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NC mayor faces federal prison term in scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:02
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte's former mayor is being sentenced in a federal corruption case that stunned North Carolina's largest city.

Storms leave 2 dead, still threaten parts of South

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:56
ATLANTA (AP) — Severe storms that raced through the Midwest earlier in the week have left two people dead and are still threatening parts of the South.

Americans face post-foreclosure hell as wages garnished, assets seized

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:35

A lock secures a chain on the steel fence of a foreclosed home previously owned by U.S. Bancorp in Los AngelesBy Michelle Conlin NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets. The two big government-controlled housing finance companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as other mortgage players, are increasingly pressing borrowers to pay whatever they still owe on mortgages they defaulted on years ago. Using a legal tool known as a "deficiency judgment," lenders can ensure that borrowers are haunted by these zombie-like debts for years, and sometimes decades, to come. Before the housing bubble, banks often refrained from seeking deficiency judgments, which were seen as costly and an invitation for bad publicity.


American Airlines Boeing makes emergency landing after wall panels come loose

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:32
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An American Airlines Inc plane made an emergency landing in San Francisco on Monday after a number of interior wall panels came loose mid-flight, an airline spokesman said. The flight, carrying 184 passengers and six crew, was en route for Dallas when the panels started to split at the seams, making a loud popping sound, American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said. The plane was a Boeing 757, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.com. ...

Liberty Reserve founder faces court appearance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:15
NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of creating an online, underworld bank that helped launder $6 billion for drug dealers, child pornographers, identity thieves and other criminals was facing his first court appearance in Manhattan.

Liquid nicotine exposures up sharply among kids

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:58

In this Aug. 14, 2014, photo, a child-proof refill bottle of liquid nicotine is shown at Salt Lake Vapors, in Salt Lake City. Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also is spiking. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that more than 2,700 people have called about a liquid nicotine exposure this year, up from a few hundred cases three years ago. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked.


South Korea identity thefts forces ID overhaul

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:42

In this Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 photo, depositors use automated teller machines of Kookmin Bank in Seoul, South Korea. After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea’s national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says it might have to issue new ID numbers to every citizen over 17 at a possible cost of billions of dollars. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea's national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says it might have to issue new ID numbers to every citizen over 17 at a possible cost of billions of dollars.


Dozens arrested on 4th day of St. Louis protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:37

A woman who identified herself as Dragonfly, from the Brooklyn borough of New York, gets a hug from Ferguson, Mo., police Sgt. Michael Wood, after sharing her fear of police brutality with Wood, during a protest at the police station, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Activists planned a day of civil disobedience to protest the shooting of Michael Brown, in August, and a second police shooting in St. Louis last week. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police arrested dozens of protesters during the final of four days of rallies and civil disturbance to express anger at the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb.


Ex-casino executive to head Orange County Register

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:54
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Orange County Register has hired former casino executive Richard Mirman to be its interim publisher and chief executive, the newspaper said Monday night.

California bus driver quarantined after Ebola scare

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:43
(Reuters) - A Los Angeles bus driver was quarantined for several hours on Monday after a passenger wearing a surgical mask claimed he had Ebola, a county transportation official said. The man, who was accompanied by a woman without any protective gear, boarded the Venice, California-bound bus and told the driver, "Don't mess with me. I have Ebola," said Los Angeles County Metro spokesman Paul Gonzales. After a few minutes, the man dropped his mask and exited the bus with the woman, Gonzales said. ...

Two killed as storms move across southern United States

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:41
BIRMINGHAM Al (Reuters) - Two people were killed and at least four were injured on Monday as a strong storm swept across several southern U.S. states, officials said. A 75-year-old woman was killed about 45 miles (72 km) outside Birmingham, Alabama, when high wind brought a tree down on her trailer, said Walker County coroner J.C. Poe. Her husband, who was also in the trailer, was taken to hospital with injuries, Poe said. ...

Dallas Nurse With Ebola Identified

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:19
The Dallas nurse who was infected with Ebola after treating a Liberian man has been identified as Nina Pham.

Asian shares boosted by strong China trade data

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:06

People are reflected on the electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Shares rose in Asia on Tuesday as investors encouraged by strong China trade shrugged off a tumble on Wall Street triggered by fears that slowing growth in Europe and Asia could hobble the global recovery. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Tuesday as investors reassured by strong Chinese trade shrugged off Wall Street worries that slowing growth in Europe and Asia could hobble the global recovery.


Korean chat app vows to protect user privacy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 12:25

Lee Sirgoo, CEO at DaumKakao which owns Kakao Talk, listens to a question during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Popular South Korean messaging app Kakao Talk said it will stop cooperating with authorities seeking to access private messages as part of a government crackdown on online criticism. Lee apologized Tuesday for its initial handling of privacy issues. Kakao Talk says it will stop collaborating with authorities seeking to collect users’ private messages and introduce new privacy features. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Popular South Korean messaging app Kakao Talk said Monday it will stop fully cooperating with authorities seeking to access private messages as part of a government crackdown on online criticism.


Police: More than 50 arrested in Ferguson protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:58

Pastor Charles Burton lies on the driveway at the Ferguson, Mo., police station as a chalk drawing is made as a memorial to Michael Brown, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Activists planned a day of civil disobedience to protest Brown's shooting in August and a second police shooting in St. Louis last week. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Pounding rain and tornado watches didn't deter hundreds of protesters Monday outside Ferguson police headquarters, where they stayed for almost four hours to mark how long 18-year-old Michael Brown's body was left in a street after he was fatally shot by police.


Foggy Morning to a Taste of Summer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:45

 Summer Temperatures This AfternoonMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking an unseasonably warm air mass on the way.


Maine, most other states don't regulate hayrides

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:42

This December 2013 photo provided by her family shows Cassidy Charette, 17, of Oakland, Maine, who died from head injuries in an accident at a Halloween-themed hayride Saturday night, Oct. 11, 2014 in Mechanic Falls, Maine. Investigators said a mechanical problem caused a Jeep towing the wagon full of passengers she was riding in to lurch down a steep hill and slam into a tree. (AP Photo/Charette family)MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — Maine, like most states, doesn't have strict regulations for hayrides, including the one that lurched down a steep hill and into a tree over the weekend, killing a 17-year-old girl and injuring more than 20 others.


School bus driver accused of DUI during field trip

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:31

School bus driver accused of DUI during field tripA Utah school bus driver was arrested Monday on suspicion of DUI after driving erratically and nearly hitting a car on a busy stretch of highway while taking 67 elementary-school students on a field trip, authorities said.


2 jump out window in Clifton Heights fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:26

2 jump out window in Clifton Heights fireThree people were injured, including a firefighter, during a two-alarm fire in Clifton Heights, Delaware County.


Florida asks for state Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:18
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi requested on Monday that the state Supreme Court be allowed to decide whether same-sex couples can marry within its jurisdiction. The move marks a change of course after she asked to delay any court decision in Florida until the U.S. Supreme Court decided the constitutional issue. The Supreme Court last week declined to hear appeals in gay marriage cases in five states, leaving intact regional federal court rulings that had struck down the same-sex bans. ...