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Officer charged in dog death wants charges dropped

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:46

FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows Jeffrey Bolger, 49, of Eldersburg, Md. Attorneys representing Bolger, a Baltimore Police officer charged with animal cruelty in the death of a dog in June, have asked a judge to dismiss the charges. (AP Photo/Baltimore Police Department, File)BALTIMORE (AP) — Attorneys for a Baltimore police officer accused of cutting a dog's throat are asking a judge to dismiss the animal cruelty charge against him.

9/11 commemoration begins with bell toll

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:41

9/11 commemoration begins with bell tollWith the toll of a bell and a solemn moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack.

New Jersey ban on 'gay conversion therapy' is upheld

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:22
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld New Jersey's ban on counseling intended to change the sexual orientation of gay and lesbian children. Circuit Court of Appeals said the ban, which Republican Governor Chris Christie signed into law in August 2013, did not violate the free speech or religious rights of people offering "gay conversion therapy" to convert homosexual minors into heterosexuals. The panel also said the plaintiffs, who included therapists and a Christian counseling group, lacked standing to pursue claims on behalf of their minor clients. Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith said the ban, the second in the country after California's, appropriately advanced New Jersey's legitimate interest in protecting people under the age of 18 from harmful or ineffective professional treatment.

AccuWeather: Evening thunderstorms expected

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:15

 Evening thunderstorms expectedMeteorologist David Murphy says thunderstorms late today and tonight could bring drenching downpours.

4 Reasons shoppers will shrug off Home Depot hack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:15

4 Reasons shoppers will shrug off Home Depot hackNEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers.

EU clears Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV shipping merger

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:01
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust authority says it is giving a conditional green light for the merger between shipping group Hapag-Lloyd AG of Germany and its Chilean rival Compania Sud Americana de Vapores.

More mediation ordered over potential Detroit bankruptcy deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:59

A man walk past graffiti in DetroitA federal judge on Thursday ordered ongoing mediation in Detroit's historic bankruptcy over a potential settlement between the city and one of its fiercest creditors, while adding holdout creditor Financial Guaranty Insurance Co to the list of parties whose attendance is required. District Judge Gerald Rosen, the chief mediator in the bankruptcy case, ordered that mediation, which began on Thursday, will also take place on Friday and will continue "day-to-day thereafter as deemed necessary, until released by the mediators." The city and Syncora Guarantee Inc, the bond insurer that had been the fiercest holdout creditor in the case, notified the U.S. Sealing that deal would leave FGIC, another bond insurer, as the only major holdout creditor left in the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy Detroit filed in July 2013. FGIC, which has a $1.1 billion exposure in the case from guaranteeing payments on the city's pension debt, issued a statement on Wednesday that said it remains open to "good faith settlement discussions." Both Syncora and FGIC faced recoveries of 10 cents on the dollar or less in the bankruptcy as other creditors including the city's pension funds reached deals.

Obama leads U.S. in remembrance of September 11 victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:55

A wilting rose is left in remembrance of those lost before the memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Led by President Barack Obama, Americans commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Thursday by observing moments of silence for the thousands killed that day at New York City's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. In what has become an annual ritual, relatives began slowly reciting the nearly 3,000 names of the victims at a ceremony in lower Manhattan, from Gordon Aamoth Jr. to Igor Zukelman. ...

Mountain lion believed to have attacked California boy is shot to death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:52
A mountain lion believed to have attacked and injured a 6-year-old boy near California's Silicon Valley has been shot to death in a tree not far from the scene after a three-day hunt, state wildlife officials said. Experts will conduct a necropsy on the 65-pound male cougar to verify it was responsible for the attack on Sunday that sent the boy to a local hospital with bite wounds and scratches to his upper body, head and neck, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement on Wednesday. The boy was hiking on a trail on Sunday with family and friends in a densely wooded preserve adjacent to a winery, just west of the town of Cupertino, when the mountain lion pounced on him and tried to drag him away, his parents told officials. "The fact that it was so close to the attack site, coupled with the territorial behavior, likely indicates that this was a local lion probably involved in the incident as opposed to one that was passing through the area." Officials said no one at the department wanted to kill the mountain lion but that it was not considered eligible for relocation because it had attacked a person.

