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Lawyer: Pot clouded mind of bombing suspect's pal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:32

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2014 file photo, Robel Phillipos arrives at federal court in Boston for the start of jury selection for his trial in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Phillipos trial. He was charged with lying to authorities about being in Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room while two other friends removed Tsarnaev’s backpack, laptop and other items. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)BOSTON (AP) — A prosecutor told a jury Monday that a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lied repeatedly to the FBI during the investigation into the deadly attack, while the friend's lawyer said he was a frightened 19-year-old whose memory was clouded by heavy marijuana use.

Detroit not 'where we need to be,' but can rebuild after bankruptcy: mayor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:31

The word 'Bankruptcy' is seen painted on the side of a vacant building by street artists as a statement on the financial affairs of the city on Grand River Avenue in DetroitBy Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit may take years before fully functioning as a city, its mayor said on Monday as he gave a tepid blessing to the plan for ending the city's historic bankruptcy. Mayor Mike Duggan was the last witness called by Detroit's attorneys, who then rested the city's case in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing on the plan to adjust $18 billion of debt. "We’re about 10 percent where we need to be," Duggan said about Detroit's current state. "It’s going to be a multiyear process. ...

Journalist Suspects He Got Ebola While Cleaning Infected Car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:17
The American journalist with Ebola who arrived at a Nebraska hospital today said that his son believes that he may have gotten infected when he got splashed while spray-washing a vehicle where someone had died from the disease.

Suspected gunman wrote letter about Pennsylvania ambush: CNN

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:11

Handout of Matthew Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania(Reuters) - The survivalist accused of gunning down two Pennsylvania State Police troopers left a handwritten letter detailing the ambush and his escape, CNN reported on Monday. The letter, believed to be written by 31-year-old suspect Eric Matthew Frein, was found during the manhunt for the sniper after the shooting on September 12, CNN reported, citing two unnamed law enforcement sources. The attack killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and left Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, critically wounded. A spokesman for Pennsylvania State Police declined to confirm the report. ...

Spanish nurse is suspected of Ebola infection

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:05

Spanish nurse positve for Ebola; 1st reported transmission outside AfricaIn what is the first reported incident of Ebola transmission outside Africa, a Spanish nurse who treated a missionary for the disease at a Madrid hospital tested positive for the disease, Spain's health minister said Monday.

Jewish fraternity house in Atlanta vandalized with swastikas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:02
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Swastikas were spray painted on a Jewish fraternity house at Emory University in Atlanta hours after the solemn Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, school officials said on Monday. The Nazi symbols were painted on the exterior of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house on Sunday, the Emory officials said, adding that the incident was under investigation by campus police. ...

Huge crane arrives at NY's Tappan Zee project

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:58

A large crane named the Left Coast Lifter arrives at the Tappan Zee Bridge near Nyack, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The crane, which can lift 1900 tons, will assist in the ongoing construction at the bridge. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)PIERMONT, N.Y. (AP) — One of the world's largest floating cranes, a blue and red behemoth bearing two American flags, arrived at New York's Tappan Zee Bridge construction site on Monday.

Court won't hear Zedillo-Mexican massacre case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:42
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the appeal of 10 people who tried to sue former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo on allegations he bore some responsibility for a 1997 massacre in Mexico and tried to cover it up.

Attorneys back in court to narrow jury pool in Jodi Arias sentencing retrial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:40

Jodi Arias looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Willmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Attorneys returned to an Arizona court on Monday to narrow an already whittled-down pool for selecting jurors who will determine whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be executed for killing her ex-boyfriend at his Phoenix-area home in 2008.    Prosecutors and defense attorneys were scheduled to begin questioning 176 potential jurors who made the first cut to serve on the penalty phase retrial of the 34-year-old former California waitress. ...

Facebook closes WhatsApp purchase now worth $21.8B

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:24

Facebook closes WhatsApp purchase now worth $21.8BNEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has completed its acquisition of the mobile messaging service WhatsApp for almost $22 billion, up from the original $19 billion when the cash-and-stock deal was struck early this year thanks in part to the rising price of Facebook shares.

