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100-carat diamond sells for $22 million at auction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:09

A 100-carat emerald-cut diamond is on display at Sotheby's, Friday, April 17, 2015, in New York. The "perfect" 100-carat diamond in a classic emerald cut is going on the auction block, where it could fetch between $19 million to $25 million. Sotheby's will offer the white diamond on April 21, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — A "perfect" 100-carat diamond in a classic emerald cut sold for just over $22 million at auction on Tuesday.

Biden visits Philadelphia to highlight energy plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:06

Biden visits Philadelphia to highlight energy planThe White House on Tuesday released a long-term energy plan designed to fight climate change, modernize power plants and find other ways to ensure the nation a steady supply of safe, clean energy.

Police: Man stabbed in Center City, suspect fled

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:01

 Man stabbed in Center City, suspect fledA man is hospitalized after being stabbed in the chest in Center City.

US Marshals reviewing video of deputy grabbing woman's phone

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:59
SOUTH GATE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service said Tuesday that it's reviewing a video that shows a deputy grab a woman's cellphone from her hands, smashing it to the floor.

Study links swarm of quakes in Texas to natural gas drilling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:59

This handout photo, taken Jan. 16, 2014, provided by Southern Methodist University, shows Remi Oldham, an SMU geophysics graduate student, running a cable to connect the seismometer to communications interface equipment housed in the orange metal box in Willow Park, Texas. The interface equipment allows the transmission of the data collected by the seismometer back to SMU. With real-time monitors, scientists linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey monitored the shaking. It’s an area that had no recorded quakes for 150 years on faults that “have been inactive for hundreds of millions of years,” said SMU geophysicist Matthew Hornbach. (Hillsman Stuart Jackson/SMU via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection.

Feds charge ex-bank president, others with money laundering

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:57
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former bank president and two of his customers allegedly conspired to launder drug money in Kansas for Mexican cartels, while two former employees of the small southwest Kansas bank failed to report the suspicious financial transactions, according to charges unsealed Tuesday.

HIV outbreak in Indiana affecting residents' quality of life

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:54

Signs are posted for the Austin Community Outreach Center, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Austin, Ind. Indiana health officials trying to contain an HIV outbreak tied to needle-sharing among drug users are getting helping from specialists from other states in tracking down about 130 additional people who also may be infected. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)AUSTIN, Ind. (AP) — Main Street in this southern Indiana city is lined with blooming dogwood and redbud trees and punctuated by a short stretch of well-kept storefronts. It's a tidy appearance that masks a darker side of the community — the worst HIV outbreak in state history, which health officials warn hasn't yet peaked.

Trader charged for alleged key role in 'flash crash'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:54
CHICAGO (AP) — A multimillionaire futures trader accused of being a key figure in bringing on the 2010 "flash crash" — when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 600 points in five minutes — was arrested in Great Britain Tuesday based on charges filed in Chicago.

AccuWeather: Wednesday Showers and Thunderstorms Usher in a Big Chill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:54

 Wednesday Showers and Thunderstorms Usher in a Big ChillMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking some gusty storms, then a big drop in temperatures.

Prosecutors: Suspects busted for stealing barrels of bourbon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:50

Evidence tags mark recovered bottles of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon shown during a news conference at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Frankfort, Ky. Nine people were indicted relating to the theft of more than $100,000 worth of bourbon from the Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace distilleries. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky authorities indicted nine people Tuesday on charges of spiriting away what one prosecutor called more bourbon whiskey than a person could drink in a lifetime.

Jim Gardner One-On-One with Archbishop Charles Chaput: Security, impact of pope's visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:48

 Security, impact of pope's visitJim Gardner sits down with Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput.

Seattle man charged with burning girlfriend previously arrested in gasoline attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:41
A man charged with dousing his girlfriend with a flammable liquid and setting her on fire outside her Seattle home had previously been arrested for drenching a woman and her five-year-old son with gasoline, court officials said on Tuesday. John Turner, 62, has been charged with assault and was being held on $1 million bail in connection with the April 12 attack that left his former girlfriend with burns over 30 percent of her body, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office. Seattle police detectives said Turner was previously arrested in 2006 for allegedly dousing a woman and her 5-year-old son with gasoline, charging documents show. In the more recent case, Turner approached his former girlfriend in the parking lot of her apartment complex, and, when she tried to walk away from him, he grabbed her and doused her with the liquid, police said.

