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US ex-governor guilty of corruption

BBC World News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:59
The former governor of the US state of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, and his wife are convicted of corruption, after receiving gifts in return for endorsements.
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Employee error blamed in Reno museum flash fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:57

Firefighters confer out side the Nevada Disvory Museum in Reno, Nev., Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014. A minor explosion during a science experiment at the museum burned several children and forced the evacuation of the museum.. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner).RENO, Nev. (AP) — A flash fire that injured 13 people, mainly children, at a Nevada science museum happened when an employee applied the chemicals in the wrong order during a tabletop demonstration about the mechanics of tornadoes, officials said Thursday.

Georgia father charged with murder in son's hot-car death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:55

File of Justin Ross Harris sitting in Cobb County Magistrate Court in Marietta, GeorgiaBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his 22-month-old son strapped inside a hot car and exchanging nude photos with women as the child was dying was indicted on three counts of murder on Thursday by a grand jury. Justin Ross Harris, 33, could face the death penalty if convicted. In the eight-count indictment, he faces charges of malice and felony murder, as well as child cruelty and a charge related to sexual exploitation for asking a girl to send him lewd photos. Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said he would decide in the next two to three weeks whether to seek the death sentence.

VIDEO: Indonesian teens joining IS fight

BBC World News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:53
Dozens of young Indonesian men have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join Islamic State and fight with them in the region.
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Air Force Academy punishes gymnasts for drinking

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:52
DENVER (AP) — Members of the Air Force Academy men's gymnastics team were disciplined for underage drinking and unprofessional behavior, the school said Thursday.

Bombs kill at least 20 in Baghdad

BBC World News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:51
Two separate bombs in Iraq's capital Baghdad leave at least 20 people dead and dozens more injured amid rising sectarian tension in the country.
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Hackers break into

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:49

Hackers break into HealthCare.govHackers successfully breached, but no consumer information was taken from the health insurance website that serves more than 5 million Americans, the Obama administration disclosed Thursday.

Decision on charges in toxic tea case next week

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:49
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The prosecutor mulling whether to file criminal charges in the case of a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals at a Utah restaurant says he expects to make a decision next week.

Judge approves settlements for Thai farm workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:41
HONOLULU (AP) — The federal judge in Hawaii who threatened to deny $2.4 million in settlements for Thai farm workers has signed the agreements.

VIDEO: Calais migrants try to storm ferry

BBC World News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:38
Scores of illegal migrants in the French port of Calais unsuccessfully tried to force their way onto a ferry bound for England, officials say.
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Argentine rock legend Cerati dies

BBC World News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:36
One of Latin America's most popular rock stars, Gustavo Cerati, dies in Buenos Aires four years after falling into a coma.
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Court grants Obama plea to re-hear health case

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:34
The federal appeals court in Washington threw out a ruling Thursday that called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their premiums under the president's health care law.

Illinois pension reform lawsuit may be resolved this year

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:31
An Illinois circuit court judge on Thursday indicated that consolidated lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a new pension reform law could be resolved by the end of the year given a State Supreme Court ruling on pension benefits in July. At a status hearing on Thursday, Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz gave the state until Oct. 3 to respond to plaintiff motions for summary judgment and two other motions and scheduled a status hearing for Oct. 8, according to a court filing. The public labor union coalition We Are One Illinois and other parties are seeking an expedited ruling in their consolidated lawsuits arguing that the pension reform law passed in December is unconstitutional. They cited an Illinois Supreme Court decision on July 3 in the case Kanerva v. Weems, in which the court ruled that health care for retired state workers is a pension benefit protected by the state constitution.

No charges in mom's truancy-linked jail death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:31
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A southeast Pennsylvania woman who died during a weekend jail stint over school truancy fines had complained of breathing problems and seen a prison nurse earlier that day, a state police review says.

Philadelphia's new Dilworth Park aims to give city a center

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:30

Philadelphia's new Dilworth Park aims to give city a centerWilliam Penn - the one in bronze - might be standing a little taller this week from his perch atop Philadelphia's mammoth City Hall.

Appeals Court Says Men Alleging Sex Abuse Waited Too Long to Sue Yeshiva University

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:28
The three-judge panel declined to reinstate a lawsuit filed by 34 victims who were abused in high school by rabbis from the 1970s to the early 1990s.

Ferguson, county pledge cooperation with probes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:26
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, are pledging their full cooperation with a federal civil-rights investigation into their police department following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Bitcoin promoter pleads guilty to unlicensed use of currency

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:24

Bitcoin promoter Shrem walks out of federal court in Lower Manhattan, New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man who helped to promote bitcoin wants to remain in the business despite pleading guilty Thursday to indirectly helping send more than $1 million in the digital currency to users of the illicit online marketplace Silk Road, his lawyer said. Charlie Shrem, 24, pleaded guilty at a hearing in New York federal court to one count of aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business. A co-conspirator, Robert Faiella, 54, separately pleaded guilty to operating such a business. "I knew that much of the business on Silk Road involved the buying and selling of narcotics," Shrem said in court.

UN: one-fifth of murder victims are under 20

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:19
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — About 120 million girls worldwide have been forced to have sex and one fifth of homicide victims globally are under 20 years old, resulting in 95,000 deaths in 2012, according to a United Nations report released Thursday.

ArtsBeat: Joan Rivers Overcame the ‘Handicap of a Woman Comic’

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:18
Ms. Rivers’s reputation as a snarky fashion commentator has somewhat obscured her trailblazing comedy career.