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Icahn weighs $100M bid to save Taj Mahal casino

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:59

Icahn weighs $100M bid to save Taj Mahal casinoBillionaire Carl Icahn is considering spending $100 million to save the Trump Taj Mahal casino from closing.

AccuWeather: Be on the watch for spotty showers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:59

 Be on the watch for spotty showersBe on the watch for spotty showers in the area early this evening.

Ex-hero officer leaves jail as rape case dropped

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:59

FILE - In a Feb. 24, 2009 file photo, first Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, stand in the gallery with Philadelphia Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth during President Barack Obama's address to a joint session of Congress in Washington. DeCoatsworth was freed Monday,, Sept. 29, 2014, after more than a year in jail on human trafficking, rape, drug and other charges. Philadelphia prosecutors dropped the charges after defense attorney George Parry questioned the accusers' credibility in pretrial filings. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia police officer honored by the White House before being accused of raping two prostitutes at gunpoint has left jail after the case unraveled.

Parolee arrested in case of missing Arkansas real estate agent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:55
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - A 33-year-old Arkansas prison parolee was arrested on Monday after an intensive manhunt on suspicion of being responsible for the disappearance of a real estate agent last Thursday. The broker, 49-year-old Beverly Carter, had told associates she was meeting a prospective buyer at a property in Scott, Arkansas, a sparsely populated community east of Little Rock, before she went missing. "We're holding out hope she is still alive," said Sheriff Doc Holladay of Pulaski County. Aaron Lewis was named in an arrest warrant issued on Sunday. ...

AP: Mayor nixes tax break to save Taj Mahal casino

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:53
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's mayor said Monday he cannot agree to massive tax reductions sought by the owners of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, throwing into serious doubt an already long-shot plan by billionaire Carl Icahn to buy and save the casino and its 2,800 jobs.

Number of US kids in foster care up after long dip

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:52
After dropping for seven straight years, the number of U.S. children in foster care rose slightly last year, according to new federal figures released Monday.

Yankees Expect Alex Rodriguez to Be Their Third Baseman in 2015

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:50
Besides addressing the Rodriguez situation in his end-of-season news conference on Monday, Manager Joe Girardi said the team next season would seek ways to counter defensive infield shifts.

Myanmar wants country off UN human rights agenda

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:50

Wunna Maung Lwin, Minister for Foreign Affairs for Myanmar, speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Myanmar's foreign minister promised Monday his country is working to end violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state and urged the world against "jumping to conclusions" about a situation that has drawn global condemnation.

Secret Service arrests man near Ethiopian Embassy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service has arrested a man who officers believe fired a gun near the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington.

Missouri man alleging sexual abuse by priest seeks $10 million from diocese

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:47
By Carey Gillam INDEPENDENCE Mo. (Reuters) - It has been 30 years, but Kansas City's Catholic diocese still should pay a heavy price for allowing a now-dead priest to repeatedly sexually abuse a former altar boy, a lawyer for the alleged victim said in court Monday, kicking off a $10 million lawsuit against the diocese. Jon David Couzens, then age 10, said he was molested 20 times over two years in the early 1980s by Monsignor Thomas O'Brien, who died in 2013. Couzens was deeply involved in Catholic school and church activities. ...

Pennsylvania baby shot in head in apparent hunting accident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:44
By Elizabeth Daley (Reuters) - A newborn baby was in critical condition on Monday after being shot in the head in western Pennsylvania while lying on his father's lap at home, an incident that appears to have been a hunting accident, prosecutors say. The infant, identified by local media as Thayne Iverson, was just days old when a stray bullet struck him in the head on Sept. 25 at around 7 p.m., said Dianna Rostis, a spokeswoman for the Indiana County District Attorney's office. She declined to confirm the infant's name or identify the father. ...

Cellphone chatter in the air? The No's have it (big time)

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:39
Most readers hate the idea of allowing cellphone conversations throughout airplane flights, according to the results of an unscientific (and somewhat cheeky) Northwest Traveler poll.

New documents show legal basis for NSA surveillance programs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:38

Mobile phone simulating call to German Chancellor Merkel next to a tablet showing the logo of NSA is seen in picture illustration taken in FrankfurtBy Nate Raymond and Aruna Viswanatha NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Documents released by the U.S. government show it views an executive order issued in 1981 as the basis of most of the National Security Agency's surveillance activities, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Monday. The NSA relied on Executive Order 12333 more than it did on two other laws that have been the focus of public debate following the leaks exposing U.S. surveillance programs by former agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to the papers released by the ACLU. ...

ATM fees keep climbing, survey says

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:38
The penalty for using an ATM that is not affiliated with your bank rose 5 percent over the past year.

New York City to end solitary confinement for teens at Rikers jail

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:37

New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at Britain's opposition Labour Party's conference in ManchesterBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City plans to end the use of solitary confinement to punish teenage inmates at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex by the end of the year, according to a Department of Correction memorandum. The policy shift comes less than two months after the U.S. Department of Justice said its investigators had found a pattern of abuse of 16- and 17-year-old inmates that breached their constitutional rights. ...

Mercer Island says water clear of E. coli; source not found

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:36
UPDATE, 11:30 a.m. | A  source for the E. Coli contamination could not be found after a thorough inspection of the city's water system, Mercer Island and Public Health - Seattle & King County officials said.

Seattle tight end Zach Miller has ankle surgery, return TBD UPDATED

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:36
Seattle starting tight end Zach Miller had surgery on his ankle  during the bye week, the team confirmed Monday morning.

Daily Rant&Rave: Who let the dogs out

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:36
RAVE To the Washington state ferry employee who saved our dogs when we accidentally left our car door ajar when going to the passenger deck on the ferry. When we returned, we found him standing protectively next to our wide-open car, holding both dogs by their leashes. His quick thinking prevented w

Hiker trapped in canyon in Zion National Park dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:36

FILE - In this Sept., 5, 2009, file photo, hikers wade through the cold Virgin River along the "Narrows," in Zion National Park, Utah. A 34-year-old man was found dead on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Zion National Park after rising floodwaters trapped him in a narrow canyon that is home to one of the park's best-known hiking trails. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 34-year-old Southern California man was found dead over the weekend in Zion National Park after rising floodwaters trapped him in a narrow canyon that is home to one of the park's best-known hiking trails.