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Violin expert instrumental in recovering stolen goods

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 08:37

This photo provided by the Fulton County (Ga.) Sheriff’s Department shows Leslie Edwards Fields. Stolen oboes, trumpets and ornate, hand-crafted violins, valued all together at more than $100,000, have been recovered thanks to the keen observations and collaboration of music shop employees in Georgia and North Carolina. Leslie Edwards Fields, 52, and Gary Donald Crouse, 60, were apprehended after one of the suspects showed up at a Roswell shop seeking violin cases. Both men are charged with theft by receiving stolen property, Friday, June 12, 2015. (Fulton County (Ga.) Sheriff's Department via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — Stolen oboes, trumpets and ornate, hand-crafted violins, valued all together at more than $100,000, have been recovered thanks to the keen observations and collaboration of music shop employees in Georgia and North Carolina.


Some common questions about killer bees menacing Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 08:25

Bee removal expert Jeff Stacey shows how bees line a chimney, Friday, June 12, 2015 in Phoenix. A particular strain of bee has been menacing people and animals in Arizona in recent weeks, with some being hurt badly enough to require a hospital stay. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX (AP) — A particularly aggressive strain of honeybee has been menacing parts of Arizona in recent weeks, with some people getting stung so many times that they've been hospitalized.


Correction: UN-Chemical Agents story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 07:59
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a story dated Aug. 30, 2007 about U.N. weapons inspectors finding the potentially hazardous phosgene chemical in their offices, The Associated Press erroneously identified Svetlana Utkina as a U.N. chemical weapons expert. Utkina worked for the U.N. commission investigating chemical weapons in Iraq as a planning and operations officer and spoke at a press conference about the gas phosgene, but she was not employed by the U.N. as a chemical weapons expert.

US agency takes steps after shots fired near researchers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 07:55
The federal Bureau of Land Management is taking safety precautions and Las Vegas police are investigating after gunshots were fired near a group of contract employees on public land in southern Nevada where rancher and states' rights advocate Cliven Bundy's cattle continue to roam.

Judge in Cleveland police shooting says race wasn't a factor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 07:53
CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge who found a white policeman not guilty in the deaths of two black people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire says race wasn't a factor in the case or his deliberations before the verdict.

Female employee of N.Y. prison arrested in convict escape

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 07:48

The tattoos of escaped prisoners Richard Matt and David Sweat are seen in a combination of undated photos released by the New York State PoliceBy Barbara Goldberg and Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A female employee of an upstate New York prison was arrested on Friday on charges that she helped two inmates stage a daring escape from the maximum security facility, authorities said. Joyce Mitchell, an industrial training supervisor at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, is suspected of having smuggled contraband into the prison, where convicts Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped last weekend, authorities said.


Officials: Second hack exposed military and intel data

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 07:45

FILE - In this June 5, 2015, file photo, a gate leading to the Homeland Security Department headquarters in northwest Washington. Hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said Thursday, June 11, 2015, charging that the cyberattack on U.S. employee data is far worse than the Obama administration has acknowledged. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers linked to China have gained access to the sensitive background information submitted by intelligence and military personnel for security clearances, U.S. officials said Friday, describing a cyberbreach of federal records dramatically worse than first acknowledged.


4 Muslims seek damages for time on government no-fly list

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 07:30
NEW YORK (AP) — Four Muslim men who have accused FBI agents of putting them on a no-fly list because they refused to become informants want to pursue damages against the agents even though the travel ban has been lifted, the men's lawyers told a federal judge Friday.

North Korea accuses US of targeting it with live anthrax

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 07:27
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea is accusing the United States of targeting it with anthrax and wants the U.N. Security Council to look into they called America's "biological warfare schemes."

