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Judge to sentence man in tree-lighting terror case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:52

FILE - A Nov. 27, 2010, file photo provided by the Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff's Office, shows Mohamed Mohamud. Nearly four years after 19-year-old Mohamud showed up at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., and triggered what turned out to be a fake bomb provided by the FBI, he is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mohamed Mohamud, the young Somali American convicted of trying to bomb Portland's downtown square while it was filled with holiday cheer, will learn Wednesday if he gets to leave prison before he's an old man.


Moet bets on bubbly in China with sparkling winery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:40
YONGNING COUNTY, China (AP) — France's Moet Hennessy is betting on China's taste for bubbly with the launch of sales this month by the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine.

Wife of slain Los Angeles-area mayor released

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:34

A police officer stands by the scene of a shooting in Bell Gardens, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Authorities say Mayor Daniel Crespo, of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens, has been shot to death and his wife is in custody. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)BELL GARDENS, Calif. (AP) — The wife suspected of shooting and killing the mayor of a Los Angeles County city has been released after hours of questioning, authorities said.


Algeria's ailing president absent amid crises

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:21

FILE - This Thursday, April 17, 2014, file photo shows President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, centre, in a wheelchair, waving as he leaves after voting in the presidential elections in Algiers. The absence of ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the aftermath of the kidnap and murder of a French hiker has re-ignited the debate over his fitness to rule this oil-rich North African nation that is a key ally in the fight against terror. Despite suffering from a stroke last year and being largely absent from the election campaign, Bouteflika still won a fourth term in April but has been barely seen since. . (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub, File)ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The silence of Algeria's ailing president since the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker by Islamic State-inspired militants has ignited new concerns over his health and whether he's fit to rule the oil-rich North African nation — or indeed whether he's still doing so.


Algeria's ailing president absent amid crises

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:21

FILE - This Thursday, April 17, 2014, file photo shows President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, centre, in a wheelchair, waving as he leaves after voting in the presidential elections in Algiers. The absence of ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the aftermath of the kidnap and murder of a French hiker has re-ignited the debate over his fitness to rule this oil-rich North African nation that is a key ally in the fight against terror. Despite suffering from a stroke last year and being largely absent from the election campaign, Bouteflika still won a fourth term in April but has been barely seen since. . (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub, File)ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The silence of Algeria's ailing president since the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker by Islamic State-inspired militants has ignited new concerns over his health and whether he's fit to rule the oil-rich North African nation — or indeed whether he's still doing so.


Police chief: Officer's comments 'unacceptable'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:10

FILE - In this file photo taken from a video shot March 16, 2014, James Boyd, 38, left, is shown during a standoff with officers in the Sandia foothills in Albuquerque, N.M., before police fatally shot him. An Albuquerque police officer's comments and behavior before a fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," the city's police chief said Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. In an interview with The Associated Press, Chief Gorden Eden said officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used profanity to describe a 38-year-old mentally ill homeless man. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Police Department, File )ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer's comments before a March fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," said the city's police chief.


Police chief: Officer's comments 'unacceptable'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:10

FILE - In this file photo taken from a video shot March 16, 2014, James Boyd, 38, left, is shown during a standoff with officers in the Sandia foothills in Albuquerque, N.M., before police fatally shot him. An Albuquerque police officer's comments and behavior before a fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," the city's police chief said Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. In an interview with The Associated Press, Chief Gorden Eden said officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used profanity to describe a 38-year-old mentally ill homeless man. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Police Department, File )ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer's comments before a March fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," said the city's police chief.


After bombs found, police say Frein making errors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:09

Lt. Col. George Bivens points to images of the pipe bombs that police say were left by trooper ambush suspect Eric Frein in the Pennsylvania woods, at a news conference in Blooming Grove Pa., Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. The bombs were not deployed, but they were fully functional and could have been set off by either a trip wire or a fuse, Bivens said. In background is John Brosnan, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia office. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — The discovery of two powerful pipe bombs during a massive manhunt in the Pennsylvania woods indicates the fugitive wanted in an ambush on state troopers is stressed out and making mistakes, authorities said as they repeated a call for him to surrender.


Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:03

Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired by the Dish Network after failing a drug test more than four years ago, right, waits for the proceedings to begin with his mother, Donna Scharfenberg, at the Colorado Supreme Court in Denver on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Coats' case highlights the clash between state laws that are increasingly accepting of marijuana use and employers' drug-free policies that won't tolerate it. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Kathryn Scott Osler, Pool)DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.


