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Police officer fatally shot in upstate NY

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:08
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A police officer died in a shooting in Rochester and a suspect has been apprehended, officials in the upstate New York city said.

Silicon Valley firms halted spread of grisly video

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:03

Students and supporters place candles at the edge of a wall surrounding a pond as they take part in a candle light vigil at the University of Central Florida, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Orlando, Fla., to honor Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist to be beheaded by the Islamic State group in two weeks. Sotloff attended University of Central Florida between 2002 and 2004. (AP Photo/John Raoux)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Silicon Valley firms were prepared this week to quickly block video of an Islamic State militant beheading an American journalist after a previous video by the same group showing the death of James Foley ricocheted through social networks in what was seen by some as a propaganda coup for the extremists.


Fisheries to cut catch of endangered bluefin tuna

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:01

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 file photo, customers take sushi of a bluefin tuna which was bought by sushi restauranteur Kiyoshi Kimura at the year's celebratory first auction, at his restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. The multi-nation fisheries body that monitors most of the Pacific Ocean has agreed to cut the catch of juvenile bluefin tuna to half of its average level in 2002-2004. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)TOKYO (AP) — The multi-nation fisheries body that monitors most of the Pacific Ocean has recommended cutting the catch of juvenile bluefin tuna to half of its average level in 2002-2004, a move that conservationists say is only an initial step toward saving the endangered species.


Dutch national pleads guilty in U.S. to running online narcotics bazaar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:48
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Dutch national who created and ran an elaborate online marketplace for the buying and selling of narcotics has pleaded guilty to U.S. Marc Willems, 45, of the Netherlands pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the two felony counts and admitted to launching "The Farmer's Market," which facilitated the sale of drugs like LSD, ecstasy and marijuana to users in the United States and dozens of other countries, the Los Angeles U.S. The online bazaar provided order forms and customer service for shoppers, guaranteeing delivery in exchange for a commission and accepting payment through PayPal, Western Union and other means, the federal grand jury indictment charged. Willems told prosecutors that the online bazaar processed some $2.5 million worth of orders over its several years of existence.

German factory orders rebound in July

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:30
BERLIN (AP) — The Federal Statistical Office says factory orders in Germany rebounded sharply in July, offsetting two consecutive declines in a good sign for Europe's largest economy.

PG&E intends appeal of $1.4B fine for fatal blast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:28

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2010, file photo, a massive fire following a pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people. In a filing Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the utility indicated its plan to file an appeal with the California Public Utilities Commission within 30 days. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An appeal is planned of a landmark $1.4 billion penalty recommended for a Northern California utility for a gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people, Pacific Gas and Electric said in a federal filing.


Document: Wildstein discussed bridge with officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:44

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, traffic crosses the George Washington Bridge, in Fort Lee, N.J. Police officers on the George Washington Bridge last September during lane closures apparently ordered by Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s aides as political payback said they warned superiors about the hazardous conditions created and were told not to talk about it on their radios, according to a summary provided by their lawyer to a legislative panel investigating the scandal. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — As thousands of commuters were stuck in traffic on the George Washington Bridge during lane closures apparently ordered by Republican Gov. Chris Christie's aides as political payback, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police lieutenant with ties to Christie was eating breakfast with the executive who ordered the closures.


Review: Samsung phones impress, but new apps key

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:37

British television presenter Rachel Riley shows a virtual-reality headset called Gear VR during an unpacked event of Samsung ahead of the consumer electronic fair IFA in Berlin, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)NEW YORK (AP) — After years of promoting its phones as "the next big thing," Samsung is realizing that bigger isn't necessarily better.


Review: Samsung phones impress, but new apps key

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:36

 Samsung phones impress, but new apps keyAfter years of promoting its phones as "the next big thing," Samsung is realizing that bigger isn't necessarily better. Two new Galaxy Note smartphones from Samsung are about the same size as ...


Document: Wildstein discussed bridge with officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:31

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, traffic crosses the George Washington Bridge, in Fort Lee, N.J. Police officers on the George Washington Bridge last September during lane closures apparently ordered by Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s aides as political payback said they warned superiors about the hazardous conditions created and were told not to talk about it on their radios, according to a summary provided by their lawyer to a legislative panel investigating the scandal. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police lieutenant with ties to Gov. Chris Christie ate breakfast with the executive who ordered the closures on the George Washington Bridge as commuters were stuck in traffic.


Cardinal to lead St. Pat parade with 1st gay group

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:26

FILE - In this March 18, 2014 file photo, Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers announced Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, that they will allow the first gay group to march under its own banner. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)NEW YORK (AP) — There is no more natural spot for Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan — a proud, ebullient Irish-American — than grand marshal of the city's historic St. Patrick's Day Parade. But the honor now has an added significance: Parade organizers said Wednesday they will allow the first gay group to march under its own banner.


