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Chinese woman charged in plot to steal U.S. corn technology

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:40
A Chinese woman has been arrested and charged with trying to steal patented U.S. seed technology as part of a plot to smuggle types of specialized corn from farm fields in the U.S. Midwest for use in China, authorities said on Wednesday. The woman, Mo Yun, is married to the founder and chairman of a Chinese conglomerate that runs a corn seed subsidiary. She and her brother, Mo Hailong, worked together and with others to steal the valuable corn seed from Iowa and Illinois, according to law enforcement officials. Mo Hailong was indicted and arrested in December.

Lawsuit: Afghanistan subcontractor cheated workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:37
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal investigators are examining whether a military subcontractor underpaid scores of medical workers in Afghanistan, pocketing federal funds that the government intended the company use to pay its employees.

NYC construction firms accused of inspection scam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:36

Manhattan Disctrict Attorney Cyrus Vance, right, speaks alongside New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters during a round table news conference with reporters at the Manhattan District Attorney's offices, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in New York. Vance announced the indictment of several individuals and businesses on charges including grand larceny, fraud, forgery, and evidence tampering through a building site safety inspection scam. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Two construction-safety companies dispatched cooks, hairdressers, bellhops and musicians to sign off as licensed safety experts — one of them dead — on inspections at dozens of Manhattan high-rise sites, authorities said Wednesday.


NYC construction firms accused of inspection scam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:36

Manhattan Disctrict Attorney Cyrus Vance, right, speaks alongside New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters during a round table news conference with reporters at the Manhattan District Attorney's offices, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in New York. Vance announced the indictment of several individuals and businesses on charges including grand larceny, fraud, forgery, and evidence tampering through a building site safety inspection scam. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Two construction-safety companies dispatched cooks, hairdressers, bellhops and musicians to sign off as licensed safety experts — one of them dead — on inspections at dozens of Manhattan high-rise sites, authorities said Wednesday.


Massachusetts working on abortion clinic bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:35
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he expects to have a bill on his desk by the end of the month that would strengthen security around abortion clinics in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts working on abortion clinic bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:35
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he expects to have a bill on his desk by the end of the month that would strengthen security around abortion clinics in Massachusetts.

Police: Autistic boy, 11, kept in cage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:32

In this Tuesday, July 1, 2014 photo, a crime scene investigator and a detective carry a cage from a residence in Anaheim, Calif. An 11-year-old autistic boy who police suspect was kept in a cage has been removed from the home, and his parents have been arrested. (AP Photo/Kevin Warn)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The parents of a severely autistic boy were arrested after investigators determined the 11-year-old had been kept in a large metal cage, possibly to control his violent outbursts, authorities said Wednesday.


Body pulled from lake in Clementon, New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:32

Body pulled from lake in Clementon, New JerseyPolice are investigating the discovery of a body in Silver Lake in Clementon, New Jersey.


Companies charged in NYC construction safety scam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:31
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities in New York City say two companies used cooks, hairdressers and bellhops to sign construction inspection logs.

Patriots: Team owes Aaron Hernandez nothing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:30

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 24, 2014, file photo, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, center, looks toward defense attorneys James Sultan, left, and Charlie Rankin, right, during a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Hernandez is charged in the 2012 shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. Hernandez is expected to be in court Wednesday, July 2, 2014, for a hearing in wrongful death civil lawsuits filed against him by the two men's families. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool, File)BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for the New England Patriots has told a judge that the team does not owe "another penny" to former tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is charged in three killings.


New Orleans police name person of interest in Bourbon Street shootout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:30
New Orleans police on Wednesday named a person of interest in a weekend shootout on the city's famed Bourbon Street in which 10 people were wounded. Police said they were seeking Justin Odom, 20, in connection with a barrage of gunfire that erupted after a verbal dispute between two men escalated into violence, sending revelers scrambling at about 2:45 a.m. on Sunday. Five of the victims remain hospitalized, including one in critical condition, department spokesman Officer Frank Robertson said by email. Amy Matthews, 21, who was vacationing in New Orleans with a friend, lost several of her teeth in the shooting, the West Australian newspaper reported.

Contractor denied release in Iran documents case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:30
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former defense contractor engineer poses too much of a flight risk to release from prison while he awaits trial on charges that he tried to ship sensitive military documents to Iran, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Contractor denied release in Iran documents case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:30
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former defense contractor engineer poses too much of a flight risk to release from prison while he awaits trial on charges that he tried to ship sensitive military documents to Iran, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Harvard creates office to handle sex assault, harassment claims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:27
Harvard University said on Wednesday it had created an office to investigate all claims of sexual harassment or sex assault, a move that comes as campus sex crimes are receiving greater scrutiny across the United States. Harvard's new investigating body will use a "preponderance of evidence" standard to determine whether sexual assault or harassment occurred in the cases it reviews. "This new, progressive policy - alongside the new, centralized procedures for investigating reports - will significantly enhance Harvard’s ability to address these incidents when they occur," said Drew Faust, president of the Ivy League university in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

7 Colombians now facing murder charges in US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:23

Police flank seven men accused of murdering a Drug Enforcement Administration agent, during a media presentation at the counter-narcotics base in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, prior to their extradition to the United States. The men are accused of killing Special Agent James "Terry" Watson in an apparent robbery attempt the night of June 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Justice says seven Colombians have been extradited to the United States to face charges related to the 2013 stabbing death of a U.S. drug agent in Bogota.


Central Texas man pleads guilty to terror charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:20
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas man pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of attempting to recruit and support terrorists to fight a holy war overseas.

2 persons of interest in death of elderly Montco man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:18

2 persons of interest in death of elderly Montco manPolice have two relatives in custody as persons of interest in the death of an elderly man whose body was found in a wooded area in northeastern Pennsylvania.


Scientists withdraw report on simpler stem cells

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:18

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2014 file photo, researcher Haruko Obokata, the lead author of a widely heralded stem-cell research paper by the Japanese government-funded laboratory Riken Center for Development Biology, speaks about research results during a news conference in Kobe, western Japan. The scientists who reported in January that they'd found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells have withdrawn that claim, following accusations of falsified data. On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, the journal Nature released a statement from the scientists who acknowledged "extensive" errors and said they couldn't say "without a doubt" that their method works. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT: KYODO NEWSNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. and Japanese scientists who reported that they'd found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim Wednesday, admitting to "extensive" errors in the research.


No sign of missing rafter at Grand Canyon park

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:16
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are scaling back their search for a Phoenix man who fell into the Colorado River while on a rafting trip in Grand Canyon National Park.

U.K. investigating Facebook over psych experiment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 04:14

Facebook tampered with the system used to create news feeds for 700,000 users to test "emotional contagion" for one week in 2012 without their knowledgeBritish data protection authorities are investigating revelations that Facebook conducted a psychological experiment on its users. The Information Commissioner's Office said Wednesday that it wants to ...