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Teacher suspended over 'Redskins' newspaper flap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 04:31
BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — The faculty adviser for a student newspaper embroiled in a battle over the word "Redskins" has been suspended for two days without pay.

U.S. attorney general urges changes to fight more Wall St. crime

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 04:19

United States Attorney General Eric Holder holds a news conference announcing updates on investigation of Brown shooting in Ferguson Missouri, in WashingtonBy Aruna Viswanatha and Nate Raymond WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called for Congress to take steps to help prosecutors build criminal cases against senior Wall Street executives, saying companies often insulated their leaders from responsibility for misconduct. In a speech before New York University School of Law, Holder made some of his most extensive comments yet on improving the prosecution of white-collar crime. He called on Congress to boost rewards for Wall Street whistleblowers and fund more FBI agents with forensic accounting ...

Cop who killed Missouri teen testifies before grand jury: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 04:10

Activists raise their hands as they demand justice for the killing of Michael Brown while marching to the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse from City Hall in downtown St. Louis, MissouriBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - The Ferguson, Missouri police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager has ignited weeks of protests testified Tuesday before a St. Louis grand jury hearing evidence in the case, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Darren Wilson, who has been in hiding since the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, spent nearly four hours telling his version of events to the 12 members of the grand jury who are weighing possible charges against him, the newspaper said on Wednesday, citing a source. ...

Experts skeptical of testosterone drug benefits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 04:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health experts say there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs are effective for treating common signs of aging and large studies are needed to support their continued use in millions of American men.

Maine man found guilty of blocking train tracks in oil-by-rail protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:59
By Dave Sherwood AUBURN Maine (Reuters) - A man who helped block Maine railroad tracks to protest the transport of crude oil through the state after a deadly 2013 train crash across the Canadian border was convicted of criminal trespass for the incident, according to court documents. Douglas Bowen, 68, and Jessie Dowling, 33, refused to budge at a protest in downtown Auburn in August 2013 after police asked them to stop blocking the tracks, state prosecutors said. Bowen was found guilty and fined $100 after a state court trial, but a separate jury was unable to agree on Dowling’s verdict. ...

Ohio prosecutors mull charges in ice bucket prank

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:57
CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors are reviewing evidence to determine if charges should be filed against five northeast Ohio teenagers accused of dumping urine and tobacco over the head of an autistic boy who thought he was participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser.

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate panel finds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:56

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year. ...

Obama could deploy U.S. military advisers to forward positions in Iraq: White House

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:54

U.S. President Obama speaks after a military briefing at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in TampaABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama would consider requests to "forward deploy" U.S. military advisers with Iraqi troops "on a case-by-case basis" if they are needed, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Wednesday. "They would not be personally or directly engaging the enemy," Earnest told reporters traveling back from Tampa with Obama. (Reporting by Jeff Mason, Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Beanie Babies creator's sentence debated in court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:49

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, Ty Warner, the billionaire who created Beanie Babies, arrives at federal court where he was sentenced to community service but no prison time for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities in Swiss bank accounts. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, a three-judge appellate panel at the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is scheduled to hear arguments from prosecutors who say Warner's punishment was way too lenient and from defense attorneys who say it was just right. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors seeking to put the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies in prison for hiding millions in Swiss bank accounts told appellate court judges Wednesday that the toymaker's sentence of probation threatens to erode the judicial system's ability to deter other tax evaders.

Fatal crash hurts officer before Arizona commute

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:40
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A woman is dead and a police officer has been seriously injured after she slammed into his patrol car, closing a major Phoenix-area freeway for hours and through the Wednesday morning commute.

Dow in record terrain after Fed keeps rates intact

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:36

Trader Gregory Rowe works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Financial markets are awaiting the end of a Federal Reserve meeting Wednesday to see whether the Fed sends any clearer signal about the timing of an interest rate increase. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks marched into record territory Wednesday afternoon after the Federal Reserve gave investors some clarity by deciding to keep a key interest rate at a record low.

New photos released of suspect in Pa. trooper shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:35

New photos released of suspect in Pa. trooper shootingPolice have released new photos and an updated description of the suspect in the killing of one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and the wounding of another.

DC proposes concealed-carry licensing program

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:34
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia officials say residents will be able to get licenses to carry concealed handguns outside the home, but only after they show a reason they need such a permit and complete extensive gun-safety training.

Judge pauses Detroit's bankruptcy trial again

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:30

The word 'Bankruptcy' is seen painted on the side of a vacant building by street artists as a statement on the financial affairs of the city on Grand River Avenue in DetroitBy Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ordered a week-long break in Detroit's bankruptcy trial on Wednesday, giving the last major objector to the city's restructuring plan time to rework its case. The hearing will be adjourned from Friday and reconvene on Sept. 29. It was also placed on hiatus last week for three days while the city applied finishing touches to a settlement with another creditor, Syncora Guarantee Inc. Syncora formally withdrew its objections to the plan in on Tuesday, leaving Financial Guaranty Insurance Co (FGIC), which has $1. ...

NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:22

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, technicians work on NASA’s next Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN), at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. NASA’s Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet in September 2014 following a 10-month journey spanning more than 440 million miles. If all goes well, Maven will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mars, get ready for another visitor or two.

Holder calls for increased whistleblower rewards

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department expects to bring criminal charges in the coming months in investigations involving financial institutions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday as he called for better incentives for Wall Street whistleblowers who report crime.

U.S. scientist: Ebola unlikely to become airborne

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:13

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on the Ebola virus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)A top government scientist says it's very unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air.

NYC police increase security in Times Square

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:02
NEW YORK (AP) — Police stepped up security in Times Square on Wednesday amid concerns that the mounting hostilities between the United States and the Islamic State group could have repercussions on U.S. soil.

Fugitive returned to California in torture case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 03:00
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man arrested in the Czech Republic and accused of torturing a medical marijuana dispensary owner is back in Southern California to face trial.

Police: Pa. trooper shooting suspect now has Mohawk

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:58

New photos released of suspect in Pa. trooper shootingPolice said the suspect in the killing of one state police trooper and the wounding of another has shaved his hair into a "Mohawk-style haircut'