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Bank BNP Paribas pleads guilty to violating rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:34
NEW YORK (AP) — BNP Paribas, France's largest bank, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of violating U.S. economic sanctions by processing transactions for clients in blacklisted countries, a development that a Manhattan judge said should show that no financial institution is "immune from the rule of law."

Former U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico since March appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:28

Tahmooressi is escorted out of a court house in TijuanaA former U.S. Marine held for more than three months in a Mexican jail on weapons charges appeared in court in the border city of Tijuana on Wednesday, his lawyers said. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, was arrested on March 31 by Mexican customs agents who found guns in his pick-up truck at the San Ysidro border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. His supporters, including U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter, a Republican from California, say Tahmooressi drove there with three registered firearms after making a wrong turn and never meant to enter Mexico. Fernando Benitez, a lawyer for the former Marine, said defense lawyers planned to question on Wednesday two witnesses who work for the customs authority.

Pot gives Oregonians a reason to visit neighbor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:28
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Legal pot means Portlandia is going to get to know "The Couv" a little better.

Teen dies after jumping on iPhone thief's car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:26

Rubi Rubio's mother Marisol Hernandez, left, and father, Pablo Rubio speak to the press at the Santa Ana Police Department Tuesday, July 8, 2014 about homicide victim Rubi Rubio during a press conference at the Santa Ana Police Department Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Santa Ana, Calif. Rubi Rubio, 15, died of her injuries Saturday, July 5, 2014, two days after she jumped onto the speeding car of a robber who snatched her iPhone, and detectives are asking for the public's help in finding two suspects. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Foster Snell) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: teen.homicide – 7/8/14 – FOSTER SNELL, - Press conference at the Santa Ana Police Department for homicide victim Rubi Rubio. Marisol Hernandez: mom. Pablo Rubio: dad. Gustavo Allende: cousin.SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Marisol Hernandez recently gave her daughter a new iPhone 5S on condition she get good grades during her sophomore year of high school. Rubi Rubio already had broken two phones, so Hernandez told her daughter if she broke this one it would be her last.

Obama urges Congress to pass migrant funding request quickly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:26

Obama speaks after his meeting with Perry in DallasPresident Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to pass his request quickly for $3.7 billion in funds to address the influx of unaccompanied migrant children from Central America crossing the U.S. border. After meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry, Obama said he would consider deploying the National Guard to the border as Perry and other Republicans have requested. Obama told reporters he urged Perry to press Texas lawmakers in the U.S. Congress to support the White House's funding request. This is a problem," Obama said.

Memphis 'Blue Flu' symbol of pension troubles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:22
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Faced with major changes to their health insurance benefits, more than 500 Memphis police officers called in sick Wednesday for the second consecutive day to protest cuts aimed at helping buttress the city's troubled pension program in a showdown that reflects wider struggles in cash-strapped urban centers across the country.

Cleanup from deadly storm starts in Eastern states

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:18

People sort through debris of a destroyed house after Tuesday night's storm, on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Smithfield, N.Y. The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado destroyed the homes in upstate New York where four people were killed. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of this rural central New York town on Wednesday picked through debris from homes battered by a deadly tornado, and utility crews worked to restore power in several Eastern states hit by severe storms.

Service held for 200 whose bodies went unclaimed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:16
BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A casket carrying the body of Richard Clement was slowly lowered into its final resting place on Wednesday.

Pennsylvania clerk loses bid against gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court justice has rejected a Pennsylvania county clerk's bid to stop gay marriages in the state while she tries to get standing in a legal case to stop them permanently.

Survey: Rapes not investigated at 2 in 5 colleges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey of colleges and universities finds a lack of coordination between many campuses and local law enforcement in handling sexual assaults, and that many schools have gone years without investigating such cases.

Woman treads water for 3 hours in Lake Mead storm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:07
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Henderson woman who became separated from her family and jet ski when a sudden storm whipped up 8-foot-tall swells on Lake Mead treaded water for more than three hours before she was rescued Tuesday, National Parks Service officials said.

1 year later, no new abortion rules in N. Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:05
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Abortion rights advocates in North Carolina say they are in the dark about new rules required by a year-old law that they fear could effectively shut down many of the state's clinics.

House Republicans seek CDC documents on anthrax scare

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:01

The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in AtlantaCongressional Republicans asked the Obama administration on Wednesday to provide documents related to last month's anthrax scare at a U.S. lab facility, where more than 80 people were initially feared to be exposed to the deadly pathogen. In a series of letters, top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked for the results of several Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab inspections and audits of potential weaknesses in biosecurity protocols dating back to October 2007. "How many suspected exposures to select agents and/or toxins have been reported at CDC since October 2007? How many actual exposures have been reported," said the July 9 letter to CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden signed by three Republican panel members including Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan.

Probation for official who stole $460K in quarters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:52

Thomas Rica, a former employee of the Village of Ridgewood, N.J., appears for his sentencing Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Hackensack, N.J. Rica, who admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters over two years, has been spared a prison term. A judge instead sentenced Rica to five years of probation. (AP Photo/, Carmine Glasso, Pool)HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — The former public works inspector for a northern New Jersey town who admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters over two years has been spared a prison term.

Hanford workers test thousands of air samples

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:44
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem, Hanford officials said Wednesday.

Judge declares mistrial in 'Thunder' shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:41
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the case of a Las Vegas man accused of firing a gun backstage and trying to steal costumes and props from the "Thunder From Down Under" male revue.

Police: Upper Darby bedroom intruder arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:40

 Upper Darby bedroom intruder arrestedPolice say they have arrested the man who was allegedly found sneaking in to women's bedrooms in Upper Darby.

Texas robbery suspect sets himself on fire, then is shot by police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:39
Police in a Dallas suburb shot a suspected burglar after he poured a flammable material on his clothing and set himself on fire on Wednesday outside a chicken wing restaurant, a city official said. Three officers also suffered severe burns including one who had to be airlifted to a hospital for emergency care, said Corky Brown, a spokesman for Cedar Hill, the suburb southwest of Dallas where the incident took place. The suspect, who was brandishing a bottle of what appeared to be gasoline, entered the restaurant and then quickly exited engulfed in flames, witness Robert Gonzales told Dallas broadcaster WFAA.

Woman, 92, assaulted in Cobbs Creek home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:39

Woman, 92, assaulted in Cobbs Creek home invasionPolice are looking for two suspects after a 92-year-old woman was assaulted during a home invasion in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia.

New York police see risks with drones' popularity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:36

FILE - This March 12, 2014, file photo shows a drone flown by Brian Wilson, landing after flying over the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. Even though it's illegal to fly the devices just about anywhere in New York City without permission, the incidents and breathtaking videos of Manhattan's steel-and-glass canyons and sweeping skyline photos suggest that the restrictions are being widely flouted. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — One private drone crash-landed in midtown Manhattan. Another caused alarm by hovering over Times Square amid tight security during Super Bowl week. Most recently, authorities say, another had a close brush with a police helicopter near the George Washington Bridge.