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Yosemite climbers reach top of El Capitan in historic ascent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:55

Climber Jorgeson climbs Pitch 18 of the Dawn Wall as a cameraman records on the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National ParkBy Dan Whitcomb and Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two climbers completed a historic 19-day ascent to the summit of Yosemite National Park's El Capitan in California on Wednesday after scaling the rock formation's 3,000-foot (900-metre) sheer granite face without climbing tools, representatives said. Tommy Caldwell, 36, and Kevin Jorgeson, 30, made it to the top of El Capitan at 3:30 p.m., spokeswoman Jess Clayton of clothing company Patagonia which played a sponsorship role in the climb, said in an email. The two men, who were the first to climb El Capitan's so-called Dawn Wall without bolts or climbing tools but used safety ropes in case of falls, climbed the rock face in stages beginning on Dec. 27. The Dawn Wall of El Capitan is divided into 32 climbing pitches, which are varying lengths of rock that the climbers mastered with only their hands and feet.

Virginia lawmaker sworn in despite sex scandal conviction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:37

Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Henrico, right, signs papers after being sworn in as a new delegate by House of Delegates Clerk G. Paul Nardo, left, in Morrissey's office inside the General Assembly Building in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to kick off their 2015 session and to hear Gov. Terry McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth speech. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A newly re-elected Virginia lawmaker hitched a ride from the jailhouse to the statehouse to be sworn in, even as legislative leaders discussed how to throw him out.

Ohio man arrested for planning attack on U.S. Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:36

Christopher Cornell, 20, of Cincinnati, Ohio is pictured in this handout photoBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Ohio man claiming sympathy with Islamic State militants was arrested and charged on Wednesday in connection with a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol with guns and bombs, court documents disclosed. Christopher Cornell, 20, of Cincinnati researched the construction of pipe bombs, purchased a semi-automatic rifle and 600 rounds of ammunition and made plans to travel to Washington to carry out the plot, according to an FBI informant's legal testimony. Court documents showed that Cornell indicated on Twitter that he supported the Islamic State group under the alias Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah. According to the documents, in instant messages to the undercover FBI informant, Cornell indicated that while he did not have support to conduct an attack on behalf of any group, "we already got a thumbs up from the Brothers over there and Anwar al Awlaki before his martyrdom and many others." Awlaki was killed by the United States in Yemen in 2011.

Ten killed, five injured after Texas prison bus falls onto train

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:21
By Jon Herskovitz and Lisa Maria Garza AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Ten people were killed and five badly injured when a Texas prison bus carrying 15 people skidded off an icy highway overpass and hit a moving freight train on Wednesday, officials said. Two correctional officers and eight inmates died from injuries suffered in the accident near the west Texas city of Odessa, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. Their loved ones will be in our thoughts and prayers," said Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The inmates killed were Kaleb Wise, 22, Jeremiah Rodriguez, 35, and six others ranging in age 25 to 44, the Department of Criminal Justice said.

Washington state teen who was shaken as a baby dies; father likely to be charged

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:16
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state teenager who suffered life-long injuries when she was violently shaken as an infant has died, and a Seattle-area prosecutor said on Wednesday he would likely charge her biological father in her death. Baylee Duggins, 15, of Tacoma, died on Sunday from respiratory failure linked to pneumonia, according to her mother and the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office. Duggins' biological father, Christopher Schwanz, was convicted in 2000 of second-degree child abuse for shaking the girl as an infant, leaving her severely physically and mentally impaired, according to Pierce County court records. Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist said he expects to bring a second-degree murder charge against Schwanz pending a review of the medical examiner's evidence.

San Diego-area clinic closes after seeing measles symptoms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:16
LA MESA, Calif. (AP) — An urgent care center east of San Diego is closed after several people showed up with measles symptoms.

Amazon executive hopes for era of peace with publishers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:12
NEW YORK (AP) — The overseer of's Kindle e-book and publishing divisions is preaching peace.

15 hurt when school bus overturns in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:12

In this image made from video and released by WSOC-TV, authorities render aid to school children, Wednesday, Jan 14, 2014, in Gastonia, N.C. A school bus carrying about 40 students overturned in Gaston County Wednesday afternoon, according to WSOC. (AP Photo/WSOC-TV) MANDATORY CREDIT WSOC-TVGASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A school bus carrying 45 students from a North Carolina middle school overturned Wednesday on a two-lane road, injuring 15 of the children, authorities said. None of the injuries appeared serious.

Obama to renew push for paid leave for working parents

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:08

President Barack Obama speaks at Cedar Falls Utilities, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. President Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)WASHINGTON (AP) — Renewing a push for paid leave for workers, President Barack Obama on Thursday will call on Congress, states and cities to pass measures to allow millions of workers to earn up to a week of paid sick time a year, the White House said. He'll also ask Congress for more than $2 billion in new spending to encourage states to create paid family and medical leave programs.

