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Dole owner Murdock rambles in testimony about company buyout

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:08
By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Delaware (Reuters) - Dole Food Co owner David Murdock began a trial on Monday defending his 2013 buyout of the world's largest fruit and vegetable producer with often unfocused testimony about his unusual memory, passion for nutrition and dislike of people talking about his age. A lawsuit brought by shareholders accuses Murdock, 91, of stealing Dole out from under them in a management buyout for $1.6 billion, or $13.50 per share. Shareholder attorney Stuart Grant pressed Murdock for more than five hours in a Delaware Court trying to establish that he dominated the Dole board before he privatized the company. "You always try to make me look dishonest." Grant replied, "I don't need to do that, you do it on your own." Grant's comment drew a warning from Travis Laster, the Court of Chancery judge.

Beloved K9 gets police escort to be euthanized at clinic

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:08

In this Feb. 13, 2015, photo Canine Officer Shane Stephenson of the South Portland Police Department spends a moment with Sultan, a retired police dog that became his pet, before he carried the dog into the Yarmouth Veterinary Center where he was euthanized in Yarmouth, Maine. Dozens of officers and firefighters turned out this month to pay their respects to Sultan, a 13-year-old German shepherd who sniffed out drugs and bad guys with the Yarmouth Police Department. (AP Photo/The Press Herald, Shawn Patrick Ouellette) MANDATORY CREDITYARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A beloved K9 suffering from seizures and arthritis received a final salute and a police escort, with lights flashing, to the Maine vet clinic where he was euthanized.

US Marine gets 2 years in prison for disappearing in Iraq, Lebanon a decade ago

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:01
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — US Marine gets 2 years in prison for disappearing in Iraq, Lebanon a decade ago.

Obama takes aim at brokers' fees on U.S. retirement accounts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:59

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. brokers and financial advisers would face new constraints under a plan President Barack Obama put forward on Monday to reduce conflicts of interest and "hidden fees" that cost Americans billions of dollars in retirement savings every year. In proposing the rules, Obama said he sought to protect Americans from being steered into costly retirement investments that produced high commissions for brokers but low returns for investors preparing for retirement. Democrats and Republicans are trying to position themselves as champions of the middle class in the run-up to the November 2016 presidential election. The proposed rules, which the Department of Labor is expected to submit formally in the coming months, will inject political pressure into an already intense debate over brokers' obligations.

2 arrested after gun shop standoff ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:54

2 arrested after gun shop standoff ID'dThe two men arrested following a standoff at a Bucks County gun shop have been identified.

Oregon police probing leaks of embattled ex-governor's emails

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:54
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon State Police are investigating the leak of personal emails of embattled former Governor John Kitzhaber, and two employees for the agency that was archiving the emails have been placed on administrative leave, state officials said on Monday.  Kitzhaber resigned last week amid state and federal criminal probes into an influence-peddling scandal involving allegations that his fiancée used her unpaid position in the governor’s office for personal financial gain.  "Oregon State Police is investigating the recent information security breach,” Matt Shelby, spokesman for Oregon Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan, said in a statement, adding that Jordan requested the criminal investigation last week. Meanwhile, two employees for Enterprise Technology Services, the state agency in charge of archiving the emails, have been placed on paid administrative leave pending a personnel review, Shelby said, declining to give further details.

Building, covered in ice after fire, being knocked down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:54

Building, covered in ice after fire, being knocked downThe West Philadelphia building that became encased in ice following a fire last week is coming down.

Ice storm hits parts of Texas, canceling flights, crippling traffic

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:40
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - An ice storm battered parts of Texas on Monday, knocking out power to thousands of homes, causing hundreds of traffic accidents and prompting more than 1,500 flight cancellations. A large section of the U.S. South from Arkansas to North Carolina was expected to experience freezing temperatures and winter storms on Monday, the National Weather Service said. Snow and freezing rain fell in parts of New Mexico, and Colorado, Utah and northern Arizona were also under winter storm warnings, the weather service said. At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the busiest in the United States and a hub for American Airlines, nearly 1,100 flights were canceled as of 3 p.m. CST (2100 GMT), according to tracking service

Vermont auditor: MIT economist Gruber may have padded bills

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:39
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who made national headlines last year for talking about "the stupidity of the American voter" was a target Monday in a report from the Vermont state auditor saying the economist may have padded his bills to the state.

Judge to Gov. Christie: put more money in pension funds

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:36

 put more money in pension fundsRepublican Gov. Chris Christie and the state's Democrat-controlled Legislature must find $1.57 billion to put into pension funds for retired public workers.

Arrest made in dog mauling that critically injured woman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:24
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman was arrested Monday after police say her four mixed breed pit bulls attacked a 65-year-old Las Vegas woman last week, leaving her critically wounded and in danger of losing her arm and eye.

Ohio adjusts tax quiz questions, standards after confusion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:23
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials have tweaked questions on a new quiz used by the state to catch phony income-tax returns.

Nate Allen cleared of all wrongdoing in Fort Myers incident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:13

Nate Allen cleared of all wrongdoing in Fort Myers incidentAction News has learned that Philadelphia Eagles safety Nate Allen has been cleared of any wrongdoing after being accused of a lewd act, which led to him being detained by police in Fort Myers, Florida last week.

U.S. lawmakers seeks congressional hearing on ‘superbug’ outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:13

People walk past the entrance to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. lawmaker on Monday called on the Congress to investigate the medical scopes blamed for an outbreak of a bacterial "superbug" at a University of California, Los Angeles hospital that has infected seven patients. Representative Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, said in a letter asking for a congressional oversight committee hearing that the outbreak of the drug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, bacteria posed "both health and national security" risks. Officials say the duodenoscopes, which are inserted down a patient's throat during gastrointestinal procedures, spread the antibiotic-resistant bacteria to seven patients at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, contributing to two deaths.

Feds: Damage from NY train-car collision cost railroad $3.7M

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:11
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal investigators say the fiery collision between a commuter train and an SUV that killed six people in the New York City suburbs cost the railroad about $3.7 million.

Alicia Vitarelli reports live from L.A. post-Oscars

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:06

Alicia Vitarelli reports live from L.A. post-OscarsAlicia Vitarelli reports live from LA following the Oscars, and visits Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan!

Cecily Tynan battles back from torn ACL

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:05

Cecily Tynan battles back from torn ACLYou've probably noticed that Action News meteorologist Cecily Tynan hasn't been here for a few weeks.

Correction: Recession City Revisited story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:05

FILE - In this June 5, 2008 file photo, a sign hangs outside a bookstore in downtown Wilmington, Ohio When DHL switched its ground sorting and handling to UPS in 2008, the area lost about 7,000 ABX Air and ASTAR Air Cargo jobs at the Wilmington Air Park. Ohio governor John Kasich will spotlight the slowly rebounding city by delivering his State of the State address there Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — In a story Feb. 22 about the recession-battered city of Wilmington, The Associated Press erroneously reported the mayor's first name. His name is Randy Riley, not Richard Riley.

Mississippi auto parts workers in union drive plan protest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:01
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Workers at an automotive seat factory in Mississippi are protesting what they say are low wages and poor working conditions as they attempt to unionize in what could become a new front for the United Auto Workers in the state.

US seeks stay of ruling on Obama immigration action

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:59
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government asked a federal judge Monday to lift his temporary hold on President Barack Obama's action to shield millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation.