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Brookfield bids for Atlantic City's Revel Casino: WSJ

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:06

A man reads a sign at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City notifying the public about its closure(Reuters) - An affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management has topped Florida real estate developer Glenn Straub's $90 million bid for the bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources. The auction started on Wednesday with Straub's all-cash bid, but was adjourned until Tuesday for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah holiday. Brookfield, which owns the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, declined to comment on the report. If Straub loses the auction, he will collect a $3 million breakup fee for serving as the lead bidder, the newspaper said. ...

Secret Service information should be made public soon: White House

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Information about a recent security breach at the White House should be made public as soon as possible, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday. Press secretary Josh Earnest said it is the Secret Service's responsibility to investigate security for the White House and the president. He said President Barack Obama is confident the Secret Service will implement necessary reforms. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was questioned by a congressional committee on Tuesday about how a man managed to jump the White House fence and enter the building earlier this month. ...

Colorado student protests spread to a middle school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:01
DENVER (Reuters) - Protests against a proposed curriculum change that saw hundreds of high school students walk out of class in a Colorado district spread to a middle school on Tuesday. Several dozen students staged a demonstration outside the Carmody Middle School in the Jefferson County School District and chanted slogans including "Don't censor history," local TV news footage showed. Last week hundreds of students walked out of nearly all the district's 17 high schools to protest the curriculum change proposal, which is being floated by a school board with a conservative majority. ...

Utah man attacked with chemical lye

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:54
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man is facing assault and mayhem charges, accused of attacking another man by spraying him in the face with chemical lye.

UN: Islamic State forcing thousands to flee Syria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:54

A Turkish soldier holds the hand of Sidra, 12, a Kurdish refugee girl from Kobani who lost her parents after their arrival at the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted Islamic State fighters pressing their offensive against a Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday in an attempt to halt the militants' advance, activists said. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N humanitarian chief on Tuesday said tens of thousands of people are fleeing Syria as the Islamic State militant group expands its grip on large parts of the country despite a U.S.-led airstrike campaign.

Kurdish and Iraqi Forces Widen Offensive Against ISIS in Northern Iraq

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:53
Kurdish pesh merga fighters and Iraqi security forces began efforts to drive out the Islamic State from several parts of northern Iraq, including near the Syria border.

Feds: More reforms needed at Rikers jail complex

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:52
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor cautioned Tuesday that New York City's efforts to curb abuses of youth offenders at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex need to go further.

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:51
Police arrested Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on a DUI charge early Tuesday, and officials say he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over.

Hostage's wife makes new mercy plea

BBC World News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:51
The wife of a British hostage being held by militants makes a renewed call for his release, saying there has been "outcry across the world" over his imprisonment.
Categories: BBC World News

Police: Naked woman in semi that hit school bus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:49
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a naked woman was riding in the tractor-trailer that struck a school bus in north Florida, injuring 10 people.

Padua, Italy, has St. Anthony’s tongue and college-town vibe

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:48
Untouristy city of Galileo, Dante is just 30 minutes from Venice.

Colorado court hears appeal of worker fired for medical marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:47

A marijuana leaf is displayed at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in SeattleBy Brendan Pierson (Reuters) - The Colorado Supreme court on Tuesday heard arguments over whether employees can be fired for using medical marijuana, which is legal in the state but illegal under federal law. The case was brought by Brandon Coats, a former customer service representative for Englewood, Colo.-based Dish Network who was fired in 2010 after testing positive for marijuana. Coats is quadriplegic as a result of a car accident and has a license to use marijuana to treat painful muscle spasms. ...

Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:46
For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year.

Chiefs break Seahawks' Guinness noise record

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:46
Arrowhead Stadium is once again the loudest outdoor venue in sports.
Categories: Sports Center

Inmate convicted of police killing to speak at Vermont graduation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:42
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A former death row inmate, now serving a life sentence for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, will deliver a graduation speech at a liberal arts college in Vermont at the request of students there. At a Oct. 5 ceremony, Goddard College in Plainfield will play a speech recorded by Mumia Abu-Jamal at the Pennsylvania prison where he is incarcerated. ...

Novartis ordered to face U.S. lawsuit over doctor kickbacks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:37

A Novartis logo is pictured on its headquarters building in MumbaiBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge said Novartis AG must face a U.S. government lawsuit accusing the Swiss drugmaker of paying multimillion-dollar kickbacks, including a $9,750 dinner for three at a Japanese restaurant, to induce doctors to prescribe its drugs. U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan on Tuesday let the government pursue its entire lawsuit, brought under the federal False Claims Act. He also said New York can pursue most of its state law claims in a related lawsuit. ...

Bahamas strikes tough tone on immigration at UN

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:31

Frederick A. Mitchell, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Bahamas, speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The foreign minister of the Bahamas said Tuesday his country is determined to control illegal immigration, saying that allowing it to balloon could be a "recipe for civil strife."

Washington State lands commitment from in-state center

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:30
Ernie Kent lands his third commitment in the Class of 2015.

Oklahoma suspect in beheading death charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:28

Alton Alexander Nolen is seen in a picture from the Oklahoma Department of CorrectionsBy Heide Brandes NORMAN Oklahoma (Reuters) - Oklahoma authorities on Tuesday filed murder charges against Alton Nolen, who is suspected of beheading a former co-worker at a food distribution center last week shortly after being fired, and may seek the death penalty, prosecutors said. The state is not pursuing a terrorism charge and will leave that matter to federal authorities, Greg Mashburn, the Cleveland County district attorney, said at a news conference. "There is not a terrorism statute in the state of Oklahoma," he said. ...