After 15 convictions, Madoff prosecutions appear to be over

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:57
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - After more than five years and 15 convictions, the U.S. government's criminal investigation of Bernard Madoff's colossal Ponzi scheme may finally be coming to an end. In court filings on Tuesday and Wednesday, prosecutors in New York asked judges to schedule sentencing dates for key witnesses who pleaded guilty and agreed to help investigators, including Madoff's right-hand man, Frank DiPascali. Bernard Madoff, 76, is serving a 150-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2009 to masterminding the scheme, which cost investors an estimated $17 billion in principal. Bernard Madoff's other son, Mark, committed suicide in 2010 on the second anniversary of his father's arrest.

Police: Man in pension fraud appears to have killed himself

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:49
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A defendant in a bribery scandal involving the nation's largest public pension fund appears to have shot and killed himself at a Nevada gun club weeks before he was set to go on trial, police said Wednesday.

Albuquerque police say shot suspect wore stolen body armor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:38

Caden Rocker, 31, writes a note to fire Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden during a demonstration in front of Albuquerque police headquarters Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 in Albuquerque, N.M. Albuquerque police shot and killed a suspect Tuesday they say was dressed in body armor and pulled a gun on them after a foot chase, an incident that follows a string of shootings that have prompted public protests, federal scrutiny and even charges from a local prosecutor. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man shot and killed by Albuquerque police was wearing sheriff-issued body armor and fired a stolen gun at officers, police said Wednesday.

Arias judge: Prosecutors can seek death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:37
PHOENIX (AP) — The judge in the Jodi Arias case on Wednesday denied a bid by her lawyers to stop prosecutors from seeking the death penalty.

2-alarm house fire in Bala Cynwyd

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:34

2-alarm house fire in Bala CynwydCrews were called to battle a fire at a home in Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County.

Report: Tests of ballast water treatment systems are flawed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:31

FILE - In this May 1, 2011, file photo, a cargo ship moves through a lock at St. Catharines, Ontario, that is part of the Welland Canal linking Lakes Erie and Ontario. Scientists say there are serious flaws with tests of equipment designed to kill invasive species in ballast water, which cargo ships use for stability but which is believed to have brought invasive species to U.S. waters. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Government-sanctioned tests of equipment designed to cleanse ship ballast water of invasive species are seriously flawed because they don't determine whether the systems will remove microbes that cause gastrointestinal illnesses, scientists said Wednesday.

Caesars Entertainment division heading for bankruptcy filing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:31

In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 photo, a man takes pictures of Caesars Palace hotel and casino, in Las Vegas. The company said Friday, Jan. 9, it has a majority of the holders of its debt on board with a pre-planned bankruptcy agreement that would reorganize Caesars Entertainment Operating Corp. into two separate companies, one to own casino-hotels and the other to lease them, and cut its existing debt by about $10 billion. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Company lawyers said Wednesday that a division of financially troubled Caesars Entertainment Corp. will head to court in Chicago on Thursday to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Surveillance video discussed in ex-Vanderbilt players' trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:30
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A university police officer testified Wednesday that an ex-Vanderbilt football player on trial for rape placed a towel over a campus surveillance camera on the morning of the incident.

Florida man sentenced to 20 years for seeking to join al Qaeda group

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:27
(Reuters) - A Florida man was sentenced to two decades in prison on Wednesday for conspiring to train for an Islamic holy war or jihad and traveling to the Middle East intending to fight with an al Qaeda-affiliated group, according to court records. Shelton Thomas Bell, 21, pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. In a plea agreement announced in Jacksonville, he admitted to recruiting a juvenile to join a jihad. In September 2012, the two flew from Jacksonville to the Middle East, planning to go to Yemen to join the Ansar al-Sharia group. ...

Workers at giant New York City produce market threaten strike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:26
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Workers at New York's Hunts Point Market, said to be the world's largest wholesale produce market, voted to authorize a strike, setting the stage for possible disruption of produce supplies to thousands of area restaurants, the union said on Wednesday. Members of the Teamsters Local 202 at Hunts Point Market voted for the job action after contract negotiations broke down with management over wages and healthcare costs, the Teamsters said in a statement. ...

Correction: Young Boy Arrested story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:15
POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) — In a story Jan. 13 about a 9-year-old boy arrested for allegedly stealing bubblegum in northern Idaho, The Associated Press misidentified the judge who signed the arrest warrant. Kootenai County Magistrate Judge Scott Wayman signed the arrest warrant, not First District Administrative Judge Lansing Haynes.