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Sheriff loses bid to cancel contempt-of-court hearings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 06:19
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge on Tuesday rejected an Arizona sheriff's bid to cancel contempt-of-court hearings that will focus on the lawman's acknowledged violations of court orders in a racial profiling case.

Only small number of Jeeps fixed 2 years after recall began

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 06:18

FILE - This March 6, 2012 file photo provided by the law offices of Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP shows the scene of a crash in Bainbridge, Ga. On April 2, 2015, a Georgia jury awarded $150 million to the family of Remington "Remi" Walden, a 4-year-old boy killed when a Jeep Grand Cherokee exploded into flames three years ago after being rear-ended. Nearly two years after agreeing to recall 1.56 million older Jeeps that could catch fire in rear-end crashes, Fiat Chrysler U.S. has repaired only 4 percent of the Grand Cherokees and 27 percent of the Libertys covered by the recall, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators. The repair rate is far below the average of 75 percent 1 ½ years after a recall is announced, and it could set up another confrontation between Chrysler, which makes Jeeps, and the government. (Courtesy of Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP via AP, File)DETROIT (AP) — Nearly two years after agreeing to recall 1.56 million older Jeeps that could catch fire in rear-end crashes, the maker of the vehicles has repaired only a fraction of the Jeeps covered by the recall, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators.


New York man gets seven-and-a-half years in prison for cyber crime scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 06:17
A New York man was sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison on Tuesday for his role in a cyber crime and identity theft scheme that hacked into accounts at banks, brokerages and government agencies in a bid to steal more than $15 million, authorities said. Oleg Pidtergerya, 50, of Brooklyn had previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, identity theft and conspiracy to commit so-called access device fraud in federal court in New Jersey. A co-defendant, Robert Dubuc, pleaded guilty to the same charges but received only 21 months in prison when he was sentenced in October. Prosecutors said the pair were members of a cyber crime ring led by Oleksiy Sharapka and Leonid Yanovitsky of Kiev, Ukraine, who have also been indicted but remain at large.

Refund scam targets income tax procrastinators

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 06:16

Refund scam targets income tax procrastinatorsIf you're a tax-time procrastinator, you have another reason to stress out this year.


Kidnapping foiled; abductor couldn't drive a stick shift

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 06:04
SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Police say a kidnapping in South Carolina was thwarted because the would-be abductor couldn't operate a manual stick shift in the victim's car.

Mom, child injured after West Kensington hit-and-run; $10k reward offered

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:59

Mom, child injured after West Kensington hit-and-run; $10k reward offeredA mother and her young child were seriously injured after a hit-and-run crash in the West Kensington section of Philadelphia.


U.S. airliners could be vulnerable to in-flight hacking: GAO

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:59
U.S. commercial airliners could be hacked in flight by passengers using a plane's wireless entertainment system to access its flight controls, a federal watchdog agency warned on Tuesday. A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office identified the danger as one of several emerging cybersecurity weaknesses that the Federal Aviation Administration must address as the air traffic control systems move toward next generation technology. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta concurred with the GAO's findings and said the aviation regulator has begun working with government security experts including the National Security Agency to identify needed changes. GAO investigators spoke to cybersecurity experts who said onboard firewalls intended to protect avionics from hackers could be breached if flight control and entertainment systems use the same wiring and routers.

IMF cuts forecast for US economy, upgrades Europe and Japan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:56

In this Thursday, April 9, 2015 photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks at the Atlantic Council in Washington. The IMF predicted Tuesday, April 14, that the American economy will grow 3.1 percent this year and next, a performance the fund characterized as "robust." But the U.S. outlook was down from the IMF's January forecast of 3.6 percent growth in 2015 and 3.3 percent growth in 2016. The American economy advanced 2.4 percent last year.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund, citing the consequences of a strong dollar, is downgrading its outlook for the U.S. economy but raising its forecast for Europe and Japan.


Wal-Mart defeats bid for shareholder vote on gun sales

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:55
A federal appeals court on Tuesday lifted an injunction that would have required Wal-Mart Stores Inc to let shareholders vote on a proposal to tighten oversight of its sale of guns with high-capacity magazines. In a brief order, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a permanent injunction imposed in November by U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark that would have required a vote at Wal-Mart's annual meeting in June. Wal-Mart had objected that allowing a vote on the proposal from Trinity Church, a historic church in downtown Manhattan, would "open the floodgates" to more shareholder proposals, and cause excessive interference in day-to-day business operations. The church's proposal would have required Wal-Mart's board to more closely examine the sale of products that might endanger public safety, hurt Wal-Mart's reputation, or offend "family and community values" integral to Wal-Mart's brand.

