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Milo the cat, family are reunited after 7 years apart

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:30

Milo the cat has purrfect family reunion after 7 years missingMilo the cat went missing from his Scranton, Pennsylvania, home more than seven years ago.


Indiana culture war over gay rights worries business leaders

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:28

A sign is seen on the front window of Watt's Blooming, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Indianapolis. The florist does not discriminate and will serve all. Some worry that decades of work to reverse the city's sleepy image by luring conventions, businesses and even a Super Bowl to Indianapolis could be turned back by an ongoing culture war over civil rights protections for LGBT people that has divided urban areas from rural. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Downtown Indianapolis was once so desolate that men armed with shotguns hunted pigeons on Sundays among empty buildings and a trash-strewn river canal.


APNewsbreak: Few Zika samples being shared by Brazil

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:24

Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Castro speaks to the press before attending the Mercosur Health Ministers summit to address the spread of Zika virus in the region, at the Mercosur building in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. The ministers of 13 countries are meeting to coordinate actions to try and fight the spread of the mosquito born virus. Castro said that efforts are being made to create a vaccine against it. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — U.N. and U.S. health officials tell The Associated Press that Brazil has yet to share enough samples and disease data needed to answer the most worrying question about the Zika outbreak: whether the virus is actually responsible for the increase in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads in Brazil.


The Latest: Suspected tornado damages Army post in Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:19
The Latest on the winter storm system affecting a broad swath of the Midwest and Southern U.S. (all times local):

Pennsylvania Judge Declines to Toss Cosby Sex Assault Case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:15

Pennsylvania Judge Declines to Toss Cosby Sex Assault CaseA Pennsylvania judge refused to dismiss a sexual assault case against Bill Cosby on Wednesday, setting the stage for the first criminal prosecution of the once-celebrated comedian, who has for years denied allegations of assault by dozens of women. Cosby’s attorneys had tried to convince Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge Steven O'Neill that their client could not be prosecuted due to an agreement reached with a former Montgomery Country district attorney more than a decade ago. More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them in attacks dating back to the 1960s, and several civil lawsuits have been filed against him though many of the incidents are too old to prosecute.


Milo the cat returns to family after 7 years missing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:03

Milo the cat has purrfect family reunion after 7 years missingMilo the cat went missing from his Scranton, Pennsylvania, home more than seven years ago.


Oregon standoff leader Ammon Bundy, others indicted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:59

A sign is displayed with the picture of LaVoy Finicum as part of the demonstrations outside the Harney County Courthouse in Burns, Ore., Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Hundreds gathered to protest and support the armed occupation of a national wildlife preserve. (Molly Young/The Oregonian via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO LOCAL INTERNET; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT; MANDATORY CREDITPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted Ammon Bundy and some of the men and women who joined him at the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge, authorities said Wednesday.


Pennsylvania judge declines to toss Cosby sex assault case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:59

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby departs a hearing on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, PennsylvaniaBy Daniel Kelley NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge refused to dismiss a sexual assault case against once-celebrated comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday, clearing the way case against him to move toward trial. Attorneys for Cosby had argued that the entertainer could not be prosecuted due to an agreement reached with a former Montgomery County district attorney. "I hereby find no basis to grant the relief requested" by Cosby's lawyers, O'Neill said.


Judge refuses to throw out sex assault case against Cosby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:57

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, right, smiles as he arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was arrested and charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in January 2004. A judge will decide whether to dismiss a sexual assault case against the comedian over an unwritten promise of immunity that a former prosecutor says he gave Cosby's now-deceased lawyer. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge refused to throw out the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby on Wednesday, sweeping aside a former district attorney's claim that he granted the comedian immunity from prosecution a decade ago.


Head of Philadelphia carpenters union out amid merger

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:56

Head of Philadelphia carpenters union out amid mergerThe longtime head of the Philadelphia carpenters union is on the outs, amid a major reshuffling of unions throughout the northeast United States.


