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Flight 93 site toured on 9/11 anniversary eve

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:03

Visitors to the Flight 93 National Memorial hold a giant flag as they participate in a sunset memorial service at sunset on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — On a tour of Flight 93 National Memorial work in progress, National Park Service officials expressed hope Wednesday the site would "keep the story alive" well beyond any anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

NY judge: Citibank dilemma poses no great threat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:59

A banner shows a vulture, symbolizing a U.S. hedge fund, carrying a bag of money in front of the U.S. flag outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Congress is expected to vote on a bill, that if approved, would allow Argentina to pay creditors locally in Argentina. Argentina was forced into a second default on July 30 following a decade-long legal battle with U.S. investors including hedge funds who refused to accept lower payments for bonds that the South American country defaulted on in 2001. The investors obtained a U.S. court order, preventing Argentina from making interest payments which triggered the second default. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)NEW YORK (AP) — A judge told lawyers Wednesday that he doesn't think an effort by Argentina to pay some bondholders through a Citibank branch in the South American country will lead to a widespread effort to violate his orders.

Detroit bankruptcy trial on hold after landmark insurer deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:57

File of a boarded up vacant home is seen with General Motors World Headquarters and the Detroit skylineBy Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - A federal judge has put a landmark trial on Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy on hold until Monday, as the city neared a deal with bond insurer Syncora Guarantee Inc, one of its most formidable hold-out creditors. If approved, the deal will see Syncora drop its objection to the restructuring and the trial - which is studying the feasibility of Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy - could get a swift approval from U.S. Detroit's city council must approve the terms and is set to meet on Monday. Rhodes began a confirmation hearing on Detroit's plan to adjust $18 billion of debt last week and had scheduled hearing dates through Oct. 17.

E.coli kills two girls in U.S. Pacific Northwest, boy hospitalized

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:49
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two young girls have died and a boy was hospitalized in critical condition in the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday after becoming infected with E.coli in two separate incidents, health officials said. Investigations have been launched into the source and strain of the bacteria that killed a 3-year-old girl in Lynden, Washington, and a 4-year-old girl, Serena Profitt, in Otis, Oregon. A third child, Bradley Sutton, 5, has also tested positive for E.coli and was being treated at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, Washington, a hospital spokeswoman said. Bradley became ill after his family traveled to Oregon over the Labor Day weekend, where he swam in a pond and shared the same food as 4-year-old Profitt, his relatives told investigators.

Regulators reject call for nuke plant shutdown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:48
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected a senior federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until the agency can determine whether its twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

Plane lands in Texas after loss of cabin pressure

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:43
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A plane has landed safely in Austin, Texas, after losing cabin pressure 20 miles away from the airport.

'Loving' father now tied to his 5 kids' deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:39

Authorities gather in a fielded area surrounded by trees Tuesday, in Camden, Ala.PINE APPLE, Ala. (AP) — Their little bodies shrouded in plastic bags, the five children of Timothy Ray Jones Jr. had been dead for days by the time he led investigators to the spot where they had been dumped among dead trees and scrub brush.

Gates Foundation to spend $50M on Ebola response

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:38
SEATTLE (AP) — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it will spend $50 million to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, marking the group's largest donation to a humanitarian effort.

Iowa man to serve life in pregnant wife's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:35
ALBIA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man convicted of killing his pregnant wife was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after the victim's relatives called him a coward who betrayed and devastated their family.

Arrests made in protest over Missouri shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:33

Police arrest a protester after she refused to leave the area during an attempt to shut down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)Protesters sitting or standing in the road around Interstate 70 on-ramps near where Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 were arrested, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said. The Missouri State Highway Patrol did not respond to requests for comment. Organizers told the newspaper the protests involved Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's refusal to replace the St. Louis County prosecutor investigating the fatal shooting.

Hawaii town's merchants meet to discuss lava flow

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:30

A crowd listens to county officials discuss Kilauea's lava flow during at meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2014 in Pahoa, Hawaii. Hawaii officials say they're preparing for the possibility the lava may cross key roads and cut off a large part of the Big Island’s Puna district from the rest of the island within weeks. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Merchants in a small Hawaii town are meeting with civil defense officials to understand how lava from Kilauea volcano could affect their community and businesses.

