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Woman seeks to erase atomic spying case conviction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:24

Miriam Moskowitz leaves federal court with her lawyer Guy Eddon, Monday Aug. 25, 2014 in New York after trying to clear her name after she was convicted in 1950 of conspiracy in the run-up to the atomic spying trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Moskowitz, 98, of New Jersey, said after a brief court hearing that she needs an official vindication that she was wrongly convicted when she was sentenced to two years in prison. She filed the request two weeks ago, saying documents now prove the government withheld evidence that would have exonerated her. (AP Photo/Lawrence Neumeister)NEW YORK (AP) — A 98-year-old woman convicted on a conspiracy charge in the run-up to the atomic spying trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg found a much different atmosphere in court Monday than she encountered when she was convicted in 1950.


Beloit College's Mindset List for Class of 2018

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:18
Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class views the world. The list for the Class of 2018:

Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages: Reuters-IPSOS Poll

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:08

Still image from undated video of a masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaking next to man purported to be James Foley at an unknown locationBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly two out of three Americans say governments should not pay ransom to terrorists in exchange for hostages, despite the posting of an Islamic State video last week depicting the beheading of a U.S. In the same poll, most Americans felt the United States should intervene somehow in Iraq, although overwhelming numbers oppose any U.S. Thirty-one percent said the United States should provide humanitarian aid to refugees from the conflict areas and 21 percent said Washington should launch air strikes to support Iraqi government forces. The United States has begun a program of limited air strikes in Iraq in response to advances by the Islamic State.


Guatemala declares state of emergency for drought

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:10
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Guatemalan government has declared a state of emergency in 16 of the country's 22 provinces because of a drought that has caused major agricultural losses in Central America.

'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win Emmy Awards

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:51

'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win Emmy Awards"Modern Family" won a record-tying fifth best comedy series Emmy Award and a dominant "Breaking Bad" captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honors in Monday's ceremony, which took a somber turn as Robin Williams was remembered with restraint and grace by his longtime friend, Billy Crystal.


Cristobal strengthens into hurricane off Bahamas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:51

Tropical Storm Cristobal(lower right)form near the Bahamas on August 24, 2014The spinning center of Tropical Storm Cristobal was slowly moving away from the central Bahamas on Monday, leaving behind severe flooding that marooned several communities across a swath of soaked Caribbean islands.


Justice Scalia speaks at Idaho water conference

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:48

Snake River Basin Adjudication Judge Eric Wildman, seated, signs the SRBA Decree at the Boise Center on the Grove in Boise, Idaho, on Monday, August 25, 2014. Dignitaries on the stage include current Idaho governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, second from right, and former Idaho governor Dirk Kempthorne, second from left. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia praised Idaho's completion of a nearly 30-year process negotiating water rights as a successful exercise in state rights and local control.


Late school bus in Wilmington worries parents

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:29

Late school bus in Wilmington worries parentsThe wheels on the bus went round and round, much longer than normal Monday for about a dozen young children in Wilmington.


Police: Bullet barely misses toddler in Darby, Pa. home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:24

 Bullet barely misses toddler in Darby, Pa. homePolice in Darby, Pa. are looking for two men after a shooting on Sunday night in which a bullet went through a home and barely missed a toddler in a crib.


Police questioning man in connection with Mayfair double murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:22

Police questioning man in connection with Mayfair double murderPhiladelphia police are questioning a man in connection with the murders of two women who were found shot execution style in a home in Mayfair.


Former FBI director Freeh injured in car crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:10

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2011 file photo, former FBI director Louis Freeh, speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia. Freeh was airlifted to a hospital Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, after a single-car crash in Vermont, authorities said. State police said Freeh was taken by helicopter to a New Hampshire hospital with serious injuries following the crash in Barnard, a small town about 90 miles northwest of Boston. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)BARNARD, Vt. (AP) — Former FBI director Louis Freeh was airlifted to a hospital Monday after a single-car crash in Vermont, authorities said.


Sony network hacked, exec's flight diverted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:03

Sony network hacked, exec's flight divertedHackers attacked Sony's PlayStation Network and apparently disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane.


U.S. court scraps order to seize Kurdish crude from tanker near Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:01

The oil tanker United Kalavyrta approaches Galveston, TexasThe United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying about $100 million worth of Kurdish crude, has been anchored in the Gulf of Mexico for weeks, as the Iraqi region of Kurdistan wages a legal battle over ownership with the central government of Iraq. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in July ordered the U.S. Marshals Service to take control of the cargo, part of a broader strategy by Iraq to push back against Kurdish exports.


Some school bus routes go unmanned in Boston

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:45
BOSTON (AP) — School officials in Boston say they can't guarantee transportation for all students a day after school buses didn't complete more than a dozen routes for morning pick-up.

Mourners urge black Americans to take action

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:29

Mourners urge black Americans to take actionThe mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown - recalling him as a "gentle giant," aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college.


Louis-Dreyfus, Parsons, Burrell, Janney win Emmys

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:10

'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win Emmy AwardsNetwork comedies including "The Big Bang Theory" and "Modern Family" started out strong at Monday's Emmy Awards, and so did "True Detective" nominee Matthew McConaughey - even before his category came up.


California wine country quake losses seen in the billions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:57

A security officer patrols an area in front of a building damaged by Sunday's magnitude 6.0 earthquake in NapaBy Christina Farr and Robin Respaut NAPA Calif. (Reuters) - A strong earthquake that jolted residents of California's Napa Valley wine country from their beds on Sunday caused insured property damage likely in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but the region's total economic losses will be several times that, experts said on Monday. The magnitude 6.0 quake, the biggest to hit California's Bay Area in 25 years, struck before dawn on Sunday near Napa, injuring more than 200 people and damaging dozens of buildings in the picturesque community northeast of San Francisco. At least 49 buildings in Napa, a town of 77,000 residents, were "red-tagged" as unsafe to enter, including the Napa Senior Center and the local courthouse, and that figure was expected to rise as additional structures were inspected, officials said. The quake struck just as the grape-harvesting season was getting under way in Napa County, a significant wine-producing area that generates thousands of jobs in a region famed for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.


US: Bin Laden son-in-law must get life in prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:29
NEW YORK (AP) — Osama bin Laden's son-in-law should be sentenced to life in prison for his role as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks, when he made "bone-chilling threats" against America, prosecutors said in court papers filed Monday.

Renewed calls for early-warning system after quake

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:29

The earthquake-damaged historic winery building dating from 1886 at Trefethen Family Vineyards leans Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Napa, Calif. The winery hopes to save the building that is in danger of collapse after San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor reach them, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects.


U.S. inspector wanted reactor shut on quake fears report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:20
A federal nuclear inspector urged U.S. Michael Peck's call to close the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County was in a report he made to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2013, the AP reported on Monday, a day after a strong earthquake shook California's Napa Valley region.