubin, his wife, three brothers and two sons, among others, were accused by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan of a "prince or pauper" scheme. ...

ND mulls rules to make crude safer for shipment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:26

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2013 file photo, a fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D. North Dakota's Industrial Commission is considering new rules that could require oil companies to reduce the volatility of crude before it's loaded onto rail cars. The Department of Mineral Resources is slated to make a proposal Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, that may require companies to remove certain liquids and gasses from oil train shipments, a process some say would make such transport safer. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's top energy industry regulator unveiled new rules Thursday that would require companies to reduce the volatility of crude before it's shipped by rail.


Uber X gets OK for much of Pennsylvania, not Philly

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:23

Uber X gets OK for much of Pennsylvania, not PhillyThe ride-sharing service Uber X won an experimental license Thursday to arrange private rides throughout much of Pennsylvania, a victory that came with a warning "to abandon its anarchist ways" and comply with state regulators.


Vatican rep: 2015 'ideal time' for pope NY visit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:19

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, speaks at a news conference in the Italian consulate in New York, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. The news conference was to announce the exhibit of ancient manuscripts related to St. Francis of Assisi at United Nations headquarters starting on Friday, Nov. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Vatican's envoy to the United Nations strongly hinted that Pope Francis would visit New York next year to address world leaders at the General Assembly, saying Thursday that the coming 70th anniversary of the world body would be "the ideal time."


Mom and daughter give birth on same day in same hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:19

Mom and daughter give birth on same day in same hospitalOne mother and daughter had two bundles of joy arrive at the same time at Lee Memorial Hospital.


Massey ex-CEO indicted over fatal 2010 West Virginia mine blast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:18
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Donald Blankenship, a former chief executive of Massey Energy Co, was indicted on Thursday on charges he violated federal mine safety laws prior to the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners at the company's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. The U.S. Department of Justice said a federal grand jury charged Blankenship with four criminal counts, including conspiring to violate mine safety standards, conspiring to impede mine safety officials, making false statements to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and securities fraud. ...

Halliburton worker killed in Colorado fracking accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:11
DENVER (Reuters) - An accident at a fracking site in Colorado killed one Halliburton Co worker and seriously injured two on Thursday as they tried to thaw a high-pressure water line that had frozen in record-breaking cold conditions, the company said. The local fire department said one person was pronounced dead at the scene, while one was taken to hospital by helicopter and another by ambulance after the incident near the small town of Mead in Weld County, about 30 miles (50 km) north of Denver. ...

Controversial Idaho wolf hunt approved, angering conservationists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:10
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - U.S. land managers approved a recreation permit on Thursday allowing a controversial hunting contest open to children to take place on public lands in Idaho, where contestants will seek to kill the most wolves and other wildlife for cash and prizes. The hunting group Idaho for Wildlife requested the permit for the so-called predator derby to take place each January for five years on millions of acres (hectares) overseen by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in east central Idaho near Salmon. ...

Arizona judge releases Border Patrol agent's name

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:09
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday disclosed the name of a U.S. Border Patrol agent being sued in the fatal shooting of a Mexican teenager during a 2012 rock-throwing incident in Nogales, Sonora.

Navy inquiry cites complacency in sub fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:04

FILE - In this April 26, 2004 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the USS Miami (SSN 755) arrives in port, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A May 2012 fire that crippled the nuclear submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, in Kittery, Maine, showed that the Navy had become complacent about safety in industrial settings and put too much faith in land-based firefighters who had never trained to battle a blaze aboard a submarine, Navy investigators concluded. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Langford, File)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Complacency about safety during shipyard repairs and dependency on firefighters who didn't specialize in fires aboard ships contributed to the severity of a blaze that crippled a $900 million nuclear submarine, Navy investigators concluded.


CDC: E-cigarette use rising in high school kids

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:03
NEW YORK (AP) — Use of electronic cigarettes by high school students tripled over three years, according to a new government report released Thursday.

Ohio woman's ashes lost in transit, U.S. Postal Service says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:00
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio woman's cremated remains have been lost in transit to her husband of 61 years, and a six-day search by the U.S. Postal Service has failed to find them, a spokesman said on Thursday. Barbara Kirkendall, 80, died earlier in November in Cleveland and her cremated remains were sent via Priority Express Mail on Friday to her husband, Norman Kirkendall, in Columbus, Postal Service spokesman David Van Allen said. Her remains were supposed to arrive the next day, but did not, Van Allen said. ...

Teacher suspended for Ferguson tweets to resign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 06:54
DUNCANVILLE, Texas (AP) — A suburban Dallas teacher suspended for what administrators called "reprehensible" and racially charged social media posts about the killing of a black Missouri 18-year-old by a white police officer now says she's resigning.

Man caught on video in woman's abduction indicted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 06:50
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The man accused of abducting a Philadelphia woman seen on surveillance video struggling while being grabbed off a city street was indicted Thursday on a federal kidnapping charge.