This good Samaritan found abandoned quadriplegic man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:55

This good Samaritan found abandoned quadriplegic manIf it hadn't been for a good Samaritan and a pair of deer, the young quadriplegic man who was abandoned in the Philadelphia woods may have died.


Effort to make the Bible Tennessee's official book bogs down

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:52

Rep. Jerry Sexton, R-Bean Station, talks on a phone during a House floor session Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Sexton is the sponsor of a proposal to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee. A sometimes raucous floor debate followed a legal opinion issued by state Attorney General Herbert Slatery that said the bill would violate separation of church and state provisions in both the state and federal constitutions. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal from a Republican lawmaker and former pastor to declare the Bible the official book of Tennessee is running into stiff opposition from top members of his own party, while the state attorney general is calling it unconstitutional.


Pentagon eyes recruiting cyber talent through National Guard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department still doesn't have the capabilities and resources needed to defend against a major cyberattack from another nation or other tech-savvy criminals, Pentagon officials told members of a Senate panel Tuesday.

Advocates for expanded Hudson River dredging renew call

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:48

A warning sign hangs on a gate at River Park on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Green Island, N.Y. Environmentalists and elected officials are renewing their call for a broader PCB cleanup of the upper-Hudson in what could be the final year of dredging. General Electric is expected to begin its sixth and possibly final season of dredging next month as part of a $2 billion federal Superfund project. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — A group of environmentalists and elected officials renewed their call Tuesday for a broader cleanup of the upper-Hudson River as a final year of dredging looms.


Official: 43 now taking part in Indiana needle-exchange push

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:25
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An SUV staffed with health workers on a quest to provide clean needles to intravenous drug users has begun making the rounds in a small Indiana city at the center of an HIV outbreak, officials said Tuesday.

New law reduces testing at Florida public schools

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:21
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - Governor Rick Scott signed legislation rolling back testing in Florida public schools on Tuesday but said the new law was no rebuke to former governor and possible presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, who championed school grading and student testing 16 years ago.

Chicago offers reparations package to police torture victims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:19

FILE - In this June 8, 2010 file photo, former Chicago Police Lt. Jon Burge arrives at the federal building in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several Chicago aldermen are offering what they call a reparations package for the victims of torture under the city's former police commander. The city said Tuesday, April 14, 2015, that the package will include an apology, a $5.5 million fund and city services, such as job training and tuition for victims and their families. Burge was released from a halfway house in February 2015 after serving 4 1/2 years for lying about the torture of suspects. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Victims of police torture under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge would share $5.5 million, receive an apology and see their story taught in school under a reparations package proposed Tuesday that city leaders hope will help close one of the most shameful chapters in Chicago's history.


Elusive mountain lion captivates LA then quickly vanishes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:18

This frame from video shows officials from the National Park Service preparing to enter the crawl space of a house looking for a mountain lion in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. A thorough check turned up no sign of the big cat known as P-22 under the residence in the hilly Los Feliz neighborhood, said Lt. J.C. Healy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The mountain lion that lounged under a Los Angeles home for hours and refused to budge for bean bags, tennis balls and prods has wandered out on its own, wildlife officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Raquel Maria Dillon)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A celebrity mountain lion transformed a wealthy hillside neighborhood into a paparazzi-like scene of scrambling photographers before eluding everyone Tuesday and quietly slipping away.


This year's fight for the tech industry: Patent trolls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:13

Life360 co-founder and president Alex Haro poses at his company headquarters in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 14, 2015 The same week that Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the two business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to a company they had never heard of because their app violated patented technology. Haro and Hulls traced the company, Advanced Ground Information Systems, to a residential address in Jupiter, Florida, with a phone number that went to an anonymous voicemail. They couldn’t find any employees on LinkedIn. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)WASHINGTON (AP) — The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to a company they had never heard of because their app violated its patented technology.


For-profit school firm, Education Management, restructures

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:11
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eight directors of a city-based firm that runs for-profit trade schools and colleges have resigned as the company restructures to cut its debt in the wake of financial losses and struggles with federal regulators.

SpaceX Rocket Has Hard Landing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 05:09
SpaceX is hoping the third time is the charm for its historic rocket recycling test.