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Conviction overturned for woman who aided 'squawk-box' prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:15
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has vacated the conviction of a former Merrill Lynch administrative assistant who lied to a grand jury under pressure from her boss but then helped convict six former brokers and traders of generating illegal profits with information they overheard on a "squawk box." Judge Leo Glasser of U.S. District Court in Brooklyn took the extraordinarily rare step of vacating the guilty plea of Irene Santiago, who admitted in 2005 to testifying falsely before a grand jury and agreed to cooperate with government investigators. In a ruling released on Friday, Glasser said it would be an injustice to leave Santiago with a conviction after the six defendants had their records scrubbed clean and their rights restored. In 2009, thanks in part to Santiago’s assistance, prosecutors convicted six former brokers and traders accused of listening in on pending orders from customers over squawk boxes between 2002 and 2004. Prosecutors said the six used the information to trade ahead of those transactions, a practice known as “front running.” The defendants were Kenneth Mahaffy, formerly of Merrill, now part of Bank of America Corp;

White House: Court ruling risks women's health

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:14
The White House says women's health will be jeopardized by a Supreme Court's decision that allows corporations with religious objections to opt out of a requirement that they cover contraceptives.

All-Star Courtney Vandersloot out with season-ending knee injury

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:13
Chicago PG Courtney Vandersloot sustained an injury to her left knee in Friday's win against the New York Liberty. Vandersloot, the No. 3 overall draft pick in the 2011 draft, played 32 minutes but was 0-for-6 from the field, finishing with two points, four assists and four turnovers in the game.

Court: Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:12

The Supreme Court building in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014, following various court decisions. The court ruled on birth control, union fees and other cases. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) â€? The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union's costs of collective bargaining.

Ex-pastor pleads no contest to killing first wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:11
LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania pastor serving a life sentence in the fatal bludgeoning of his second wife entered a surprise no-contest plea Monday to charges that he killed his first wife in 1999.

Documents: Blackwater guards were out of control

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department investigator warned that contractors for Blackwater Worldwide saw themselves as above the law and that the contractors, rather than department officials, were in command, according to a memo disclosed Monday.

Memorial held amid plea for help in woman's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:08

Memorial held amid plea for help in woman's deathA memorial was held Monday for Carol Reiff, who was found dead in Gloucester Township, Camden County last year.

Marine who said he was kidnapped returned to US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:04
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun disappeared from his unit in Iraq nearly a decade ago under mysterious circumstances. A week later, a photo of a blindfolded Hassoun with a sword poised above his head turned up on Al-Jazeera television. There was even a claim that he was beheaded.

At least 20 people shot in NYC over the weekend

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:03

A woman walks past a crime scene where police discovered a man who had been shot and subsequently died, in the Bronx section of New York, Monday, June 30, 2014. Authorities say at least 21 people were shot across New York City over the weekend. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of violence swept New York City over the weekend as at least 20 people were shot, four of them fatally, authorities said Monday.

Green family, Hobby Lobby, connected for 40 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:02
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Monday's Supreme Court ruling that the Hobby Lobby crafts store chain does not have to provide all forms of birth control marks the first time the high court has said some businesses can hold religious views under federal law, in cases where there is essentially no difference between the business and its owners. Here's a look at Hobby Lobby's owners, the Green family of Oklahoma City.

Miss. congressman to start radiation and chemo

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:01
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee has been moved to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, to start radiation and chemotherapy, three weeks after he underwent brain surgery in Texas.

Good news for Washington job seekers: Job vacancies, hiring up in latest data from state

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:01
Both hiring and the number of job vacancies are up in Washington, the state Employment Security Department reported Monday.

U.S. Army Corps to close upper Mississippi as waters rise

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 05:56
By Michael Hirtzer CHICAGO (Reuters) - Rising flood waters were expected to make 11 locks and dams impassable on the mid- and upper-Mississippi River and force the closure of the river later on Monday from Bellevue, Iowa, to Saverton, Missouri, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. The closure would be the most extensive since 2008 on that stretch of the country's busiest waterway, said Ron Fournier, public affairs officer for the Army Corps' Rock Island district. The Mississippi River is the main shipping route to the U.S. Gulf Coast, where about 60 percent of all U.S. corn, soybeans and wheat exports exit the country. The fast-moving waters are now causing problems downriver, and will likely force closure of 11 of 12 Mississippi River locks in the Rock Island district, Fournier said.

VIDEO: New MEPs enter European Parliament

BBC World News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 05:52
The new session for Euro MPs has begun at the European Parliament, and the BBC's Chris Morris offers a guide to the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union.
Categories: BBC World News

On Comedy: ‘Drunk History’ and ‘Nathan for You’ Begin Season 2

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 05:51
Two TV comedies beginning their second seasons on Comedy Central, “Drunk History” and “Nathan for You,” tap into the time-honored entertainment of laughing at fools.

Obama sending 200 more US troops to Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 05:43

Obama sending 200 more US troops to IraqPresident Barack Obama says he's sending about 200 more U.S. troops to Iraq to protect Americans and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

VIDEO: Will Iraq turmoil lead to break up?

BBC World News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 05:41
As fresh clashes erupt in Tikrit and Isis declares a "caliphate", the BBC's Jeremy Bowen considers whether the Iraqi government can prevent the break up of the country.
Categories: BBC World News

No sign of anthrax illness after CDC lab incident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 05:40
NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say there are no signs anyone got sick from anthrax after a lab safety problem at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Transgender Connecticut police officer fired, city denies harassment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 05:38
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A transgender Middletown, Connecticut, police officer who complained for more than a year she had been the target of harassment by fellow officers has been fired, the city's mayor said on Monday, adding the action was not the result of the gender change. The officer, who was hired seven years ago by the Middletown Police Department as Frank Quaranta and became Francesca Quaranta after a sex change operation two years ago, submitted complaints last year to the city and the state's human rights commission that fellow officers had made disparaging comments that she said created a hostile work environment. Quaranta said she would fight her termination, which she described as "discrimination because of gender identity." Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew said on Monday the officer was fired because she failed a fitness-for-duty evaluation earlier this year, refused to take another exam this month and had run out of paid leave.

Lawyer says Sandusky hired him for new appeal in Penn State sex case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 05:37

Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after his sentencing in his child sex abuse case in BellefonteBy David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has hired a new lawyer to pursue another appeal of his conviction on 45 counts of child sex abuse, the attorney said on Monday. Al Lindsay, who leads the Pittsburgh area firm of Lindsay Law Firm, said he plans to file the appeal in the same court in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, where Sandusky, now 70, was sentenced in 2012 to 30 to 60 years in prison. Lindsay would not go into detail about the grounds for a new appeal, although legal experts said that under the Pennsylvania Post-Conviction Relief Act, a claim of ineffective legal counsel is one of the few roads open to Sandusky. “I got a call.” The deadline for filing the appeal is a year from April 2, the date on which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court shut down the former coach’s original round of appeals.