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Former Charlotte, N.C., mayor gets 44 months in prison for corruption

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:18

Former Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Patrick Cannon makes a statement to the media after pleading guilty to corruption charges in federal court in Charlotte North CarolinaBy Emily Harris CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) - A former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced on Tuesday to nearly four years in U.S. prison after admitting to using public positions in the state's largest city for personal financial gain, including taking at least $50,000 in bribes. Patrick Cannon, a Democrat who served on Charlotte City Council before being elected mayor last November, pleaded guilty in June to a public corruption charge. A nearly four-year investigation resulted in his arrest and immediate resignation in March. Cannon, 47, told Chief U.S. ...


Anti-abortion display OK'd for Independence Mall in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:09
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa (Reuters) - An anti-abortion group has secured a permit to erect a video screen near the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, a popular destination for young schoolchildren, to show images of aborted fetuses this week, the U.S. National Park Service said on Tuesday. Created Equal, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday plans to set up the 9-foot (2.7-meter) by 12-foot (3.6-meter) screen next to the building housing the Liberty Bell and across from Independence Hall, according to the permit. During the park's peak visiting hours of 11 a.m to 3 p.m. ...

Nielsen says ABC didn't really win in ratings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:08

In this image released by ABC News, anchor David Muir from "World News Tonight with David Muir," appears on the set in New York. The Nielsen company says ABC's evening newscast did not break a 263-week winning streak by its rivals at NBC, which had been reported last week. Nielsen found that NBC actually won the week by 170,000 viewers. (AP Photo/ABC, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen company said Tuesday its report last week that ABC's evening newscast had broken a 263-week winning streak by NBC was incorrect.


CDC: Rapid response team for any new Ebola cases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will send a rapid response team to any hospital in the country that diagnoses another Ebola patient, to make sure the local health workers can provide care safely.

Woman rescued after vehicle rolls down embankment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:02
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A badly injured woman spent the night at the bottom of a steep ravine in Northern California after her vehicle veered off a mountain road and rolled hundreds of feet down an embankment.

Former NC mayor sentenced for taking bribes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:55

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, center right, leaves the federal courthouse in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, after being sentenced to 44 months in prison. In a deal with prosecutors, Cannon pleaded guilty in June to one count of honest services wire fraud. Prosecutors say Cannon accepted nearly $50,000 in bribes between January 2013, when he was a city councilman, and February 2014, three months after he was elected mayor. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The former mayor of North Carolina's largest city on Tuesday was sentenced to almost four years in prison for taking bribes from undercover federal agents he thought were developers seeking to fast-track projects.


How plasma transfusions, antibodies fight Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:49
A Dallas nurse being treated for Ebola has received a plasma transfusion from a doctor who beat his own infection with the deadly virus after getting a similar treatment. The reason: Antibodies in the blood of a survivor may help a patient fight off the germ.

2 accused of attacking Vegas school crossing guard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:49
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Las Vegas say a 21-year-old man and his 22-year-old girlfriend are facing criminal charges in an attack on a school crossing guard who witnesses say waved them to a stop as they sped through a school zone.

Priest pleads not guilty to sexual tourism charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:46
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania priest has pleaded not guilty to charges he possessed child pornography and traveled to Honduras for sex with poor street children during missionary trips.

Defense argues FAMU hazing death was 'contest'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:42
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Defense attorneys for four Florida A&M band members charged in a drum major's death said Tuesday that the state's anti-hazing law is so vague that what happened on the band bus can be considered a contest, not hazing.

US offers $45 million for info on AQAP leaders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is offering rewards of up to $45 million for information on the whereabouts of eight senior leaders of the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula organization.

Cops: Boy, 10, fatally beat woman, 90, in her bed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:40
TYLER HILL, Pa. (AP) — A 10-year-old boy apparently angry that a 90-year-old woman had yelled at him held a cane against her throat and repeatedly punched her, killing her in her bed, prosecutors said.

Italy, China sign 8 billion euros in deals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:26

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, left, and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi shake hands after giving a joint a press conference at the end of their meeting at Chigi Palace government office in Rome, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)MILAN (AP) — Italian and Chinese companies signed deals worth 8 billion euros ($10 billion) Tuesday, including an order for 50 helicopters from Italian defense giant Finmeccanica and a Chinese line of credit to Italian energy company Enel.


Anaheim cuts power, water to shut down pot shops

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:24
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Anaheim is literally pulling the plug on pot shops that keep popping up despite a law forbidding the businesses.

Baby likely strangled himself on car seat straps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:21
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in central California say it appears a 9-month-old boy strangled himself on unbuckled car seat straps while his mother was taking a nap.

Man sues Oklahoma over brother's botched execution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:21
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate last spring that led to a moratorium while the state reconsidered its lethal injection protocols was "barbaric" and violated the inmate's constitutional protection from cruel and unusual punishment, his brother contends in a lawsuit.

Ebola patient cared for by 70 hospital staffers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:13

FILE - This undated file image made available by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows the Ebola virus. A Texas health care worker who provided hospital care for Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died has tested positive for the virus, health officials said Sunday Oct. 12, 2014. Dr. David Varga, of the Texas Health Resource, says the worker was in full protective gear when they provided care to Duncan during his second visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. (AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control, File)DALLAS (AP) — They drew his blood, put tubes down his throat and wiped up his diarrhea. They analyzed his urine and wiped saliva from his lips, even after he had lost consciousness.


American killed by camel at Mexico beach resort

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:04
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A 60-year-old American was killed by a camel which escaped from its pen and attacked him at a wildlife center he owned in the Mexican beach resort of Tulum, local emergency services said on Tuesday. Richard Mileski, who was from the Chicago area, was found dead early on Monday, said Antonio Gomez, a Tulum emergency services spokesman. "When we arrived, the people who were there said (the camel) got out of its stable and attacked him," said Gomez. "It dragged him, climbed on top of him, was kicking him, biting him and sat on top of him. ...

Friend of accused Boston bomber used pot early in day: witness

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:03

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 accused Boston Marathon bomber began smoking marijuana early on the day of his visit to the suspect's college dorm room, which prosecutors have charged him with lying about, a witness testified on Tuesday. U.S. prosecutors contend that Robel Phillipos, 21, lied to authorities about a visit that he and two other friends made to accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. ...


Chipotle backs Colorado's GMO food labeling effort

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 03:03
DENVER (AP) — Burrito giant Chipotle is backing a Colorado ballot measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods.