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Maryland boy plotted school attack with gun, bombs: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:35
(Reuters) - Maryland police have arrested a 16-year-old boy they allege planned to bring a gun and bombs to his school to kill people, authorities said on Monday. The boy planned to take three crude, homemade bombs and a handgun to the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson and "he wanted to kill people," the Baltimore County Police Department said in a statement. The boy, a 10th-grade student at the school, was a suspect in car break-ins on Saturday in the Monkton area, about 65 miles north of Washington. ...

Security contractor breach not detected for months

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:25

In this photo taken Oct. 17, 2014, the USIS building in Falls Church, Va. A cyber-attack similar to previous hacker intrusions from China penetrated computer networks for months at USIS, the government’s leading security clearance contractor, before the company noticed the break-in, officials and others familiar with an FBI investigation and related official inquiries told The Associated Press. The breach compromised the private records of at least 25,000 employees at the Homeland Security Department and cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars in lost government contracts. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — A cyberattack similar to previous hacker intrusions from China penetrated computer networks for months at USIS, the government's leading security clearance contractor, before the company noticed, officials and others familiar with an FBI investigation and related official inquiries told The Associated Press.


Chicago suburban police shoot and kill man who draws gun at hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:22
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago suburban police shot and killed a car accident victim who drew a gun at a hospital and then refused commands to drop it, police said on Monday. Late Sunday night, Illinois State Police responded to a car accident and arrested the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence, said police in Highland Park, 27 miles north of Chicago. A 27-year-old man was a passenger in the vehicle, along with a minor. Both were taken to Highland Park Hospital, police said in a statement. ...

U.S. Supreme Court divided on Jerusalem passport case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:21
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Monday as it considered whether Congress overstepped its authority in passing a law designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports. Congress passed the law in 2002 but the government has never enforced it. Seeking to remain neutral on the hotly contested issue of sovereignty over a city holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians, the State Department allows passports to name Jerusalem as a place of birth, with no country name included. ...

Afghan officials walk away from Colorado training

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:17
DENVER (AP) — Two Afghan prison officials who walked away from a prison-reform training program in Colorado pose no threat, and their names are being withheld for fear their families back home will be retaliated against by those opposed to U.S. involvement there, officials said.

Branson denies ignoring safety concerns over Virgin spacecraft

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:02

Billionaire Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson salutes the bravery of test pilots, and vows to find out what caused the crash of his prototype space tourism rocket that killed one crew member and injured another during a news conference in Mojave, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo blew apart about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the Mojave airfield after being released from a carrier aircraft Friday. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson rejected on Monday media suggestions that he had ignored safety warnings about his Virgin Galactic spaceship before it crashed during a test flight. One pilot died and the other was badly injured last Friday when SpaceShipTwo crashed in California's Mojave Desert. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading an investigation into the cause of the accident. ...


Virgin Galactic spaceship insured for $40-50 million, lead underwriter AIG: sources

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:02
By Carolyn Cohn and Richa Naidu LONDON (Reuters) - The Virgin Galactic spaceship which crashed on Friday was insured against losses totaling around $40-50 million and the lead underwriter was AIG , insurance sources said on Monday. AIG declined to comment. British insurance and brokerage services provider Jardine Lloyd Thompson confirmed that it was the broker on the deal. "We act on behalf of Virgin Galactic and are providing every assistance, as is appropriate in these tragic circumstances," JLT said in a statement. ...

Russia statue dismantled after Apple CEO comes out

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:01

FILE- In this file photo dated Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, a girl touches the screen showing a portrait of Steve Jobs on the recently erected memorial to late Apple Corp. co-founder in the courtyard of the Techno Park of the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO University) in St. Petersburg, Russia. The six-foot tall interactive memorial has been taken down in response to last week's announcement that CEO of Apple, Tim Cook is openly gay. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, FILE )MOSCOW (AP) — A two-meter (six-foot) statue of an iPhone on a university campus in St. Petersburg has been taken down in response to last week's announcement by the CEO of Apple that he is gay.


Truck fires in Bristol, Pa. investigated as possible arson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:58

Truck fires in Bristol, Pa. investigated as possible arsonA fire that destroyed or badly damaged seven trucks in Bristol, Bucks County is being investigated as a possible arson.


