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Over half of Boeing's fighter-jet plant machinists opt for voluntary buyouts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 08:55
By Alwyn Scott (Reuters) - More than half of the Boeing Co machinists at its fighter-jet plant in St. Louis, Missouri, have signed up to take voluntary buyouts, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said on Friday. About 1,300 of the 2,300 machinists at the St. Louis plant had signed up for the plan by a recent deadline, but not all who signed up will take it as some will reconsider their options, the IAM said. Boeing confirmed that it had offered the buyout to certain workers who met eligibility requirements, and that not all of the workers were expected to leave. ...

Parents of slain US journalist criticize handling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 08:51
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The parents of a New Hampshire journalist slain by Islamic extremists in Syria said Friday that they never knew what the U.S. government was doing to help their son and were told they could be prosecuted if they tried to raise money for a ransom.

$2M bail for suspect in gas station killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 08:48

This photo provided by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department shows Lyle Marvin Hoffman. Hoffman, who is accused of fatally shooting his former boyfriend and business partner in suburban Minneapolis, was arrested Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, after a month on the run, when police found him on foot peering at a drive-thru menu in another suburb, police said. (AP Photo/Ramsey County Sheriff's Department)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of killing his former boyfriend and business partner at a suburban Minneapolis gas station abandoned a suitcase that contained ammunition consistent with the bullets used in the slaying, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday.


Teen charged with murder, rape in girl's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 08:44
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — The teenager accused of sexually assaulting and killing a 6-year-old neighbor girl in Washington state was charged as an adult Friday with aggravated murder and aggravated rape.

Maria Shriver removed from former California Gov. Schwarzenegger's portrait

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 08:34

California Governor Schwarzenegger smiles with wife Maria Shriver at Governor's Inaugural Ball at Sacramento Convention CenterBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A small image of Maria Shriver on a lapel pin worn by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in an official portrait has been painted over as the actor-turned-politician and his wife go through a divorce, a former aide said. Schwarzenegger, a Republican who left office nearly four years ago, was the featured star earlier this week when the portrait was unveiled in the state capital of Sacramento. The revelation came weeks after the separation of Schwarzenegger and Shriver, who had been married for 25 years. Schwarzenegger's former aide, Clay Russell, confirmed in an email on Friday that the portrait had included a small image of Shriver on a lapel pin Schwarzenegger wore.


Tesla Q&A: Tesla's Nevada 'gigafactory' FAQs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 08:30

Surrounded by lawmakers and staff members, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signs into law an unprecedented package of incentives to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state, at the Capitol, in Carson City, Nev., on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Now that Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed into law a package of incentives for Tesla Motors worth up to $1.3 billion, the electric-car maker is moving ahead with plans to build a $5 billion lithium battery factory expected to open in 2017 and employ 6,500 workers to make cheaper batteries so it can afford to mass market a new line of more affordable vehicles.


Racial-profiling plaintiff becomes federal judge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 08:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge who was the plaintiff in a landmark Maryland racial-profiling case has been sworn in as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

New Jersey man gets 50 years for stabbing ex-wife 84 times

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 08:27

New Jersey man gets 50 years for stabbing ex-wife 84 timesA New Jersey man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and then covering her face with a pig mask was sentenced to 50 years in prison Friday.


Fla. appeals rulings overturning gay-marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 08:24
MIAMI (AP) — Florida officials are appealing several court rulings overturning the state's ban on gay marriage.

NY man who strangled 8 prostitutes dies in prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 08:24

In this Feb. 10, 2104 photo provided by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Kendall Francois is shown. Prison officials said that Francois died of natural causes on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. He was 43 years old. Francois was serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for strangling eight women during a killing spree in the 1980's. (AP Photo/New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former school hall monitor who admitted strangling eight prostitutes and stashing their corpses in his home in the 1990s has died at a prison in western New York.