Army veteran awarded new home in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:34

Army veteran awarded new home in New JerseyWith the balloons in place, the American flags waving in the wind, and a big red bow on the front door, the stage was set to give back to a true hero, Army Staff Sgt. Mario Murray.

New Jersey rabbis convicted in forced divorce scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:31
Three Orthodox Jewish rabbis were convicted in New Jersey on Tuesday of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in a scheme to force men to grant divorces to their unhappy wives under Jewish law. Two of the rabbis were convicted as well of attempted kidnapping in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, according to the office of one of the defense attorneys. The case before U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson hinged in part on the testimony of an undercover FBI agent who posed as an Orthodox Jewish wife seeking a divorce. Orthodox Jewish women cannot get a divorce unless their husbands consent through a document known as a "get." Prosecutors said the rabbis operated a ring that kidnapped or tried to kidnap men and tortured them with beatings and stun guns until they agreed to divorce.

Death toll rises to two in massive Wyoming traffic pileup

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:26
(Reuters) - The death toll from a massive Wyoming traffic pileup climbed to two on Tuesday as one lane of a federal highway remained closed for a second day after collisions that involved 64 vehicles and injured dozens, authorities said. Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers arrested a Canadian motorist on Monday on suspicion of vehicular homicide, but authorities declined to provide details about the investigation involving Alex Dragaytsev, 45, of Quebec. Troopers initially blamed fog and slush for a pileup on U.S. Interstate 80 west of Laramie that began at 8 a.m. Monday when a semitrailer crashed into another truck and jackknifed over both lanes of the main east-west artery that crosses the southern part of the state, authorities said. Authorities increased the death toll to two on Tuesday and identified the victims as Lynn Freeman, 58, of Williford, Arkansas, and Jenay Breden of Westminister, Colorado.

DEA chief to step down, Congress probes sex party leaks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:24

DEA administrator Michele Leonhart testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in a hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct allegations at the DEA and FBI in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's chief will step down within weeks, the Obama administration said on Tuesday, as a congressional panel planned to examine whether DEA agents divulged secrets at sex parties that Colombian drug lords may have staged. Michele Leonhart will leave as DEA administrator in mid-May, said a statement from the Justice Department, which contains the DEA and other major law enforcement agencies. "I want to express my appreciation to Michele, not only for her leadership of the DEA since 2007, but also for her 35 years of extraordinary service to the DEA," Attorney General Eric Holder said in the statement.

Oklahoma geology group links earthquakes to oil waste wells

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:23
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Geological Survey said Tuesday it is "very likely" that most of the state's recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations.

No criminal charges in blaze that killed Boston firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:23
BOSTON (AP) — Employees and the owner of a welding company found responsible for a fire in a brownstone last year that killed two firefighters won't face criminal charges, investigators said Tuesday.

Milwaukee to pay $6.5 million to man wrongly convicted of murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:13
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A man, who spent 13 years in prison before DNA tests exonerated him of the murder of a teenage runaway, will receive $6.5 million from Milwaukee under an agreement approved on Tuesday unanimously by city lawmakers. Chaunte Ott, 41, was wrongly accused of killing 16-year-old Jessica Payne in Milwaukee in 1995, authorities said, adding they now believe Payne was the victim of a serial killer who died in prison.

Newspaper lawsuit against Palin stalled over confidentiality

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:12

FILE - In this April 27, 2014 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign rally in West Des Moines, Iowa. Emails show that Palin and North Jersey Media Group, publisher of The Record newspaper, settled on $15,000 over the former vice presidential candidate's political action committee's illegal use of a photo taken by a Record photographer at the World Trade Center, but attorneys for North Jersey Media Group say Palin's attorneys are demanding a confidentiality agreement. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A potential settlement between former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and a New Jersey newspaper over the use of a famous Sept. 11 photograph is stalled over confidentiality issues, court filings show.