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Federal agency cancels sensitive U.S. patent program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:30
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled a largely unknown but controversial program that flagged "sensitive" patent applications for heavier scrutiny, saying it was of minimal benefit. The program, called the Sensitive Application Warning System, began in 1994 and was meant to notify the federal agency's leadership of applications that could generate extensive or unfavorable publicity. "Upon careful consideration, the USPTO has concluded that the SAWS program has only been marginally utilized and provides minimal benefit," the agency said in a notice posted to its website on Monday night. The review came after attorneys Kate Gaudry and Thomas Franklin at the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton revealed details of the program in December from documents they obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

Netanyahu using US Congress speech to assail Iran talks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:29

Netanyahu using US Congress speech to assail Iran talksIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using the U.S. Congress' podium to warn against trusting Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions.


Netanyahu using US Congress speech to assail Iran talks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:29

Netanyahu using US Congress speech to assail Iran talksIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using the U.S. Congress' podium to warn against trusting Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions.


Justice Department: Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:25
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Justice Department: Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials.

Justice Department: Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:25
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Justice Department: Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials.

Nitrogen gas executions approved by Oklahoma House

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:21
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives.

6abc School Closings and Delays

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:20

6abc School Closings and DelaysSee the latest school closings, delays and early dismissals sent to Action News and 6abc.com.


6abc School Closings and Delays

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:20

6abc School Closings and DelaysSee the latest school closings, delays and early dismissals sent to Action News and 6abc.com.


Ohio crash kills good Samaritan helping injured pedestrian

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:19
MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A man was fatally run over as he helped a woman who had just been struck by a different car and knocked into a snow bank as she walked along an icy Ohio road, police said.

6abc School Closings and Early Dismissals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:19

6abc School Closings and DelaysSee the latest school closings, delays and early dismissals sent to Action News and 6abc.com.


6abc School Closings and Early Dismissals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:19

6abc School Closings and DelaysSee the latest school closings, delays and early dismissals sent to Action News and 6abc.com.


Game Developers Conference offers creators a sporting chance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:16

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 19, 2014 file photo, attendees walk the exhibition floor at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco. With millions of gamers now regularly spectating video games online and in arenas, game developers are angling to learn a few lessons from esports and possibly create the next "League of Legends" at this year's Game Developers Conference, the annual gathering of video game creators, kicking-off Monday, March 2, 2015, through Friday. A survey by GDC organizers of more than 200,000 developers found that 79 percent believe competitive gaming is now a sustainable business model. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With tens of millions of gamers now regularly spectating video games online and in real-world arenas, game developers looking to create the next "StarCraft" or "League of Legends" might learn a few lessons at this year's Game Developers Conference.


Game Developers Conference offers creators a sporting chance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:16

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 19, 2014 file photo, attendees walk the exhibition floor at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco. With millions of gamers now regularly spectating video games online and in arenas, game developers are angling to learn a few lessons from esports and possibly create the next "League of Legends" at this year's Game Developers Conference, the annual gathering of video game creators, kicking-off Monday, March 2, 2015, through Friday. A survey by GDC organizers of more than 200,000 developers found that 79 percent believe competitive gaming is now a sustainable business model. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With tens of millions of gamers now regularly spectating video games online and in real-world arenas, game developers looking to create the next "StarCraft" or "League of Legends" might learn a few lessons at this year's Game Developers Conference.


Chicago's retired Cardinal George admitted to hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:14
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's retired Cardinal Francis George has been admitted to the hospital for evaluation after he stopped treatment for kidney cancer more than a month ago.

Meat distributor sued after worker killed in running blender

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:13
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — The family of a cleaning worker who was killed when he fell into a running industrial meat blender at an Oregon plant is suing the meat distributor for $5 million.

Meat distributor sued after worker killed in running blender

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:13
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — The family of a cleaning worker who was killed when he fell into a running industrial meat blender at an Oregon plant is suing the meat distributor for $5 million.

Fugitive ex-U.S. spy Snowden in talks on returning home: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:02

File photo of Snowden appearing live via video during a student organized world affairs conference at the Upper Canada College private high school in TorontoA Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said on Tuesday the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government's mass surveillance programs was working with American and German lawyers to return home. Anatoly Kucherena, who has links to the Kremlin, was speaking at a news conference to present a book he has written about his client. Russia has repeatedly refused to extradite him.


Ferguson officials to meet with Justice Department

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:58

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2014, file photo, a man wears a tie decorated with a picture of Michael Brown during Brown's funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Six months after 18-year-old Michael Brown died in the street in Ferguson, Missouri, the Justice Department is close to announcing its findings in the racially charged police shooting that launched "hands up, don't shoot" protests across the nation. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)ST. LOUIS (AP) — City leaders in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson will meet Tuesday with U.S. Department of Justice officials to discuss a federal investigation of the police department stemming from the August shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer, a city official said.


6abc School Closings and Early Dimissals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:48

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Judge changes course, will open jury selection in Alabama girl's running death to public

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:30
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Judge changes course, will open jury selection in Alabama girl's running death to public.