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1 arrested after assault at McDonald's; 15-year-old injured

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:12
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say a 16-year-old girl has been arrested and others are being sought after an assault captured on video showed a group attacking a 15-year-old classmate.

19-year-old pleads not guilty in Vegas neighbor slaying case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:12
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 19-year-old Las Vegas man pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and other charges in the shooting death of a mother of four in a neighborhood gunbattle.

Oregon Governor introduces ethics reform after Kitzhaber scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:12

Oregon Governor Kate Brown speaks at the state capital building in SalemBy Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat who took office last month after her predecessor resigned in an influence-peddling scandal, is promoting a package of ethics and public records reform bills, the governor’s office said on Thursday. The legislation proposed by Brown would raise the penalty for knowingly using public office for private gain and would bar statewide elected officials, as well as the governor's spouse, from collecting fees for speaking engagements while in office.  Brown took office last month after the resignation of her predecessor, fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber, who faces a federal corruption probe into allegations that his fiancée used her unpaid position in his office for personal financial gain.  "Oregon's government belongs to its people, and an informed, engaged populace is essential to democracy," Brown said in a statement announcing the trio of bills.

Military: 2 soldiers' bodies recovered from helicopter wreck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:07

 2 soldiers' bodies recovered from helicopter wreckThe Louisiana National Guard says the bodies of two soldiers have been recovered from a helicopter wreck off the Florida coast.

Michigan referee's death prompts calls for tougher laws

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:05

FILE - In a Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 file photo, basketball coach Kris Bieniewicz meets with her girls team during a practice session in Redford Township, Mich. Bieniewicz has tried to establish some normalcy for her two sons in the eight months since her husband and their father was killed while refereeing an over-30 men’s league match last summer. Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and will be sentenced Friday, March 13, 2015, to up to 15 years in prison. The incident is prompting legislators to consider making Michigan the 20th state with a criminal law that targets assaults on sports officials. Bills pending in the Senate would bring longer jail or prison sentences in such incidents. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, FILE)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attacks on Michigan referees so alarmed Jim Dworman, an accomplished lawyer who also officiates high school basketball and football games, that he contacted his lawmaker two years ago about toughening penalties for such actions.

U.S. budget deficit dipped to $192 billion in February

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:02
By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. budget deficit was $192 billion in February, down 1 percent from the same period last year, according to data released by the Treasury Department on Thursday. The deficit was $194 billion in February of 2014, according to Treasury's monthly budget statement. February's budget results were affected by differences in the calendar. If adjusted for timing-related transactions, the budget deficit would have been $194 billion.

Exide to close California battery recycling plant to avoid prosecution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:58
By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Exide Technologies has agreed to shutter its lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon, California, and pay $50 million in clean-up costs to avoid criminal prosecution for illegal storage of hazardous waste. As part of a deal reached late Wednesday with the U.S. Attorney's Office in California's central district, Exide also admitted to storing lead-contaminated hazardous waste inside leaking van trailers on a number of occasions over the past two decades. "The reign of toxic lead ends today," said Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura in a statement. Exide Technologies, which filed for bankruptcy in 2013, has operated the recycling plant since 2000, but the facility has been in use since 1922.

U.S. court decision could force Golf Channel to return Ponzi scheme money

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:57
By Lisa Bose McDermott TEXARKANA, Texas (Reuters) - A decision by a U.S. appeals court could force Golf Channel to pay back a court-appointed receivership the $5.9 million it received from convicted swindler Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme, a receivership official said on Thursday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday night reversed a lower court decision that allowed Golf Channel to avoid paying back the money it received from Stanford's firm to become the title sponsor of the St. Jude's Championship in Memphis. The decision allows the receivership to seek the money from Golf Channel, said Kevin Sadler, a spokesman for the receivership run on behalf of about 18,000 swindled investors.

Genetic test maker 23andMe launches drug R&D effort

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:56

FILE - In this Feb. 20 2013 file photo, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki speaks at an announcement for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences at Genentech Hall on UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco. Google-backed genetic testing company 23andMe on Thursday, March 12, 2015 announced it is launching its own drug development unit, betting that it can translate its database of customer DNA information into novel medicines. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Google-backed genetic testing company 23andMe is launching its own drug development unit, betting that it can translate its database of customer DNA information into novel medicines.

