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UT Austin president influenced 'handful' of admissions: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:51
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS, Texas (Reuters) - University of Texas at Austin president Bill Powers used his influence to admit a "select handful" of applicants who would otherwise have been rejected by the admission's office, according to an independent report released Thursday. The report, requested by the UT System Board of Regents, also said Powers misled an earlier investigation by failing to disclose a system of "holds" on applications that were later reviewed by his office at the request of state lawmakers, regents, donors, alumni and other influential people.

Harvard, MIT sued over lack of closed captioning online

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:49
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Advocates for the deaf sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday, saying the universities failed to provide closed captioning for online courses, podcasts and other educational programs.

Utah mother pleads guilty to killing six newborns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:46

Megan Huntsman arrives in court in Provo, Utah on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. The mother accused of killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage pleaded guilty to murder. Huntsman, 39, faces up to life in prison on the charges, with sentencing scheduled for April 20. Authorities say a seventh baby found in her garage was stillborn. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)PROVO, Utah (AP) — A woman who said she was too addicted to methamphetamine to raise more children pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that she killed six of her newborn babies and hid their bodies in her garage over a 10-year period.


Businesses excited about 2016 DNC in Philly

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:45

Businesses excited about 2016 DNC in PhillyThe managers of local businesses say they are very excited about the Democratic National Convention coming to Philadelphia in the summer of 2016.


Jamaican extradited to U.S. on lottery fraud charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:43
A Jamaican man accused of cheating elderly Americans in a lottery scheme was extradited to the United States on Thursday, the first such action by Jamaica in a crackdown on global fraud, the U.S. Justice Department said. Damion Barrett, 28, was brought to Florida, where he faced an indictment that accused him of telling Americans they had won a lottery, and inducing them to send him and his partners thousands of dollars to cover fees to get their purported winnings, the agency said. "The Department of Justice will find and prosecute those responsible for fraud against American consumers, no matter where the perpetrator resides," Joyce Branda, head of the Justice Department's civil division, said in a statement.

Commuter infected with measles is San Francisco LinkedIn employee

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:32
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Northern California commuter who health officials say may have exposed tens of thousands of people to measles while riding San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit system while infectious is an employee of LinkedIn Corp, the social networking company said on Thursday. The passenger, who commuted to and from LinkedIn's offices in San Francisco on three days last week and also spent time at a San Francisco restaurant and bar, represents the first case of measles confirmed in Contra Costa County during an outbreak of the disease that began in December. "On Tuesday, Feb. 10, we were informed that an employee based in our San Francisco office was diagnosed with measles.

Mourners remember slain North Carolina Muslims; fresh calls for hate probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:27

A makeshift memorial for Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and Yusor's sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, who were killed by a gunman, is pictured inside of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, in Chapel HillBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Thousands of mourners attended the funeral prayers on Thursday for three young Muslims killed in North Carolina, and the father of two of the victims urged U.S. authorities to probe whether religious hatred was a motive for the murders. Newlywed Deah Barakat, 23, a University of North Carolina dental student, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, a student at North Carolina State University, were gunned down on Tuesday in a condominium about two miles (three km) from the UNC campus in Chapel Hill. Police charged the couple's neighbor, Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, with murder. The case has garnered international attention and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan criticized President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday for not speaking about the incident.


Rabbi accused of secretly videotaping more than 150 women

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rabbi accused of secretly videotaping nude women at a Jewish ritual bath recorded more than 150 women, prosecutors said during a meeting with victims, the first specifics they have given on the scope of the man's recording.

Company suspends efforts to seize Nebraska land for Keystone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:22

FILE- In this Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, Susan Dunavan, who opposes the Keystone XL pipeline, points to the planned route of the pipeline which will run through on her property, in York, Neb. TransCanada is temporarily suspending efforts to seize Nebraska land for the Keystone Pipeline XL amid a legal challenge. On Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, a Holt County District judge issued a temporary injunction, keeping TransCanada from invoking eminent domain along the proposed Keystone Pipeline route in northern Nebraska. TransCanada agreed to the order, hoping to get an accelerated trial schedule. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — TransCanada Corp. will temporarily suspend efforts to seize Nebraska land for its much-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline after landowners sued, in what is one obstacle the Canadian company still faces in the 1,179-mile project.


