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US settles with Kansas over alleged pension fraud

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:26
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal authorities announced Monday that Kansas has agreed settle a securities fraud charge accusing the state of misleading investors about the financial health of its public employee pension system in 2009 and 2010 — at the time the second-worst underfunded system of its kind in the nation.

Petersen era set to begin at Washington

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:25
For years, Petersen was perfectly content. Yet something about Washington - the facilities, the setting, the conference, the history - all combined to finally give Petersen the feeling he needed to make a move.

RBS may sell Coutts International

BBC World News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:21
Royal Bank of Scotland says it is looking into selling Coutts International, the overseas arm of the bank that has the Queen's account.
Categories: BBC World News

Judge extends temporary halt to Ohio executions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:20

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Ronald Phillips. The Sept. 18, 2014 execution of Phillips for the rape and death of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in 1993, has been put on hold following a ruling by federal Judge Gregory Frost to delay executions scheduled for September, October and November, as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A freeze on capital punishment in Ohio will continue into 2015 after a federal judge extended a months-long moratorium on executions as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty.


Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook's messenger app

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:20

FILE - In this June 11, 2014 photo, a man walks past a Facebook sign in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook’s recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. In truth, Facebook Messenger isn’t any more invasive than Facebook’s main app _or other similar applications. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive.


Wind, dry lightning could add up to bad news for fires

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:17
By Michelle McNiel / The Wenatchee World

Attorneys for Glenn Beck ask judge to toss suit tied to Boston bombing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:16

Radio and television personality Glenn Beck shows a copy of the Koran during a speech at FreePAC Kentucky in LouisvilleBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for U.S. television commentator Glenn Beck on Monday asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit charging their client with defamation for wrongly accusing a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing of being the "money man" behind the attack. The plaintiff, Saudi Arabian national Abdulrahman Alharbi, 21, had been present at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, when two homemade pressure-cooker bombs ripped through the crowd and was injured. Federal prosecutors now contend that a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, carried out the bombing. "The fact that Mr. Alharbi said what he said and availed himself of the opportunity to inject himself into this controversy in an attempt to shape the debate is not a fact that can be denied," attorney Michael Grygiel said during a hearing at U.S. District Court in Boston.


Teen struck by train near Bellingham

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:16
A 17-year-old was struck by a BNSF train near Bellingham early Sunday morning.

Par Petroleum says ops normal at Kapolei, Hawaii refinery after storms

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:15
(Reuters) - Par Petroleum Corp said on Monday the refinery in Kapolei, Hawaii operated by its subsidiary Hawaii Independent Energy was running normally after back-to-back storms in the region. Based on updates from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center and the Hawaii State Emergency Operations Center, throughout the hurricane watch period, the company was able to operate the refinery at moderate throughput, Lance Tanaka, spokesman for Par Petroleum said.

Austin Beutner is new Los Angeles Times publisher

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:13
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Austin Beutner (BYOOT'-ner) is the new publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times Media Group.

Seahawk quarterback Tarvaris Jackson ready for another challenge

Seattle Seahawks - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:12
Jackson, in his ninth NFL season, takes the addition of free-agent signee Terrelle Pryor as just another threat in a career filled with challenges.
Categories: Sports Center

Music Monday (8/11): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Yahoo! Music News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:08

Music Monday (8/18): This Week's New Albums + VideosOur guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming albums and tracks from Kimbra, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Stevie Nicks, Wu-Tang Clan, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Alt-J, Lil Wayne, Azealia Banks, and Bishop Allen. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic


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US stocks edge higher on corporate news, earnings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:07

FILE - This Jan. 4, 2010 file photo shows an entrance to a Wall Street subway station in New York. U.S. stocks are opening higher Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, as tensions ease in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing slightly higher as investors turn their focus to corporate news and as tensions ease in Ukraine.


Maliki spurned in new Iraq PM choice

BBC World News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:04
Iraq's president asks a Shia politician to replace embattled PM Nouri Maliki, as details emerge of the plight of Yazidis in Kurdistan.
Categories: BBC World News

Suspect in girl's death to be charged as adult

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:04

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the FBI shows Jenise Wright. Authorities say a 17-year-old has been arrested in the death and sexual assault of Wright, a 6-year-old girl whose body was found near the mobile home park she vanished from last weekend. (AP Photo/FBI, File)PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old boy arrested in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old Washington state girl will be charged as an adult.


Ebola may be scary, but most shouldn't be afraid

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:02

In this Aug. 7, 2014, photo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ebola is a "painful, dreadful, merciless virus," the United States' top disease fighter says. The outbreak in West Africa has been declared an international health emergency, already killing more than 900 people and spreading. That's scary, and it's serious. But it needs context. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States' top disease detective calls Ebola a "painful, dreadful, merciless virus."


Police investigating whether rabbi’s Miami killing a hate crime

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:02
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI BEACH Fla. (Reuters) - Police in Miami investigating the killing of a 60-year-old Orthodox rabbi over the weekend said on Monday they haven't yet decided whether the shooting was a hate crime. While investigators at a news conference called for witnesses to come forward, Jewish groups have issued conflicting interpretations of Rabbi Joseph Raksin’s murder. Raksin, a New York City resident who was in Miami visiting relatives, was shot Saturday morning allegedly by one of two black men who approached him as he walked toward a temple in a heavily Jewish enclave of North Miami Beach, according to police. Local representatives of the American Jewish Committee told the Miami Herald that recent acts of vandalism, including the July 28 discovery of what appeared to be a swastika and the name of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas written on the temple where Raksin was headed, point to the possibility of a hate crime.

A closer look at Washington exports

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:01
If you go to the federal government's TradeStats Express site, it provides a wealth of data on state exports going back to 1999. It shows, for example, that Washington's merchandise exports have increased 130 percent from 2003 through 2013. The drawback is that these are nominal dollars not adjusted

With the end of psychiatric boarding, a new mental health crisis decades in the making

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:01
The state Supreme Court's opinion on Thursday invalidating psychiatric "boarding" has thrown Washington's already-messy mental-health system into chaos.

Wildfires in Northern California threaten homes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:00
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire crews braced for more erratic winds on Monday from nearby thunderstorms as they tried to gain ground on two wildfires that were threatening nearly 750 rural homes on national forest land in Northern California.