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Utah's Zion National Park reopens after flooding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:49
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Zion National Park has reopened after closing for several hours when heavy rain and a surging river made park routes impassable.

U.S. states probe Home Depot breach, senators seek FTC investigation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:45

A shopping cart is seen in a Home Depot location in NilesBy Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two senators asked the federal government to investigate a data breach on the payment-card processing systems of Home Depot Inc and five U.S. The retailer has yet to say what was stolen, though experts fear the attackers may have gotten away with more than 40 million payment cards, which would exceed the number taken in last year’s unprecedented attack on Target Corp . Home Depot said customers who shopped at its stores as far back as April were exposed, meaning the breach extended for more than four months including the busy summer season. The increased government scrutiny could be another sign of trouble for Home Depot, even though it has yet to determine the full scope of the breach, analysts warned.

Gay activists: Include us in St. Patrick's parade

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:42
Gay activists who have been pushing to join New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade since the 1990s called on organizers Tuesday to include them, not just a group for gay NBC employees. Members of a group ...

Court voids much of $180 million award over ConAgra silo fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:38
A federal appeals court on Tuesday said ConAgra Foods Inc was not liable for a 2010 fire and explosion at an Illinois flour mill that burned three workers, and overturned much of a nearly $180 million jury award against the packaged foods company and a contractor. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said a lower court judge should have granted judgment as a matter of law to ConAgra, whose products include Chef Boyardee pasta, Hunt's ketchup and Peter Pan peanut butter. ConAgra had hired West Side Salvage Inc to help save the contents of a wheat pellet silo at a facility in Chester, Illinois, located about 60 miles south of St. Louis. According to court papers, the silo had been smoldering for several weeks before it exploded on April 27, 2010, injuring Justin Becker, who was employed by West Side, and John Jentz and Robert Schmidt, who were employed by a subcontractor.

Elderly couple beaten in Kansas City attacks die

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:38
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An elderly couple severely beaten in their Kansas City home, allegedly by a man also accused of fatally shooting three of their neighbors, died Tuesday after being taken off life support, relatives and hospital officials said.

New York man pleads guilty to trying to join al Qaeda

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:37
A New York man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to attempting to join the militant group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, considered to be one of the most active wings of the network, prosecutors said. Marcos Alonso Zea, 26, was arrested last October at his Long Island home in a joint investigation by local and federal authorities, several months after attempting to traveling to Yemen. Zea previously pleaded not guilty to charges that included trying to materially aid al Qaeda, but changed his plea as part of a deal that would sentence him to up to 25 years in prison, said Zugiel Soto, spokeswoman for the U.S. Prosecutors said Zea attempted to fly from New York to Yemen in January 2012, but was intercepted by British customs officials while changing planes and returned to the United States.

Proposed UN resolution targets foreign fighters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:37
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed U.N. resolution which the U.S. hopes will be unanimously approved at a meeting chaired by President Barack Obama later this month would require all countries to prevent the recruitment and transport of would-be foreign fighters preparing to join terrorist groups.

Professor seeks reinstatement after losing job over Gaza tweets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:36
A professor who lost a promised job over his tweets on the recent seven-week Israel-Palestine war demanded on Tuesday that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) reinstate him, citing free speech and academic freedom. The termination of Salaita in August, two weeks before he was to start teaching, has ignited debate and protests at UIUC and other universities over academic freedom and politics. Salaita tweeted heavily during the war, including this message on Aug. 1: "Supporters of #Israel should be forced--A Clockwork Orange style--to view pics of smiling children who were killed on endless repeat. On Tuesday, a number of UIUC students walked out of classes to listen to Salaita's first public comments since the university rescinded his appointment to the department of American Indian Studies.

Latest NYC condo amenity: $1 million parking spot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:33
NEW YORK (AP) — A condo development in New York City's pricy SoHo neighborhood is charging for a parking spot as much as it would cost to buy a nice house in Dallas or Seattle — $1 million.

Christie pays high price fighting records requests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:32
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration has paid out more than $400,000 to reimburse plaintiffs' attorneys in open records request cases since 2012, new records show.

Radnor homes burglarized while residents slept upstairs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:19

Radnor homes burglarized while residents slept upstairsA $5,000 reward has now been posted to catch the band of brazen burglars targeting homes in Radnor Township, and police say these crimes could have been prevented.

FBI: Air marshal attacked with syringe in Nigeria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:18
The FBI says a U.S. air marshal was attacked with a syringe at a Nigerian airport.

