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Judge drops hints as Detroit bankruptcy case nears finish line

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:48

A mural that reads "Detroit Lives!" is displayed on the side of a building in DetroitBy Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy dropped hints on Tuesday on what he wants to hear in the city's closing statements and what he may be scrutinizing in creditor settlements. The city's emergency manager also testified in federal court on Tuesday that a recent settlement with the last major holdout creditor was important to keeping elements of Detroit's debt adjustment plan together. "We are getting finality and stability going forward," state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr told U.S. ...


Correction: Pennsylvania Employees-Porn story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:40
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a story Oct. 20 about the suspension of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, The Associated Press attributed a statement to an attorney for McCaffery, Dion Rassias. The statement was distributed by Frank Keel, who said Tuesday he wrongly attributed the comments to Rassias due to miscommunication. Keel, who described himself as an unofficial media adviser to the court, said the statement was from him.

Dominican Republic joins entry ban for Ebola-affected countries

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:40
By Manuel Jimenez SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - The Dominican Republic joined other countries in banning entry to foreigners who have visited Ebola-affected countries in the last 30 days, the country's Ministry of Public Health announced on Tuesday. The Caribbean country joined several other states in the Americas, including Colombia, Jamaica, and St. Lucia, to issue travel bans. ...

New Jersey school officials to tackle hazing scandal, suspensions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:39
By Sascha Brodsky (Reuters) - New Jersey school officials on Tuesday were set to address the suspension of five high school coaches in a locker room hazing scandal that has led to criminal sex abuse charges, according to local media. Seven football players at Sayreville War Memorial High School have been suspended and charged with sexually abusing four freshmen members of the team. The head coach and four coaching assistants were suspended as well last week, according to local media. School officials have not officially confirmed those suspensions. ...

'Cadaver dog' work more accepted by cops, courts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:36

In this Sept. 20, 2014, photo, Paul Dotsie and his dog, Buster, search an area near Bishop, Calif. For years, Buster and Dostie have worked together to unlock mysteries, to find the bodies of fighting men who fell long ago on foreign battlefields, or of victims of unsolved crimes or disappearances. In all, Dostie said that Buster has helped find the remains of about 200 people. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)BENTON, Calif. (AP) — Increasingly, police investigators and courts are putting their faith in four-legged tools — canines that can detect even small particles of human remains.


Campaign consultant pleads guilty to embezzling $1.8 million in Texas race

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:33
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A political consultant hired for the failed 2012 campaign of Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for a U.S. Senate seat pleaded guilty on Tuesday to siphoning off about $1.8 million in campaign funds for his personal use, prosecutors said. Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield was charged with embezzling campaign funds and using the money for his mortgage, tuition for his children, investments and other personal expenses, prosecutors said. ...

Law signed to curb Abu-Jamal's 'obscene celebrity'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:24

Maureen Faulkner, widow of slain Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, reaches out to hug Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett after he signed into law the Re-victimization Relief Act bill Tuesday Oct. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. Corbett signed into law the measure he says is intended to curb the "obscene celebrity" he says is cultivated by convicts like Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence for the 1981 killing of Daniel Faulkner. Former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham is on left. (AP Photo/Michael Sisak)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ignoring the chants of protesters on the block where a police officer was killed and the cause célèbre of Mumia Abu-Jamal was born, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Tuesday a measure he said would curb the "obscene celebrity" cultivated by convicts at the expense of victims.


'Cadaver dog' work more accepted by cops, courts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:15

In this Sept. 20, 2014, photo, Paul Dotsie points as his dog Buster sets off to search an area near Bishop, Calif. For years, Buster and Dostie have worked together to unlock mysteries, to find the bodies of fighting men who fell long ago on foreign battlefields, or of victims of unsolved crimes or disappearances. In all, Dostie said that Buster has helped find the remains of about 200 people. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)BENTON, Calif. (AP) — The burly Labrador retriever sticks out his wide snout to sniff the dirt and dusty air. He's clearly excited as he runs, yelping, through the high desert of California's Eastern Sierra region.