App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:00

In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, Aiden Crott, 7, center, helps Daniel Hernadez, 5, with his ScratchJr iPad program while Talia Levitt, 7, right, works with hers at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School in Medford, Mass. Researchers created the app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Researchers in Massachusetts have created an app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners.


App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:00

In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, Aiden Crott, 7, center, helps Daniel Hernadez, 5, with his ScratchJr iPad program while Talia Levitt, 7, right, works with hers at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School in Medford, Mass. Researchers created the app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Researchers in Massachusetts have created an app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners.


Small countries struggle to be heard at the UN

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 13:52

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, file photo, Gambia's President Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters. Gambia accused European countries of "racist and inhuman behavior" for deliberately causing boats carrying black African migrants to sink. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Honduras, terrorized by drug gangs, railed against the world for ignoring the violence and lack of jobs that sends thousands of young Central Americans fleeing north to the United States.


Two drivers hit 10-year-old girl in Seattle, speed away

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 13:31
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle police said on Tuesday they were searching for two drivers who gravely injured a 10-year-old girl in back-to-back collisions and then "sped away" with her "still on the ground". Witnesses said the girl was struck in the early evening by a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle as she crossed the street south of downtown, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. She fell to the ground and was then hit by an Acura sedan. "Witnesses said that both vehicles sped away while they tended to the girl," the statement said. ...

California gun restraining order may deter suicide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 13:08

FILE -- In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Richard Martinez, right, whose son, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez was killed in a shooting spree in Isle Vista last May, hugs State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, as Bob Weiss, whose daughter Veronika, whose daughter was also killed in the same shooting spree, hugs, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, after the bill they carried, that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat was approved by the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. Gov Jerry Brown signed the measure, AB1014, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, that will allow law enforcement and immediate family members to seek are restraining order removing fire arms for 21 days. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's first-in-the-nation gun restraining order legislation was born out of a college-town rampage that left six people dead at the hands of a killer whose family felt helpless to stop him.


Idaho polygamous sect member gets 90 days on child injury charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:57
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - A member of a breakaway Mormon polygamous group on Tuesday was sentenced by a judge to 90 days in jail on child injury charges for the mistreatment of teenage boys placed in his Idaho home as discipline by the sect, a prosecutor said. The case against Nathan Jessop stems from his role in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or FLDS, as the assigned caretaker of youths expelled to his so-called "repentance home" for their supposed misbehavior. ...

Revel auction still taking bids, did not adjourn

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:45

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, Randy Chapman, left, of California, and John Krisel, of New York, walk on The Boardwalk after they checked out of the closing Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. A bankruptcy court auction for Revel, the failed luxury casino-hotel on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The bankruptcy auction of Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel is continuing to weigh bids, and did not adjourn until next week as one participant said it would.


Gov. Jerry Brown signs California gun restriction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:53

FILE -- In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Richard Martinez, right, whose son, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez was killed in a shooting spree in Isle Vista last May, hugs State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, as Bob Weiss, whose daughter Veronika, whose daughter was also killed in the same shooting spree, hugs, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, after the bill they carried, that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat was approved by the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. Gov Jerry Brown signed the measure, AB1014, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, that will allow law enforcement and immediate family members to seek are restraining order removing fire arms for 21 days. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed.


The US Ebola case: 5 things to know

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:47

 A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. (AP Photo/CDC, File)Health officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States — a man isolated in intensive care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.


McAfee names Kimmel its 'most dangerous celebrity'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:45

FILE - In this March 20, 2014, file photo, television personality and event host Jimmy Kimmel attends the 2nd Annual "Rebels With a Cause" Gala benefiting the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine at Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles. Computer security software firm McAfee says the talk-show host is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. The company said Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, that a search for Kimmel carries a 19 percent chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for spyware, viruses or malware. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you're about to Google Jimmy Kimmel, beware.


Government confirms first case of Ebola in US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:43

Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tom Frieden speaks during a news conference after confirming that a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, announced Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. The person, an adult who was not publicly identified, developed symptoms days after returning to Texas from Liberia and showed no symptoms on the plane, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)DALLAS (AP) — The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed Tuesday in a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas — a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa.