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BRICS nations agree to create own development bank

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:08

Leaders of the BRICS nations, from left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, China's President Xi Jinping and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, pose for a group photo during the BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The leaders of the BRICS nations are expected to officially create a bailout and development fund worth $100 billion. It's meant to be an alternative to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which are seen as being dominated by the U.S. and Europe. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — The leaders of five emerging market powers said at a summit Tuesday that they gave final agreement to creating their own development bank worth $100 billion that will have its headquarters in China.


Collingdale hit-and-run suspect surrenders to police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:06

Collingdale hit-and-run suspect surrenders to policeA hit-and-run suspect, who police say intentionally ran down his victim, has surrendered to police in Collingdale, Pa.


Critically ill children get a day of worry-free fun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:05

Critically ill children get a day of worry-free funFor one day, critically ill children and their families got the chance to have worry-free fun at the Independence Seaport Museum.


U.S. urges stiff sentences for Britons who recruited for al Qaeda

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:03

A British national accused of operating a website that promoted jihad and supported al Qaeda is pictured as he plead guilty in this courtroom sketch in U.S. District Court in New HavenBy Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors urged a judge on Tuesday to impose the maximum sentences for two British men who pleaded guilty in December to running a website and distributing publications that promoted violence and raised money for al Qaeda. The pair, 39-year-old Babar Ahmad and 34-year-old Syed Talha Ahsan, appeared in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut, for a hearing before Chief Judge Janet Hall ahead of their sentencings later this week. The United States is most concerned about Ahmad, who faces a possible 25-year sentence, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Reynolds, who called him a "serious threat." "We have very significant concerns about Mr. Ahmad just going back and doing what he did before," Reynolds said. "We believe his involvement on websites after Sept. 11 (2001) demonstrates, that and he has expressed no remorse for his actions." Ahmad's attorney, Terence Ward, countered by saying the website, Azzam.com, had been shut down before the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Ahmad is to be sentenced on Wednesday, while Ahsan, who faces a possible 15-year sentence, is set for a Thursday sentencing.


Police arrest man with several weapons on SEPTA train

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 06:03

Police arrest man with several weapons on SEPTA trainPolice say a man was arrested after carrying several weapons on a SEPTA train in Philadelphia late Monday night.


Family identifies teen struck by lightning in Glenolden

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:55

Family identifies teen struck by lightning in GlenoldenFamily members have identified the teenager who was struck by lightning in Glenolden, Delaware County.


U.S. urges stiff sentences for Britons who recruited for al Qaeda

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:51

A British national accused of operating a website that promoted jihad and supported al Qaeda is pictured as he plead guilty in this courtroom sketch in U.S. District Court in New HavenBy Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors urged a judge on Tuesday to impose the maximum sentences for two British men who pleaded guilty in December to running a website and distributing publications that promoted violence and raised money for al Qaeda. The pair, 39-year-old Babar Ahmad and 34-year-old Syed Talha Ahsan, appeared in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut, for a hearing before Chief Judge Janet Hall ahead of their sentencings later this week. The United States is most concerned about Ahmad, who faces a possible 25-year sentence, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Reynolds, who called him a "serious threat." "We have very significant concerns about Mr. Ahmad just going back and doing what he did before," Reynolds said. "We believe his involvement on websites after Sept. 11 (2001) demonstrates, that and he has expressed no remorse for his actions." Ahmad's attorney, Terence Ward, countered by saying the website, Azzam.com, had been shut down before the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Ahmad is to be sentenced on Wednesday, while Ahsan, who faces a possible 15-year sentence, is set for a Thursday sentencing.


Rock dropped on car critically injures Ohio woman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:49
MIFFLINBURG, Pa. (AP) — An Ohio teacher who was badly injured when some teenagers deliberately dropped a rock from a central Pennsylvania highway overpass onto her family's car was hospitalized in critical condition on Tuesday, police and her family said.

U.S. officials purge biosafety board in midst of anthrax crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:47

The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in AtlantaBy Sharon Begley and David Morgan NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal officials, amid the worst U.S. biosafety crisis in years, have dismissed 11 eminent scientists from a 23-member panel that advises the government on how and whether research on dangerous pathogens should be conducted. The purged members were informed that their service was no longer needed via an email on Sunday night from Mary Groesch, executive director of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB). The panel is overseen by the National Institutes of Health. The action, first reported on Science magazine's website, came two days after federal health officials released details of an investigation of the mishandling of anthrax samples by scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Man rescued from base of raging waterfall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:46

In this July 14, 2014 photo released by the Skamania County Sheriff's Office, Skamania County sheriff's deputies and firefighters rescue John Napierkowski, bottom right, who was trapped in the water at Dougan Falls on the Washougal River in Washougal, Wash. Napierkowski was taken to a hospital after he was trapped in the cold water for about an hour. (AP Photo/Skamania County Sheriff's Office)STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies and firefighters have rescued a man who was trapped in rushing water at the base of a southwestern Washington waterfall after his legs got caught in rocks.