High housing costs hurt effort to aid homeless in Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 07:25

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 9, 2015 file photo, Stefanie Sanchez talks about what it's like to live along the banks of a canal in Honolulu. Sanchez has lived in a tent here for several months, and the city of Honolulu sent a crew to clean up the area on Tuesday. Sanchez said she planned to return after the sweep. Hours after a city crew cleared the banks of the canal, the homeless people that had been living there moved right back to the riverside, leaving some wondering whether the expense of taxpayer money was justified. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)HONOLULU (AP) — Hours after a Honolulu city crew cleared a homeless encampment from the banks of a canal, the people who had been living there in tents and other makeshift structures streamed right back in.


Native American tribes start yearly harvest of eel-like fish

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 07:20

A Native American man catches lampreys, eel-like fish, at Willamette Falls, a 40-foot waterfall south of Portland, Oregon on Friday, June 12, 2015. An ancient fish that's a source of food for tribes in the Pacific Northwest, lampreys have been in drastic decline in recent decades. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — They dove into the cold waters, emerging with writhing, eel-like fish in hand and thrusting them into nets.


Judge asked to keep former billionaire jailed for contempt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 07:19
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Creditors of Montana's Yellowstone Club for the ultra-rich said Friday that its founder should remain in the jail, where he has been held for almost two months for not disclosing what happened to $13.8 million from a property sale in Mexico.

Expert panel delivers report to UN on Hammarskjold crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 07:14
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An independent panel of experts that examined new information about the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold on a peace mission to newly independent Congo has delivered its report to current U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. said Friday.

Police investigate after man has gay slur carved into arm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 07:04
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities are investigating the repeated harassment of a rural Utah man who they said was beaten and had a threatening homophobic slur carved into his arm.

Documents show bitter CIA dispute over pre-9/11 performance

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:57

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, VirginiaBy Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top CIA officials fought bitterly in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks over whether U.S. intelligence agencies could have done more to stop the deadliest terrorist strikes in American history, documents released on Friday show. The once-secret documents include a more complete version of a 2005 report by the spy agency's inspector general, which found that the CIA did not have a comprehensive strategy or marshal adequate resources to combat al Qaeda before hijacked planes hit New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11. At stake in the years-long dispute are the legacies of former top CIA officials and the agency itself.


Job opportunities at outlet mall attract thousands in Camden County

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:51

Job opportunities at outlet mall attract thousands in Camden CountyA new outlet mall opening in a few months brought out thousands of people on Friday looking for employment.


US says Exxon must pay $1 million penalty for Montana spill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:47
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials have rejected Exxon Mobil Corp.'s request to reconsider a $1 million penalty imposed against the oil giant over a 63,000-gallon crude spill into Montana's Yellowstone River.

Texas prosecutor of ex-death row inmate loses law license

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:38

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 file photo, Former Texas Death Row Inmate, Anthony Graves, electronically files a grievance against former Burleson County District Attorney Charles Sebesta asking that Sebesta be held accountable by the State Bar of Texas for Graves' wrongful murder conviction at Texas Southern University in Houston. Sebesta has been stripped of his law license after a panel of the State Bar of Texas determined he withheld evidence and used false testimony to win a capital murder conviction against a now-exonerated death row inmate, Thursday, June 11, 2015. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)HOUSTON (AP) — A former Texas prosecutor has been stripped of his law license after a panel of the State Bar of Texas determined he withheld evidence and used false testimony to win a capital murder conviction against a now-exonerated death row inmate.


U.S. says passport, visa systems hit by technical problems

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:34
The U.S. State Department said on Friday it was having technical problems with its overseas passport and visa systems, and was investigating the root cause of the issue. The State Department said the issue was not specific to any particular country, citizenship document or visa category. Passport applications accepted overseas on or after May 26 were affected, it said, adding that passports for emergency travel could be issued.

Mayor rejects criticism about handling of ex-police chief

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 06:27

Salt Lake City police chief Chris Burbank looks on as he speaks with reporters during a news conference Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Burbank says he was forced to resign by Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker for the way he handled a sexual harassment claim. Burbank said he submitted his resignation after being told he would need to read a prewritten apology to avoid being fired. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The ousting of Salt Lake City's police chief amid growing questions about the handling of female officers' sexual harassment claims came abruptly. But activists and the police union were left wondering Friday why it didn't happen sooner.