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Q&A: Experts warn of Bash Bug, what are the risks?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:39

 Experts warn of Bash Bug, what are the risks?Internet security experts are warning that a new programming flaw known as the "Bash Bug" may pose a serious threat to millions of computers and other devices such as home Internet routers. Even ...

Lawyer for hacking suspect say no disqualification

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:38
SEATTLE (AP) — Lawyers for a Russian man charged with hacking into business across the U.S. filed new motions in federal court insisting that they don't have a conflict of interest and should remain on the job.

Republicans greet Holder departure with sharp criticism

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:36
By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seizing on news that Attorney General Eric Holder plans to step down, Republican lawmakers piled criticism on him over the Internal Revenue Service scandal, his handling of a gun-running probe known as "Fast and Furious," and a host of other issues. Holder has clashed for years with Republicans, who see the attorney general and close confidant of President Barack Obama as a partisan warrior who has failed to enforce the law in an even-handed manner. ...

Police probe threats to Colorado school board member's child

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:33
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Police in Colorado are investigating alleged threats made to a school board member's child in the state's second-largest school district, where hundreds of students protested this week over proposed curriculum changes, authorities said on Thursday. Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, said an investigator has been assigned to the case but declined to give further details or identify which member of the five-person board reported the threats. ...

Groundhog dies after escaping NYC mayor’s grip

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:27
Her shadow was one of the last things she saw.

Holder resigning: Attorney general backed rights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:15

U.S. Attorney General Eric HolderWASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder, America's first black attorney general and an unflinching champion of civil rights in enforcing the nation's laws, announced his resignation Thursday after leading the Justice Department since the first days of President Barack Obama's term. He is the fourth-longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history.

ACLU sues over immigrant's detention under Arizona immigration law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:13
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday alleging sheriff's deputies unlawfully arrested and detained an immigrant following a 2012 traffic stop under Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law. Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union said Pinal County deputies violated Maria Cortes' Fourth Amendment rights by subjecting her to a prolonged detention they charge was based solely on the suspicion she was an undocumented immigrant. Cortes, who had a pending visa application, was then taken to a U.S. ...

Center City attack suspect Kathryn Knott fired from hospital job

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:13

Center City attack suspect Kathryn Knott fired from hospital jobOne of the suspects accused of attacking a gay couple in Center City Philadelphia earlier this month has been fired from her job as an emergency room tech.

Militant in Syria beheading videos identified: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:12

FBI Director James Comey testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation" on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Julia Edwards and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A masked Islamic State militant seen wielding a knife in videos at the beheading of two Americans has been identified, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday, but he declined to give the person's name or nationality. The videos released in August and September of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff showed a masked Islamic State militant brandishing a knife and speaking English with a British accent. ...

Big fine for crashing drone in Yellowstone spring

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:10
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has ordered a Dutch man to pay more than $3,000 for crashing a drone into the biggest hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

Career criminal gets life for 3 killings in 1980s

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:09

Samuel Little shouts as he is sentenced to three consecutive terms of life in prison without parole for murdering three women in the late 1980s, in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Little, 74, shouted out in court during his sentencing hearing that he didn't commit the killings and said he hoped for a new trial. His lawyer Michael Pentz, left, has filed a notice of appeal. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Audrey Nelson clawed for her life while being beaten and strangled 25 years ago, she grasped something that finally brought justice for her family Thursday and helped send a serial killer to prison.

USDA details new risk-based farm payment programs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:08
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers can start as early as next week on signing up for new safety net programs that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said replaces the much-criticized direct payments with government payouts based on the risks farmers face.

Obama Announces Attorney General Eric Holder's Resignation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:07
Holder plans to step down once a successor is named.

Autopsy: Mentally ill NC inmate died of thirst

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:03
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina inmate with mental illness who had been held in solitary confinement died of thirst, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.

U.S. SEC wins hundreds of millions in Wyly fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:00

Texas investor Samuel Wyly exits the Manhattan Federal CourtBy Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Texas tycoon Sam Wyly and his late brother Charles' estate must pay hundreds of millions of dollars to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a fraudulent offshore scheme, a U.S. judge said on Thursday, one of the largest awards ever imposed on individual defendants. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in New York ruled that the Wyly brothers must pay $187.7 million in disgorgement and an undetermined amount of interest that she estimated would increase the total to between $300 million and $400 million. ...

Fewer New York state municipalities in fiscal stress: study

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:57
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of counties, cities, towns and villages in New York state experiencing fiscal stress fell to 35 in 2013 compared with 40 during the previous year, a report by the state's top financial watchdog showed on Thursday. However, the study by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warned about reading too much into year-on-year comparisons as the report is only in its second year. This year's survey also covered 23 fewer municipalities than the previous year. ...

GM ignition-switch victims' families to accept compensation offer: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:56

Laura Christian and Ken Rimer carry signs in remembrance of their children and others who died in car crashes from defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles in front of the GM World Headquarters in downtown Detroit, MichiganBy Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - The families of two victims killed in a General Motors Co vehicle with a faulty ignition switch will accept offers from a program set up to provide compensation for crash injuries and deaths, a lawyer for the family said on Thursday. The lawyer, Robert Hilliard, said the offers had been accepted by the families of Amy Rademaker and Natasha Weigel, two teenage girls who were killed in a 2006 crash involving a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, one of 2.6 million vehicles recalled by GM since the beginning of the year for switch problems. ...

Utah to appeal ruling in 'Sister Wives' case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:50

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2013, file photo, Jonathan Turley, attorney for Kody Brown and his four wives, the stars of the reality show "Sister Wives," leaves the Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse, in Salt Lake City. Utah's attorney general has filed notice that he will appeal a ruling striking down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit brought by the family on the TLC reality TV show "Sister Wives." Turley says the family will take the legal fight to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's attorney general has decided to appeal a ruling that struck down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in what marked a significant victory for the family on the reality TV show "Sister Wives" and polygamous families living in Utah.

NYC boosted subway security after Iraq warning: police commissioner

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:49

New York City police commissioner William Bratton addresses a news conference at police headquarters in New York(Reuters) - New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said on Thursday that the department boosted police presence on subways and city streets after the Iraqi prime minister's warning of a potential threat to transit systems from Islamist militants. Even so, Bratton and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to reassure New Yorkers that there was no specific, credible threat to the subway system or the city in general. "We are convinced New Yorkers are safe," de Blasio said at a press conference at a lower Manhattan subway station. (Reporting By Frank McGurty; Editing by Sandra Maler)

U.S. Attorney General Holder to stay until successor in place: Obama

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is stepping down but has agreed to stay on until a successor is named and confirmed. "With his typical dedication, Eric has agreed to stay on as attorney general until I nominate a successor and that successor is confirmed by the Senate," Obama told a news conference with Holder at his side. Holder is a close Obama ally and the first U.S. black chief prosecutor. (Reporting by Sandra Maler and Mohammad Zargham)