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Foundry owner get 2½ years for art scam

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 03:26

Former New York foundry owner Brian Ramnarine leaves federal court in Manhattan after he was sentenced to 30 months in prison for trying to sell phony knockoffs of a sculpture of Jasper Johns classic "flag" painting. Ramnarine had done work for Johns in the past, including casting a sculpture of Johns’ classic 1960 “Flag” painting. Prosecutors said Ramnarine kept the mold and used it turn out unauthorized copies of the sculpture, forging Johns’ signature on the back of the creations. Prosecutors said he tried to sell one of the knockoffs for $11 million. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York foundry owner was sentenced to 2½ years in prison Thursday for trying to sell knockoff sculptures that he passed off as the multimillion-dollar work of Jasper Johns and other artists.


Victim ID'd Schuylkill Expressway crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 03:22

Victim ID'd Schuylkill Expressway crashThe driver killed in a crash on the Schuylkill Expressway that snarled traffic for hours has been identified.


1 dead in crash on Schuylkill Expressway

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 03:19

Victim ID'd Schuylkill Expressway crashAll lanes of the eastbound Schuylkill Expressway are back open after a deadly rollover crash that snarled traffic for hours.


Michael Dukakis testifies in Tsarnaev friend trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 03:13

Former Massachusetts Governor and Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis leaves Federal Court after testifying in the Robel Phillipos trial Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 in Boston. Dukakis was called as a defense witness in the trial of Phillipos, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, because the Phillipos family and the Dukakis family have been friends for years. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON (AP) — It was an odd moment in the trial of a friend of the man accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing: Michael Dukakis, the former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, testifying for the defense.


John Grisham apologizes for controversial comments on sex offenders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 03:05

John Grisham apologizes for controversial comments on sex offendersNovelist John Grisham apologized for his controversial comments that many sex offenders "do not deserve harsh prison sentences."


Ohio 19-year-old gets death penalty in killing of teen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 03:02
By Steve Bittenbender (Reuters) - A judge in Ohio on Thursday handed down the death penalty to Austin Myers for his role in the killing of an 18-year-old man, making the 19-year-old convict the youngest person on the state's death row. A Warren County jury found Myers guilty on Oct. 1 of aggravated murder, kidnapping and other counts in the death of Justin Back in January. The jury also recommended execution to Judge Donald Oda. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Myers never acknowledged responsibility for the crime. ...

UN chief wears purple to support LGBT youths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:57
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has responded to the call to "go purple" on Spirit Day to show solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths who face bullying and discrimination.

Police ID man killed while sitting in car in SW Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:56

Police ID man killed while sitting in car in SW PhiladelphiaPolice have released the identity of a man who was gunned down while sitting in his car in Southwest Philadelphia.


Pastor accused of affairs, not revealing he had AIDS temporarily banned from church

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:54
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Pastor accused of affairs, not revealing he had AIDS temporarily banned from church.

Ohio gambler faces charges over Ebola comment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:53
(Reuters) - An Ohio gambler who told a card dealer that his wife had Ebola was in custody on Thursday and faces criminal charges of inducing panic, the Ohio Casino Control Commission said. Emmanuel Smith, 60, was arrested on Wednesday after he told a dealer at the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland that he was out gambling because he did not want to catch Ebola from his sick wife, who had traveled from West Africa, the commission said in a statement. After identifying the gambler, who had left the casino, authorities went to his home and arrested him. ...

Chronology: Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:53
(Reuters) - Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed nearly 4,500 people. Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms a previously unidentified hemorrhagic fever, which killed more than 50 people, is Ebola. March 30: Liberia reports two Ebola cases; suspected cases reported in Sierra Leone. April 1: Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns the epidemic's spread is "unprecedented." A World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman calls it "relatively small still. ...

US senator's son among 4 indicted in dogs' deaths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:47

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2008, file photo, U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., appears next to his son Austin at an election night rally in Phoenix. U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake's son Austin is one of four people indicted on cruelty to animal charges after 21 dogs died at a Gilbert, Ariz., kennel in June, prosecutors said Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Four people — including a son of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake — have been indicted on cruelty to animal charges after 21 dogs died at a Gilbert kennel in June, prosecutors said Wednesday.


Lawsuit: College student shunned for anti-gay view

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:45
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former University of New Mexico student can proceed with a free speech lawsuit against the school alleging she was ostracized by her professors for making anti-gay remarks in paper, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. seeks to use Spanish military bases in anti-Ebola operation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:41
MADRID (Reuters) - The United States has asked the Madrid government for permission to use the U.S. military bases in Spain in its operation to combat the Ebola crisis in Africa, a Defence Ministry source said on Thursday. "The U.S. authorities have indeed asked Spain to use their bases in the country as a transit point for logistics and engineers building up field hospitals in Liberia and Sierra Leone," the source told Reuters. Madrid was set to agree to the request to use the bases at Rota near Cadiz and at Moron de la Frontera near Seville in southern Spain. ...

Apple unveils thinner iPad, new iMac

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:33

Apple unveils thinner iPad, new iMacApple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand.


Chief: Bad communication in notifying wrong family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:13
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau police used the social media site Facebook to try to find the next of kin for a man killed in a car crash last week. But they used the page for the wrong Justin Priest.

DC chief seeks changes to concealed-carry law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:12
WASHINGTON (AP) — People who carry concealed handguns near public events and demonstrations in the nation's capital shouldn't have to be personally warned by a police officer before they are subject to arrest, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Thursday.

More than 30 hurt, 5 critically, in Arkansas train crash: officials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:05
LITTLE ROCK (Reuters) - More than 30 people were hurt, five of them critically, when a freight train and a passenger train collided in northwest Arkansas on Thursday, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said. There have been no fatalities in the crash that took place near Winslow, about 130 miles (210 kms) northwest of Little Rock, they said. "Two engines and four cars were damaged in the collision. About 300 gallons (1,360 liters) of diesel was released," said Rick Fahr, a spokesman for the agency. ...

Jury to be seated in Arias penalty-phase retrial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:04
PHOENIX (AP) — A jury for the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be sworn in next week as prosecutors again seek a death sentence.

Exclusive: U.S. farmers seen cutting fertilizer use as crop prices slide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:50

File photo of a cob of corn in field during the harvest in MinookaBy Rod Nickel (Reuters) - U.S. farmers are cutting back on spreading fertilizer this autumn in response to a drop in crop prices to multi-year lows and a delayed harvest, dealers say, warning of a pullback that will be felt from grain markets to Canadian potash mines. Ten of 12 U.S. farm retail companies surveyed by Reuters say fertilizer sales this autumn are lower than they were last year. The dealers, which span the country's main growing areas, sell fertilizer, seed and chemicals. ...