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Reward offered for man shown kicking squirrel into Grand Canyon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:44
An animal rights group offered a reward of nearly $17,000 on Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who apparently kicked a squirrel into Arizona's Grand Canyon in a video that went viral on the Internet. Appealing to members of the public to help catch the "heartless thug," the UK branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) urged anyone with details about the "infamous" case to contact the Grand Canyon's chief ranger. In the video, a shirtless man is seen apparently feeding the squirrel before booting it off the edge of a cliff and into the crimson-hued canyon. Park rangers have been investigating since they were alerted to the existence of the video earlier this week, and they believe it was filmed within Grand Canyon National Park.

Drone crashes into famed hot spring at Yellowstone National Park

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:43
A tourist seeking to take pictures of Yellowstone National Park crashed a camera-equipped drone into its largest hot spring, possibly damaging the prized geothermal feature, a park official said on Wednesday. The incident follows the crash earlier this summer of a drone into a marina at Yellowstone Lake and a string of radio-controlled aircraft violations at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The National Park Service in June announced a ban on so-called unmanned aerial vehicles, but officials say premier national parks in the U.S. West are reporting a sharp rise in the number of drones buzzing bison and boaters. It was not clear if the drone that crashed Grand Prismatic Spring on Saturday and sank into its depths would damage the geothermal feature, park spokesman Al Nash said, and officials were still trying to decide whether to remove it.

Obama says lacks sufficient data to fast-track Ebola drug

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:42

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the first Leaders Session of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the State Department in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama said on Wednesday he lacks enough information to green-light a promising drug to treat the deadly Ebola virus and that the initial response should focus on public health measures to contain the outbreak. "The Ebola virus both currently and in the past is controllable if you have a strong public health infrastructure in place." Public health officials should do all they can to contain the outbreak, and during the course of that process, authorities can assess whether new drugs or treatments can be effective, he said.

Houston approves ride services Uber, Lyft

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:39
The city council in Houston gave the green light to smartphone-enabled car ride services on Wednesday, removing legal uncertainty around popular services including Uber and Lyft. Separately, the city council in Dallas reviewed rules that could make the services legal there, too. A vote before that city council could take place next month. The biggest operators, including Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc, often start operations in a given city and worry about their legal status later.

Aide to ex-Va. 1st lady: No signs of marital woes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:38

Mary Shea Sutherland, former chief of staff to former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell, leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 as the federal corruption trial against MaureenMcDonnell and husband former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell continues. The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for helping promote his company's products. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The onetime chief of staff to Virginia's former first lady said Wednesday that she never saw any hint of a romantic relationship between her boss and a wealthy businessman.

40 Illinois State Police troopers to help Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:35
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday that 40 State Police troopers will be dispatched to Chicago to help the police department round up dangerous fugitives as part of an effort to combat an annual rise in violent crime during the summer.

Drug probe after bus driver's Times Square crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:34

In this photo downloaded off the New York City Fire Department Twitter Site, emergency personnel respond to a collision between two double-decker busses on New York City’s Times Square, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. The Theater District accident injured 13 people, three of them seriously. (AP Photo/New York City Fire Department)NEW YORK (AP) — The driver of a double-decker sightseeing bus may have been high on drugs when his vehicle plowed into a Times Square plaza teeming with hundreds of tourists, shoppers and theater-goers, police said Wednesday.

Philly school start still uncertain despite $265M

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:32

Philly school start still uncertain despite $265MGov. Tom Corbett announced Wednesday that the state would advance $265 million to the cash-strapped Philadelphia schools, but the superintendent said the money won't guarantee classes will start on time.

Expert wants to help nab Russian password thieves

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:32

Chief Information Security Officer Alex Holden of Hold Security, LLC appears during the Black Hat USA 2014 cyber security conference on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to Holden, whose firm uncovered the breach. (AP Photo/David Becker)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The hackers are a tight knit group, 10 or 11. They live in a Russian town, and have real jobs. But in their down time, the cybercriminals have spent the past seven months gathering a hoard of personal data, stealing 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to Alex Holden, Chief Information Security Officer for Hold Security, whose firm uncovered the breach.

