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FCC takes aim at annoying telemarketing calls

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 06:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — Those automated phone calls during the dinner hour, late at night or to your wireless phone can be so frustrating — and the government is taking note.

U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in nine states

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 06:36
By Phil Stewart and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. military facility in Utah mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to private laboratories in nine U.S. states and a U.S. military base in South Korea, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. The four face "minimal" risk, said Jason McDonald, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has begun an investigation of the incident. When anthrax becomes airborne, it can cause a deadly illness called inhalation anthrax.

Burlington City plans to upgrade Delaware Riverfront area

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 06:31

Burlington City plans to upgrade Delaware Riverfront areaThe Delaware Riverfront in Burlington is a beautiful piece of property with a great view and the city plans to make the most of it.


FIFA officials arrested at Swiss hotel in corruption probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 06:19

FIFA officials arrested at Swiss hotel in corruption probeThe U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer's global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.


Police: Pair who rode with Wal-Mart gunman didn't know plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 06:13

In this photo provided by WDAZ-WDAY TV Grand Forks-Fargo, police investigate the scene of a shooting at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Grand Forks, N.D. Grand Forks Police said the deadly shooting occurred a few minutes after 1 a.m. (Matt Henson/WDAZ-WDAY TV Grand Forks-Fargo via AP) MANDATORY CREDITBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two people who were in the car with a U.S. airman when he drove to a North Dakota Wal-Mart and opened fire inside the store in an apparently random shooting had no idea what he was about to do, police said Wednesday.


Islamic State sympathizers may have made airline threats: U.S. officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 06:13
Islamic State sympathizers may have been behind more than a dozen threats in the last two days to international flights using U.S. airports or flying over American airspace, U.S. law enforcement and security officials said on Wednesday. The officials said that after 11 threats were received by U.S. law enforcement officers on Monday, at least four more were phoned in late on Tuesday.

APNewsBreak: Records contradict claim in St. Louis baby case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 06:10

FILE - In this April 29, 2015 file photo, Zella Jackson Price poses for a photo at her attorney’s office in Clayton, Mo. Price claims that her baby was stolen at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in 1965 after she was told the infant died, but a letter obtained by The Associated Press cites records that say she abandoned but baby at a different St. Louis hospital. Price says the May 21 letter to her daughter from the juvenile division of family court in St. Louis is rife with inaccuracies. Her lawyer says the records could have been falsified as part of a cover-up. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri adoption records contradict a St. Louis woman's claim that her baby was stolen at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in 1965 after she was told the newborn had died.


Abuse victims find support on social media

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 06:09

Abuse victims find support on social mediaIt was once something barely talked about in the open, but now some social media sites are making it easier for victims of abuse to find support.


Tests show Lockheed’s F-35B ‘right at home at sea,’ U.S. Marines say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 06:07
By Andrea Shalal ABOARD THE USS WASP (Reuters) - Nearly two weeks of testing of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35B fighter jet on an amphibious assault carrier proved the stealthy new warplane can operate and be serviced at sea, U.S. and UK officials said this week, marking another step toward the jet's readiness for initial combat use by the Marine Corps. The jets were due to wrap up a final day of flight tests on Wednesday from the ship, which is operating about 100 miles off the coast of North Carolina, officials said. Lieutenant General Jon Davis, the top Marine in charge of aviation, told reporters on the ship that the testing showed “the airplane is right at home at sea." The reporters were ferried to and from the Wasp on Tuesday while it was conducting tests at sea.

Four people in U.S. may be taking medication after anthrax mishap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 05:59
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have so far recommended that four civilians take precautionary medication after a U.S. military facility in Utah mistakenly shipped live samples of anthrax, instead of inactive ones, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, did not describe the medication, saying only that it was a form of "preventative prophylaxis." (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Former LAPD cop caught in Mexico was living with family members

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 05:58

Handout photograph of former Los Angeles police officer Henry Solis, 27, after being detained in Ciudad JuarezBy Phoenix Tso LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former Los Angeles police officer who was arrested in Mexico on a murder warrant had been living there with family members after fleeing Southern California and was caught when law enforcement officials got a tip about his whereabouts, the FBI said on Wednesday. Henry Solis, 27, was taken into custody in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on Tuesday afternoon by local police and handed over to Mexican immigration authorities, who deported him to the United States that night, said Robert Clark, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles office.


Tulsa County Sheriff's Office gets 3 proposals for review

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 05:58
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday it has received proposals from three national firms on how to overhaul the agency in the wake of the shooting death of an unarmed man by a reserve deputy.

Pentagon says one anthrax sample sent to South Korea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 05:55
The Pentagon said on Wednesday that a suspected live sample of anthrax was sent to a U.S. base in South Korea, in addition to the samples mistakenly sent to nine U.S. states, but stressed no personnel have shown signs of possible exposure. "The sample was destroyed in accordance with appropriate protocols," said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren, adding the sample was sent to Osan Air Base.

Rash of scooter, motorcycle thefts across Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 05:50

Rash of scooter, motorcycle thefts across PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating a rash of scooter and motorcycle thefts across the city from South Philadelphia to Center City - and most of the bikes were locked up at the time.


Road rage trial begins against son of Allentown police chief

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 05:50

Road rage trial begins against son of Allentown police chiefThe son of Allentown's police chief is on trial for allegedly pointing a gun at two undercover police officers.


Hurricane predictions breeze in: Feds expect light season

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 05:46
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With six to 11 named storms predicted, this year's hurricane season may be slower than average — but officials say that's no reason for Atlantic and Gulf coast residents to rest easy.

Los Angeles considers making property owners fix sidewalks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 05:42
(Reuters) - A Los Angeles official has proposed a novel way to pay for repairs and maintenance of the city's sometimes cracked, crumbling or buckling sidewalks: shift that responsibility to property owners. City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana on Tuesday floated a multi-year sidewalk rebuilding program that would repeal a change to the municipal code that made the city responsible for walkways just over four decades ago. The plan would also meet the requirements to settle a $1.3 billion lawsuit filed by attorneys for the disabled, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Software glitch can cause iPhones to crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 05:41

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, a customer looks at the screen size on the new iPhone 6 Plus while waiting in line to upgrade his iPhone at a Verizon Wireless store in Flowood, Miss. A newly-discovered glitch in Apple's software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)A newly-discovered glitch in Apple's software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message.


AP sources: IRS believes identity thieves from Russia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 05:41

FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS. The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript." In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a sophisticated criminal operation based in Russia, two officials told the Associated Press.


Detective: Canada diplomat's son made threats after shootout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 05:41
MIAMI (AP) — A Miami detective testified Wednesday he was spit upon and threatened with violence by the teenage son of a prominent Canadian diplomat after an alleged drug-related shootout that killed the boy's older brother.