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Senate immigration efforts 'nutso,' won't fly in House: Boehner

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 01:42
House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday called Senate Democratic efforts to pass immigration reform "nutso" and said the measure has no chance of being taken up in the Republican-controlled House. "Instead of addressing the crisis at hand, Senate Democrats are talking up some nutso scheme to jam through the Senate immigration bill, even though they know it will never happen," Boehner said at a press conference. "The House will not take up the Senate reform bill or accept it back from the Senate in any fashion." (Reporting By Mark Felsenthal;

U.S. doctor battling Ebola takes slight turn for worse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 01:37

Handout photo of Dr. Kent Brantly speaking with colleagues at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in MonroviaWINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The health of a U.S. doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia while helping fight an unprecedented outbreak of the deadly disease has worsened slightly, a relief organization said on Thursday. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, an American missionary also infected with the virus, both are in "stable but grave condition," according to Samaritan's Purse, a North Carolina-based Christian relief group. The organization, led by evangelist Franklin Graham, said it was aiming to have all nonessential personnel evacuated from Liberia by this weekend as conditions worsened. On Wednesday, the U.S. Peace Corps said it was pulling all 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because of the spreading Ebola virus.


U.S. attorney general to condemn use of demographics in sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 01:36

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the U.S. ambassador's residence in OsloBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One year into his effort to lower prison sentences for nonviolent criminals, Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday will condemn states that consider demographic data before determining sentencing for convicted individuals, according to Justice Department officials. A bill introduced by Senator John Cornyn, a Republican of Texas, attempts to bring the same practice into federal courts. Holder will argue in a speech to criminal defense lawyers and in a report to the U.S. Sentencing Commission that two people who commit the same crime should not serve unequal time based on those factors alone. "There is concern over these data-based approaches to sentencing.


US warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 01:32
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are warning Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.

Expert talks about cut on McBride's hand

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 01:08

Theodore Wafer pauses at the end of Day 3 of his trial, Monday, July 28, 2014, Detroit, Mich. Wafer is the Dearborn Heights homeowner charged in the shooting death of Renisha McBride. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — A former medical examiner sparred with a prosecutor Thursday over a wound on the hand of a woman who was fatally shot on a Detroit-area porch, telling jurors it seems to fit the defense's claim that Renisha McBride was pounding on the homeowner's doors before she was killed.


United States issues travel warning for 3 African countries hit by Ebola outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 01:07
NEW YORK (AP) — United States issues travel warning for three African countries hit by Ebola outbreak.

Irish bookmaker apologizes for 2010 data breach

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 01:01
DUBLIN (AP) — Irish betting company Paddy Power announced Thursday it is notifying hundreds of thousands of customers that most of their profile information was stolen in 2010, but hackers did not gain their credit card details or log-in passwords.

San Francisco million-dollar home sales hit record

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:56
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A record number of million-dollar homes were sold in the San Francisco Bay Area during the second quarter, a research firm said Thursday, another sign that affording a place to live is a growing challenge for anyone who isn't tied to the booming technology economy.

Witness: Security cameras off during bombing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:55
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who helped oversee operations at the federal building that was bombed in Oklahoma City in 1995 says outside surveillance cameras pointing at where the bomb went off were not operational at the time.

Journal Communications, Scripps Co. announce deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:54
NEW YORK (AP) — Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have agreed to combine their broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity.

Defense: Kidnapping suspect's motives distorted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:49
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The attorney for a Colorado woman accusing of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin says the government's case against her doesn't add up.

San Francisco sells record million-dollar homes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:49
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A research firm says a record number of million-dollar homes were sold in the San Francisco Bay Area during the second quarter, another sign that affording a place to live is a growing challenge for anyone who isn't tied to the technology economy.

Trial set for Greenpeace activists in P&G protest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:48
CINCINNATI (AP) — With only one of nine Greenpeace activists willing to accept a plea deal, a judge on Thursday set a trial date for the other eight on felony charges in an eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble's headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.

Chicago cops: Man shoots CEO before killing self

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:47
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a demoted worker shot and critically injured his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself at their office in a downtown high-rise office building.

Data firm: San Francisco Bay Area sells record number of million-dollar homes amid tech boom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:47
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Data firm: San Francisco Bay Area sells record number of million-dollar homes amid tech boom.

NYC mayor hosts reform talk after chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:44
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's mayor says now is the time to transform the relationship between police and minority residents.

Cops: Demoted worker kills CEO before killing self

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:43
CHICAGO (AP) — A demoted worker shot and critically injured his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a downtown Chicago high-rise in the city's bustling financial district, police said.

Student settles suit over mistaken beer purchase

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:40
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A college student who says she fled in terror when undercover officers who thought she had illegally bought beer swarmed her SUV has reached a $212,500 settlement with the state of Virginia.

Homeowner who fought off Trump is moving on

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:25

Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino towers over Vera Coking's three story rooming house Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. The decrepit boarding home owned by the Atlantic City woman who has been turning down multi-million dollar offers for the building in the shadow of Trump Plaza since the 80’s is now up for auction. With a reserve price of only $199,000, the fate of the house has gone down along with the city’s casino industry. On July 31, the property, at 127 South Columbia Place, will go up for auction. As recently as eight years ago, Donald Trump was willing to pay at least 10 times that amount so he could expand Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person."


Cops: 1 dead, 1 critical after high-rise shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 00:20
CHICAGO (AP) — A shooting inside a downtown Chicago high-rise on Thursday has left one man dead and another in critical condition in the city's bustling financial district, according to police.