Mother-son firefighters hurt, killed in Kentucky

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:31

This 2014 photo provided by the Glendale Fire Department shows Jonathan French, 25, who was killed Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, while putting out a vehicle fire along an interstate when a semitrailer slammed into a fire truck. (AP Photo/Glendale Fire Department)GLENDALE, Ky. (AP) — Jonathan French was among the first to answer the call for help, as usual, when a van was ablaze along an interstate in the middle of the night. The third-generation firefighter was working alongside his mother, another volunteer firefighter, when they were struck by a tractor-trailer early Wednesday, killing the son and injuring his mother, police said.

U.S. college sports set for pivotal NCAA reform vote

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:31
Student-athletes in the United States may move a step closer to receiving financial compensation, when a group of university leaders on Thursday are expected to allow the wealthiest collegiate sports programs to leave behind decades-old restrictions and chart a self-governing course. The embattled National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I Board of Directors is scheduled to vote in Indianapolis, as it faces legal and public pressure to share its billions in revenue with athletes. The vast majority of student-athletes never go on to play professionally, and critics say the NCAA's current scholarship policy short-changes athletes who risk injury and devote many hours to practice, travel and competition. For the new structure to pass, it must get a majority of yes votes from the NCAA's 18 directors, which comprise college presidents and chancellors.

Yelp CEO reviews his own business after 10 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:30

In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman poses at his company's headquarters in San Francisco. Stoppelman, 36, probably wouldn’t be running Yelp Inc. if he had paid more attention to the opinions of outsiders than his own insights. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After Yelp posted the first quarterly profit in its history last week, the online business review site got panned on Wall Street. The company's stock plummeted 11 percent the day after the results came out, wiping out its gains for the year.

NYC asks court to drop appeals in stop-frisk cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:29
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to drop the city's appeals and lift the stay of a judge's ruling that its police stop-and-frisk tactic sometimes discriminates against minorities.

Driver injured in crash near Wawa in Bala Cynwyd

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:28

Driver injured in crash near Wawa in Bala CynwydA two vehicle crash near a Wawa in Bala Cynwyd sent one person to the hospital in critical condition.

Census: Almost 10 million Americans changed race

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 10 million Americans decided they would be a different race or ethnicity in the early 2000s, with the largest movement coming from Hispanics deciding which racial category they should be in, a new census report showed Wednesday.

FDA agent: Peanut plant 'not fit' to produce food

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:22
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak shipped food to customers that lab tests confirmed was tainted, failed to clean production equipment of possible contaminants and didn't ensure a peanut roaster was hot enough to kill bacteria, a federal inspector testified Wednesday.

Sprint names new CEO after dropping T-Mobile bid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:22

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure, founder of Brightstar Corp., is interviewed following a news conference in Miami. Sprint on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 said it is replacing its longtime CEO Dan Hesse with Claure on the heels of a report that it is dropping its bid for rival wireless carrier T-Mobile. Sprint says the 43-year-old Claure will replace Hesse on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint's new owner is replacing its longtime CEO with a Bolivian billionaire and entrepreneur after dropping its bid for rival wireless carrier T-Mobile US.

Mets give away a Phillies toy truck

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:18

Mets give away a Phillies toy truckCould the rivalry between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets be over?

AP source: BofA agrees to pay $16-$17B in US deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:15

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, a Bank of America sign is photographed in Philadelphia. A person familiar with the matter says Bank of America has agreed to pay between $16 billion and $17 billion to settle an investigation into its sale of mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America tentatively agreed to pay between $16 billion and $17 billion to settle an investigation into its sale of mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis, a person directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

Rwandan sought for war crimes stopped at US border

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 06:15
HOULTON, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says it arrested a 42-year-old Rwandan citizen at the border of Maine and Canada who is wanted for war crimes.