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Minnesota archbishop won't resign amid criticism

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:15
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Despite criticism over how the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has handled sex abuse claims involving priests, as well as an investigation into his own conduct, the archbishop says he will not resign.

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves three countries

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

Samaritan's Purse team members help with the delivery of supplies in Liberia in this undated handout photoBy David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. "This is a major public health emergency. It's fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread," Lewis Brown, Liberia's information minister, told Reuters. "We need the support of the international community now more than ever.


Chicken pox halts immigrant processing at New Mexico center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:05
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - U.S. border authorities have suspended the processing of undocumented immigrants at a center in New Mexico after one of the detainees was diagnosed with chicken pox, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Wednesday. The case was discovered earlier this week at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, where more than 600 people are being held for processing after entering the United States illegally, said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen.

Pilot sentenced for groping teenage girl on flight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:55

Michael James Pascal walks from the federal courthouse after appearing in court Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Pascal, a former Utah airline pilot, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for groping a 14-year-old girl while he was a passenger on a flight from Detroit to Salt Lake City. He was convicted of abusive sexual contact in March. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah airline pilot was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in prison for groping a 14-year-old girl in the seat next to him during an off-duty flight.


Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves West Africa

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:53

Samaritan's Purse team members help with the delivery of supplies in Liberia in this undated handout photoBy David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. "This is a major public health emergency. It's fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread," Lewis Brown, Liberia's information minister, told Reuters. "We need the support of the international community now more than ever.


Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday.

Colorado nurse sues after being a 'hostage' in armed gunman drill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:51
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado woman is suing the nursing home where she worked and local police for allegedly not telling her that a gunman who held her hostage was a police officer conducting a safety drill, court documents show. Michelle Meeker claims in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver that she was terrorized when an armed man confronted her last October at the Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, Colorado. Meeker, a registered nurse, was tending to one of her long-term patients when another employee told her to see what a "suspicious" man sitting in the center's day room wanted, according to the complaint. Although the man told her in hushed tones that he was a police officer, the lawsuit says, Meeker was not informed beforehand of the drill and was unsure whether he was telling the truth.

Police union claims in stop-and-frisk are rejected

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:30
NEW YORK (AP) — Police unions lost their bid Wednesday to challenge a ruling concluding that New York City's stop-and-frisk tactics are sometimes discriminatory, moving the city a step closer toward changing the program, which has drawn criticism for its effect on minorities but won praise for its role in reducing crime.

5 arrested for armed robbery at Caesars Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:30

5 arrested for armed robbery at Caesars Atlantic CityAuthorities have arrested five people in connection to an armed robbery at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.


Gunman, two others killed in North Carolina shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:27
(Reuters) - A North Carolina man who opened fire on Wednesday on a mobile home with six people inside, killing two, was himself killed in an exchange of gunfire with authorities in a incident that also left three sheriff's deputies wounded, authorities said. The alleged shooter, Andrew Michaelis, had been arguing with his wife before she fled to her father's trailer in a park outside of Fayetteville, authorities said. From his truck, Michaelis fired a semi-automatic gun into the trailer at the Crystal Springs Mobile Home Park, striking and killing his father-in-law and the man's 10-year-old grandson, authorities said. Michaelis then drove off, but returned after deputies from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office had responded to the scene.

Airlines seek court review of higher U.S. fee on plane tickets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:26
(Reuters) - Two airline trade groups asked a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday to review fee increases on airplane tickets imposed by the Transportation Security Administration, saying the agency is "improperly" raising taxes on travelers and hurting carriers. The petition, filed in federal court for the District of Columbia, concerns the TSA passenger security fee charged since 2001. Under a new structure put in place by the U.S. budget agreement passed last December, the fee rose from $2.50 per leg of a trip up to a maximum of $5 one way, to a flat fee of $5.60 for a one way. Flights with layovers that are longer than four hours incur additional charges of $5.60 per leg, based on the TSA changes.

Tribe: Remove 'halfbreed' from Montana place names

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:19
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The time has come to remove the words "halfbreed" and "breed" from the names of creeks, lakes and other places around Montana, according to leaders of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Argentina heads into default as debt talks end

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:19

Axel Kicillof, Argentina's economy minister, addresses member of the news media after a negotiation session Wednesday July 30, 2014, at the Argentinean Consulate in New York Argentina officials and U.S. bondholders met for the first time in hopes of preventing an Argentine default. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — Talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years ended with bitter recriminations Wednesday as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as "vultures."


Kidnapping defendant: Dad asked her to take child

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:19
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her half sister's newborn in Wisconsin and abandoning him in Iowa testified Wednesday that she took the boy at the father's request, knowing the parents were planning to move in with her in the next few days.

Sheriff: Baby left in van outside doctor's office

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:12
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A doctor and nurses went to the aid of a 2-month-old baby girl after a Florida mom left the infant in a hot minivan outside a pediatrician's office for about an hour, authorities say.

Whole Foods plans major marketing push

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:05

In this March 27, 2014 photo, a woman shops at the Whole Foods Market in Woodmere Village, Ohio. Whole Foods reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods is getting ready to launch its first national marketing campaign and expand home delivery as it looks to fend off bigger players muscling into the organic and natural foods category.


Key witness testifies in ex-governor's trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:05

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., with his lawyer John L. Brownlee on the second day of his and his wife Maureen's corruption trial, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alexa Welch Edlund)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Curing his wife's thyroid disease. Connections in the high-end fashion world. Learjet flights for politicians.


Japanese search US archives for WWII MIA info

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:02

FILE - This July 1944 file photo shows U.S. Army reinforcement troops making an amphibious landing on the coral reef at Saipan beach, Mariana Islands. Racing against time, members of a Japanese organization are combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information they hope will lead to the graves of American servicemen still listed as missing in action on Saipan. (AP Photo, File)SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Racing against time, members of a Japanese organization are combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information they hope will lead to the graves of American servicemen still listed as missing in action on Saipan.


Five arrested for Atlantic City casino heist

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:01
(Reuters) - Five people, including a security guard, have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery of $181,000 from the Caesars Atlantic City casino last week, police said on Wednesday, Police have recovered much of the stolen cash, along with clothes used in the robbery, the New Jersey State Police said in a statement. Authorities said two masked men entered Caesars Atlantic City in the morning hours of July 21, then pulled out a gun and robbed security personnel of two plastic boxes full of cash. Police identified the suspects under arrest as Dwayne Morgan, Izyiah Plummer, Monique Kelly, Aaron Evans and Lance Rogers. New Jersey Casino Licensing records show Plummer was a licensed security guard at Caesars, while Morgan and Kelly worked for nearby gambling clubs.

Aging pipe break points to U.S. water main risk

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:59

Worker Ruben Monter mops up the floor at Pauley Pavillion Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.