U.S. medical boards fall short in tackling sexual misconduct: study

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:54
Between 2003 and 2013, reports of 1,039 physicians having engaged in one or more cases of sexual misconduct were filed in the United States, of which 786 doctors were disciplined by a state medical board, according to a study by Public Citizen published on Wednesday. "It's alarming to consider state medical boards may not have pursued appropriate investigations and sanctions," said Laura Palumbo, communications director for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Family sues over death of Delaware inmate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:50
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The family of an alcoholic man who died in custody has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Delaware prison officials and medical workers.

IRS says experiencing computer failure

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:42

A security camera hangs near a corner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in WashingtonThe U.S. Internal Revenue Service said on Wednesday it is experiencing computer failure across several systems and temporarily cannot accept many taxpayer returns. "A number of taxpayer and tax practitioner tools are unavailable," it said.


Boy, 7, scared for family after being shot with BB gun

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:39

Boy, 7, scared for family after being shot with BB gunA 7-year-old boy is recovering after being shot in the cheek with a BB gun.


Chicago schools slash high-yielding 'junk' bond deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:29
Chicago’s troubled public school system on Wednesday had to slash the size of one of the biggest "junk" bond offerings the municipal market has seen in years and agree to pay interest costs rivaling Puerto Rico’s in order to lure investors into the deal. The Chicago Board of Education managed to sell only $725 million of an originally planned $795.5 million of tax-exempt bonds, and yields on the deal topped out at 8.5 percent, a massive premium relative to higher-rated debt sold in the U.S. municipal bond market and a clear indication of investors’ view of the depths of the district’s fiscal woes. Wednesday’s sale came a week after the school system had to pull the deal in its first attempt at an offering amid worry by investors that the district could end up in bankruptcy.

University webcam spy case ruling expected in 3-4 months

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:27
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former Rutgers University student convicted of using a webcam to spy on a roommate who later killed himself likely will have to wait a few months to find out whether a state appeals will order his 30-day jail sentence invalidated or lengthened or will send him back for a new trial.

Feds outline reforms for hospitals on reservations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:26
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal officials outlined a plan Wednesday to improve care at hospitals that treat Native Americans in four Great Plains states, including creating a multi-agency group to focus on quality and patient safety and developing a single credentialing process for doctors working at Indian Health Service hospitals.

First lawsuit in state lottery-fixing scandal seeks millions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:26

This May 9, 2011 photo provided by the Iowa Lottery shows Larry Dawson and his wife, Kathy, claiming their $9.09 million Hot Lotto jackpot in Des Moines. Dawson filed a lawsuit Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 alleging his jackpot should have been nearly three times as big, had the previous one not been fixed. It's the first in what could be several lawsuits filed by players who claim they were ripped off in games allegedly rigged over several years by Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association. (Iowa Lottery via AP)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It was one of those dreams-come-true moments that lotteries love to promote when "Lucky Larry" Dawson smiled as he claimed a $9 million jackpot, surrounded by his kids and grandkids. Five years later, the Iowa man has become the first plaintiff in litigation that threatens to cost state lotteries millions of dollars following an insider jackpot-rigging scandal.


Pentagon chief unveils plans to buy more high-end ships, fighters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:25

U.S. Secretary of Defense Carter answers questions at the Economic Club of WashingtonDefense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday said the U.S. Navy would buy more high-end submarines, destroyers, fighter jets and unmanned underwater vehicles in coming years, using $8 billion saved by scaling back orders for smaller, less capable Littoral Combat Ships. Carter said the Pentagon's five-year budget plan also included $2.9 billion to modify Raytheon Co's new SM-6 missiles for use as powerful anti-ship weapons and buy 625 more of the weapons, which are now used for missile defense. Secret testing last month had proven the Navy's ability to use the new Raytheon missiles as offensive anti-ship weapons, Carter told sailors at the Navy's massive San Diego base.


4 holdouts at Oregon refuge have diverse backgrounds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:20

A convoy of armored vehicles and SUVs rolls past a barricade on the road near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. The remnants of an armed group occupying the refuge to protest federal land policies say they won't leave until they get assurances they won't be arrested.(AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)The four armed activists still occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon have shown no signs they are ready to leave more than a week after the main figures in the standoff were arrested.