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Friend of accused Boston bomber was too stoned to lie, lawyer says

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:42

Robel Phillipos, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with lying to investigators, leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in his case in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect could not have lied to the FBI about visiting his dorm room and removing a backpack because he was too intoxicated by marijuana to remember what he did that day, his attorney said on Monday. ...


Correction: College Commencement-Mumia story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:41

In this July 12, 1995 file photos, convicted police killer and death-row activist Mumia Abu-Jamal leaves Philadelphia's City Hall after a hearing. Mumia Abu-Jamal, a one-time death row inmate now serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer spoke to students graduating from a Vermont college on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 encouraging them to strive to transform the world.(AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)PLAINFIELD, Vt. (AP) — In a story Oct. 5 about a man convicted of murdering a police officer giving a commencement speech at Vermont's Goddard College, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Mumia Abu-Jamal gave his speech by video. Abu-Jamal's address was a pre-recorded telephone conversation that was broadcast along with a separate slide show.


Casino magnate gambles another $1.5 million on Florida marijuana vote

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:37
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has put up another $1.5 million for opponents of a constitutional amendment that would let doctors prescribe marijuana for medical reasons in Florida. Adelson had previously given $2.5 million to the Drug Free Florida campaign opposing a constitutional amendment on the November state ballot. With his latest contribution, he has accounted for $4 million of the $4.7 million raised by opponents of the amendment, according to the group's financial reports. ...

Argentina's former economy minister absolved

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:34

Former Economy Minister Domingo Cavallo attends the final stage of the trial for his alleged involvement in the 2001 "mega-swap" deal, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Cavallo is accused of carrying out "negotiations incompatible with public office,"in a trial that seeks to determine whether the State's interests were harmed as a result of the debt swaps of Argentina's public debt titles in 1997-1998 and 2001-2002. (AP Photo/Daniel Jayo)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's former Economy Minister Domingo Cavallo was absolved by a local court on Monday in a case over the 2001 debt swap ahead of the country's worst economic crisis.


Chinatown sex assault suspect caught on camera

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:30

Man questioned in connection with Chinatown sex assaultSurveillance cameras were rolling when a woman was attacked and sexually assaulted in the city's Chinatown section, and now police want your help in finding the man responsible.


Why nation's top docs say Ebola won't spread in US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:23

Hazardous material cleaners disinfectant their personal protective equipment after working in the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, stayed last week, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Dallas. A homeless man being sought because of possible contact with the lone U.S. Ebola patient was found in Texas after several hours of searching, authorities said. (AP Photo/LM Otero)WASHINGTON (AP) — Ebola has arrived in the United States and people are frightened.


Workers begin removing Trump name from Atlantic City casino

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:20

Donald Trump arrives to attend the funeral of Joan RiversBy Daniel Kelley and Mark Makela (Reuters) - Workers began removing the large letters spelling out the Trump name from the shuttered Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City on Monday after real-estate mogul Donald Trump sued to end a licensing deal that allowed the casino owners to use his name. Trump, who has emblazoned his name across properties in various U.S. cities, sued in August to have his name taken off the Trump Plaza, which closed last month, and the nearby Trump Taj Mahal, which is on the verge of closing. ...


School Reform Commission cancels contract with Philly teachers' union

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:20

 Philadelphia teacher contract cancellation a cowardly actThe Philadelphia School Reform Commission announced Monday that it has canceled its contract with the teachers' union, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.


GM uses Facebook, calls to get recalled cars fixed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:19

FILE - This Tuesday, April 1, 2014, file photo, shows a key in the ignition switch of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt in Alexandria, Va. Despite recall notices, thousands of news stories, highly publicized congressional hearings and two federal investigations, fewer than half of the roughly 2.36 million people still driving Chevy Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other small cars with defective and potentially deadly ignition switches have had them replaced. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)DETROIT (AP) — Eight months after General Motors began recalling more than 2 million cars because of a deadly ignition-switch defect, less than half the owners have gotten their vehicles fixed.


Spanish nurse positive for Ebola; 1st report of transmission outside Africa

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:14

Spanish nurse positive for Ebola; 1st report of transmission outside AfricaIn the first known transmission of the current outbreak of Ebola outside West Africa, a Spanish nurse who treated a missionary for the disease at a Madrid hospital has tested positive for the virus, Spain's health minister said Monday.


Experimental drug provided to Dallas Ebola patient

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:04

This 2011 file photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. Duncan, who became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S with Ebola, has been kept in isolation at a hospital since Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was listed in serious but stable condition. (AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee, File)A North Carolina drugmaker is providing its experimental antiviral drug to a Dallas patient being treated for Ebola, an emergency step authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. Officials at Texas ...


