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Jury foreman who used cellphone in court released on bond

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 02:40
WILSON, N.C. (AP) — The jury foreman ordered to spend 30 days in a North Carolina jail for using his cellphone in the jury room is out on bond.

Witnesses: Man begged for help before dying in burning bus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 02:36
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Witnesses say a central California man trapped in a burning bus where he lived was pounding on a window and begging for help before he died in the flames.

AT&T hit with $100M fine for 'unlimited' data plans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 02:33

AT&T hit with $100M fine for 'unlimited' data plansAT&T Mobility LLC has been slapped with a record $100 million fine for offering consumers "unlimited" data, but then slowing their Internet speeds after they reached a certain amount.


Atlantic City casino workers plan protest over benefit cuts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 02:25

People walk along the boardwalk during sunset in Atlantic City, New JerseyThe largest union representing workers at Atlantic City, New Jersey's hard-hit casinos plan to rally outside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort on Wednesday to protests a bankruptcy court-approved cut to benefits for some 1,000 casino workers. The protest over cuts sought by billionaire investor Carl Icahn in exchange for keeping the casino open comes at a time when the Jersey Shore resort city is suffering as gambling revenue drops and casinos close. Gamblers placed about $2.74 billion in bets at Atlantic City casinos last year, down 4.5 percent for the year and well below the $5.2 billion peak in 2006 before neighboring states allowed casinos to open.


Connecticut woman loses bid for new murder-for-hire trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 02:18

This undated inmate photo released by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows Beth Carpenter, convicted in 2002 for murder and conspiracy for plotting with her lover and boss, Haiman Clein, to kill her brother-in-law, Anson "Buzz" Clinton in East Lyme in 1994. On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, a Rockville Superior Court judge rejected Carpenter's bid for a new trial. (Connecticut Department of Correction via AP)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman has lost her bid for a new trial in a murder-for-hire case that landed her in prison for life and was depicted in books and TV shows.


Time capsule returns to Massachusetts Statehouse cornerstone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 02:13

From left, Michael Comeau, Executive Director of The Massachusetts Archives, Harvey Waugh, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons of Massachusetts, and Pamela Hatchfield, Head of Objects conservation at the Museum of Fine Arts replace a time capsule in a cornerstone during a ceremony at at the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The capsule, containing artifacts including coins and documents was originally placed by then Gov. Samuel Adams and Paul Revere in 1795. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)BOSTON (AP) — In an elaborate ceremony steeped in tradition, a time capsule dating to 1795 was returned Wednesday to the cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse, with a set of 2015 U.S. mint coins and a silver plaque added to its contents for a future generation to discover.


In Tech: Facebook photos, Amazon e-reader and more

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 02:11

This image provided by Facebook shows views of its Moments app. Available on iOS and Android in the U.S., Moments uses facial recognition technology to group the photos in your phone based on who is in them. This is the same technology that Facebook already uses to tag your friends on the site. (Facebook via AP)Facebook's latest app promises to help you organize photos on your phone and share them with friends privately.


Texas officials eye rising rivers due to tropical depression

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 02:08
DALLAS (AP) — A churning tropical storm has caused little damage so far in Texas, but authorities warned Wednesday that as Tropical Depression Bill moves northeast, already swollen rivers could overflow their banks and cause more problems for water-weary residents.

Correction: Church Abuse-Minnesota story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 02:07

FILE - In this July 30, 2014, file photo, St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt speaks at his office in St. Paul, Minn. On Monday, June 15, 2015, the Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche after prosecutors charged the archdiocese with having failed to protect children from unspeakable harm from a pedophile priest. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig, File)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a story June 16 about the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jennifer Haselberger was an archivist in the church. Haselberger, who accused church leaders of covering up allegations of clergy abuse, was a canon lawyer for the archdiocese.


Former bank manager charged with stealing $439k from elderly, deceased

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 02:06

Former bank manager charged with stealing $439k from elderly, deceasedA former Iron Workers bank employee is facing multiple charges for stealing more than $430,000 over a ten-year period from elderly bank customers and from the estates of the deceased, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced Wednesday.