Marathon suspect wants to boost case to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:44

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of Tsarnaev, is on trial on obstruction of justice charges, accused with another friend of removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room. He is not charged with participating in the bombing or knowing about it in advance. (AP Photo/FBI, File)BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Tuesday to allow them to bolster their request to move his trial outside of Massachusetts.


U.S. woman rescued at sea with family sues satellite phone company

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:34

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters, 3-year-old Cora and 1-year-old Lyra, disembark the USS Vandegrift in San DiegoBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A U.S. woman rescued with her family from a Pacific Ocean sailboat after her infant daughter became ill has filed suit against her satellite phone company for cutting off service, a move she said led the family to seek an emergency rescue and ultimately to scuttle their boat, her lawyers said on Tuesday. The complaint filed in San Diego Superior Court by Charlotte Kaufman on Monday alleges that Whenever Communications LLC deactivated the family's satellite phone's SIM card even though the family's $240 a month bill had been paid in full since August 2012.


New York's MTA to publish LIRR offer in newspaper, radio ads Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:33

People board a Long Island Rail Road train at Pennsylvania Station in New YorkNew York's transit agency will publicize the details of its contract offer to Long Island Rail Road workers in newspaper and radio advertisements on Wednesday, the agency said, in an effort to pressure unions to call off a looming strike. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has offered a 17 percent pay raise over seven years, limits to benefit contributions and continuing pension payments for current employees. The unions have balked at the requirement that future workers would have to make steeper payments into their benefits, saying it would create an unfair two-tier system among the LIRR's employees. A strike would leave some 300,000 daily commuters from New York City's suburbs on Long Island scrambling for alternative transportation.


4 guards eyed in Mississippi prison football fight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:32
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A plan to toss footballs packed with cellphones and knives into a prison is to blame for a brawl that injured nine inmates, Mississippi's top prison official said Tuesday.

Two former Utah attorneys general charged with corruption

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:28

A combination photo shows Utah's former attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow in police booking photos in Salt Lake CityBy Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - FBI agents arrested two former Utah attorneys general at their homes on Tuesday and charged them with felonies stemming from a two-year investigation into claims of bribery and corruption, prosecutors said. Republicans John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff are accused of establishing a pay-to-play culture in office, and of taking bribes to look the other way or offer protection when donors to their political campaigns ran into legal trouble. "This has been a complex, nuanced, large investigation and there are multiple players in it," Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill said at a news conference. They were booked into Salt Lake County jail and released by midday.


Comcast 'embarrassed' by customer service rep

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:22
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cable and Internet giant Comcast is apologizing after a tech-savvy California customer posted eight minutes of telephone conversation online in which he tried repeatedly to get a customer service representative to disconnect his service.

Not guilty plea in murder of pregnant Maui woman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:19

This undated booking photo provided by the Maui Police Department shows Steven Capobianco. On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, Capobianco, the ex-boyfriend of Scott who was five months pregnant when she disappeared, pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in her death. Capobianco is accused of killing her and burning her vehicle to cover up the murder. (AP Photo/Maui Police Department)WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The ex-boyfriend of a Maui woman who was five months pregnant when she disappeared pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge in her death.


Shurtleff denies bribery charges against him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:17

This combination of Tuesday, July 15, 2014 photos provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff shows former Utah attorneys general Mark Shurtleff, left, and John Swallow who were taken into custody Tuesday as part of a bribery investigation. The arrests come just over a year after two county attorneys began scrutinizing Shurtleff and Swallow's relationships with several businessmen in trouble with regulators. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff says the bribery charges leveled against him are completely false and motivated by a politically charged investigation.


Authorities: Electrical failure caused deadly fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:16

In this Thursday July 10, 2014 photo, Sna Uch wipes away tears as tears as he kneels in prayer during a vigil outside an apartment building in Lowell, Mass. Seven people, including five members of a family of Cambodian descent, died in a pre-dawn fire there. Lowell is home to one of the country's largest Cambodian communities. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, John Wilcox) MANDATORY CREDIT. BOSTON GLOBE OUT. METRO BOSTON NEWSPAPER OUT. MAGS OUT.LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — An apartment building fire that killed seven people was an accident caused by an electrical failure that began in a concealed space between two floors, authorities said Tuesday.


Halle Berry's 'Extant' leads in TV ratings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:14

FILE - This file image released by CBS shows Halle Berry in a scene from the series "Extant." The limited run series, in which Berry plays an astronaut who mysteriously returns from a solo space mission pregnant, had 9.6 million viewers for its first episode on CBS last week, the Nielsen company said. That was enough to make it the most-watched prime-time show during the week. (AP Photo/CBS, Sonja Flemming, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Halle Berry made her small screen debut at a spot befitting an Academy Award winner — first place in the television ratings — but it's too early to call her summer drama "Extant" a hit.