Supreme Court dodges gay marriage, allowing weddings in five more states

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:04

opponents of gay marriage in Salt Lake CityBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to decide once and for all whether states can ban gay marriage, a surprising move that will allow gay men and women to get married in five additional states, with more likely to follow quickly. On the first day of its new term, the high court without comment rejected appeals in cases involving five states - Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana - that had prohibited gay marriage, leaving intact lower-court rulings striking down those bans. ...


Billionaire's estate tax 'windfall' a boon to Pennsylvania coffers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:01
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A whopping $100 million tax payment to Pennsylvania by the estate of a conservative billionaire is a welcome addition to the state's strained finances, state officials said on Monday. The inheritance tax payment made by the estate of Pittsburgh's Richard Mellon Scaife, whose fortune was made in banking, publishing and oil, dwarfed any previous inheritance payments, they said. The $100 million "absolutely" will have a positive affect on the state's balance sheet, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Revenue said. ...

Police investigate high-profile NYC lawyer after rape complaint

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:56
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating an allegation that a New York lawyer who has been involved in high-profile civil rights lawsuits against police raped a woman at his Manhattan apartment last week, police said on Monday. Investigators searched the apartment of attorney Sanford Rubenstein on Sunday after a 43-year-old woman told police he raped her, police said. No charges have been filed, and a lawyer representing Rubenstein has said no crime was committed. ...

High court begins term with case on police actions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:49

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan, center, and Stephen Breyer, center-right, leave the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle with clergy after the annual Red Mass for Supreme Court justices in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. The new Supreme Court term starts Monday. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court opened its new term Monday pondering whether a police officer's misunderstanding of the law can justify a traffic stop that led to the seizure of illegal drugs.


Chronology: Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:48
(Reuters) - International agencies and governments are fighting to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus, which causes fever and bleeding, has killed at least 3,439 people. Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms a previously unidentified hemorrhagic fever, which killed over 50 people in its southeastern Forest Region, is Ebola. Cases are also reported in the capital. March 30: Liberia reports two Ebola cases; suspected cases reported in Sierra Leone. ...

Potential jurors questioned at Arias penalty trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:41

FILE - In this May 1, 2013 file photo, Jodi Arias sits in the courtroom during her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Potential jurors for the penalty retrial of Arias are being called back to court as attorneys whittle down the group to an impartial panel that will determine whether the former waitress receives the death penalty or life in prison. Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers began individually questioning prospective jurors for the penalty phase retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias, the next step in the effort to pick an impartial panel that will determine whether she receives the death penalty or life in prison.


Billionaires' artworks headed to auction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:32

This undated photo provided by Sotheby’s shows Andy Warhol’s “A Group of Four Portraits of Sao Schlumberger,” Sotheby’s predicts the 1974 acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, from the collection of renowned art benefactors Pierre and Sao Schlumberger, could be $2-3 million when it is auctioned in November. The Schlumbergers were the first patrons to commission Warhol for a silkscreen portrait. (AP Photo/Sotheby’s)NEW YORK (AP) — Ninety modern and contemporary artworks, including a rare Mark Rothko painting, from the collection of the renowned art benefactors Pierre and Sao Schlumberger could realize $85 million at the fall art auctions next month.


Lawyer: Pot clouded mind of bombing suspect's pal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:32

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2014 file photo, Robel Phillipos arrives at federal court in Boston for the start of jury selection for his trial in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Phillipos trial. He was charged with lying to authorities about being in Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room while two other friends removed Tsarnaev’s backpack, laptop and other items. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)BOSTON (AP) — A prosecutor told a jury Monday that a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lied repeatedly to the FBI during the investigation into the deadly attack, while the friend's lawyer said he was a frightened 19-year-old whose memory was clouded by heavy marijuana use.


Detroit not 'where we need to be,' but can rebuild after bankruptcy: mayor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:31

The word 'Bankruptcy' is seen painted on the side of a vacant building by street artists as a statement on the financial affairs of the city on Grand River Avenue in DetroitBy Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit may take years before fully functioning as a city, its mayor said on Monday as he gave a tepid blessing to the plan for ending the city's historic bankruptcy. Mayor Mike Duggan was the last witness called by Detroit's attorneys, who then rested the city's case in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing on the plan to adjust $18 billion of debt. "We’re about 10 percent where we need to be," Duggan said about Detroit's current state. "It’s going to be a multiyear process. ...