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Former Mississippi prisons chief pleads not guilty to bribery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:32
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - Mississippi's former prisons chief pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal charges that he accepted cash and mortgage payments in exchange for awarding prison contracts to companies tied to a local businessman. Christopher Epps, who resigned as commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Wednesday, was indicted by a grand jury in August on charges that he and a co-defendant were involved in a kickback scheme that started in 2007 and continued for seven years. ...

Dow, S&P 500 step further into record territory

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:32

U.S. and Japanese flags are placed in front of an electric screen indicating the U.S. dollar against the Japanese yen at a foreign exchange dealing company in Tokyo, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Asian stock markets wavered between gains and losses Thursday as investors awaited a U.S. jobs report that might deliver a verdict on whether the Federal Reserve's withdrawal of stimulus was warranted. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)NEW YORK (AP) — Solid profits for big companies and optimistic economic news helped nudge the stock market to another record high Thursday.

Colorado man indicted for murder of wife in fatal fall at national park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:32
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A federal grand jury has indicted a Colorado man for the murder of his wife who plummeted 50 feet to her death in Rocky Mountain National Park in 2012, authorities said on Thursday. Harold Henthorn, 58, was arrested by agents from the National Park Service and the FBI following a two-year probe into the death of Toni Henthorn, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. According to the indictment handed up on Wednesday, Henthorn "willfully, deliberately, maliciously, and with premeditation and malice aforethought" caused the death of his wife. ...

9 hurt when SUV crashes into restaurant buffet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:24
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say nine people have been hurt after an SUV smashed through some windows and into a restaurant.

NASA test flight still on track despite accidents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:21

FILE- In this Sept. 11, 2014 photo, NASA's Orion spacecraft, preparing for it's first flight, departs the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building on its way to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Officials said Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, that everything looks good for the Dec. 4 launch of NASA’s new Orion capsule(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's biggest test flight in years remains on track for next month, despite last week's space-related accidents.

Texas' Perry in court for heated pretrial hearing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:14

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, center, and his lawyers Tony Buzbee, right, and David Botsford confer during a pretrial hearing on felony abuse of power charges in the 390th District Court at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Austin, Texas. An Austin grand jury indicted Perry in August. The charges stem from his carrying out a threat to veto state funding for public corruption prosecutors. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner, Pool)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry made his first court appearance Thursday but left the dramatics to his attorneys, who argued strenuously that the felony charges against him should be thrown out on technicalities.

Driver who looped Manhattan in 24 minutes convicted of recklessness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:55
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man who zoomed a sports car around Manhattan in 24 minutes was found guilty on Thursday of reckless endangerment and reckless driving, prosecutors said. Adam Tang, 31, who has a Canadian passport, faces up to a year imprisonment for the daredevil act he videotaped and uploaded to the Internet last year and which quickly became an online hit, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. “The city’s roadways are not a racetrack," Vance said. ...

3 admit dumping bodily fluids on autistic teen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:53
CLEVELAND (AP) — Three teens charged in a cruel ice bucket prank admitted in juvenile court Thursday that they dumped urine, tobacco and spit on an autistic classmate.

Amazon introduces voice-recognition service

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Siri, meet Alexa.

Hawaii lava's slow forward creep stalls _ for now

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:37

This photo taken on Oct. 31, 2014, and released by the U.S. Geological Survey, shows lava from an upstream lobe, that was active in the forest below the Pahoa cemetery, overcoming a fence marking a private property line near the town of Pahoa, Hawaii. The tip of the flow that remains halted in a Pahoa farmer's yard is now cool to the touch, but a few hundred yards upstream an active stretch of lava is "inflating," or filling with fresh lava. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava threatening a rural Hawaii town has stopped its slow, forward advance — for now.

Wisconsin drunken driving suspect ran with baby along highway: police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:36
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A woman who police said was trying to avoid a fourth drunken driving offense was arrested after being seen running alongside a major Wisconsin highway near Madison with her 9-month-old baby in a carrier, authorities said on Thursday. A witness reported to police that a woman was running with a baby along Interstate 94 near DeForest, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, the Wisconsin State Patrol said in a statement. ...

Cianci defeat represents break from old Providence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:36

Democrat Jorge Elorza, center, celebrates his win over Independent Vincent Cianci, Jr. in the Providence mayoral race, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Providence, R.I.. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — For 40 years, Buddy Cianci has been known as the mayor of Providence — even while serving time in federal prison for corruption or hosting a radio talk show while in political exile for his crimes.

University of California announces plan to raise tuition

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:35

A couple sits in front of Doe Library at the University of California at Berkeley in BerkeleyBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The University of California on Thursday proposed to hike tuition up to 5 percent annually over the next five years at its 10 campuses unless the state kicks in additional funding, part of what it called a "fee stability plan." The tuition raises would end what Janet Napolitano, the UC president, called a "boom and bust funding model" and allow the college system to enroll 5,000 more California students every year, add faculty and courses and boost graduation rates. ...

New Jersey man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:35

New Jersey man pleads guilty to distributing child pornA central New Jersey man faces prison after pleading guilty to distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Los Angeles museum to get biggest-ever art gift

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:26
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An entertainment executive pledged a collection of paintings by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and other major artists to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Thursday, a donation the institution called the largest in its history.

ADL names White House aide to succeed Foxman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:26
NEW YORK (AP) — The Anti-Defamation League has named a successor to longtime national director Abe Foxman.

Man who broke law by feeding homeless undeterred

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:24

Homeless advocate Arnold Abbott, 90, of the nonprofit group Love Thy Neighbor Inc., center, gets his drivers license to hand to a Fort Lauderdale police officer, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Abbott and a group of volunteers were feeding the homeless in a public parking lot next to the beach when he was issued a summons to appear in court for violating an ordinance that limits where charitable groups can feed the homeless on public property. Abbott w also recently arrested along with two pastors for feeding the homeless in a Fort Lauderdale park. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Despite being charged with violating a new law by feeding the homeless in South Florida, 90-year-old Arnold Abbott said he's not deterred and even went back out to serve more food at a public park.

Man arrested in wife's death at national park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:24
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man was arrested Thursday on a first-degree murder charge two years after the death of his second wife in a fall that occurred as they celebrated their anniversary with a hike at Rocky Mountain National Park, authorities said.

Defense seeks brain exam for suspect in USS Cole warship bombing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:21

Military U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole is towed away from port city of Aden, Yemen, into open sea by Military Sealift Command ocean-going tug USNS CatawbaBy Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE Md. (Reuters) - Defense lawyers for the accused mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen asked a judge on Thursday that he be examined for brain injury from CIA interrogations. The suspect, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi, was captured by the Central Intelligence Agency in Dubai in 2002. He was held in secret CIA prisons for four years before being transferred to the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He is accused of masterminding the 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole at Aden, Yemen, that killed 17 U.S. sailors. ...

Former NC mayor gets house arrest for illegal vote

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 04:18
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the former mayor of North Carolina's largest city under house arrest until he begins serving time for taking bribes because the ex-politician cast an illegal ballot in Tuesday's election.