US company wins contract to build Haiti prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 08:21
CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti (AP) — A construction company based in Maryland has received a U.S. government contract to build a prison in northern Haiti.

Mexico lifts limit on businesses' dollar deposits

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 08:19
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government will no longer limit the monthly cash deposits of U.S. dollars that border businesses can make if the companies allow authorities to monitor their financial transactions and meet other requirements, the president announced Friday.

Boston bomb case lawyers want 2,000 jury summonses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 08:18
BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say they will need to summon 2,000 people to pick a jury.

US Rep Sanford calls off engagement to 'soul mate'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 08:11

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., discusses his first months back in Congress during an Associated Press interview in his district office in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Sanford said on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, that he and his fiancee are calling off their engagement due to the ongoing contention with his ex-wife Jenny Sanford, four years after their divorce. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said Friday that he is calling off his engagement to Maria Belen Chapur because of the ongoing contention with his ex-wife, Jenny, four years after their divorce.


Alumni group says Ohio university fired band director to placate probe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:59
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio State University alumni group critical of the firing of a popular band director said on Friday his dismissal was a bid to appease Title IX investigators probing sexual harassment and abuse at the school. Jon Waters was fired in July after a two-month investigation prompted by a parent's complaints concluded he failed to address or eliminate a sexually hostile environment that included traditions such as sexually explicit nicknames and band practices in underwear. A report by alumni of Ohio State University band, known as TBDBITL or "The Best Damn Band in the Land," said the findings of the school's probe into Waters had been "overwhelmingly refuted in public in the days and weeks since its release." The group pointed to an announcement that OSU had resolved a four-year Title IX investigation into how the school handled sexual abuse and harassment. In a letter sent to OSU President Michael Drake on Thursday, Meena Morey Chandra, regional director with the Office for Civil Rights, part of the U.S.

Problems seen with new Argentine debt payment law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:39

A banner shows a vulture, symbolizing a U.S. hedge fund, carrying a bag of money in front of the U.S. flag outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Congress is expected to vote on a bill, that if approved, would allow Argentina to pay creditors locally in Argentina. Argentina was forced into a second default on July 30 following a decade-long legal battle with U.S. investors including hedge funds who refused to accept lower payments for bonds that the South American country defaulted on in 2001. The investors obtained a U.S. court order, preventing Argentina from making interest payments which triggered the second default. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A law designed to restructure Argentina's debt and sidestep a U.S. court ruling that pushed the government into default could be difficult to apply and worsen the country's frail economy, analysts say.


Officials tour sinking homes in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:36

Officials tour sinking homes in Southwest PhiladelphiaIn Southwest Philadelphia's Eastwick section, officials toured several homes that are sinking, in hopes of finding a solution.


Search for missing swimmer in Delaware River in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:30

Search for missing swimmer in Delaware River in South PhiladelphiaPolice marine units were called in to search for a swimmer who went missing in the Delaware River in South Philadelphia.


Med director out at clinic that treated Rivers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:30

FILE - This Oct. 5, 2009 file photo shows Joan Rivers posing as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers " during the 25th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video, Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, southeastern France. The head of the facility where Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure is no longer at the clinic. A Yorkville Endoscopy spokeswoman said Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, that Dr. Lawrence Cohen is no longer the facility’s medical director, nor is he performing procedures there. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the outpatient surgery facility where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure is no longer at the clinic.


Kentucky man admits to selling fraudulent fertility kits

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:25
A Kentucky man, who made international news for saying he was trying to clone humans, must close or sell his business after pleading guilty to a federal charge that he misled customers about in-home fertility kits, according to court documents. Panayiotis Zavos faces up to a year in prison when he is sentenced in January on the misdemeanor charge. His attorney, Jarrod J. Beck, said on Friday he hopes his client will avoid prison. Zavos and his company, Zavos Diagnostic Laboratories, Inc., or ZDL, both pleaded guilty on Thursday to a misdemeanor as part of a plea agreement.