Zoo boosts security after Tasmanian devil's death

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

This April, 30, 2014 photo provided by ABQ BioPark shows a male marsupial, known by keepers as "Jasper," who is one of four Tasmanian devils introduced to Zoo visitors last Dec. 2013. Keepers found Jasper dead in his outdoor enclosure on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 as staff prepared to open the zoo to the public. The killing of the rare Tasmanian devil on loan from Australia has prompted beefed-up security at the New Mexico zoo and a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. (AP Photo/Raymond Watt, ABQ BioPark)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The killing of a rare Tasmanian devil on loan from Australia has prompted beefed-up security at a New Mexico zoo and a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.


Northrop protests U.S. Air Force radar award to Raytheon

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

The corporate logo of Northrop Grumman is shown on a Fire Scout MQ-8 B unmanned helicopter in CaliforniaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Northrop Grumman Corp on Tuesday said it had filed a formal protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office against the U.S. Air Force's decision to pick Raytheon Co to develop a next-generation, long-range radar system. Raytheon beat out Northrop and Lockheed Martin Corp to develop a replacement for the Air Force's current TPS-75 radar, which has been in service since the late 1960s. ...


Man carried from burning home, rescuer reunite

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 03:06

In this Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 photo, Thomas Artiaga talks about his rescue of Robert Wells from his fully engulfed home Saturday, during an interview in Fresno, Calif. Wells, who was seen on video being carried to safety by good Samaritan Artiaga as flames exploded, says he just froze as the fire burned his apartment. Wells reunited with rescuer, Thomas Artiaga, two days after the blaze and thanked him for his efforts. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Craig Kohlruss)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A central California man carried from his burning home by a good Samaritan in a dramatic rescue caught on video said he froze as the flames exploded and thanked the rescuer as they reunited this week.


Pilot errors, fatigue led to deadly Ga. jet crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:56
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The pilot of a private jet failed to follow correct landing procedures and likely was fatigued from a lack of sleep when the plane went down in a fiery crash in eastern Georgia last year, killing a vascular surgeon and four co-workers on board, federal investigators concluded in a report Tuesday.

Crews tearing down home where babies' bodies found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:54

A house where the skeletal remains of three children were found last month is torn down by order of the town's Board of Health Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 in Blackstone, Mass. Erika Murray, the woman who lived in the house with four children and her longterm boyfriend, is being held on $1 million bail on charges including fetal death concealment. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Allan Jung, Pool)BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) — Onlookers cheered Tuesday as a four-man demolition crew started tearing down what some had dubbed a "House of Horrors" — the squalid Massachusetts home where the skeletal remains of three infants were found.


Bullets fired into home in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:46

Bullets fired into home in Hunting ParkSomeone fired bullets into a Hunting Park home overnight while people were asleep inside.


14 to be charged after fight at Newark High School

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:44

14 to be charged after fight at Newark High SchoolMore than a dozen high school students are facing charges in Delaware after a series of fights inside their school.


New Jersey charges 11 with mob loansharking scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:42

N.J. acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman points to photos of seven alleged members and associates of the New York based Genovese organized crime family who were arrested in Newark, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014. The attorney general's office alleges the suspects reaped millions of dollars through loansharking, sports gambling, unlicensed check-cashing and money laundering. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Members and associates of one of New York's legendary crime families used check cashing businesses and a Newark restaurant to run a racketeering enterprise that reaped millions of dollars through loansharking and money laundering, New Jersey officials said Tuesday as they announced charges against 11 people.


Winter is coming! AccuWeather's Winter forecast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:40

Winter is coming! AccuWeather's Winter forecastWinter forecast: Where to expect the most snow, sleet and rain.


US agency warns 4.7 million car owners to get air bags fixed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:40

US agency warns 4.7 million car owners to get air bags fixedThe U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers.


Missouri governor forms commission to look at Ferguson unrest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:36

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declares a state of emergency and curfew in response to looting the previous night in Ferguson, MissouriBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said Tuesday he was setting up a special commission to examine the social and economic conditions in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson that have fed ongoing race-related protests following the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in August. The St. Louis area has seen demonstrations almost daily since the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. ...


Pa. home inspector arrested for Craigslist scam

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 02:35

Pa. home inspector arrested for Craigslist scamA Pennsylvania property inspector is accused of trying to sell items that had been left behind in foreclosed homes.