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New York state senator faces charge of lying about getting son a job

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:50
By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - A powerful Republican New York state senator has been indicted on a charge of lying to the FBI during an investigation into a business deal involving his son, according to court documents unsealed on Tuesday. Thomas Libous, the deputy majority leader in the New York Senate, was under investigation for allegedly telling an unnamed law firm that it would have to "build a new wing" to handle all the extra business he would bring the firm in exchange for hiring his son Matthew Libous, said the indictment secured by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. A separate indictment was unsealed for Matthew Libous, claiming he failed to report some $280,000 worth of income on his taxes between 2007 and 2011.

California so-called 'nightmare nanny' says was exploited by family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:48
A woman dubbed the "nightmare nanny" in U.S. media after she refused to move out of the house of a California family she was working for has said she was being exploited. Speaking out publicly for the first time, Diane Stretton, 64, told Los Angeles radio station KNX 1070 and television station KTLA in interviews on Monday that she was forced to work for days on end without breaks looking after Ralph and Marcella Bracamonte's three children, and quit before she was fired.   "They were the ones that were trying to exploit me as if I was some poor migrant worker from a foreign country that they could just exploit and work 24/7," Stretton told KNX.  The Bracamontes have said they hired Stretton in March to watch their children and do chores for room and board in their Upland home but that she stopped working within weeks. They say the nanny told them she had chronic pulmonary disease, ignored repeated requests to leave and made them scared for their property and the safety of their children, ages 11, 4 and 1. Stretton said she was doing her job.  "There wasn't a single day I was there except for the two days I was sick that I didn't do dishes or about two to three hours of cleanup," she told KTLA.  She also told the station the family tried to feed her dog food and that Marcella Bracamonte had a temper.  The Bracamontes could not be reached for comment.

Worker killed in explosion at GM Indiana auto stamping plant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:46
One worker was killed on Tuesday and eight others hurt in a chemical explosion at a General Motors Co auto stamping plant in Marion, Indiana, the company said. Four injured workers were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Marion General Hospital. Four additional workers were treated for injuries at the scene, GM said. Production at the Marion Metal Center was suspended after the early afternoon incident, GM said.

Ex-New Mexico Gov. Johnson named pot company CEO

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:44

Ex-New Mexico Gov. Johnson named pot company CEOA Nevada-based startup that plans on selling medical and recreational marijuana products named former New Mexico governor and U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson as its CEO and president, ...


San Francisco outreach counselor fatally shot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:44
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Investigators were working Tuesday to identify a gunman who fatally shot a San Francisco outreach counselor in broad daylight in front of dozens of kids attending a summer camp.

Massachusetts family says VA offer of help came two years late

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:44
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Last month, Suzanne Chase opened a letter from a Veterans Affairs hospital offering her husband medical help - an offer that she said came nearly two years after his death. Douglas Chase, a Vietnam veteran, died in August 2012 of complications from melanoma, several months after he applied for transfer to a Veterans Affairs hospital in Massachusetts. The VA is embroiled in a scandal over widespread evidence of delays. President Barack Obama has pledged to overhaul the agency, which he says has frayed under the strain of caring for more than 6 million patients a year.

Grandmother arrested after toddler drinks meth tea

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:37

This undated booking photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department shows suspect Cynthia Watson, from Oregon. Authorities in Southern California say the 51-year-old woman has been arrested on child-endangerment charges after her 2-year-old granddaughter drank tea with methamphetamine in it. Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Craig McDonald says the toddler's mother called authorities Monday morning, June 30, 2014 saying the child had not slept and was talking rapidly, scratching, and couldn't sit still. (AP Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Department )IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Southern California say a 51-year-old woman has been arrested after her 2-year-old granddaughter drank tea with methamphetamine in it.


Atlanta officer dragged by accused drunken driver

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:34
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a driver arrested on drunken driving and assault charges dragged a police officer until they crashed into a pole, with the officer suffering a head injury and a broken hand.

Judge strikes down Kentucky's gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:31
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge in Kentucky struck down the state's ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, though the ruling was temporarily put on hold and it was not immediately clear when same-sex couples could be issued marriage licenses.

