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Wildfire burns five homes near Sacramento, threatens 1,000 more

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:55
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A major wildfire burning northeast of Sacramento has charred more than 420 acres (170 hectares) and destroyed five homes, California fire officials said on Thursday. The blaze, which started as five separate fires along Interstate 80 near the community of Applegate on Wednesday, prompted evacuations and the closure of all but one lane of I-80 eastbound, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on its website. ...

Ex-Marine in Iraq shooting case gets $10 fine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:50
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Marine corporal convicted of making false statements about the accidental shooting of a fellow U.S. serviceman has been spared prison time and been fined $10.

Ex-wife of Glock founder sues him over millions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:50
ATLANTA (AP) — After working decades to build a wildly successful firearms company, Gaston Glock conspired with associates to push out his ex-wife and business partner of almost 50 years and steal millions of dollars she was entitled to, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Atlanta.

Divorce trial of Continental CEO ends, with billions at stake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:46

CEO of Continental Resources Hamm enters the courthouse for divorce proceedings in Oklahoma City(Reuters) - Thursday marked the end of the epic nine-week divorce trial of Oklahoma’s richest man, oil magnate and Continental Resources Chief Executive Harold Hamm. With billions of dollars of company wealth at stake, the unusually secretive trial could end with the largest divorce judgment in history.   During the proceedings, lawyers for Harold Hamm and his wife of 26 years, Sue Ann Hamm, presented starkly different views of how much wealth should be divided by the court. The money is mostly tied up in a 68 percent stake in Continental, whose shares are in Harold's name. ...

US military planes arrive at epicenter of Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:43

US military planes arrive at epicenter of EbolaSix U.S. military planes arrived in the Ebola hot zone Thursday with more Marines, as West Africa's leaders pleaded for the world's help in dealing with "a tragedy unforeseen in modern times."

Braley tries to curb opponent's appeal to women

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:39

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley talks to fairgoers at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. With just weeks left in a tight Senate race that he started with an advantage, the four-term Democratic congressman is bringing in high-profile surrogates, including first lady Michelle Obama, and pressing to raise concerns among women about his GOP opponent, Joni Ernst. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With just weeks left in a tight Senate race that he started with an advantage, Democrat Bruce Braley is pressing to raise concerns among women voters about his Republican opponent, Joni Ernst, and take some of the sheen off the farm-raised, military veteran who rose from relative obscurity to GOP stardom during the campaign.

Europe, others weigh risks of West African flights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:38

A Moroccan health worker uses a thermometer to screen a passenger at the arrivals hall of the Mohammed V airport in Casablanca, Thursday, Oct 9, 2014. Air Maroc, along with Air France and Brussels Airlines, are still flying to Ebola-hit West Africa, with the backing of the World Health Organization. The WHO has urged the airlines to keep flying, saying the risk to public health from air travel itself is low and that flights bring needed aid workers and supplies. Airlines have to balance that against safety concerns which have led British Airways and Emirates to suspend service. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — After seven months in Ebola-stricken Liberia, Vijay Kumar was getting his temperature scanned Thursday at the airport by medical crews in blue gowns and masks — one of dozens who relied on Royal Air Maroc's continuing flights to West Africa.

911 calls released from Kentucky school shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:35
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two women whose children called them when a student was shot inside a Louisville high school described hearing chaos in the background.

UN member states owe world body about $3.5 billion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:27
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. member states owe the world body about $3.5 billion for its regular operating budget and far-flung peacekeeping operations, the U.N. management chief said Thursday.

New charges filed against Russian in hacking case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:27
SEATTLE (AP) — Calling him "a leader in the marketplace for stolen credit card numbers," federal prosecutors added 11 new charges against a Russian man they say hacked into U.S. businesses to steal information that he allegedly sold on Internet "carding" sites.

Help wanted: Obama gets a job offer in California

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

President Barack Obama speaks while looking at a monitor showing images of First Lady Michelle Obama during a town hall-style meeting held at Cross Campus, a hub for startup companies and entrepreneurs, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. Obama is traveling in Los Angeles for an overnight trip during which he will discuss the nation's economy and designate a swath of Southern California mountains as a national monument. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — He's still got two years left on his current contract, but President Barack Obama is already fantasizing about the day he can go to work in sweatpants.

