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'Born in Jerusalem' passport case divides justices

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 04:12

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2011 file photo, Ari Zivotofsky, right, stands with his nine-year-old son, Menachem, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The first time Menachem's case was in front of the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer laid out several reasons why courts should stay out of a dispute between Congress and the president over whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth on their passports as Israel. It is back at the high court for argument Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at a time of acute Palestinian-Israeli tension over Jerusalem and significant strain in Israeli-American relations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Middle Eastern politics infused the Supreme Court's arguments Monday over a disputed law that would allow Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their U.S. passports.


Bio-Rad paying $55M to resolve US bribery claims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 04:11
Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. has agreed to pay about $55 million to resolve U.S. authorities' allegations that it failed to prevent bribery of officials in Russia, Thailand and Vietnam and falsifying records ...

Prosecutors: No deal with reporter in leak case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:54
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Monday they have no deal in place with a New York Times reporter whose testimony they want as they prosecute a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information.

Sting, 'Sesame Street' set for Macy's parade

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:37

Sting, 'Sesame Street' set for Macy's paradeNEW YORK (AP) — Sting, Idina Menzel and the cast of "Sesame Street" will be among the stars celebrating at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Suspected Pennsylvania sniper's sister questions arrest details

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:37

Eric Matthew Frein, 31, is pictured in this October 2014 handout photoBy Joe McDonald EAST STROUDSBURG Pa. (Reuters) - The sister of the survivalist who eluded a 48-day manhunt in the mountains of Pennsylvania until his capture last week said on Monday she did not believe the police version of how he ended up with wounds and red marks on his face. State police said that Eric Frein, who has been charged with murdering a state trooper and wounding another in a sniper attack outside their barracks in September, cut his nose and face while hiding in thick woods and dodging search teams. ...


Philadelphia DA: Group mailed out wrong polling info

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:36

 Group mailed out wrong polling infoThe Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is trying to get the word out that a group mailed out incorrect polling information to city residents.


Maryland boy plotted school attack with gun, bombs: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:35
(Reuters) - Maryland police have arrested a 16-year-old boy they allege planned to bring a gun and bombs to his school to kill people, authorities said on Monday. The boy planned to take three crude, homemade bombs and a handgun to the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson and "he wanted to kill people," the Baltimore County Police Department said in a statement. The boy, a 10th-grade student at the school, was a suspect in car break-ins on Saturday in the Monkton area, about 65 miles north of Washington. ...

Security contractor breach not detected for months

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:25

In this photo taken Oct. 17, 2014, the USIS building in Falls Church, Va. A cyber-attack similar to previous hacker intrusions from China penetrated computer networks for months at USIS, the government’s leading security clearance contractor, before the company noticed the break-in, officials and others familiar with an FBI investigation and related official inquiries told The Associated Press. The breach compromised the private records of at least 25,000 employees at the Homeland Security Department and cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars in lost government contracts. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — A cyberattack similar to previous hacker intrusions from China penetrated computer networks for months at USIS, the government's leading security clearance contractor, before the company noticed, officials and others familiar with an FBI investigation and related official inquiries told The Associated Press.


Chicago suburban police shoot and kill man who draws gun at hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:22
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago suburban police shot and killed a car accident victim who drew a gun at a hospital and then refused commands to drop it, police said on Monday. Late Sunday night, Illinois State Police responded to a car accident and arrested the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence, said police in Highland Park, 27 miles north of Chicago. A 27-year-old man was a passenger in the vehicle, along with a minor. Both were taken to Highland Park Hospital, police said in a statement. ...

U.S. Supreme Court divided on Jerusalem passport case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:21
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Monday as it considered whether Congress overstepped its authority in passing a law designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports. Congress passed the law in 2002 but the government has never enforced it. Seeking to remain neutral on the hotly contested issue of sovereignty over a city holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians, the State Department allows passports to name Jerusalem as a place of birth, with no country name included. ...

Afghan officials walk away from Colorado training

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:17
DENVER (AP) — Two Afghan prison officials who walked away from a prison-reform training program in Colorado pose no threat, and their names are being withheld for fear their families back home will be retaliated against by those opposed to U.S. involvement there, officials said.

