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Prosecutors accept proposed trial delay for Colorado cinema gunman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:27

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the Colorado theater massacre case do not oppose a defense request to delay the murder trial of accused gunman James Holmes until early next year, court papers showed on Thursday. A ruling by the judge on whether to postpone the trial is pending. Earlier this week, public defenders asked Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour to postpone the trial, which is set to begin in December, because they needed more time to review results of a second sanity examination. ...


Report: Better shields needed for private tax data

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government and the states should improve how they protect the security of confidential tax information of people getting benefits under the 2010 health care law, federal investigators said Thursday.

Eric Frein lookalike: I've been stopped repeatedly

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:16

In this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, James Tully, of Canadensis, Pa., poses for a photo. The northeastern Pennsylvania man says he’s been stopped at least 20 times by authorities who have mistaken him as Eric Frein, the suspect in a trooper’s killing. Tully walks to work through the rural search area because he doesn’t own a car. He also wears a backpack, an item police believe Frein has also carried. (AP Photo/Pocono Record, Beth Brelje) MANDATORY CREDITCANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania resident said he's been stopped and questioned more than 20 times by authorities who have mistaken him for a man sought in the killing of a state trooper, including one encounter at gunpoint that left him fearing for his life.


Argentina issues $1 billion, 2-year bond

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 02:05
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina began offering a new two-year sovereign bond for $1 billion on Thursday, at a time when the government is desperately looking for fresh sources of financing.

VIDEO: Mo'ne Davis stars in Spike Lee directed Chevrolet ad

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 01:45

 Mo'ne Davis stars in Spike Lee directed Chevrolet adMo'ne Davis has made it to the Major League Baseball World Series.


Theater shooting prosecutors agree to trial delay

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 01:45
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors would agree to push back the trial for the man charged in the Colorado theater shootings so defense attorneys can have more time to review his sanity exam, according to court filings released Thursday.

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake quake hits Alaska near Fairbanks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 01:41
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska near Fairbanks on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, and there were no initial reports of damage or injuries. The temblor's epicenter was located about 43 miles (70 km) west-northwest of Fairbanks, the largest city in the interior region of Alaska, and third largest in the state, and originated at a depth of 9.3 miles (14 km), the agency said. ...

Woman who stabbed pencils in eyes sues over photo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 01:06
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who stabbed pencils in her eyes during a suicide attempt is suing Los Angeles County, claiming her photo was snapped at a hospital and went viral online.

HealthCare.gov's EZ form not for legal immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:33

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013, file photo, Andrew Slavitt, group executive vice president for Optum/QSSI, left, and Lynn Spellecy, corporate counsel for Equifax Workforce Solutions, listen to questioning during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with contractors that built the federal government's health care websites in Washington. It turns out HealthCare.gov’s new EZ application for coverage can’t be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens. Slavitt, now the top technology official for HealthCare.gov, said there have been several improvements to make things easier for immigrants, including expanding the list of documents that people can use to establish eligibility and updating the computer system so it won’t get hung up on certain special characters used in some names. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov's simpler online application is being touted as a big win for consumers. But it can't be used by legal immigrants and naturalized U.S. citizens, who represent millions of potential new health insurance customers.


Maine man's ashes launched into space

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:31

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo, an urn containing the ashes of C.J. Twomey sits on a shelf at his parent's home in Auburn, Maine. C.J. committed suicide three and a half years earlier. On Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, a rocket containing a vial of C.J.’s ashes was launched from the New Mexican desert into space before landing in the White Sands Missile Range. His ashes had previously been released in nearly all 50 states and dozens of places overseas. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine mother who's using social media to have her son's ashes scattered all over the world has sent him on his greatest journey yet: to space.


Search for Fern Rock carjacking suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:27

Search for Fern Rock carjacking suspectPolice are looking for a man who stole a car at gunpoint.


Philadelphia police Taser suspect in Center City struggle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:26

Philadelphia police Taser suspect in Center City struggleIt took 3 officers and a Taser to take down a belligerent man in Center City Philadelphia.


Plea deal in FAMU case is off the table

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:23
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A plea deal that was contemplated by one of the four defendants facing trial next week for the hazing death of a Florida A & M drum major is off the table.

Mom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:23

 I cry for victims, not sonThe mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.


California community suffers as wells dry up in drought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:18

Pastor Frankie Olmedo, who volunteers four hours a day to hand out water, fills up a container for Luis Bocanegra, 35, in Porterville, CaliforniaBy Lucy Nicholson East Porterville Calif. (Reuters) - In one of the towns hardest hit by California's drought, the only way some residents can get water to flush the toilet is to drive to the fire station, hand-pump water into barrels and take it back home. The trip has become a regular ritual for East Porterville residents Macario Beltran, 41, and his daughters, who on a recent evening pumped the water into containers in the bed of his old pickup truck to be used for bathing, dish washing and flushing. ...


Highlights of ballot initiatives voters to weigh

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:08
Large companies and national advocacy groups are putting millions of dollars in ads behind ballot measures this year, from questions about oil companies' profits in Alaska to medical marijuana in Florida, according to an analysis of advertising data released Thursday from the Center for Public Integrity. Some $119 million in television ads had been aired through Monday to influence the 158 statewide ballot questions nationwide.

Police employ high-tech tool in pumpkin riot probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:06

police officers respond to large crowds of students as the annual Pumpkin Festival is underwayKEENE, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire are using a relatively new application to collect photos and videos they hope will lead to arrests following weekend chaos at a pumpkin festival.


Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:02

Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds a copy of his findings following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The findings revealed academic fraud involving more than 3,100 students. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes.


Universal Studios character allegedly aimed sexist slurs at teen girls during Halloween Horror Nights

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 23:54

Universal Studios character allegedly aimed sexist slurs at teen girls during Halloween Horror NightsTwo young girls say they were called an inappropriate name by a character at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights.


Brazilian companies raise Chiquita offer to $681M

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 23:49
NEW YORK (AP) — Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra said they are again raising their bid for banana producer Chiquita, to $681 million — a day before Chiquita shareholders are expected to vote on a combination with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.