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Liberia, U.S. say Texas Ebola patient showed no symptoms before flying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:48
By David Lewis and James Harding Giahyue DAKAR/MONROVIA (Reuters) - The man being treated for Ebola in Texas showed no signs of fever or symptoms of the virus when he left Liberia for the United States via Brussels on Sept. 19, Liberian and U.S. authorities said on Wednesday. The case is the first to be diagnosed outside West Africa during the current outbreak, raising the prospect that the worst epidemic of the deadly hemorrhagic fever on record could spread to nations beyond the region. ...

LA officials give final approval to pay increase at large hotels

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:47

Hotel worker Blanca Aldana cheers after a City Council vote to increase minimum wage at City Hall in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles city leaders gave final approval on Wednesday to a measure that would increase the wages of workers at large hotels to $15.37 an hour, prompting a warning from hotel industry officials they might sue over the "living wage ordinance." Mayor Eric Garcetti, who pledged last month to bring the city's overall minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017, has promised to sign the hotel measure, which would establish one of the highest minimum wages in the country. The current California minimum wage is $8 an hour. ...

Slaying of mother and six children prompts Florida agency changes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:45
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Florida authorities should have done more to respond to repeated warnings of problems in the family where a 51-year-old felon shot his daughter and her six children before killing himself last month, the state child welfare agency said on Wednesday. The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) also announced immediate changes intended to improve accountability at the agency, long troubled by reports of inadequate protection for children in its care. ...

Calpers says ruling by judge in Stockton case is not legally binding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:40
(Reuters) - The California Public Employees' Retirement System, or Calpers, on Wednesday said it disagreed with a U.S. bankruptcy judge's ruling that Stockton, California, could impair worker pensions as part of the city's proposed financial restructuring. "This ruling is not legally binding on any of the parties in the Stockton case or as precedent in any other bankruptcy proceeding and is unnecessary to the decision on confirmation of the City of Stockton’s plan of adjustment," Calpers spokeswoman Rosanna Westmoreland said in an emailed statement. ...

Mother of former U.S. Marine says son suffers in Mexico jail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:39

Former U.S. Marine Andrew Tahmooressi is escorted to a federal court in TijuanaBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The mother of a former U.S. Marine held for six months in a Mexican prison appealed on Wednesday for the U.S. government to do more to free her son, who told her his guards threatened him with rape, torture and execution. Andrew Tahmooressi, 26, was arrested on March 31 by Mexican customs agents who found three guns in his pick-up truck at a border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. He was charged with weapons offenses and has been imprisoned ever since. His case has drawn the attention of U.S. ...

Pennsylvania deer hunt curtailed as police search for ambush suspect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:38

Handout of Matthew Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, PennsylvaniaBy Joe McDonald EAST STROUDSBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania has reversed an earlier decision to allow deer hunting in an area of the Pocono Mountains where hundreds of law enforcement officers are searching for the suspect in an ambush that killed a state trooper nearly three weeks ago. The closure of a large swath of state game lands in the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania, announced on Wednesday, came a day after police said search teams had found two pipe bombs while in pursuit of the 31-year-old suspect, Eric Frein. R. ...

Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheading

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:36

In this Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 photo provided by the Cleveland County, Okla., Sheriff's Department, Alton Nolen is pictured in a booking photo. Nolen has been charged with murder in the first degree in the death of Colleen Hufford, in Moore, Okla. (AP Photo/Cleveland County Sheriff's Department)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor said Wednesday he will seek the execution of a man accused of beheading a co-worker in a fit of rage after being suspended from his job at a food processing plant.

Complaint: Racial slurs, threats at Daimler plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:32
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's labor commissioner has filed a complaint against heavy-duty truck and school bus manufacturer Daimler Trucks North America, alleging five employees at its Portland plant were subjected to racial slurs and threats.

California Catholics challenge abortion order

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:32
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's Catholic leadership has filed a federal civil rights complaint over a state requirement that health insurance cover abortions.

