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Expert: PTSD could be factor in activist's past

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:36

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2013, file photo, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh stands outside the federal courthouse in Chicago. She is charged with immigration fraud, accused of lying to U.S. immigration officials when she failed to disclose her conviction for a terrorist bombing at a Jerusalem supermarket in 1969 that killed two people. Lawyers for Odeh urged a judge Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, to bar any reference to terrorism at her upcoming trial on immigration charges. Odeh's trial is set for Nov. 4. If convicted, she would lose U.S. citizenship and likely be deported. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)DETROIT (AP) — A Chicago Palestinian activist could have been affected by post-traumatic stress disorder when she failed to disclose on a U.S. citizenship application that she was convicted of bombings in Israel in 1969, a psychologist testified Tuesday.


U.S. seeks more Trinity guardrail tests after jury verdict

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:35
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday asked Trinity Industries Inc to conduct additional crash testing of a highway guardrail system that had been the subject of a fraud verdict by a federal jury a day earlier. In a letter to Trinity, the Federal Highway Administration said it may suspend or revoke eligibility of federal funding for the ET-Plus system if Trinity does not submit a crash testing plan by Oct. 31. On Monday, a jury in Marshall, Texas, found that Trinity defrauded the government in its sale of ET-Plus to U.S. states, which in turn got federal ...

Video shows young children fighting, adults cheering

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:23

Video shows young children fighting, adults cheeringWilmington police are investigating a truly disturbing incident caught on video.


Memphis boy wounded when gun he brought to school goes off

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:19
By Tim Ghianni (Reuters) - A Tennessee teenager was wounded in the leg on Tuesday when he dropped his backpack and a handgun he was showing off to middle school classmates in Memphis went off, officials said. The 13-year-old student, who was not identified, was in stable condition at a nearby hospital, but faces 180 days suspension from school for having a firearm on campus, a spokeswoman for the Shelby County Schools said. The incident happened on Tuesday morning, but the A. Maceo Walker Middle School remained in session for the day. ...

New York state to settle landmark suit over public defenders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:18
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY N.Y. (Reuters) - New York state has agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming its public defense system is underfunded and violates poor people's rights to counsel a day before the case was set to go to trial. The state will establish a cap on the number of cases court-appointed attorneys may handle and will ensure defendants have lawyers at their first court appearance, among other reforms, the New York Civil Liberties Union announced Tuesday. ...

VIDEO: Aggressive group of dirt bikes, ATVs on Philly streets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:16

 Aggressive group of dirt bikes, ATVs on Philly streetsA large group of all-terrain vehicles has been weaving in and out of traffic all across the city.


Protocol breached during murder suspect's release

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:13

This undated handout photo provided by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services shows Rodriquez Purnell. A Maryland lawmaker on Tuesday called for an independent criminal investigation into the accidental release of a man awaiting trial on murder charges from a Baltimore prison. Purnell, 30, was released Friday from the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore. He was awaiting trial in the shooting death of 27-year-old Terrance Rheubottom on St. Patrick's Day last year in Baltimore. He's also been convicted of assaulting a corrections worker. Purnell remained free Tuesday. (AP Photo/Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services)BALTIMORE (AP) — Corrections officials say a breach in protocol led to the accidental release of a murder suspect in Baltimore.


New rules adopted in hopes of spurring home loans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — Buying a home may have gotten a little easier this week.

Reputed ex-mob boss summoned for violation hearing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:00
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The reputed former boss of the Philadelphia mob could face more prison time after a judge ordered him to sit for a parole violation hearing Friday.

Florida State frat suspended after rape allegation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:58
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A fraternity at Florida State University is being suspended after police say student reported being raped at the fraternity's house this month.

VIDEO: Aggressive group of ATVs on Philly streets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:54

 Aggressive group of dirt bikes, ATVs on Philly streetsA large group of all-terrain vehicles has been weaving in and out of traffic all across the city.


WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:50

Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director General for Health Systems and Innovation of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, says clinical trials planned or under way in Europe, Africa and the U.S. are being accompanied by a strong push among governments for immediate “real-world use” of an approved Ebola vaccine. She told reporters Tuesday in Geneva that tens of thousands of doses _ short of mass deployment _ would be made available through West African “efficacy trials” starting “in early 2015, in January.” (AP Photo/Keystone,Martial Trezzini)GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization is pressing the search for an Ebola vaccine and hopes to begin testing two experimental versions as early as January on more than 20,000 front-line health care workers and others in West Africa's hot zone — a bigger rollout than envisioned just a few months ago.


PHOTOS: Dirt bikes, ATVs take to Philly streets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:48

 Dirt bikes, ATVs take to Philly streetsA large group of all-terrain vehicles weave in and out of traffic all across Philadelphia.


Court orders mental health evaluation for White House fence jumper

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:45

New River Regional Jail booking photo of Omar GonzalezBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge in Washington on Tuesday ordered a 30 day mental health evaluation for Omar Gonzalez, the Iraq war veteran charged with jumping the fence of the White House and entering the presidential mansion with a knife last month. Gonzalez was found "not competent" to stand trial in a one-hour screening performed while he was detained following the Sept. 19 incident. Gonzalez cannot be arraigned on charges returned last week by a federal grand jury unless he is found competent to stand trial. ...


Exclusive: Ex-spy chief's private firm ends deal with U.S. official

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:44

Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander participates in a panel discussionBy Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former National Security Agency director Keith Alexander has ended a deal with a senior U.S. intelligence official allowing the official to work part-time for his firm, an arrangement current and former officials said risked a conflict of interest. Reuters reported on Friday that the U.S. National Security Agency had launched an internal review of the arrangement between NSA Chief Technical Officer Patrick Dowd and IronNet Cybersecurity Inc, which is led by Alexander, his former boss. ...


Chicago corrections officer charged in pot smuggling attempt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:42
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A corrections officer in Chicago's Cook County Jail was arrested on Tuesday and faces a federal criminal charge for allegedly trying to smuggle two sandwiches packed with marijuana into the jail last year, federal authorities said. Three inmates, two civilian women and a police dispatcher have also been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice in the case. In June 2013, the inmates and their two women friends allegedly bribed corrections officer Jason Marek to smuggle three ounces of pot, along with tobacco, alcohol and other contraband, into the jail, the ...

Reaction to death of Oscar de la Renta

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:36

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2011 file photo, designer Oscar de la Renta attends the Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2012 fashion show during Fashion Week in New York. De la Renta received the 2012 Couture Council Award by The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. De la Renta, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, File)Reaction to the death late Monday of iconic designer Oscar de la Renta:


Jewish group shifts view on Nazi benefit payments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Jewish advocacy group said Tuesday it no longer supports allowing suspected Nazi war criminals to receive Social Security benefits.

How the AP-GfK poll was conducted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:29
The Associated Press-GfK poll on the midterm elections was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Oct. 16-20. It is based on online interviews of 1,608 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

AP-GfK Poll: Most expect GOP victory in November

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 04:28

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2013 file photo, stickers wait for voters at a polling place in Philadelphia. Two weeks before election day, the nation’s likely voters have started seeing eye-to-eye with the election prognosticators. Most now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, more say that’s the outcome they’d like to see. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see.