Cardinal to lead St. Pat parade with 1st gay group

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:26

FILE - In this March 18, 2014 file photo, Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers announced Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, that they will allow the first gay group to march under its own banner. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)NEW YORK (AP) — There is no more natural spot for Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan — a proud, ebullient Irish-American — than grand marshal of the city's historic St. Patrick's Day Parade. But the honor now has an added significance: Parade organizers said Wednesday they will allow the first gay group to march under its own banner.


Details on a few of the US lighthouses for sale

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:16

This 2014 photo provided by Dave Waller shows the Graves Island Light Station on the outermost island of the Boston Harbor Islands. Waller bought the lighthouse at auction in 2013 for $933,888 and wants to convert it into a second home and vacation rental. (AP Photo/Dave Waller)The federal government is selling off lighthouses or in some cases giving them away for free. A look at a few lights that are up for grabs:


Details on a few of the US lighthouses for sale

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:16

This 2014 photo provided by Dave Waller shows the Graves Island Light Station on the outermost island of the Boston Harbor Islands. Waller bought the lighthouse at auction in 2013 for $933,888 and wants to convert it into a second home and vacation rental. (AP Photo/Dave Waller)The federal government is selling off lighthouses or in some cases giving them away for free. A look at a few lights that are up for grabs:


Departments use technology to ID troubled officers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:10

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2010 file photo, officers on bicycles keep watch as demonstrators protesting several incidents of alleged Los Angeles Police Department brutality, including the fatal shooting of Manuel Jamines a month ago, stand outside the LAPD's Rampart Station in the Westlake district of Los Angeles. Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit, from citizens or the federal government. The Los Angeles Police Department agreed to set up their $33 million early warning systems after the so-called Rampart scandal in which an elite anti-gang unit was found to have beaten and framed suspected gang members. The system was then implemented in 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit — from citizens or the federal government.


Hurricane Norbert churns in Pacific off Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:04

Cars sit on a street that collapsed after heavy rain in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The Gulf states of Mexico are bracing for more bad weather as Tropical Storm Dolly crosses the coast and continues moving inland over northeastern Mexico on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Norbert is churning in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.


Man accused of supporting Colombian rebels sentenced to decade in prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:55
(Reuters) - A man accused of attempting to provide Colombian rebels with rocket-propelled grenade launchers was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge in New York City, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Ioannis Viglakis, a 54-year-old Greek national, was arrested in Panama City two years ago for attempting to supply weapons to the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) rebel group, the Manhattan U.S. FARC is designated a terrorist organization by Washington and runs large cocaine trafficking operations. Attorney Preet Bharara said the group has used those types of military-grade weapons to shoot down American planes flying over the country.

Man accused of supporting Colombian rebels sentenced to decade in prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:55
(Reuters) - A man accused of attempting to provide Colombian rebels with rocket-propelled grenade launchers was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge in New York City, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Ioannis Viglakis, a 54-year-old Greek national, was arrested in Panama City two years ago for attempting to supply weapons to the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) rebel group, the Manhattan U.S. FARC is designated a terrorist organization by Washington and runs large cocaine trafficking operations. Attorney Preet Bharara said the group has used those types of military-grade weapons to shoot down American planes flying over the country.

Family of Hawaii toddler who died after dental work settles suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:48
By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - Relatives of a 3-year-old Hawaii girl who suffered brain injuries and died after undergoing a dental procedure that went awry late last year have settled the malpractice lawsuit brought in the case, the family's lawyer said on Wednesday. The attorney, L. Richard Fried Jr., said terms of the agreement with the dentist's insurance company were confidential, ”but we are very happy with the settlement.” He added that an investigation by state authorities was continuing. The toddler, Finley Boyle, visited Dr. Lilly Geyer and her Island Dentistry for Children practice in Honolulu on Dec. 3 for extensive dental work that was to include four root canals and multiple cavity fillings, according to court documents. Island Dentistry for Children has since closed permanently.

Family of Hawaii toddler who died after dental work settles suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:48
By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - Relatives of a 3-year-old Hawaii girl who suffered brain injuries and died after undergoing a dental procedure that went awry late last year have settled the malpractice lawsuit brought in the case, the family's lawyer said on Wednesday. The attorney, L. Richard Fried Jr., said terms of the agreement with the dentist's insurance company were confidential, ”but we are very happy with the settlement.” He added that an investigation by state authorities was continuing. The toddler, Finley Boyle, visited Dr. Lilly Geyer and her Island Dentistry for Children practice in Honolulu on Dec. 3 for extensive dental work that was to include four root canals and multiple cavity fillings, according to court documents. Island Dentistry for Children has since closed permanently.