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Casino union protests Taj Mahal cuts outside Icahn office

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 53 min ago
Atlantic City casino workers demonstrated outside the New York City offices of billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Thursday to protest the elimination of benefits at a casino he is poised to acquire.

Suspected Ebola patient admitted to California hospital

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 55 min ago

Microscopic view of Ebola virus (EBOV)By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A patient suspected of being infected with Ebola was admitted on Thursday to the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, the hospital said in a statement. The statement provided no further immediate information about the patient, except to say the individual was transferred on Thursday morning to UC Davis Medical Center from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento with "symptoms consistent with Ebola infection." Hospital spokeswoman Dorsey Griffith said the patient was being tested but she did not know whether the individual had traveled recently in West Africa, epicenter of the worst Ebola epidemic on record.

Woman arrested after frightening road rage incident caught on camera

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 55 min ago

Woman arrested after frightening road rage incident caught on cameraA driver in North Carolina terrorized a woman and her child in what's being described as a road rage confrontation.

FBI releases photos of San Francisco gold nugget thieves

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 55 min ago

In this image from surveillance video released by the FBI, a suspect is seen inside of the Wells Fargo Museum on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in San Francisco. Officials vowed to reopen the popular history museum in the heart of San Francisco's financial district after thieves smashed a stolen vehicle through its front door and made off with historic gold nuggets on display. (AP Photo/FBI)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI has released photos made from surveillance video of three masked thieves stealing historic gold nuggets on display at a San Francisco bank museum after ramming a stolen SUV through its revolving door.

Last-ditch foreclosure hearings draw many Detroit homeowners

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 57 min ago

Homeowners sit in a conference room in Detroit's Cobo Center while waiting for their cases to be heard to avoid foreclosure from tax debts in Detroit Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Hundreds of Detroit homeowners at risk of losing their property are flocking to hearings that offer them a last-ditch chance to avoid foreclosure. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of Detroit homeowners in danger of losing their properties flocked Thursday to hearings that offered a last-ditch chance to avoid foreclosure and to keep the houses from adding to the city's already huge glut of vacant dwellings.

Oklahoma official: Executions could resume with other drugs

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 58 min ago

FILE - In this July 16, 2013 file photo, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in Oklahoma City. While the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether Oklahoma's new lethal injection formula is constitutional, Pruitt said Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, the state will proceed with executions if alternative drugs can be acquired. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of a sedative Oklahoma uses in lethal injections, Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Thursday he will push to resume executions if alternative drugs can be found.

Fort Hood gunman Hasan says he wants to keep top lawyer

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 3 min ago

FILE - This April 9, 2010 file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriffs Department, shows U.S. Maj. Nidal Hasan at the San Antonio to Bell County Jail, in Belton, Texas. Hasan, who killed 13 people in a 2009 shooting spree at a Texas Army base, appeared in court Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he is on military death row. He no longer has the beard he wore during his August 2013 trial, having been forcibly shaved in prison. While he represented himself at trial, Hasan’s appeals are being handled by a team led by Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, who is now a military judge. In his new position, Poppe is subordinate to Col. Tara Osborn, Hasan’s trial judge, who is now the chief trial judge of the Army. Osborn questioned on Thursday whether Poppe could keep handling Hasan’s appeals, a position that requires him to try to find mistakes with Osborn’s handling of the trial.(AP Photo/Bell County Sheriffs Department, File)FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (AP) — The gunman who killed 13 people at a Texas military base in 2009 appeared in court Thursday without the beard he had fought to keep and said he wanted to keep his lead appeals lawyer. A change of counsel could complicate an already delayed review process.

Idaho legislative panel halts gay protections bill

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 6 min ago
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers voted to halt a bill that would create protections for gay and lesbian people Thursday, siding with the concerns of religious freedom supporters.

Family of man killed by police in stairway plans to sue NYC

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 10 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — The family of an unarmed man fatally shot by a police officer in a Brooklyn housing project stairway said Thursday that it intends to file lawsuits seeking $50 million.

Shell says it will drill off Alaska if it can get permits

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 11 min ago

FILE- In this Jan. 30, 2014 file photo Royal Dutch Shell's CEO Ben van Beurden speaks during a press conference in London. Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it will drill off Alaska's northwest coast in 2015 if it can get the permits it needs and drill safely. Speaking in London van Beurden said Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, that Shell will move forward with its plan to use two drill vessels in the Chukchi Sea subject to getting permits and legal clearance. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant,File)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC will move forward with drilling off Alaska's northwest coast if it can obtain permits it needs and drill safely, its chief executive officer said Thursday.

