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Jury to resume negotiations in Bosnian war crimes case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:05
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A federal court jury is set to resume negotiations in the trial of a Bosnian native charged with lying about his role in war crimes when he applied for U.S. citizenship after immigrating to Vermont more than a decade ago.

One dose, then surgery: A new way to test brain tumor drugs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 14:57

In this Oct. 24, 2014 photo, Dr. Nader Sanai operates on cancer patient Lori Simons at Phoenix's Barrow Neurological Institute. The surgery was part of one the most unusual cancer experiments in the nation, testing medicines very early in development and never tried on brain tumors before. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)Lori Simons took the bright orange pill at 3 a.m. Eight hours later, doctors sliced into her brain, looking for signs that the drug was working.


Measles outbreak casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 14:44

A woman with a Mickey Mouse hat walks toward Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. California public health officials urged those who haven't been vaccinated against measles to avoid Disney parks where a spreading outbreak originated. Seventy people have been infected. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.


Woman released after arrest in Indian reservation killings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 14:39
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman was released from jail Thursday night after her arrest on suspicion of killing her boyfriend and 3-year-old son, who was found in a freezer on a Southern California Indian reservation.

Report: Chevron's flawed safety culture contributed to fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 14:25
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators say a 2012 fire at a Chevron refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area was the result of shortcomings in the company's safety culture and gaps in regulatory guidelines.

Talks to end West Coast seaports deadlock go on 1-day hiatus

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 14:07

In this Jan. 14, 2015 photo, Bobby Olvera, Jr., president of the union's Local 13 branch, tours an unusually quiet dock at the Port of Los Angeles. Port Negotiators trying to resolve labor strife at West Coast seaports took Thursday, Jan 22, 2015, off, as dockworkers gathered to rally against employers they say are trying to exploit a crisis of cargo congestion at harbors that handle about $1 trillion worth of goods annually. Earlier this month a federal mediator intervened in contract bargaining that began eight months ago but by fall had deteriorated into a blame game, as goods languished on docks. Longshoremen have been working without a contract since the previous one expired in July. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiators trying to resolve labor strife at West Coast seaports took Thursday off, as thousands of dockworkers rallied against employers they say are trying to exploit a crisis of cargo congestion at harbors that handle about $1 trillion worth of goods annually.


Former Atlanta fire chief, fired over book storm, files complaint

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 13:53
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - In a case that has rallied proponents of religious freedom, Atlanta's ousted fire chief has filed a federal discrimination complaint against the city, arguing that his firing over a book critical of homosexuality was an attack on his faith. Kelvin Cochran wrote a 2013 book titled, "Who Told You That You Were Naked?" in which he called homosexuality "vulgar" and "the opposite of purity." He was fired from his post earlier this month by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. "The book expresses my deeply held religious briefs on many subjects," Cochran wrote in the complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed on Wednesday. "I believe I have been discriminated against because of my religion." Cochran did not immediately return an e-mail on Thursday seeking comment on the EEOC complaint.

ECB has done its part. Now, these 5 things need to happen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 13:44

In this Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 photo, President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, following a meeting of the ECB governing council. Draghi delivered on a pledge to do whatever it takes to pull Europe out of a deep and prolonged slump. The central bank will buy 1.1 trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) worth of government and corporate bonds through September 2016 _ longer if necessary _ to shrink the euro’s value, boost exports and encourage borrowing, spending and hiring. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)WASHINGTON (AP) — What now?


Monthly US rents keep climbing, especially in San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 13:42

FILE - In this July 19, 2006 file photo, a woman walks next to a "For Rent" sign at an apartment complex in Palo Alto, Calif. Real estate data firm Zillow reports on U.S. home rental prices in December 2014 on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home rental prices continued to climb at a modest pace in December, but rapidly escalating costs in cities such as San Francisco and Denver suggest that apartment dwellers are facing more financial pressure.


State, contractor still battling over viaduct project

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 13:30

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2014, file photo, visitors walk through the tunnel being constructed to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, during a media tour in Seattle. Members of the Washington state House Transportation Committee were updated Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, on the status of the stalled-and-yet-to-be-repaired machine that is digging the tunnel, and the yet-to-be-funded State Route 520 floating bridge. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)SEATTLE (AP) — The manager for the troubled Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project told lawmakers Thursday that the state and the contractor are still battling over tens of millions of dollars in repairs dating back to 2012, but even if the contractor declares bankruptcy tomorrow, the project could still be completed.


