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Supreme Court weighs state tax authority

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered placing new limits on how states can assess income tax on money that residents earn across state lines.

Police ID wanted Florida man in Memphis shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:23
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A quadruple amputee who fatally shot himself during a traffic stop in Memphis is the same man who was named as a "person of interest" in the deaths of his parents in central Florida, police said Wednesday.

Officials urge calm ahead of Ferguson announcement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:14
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Top St. Louis city and county officials are urging residents to remain calm once a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case is announced.

Man accused of hit-and-run, victim in windshield

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:13
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man accused of driving under the influence struck and seriously injured a pedestrian and then kept going, even though the victim was lodged in the vehicle's windshield.

Gunnison sage grouse given federal protection in Colorado, Utah

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:12
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - U.S. wildlife authorities listed the Gunnison sage grouse as threatened on Wednesday, disappointing environmental activists who wanted the species given greater protection, and politicians who did not want the federal government involved. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last year proposed giving the ground-dwelling bird, which only exists in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah, the more at-risk designation of "endangered. ...

Arrest in sexual assault of 18-year-old man in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:09

Arrest in sexual assault of 18-year-old man in KensingtonPhiladelphia police have arrested a man wanted for robbing and sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at gunpoint this weekend.

Pilot error cited in fatal Connecticut plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:07
EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal investigators say pilot error in windy conditions caused a plane to crash into two Connecticut houses last year, killing four people.

New York ex-cop acquitted on cannibalism plot gets supervised release

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:59
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four months after a judge overturned his conviction for plotting to kidnap and cannibalize women, a former New York City policeman walked out of a federal courthouse on Wednesday on one-year supervised release for a conviction on a lesser charge. Judge Paul Gardephe overturned Gilberto Valle's conspiracy conviction in July, agreeing that Valle had only been fantasizing about kidnapping and cooking women to indulge a sexual fetish. He ruled the fantasy was protected by the U.S. Constitution. ...

Five Massachusetts schools receive hoax bomb threats

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:57
BOSTON (Reuters) - Five schools in Massachusetts received near-simulataneous bomb threats on Wednesday, the most logged by state police this year. Police and fire officials said the threats at four high schools and one preschool across the state were all found to be hoaxes. "We don't know if they were in any way linked," said a dispatcher for the Massachusetts State Police. The threats were received at Amherst High School, Boston College High School, Boston English High School, Worcester North High School, and a preschool connected to Natick High School. ...

Subprime services company abandons disputed fees

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:53

FILE - In this March 7, 2012 file photo, New York Financial Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky speaks in Albany, N.Y. New York's top financial regulator said he will investigate whether the nation's largest overseer of subprime mortgages, Ocwen Financial Corp., overcharged struggling homeowners on insurance. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A company with ties to the nation's largest overseer of subprime mortgages announced under pressure Wednesday it will stop collecting controversial insurance fees from homeowners whose properties were under foreclosure. The announcement came three months after The Associated Press highlighted its business practices.

Visanow raises $16 mln from General Catalyst on immigration bet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:52
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As President Barack Obama's vow to act on immigration brings the contentious issue back to the public eye, one company is betting that U.S. visa services will remain a lucrative business no matter what the political outcome. Visanow, a Chicago-based company that helps individuals navigate immigration procedures, said it had raised $16 million in funding from venture-capital firm General Catalyst Partners. According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, some $2 million of that will go to officers or directors of the company. ...

World Series of Poker matched wits, spreadsheets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:49

Martin Jacobson holds up the World Series of Poker bracelet after winning the tournament and its $10 million prize Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — It wasn't the year for the everyman poker hobbyist at the World Series of Poker's final main event table, but rather it was a matchup of skilled professionals with online poker pedigrees, backed by teams of strategists stockpiled with data.

Ebola victim's family, hospital reach settlement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:48

Josephus Weeks, left, nephew of Thomas Eric Duncan, is introduced by attorney Les Weisbrod during a news conference in Dallas, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. The hospital that treated Duncan, the only Ebola patient to die in the United States, will pay his relatives an undisclosed sum and create a charitable foundation in his name, Weisbrod said. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS (AP) — The hospital that treated the only Ebola patient to die in the United States will pay his relatives an undisclosed sum and create a charitable foundation in his name, the family's attorney said Wednesday.

Wyoming officer gets probation in police dog death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:43
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming officer has been sentenced to six months of probation for the death of a police dog left in a patrol car for more than six hours last summer as outside temperatures rose to 86 degrees.

Slain Ferguson teen's dad seeks justice at U.N.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:32

Mother and father of slain teenager Michael Brown hold news conference in GenevaBy Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - The father of black teenager Michael Brown, shot dead by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, said on Wednesday he and the boy's mother had come to the United Nations in Geneva to seek justice for their son. In a statement issued through the family's lawyer Darryl Parks, the parents said they had faith in the pending decision of a grand jury in the case, which sparked looting in the St Louis suburb soon after the shooting, and opposed any violence. "Me and his mother have come to the U.N. to get redress for our son," Brown Sr. ...

Report: Police poorly investigated sex crimes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:30
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a new blow to New Orleans' troubled Police Department, a city inspector general's report claims five detectives failed to do substantial investigation of hundreds of cases of sex crimes and child abuse.

Washington rabbi charged with voyeurism still being investigated

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prosecutors and defense lawyers told a judge on Wednesday that a prominent Washington rabbi accused of secretly filming women taking ritual baths is still being investigated and there may be more victims, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Wednesday. The suspect, Rabbi Barry Freundel, 62, was arrested in October at his home in the U.S. capital's upscale Georgetown neighborhood, a few blocks from his modern Orthodox synagogue, Kesher Israel Congregation. He pleaded not guilty in District of Columbia Superior Court to six counts of voyeurism, a misdemeanor. ...

Woman rushed to wrong hospital during heart attack, now faces bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:23

Woman rushed to wrong hospital during heart attack, now faces bankruptcyOne woman is facing dire financial straits after being taken to a hospital that didn't accept her insurance.

Accuser angered over Vatican exonerating monsignor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:11

FILE - This March 5, 2011 file photo shows Roman Catholic monsignor Richard Loomis at his Carson, Calif. home. Loomis who was removed from duty a decade ago after he was accused of sex abuse has been exonerated following a church trial and review of the case by the Vatican. A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Monica Valencia, said Monday that Msgr. Richard Loomis has not been assigned to any parish. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who accused a high-ranking Roman Catholic monsignor in Los Angeles of molestation said Wednesday he is furious that an internal Vatican tribunal recently exonerated the priest.

Maryland county schools strip religious holidays from calendar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maryland's biggest school district has stripped references to religious holidays from next year's calendar, removing Christmas, Easter, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah from the lineup of days off. The 7-1 vote by the Montgomery County Board of Education in suburban Washington on Tuesday followed a request by Muslim leaders to give equal weight to the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The holiday translates in English as Feast of the Sacrifice and in 2015 will occur in September. ...