U.S. seeks up to 16 months in prison for Dinesh D'Souza

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:27

Conservative commentator and best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse after pleading guilty in New YorkIn a Wednesday court filing, federal prosecutors rejected defense arguments that D'Souza was "ashamed and contrite" about his crime, had "unequivocally accepted responsibility," and deserved a sentence of probation with community service. D'Souza, 53, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two "straw donors" who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the early 1980s. The government said a 10- to 16-month prison sentence was appropriate for D'Souza, and necessary to deter others from abusing the election process, including "well-heeled individuals who are tempted to use their money to help other candidates." It also said D'Souza waited to "the last possible moment" prior to trial before admitting guilt, and then went on TV shows and the Internet to complain about being "selectively" targeted for prosecution, and having little choice but to plead guilty.

MGM Resorts cleared to re-enter ailing Atlantic City market

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:25
By Daniel Kelley ATLANTIC CITY N.J. (Reuters) - MGM Resorts International won regulatory permission on Wednesday to re-enter the Atlantic City casino market after a 20-month investigation focusing on the company's ties to Pansy Ho, the richest woman in Hong Kong, who New Jersey gaming regulators considered an unsuitable partner. The unanimous vote by New Jersey's Casino Control Commission caps a years-long saga that effectively forced MGM to give up control of its interest in the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, one of Atlantic City's best-performing gaming properties in a town that has seen its fortunes fade fast. "When I look over the last nine years, I see a company that looked for a way to get to the most lucrative gaming market on the planet," said the commission's chair, Matthew Levinson. "But I also see a company that took steps to remedy problems created by those shortcuts." In 2005, New Jersey's gaming enforcement division began investigating MGM's affiliation with Ho, whose father Stanley Ho built a gambling empire in Macau.

Argentina plans Latin America's tallest building

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:21
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina says it will build the tallest building in Latin America.

New Mexico sheriff hit with new indictment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:16
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico sheriff is facing a new federal indictment connected to an off-duty traffic stop that authorities say left a motorist injured, according to court papers made public Wednesday.

Closing arguments in Philadelphia child kidnap, sex assault case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:15

Closing arguments in Philadelphia child kidnap, sex assault caseOn Wednesday, there were closing arguments in the trial of 21-year-old Christina Regusters, who is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Philadelphia school child.

Forest chief: Water directive needs clarification

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:12
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service's effort to establish a consistent policy for considering underground water resources when making decisions that affect national forest lands is confusing and misleading, the head of the agency acknowledged Wednesday.

With World Trade site largely rebuilt, New York marks September 11

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:12

People visit the 9/11 memorial in Exchange Place, New JerseyBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Until a few months ago, the part of New York City where crowds will gather on Thursday morning to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States had been mostly fenced off to the public. This year, for perhaps the first time since the attacks, a sense of normalcy and openness has taken root in the city blocks where two airliners hijacked by militants from al Qaeda crashed into the World Trade Center's twin towers. The area, by turns a smoldering grave and an off-limits construction site for more than a decade, is now increasingly reconnected with the surrounding streets. Similar ceremonies will also be held in Washington, where a hijacked plane plowed into the Pentagon, and the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where another hijacked plane crashed.

Bullet pierced slain SC deputy's body armor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:10
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina deputy was wearing protective body armor but not the right type to stop a spray of bullets from an AK-47 fired from behind an apartment door, a county sheriff said Wednesday.

Convicted U.S. killer Jodi Arias wants to stop representing herself

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:07
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Convicted murderer Jodi Arias no longer wants to represent herself at a sentencing-phase retrial in Arizona that will decide whether she is put to death for the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend, court documents showed on Wednesday. Arias submitted the motion after five weeks of acting as her own attorney during the closely watched proceedings before Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. After a lurid five-month trial that drew tens of thousands of viewers to its live-streamed online broadcasts, Arias was convicted last year of killing her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Arias claimed during the trial that she had acted in self-defense.