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Icahn weighs $100M bid to save Taj Mahal casino

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:59

Icahn weighs $100M bid to save Taj Mahal casinoBillionaire Carl Icahn is considering spending $100 million to save the Trump Taj Mahal casino from closing.


AccuWeather: Be on the watch for spotty showers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:59

 Be on the watch for spotty showersBe on the watch for spotty showers in the area early this evening.


Ex-hero officer leaves jail as rape case dropped

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:59

FILE - In a Feb. 24, 2009 file photo, first Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, stand in the gallery with Philadelphia Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth during President Barack Obama's address to a joint session of Congress in Washington. DeCoatsworth was freed Monday,, Sept. 29, 2014, after more than a year in jail on human trafficking, rape, drug and other charges. Philadelphia prosecutors dropped the charges after defense attorney George Parry questioned the accusers' credibility in pretrial filings. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia police officer honored by the White House before being accused of raping two prostitutes at gunpoint has left jail after the case unraveled.


Parolee arrested in case of missing Arkansas real estate agent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:55
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - A 33-year-old Arkansas prison parolee was arrested on Monday after an intensive manhunt on suspicion of being responsible for the disappearance of a real estate agent last Thursday. The broker, 49-year-old Beverly Carter, had told associates she was meeting a prospective buyer at a property in Scott, Arkansas, a sparsely populated community east of Little Rock, before she went missing. "We're holding out hope she is still alive," said Sheriff Doc Holladay of Pulaski County. Aaron Lewis was named in an arrest warrant issued on Sunday. ...

AP: Mayor nixes tax break to save Taj Mahal casino

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:53
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's mayor said Monday he cannot agree to massive tax reductions sought by the owners of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, throwing into serious doubt an already long-shot plan by billionaire Carl Icahn to buy and save the casino and its 2,800 jobs.

Number of US kids in foster care up after long dip

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:52
After dropping for seven straight years, the number of U.S. children in foster care rose slightly last year, according to new federal figures released Monday.

Myanmar wants country off UN human rights agenda

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:50

Wunna Maung Lwin, Minister for Foreign Affairs for Myanmar, speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Myanmar's foreign minister promised Monday his country is working to end violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state and urged the world against "jumping to conclusions" about a situation that has drawn global condemnation.


Secret Service arrests man near Ethiopian Embassy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service has arrested a man who officers believe fired a gun near the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington.

Missouri man alleging sexual abuse by priest seeks $10 million from diocese

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:47
By Carey Gillam INDEPENDENCE Mo. (Reuters) - It has been 30 years, but Kansas City's Catholic diocese still should pay a heavy price for allowing a now-dead priest to repeatedly sexually abuse a former altar boy, a lawyer for the alleged victim said in court Monday, kicking off a $10 million lawsuit against the diocese. Jon David Couzens, then age 10, said he was molested 20 times over two years in the early 1980s by Monsignor Thomas O'Brien, who died in 2013. Couzens was deeply involved in Catholic school and church activities. ...

Pennsylvania baby shot in head in apparent hunting accident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:44
By Elizabeth Daley (Reuters) - A newborn baby was in critical condition on Monday after being shot in the head in western Pennsylvania while lying on his father's lap at home, an incident that appears to have been a hunting accident, prosecutors say. The infant, identified by local media as Thayne Iverson, was just days old when a stray bullet struck him in the head on Sept. 25 at around 7 p.m., said Dianna Rostis, a spokeswoman for the Indiana County District Attorney's office. She declined to confirm the infant's name or identify the father. ...

New documents show legal basis for NSA surveillance programs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:38

Mobile phone simulating call to German Chancellor Merkel next to a tablet showing the logo of NSA is seen in picture illustration taken in FrankfurtBy Nate Raymond and Aruna Viswanatha NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Documents released by the U.S. government show it views an executive order issued in 1981 as the basis of most of the National Security Agency's surveillance activities, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Monday. The NSA relied on Executive Order 12333 more than it did on two other laws that have been the focus of public debate following the leaks exposing U.S. surveillance programs by former agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to the papers released by the ACLU. ...


New York City to end solitary confinement for teens at Rikers jail

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:37

New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at Britain's opposition Labour Party's conference in ManchesterBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City plans to end the use of solitary confinement to punish teenage inmates at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex by the end of the year, according to a Department of Correction memorandum. The policy shift comes less than two months after the U.S. Department of Justice said its investigators had found a pattern of abuse of 16- and 17-year-old inmates that breached their constitutional rights. ...


Hiker trapped in canyon in Zion National Park dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:36

FILE - In this Sept., 5, 2009, file photo, hikers wade through the cold Virgin River along the "Narrows," in Zion National Park, Utah. A 34-year-old man was found dead on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Zion National Park after rising floodwaters trapped him in a narrow canyon that is home to one of the park's best-known hiking trails. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 34-year-old Southern California man was found dead over the weekend in Zion National Park after rising floodwaters trapped him in a narrow canyon that is home to one of the park's best-known hiking trails.


Texas doctor given 10 years in jail for poisoning lover's coffee

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:32
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A breast cancer specialist working at a nationally renowned cancer center in Houston was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison for lacing the coffee of her lover, a fellow cancer doctor, with a compound used in antifreeze. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, an oncologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, was found guilty last week of putting ethylene glycol into the coffee of Dr. George Blumenschein, 50, in a 2013 incident. She was sentenced to prison by the same jury that convicted her. Prosecutors had been seeking 30 years. ...

Arkansas real estate agent missing, man arrested

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:21
SCOTT, Ark. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man in the case of an Arkansas real estate agent who has been missing since last week.

NYC man's chokehold death goes to grand jury

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:12
NEW YORK (AP) — A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday to determine whether there will be criminal charges in the chokehold death of an unarmed New York City man whose videotaped confrontation with police sparked outrage, union officials said.

New York City Fire captain charged with molesting two boys in L.A

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:06
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A captain with the Fire Department of New York has been charged with sexually molesting two young boys while he was in Los Angeles this month and is facing extradition back to California, authorities said on Monday. Wilbert Riera, 51, is charged with six counts of committing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, stemming from incidents on Sept. 12 and Sept. 14, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted at trial. ...

Teacher 'sick-outs' stop classes at two protest-hit Colorado schools

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:05
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Teachers calling in absent forced the cancellation of classes at two Colorado high schools on Monday in a new twist to a dispute over pay and proposed changes to a history curriculum that has drawn national attention. Hundreds of students walked out of nearly all the Jefferson County School District's 17 high schools last week in demonstration against the curriculum change idea being floated by a conservative school board majority. ...

World leaders address UN's annual gathering

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:04

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders gathered Monday for the fifth day of the annual ministerial meeting of the U.N. General Assembly to address the state of their countries and the world. Here are highlights from some of the newsworthy speakers:


Schools scramble to help teens who crossed border

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 03:02

In this photo taken Sept. 11, 2014, a student in the Accelerating Preliterate English Language Learners (A.P.E.L.L) class, taught by Lori Ott, of Millsboro, Del., at the G.W. Career Educational Center in Frankford, Del., looks over a worksheet aimed at teaching basic introductions in English. U.S. schools are now dealing with the fallout from the dramatic spike in the number of children and teenagers who crossed into the United States unaccompanied by family; the Supreme Court has ruled that they have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status. (AP Photo/Emily Varisco)FRANKFORD, Del. (AP) — American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months.