AP Exclusive: Disney gave input on measles health messages

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:19

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, visitors pose with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. As the measles outbreak spread last month, Disneyland executives sent a series of emails to California health officials asking them to emphasize that the theme park was not responsible for the illnesses and was safe to visit, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. There is no evidence Disneyland — or health officials, who incorporated at least some of Disneyland's suggestions — tried to downplay the seriousness of the outbreak or mislead the public. Nor is it unusual for companies to try to get public officials' ear during a crisis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — As the measles outbreak spread last month, Disneyland executives sent a series of emails to California health officials asking them to emphasize that the theme park was not responsible for the illnesses and was safe to visit, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.


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Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:18

 Get FREE help with tax preparationThe bad news is, tax season is here again. The good news is, many folks can get free help!


Timeline of ethics issues surrounding Oregon governor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:18

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, middle, is joined by his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, as he is sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term by Senior Judge Paul J. De Muniz in Salem, Ore. As an ethics controversy has prompted calls for Oregon's governor to resign, the woman who would replace him has abruptly left a conference in Washington, D.C., to return home. It wasn't clear whether the unscheduled return of Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, had anything to do with the influence-peddling allegations surrounding Kitzhaber's fiancee, Cylvia Hayes. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)Just weeks after being sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber finds himself fighting for his political life over allegations his fiancée used their relationship to win contracts for her consulting business and failed to report income on her taxes.


VIDEO: How does Philly feel about 2016 DNC?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:15

 How does Philly feel about 2016 DNC?We have reaction from the street as people learned the 2016 DNC would be in Philly.


Timeline of events in the West Coast seaport labor dispute

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 06:07
A timeline of significant developments in the West Coast seaport labor dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents dockworkers, and the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents the terminal operators and shipping lines that employ them:

FBI director: US at crossroads on race relations, policing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 05:59

FBI Director James Comey discusses race and law enforcement, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Georgetown University in Washington. Comey said the nation is at a “crossroads” on matters of race relations and law enforcement, saying the country must confront hard truths following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the slayings of two police officers in New York. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is at a crossroads on matters of race relations and law enforcement, presenting "hard truths" that the public and police must confront, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday.


As sign-up deadline nears, a new risk for Obama health law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 05:56

Graphic shows enrollments for health insurance through federal insurance marketplace; 1c x 4 inches; 46.5 mm x 101 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people signing up for health insurance this weekend may not realize it, but their coverage under President Barack Obama's law could be short-lived.


Federal judge in Alabama orders county to wed gay couples

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 05:56

Chilton County Probate Judge Bobby Martin discusses confusion over same-sex marriage in Alabama in his office in Clanton, Ala., on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. This week, Martin issued a license for a gay wedding, then stopped the practice, then resumed amid confusion over competing state and federal court directives. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge in Alabama has ordered Mobile County to start issuing gay marriage licenses.


Montana homeowner gets 70 years for killing German exchange student

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 05:52

Markus Kaarma waits to be dismissed during an afternoon break in Missoula County Court in Missoula MontanaBy Lori Grannis MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - A Montana homeowner who was found guilty of deliberate homicide last year for fatally shooting an unarmed 17-year-old German exchange student who entered his garage was sentenced on Thursday to 70 years in prison. Markus Kaarma, 30, will not be eligible for parole for the first 20 years of his sentence. He was convicted in December of killing Diren Dede of Hamburg in a trial that tested Montana's so-called "castle doctrine" self-defense law, which allows deadly force against a home invasion if a person reasonably believes it is necessary to prevent an assault. Prosecutor Andrew Paul said on Thursday prior to the sentencing that Kaarma, a former U.S. Forest Service firefighter, had a long history of assaults and domestic abuse, and characterized him as an unpredictable "powder keg." At trial, prosecutors painted Kaarma as an armed aggressor who lured Dede to his death while the student was "garage hopping" at night in Missoula, perhaps looking for alcohol.


Two shot in South Dakota industrial park, gunman at large

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 05:48
(Reuters) - Two people were shot on Thursday in an industrial park in southeast South Dakota, where a gunman remained at large, authorities said. The gunman entered Sioux Steel in Lennox at about 2:30 p.m. local time and shot two employees before he fled, according to Lennox Police Chief Orville Jorgensen. The conditions of shooting victims were unknown, Jorgensen said. Local media reported that schools and businesses in Lennox remained on lockdown as authorities searched for the man. ...

Attorneys spar as trial begins for Marine who disappeared

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 05:46

FILE - In this July 19, 2004 file photo, Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun makes a statement to the press outside Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Va. Hassoun's trial on desertion accusations starts Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — The criminal case against a Marine accused of deserting his unit in Iraq a decade ago began taking shape when Navy criminal investigators assumed the worst about the Muslim corporal based on hearsay from other service members, a defense attorney argued Thursday.