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Armed woman killed by California police tried 3 carjackings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 02:51
EMERYVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California woman who was shot and killed by police had pointed a gun at store security guards and then tried to carjack at least three people at gunpoint before turning her revolver on officers.

Ex-New York assemblyman convicted of federal bribery charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 02:50

Malcolm Smith makes his way through a crush of media to a waiting car after appearing in United States Court in White Plains, New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Democratic New York state Senator Malcolm Smith was found guilty on federal bribery charges on Thursday, authorities said, the latest conviction in a string of public corruption prosecutions that have roiled the state capital Albany. The office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara accused Smith, 57, of trying to bribe Republican officials to secure a spot on the 2013 mayoral ballot in the race eventually won by Democrat Bill de Blasio. Smith's co-defendant, former Queens Republican leader Vincent Tabone, 41, was also found guilty of bribery charges on Thursday by the same jury in federal court in White Plains, New York, a spokeswoman for Bharara said.


Hackers access records for millions of Anthem customers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 02:36

Hackers access records for millions of Anthem customersHackers broke into a health insurance database storing information for about 80 million people in an attack bound to stoke fears many Americans have about the privacy of their most sensitive information.


British man who led company sentenced to 4 years for fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 02:26
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A British man who was extradited to the United States with his wife to face fraud charges was sentenced Thursday to four years in federal prison.

Answers to questions about oil waste in California aquifers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 02:22
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — California, the country's third-largest oil-producing state, has improperly given oil companies more than 2,500 permits to inject production fluids and oilfield waste into underground water supplies that are used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show.

Boehner: Pope Francis to address Congress on Sept. 24

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 02:14

 Pope Francis to address Congress on Sept. 24Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24.


Kentucky teen who ran away indicted on crime-spree charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 02:14
LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) — A teen who ran away from his Kentucky home with a 13-year-old girl and was later captured in Florida has been indicted on charges related to what police call a two-week crime spree.

Police: Miami Beach man punches girl, orders her in bin

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 02:13
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Miami Beach man ordered his 9-year-old niece into a garbage bin outside their apartment and then punched her in the head several times because he said she was lying to him.

Bosnian Serbs pass law limiting freedom of speech

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:57

In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 3. 2015, Bosnian Serb lawmakers Igor Radojicic, left, and Srdjan Amidzic,right, speak during a session in Banja Luka, 240 kilometers (149 miles) west of Sarajevo. Bosnian Serb lawmakers passed a controversial law on Thursday that allows authorities to fine people who post offensive content on social networks - a move civil society labels as limiting freedom of expression. (AP Photo/Radivoje Pavicic)BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Lawmakers in the Serb part of Bosnia passed a controversial law Thursday that allows authorities to fine people who post offensive content on social networks — a move rights activists have labeled as limiting freedom of expression.


Wisconsin patient in isolation after testing negative for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:52
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A preliminary test for the Ebola virus has come back negative for a patient who remains in isolation and doing well on Thursday at a Wisconsin hospital, health officials said. The unidentified patient, whose age and gender have not been released, is being treated in the isolation unit at Meriter Hospital in the state capital Madison, according to hospital spokeswoman Leah Huibregtse. The patient is "doing well" after a preliminary test came back negative for the Ebola virus, she said. "This is not an indication of Ebola virus disease and there is no risk to the public," the health department said in a statement.

Father of child shooter gets 3 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:49

Father of child shooter gets 3 years in prisonThe father of an Ocean County boy, who was 4-years-old when he fatally shot a 6-year-old neighbor, is headed to prison.


Commissioner expects to face decision on Rose ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:45

 World Series-San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals(Reuters) - Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he expects to face a decision on the status of Pete Rose, opening the door for possible reinstatement of the all-time hits leader for Hall of Fame consideration. Rose was banished from baseball in 1989 for breaking the cardinal rule against betting on games, but after 25 years on the ineligible list the new commissioner acknowledged the issue of reinstatement would come before him. Rose, who was found to bet on games as manager of the Cincinnati Reds but not against his team, has been banned from employment in the majors and from election into the Hall of Fame, which remains a hot-button item among baseball fans. Rose, 73, can appeal to the commissioner for reinstatement.