Police say Upper Darby peeper under arrest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:17

Police say Upper Darby peeper under arrestPolice in Upper Darby, Pa. have arrested the man they say has been peeping into the windows of an apartment complex.

Drug use up among U.S. pilots killed in crashes: government study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:15
Tests on pilots killed in plane crashes in the United States since 1990 have found a four-fold increase in the use of legal and illegal drugs, according to a study released on Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Of the more than 6,600 pilots tested in the study, 96 percent were private, rather than commercial pilots. The proportion of pilots whose bodies tested positive for at least one legal or illegal drug increased to 40 percent in 2011 from less than 10 percent in 1990, the study found. The percentage of pilots testing positive for at least one illegal drug increased to 3.8 percent in the 2008–2012 period from 2.3 percent in the 1990–1997 period.

Ferguson council to meet for first time since Michael Brown shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:08

UNE ENQUÊTE FÉDÉRALE OUVERTE SUR LA POLICE DE FERGUSONBy Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Embattled city leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday were preparing to hold their first public meeting since last month's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer ignited weeks of unrest in the St. Louis suburb. Protesters are demanding the arrest of the officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, as well as the ouster of both Mayor James Knowles III and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson. The Ferguson City Council, made up of the mayor and six other members, canceled a meeting scheduled for late August and arranged to hold this council meeting at an area church to accommodate what is expected to be a large crowd. In a precursor to the meeting, a public relations firm representing the city council on Monday night issued a press release laying out a series of new programs the council said should help reduce community concerns, including the formation of a citizens review board to help improve law enforcement operations and actions.

Jails commissioner proposes Rikers Island reforms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:07
NEW YORK (AP) — The city corrections commissioner on Tuesday detailed proposed reforms to the problem-plagued Rikers Island jail complex that include changes to the housing of teenage and young adult inmates, reforms to the use of solitary confinement and a top-to-bottom review of the department's policies by a private consulting firm.

Deal reached to overhaul Detroit water agency

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 04:57

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan discusses a sewer system map during a news conference in Detroit Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. The Detroit water department would be turned into a regional agency with a 10-year limit on rate increases and an infusion of millions of dollars from the suburbs, under a deal announced the mayor and other officials. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit water department would be turned into a regional agency with a 10-year limit on annual rate increases and an infusion of millions of dollars from the suburbs, under a deal the mayor and other officials announced Tuesday.

Snake, seven-foot-long, found lurking near California school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 04:57
(Reuters) - A 7-foot-long snake was discovered lurking under a parked car outside a middle school in a small Northern California community, a San Mateo County Sheriff's spokeswoman said on Tuesday. She said a sheriff's deputy saw a driver yelling and waving her arms outside the school on Friday and spotted the snake. Two deputies captured the reptile and managed to put it into a plastic bin, sheriff's spokeswoman Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said. The Humane Society later took custody of the reptile.

House GOP to unveil temporary spending bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 04:53

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, criticizes President Barack Obama, saying he has not taking a stand on the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border and is putting off executive action until after the politically-charged midterm election in November, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, Rep. Lamar S. Smith, R-Texas, Cruz, and Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. Cruz said that the reason unaccompanied minors flooded the Southwest border during the summer is that they believe they will get amnesty and be allowed to stay in the United States. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House were set to unveil a short-term spending bill Tuesday with new funds to battle the Ebola outbreak but no additional money to cope with the crisis of unaccompanied immigrant children at the southern border.

U.S. blames pilot errors, fatigue for 2013 UPS plane crash in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 04:47
By Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The fatal crash of a United Parcel Service Inc cargo plane at an Alabama airport last year resulted from pilot errors that caused it to clip trees and slam into the ground just short of the runway, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday.Pilot fatigue also appeared to be a factor in the early morning crash, the board said, noting that both pilots discussed tiredness in the cockpit before the crash. UPS disagreed with that part of the agency's findings, saying the two pilots had ample time to rest.Numerous issues contributed the crash, NTSB acting Chairman Christopher Hart said at a hearing. "But ultimately ... this airplane was on an unstabilized approach."The Airbus A300-600 crashed less than a mile short of the runway at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on Aug. 14, 2013, at about 5 a.m., killing the only two people on board, pilot Cerea Beal Jr., 58, and copilot Shanda Fanning, 37.The NTSB said other factors that contributed to the crash included the crew's failure to properly configure the plane's flight management computer and the failure of the copilot to notify the pilot of the plane's altitude as it neared the airport.