Convicted Fort Hood killer faces military hearing in Kansas

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 18 min ago

Bell County Sheriff's Office photograph of Nidal Hasan(Reuters) - Former U.S. Army major Nidal Hasan appeared in a military court on Thursday for a procedural hearing related to his capital punishment conviction for the 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas that killed 13 people and wounded 32 others. The hearing at a military post in Kansas addressed two administrative matters. Hasan, 44, is being confined in the death sentence inmate housing unit at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where the hearing took place. He was sent to a military prison on the post after being sentenced to death for the killings.

US colleges seek economic diversity in students from China

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 21 min ago

In this Nov. 20, 2014 photo, Yupei Guo, top, greets friend Serene Silin Li at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn. With more undergraduates coming from overseas than ever, some Ivy League universities are reaching out in new ways to attract international students of more varied backgrounds -- and particularly from China, which sends more students to the U.S. than any other country. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds.

Police: Use of force in arrest of woman 'unreasonable'

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 23 min ago
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — An official investigating the arrest of a Virginia woman who said she was bitten by a police dog several times after leaving a party has determined that the use of force in the incident was unreasonable.

Woman pleads guilty to Lake Michigan distress call hoax

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 30 min ago
By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago woman pleaded guilty on Thursday to a federal charge of calling in a fake report that someone had fallen into Lake Michigan, triggering an extensive Coast Guard search that included divers and a helicopter. Leona Chewning, 24, admitted that she purposely sent a false message to the Coast Guard in February 2013 that someone had fallen into Lake Michigan on the city's north side when no one was actually in the lake, prosecutors said in a statement. The rescue effort cost $13,613 with the Coast Guard, state and local authorities responding with an ice and rescue team along with a helicopter and divers, the U.S attorney's office in Chicago said. “False distress calls like this one tie up valuable assets and put our crews at risk since we take every distress call seriously,” said Captain Nicholas Bartolotta, chief of response for the Ninth Coast Guard District, in the prosecutors' statement.

A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for rock pythons in Everglades

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 31 min ago

Edward Mercer, a nonnative wildlife technician with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, holds a Burmese python, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Miami. The invasive Burmese python has proliferated in the Everglades, and officials are now working to keep another species, the Northern African python, from slithering into the same territory. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — For all the danger posed to Florida's Everglades by invasive Burmese pythons, there's one thing researchers don't want to know: how they would interact with another python species that threatens to move into the same territory.

Prosecutor urges lifting Guantanamo ban on women guards touching inmate

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 32 min ago

In this photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, a U.S. soldier guards a gate within the compound ..By Ian Simpson FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A Guantanamo Bay military court order that bars female guards from touching an accused al Qaeda commander violates Pentagon sex discrimination guidelines and means inmates could set prison policies, a prosecutor argued Thursday in a hearing on the ban. Iraqi, who faces war crimes charges, says being touched by female guards violates his Muslim religious beliefs. Prosecutor Army Lieutenant Colonel David Long said the Guantanamo Bay procedures were in line with Supreme Court and other rulings that gave prisons leeway in their rules. The issue arose in October when a female guard tried to shackle Iraqi for the first time since he arrived in Guantanamo Bay in 2007, and he refused.

Bias complaints at Daimler Portland plant settled for $2.4M

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 40 min ago
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Daimler Trucks North America agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle discrimination complaints filed by six minority workers who said they were subjected to threats and racial slurs at the company's Portland plant.

McCord stepping down as Pennsylvania treasurer after 6 years

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 48 min ago

McCord stepping down as Pennsylvania treasurer after 6 yearsPennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord is stepping down from the job after six years in the office, although the Democrat who just ran unsuccessfully for governor gave no indication Thursday what he had planned for his future.

Fans snap up caps designed and worn by Seahawks' Lynch

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 53 min ago

FILE - In this Wednesday Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch gestures at a news conference for NFL football's Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix. The NFL may not like those "Beast Mode" caps Lynch has been wearing during his Super Bowl press appearances, but the fans apparently do. As the league reportedly considers fining Lynch for promoting an unauthorized brand, the New Era Cap Co. is busy making more of the caps after they sold out on Lynch's website. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Hats off to Marshawn Lynch.

Indiana Gov. Pence scraps plan for state-run news website

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 55 min ago

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 file photo, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announces that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has approved the state's waiver request for the plan his administration calls HIP 2.0, during a speech in Indianapolis. Pence said Wednesday that he regrets the "confusion" caused by a memo about a planned state-run news website and will scrap the project if it doesn't "respect the role of a free and independent press." (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence bowed to criticism Thursday, scuttling his plan to develop a state-run news website that had been widely lambasted for its pledge to offer prewritten stories to the media.