Congressional trips to Cuba in doubt as US interest surges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:44

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. A series of trips to Cuba by U.S. lawmakers is in doubt amid questions over the communist government's eagerness or ability to accommodate a surge of new interest and possible investment from the United States. American officials said the Cuban government has pushed off all congressional visits, including one by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, until at least mid-April. The Cuban Interests Section in Washington said some will go forward in the coming days, but others are postponed. Several members of Congress had planned to go to the island country this month. They included Pelosi, a California Democrat, and Flake, who has proposed ending the U.S. travel embargo of Cuba. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — A series of trips to Cuba by U.S. lawmakers is in doubt amid questions over the communist government's eagerness or ability to accommodate a surge of new interest and possible investment from the United States.


Correction: Caesars-CEO Shift story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:44
LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a story Feb. 4 about Caesars CEO Gary Loveman's leaving his management role, The Associated Press erroneously reported the length of Loveman's tenure as CEO. Loveman has been CEO since 2003, not 1998.

Hackers access records for millions of Anthem customers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:38

A man walks past health insurer Anthem's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Hackers broke into the company's database storing information for about 80 million people in an attack bound to stoke fears many Americans have about the privacy of their most sensitive information. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hackers broke into a health insurance database storing information for about 80 million people in an attack bound to stoke fears many Americans have about the privacy of their most sensitive information.


Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight returned to jail from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:35

Rap mogul Suge Knight stands in court during his arraignment on murder charges at the Compton Courthouse in ComptonRap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, charged with murder and other offenses in a fatal hit-and-run incident, was returned to jail from a Los Angeles-area hospital late on Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Department spokesman Deputy Kelvin Moody said Knight, 49, was released from the hospital at about 9 p.m. (0500 GMT). He declined to describe the nature of Knight's medical treatment. Knight was hospitalized on Tuesday, reportedly after complaining of chest pains, shortly after pleading not guilty to murder, attempted murder and two counts of felony hit-and-run.


911 dispatcher tells caller 'stop whining' after fatal Maryland accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:20
(Reuters) - An incident in which a 911 emergency dispatcher told a young caller to "stop whining" after her father was struck and killed by a car along a Maryland highway while changing a flat tire is under investigation, a fire official said on Thursday. Anne Arundel County Fire Captain Russ Davies said the dispatcher "used a poor choice of words." He will not work directly with the public until the investigation is complete, Davies said. The incident took place on Sunday night when Rick Warrick, 38, of Washington, and his fiancée were taking his teenage children to dinner. It's hard to understand you ... two people were struck, correct?" the dispatcher says.

Mayday call issued before Taiwan plane crash; at least 32 dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:19

Mayday call issued before Taiwan plane crash; at least 32 deadMoments before the TransAsia Airways propjet banked sharply and crashed into a river, one of its pilots said, "Mayday, mayday, engine flameout," according to a Taiwanese aviation official.


U.S. House leader says State Department stonewalling on Keystone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:18

Boehner wipes away tears during his remarks at a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring members of the First Special Service Force at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonU.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday accused the State Department of stonewalling its review of the long-pending Keystone XL pipeline, saying Secretary of State John Kerry must address the issue to make the department's actions more transparent. "The Democrats are dragging their feet," Boehner, the top House Republican, told reporters, referring to the TransCanada Corp's project to bring 830,000 barrels per day of mostly Canadian oil sands petroleum to refineries and ports on the Gulf Coast. "Now the State Department is stonewalling and is refusing to answer basic questions about its review. The State Department, which is assessing the project because it crosses the national border, received comments from eight federal agencies this week on whether the pipeline is in the country's interest.


911 operator to teen as dad lay dying: 'Stop whining'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:12
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 911 dispatcher twice told an emotional 13-year-old girl to "stop whining" as her father lay dying after a hit-and-run on a Maryland highway, according to a recording of the call obtained Thursday.