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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. ...

Abduction suspect appears in Philadelphia court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:06

FILE - This file photo provided by the Charles City Sheriff's Department shows Delvin Barnes, accused of abducting a Philadelphia woman and a Virginia teen. Barnes appeared in court Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, on federal kidnapping charges and was appointed a public defender. He is scheduled to return to federal court in Philadelphia on Friday for a bail hearing. (AP Photo/Charles City Sheriff's Department, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man accused of abducting a Philadelphia woman and a Virginia teen appeared in court Wednesday on federal kidnapping charges and was appointed a public defender.


Family of Dallas Ebola victim reaches settlement with hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:01

Relatives of the first patient diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil, attend a news conference in DallasBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the only person to die of Ebola in the United States, said on Wednesday it had reached a settlement with the hospital that had treated him and admitted to making mistakes in addressing his care. The settlement includes financial support for Duncan's family but the amounts were not revealed. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital also said it is creating a memorial fund in his honor to help Ebola victims in Africa. ...


Vets issue advice on pets that may have Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 03:57

FILE- This Oct. 20, 2014, file photo provided via Twitter by the City of Dallas and Dallas Animal Services shows Bentley, the King Charles Spaniel while having a sample collected for Ebola testing, in Dallas. Bentley, was quarantined after his owner, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola. Pets that have been in close contact with Ebola-infected people should be quarantined and, if they test positive, euthanized, according to new guidance from the American Veterinary Medical Association released Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/City of Dallas and Dallas Animal Services, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Pets that have been in close contact with Ebola-infected people should be quarantined and — if they test positive — euthanized, according to new guidance issued Wednesday by a veterinarians' group.


Competency tests ordered in Jewish site shootings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 03:53
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — An avowed white supremacist accused in the fatal shooting of three people at two Jewish sites in Kansas was ordered to undergo mental testing Wednesday, prompting him to accuse the judge of violating his right to a speedy trial.

'Bag of bullets' found at Hebrew academy in Bryn Mawr

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 03:52

'Bag of bullets' found at Hebrew academy in Bryn MawrRadnor police say a suspicious package at a religious school in Bryn Mawr, Delaware County turned out to be a "bag of bullets."


Mom chases suspect in son's molestation at eatery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 03:43

This Nov. 10, 2014 booking photo provided by the Arcadia, Calif., Police Department shows Kwan Chow. Chow, 31, of Monterey Park, Calif., was arrested Monday, Nov. 10, on suspicion of molesting a 10-year-old boy in the restroom of a Dave and Busters restaurant in Arcadia, after being chased through the restaurant by the alleged victim's mother and detained by security personnel. Chow is being held on $200,000 bail and is due in court on Thursday, Nov. 13. (AP Photo/Arcadia Police Department)ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of molesting a 10-year-old boy in the restroom of a Southern California restaurant was arrested after the child's mother chased him down and security personnel detained him.


Liberia urges UN not to reduce peacekeeping force

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 03:42
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Liberia urged the United Nations on Wednesday not to reduce its peacekeeping force in the country, warning that the Ebola epidemic is threatening peace and social cohesion.

U.S. judge: Detroit needs to put bankruptcy plan in motion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 03:42

A large "Opportunity Made In Detroit" banner is seen on the side of one of the buildings owned by Quicken Loans founder Gilbert in downtown DetroitDETROIT (Reuters) - A federal judge said on Wednesday that implementation of Detroit's plan to exit the biggest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy should be on the fast track. "The city needs to begin implementing this plan immediately," U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes said at a hearing. Rhodes waived a 14-day automatic stay on the plan of adjustment, but did not decide the official date for the city's emergence from bankruptcy. Rhodes said he will conduct a hearing on Nov. 24 on the matter. ...