Judge rules Minnesota sex offender program unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 01:51

FILE - This April 19, 2010 file photo shows a secure facility that holds more than 400 men who are sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences, in Moose Lake, Minn. A federal judge ruled Wednesday, June 17, 2015, that Minnesota's sex offender treatment program is unconstitutional, saying it violates the "fundamental rights" of more than 700 people locked up indefinitely after completing their prison sentences. (AP Photo/Martiga Lohn, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Minnesota's sex offender treatment program is unconstitutional, saying it violates the "fundamental rights" of more than 700 people locked up indefinitely after completing their prison sentences.


Texas man to be executed this week in auto mechanic's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 01:50

FILE - This undated file handout file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Gregory Russeau. On Thursday, June 18, 2015, Russeau is scheduled for lethal injection for beating 75-year-old James Syvertson to death in Tyler, Texas. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP, File)HOUSTON (AP) — About eight hours after relatives found 75-year-old James Syvertson fatally beaten inside his auto repair shop in Tyler, Texas, police in nearby Longview pulled over a man driving Syvertson's Chevrolet in front of a known drug house.


Court revives post-9/11 detainee claims vs. top US officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 01:48
NEW YORK (AP) — Former top U.S. officials can be held liable for the abuse of hundreds of detainees rounded up after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks for minor immigration violations, a federal appeals court said Wednesday, citing the importance of the rule of law even in times of crisis.

Police Hunt 2nd Animal After Escaped Zoo Tiger Kills Man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 01:47
A man has been killed by a white tiger that escaped from Tbilisi's zoo during floods in the Georgian capital.

Delivery by drone in 30 minutes? Amazon says it's coming

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 01:46

Amazon Global Public Policy Vice President Paul Misener testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the economic impact of regulating drone technology for personal and commercial uses as well as privacy concerns on the economic impact of regulating drone technology for personal and commercial uses as well as privacy concerns. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing a pizza delivery motto, online retail giant Amazon told Congress Wednesday it is developing the technology to use drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less, a broad expansion of unmanned flight that is raising concerns about safety, security and privacy.


Obama continues to have confidence in OPM director after breach: White House

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 01:41

Archuleta testifies before a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the data breach of OPM computers, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama continues to have confidence in Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta despite recent cyber data breaches at the agency, the White House said on Wednesday. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)


HIV epidemic waning in southern Indiana county: officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 01:34
The number of new HIV cases in a rural southern Indiana county that has been the site of a recent epidemic has fallen dramatically, public health officials said on Wednesday. Scott County health workers will still need to treat those infected and identify and advise those considered to be at high risk of contracting HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS. "This is something that is going to require continuing vigilance," Dr. Jerome Adams, the state's health commissioner, said at a news conference.

Soggy Doggy, Pup Pot among inventions by, for pet owners

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 01:25

In this May 14, 2015 photo provided by Brad Webb, an employee at the Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus, Ohio, brushes Huck with a royal blue Groom Genie that Rikki Mor of Denver donated to the shelter. Huck’s look might be the difference between adoption or not. Users have repeatedly told Mor that grooming with the detangling brush calms the dogs. (Brad Webb via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joanna Rein knew there was a way to prevent her rambunctious Labrador-collie mix from tracking in mud, water and drool from the soggy outdoors.


Luck runs out: Man loses $92K in winning lottery tickets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 01:21
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The same lucky lottery numbers, 7-1-5, that won a Florida man tens of thousands of dollars over the years banked him another $92,000 payout last month. And then his luck ran out: the 184 winning tickets, each worth $500, were nowhere to be found.

Kentucky judge accused of threatening police is suspended

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 01:21
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky judge accused of a long list of belligerent behavior including name-calling, unethically presiding over cases, and threatening a "bullet in the head" for the next police officer to pull him over has been suspended.