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Ex-deputy facing sex charges faces new count

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:52
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Tulsa County Sheriff's deputy who was charged with sexual battery and other counts in September has been arrested on an additional count of sexual battery.

Columbia University to pay $9 million to end U.S. lawsuit over AIDS grants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:48

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is photographed after speaking at the Crain's Business Forum in Manhattan, New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Columbia University has agreed to pay more than $9 million to resolve a lawsuit by the U.S. government accusing it of submitting false claims in connection with grants the Ivy League school obtained to fund AIDS- and HIV-related work. The settlement, announced by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Tuesday, will resolve a civil lawsuit unveiled the same day that sought damages and penalties under the federal False Claims Act. ...


Columbia University to pay $9 million to end U.S. lawsuit over AIDS grants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:48

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is photographed after speaking at the Crain's Business Forum in Manhattan, New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Columbia University has agreed to pay more than $9 million to resolve a lawsuit by the U.S. government accusing it of submitting false claims in connection with grants the Ivy League school obtained to fund AIDS- and HIV-related work. The settlement, announced by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Tuesday, will resolve a civil lawsuit unveiled the same day that sought damages and penalties under the federal False Claims Act. ...


North Dakota court bans use of abortion drug

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:43
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a state law that bans the use of one of two drugs used to perform abortions, effectively making the procedure illegal.

Obama defends U.S. Ebola guidelines, backs American volunteers in Africa

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:42

Amber Vinson speaks before her release from Emory University Hospital in AtlantaBy Tami Chappell and Roberta Rampton ATLANTA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the second of two nurses infected while treating an Ebola patient left an Atlanta hospital, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said policies adopted in the United States should not discourage Americans willing to fight West Africa's outbreak. Obama weighed in for the first time since states including New York and New Jersey imposed automatic 21-day quarantines on doctors and nurses returning from the three countries at the heart of the outbreak - rules that go beyond federal guidelines. ...


Connecticut father sues after Ebola fears keep daughter from school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:39
By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - The father of a Connecticut third-grader sued her local schools on Tuesday, saying his daughter was discriminated against and banned from school based on irrational fears of Ebola because she attended a family wedding in Nigeria. Stephen Opayemi filed the lawsuit in U.S. district court in Connecticut and asked the court to order the schools in Milford, Connecticut to immediately permit his daughter to return to class. Opayemi's daughter has not experienced any symptoms associated with Ebola and her health is fine, the suit says. ...

Obama sees different Ebola rules for U.S. military than for civilians

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:39
By David Alexander and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday appeared to back more rigorous procedures for dealing with soldiers returning from missions to Ebola-hit West African countries, even as he criticized moves by some U.S. states to quarantine returning civilian health workers. Obama said that American military personnel were in a "different situation" compared with healthcare workers. ...

US to increase security at some federal buildings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department says security will be increased at federal government buildings in Washington and other cities.

No prison requested as ex-officer faces sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:30
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors want supervised release for an ex-New York City policeman acquitted in a conspiracy to kidnap, kill and eat women and aren't seeking to send him back to prison — at least not yet.

U.S. boosts security at government buildings, citing calls by terrorist groups

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:28

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Johnson takes part in a question and answer session in OttawaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is stepping up security at government buildings in Washington and other major cities in response to "calls by terrorist organizations for attacks on the homeland and elsewhere," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Tuesday. "Given world events, prudence dictates a heightened vigilance in the protection of U.S. government installations and our personnel," Johnson said in a statement. (Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Sandra Maler)


Thousands in Hungary march against Internet tax

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:24

Thousands of demonstrators light up their mobile phones as they march through Elizabeth Bridge across River Danube as they protest against an internet tax planned to be introduced by the Hungarian government for the second time in two days in front of the Ministry of National Economy in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Tens of thousands of protesters marched Tuesday against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015. (AP Photo/MTI, Laszlo Beliczay)BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters marched Tuesday against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015.