Google's safe browsing system targets 'unwanted software'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:48

This image provided by Google shows an example of the warnings generated when Google’s safe browsing technology detects a website riddled with “unwanted software.” Google has obscured the URL in this example because of its policy of not publicly citing specific websites. (AP Photo/Google)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Get ready to see more red warning signs online as Google adds ammunition to its technological artillery for targeting devious schemes lurking on websites.

Texas jury awards fans $76,000 for Super Bowl seating problem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:47

Green Bay Packers celebrate their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers during the NFL's Super Bowl XLV football game in ArlingtonBy Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A federal jury on Thursday awarded about $76,000 to seven fans who sued the National Football League over a seating fiasco at the 2011 Super Bowl where hundreds of fans had problems with their ticketed spots. The jury ruled in favor of the fans "argument that the NFL breached its ticket contract with them because the NFL failed to have temporary seats ready in time in the Dallas Cowboys stadium, leaving them with no seats or seats with obstructed views," court documents said. "This is nothing short of a blowout," said Michael Avenatti, an attorney for the fans. "Any attempt by the NFL to claim victory in this case is like putting lipstick on a pig." NFL attorney Thad Behrens told reporters that his clients were pleased the jury "affirmed that the NFL did not defraud any of its fans." The jury's verdict may not be final because Avenatti asked for the seating contractor to be re-deposed after a media report on Wednesday in which the contractor alleged the NFL influenced his testimony.

Rev. Willie Barrow, front-line civil rights fighter, dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:36

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2008. file photo, The Rev. Willie T. Barrow, chairman emeritus of the Rainbow/Push Coalition from Chicago, dances at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Barrow, a longtime civil right activist, died Thursday, March 12, 2015, at a hospital where she was being treated for a blood clot in her lung. She was 90. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Willie Barrow, a front-line civil rights fighter for decades and a mentor to younger generations of activists, died Thursday in Chicago. She was 90.

Judge awards Columbia Sportswear $3.3 million in lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:31
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge awarded Columbia Sportswear $3.3 million in its lawsuit against a company that allegedly supplied faulty components for Columbia's electrically heated jackets.

Ex-officer pleads guilty in bribes case linked to ex-sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:29
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina police chief pleaded guilty Thursday as part of a corruption case involving the state's longest-serving sheriff.

Top contenders in this year's Iditarod sled dog race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:28

File - In this March 11, 2014 file photo, Dallas Seavey sits under the burled arch in Nome, Alaska after winning the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen, File) LOCAL TV OUT (KTUU-TV, KTVA-TV) LOCAL PRINT OUT (THE ANCHORAGE PRESS, THE ALASKA DISPATCH)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nearly 80 mushers are battling it out in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race for this year's top prize — $70,000 and a new pickup.

Dog food killed my Siberian Husky, Pa. man says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:25

Dog food killed my Siberian Husky, Pa. man saysA Washington County, Pennsylvania man is blaming a popular brand of dog food for his beloved pet's death.

'American Sniper' convict moved to prison psychiatric center

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:25

This March 6, 2015 photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Eddie Ray Routh. The former Marine found guilty in the shooting deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield is being processed at an intake center of the Texas prison system to determine where he will serve his life sentence. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)RICHMOND, Texas (AP) — A former Marine sentenced to life without parole for the shooting deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield has been moved to a psychiatric prison for evaluation.

Virginia university fraternity suspended for hazing incident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:25
(Reuters) - Virginia's Washington and Lee University has suspended a fraternity for three years after a stun gun was used on a new member. A member of the fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, used a Taser on the recruit and to intimidate other new members, President Kenneth Ruscio said in a letter on Wednesday to faculty, staff and students. "This was a case of clear physical abuse," Ruscio said. The suspension comes the same week the University of Oklahoma shut down its Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity after it was linked to a video showing students singing a racist song.

U.S. Justice Department seeks stay of Texas immigration ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:20
The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday asked an appeals court to stay a judge's ruling that blocked President Barack Obama's recent immigration actions. The Justice Department filed a motion asking for a stay with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

South Florida brothers plead guilty to New York terror plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:10

Broward Sheriff's Office booking photograph of Raees Alam QaziBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Two Pakistani-born brothers accused in a plot to detonate a bomb in New York City to avenge the deaths of people killed by drone attacks in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges on Thursday in Miami. Raees Alam Qazi, 22, and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 32, were arrested in 2012, accused of providing support to a foreign terrorist organization to use a weapon of mass destruction.