Box to make market debut after delayed IPO prices at $14

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 13:10
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Online storage provider Box has wrapped up its long-delayed IPO at $14 per share, setting up a test of investors' appetite for a rapidly growing technology company that hasn't proven it can make money.

AccuWeather: Tracking A Messy Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:39

 Tracking A Messy SaturdayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says Saturday's Nor'easter will deliver a mix of snow, sleet and rain.


Bucks County family charged in $20M insurance fraud scheme

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:31

Bucks County family charged in $20M insurance fraud schemeFive members of a Bucks County family are accused of conspiring to defraud insurance companies in excess of $20 million to live an "excessively extravagant lifestyle," Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Thursday.


Massive apartment complex fire in New Jersey ruled accidental

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:31

Massive apartment complex fire in New Jersey ruled accidentalWorkers doing maintenance at an apartment complex across the Hudson River from New York City accidentally started a fire that caused massive damage and displaced more than 1,000 people, officials said Thursday.


Montana town's water quality improving days after oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:26
A Montana town's water supply, contaminated by oil from a breached pipeline over the weekend, may be safe for drinking again by Friday, state officials said, after tests showed a drop in concentrations of a cancer-causing petrochemical. The contamination is linked to last Saturday's spill into the Yellowstone River of an estimated 1,200 barrels of crude oil from a pipeline that ruptured several miles upstream of Glendive, in northeastern Montana.     Drinking water to some 6,000 people in and around Glendive was found earlier this week to contain benzene, an organic compound in oil and gas, at levels above what is deemed acceptable by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Montana town's water quality improving days after oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:26
A Montana town's water supply, contaminated by oil from a breached pipeline over the weekend, may be safe for drinking again by Friday, state officials said, after tests showed a drop in concentrations of a cancer-causing petrochemical. The contamination is linked to last Saturday's spill into the Yellowstone River of an estimated 1,200 barrels of crude oil from a pipeline that ruptured several miles upstream of Glendive, in northeastern Montana.     Drinking water to some 6,000 people in and around Glendive was found earlier this week to contain benzene, an organic compound in oil and gas, at levels above what is deemed acceptable by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Utah police: Robbery suspect's wired vest was a hoax

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:19

A bank robbery suspect wearing a motorcycle helmet lies handcuffed on the ground as a bomb squad robot searches his vest, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Salt Lake City. According to authorities, officers were struggling with the man as they tried to arrest him on suspicion of robbing a nearby bank when they noticed he was wearing a vest with wires. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Scott Sommerdorf)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police in Salt Lake City say a bank robbery suspect's suspicious vest that had wires coming from it turned out to be a hoax.


NY asks feds to probe 2013 Rikers Island inmate death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:17

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014, file photo, Beverly Ann Griffin, the mother of Bradley Ballard who died in 2013 at the Rikers Island jail, cries as her lawyer, Jonathan Abady, speaks during a news conference in New York. Federal prosecutors should launch a civil rights probe into the death of mentally ill Rikers Island inmate, Ballard, who was locked in his cell for six days without care or medication, a state oversight panel concluded in a review that called the treatment "so incompetent and inadequate as to shock the conscience." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors should launch a civil rights probe into the 2013 death of a mentally ill Rikers Island inmate who was locked in his cell for six days without care or medication, a state oversight panel concluded in a review that called the treatment "so incompetent and inadequate as to shock the conscience."


NY asks feds to probe 2013 Rikers Island inmate death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:17

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014, file photo, Beverly Ann Griffin, the mother of Bradley Ballard who died in 2013 at the Rikers Island jail, cries as her lawyer, Jonathan Abady, speaks during a news conference in New York. Federal prosecutors should launch a civil rights probe into the death of mentally ill Rikers Island inmate, Ballard, who was locked in his cell for six days without care or medication, a state oversight panel concluded in a review that called the treatment "so incompetent and inadequate as to shock the conscience." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors should launch a civil rights probe into the 2013 death of a mentally ill Rikers Island inmate who was locked in his cell for six days without care or medication, a state oversight panel concluded in a review that called the treatment "so incompetent and inadequate as to shock the conscience."


Shoe designer Vince Camuto, Nine West co-founder, dies at 78

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:11
Legendary women's footwear designer Vince Camuto, who co-founded shoe company Nine West Group, has died in Connecticut at age 78.