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Billionaire's estate tax 'windfall' a boon to Pennsylvania coffers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 04:01
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A whopping $100 million tax payment to Pennsylvania by the estate of a conservative billionaire is a welcome addition to the state's strained finances, state officials said on Monday. The inheritance tax payment made by the estate of Pittsburgh's Richard Mellon Scaife, whose fortune was made in banking, publishing and oil, dwarfed any previous inheritance payments, they said. The $100 million "absolutely" will have a positive affect on the state's balance sheet, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Revenue said. ...

Police investigate high-profile NYC lawyer after rape complaint

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:56
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating an allegation that a New York lawyer who has been involved in high-profile civil rights lawsuits against police raped a woman at his Manhattan apartment last week, police said on Monday. Investigators searched the apartment of attorney Sanford Rubenstein on Sunday after a 43-year-old woman told police he raped her, police said. No charges have been filed, and a lawyer representing Rubenstein has said no crime was committed. ...

High court begins term with case on police actions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:49

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan, center, and Stephen Breyer, center-right, leave the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle with clergy after the annual Red Mass for Supreme Court justices in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. The new Supreme Court term starts Monday. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court opened its new term Monday pondering whether a police officer's misunderstanding of the law can justify a traffic stop that led to the seizure of illegal drugs.


Chronology: Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:48
(Reuters) - International agencies and governments are fighting to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus, which causes fever and bleeding, has killed at least 3,439 people. Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms a previously unidentified hemorrhagic fever, which killed over 50 people in its southeastern Forest Region, is Ebola. Cases are also reported in the capital. March 30: Liberia reports two Ebola cases; suspected cases reported in Sierra Leone. ...

Potential jurors questioned at Arias penalty trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 03:41

FILE - In this May 1, 2013 file photo, Jodi Arias sits in the courtroom during her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Potential jurors for the penalty retrial of Arias are being called back to court as attorneys whittle down the group to an impartial panel that will determine whether the former waitress receives the death penalty or life in prison. Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers began individually questioning prospective jurors for the penalty phase retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias, the next step in the effort to pick an impartial panel that will determine whether she receives the death penalty or life in prison.


Billionaires' artworks headed to auction

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

This undated photo provided by Sotheby’s shows Andy Warhol’s “A Group of Four Portraits of Sao Schlumberger,” Sotheby’s predicts the 1974 acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, from the collection of renowned art benefactors Pierre and Sao Schlumberger, could be $2-3 million when it is auctioned in November. The Schlumbergers were the first patrons to commission Warhol for a silkscreen portrait. (AP Photo/Sotheby’s)NEW YORK (AP) — Ninety modern and contemporary artworks, including a rare Mark Rothko painting, from the collection of the renowned art benefactors Pierre and Sao Schlumberger could realize $85 million at the fall art auctions next month.


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.