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Feds unveil cleanup plan for nuclear waste dump

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:45
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to cost more than $240 million.

U.S. lawmakers rebuke Secret Service over White House breach

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:44
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Secret Service faced scathing criticism on Tuesday for the agency allowing an intruder with a knife to run into the White House and the Washington Post reported a separate security lapse of an armed contractor with a criminal record who rode an elevator with President Barack Obama. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged the agency charged with protecting Obama had failed on Sept. ...

Government funds lawyers for immigrant children

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:40
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Obama administration is spending $4 million on lawyers for unaccompanied immigrant children in deportation proceedings, a move an influential Republican lawmaker says is illegal and will fuel an increase in illegal immigration.

First Ebola case diagnosed in the United States: CDC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:39

CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, speaks at the CDC headquarters in AtlantaBy Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley (Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country after flying from Liberia to Texas, in a new sign of how the outbreak ravaging West Africa can spread globally. The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on Sept. 20, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters on Tuesday. He was admitted two days later to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. U.S. ...


Woman attacked outside Wissahickon Valley Park in Chestnut Hill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:26

Woman attacked outside Wissahickon Valley Park in Chestnut HillPolice say what started out as an attempted robbery quickly turned into an attempted sexual assault in Chestnut Hill.


Police: Off-duty NJ cop shot man trying to steal his truck

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:25

 Off-duty NJ cop shot man trying to steal his truckPolice tell Action News the off-duty officer works for the Delanco Police Department. The suspect was critically injured.


Accused Pennsylvania stabber rejected by psychiatric unit: judge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:25
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A western Pennsylvania teenager accused of stabbing 21 people at his high school in April was refused admission to a Pittsburgh psychiatric hospital due to safety concerns, a judge said on Tuesday. Alex Hribal, who was 16 at the time of the stabbings, has been held in juvenile detention since he was arrested on April 9 at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. He is accused of slashing students and staff with two 8-inch kitchen knives. ...

Self-defense in Florida loud music shooting disputed as trial closes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:24

Defendant Michael Dunn in court on day two of his first-degree murder trial in JacksonvilleBy Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - A middle-aged white man on trial for murder in the shooting death of a black teenager during a dispute about loud music told a Florida jury on Tuesday he thought his life was in danger and showed little remorse as he described pulling the trigger. "I meant to pull it 50 times if that’s what it took to save my life," said Michael Dunn, 47, a software engineer who is being retried for first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. "I deliberately defended myself. There was nothing accidental about it," Dunn added. ...


Obama has been briefed about Ebola case in Dallas: White House

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:23
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has been briefed about the case of Ebola diagnosed in Dallas, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama was given the details by Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Frieden told reporters earlier he had no doubt that local and federal health authorities could contain the potential spread of the deadly virus in the United States. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Brooklyn science teacher charged with sexually abusing students

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:22
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City high school science teacher who was already facing charges of sending a sexually explicit photograph to a student was arrested at court on Tuesday on new charges of sexually abusing six other teenage girls, prosecutors said. Sean Shaynak, 44, was arraigned on 36 new counts, including kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, disseminating indecent material, forcible touching and sexual abuse, among other charges, according to the criminal complaint. ...

Former NBA player George seeks new fraud trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:21
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former NBA player convicted of wire fraud in an alleged real estate Ponzi scheme is seeking to have his conviction thrown out and claiming prosecutorial misconduct, among other allegations.

Judge: Health care subsidies 'abuse of discretion'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:18
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Some of the health-insurance subsidies being offered under the Affordable Care Act represent an "abuse of discretion" by the federal government, a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday, marking another volley in a years-long legal fight that could eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:13

In this aerial photo taken on Sept. 23, 2014 and released by NOAA, some 1500 walrus are gather on the northwest coast of Alaska. Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers, according to NOAA. (AP Photo/NOAA, Corey Accardo)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Pacific walrus that can't find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska.


Judge rules against investors in gov't dispute

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ruled against investors who are trying to collect billions of dollars in profits of government-chartered mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Video shows border agent punched teen in stomach

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:04
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent seen punching a Mexican immigrant teenager on video could have his felony charge of aggravated assault reduced to a misdemeanor, according to the Santa Cruz County attorney prosecuting the case.

Reward offered for 'AK-47 Bandit' over U.S. bank robberies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:03
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Authorities offered a $100,000 reward on Tuesday for the so-called "AK-47 Bandit," who carried an assault rifle in a string of bank robberies across the U.S. West, in one case opening fire and seriously wounding a police officer. The suspect, who disguises himself with a black ski mask and gloves and sometimes wears body armor or a vest emblazoned with the word "Sheriff," has not been identified but should be considered armed and dangerous, the FBI said in a written statement announcing the reward. ...

1 injured in accidental shooting at Conshohocken firing range

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:02

1 injured in accidental shooting at Conshohocken firing rangeOne person was injured in an accidental shooting at a county owned firing range in Conshohocken.


Florida to mail out $200 million in college refunds, week before election

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 05:59
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Just before Election Day, thousands of Florida families who participate in prepaid college savings plans will receive refunds, or major cuts in their monthly payments, and Governor Rick Scott is not shy about taking credit for the windfall. The timing of the massive payout, and the manner in which Republican Scott is promoting it - in signed letters to parents - has Democrats crying foul, though political observers say the governor is well within campaign ethics boundaries. ...

2 men shot in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 05:53

2 men shot in West PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating a double shooting in West Philadelphia.


Possible data breach at ACME stores in Pa, NJ, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 05:51

Possible data breach at ACME stores in Pa, NJ, Del.Card data of ACME shoppers may be at risk after another hack, the supermarket's owner said Monday.