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California fraud defendant charged with plotting to kill witnesses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:43
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California man awaiting trial for insurance fraud and other charges was indicted for plotting with other inmates to kill nine witnesses set to testify against him, prosecutors said on Friday. Charles Waldo was indicted by a grand jury with nine counts of solicitation to commit murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder on Wednesday, Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson said in a statement. Those counts are in addition to 50 other charges already filed against Waldo. ...

News Guide: A look at latest Ebola developments

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:36

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Washington. Obama signed an executive order to improve security measures for government credit and debit cards. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Barack Obama turned to a trusted adviser to lead the nation's Ebola response as public-health officials expanded their containment efforts to include a cruise ship at sea and multiple airline flights. The World Health Organization admitted making mistakes in failing to control the outbreak still spreading in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.


3 day care workers accused of hanging boy on door

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:28
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Three day care workers in Massachusetts have been fired, accused of hanging a toddler from a doorknob by his shirt and then taking photos and video.

California police identify remains of missing Saudi student

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:06

Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police said on Friday they had identified the remains of a man found alongside a freeway in a Southern California desert city as those of a college student from Saudi Arabia who went missing in September. Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, 23, was last seen at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Reseda on Sept. 17, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Authorities discovered his body in Palm Desert, roughly 125 miles (200 km) to the southeast, on Thursday. ...


Skimpy weapons video involving servicemen investigated in Utah

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:04
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Images of gun-toting women wearing camouflage bikinis and riding in a tank at a Utah target range have prompted an investigation into whether National Guard and state police gear and uniforms were improperly used in the photo shoot, officials said Friday. The photos were to appear in the 2015 "Hot Shots Calendar," produced by a company of the same name, to raise money for wounded veterans charities in Britain and the United States, according its website. ...

Ebola causing some people to change travel plans

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:53

FILE- In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard Health Technician Nathan Wallenmeyer, left, and CBP supervisor Sam Ko conduct prescreening measures on a passenger, right, who arrived from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 in Chicago. Officials recommend against travel to the West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the epicenter of the epidemic. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Melissa Maraj, File)DALLAS (AP) — Travel agents say customers are asking whether it's safe to fly, and what steps they should take to guard against Ebola.


Eye of Hurricane Gonzalo over Bermuda: U.S. National Hurricane Center

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:38
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The large eye of Gonzalo, a Category 2 hurricane packing 110 miles-per-hour (175-kph) winds, made a direct hit on Bermuda on Friday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The center warned that once the eye had passed, the islands would be lashed with damaging winds and a life-threatening storm surge. (This version of the story corrects to Category 2 from Category 1 in first paragraph) (Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington; Editing by Eric Beech)

VIDEO: Dann Cuellar reports on Ebola from Dallas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:30

 Dann Cuellar reports on Ebola from DallasAction News reporter Dann Cuellar covers the latest on Ebola virus in America from Dallas.


Corrections officer found dead in Southwest Philadelphia home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:30

Corrections officer found dead in Southwest Philadelphia homeA corrections officer was found murdered in her Southwest Philadelphia home and police believe she knew her killer.


Woman shot in chest, killed in Chester

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:29

Woman shot in chest, killed in ChesterA woman is dead after she was shot in the chest on a porch in Chester.


Clinton returns to Arkansas to boost Democrats

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:22

Democratic candidate for Arkansas governor Mike Ross, right, speaks at a political rally in Hot Springs, Ark., as former President Bill Clinton listens Friday, Oct.17, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Bill Clinton kicked off his second campaign swing through Arkansas this month on Friday, as the former president aggressively delved into his home state's politics to boost a slate of candidates with whom he boasts longstanding ties.


Center of Hurricane Gonzalo moves over Bermuda

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:19
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Gonzalo is roaring toward the British territory of Bermuda as a powerful Category 4 storm and forecasters say it will likely bring damaging winds and life-threatening storm surge to the island in coming hours.

Courts knock down gay marriage bans in Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:14

Larry Ferri and Brandi Morris hold large rainbow flag as gay couples marry outside of Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office in CharlotteBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Barriers to gay marriage fell in Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming on Friday following a series of federal court actions in the latest in a series of legal victories for supporters of same-sex matrimony in America. In Arizona, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick wrote in a ruling made public on Friday that the state's curbs on gay marriage were "unconstitutional by virtue of the fact that they deny same-sex couples the equal protection of the law." Same-sex couples in the state began getting married right away. ...


WHO faulted for Ebola failures as Obama taps czar

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:56

Jeff Hulbert, of Annapolis, Md., protests U.S. handling of Ebola cases outside of the White House Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America's frenzied response to the epidemic.


Woman struck by car on Broad Street

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:49

Woman struck by car on Broad StreetA woman was hospitalized in critical condition after she was struck by a car in Philadelphia's Logan section.


UN now training Ebola survivors to help with care

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:48
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has begun training Ebola survivors to help respond to the soaring number of cases in West Africa, because people who've lived through the experience are now immune to the disease, UNICEF's crisis communications chief told reporters Friday.

Prosecutors: Suspect plotted to kill 9 witnesses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:46
MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man awaiting trial for insurance fraud has been charged with plotting to kill nine witnesses set to testify against him.

Container ship adrift off British Columbia coast

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:41

In this aerial photo provided by the Department of National Defense Maritime Forces Pacific, a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter flies near a Russian container ship, carrying hundreds of tons of fuel drifting without power in rough seas off British Columbia's northern coast on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The Canadian Forces' joint rescue coordination center in Victoria said the Russian carrier Simushir lost power late Thursday night off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Department of National Defense Maritime Forces Pacific)OLD MASSETT, British Columbia (AP) — A Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was drifting without power in rough seas off British Columbia's pristine, northern coast Friday, raising fears it could run aground and cause a spill.


Corrections officer found dead in her Southwest Philadelphia home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:39

Corrections officer found dead in Southwest Philadelphia homeA corrections officer was found murdered in her Southwest Philadelphia home and police believe she knew her killer.


Ana turns into hurricane off the coast of Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:39

Tourists play in the waves, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hurricane Ana remained far enough away from the Hawaiian islands to allow tourists to enjoy the mostly sunny weather. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The powerful Pacific storm churning toward Hawaii became a hurricane but remained far enough away from the islands to allow tourists to make the most of Friday's remaining sunny weather.