Gay marriages start in Virginia; couple weds in Richmond hours after Supreme Court clears way

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:19
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gay marriages start in Virginia; couple weds in Richmond hours after Supreme Court clears way.

PHOTOS: Funeral for Pa. Trooper David Kedra

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:18

 Funeral for Pa. Trooper David KedraA Pennsylvania State Police trooper accidentally killed in a firearms training exercise was laid to rest in Northeast Philadelphia.

Hot air balloon drifts into ocean in California, surfers come to rescue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:16
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A hot air balloon carrying a man who had just proposed to his girlfriend drifted into the ocean off the Southern California coast, where daring surfers grabbed a rope to pull the aircraft to shore, an official said on Monday. The newly engaged couple and a pilot were on board the balloon on Sunday evening when the wind switched direction and began pushing it toward the shore of Encinitas, just north of San Diego, said Encinitas Marine Safety Captain Larry Giles. ...

Federal permits limit pollution in Spokane River

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:12
POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have issued permits to three northern Idaho cities that limit how much pollution can be put into the Spokane River.

Autopsy: Lifeguard died of accidental drowning

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 02:05
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An autopsy has concluded that a veteran Newport Beach lifeguard died of accidental drowning after jumping in the water to help a struggling swimmer as rough waves battered Southern California in July.

NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars apologize for Ebola prank by mascot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:56
(Reuters) - The National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars apologized on Monday after their mascot used the Ebola epidemic to taunt fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The mascot, Jaxson DeVille, held up a handwritten sign to the crowd that read "TOWELS CARRY EBOLA" while carrying a yellow "Terrible Towel" in his right hand. Created in 1975 by then-Steelers radio broadcaster Myron Cope, Pittsburgh fans cheer their team by raising their arm and waving a black and gold towel in a circular motion. It is dubbed the Terrible Towel by Steelers fans, perhaps the most enthusiastic in the NFL. ...

US edge lower; H&R Block slides

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:44

In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, the statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall faces the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stocks opened higher Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, as investors assessed corporate news. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged lower Monday as concerns about the direction of the Federal Reserve's interest rate policy weighed on investors. Tax preparer H&R Block slumped after the company said that its attempt to sell a banking unit was getting bogged down.

Child in Seattle suburb under boil water order sickened by E. coli

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:37
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A child living in a wealthy Seattle suburb under orders to boil its tap water after tests showed the presence of E. coli has become infected with the bacteria, authorities said on Monday. The child, who has not been hospitalized, was the first reported illness following positive tests for the bacteria in tap water on Mercer Island, on Lake Washington, health officials said. "We don't know whether the infection in this child was caused by the water on Mercer Island," said Dr. Meagan Kay, medical epidemiologist for Public Health – Seattle & King County. ...

School bets video game scholarship can draw talent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:33

In this Sept. 23, 2014 photo, Robert Morris University Illinois freshmen, from left, Sondra Burrows, Brian Rodonis and Alex Chapman practice playing the video game “League of Legends” with their collegiate teammates at their on-campus training facility in Chicago. The small private university is offering hefty scholarships for players of “League of Legends,” which has become one of the most popular games for organized team competitions nationwide. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — As a teenager, holed up in his bedroom, illuminated by the glow of his laptop, Youngbin Chung became addicted to video games. Ten-hours-a-day addicted.

Hilton selling Waldorf Astoria New York for $1.95B

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 01:33

A taxi passes in front of the fabled Waldorf Astoria hotel, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in New York. Hilton Worldwide is selling the Waldorf Astoria New York to Chinese insurance company Anbang Insurance Group Co. for $1.95 billion. Hilton Worldwide will continue to manage the storied hotel for the next 100 years as part of an agreement with Anbang. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — Hilton Worldwide is selling the Waldorf Astoria New York to Chinese insurance company Anbang Insurance Group Co. for $1.95 billion.