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Hawaii ocean rescue caught on camera by stranded teenager

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:55
A teenager cast adrift along with seven crewmates when their boat overturned in Hawaii captured their dramatic helicopter rescue from choppy waters on a small video camera. The boaters encountered huge waves on Sunday as they were headed between the islands of Oahu and Molokai within the Ka'iwi Channel, said Honolulu lifeguard Jeff Kozlovich who was one of the boaters. After an hour and fifteen minutes of bobbing in the ocean as they held onto the kayaks, the group spotted a rescue helicopter, which made three trips to return the eight boaters - four adults and four teenagers - to Oahu, Kozlovich said.  He said one teenager, identified by ABC News as 15-year-old Mark Reeves, recorded the dramatic rescue on his GoPro camera, a small, rugged device often used by outdoor sports participants to record their exploits. Once on board the helicopter, the boys flash the Hawaii "hang loose" sign with their hands.

Lincoln's handwriting found on book about race

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:48

This undated photo provided by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., shows what historical experts say is Abraham Lincoln's handwriting they’ve found inside a tattered book justifying racism that he may have read to better understand his opponents' thinking on slavery. "Types of Mankind" was published in 1854 and circulated for decades by the Vespasian Warner Public Library in Clinton. Director Joan Rhoades brought the 700-page book to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in May to determine whether an inscription inside was made by the former president who worked to free the country's slaves through the Emancipation Proclamation. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — For years, librarians at a small central Illinois library gossiped that a tattered book lying on one of its shelves justifying racism may have been in the hands of none other than Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator.


Man killed in argument over military branches

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:47
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who is charged in the throat-slashing death of another man told police they were arguing over which branch of the United States military was better, the Army or the Marines, Yellowstone County prosecutors said.

Report: Russian hackers steal 1.2B passwords

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:46
NEW YORK (AP) — A published report says Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites.

Attorney general's photo used in dating scam

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:42
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A photo of Montana Attorney General Tim Fox was used in an online dating scam that cost an Indiana woman $150,000, state officials said Tuesday.

Commemorative JFK coin draws hundreds to US Mint

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:39

Commemorative JFK coin draws hundreds to US MintHundreds flocked to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia to buy gold coins commemorating the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy half dollar.


Grandmother in custody after grandson's stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:37
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in northern Florida say a 7-year-old boy was stabbed to death and the main suspect is his 63-year-old grandmother.

Arizona attorneys appeal abortion-rule injunction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:29
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court could have the ultimate say on whether Arizona's new abortion-medication restrictions — considered the most stringent in the nation, but put on hold by a federal appeals court — should take effect.

Body of missing Oregon mother found; no foul play

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:28
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police have found the body of missing mother of two from Oregon and say there is no evidence of foul play.

Chaka Fattah, Jr. indicted for fraud; faces up to $13M in fines

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:27

Chaka Fattah, Jr. indicted for fraud; faces up to $13M in finesChaka Fattah, Jr. has turned himself in to federal authorities after being charged with defrauding banks and the U.S. government of hundreds of thousands of dollars.


21st Century Fox abandons pursuit of Time Warner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:26
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is abandoning its attempt to take over Time Warner in a proposed deal that would have combined two of the world's biggest media companies.

11 hurt in NYC Theater District bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:26
NEW YORK (AP) — A traffic accident involving two double-decker tour buses in the city's Theater District on Tuesday afternoon sent shattered glass flying and injured 13 people, three of them seriously.

Afghan soldier kills US general, wounds about 15

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:26

Afghan soldier kills US general, wounds about 15An American major general was shot to death Tuesday in one of the bloodiest insider attacks of the long Afghanistan war when a gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier turned on allied troops, wounding about 15 including a German general and two Afghan generals.


Missing Oregon mother found dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:23
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A stay-at-home mother of two young children who seemingly vanished from her small Oregon community while running household errands nearly two weeks ago was found dead on Tuesday a short distance from her SUV, authorities said. Police said in a statement there is no reason to suspect foul play in the death of 38-year-old Jennifer Janelle Huston, who disappeared on July 24 after telling her husband she was going to run errands in Dundee, on the outskirts of Portland. Jennifer Huston had left her husband at home with their 6-year-old son and toddler to run the errands.

Boy fatally stabbed by 12-year-old at playground

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:17

In this Aug. 4, 2014 photo, Kentwood police investigate a stabbing that occurred in a playground in Pinebrook Village, in Kentwood, Mich. Police said a 12-year-old boy has stabbed a 9-year-old boy at the playground in western Michigan, sending the child to a hospital. Police also didn't immediately release detail on the condition of the wounded child. The older boy was taken into custody for questioning by police. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Joel Bissell) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUTKENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy was repeatedly stabbed in the back by a 12-year-old boy at a playground, then ran screaming to his western Michigan home and collapsed bleeding on his porch, witnesses and police said Tuesday.


Insurers launch huge health-records info exchange

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:16
Two California insurers announced Tuesday that they are partnering for an ambitious project to establish one of the nation's largest health-information exchanges, an effort they hope will reduce duplication ...

2nd American aid worker with Ebola arrives in US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:15

2nd American aid worker with Ebola arrives in USAn American aid worker infected with Ebola arrived Tuesday in Atlanta, joining a second patient being given an experimental treatment that has never before been tested on humans.


U.S. watchdog gives IRS high marks on Obamacare eligibility data

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:12

A boy waits in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaThe U.S. Internal Revenue Service has provided nearly accurate information on eligibility data for consumers who sought subsidized health coverage through Obamacare's private insurance exchanges, a federal watchdog said on Tuesday. A report released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said data on consumer income and family size that the IRS sent to healthcare exchanges last October was accurate in 99.97 percent of cases. The data was used to determine whether insurance applicants were eligible to purchase coverage through the exchanges during an initial six-month open enrollment period, which ended in March. The report also said the agency's accuracy rate stood at 100 percent when it came to calculating federal tax credits that help cover insurance premiums for families earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty line, or $95,400 per year for a family of four.


2 school workers charged in student assault, coverup

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:08

2 school workers charged in student assault, coverupTwo employees of a therapeutic day school in Reading have been charged in connection with the physical assault of a student and an alleged plot to cover it up.


Former NSA chief defends cybersecurity venture

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even in an era when former officials routinely profit from business ventures linked to their public service, recently retired National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander raised eyebrows when he disclosed he is working on patents for what he calls a game-changing cybersecurity model.