VIDEO: Donald Trump responds to Revel sale

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:31

 Donald Trump responds to Revel saleBillionaire developer Donald Trump wasn't very optimistic about the challenges waiting the new owner of the old Revel casino.

Consumer group sues over Missouri insurance rates

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:30
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A consumer group is suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to obtain information used to justify insurance rates in Missouri.

U of Chicago increases aid to needy students

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:27
CHICAGO (AP) — As selective colleges try to increase economic diversity among their undergraduates, the University of Chicago announced Wednesday that it's embarking on an unusual effort to enroll more low-income students, including the elimination of loans in its aid packages.

ACLU challenges new Alabama abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:24
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to stop a new Alabama law that places additional requirements on girls seeking abortions without their parents' approval.

Why the bond market is more fragile than you think

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:18

In this Sept. 24, 2014 photo, traders work in the ten-year bond pit on the floor of the CME Group in Chicago. Main Street investors have poured a trillion dollars into bonds since the financial crisis, and helped send prices soaring. As fund managers and regulators fret about an inevitable sell-off, the bigger fear is that when people go to unload, there won’t be anyone to buy. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)NEW YORK (AP) — A bottleneck is building in the global market for bonds.

Man convicted of murder in killing over loud music

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:15

Defendant Michael Dunn re-enters the courtroom as the jury had a question shortly after deliberations began during his retrial on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla. Dunn is being retried on murder charges for the shooting death of 17-year old Jordan Davis in a dispute over loud music at a Jacksonville gas station in November of 2012. Dunn was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting or throwing a deadly missile during his previous trial, but the jury was deadlocked on the murder charge. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who opened fire on a carload of black teenagers in an argument over their loud "thug" music was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder.

Prison escape plan cited in fatal Vegas crash case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:15

Ammar Harris appears in district court Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas. Harris and a co-defendant waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday and will enter their guilty pleas in a few weeks. The 28-year-old Harris faces felony charges alleging that food, methamphetamines, vodka and a cellphone were smuggled to him by a guard earlier this year at a state prison outside Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — An investigator told a judge Wednesday that a self-described pimp already serving prison time for rape and robbery bribed a guard to get cellphones behind bars as part of a plot to escape before his death penalty trial in a fatal Las Vegas Strip shooting and fiery crash.

Wife of slain Los Angeles-area mayor released

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:00

A police officer stands by the scene of a shootingBELL GARDENS, Calif. (AP) — In the small, modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens, neighbors of Mayor Daniel Crespo struggled Wednesday to come to terms with how the friendly, outgoing political leader could have been shot to death by his wife of 28 years.

Judge rules Calpers can be impaired in Stockton bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 05:58
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The judge overseeing the Stockton, California, bankruptcy on Wednesday ruled the state's huge pension system, Calpers, can be impaired as part of the city's financial restructuring. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said the city's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System could be rejected. The ruling follows a similar determination in the city of Detroit's bankruptcy case, in which that judge ruled that pensions could also be made to absorb losses along with other creditors. ...

Wyoming landslide stabilization to begin in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 05:57

FILE - This April 18, 2014 aerial image provided by Tributary Environmental shows a home damaged by a landslide in Jackson, Wyo. Town officials say they don’t have enough time left before cold weather arrives to get going on a project to permanently stabilize a slow-moving landslide that tore one house in two and cut off access to dozens of other homes last spring. The work will begin next year. Meanwhile, next year’s spring thaw presents a concern but for now the slide only is moving at about an inch or two per month, according to George Machan, the chief engineer consulting with town officials on the situation said Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Tributary Environmental) NO SALESJACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Town officials say they don't have enough time left before cold weather arrives to get going on a project to permanently stabilize a slow-moving landslide in Wyoming that tore one house in two and cut off access to dozens of other homes last spring.

Bell Gardens, California Mayor Daniel Crespo fatally shot; wife released

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 05:48

Bell Gardens, California Mayor Daniel Crespo fatally shot; wife releasedThe wife suspected of shooting and killing the mayor of a Los Angeles County city has been released after hours of questioning, authorities said.