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Houston arson investigators probe blaze at Islamic center

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 14:34

30 a.m. Friday at the Quba Islamic Institute. Authorities are trying to determine what caused the blaze in a rear part of the structure. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty) MANDATORY CREDITBy Camilo Smith HOUSTON (Reuters) - Houston arson investigators on Saturday were working to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a building at an Islamic institute in the city, officials said. No one was injured in the early Friday blaze at the Quba Islamic Institute, fire officials said. Arson investigators with the Houston Fire Department were working to pinpoint the cause of the blaze, but no official determination has been made, fire officials said.

Leading China taxi apps to merge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 13:38
BEIJING (AP) — Leading China taxi apps Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache on Saturday announced a plan to merge, creating a new challenge for Uber Technologies Ltd.'s global expansion.

Obama calls for public debate over encryption

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 13:14

President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to deliver remarks during a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection at Stanford University, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that he probably leans more toward strong computer data encryption than many in law enforcement, but added that he understands investigators' concerns over the matter because of their need to protect people from attacks.

Feds subpoena records pertaining to departing Oregon gov.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 12:48

In this Oct. 10, 2014, file photo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks during a gubernatorial debate in Portland, Ore. As an ethics controversy heats up around Kitzhaber, the person who would be next in line if he resigns is abruptly returning from a conference in Washington, D.C. It was not clear whether the unscheduled return Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, of Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown has anything to do with influence-peddling allegations surrounding Kitzhaber’s fiancee, Cylvia Hayes. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation Friday over a deepening influence-peddling scandal surrounding his fiancée and on the same day the U.S. Attorney's Office issued a subpoena demanding records and electronic communications pertaining to the pair.

TroubleShooters: Rat house rescue in South Philly

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 12:33

 Rat house rescue in South PhillyA family in South Philadelphia contacted the Action News TroubleShooters because their house has been overrun with rats from an unoccupied house next door.

Gov. Tom Wolf puts hold on death penalty in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 12:27

Gov. Tom Wolf puts hold on death penalty in PennsylvaniaGovernor Tom Wolf has announced a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania.

VIDEO: Bracing for bitter cold, weekend snow squalls

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 12:19

 Bracing for bitter cold, weekend snow squallsPeople across the area are bracing for even more bitterly cold temperatures plus snow squalls this Valentine's Day weekend.

Dozens without service after South Philadelphia water main break

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 11:57

Dozens without service after South Philadelphia water main breakDozens of customers are without water service after a water main break in South Philadelphia.

Postal Service: Some services down due to network outage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 11:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — A network outage disrupted some services late Thursday and through Friday at the U.S. Postal Service, including package handling at some local post offices, the agency said.

Las Vegas Police Cite 'Road Rage' During Driving Lesson Shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 11:13
A mother was shot after a driving lesson with her child may have involved a road rage incident, police say.

10-year-old girl shoots sister with father's service gun

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 11:06
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Police say the 10-year-old daughter of a California sheriff's lieutenant shot her younger sister with their father's gun in an apparent accident.

75-year-old ex-head of investment firm sentenced to 6 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 11:03
NEW YORK (AP) — The 75-year-old former head of an investment firm has been sentenced in New York to six years in prison in a fraud scheme.

Competence at center of 'American Sniper' murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 11:00

Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh comes back from a break during the second day of his capital murder trial at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. Routh, of Lancaster, Texas, is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox, Pool)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — While defense attorneys mount an insanity defense for the former Marine on trial in the shooting deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, prosecutors have described Eddie Ray Routh as a troubled drug user who knew right from wrong. Criminal law experts say the case hinges on whether the defense can prove Routh did not know that the killings constituted a crime.

US judge tosses coastal damage suit against oil companies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 10:58
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit filed in 2013 by a Louisiana flood board that sought damages — potentially in the billions of dollars — from scores of oil, gas and pipeline companies over erosion of the state's fragile coast was thrown out Friday evening by a federal judge.

Death of man zapped with police stun gun ruled a homicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 10:58
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The death of a medical school graduate from the Bahamas while in police custody in New London, Connecticut, has been ruled a homicide, but authorities say that doesn't mean the officers committed any crime.

BLM clears way for petroleum reserve development

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 10:51
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued a final decision Friday that it said will open the way for the first oil and gas production from federal lands in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Pennsylvania governor imposes moratorium on death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 10:50

Gov. Tom Wolf speaks as he signs an executive order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia. The executive order ends a short-lived effort by his predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep below Pennsylvania's state parks and forests. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Newly elected Gov. Tom Wolf imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in the state on Friday, calling the current system of capital punishment "error prone, expensive and anything but infallible."

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over US base in Japan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 10:46
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco on Friday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop construction of a U.S. military base in Japan that it said would harm the Okinawa dugong, an endangered marine mammal related to the manatee.

Texan convicted of duping investors over fake Disney park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 10:32
SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — A jury on Friday convicted a member of a Dallas-area real estate family of duping investors with tales of a fake Walt Disney theme park and resort project.

Rare, undulating clouds enchant visitors in Grand Teton

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 10:25

This photo taken Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, and provided by the Grand Teton National Park shows, an unusual cloud formation across the summit of the Grand Teton in this view from the park's headquarters campus at Moose, Wyo. (AP Photo/Grand Teton National Park, Jackie Skaggs)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A bizarre sheet of wispy clouds undulating over the Teton Range enchanted tourists and even veteran employees of Grand Teton National Park.