Police: Man fires assault rifle at Chicago train

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:13

Members of the Chicago Police Department's SWAT team exit a Chicago subway station where police say a gunman standing on a subway platform opened fire on a commuter train, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Chicago. The shooting occurred at the LaSalle Street Blue Line station in the city's financial district. Chicago Police spokesman Martin Maloney says officers arrested a suspect a short distance away after the shooting and recovered a weapon. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — A man used an assault rifle to fire at a Chicago subway train as it pulled into a business district station, Chicago Police Superintendent Gerry McCarthy said Thursday.

Christie: High school hazing allegations 'a nightmare'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:06

 High school hazing allegations 'a nightmare'Gov. Chris Christie has expressed outrage at allegations of hazing and intimidation surrounding a central New Jersey high school's football team.

Training changes as US troops head to West Africa

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

CORRECTS TRANS REFERENCE NUMBER AND OUTS - Sgt. Joel Miick, left, and Spc. Michael Potts don gas masks while training with the rest of the 36th Engineer Brigade at Fort Hood on how to put on protective clothing and gloves on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The brigade is set to deploy to Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance where they will be building temporary medical facilities in helping the country fight the Ebola virus outbreak. The 450 soldiers from the brigade will be among the first to be deployed from Fort Hood to Liberia. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Kin Man Hui)FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Forgoing combat rifles and body armor, U.S. troops preparing to fight Ebola in Liberia were instead stepping gingerly Thursday into white germ-proof suits and pulling on thick, blue rubber gloves and gas masks.

Four people in Virginia shot to death in apparent murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:00
By John Clarke (Reuters) - Three adults and a young child were killed in an apparent murder-suicide at a home in Richmond, Virginia, police said on Thursday. Police responded to shots fired at a residence on Wednesday night and discovered four gunshot victims, consisting of two women, a man and a young boy. Adreena Gary, 19, was found shot outside the front door of the residence on the sidewalk. She died at the scene, police said. Inside the home, officers found Michelle Kelly, 22, and Keytrell Kelly, 2, and Traymont Burton, 21. All three suffered gunshot wounds and died at the scene. ...

Indiana doctor, new wife die in post-wedding murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:59
By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - An Indiana doctor and his wife died hours after their wedding in a murder-suicide that authorities said on Thursday appeared to be the result of some kind of a dispute at their reception. George Samson, 54, an anesthesiologist, married Kelly Ecker Samson, 50, a nurse, on Saturday night and they were found shot dead at his home outside Terre Haute, Indiana, early on Sunday. "At this time we have no reason to believe this was anything but a murder-suicide as a result of a domestic dispute," Vigo County Chief Deputy Sheriff Clark Cottom said. ...

Delaware student sent home over leggings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:57

Delaware student sent home over leggingsA Delaware family is upset after their teenage daughter was sent home Wednesday because of her outfit.

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:51
By The Associated Press The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. ...

Money, troops, supplies sent to help fight Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:50

U.S marines arrive at the Roberts International airport in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Six U.S. military planes arrived Thursday at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis, carrying more aid and American Marines into Liberia, the country hardest hit by the deadly disease that has devastated West Africa and stirred anxiety across a fearful world. At a World Bank meeting in Washington, the presidents of several West African countries struggling with Ebola pleaded for help, with one calling the epidemic "a tragedy unforeseen in modern times." (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)As the Ebola outbreak continues to spiral out of control in West Africa, numerous countries and agencies have pitched in to help.

Satellite sees hot spot of methane in US Southwest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:45

This undated handout image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan, shows The Four Corners area, in red, left, is the major US hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher. Satellite data spotted a surprising hot spot of the potent heat-trapping gas methane over part of the American southwest. Those measurements hint that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considerably underestimates leaks of natural gas, also called methane. In a new look at methane from space, the four corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah jump out in glowing red with about 1.3 million pounds of methane a year. That’s about 80 percent more than the EPA figured and traps more heat than all the carbon dioxide produced yearly in Sweden. (AP Photo/NASA, JPL-Caltech, University of Michigan)WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprising hot spot of the potent global-warming gas methane hovers over part of the southwestern U.S., according to satellite data.