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U.S. says should have sent high-level official to Paris march

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 05:20

French President Francois Hollande is surrounded by heads of state attends the solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of ParisBy Doina Chiacu and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday conceded that the United States should have sent a higher-level representative to a Paris unity march after deadly Islamic militant attacks there and said President Barack Obama would have liked to attend. Some Republican lawmakers and U.S. media outlets criticized Obama's administration for not sending a top leader to the march, which featured leaders from France, Britain, Germany, and Israel. ...


Judge rules South Dakota same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, stays ruling pending appeal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 05:16
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Judge rules South Dakota same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, stays ruling pending appeal.

In resort towns, working class squeezed out as rich move in

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 05:11

 Across the country, the rich are getting richer while the rest of the country is essentially treading water. (AP Photo/John Locher)ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — At first, Loly Garcia didn't have to travel far to her jobs in the chic hotels of this fabled tourist town. She shared a tiny studio apartment with her father, brother and a cousin after arriving from El Salvador more than 20 years ago.


Accused Silk Road creator goes to trial amid U.S. scrutiny of bitcoin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 05:05
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. crackdown on use of the digital currency bitcoin for drug trafficking and other crimes is headed for its highest-profile test yet, as a trial begins for the alleged creator of an online marketplace catering to vice. Jury selection is scheduled for Tuesday in Manhattan federal court in the case of Ross Ulbricht, who authorities say created Silk Road, an online black market where drugs and others illegal goods could be bought anonymously using bitcoins. ...

Retired principal wins $326 million Mega Millions jackpot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:58

Harold Diamond and his wife Carol receive their ceremonial check from Yolanda Vega at the Valero gas station in the Town of Wallkill, N.Y., on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. The 80-year-old retired school principal is the sole winner of the Nov. 4 $326 million Mega Millions jackpot, the biggest prize in New York Lottery history. (AP Photo/Times Herald-Record, John DeSanto)MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A retired school principal is the sole winner of the $326 million Mega Millions jackpot drawn on Nov. 4, the biggest prize in New York Lottery history, officials announced Monday.


Prosecutor: We have informant in Etan Patz case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:57
NEW YORK (AP) — An informant has emerged as a down-to-the-wire witness against the suspect in the infamous missing-child case of Etan Patz, prosecutors revealed Monday.

Obama: With tech advances come privacy risks for US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:56

President Barack Obama speaks at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offices at the Constitution Center in Washington, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, about his plan to improve confidence in technology by tackling identify theft and improving consumer and student privacy. The president wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday proposed strengthening laws against identity theft by requiring notification when consumer information is hacked and protecting students' private data.


Rare 1792 penny sells at auction for almost $2.6 million

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:55

This photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows an experimental U.S. penny struck to test a design in 1792 that sold Thursday, Jan. 8,2015 for $2,585,000 to a California man according to Heritage Auctions in Dallas. An official says the rare coin is called the "Birch cent" after engraver Robert Birch. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)DALLAS (AP) — An experimental U.S. penny struck to test a design in 1792 sold at auction for almost $2.6 million a day after another rare penny sold for $2.35 million at the same collectors' convention.


New York City launches municipal identification card program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:50

People wait in line to apply for municipal identification cards on the first day they are available at the Bronx Library Center, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in New York. The card, dubbed IDNYC, is aimed at those who don't currently have an ID. That includes the elderly, homeless and an estimated 500,000 immigrants in the city who live in the U.S. without legal documentation. The cards will be mailed to the recipients in three weeks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has launched its municipal identification card program, the largest in the country, which officials say will allow immigrants living in the country illegally to access key city services they were previously unable to obtain.


Oil man Hamm's ex-wife to pursue divorce appeal despite cashing $975 million check

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:39

Sue Ann Hamm stands in the courthouse hall before divorce proceedings with Harold Hamm, founder and CEO of Continental Resources, in Oklahoma CityNEW YORK (Reuters) - Sue Ann Arnall, the ex-wife of Oklahoma oil magnate Harold Hamm, vowed on Monday to press on with an appeal of her divorce case even after she cashed a $975 million check that Hamm provided her.  In November, an Oklahoma court ordered the Continental Resources chief executive to pay his ex-wife about $1 billion in cash and assets when the couple divorced after a 26-year marriage. The check for $975 million, which Arnall cashed last week, represented the entire balance owed by Hamm according to the court's decision. ...


White House: monitoring extent of hacking incident at Centcom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it was monitoring the extent of the hacking incident at U.S. Central Command. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton)

Hack of U.S. military Twitter feed not a security threat: officials

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Images published during the hack of a U.S. military Twitter feed on Monday did not appear to include any classified information or pose a security threat, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. The U.S. Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts were apparently hacked by supporters of Islamic State, which controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq. Central Command helps oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East, including air strikes directed against the group. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Pentagon official: Centcom hack not a security threat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Pentagon official said Monday the hacking of the U.S. Central Command Twitter feed was an embarrassment but did not appear to be a security threat. (Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Bill Trott)

U.S. Central Command's YouTube, Twitter accounts suspended: Pentagon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts were suspended on Monday after apparently being hacked by Islamic State supporters. The Twitter feed had several messages from hackers, including one telling American soldiers to "watch your back," and the YouTube account had two videos that appeared to be linked to the Islamic State movement. (Editing by Bill Trott)

Accused Idaho gunman may have threatened violence on social media

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:10
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A man accused of killing three people and critically wounding another in the northern Idaho city of Moscow may have made violent threats on social media in the days before the shootings, police said on Monday. John Lee, 29, is accused of killing his mother on Saturday during a shooting spree that also killed his landlord and the manager of an Arby’s restaurant. A fourth person shot in the arm and the leg was recovering from his injuries in a hospital. Each victim was shot multiple times, Moscow Police Chief David Duke said. ...

Albuquerque police may face murder charges in homeless man's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 04:09
By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) - Prosecutors in New Mexico sought possible murder charges on Monday for the 2014 shooting death of a homeless man by two Albuquerque police officers, a killing that sparked protests in the city against a recent history of alleged police abuse. The Second Judicial District Attorney in Bernalillo County on Monday filed court paperwork seeking charges against former Albuquerque police detective Keith Sandy and current officer Dominique Perez for the fatal shooting on March 16. ...

NJ man who smuggled narwhal tusks sentenced to prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 03:54

NJ man who smuggled narwhal tusks sentenced to prisonA New Jersey man accused of smuggling narwhal tusks into the United States is going to federal prison for 33 months.


Print and TV journalist Wallace Westfeldt dies at age 91

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 03:42
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Wallace O. Westfeldt, whose half-century journalism career started in print and led to network and public broadcasting, has died at the age of 91.

Police: No proof that rape in article occurred at UVa frat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 03:38

Rolling Stone Is Backing Away From The UVA Rape StoryPolice said Monday that they've been unable to confirm that an alleged gang rape occurred at a University of Virginia fraternity house as described in a Rolling Stone article, and the school announced that it reinstated the group and its activities.


Names released of 3 shot execution-style in Mayfair home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 03:38

Names released of 3 shot execution-style in Mayfair homePolice have identified the three men who were shot execution-style inside a home in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia over the weekend.