Branson denies ignoring safety concerns over Virgin spacecraft

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:02

Billionaire Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson salutes the bravery of test pilots, and vows to find out what caused the crash of his prototype space tourism rocket that killed one crew member and injured another during a news conference in Mojave, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo blew apart about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the Mojave airfield after being released from a carrier aircraft Friday. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson rejected on Monday media suggestions that he had ignored safety warnings about his Virgin Galactic spaceship before it crashed during a test flight. One pilot died and the other was badly injured last Friday when SpaceShipTwo crashed in California's Mojave Desert. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading an investigation into the cause of the accident. ...


Virgin Galactic spaceship insured for $40-50 million, lead underwriter AIG: sources

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:02
By Carolyn Cohn and Richa Naidu LONDON (Reuters) - The Virgin Galactic spaceship which crashed on Friday was insured against losses totaling around $40-50 million and the lead underwriter was AIG , insurance sources said on Monday. AIG declined to comment. British insurance and brokerage services provider Jardine Lloyd Thompson confirmed that it was the broker on the deal. "We act on behalf of Virgin Galactic and are providing every assistance, as is appropriate in these tragic circumstances," JLT said in a statement. ...

Russia statue dismantled after Apple CEO comes out

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 03:01

FILE- In this file photo dated Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, a girl touches the screen showing a portrait of Steve Jobs on the recently erected memorial to late Apple Corp. co-founder in the courtyard of the Techno Park of the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO University) in St. Petersburg, Russia. The six-foot tall interactive memorial has been taken down in response to last week's announcement that CEO of Apple, Tim Cook is openly gay. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, FILE )MOSCOW (AP) — A two-meter (six-foot) statue of an iPhone on a university campus in St. Petersburg has been taken down in response to last week's announcement by the CEO of Apple that he is gay.


Truck fires in Bristol, Pa. investigated as possible arson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:58

Truck fires in Bristol, Pa. investigated as possible arsonA fire that destroyed or badly damaged seven trucks in Bristol, Bucks County is being investigated as a possible arson.


First tenants move into One World Trade Center, tallest U.S. building

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:39

Street level view of the One World Trade Center tower in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thirteen years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the first tenants moved their belongings into the newly built One World Trade Center with enthusiasm tinged by emotional remembrance. About 200 Condé Nast employees on Monday walked through the revolving doors of the building, America's tallest skyscraper - the first wave of 3,400 company staffers to occupy the 104-story gleaming tower in Lower Manhattan by February 2015. Chief among them was Condé Nast's chief executive, Charles Townsend, whose gray Mercedes rolled into the tower's south entrance, where he was greeted by developers and other officials. "This is a terrific day for Lower Manhattan, a wonderful day for New York City and an absolutely great day for Condé Nast," Townsend said.


U.S. enhances security screening for travelers from Europe, Asia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:33

Passengers make their way in a security checkpoint at the International JFK airport in New YorkBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Concerned about foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq, Washington imposed extra security measures on Monday for travelers from countries, mostly in Europe and Asia, whose citizens do not need a visa to get into the United States. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said people from countries in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program will have to provide additional information on an electronic application they need to file to be eligible to enter. ...


Kelly: Eagles QB Nick Foles cracks clavicle, LB DeMeco Ryans injures Achilles

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:28

 Eagles QB Nick Foles cracks clavicle, LB DeMeco Ryans injures AchillesPhiladelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Monday that quarterback Nick Foles and linebacker DeMeco Ryans were both injured in Sunday's match up against the Houston Texans.


Midterm elections carry high stakes for US economy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:22

FILE - In this May 20, 2014 file photo, a person votes in the primary election at The Boyle County Fire Department in Danville, KY. The battle for control of the U.S. Senate at stake Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, could have far-reaching effects on the economy. (AP Photo/The Advocate Messenger, Clay Jackson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The midterm slugfest for control of the U.S. Senate could have far-reaching effects on the economy.


Ryanair raises outlook, soars to record high

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 02:17

FILE - This is a Sept. 21, 2014, file photo of , passengers as they exit a Ryanair flight at Dublin Airport. Ryanair has beaten experts’ forecasts and raised its profit outlook again, sending shares in Europe’s biggest budget airline to a record high. The airline said Monday Nov. 3, 2014, that its net profit for the April-September period rose 32 percent to 795 million euros ($994 million). Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said he would boost services during the traditionally weak, loss-making winter season. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik, File)DUBLIN (AP) — Ryanair sharply raised its profit outlook on the back of surprisingly strong first-half profits, sending shares in Europe's biggest budget airline to a record high.