California protesters block bus carrying migrants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:24
MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — A flight carrying migrants from overcrowded facilities on the Texas border with Mexico arrived Tuesday in Southern California but protesters blocked immigration authorities from taking the group to a suburban Border Patrol facility for processing.

Nienstedt investigated for alleged misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:23
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Archbishop John Nienstedt announced Tuesday that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is investigating him after allegations of inappropriate behavior surfaced several months ago.

Regulators accuse T-Mobile of bogus billing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:22

FILE - This Sept. 12, 2012 file photo shows a man using a cellphone as he passes a T-Mobile store in New York. T-Mobile USA knowingly made hundreds of millions off its customers in bogus charges, a federal regulator alleged Tuesday in a complaint that is likely to damage the reputation of a household name in wireless communications. In its complaint filed in federal court, the Federal Trade Commission claimed that T-Mobile billed consumers for subscriptions to premium text services such as $10-per-month horoscopes that were never authorized by the account holder. The FTC alleges that T-Mobile collected as much as 40 percent of the charges, even after being alerted by other customers that the subscriptions were scams. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — T-Mobile US knowingly made hundreds of millions of dollars off its customers in potentially bogus charges, federal regulators alleged Tuesday in the first lawsuit of its kind against a wireless provider.


More torrential rain worsens Midwest flooding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:22

Kane County crews look over a sinkhole in Burlington Township, Ill Tuesday, July 1, 2014, where three people escaped serious injury when two vehicles traveled into the sinkhole on a rural stretch of road. Officials say severe storms that swept through the region late Monday and early Tuesday were suspected of causing the sinkhole that measured some 10 feet in diameter. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Brian Hill) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUTST. LOUIS (AP) — More torrential rain worsened flooding in the Midwest, spawning high water that swept away an Iowa teenager, caused a traffic nightmare near one of the nation's busiest airports and threatened to swamp a Missouri town for the fifth time in less than a decade.


California universities to start sustainable agriculture programs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:20
By Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) - University of California campuses would buy food from local growers, grant more scholarships to agriculture students and teach farmers in the United States and around the world how to grow food with less water under a new initiative announced Tuesday. The program gives the university a voice in global policy discussions about how to grow food in the face of severe drought and rising temperatures, said Janet Napolitano, the former Homeland Security chief who took over as president of the 10-campus system last year. "Another 1/2 billion - primarily in the industrialized nations of the world - are obese." The food initiative is one of several steps taken by Napolitano to raise the university's profile, modernize its course offerings and shore up its shaky finances since taking the helm last fall.

Fans brave heat for US-Belgium game watches

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:16

United States fan Joe Trombley, of Farmington, Mich., reacts while watching the 2014 World Cup soccer match between the United States and Belgium at a public viewing party, in Detroit, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — His right cheek painted with an American flag, Jon Watson sat sweating in the Texas heat.


Mom kills self, 2 daughters with nitrogen gas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:15

East Greenbush Chief of Police Christopher Lavin talks to reporters about the murder suicide in East Greenbush, N.Y. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. A mother despondent over her son's suicide killed her two young daughters and herself early using suffocating nitrogen gas at their home, about a week after a stay in a mental institution, authorities said. (AP Photo/The Daily Gazette, Marc Schultz)EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. (AP) — A mother despondent over her son's suicide killed her two young daughters and herself early Tuesday using suffocating nitrogen gas at their home, about a week after a stay in a mental institution, authorities said.


One killed, eight injured in chemical explosion at Indiana GM plant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:14
(Reuters) - One worker was killed and eight others injured in a chemical explosion at a General Motors Co plant in central Indiana on Tuesday, the company said. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Google adds more musical chops with Songza deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:13
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is fine-tuning its digital music strategy with the acquisition of Songza, a service that creates soundtracks tailored for people's changing moods.

4,000 arrive for Utah forest counterculture fest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:09
UINTA NATIONAL FOREST, Utah (AP) — Thousands of young people and some more weathered hikers are trekking up a path that cuts through aspen and pine up to the summit of an eastern Utah mountains about 60 miles west of Salt Lake City.

Graco gives in, agrees to recall infant seats

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:09

Graco gives in, agrees to recall infant seatsGraco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, agreeing to government demands in what is now the largest seat recall in American history.