Top 10 places where FEMA seeks to take back aid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:51
Two years after Superstorm Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has identified about 4,500 disaster aid recipients it suspects got more money than program rules allowed. About 850 households have been asked to give money back so far. The communities with the most households under review as of July 30:

Hastert donates Capitol flag to Flight 93 memorial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:42
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert gave the flag that flew atop the U.S. Capitol on 9/11 to the Flight 93 National Memorial on Thursday, saying the building might not still be standing if the plane's passengers and crew had not rebelled against four hijackers.

Mexico says Texas Governor Perry's border deployment politically motivated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:40
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - The Mexican government has condemned the deployment of Texas National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border, saying Governor Rick Perry authorized the move for political purposes. "Mexico underscores that it is irresponsible to manipulate border security for political reasons," said the statement from the Mexican government and sent by its embassy in Washington on Thursday. Republican presidential nomination, said he was sending up to 1,000 troops to the Mexican border to deter criminal activity caused by drug cartels, and accused President Barack Obama of not doing enough to secure the border. "The unilateral measure taken by the government of Texas is undoubtedly mistaken and does not contribute to the efforts in which our two countries are engaged to build a safe border and create a solution to the phenomenon of migration," the Mexican statement said.

Russia, Poland in spat over gas supplies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:36
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A spat has broken out between Poland and Russia over what Warsaw claims is a sharp drop in natural gas supplies. The move comes amid concerns Moscow is ready to use its energy exports as a political weapon over the crisis in Ukraine.

Change of venue sought in loud music killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:30
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A judge will wait until jury selection begins to determine whether to move the first-degree murder trial of a Florida man accused of killing a teenager during an argument over loud music.

EU OKs BSkyB deal to create multinational network

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:23
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust authority says it has approved the bid by Britain's BSkyB to create a multinational pay TV network by taking control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany.

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:21

10ThingsToSee - Hotel security officers guard at an entrance door of a hotel room set aside for relatives or friends of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Beijing, China Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

Man pleads not guilty to fraud in 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:00

Glenn Adam Chin leaves the federal courthouse in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A pharmacist who worked for the Massachusetts company that sparked a 2012 U.S. Glenn Adam Chin, 46, said in U.S. District Court in Boston that he was "not guilty" of charges he knowingly shipped a tainted steroid that sickened 700 people in 20 states. He has been confined to his Canton, Massachusetts, home since officials pulled him off a plane last week at the start of what was to be a family trip to Hong Kong for a wedding.

NASA's newest human spacecraft on the move

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 23:51

NASA's Orion spacecraft, preparing for it's first flight, departs the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building on its way to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Orion is scheduled for a test flight in early December. (AP Photo/John Raoux)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is one step closer to launching its newest spacecraft designed for humans.

Rail union rejects deal that allowed one-man crews

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 23:45

Rail union rejects deal that allowed one-man crewsOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A railroad union has rejected a deal with BNSF that would have allowed one-person crews on as much as 60 percent of its tracks.

Authorities: Iowa shooter committed suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 23:34

In this combination of photos provided by the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press are Larry Koos, left, and Francis Glaser. Authorities say Glaser, an Iowa man angry about his property taxes, pulled a gun and fired at the county assessor during a public meeting Tuesday in Maquoketa, Iowa. Glaser missed and Koos, a county supervisor, stepped in and was killed by a second shot during a struggle, authorities say. (AP Photo/Maquoketa Sentinel-Press)MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — A 71-year-old man committed suicide after firing at the county assessor following a meeting at an eastern Iowa county courthouse, authorities said.