First tenants move into One World Trade Center, tallest U.S. building

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:39

Street level view of the One World Trade Center tower in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thirteen years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the first tenants moved their belongings into the newly built One World Trade Center with enthusiasm tinged by emotional remembrance. About 200 Condé Nast employees on Monday walked through the revolving doors of the building, America's tallest skyscraper - the first wave of 3,400 company staffers to occupy the 104-story gleaming tower in Lower Manhattan by February 2015. Chief among them was Condé Nast's chief executive, Charles Townsend, whose gray Mercedes rolled into the tower's south entrance, where he was greeted by developers and other officials. "This is a terrific day for Lower Manhattan, a wonderful day for New York City and an absolutely great day for Condé Nast," Townsend said.


U.S. enhances security screening for travelers from Europe, Asia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:33

Passengers make their way in a security checkpoint at the International JFK airport in New YorkBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Concerned about foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq, Washington imposed extra security measures on Monday for travelers from countries, mostly in Europe and Asia, whose citizens do not need a visa to get into the United States. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said people from countries in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program will have to provide additional information on an electronic application they need to file to be eligible to enter. ...


Kelly: Eagles QB Nick Foles cracks clavicle, LB DeMeco Ryans injures Achilles

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:28

 Eagles QB Nick Foles cracks clavicle, LB DeMeco Ryans injures AchillesPhiladelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Monday that quarterback Nick Foles and linebacker DeMeco Ryans were both injured in Sunday's match up against the Houston Texans.


Midterm elections carry high stakes for US economy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:22

FILE - In this May 20, 2014 file photo, a person votes in the primary election at The Boyle County Fire Department in Danville, KY. The battle for control of the U.S. Senate at stake Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, could have far-reaching effects on the economy. (AP Photo/The Advocate Messenger, Clay Jackson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The midterm slugfest for control of the U.S. Senate could have far-reaching effects on the economy.


Ryanair raises outlook, soars to record high

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:17

FILE - This is a Sept. 21, 2014, file photo of , passengers as they exit a Ryanair flight at Dublin Airport. Ryanair has beaten experts’ forecasts and raised its profit outlook again, sending shares in Europe’s biggest budget airline to a record high. The airline said Monday Nov. 3, 2014, that its net profit for the April-September period rose 32 percent to 795 million euros ($994 million). Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said he would boost services during the traditionally weak, loss-making winter season. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik, File)DUBLIN (AP) — Ryanair sharply raised its profit outlook on the back of surprisingly strong first-half profits, sending shares in Europe's biggest budget airline to a record high.


Taj Mahal workers walking petition to Atlantic City mayor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:17

Taj Mahal workers walking petition to Atlantic City mayorWorkers from the Trump Taj Mahal casino are marching to Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian's office to ask him to reconsider granting concessions that the struggling casino says are necessary to keep it open.


Boyfriend charged in Glasgow, Del. crash that killed girlfriend

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:16

Boyfriend charged in Glasgow, Del. crash that killed girlfriendDelaware State Police are investigating a fatal crash near Glasgow that left a 22-year-old woman dead.


Reports: Eagles QB Nick Foles broke collarbone, LB DeMeco Ryans suffered Achilles tear

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:15

 Eagles QB Nick Foles cracks clavicle, LB DeMeco Ryans injures AchillesReports indicate that injuries to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and lineback DeMeco Ryans were more serious than initially thought.


Lower gas prices boost US SUV sales in October

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:11

This Oct. 1, 2014 photo shows Jeep, Dodge Ram and Chevrolet logos on signs at Bill DeLuca's dealerships in Haverhill, Mass. Chrysler, Nissan and Honda on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, all reported U.S. sales gains last month as low gas prices and booming SUV and pickup truck sales drove people into dealerships. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)DETROIT (AP) — Falling gas prices improved buyers' moods and boosted sales of SUVs and trucks in October.


Skip check-in; latest hotel room key is your phone

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:06

Skip check-in; latest hotel room key is your phoneHotels don't want guests to have to linger at the front desk — or even stop by at all. New programs are helping speed up the check-in process for busy travelers, or in at least one case, letting them go ...


Ebola nurse, Maine settle quarantine suit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:05
By Dave Sherwood and Colleen Jenkins BRUNSWICK Maine/WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The state of Maine and a nurse who had treated victims of the Ebola virus in West Africa reached a settlement deal on Monday, allowing her to travel freely in public but requiring her to monitor her health closely and report any symptoms. The settlement, filed in nurse Kaci Hickox's home town of Fort Kent, in Maine's far north, where she returned after being briefly quarantined in New Jersey, keeps in effect through Nov. 10 the terms of an order issued by a Maine judge on Friday. ...