New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of killing fellow officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:18

Police tape is seen in the lobby of the Hotel Encanto in Las CruceBy Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - A New Mexico sheriff's deputy is accused of shooting a fellow officer to death at a Las Cruces hotel during an alcohol-fueled argument early on Tuesday morning and was expected to face charges in the case, police said. The two Santa Fe County deputies were staying in Las Cruces on Monday night after transporting a prisoner to an Arizona jail and were believed to have argued at a pub, Las Cruces Police spokesman Dan Trujillo said in a written statement. ...


Judge tosses ex-dictator's suit against Activision

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:16

 Black Ops II” video game, but Superior Court Judge William Fahey ruled that Activision had created a complex and multi-faceted game that relied very little on Noriega. (AP Photo/Activision Blizzard, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's lawsuit over his inclusion in a 2012 "Call of Duty" video game has been dismissed by a judge who determined the game's use of his likeness is protected by the First Amendment.


Friend of accused Boston bomber found guilty of lying to authorities

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:16

Robel Phillipos, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with lying to investigators, leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in his case in BostonBy Ross Kerber BOSTON (Reuters) - A college friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber was found guilty on Tuesday of making false statements to authorities in a terrorism investigation, as a federal jury did not accept his defense that he had smoked so much marijuana he was too high to lie. Robel Phillipos, 21, was charged with lying about having visited suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the 2013 attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260. Phillipos showed no emotion as the verdict was read in federal court in Boston. ...


Cuban migrant recounts nightmare voyage on raft

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 05:14

Rafter Joel Moreno, left, rescued near Miami, kisses his father Luis Felipe Moreno, right, who left Cuba in the 1980 Mariel boat lift and have been separated since then, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Miami. Moreno, 39, says the men traveled in a homemade raft powered by a boat motor and could see lights off the coast of Florida within six hours of leaving Cojimar, Cuba. The motor ran out of gas before they reached shore. On their second day at sea, a strong wave overturned the raft, dumping all their water and food into the ocean. On Sunday, Moreno decided to break the raft apart, giving each man a piece to hold and try to swim to shore. Authorities have located 11 of the men. Two remain missing. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — For eight days, they had no food or water.


Politics of Ebola tricky for Christie, Cuomo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 04:59

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, speaks as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens at a news conference, in New York, where the governors announced a mandatory quarantine for people returning to the United States through airports in New York and New Jersey who are deemed "high risk," for contracting Ebola. Word of the quarantine set off a firestorm, but some other states have followed suit. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Two ambitious governors — one Republican, one Democrat — known for their no-nonsense, take-charge style in a calamity have set off a furor with their aggressive handling of the Ebola crisis, and how it plays out could shape their political futures.


Mom charged in child alcohol death leaves jail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 04:57
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A woman whose severely disabled son died after alcohol was put in his IV was released from jail Tuesday after a judge set bail, saying prosecutors couldn't prove she intended to kill the child.

Facebook's advertising revenue soars in 3Q

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 04:56

In this June 11, 2014 photo, a man walks past a mural in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook reports quarterly earnings on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, helped by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming an increasingly large chunk of the social networking giant's overall advertising business.


Police Voice New Concerns Amid Few Signs of Broncos Fan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 04:50
Police are still combing through hours of surveillance footage from Thursday's Broncos game after a 53-year-old father went missing during halftime.

Schools fret over Ferguson grand jury announcement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 04:40

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014 fill photo people stand in prayer after march in Ferguson, Mo., to protest the shooting of Michael Brown. School officials concerned about students being waylaid by protests are asking a St. Louis County prosecutor to wait until classes are not in session to announce whether a white police officer will face charges for the fatal shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old. The decision is expected by mid-November. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — School officials concerned about students being waylaid by protests are asking the St. Louis County prosecutor to wait until classes are not in session to announce whether a white police officer will face charges for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old.