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'Jersey Shore' star Sorrentino hit with tax counts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 04:58

Reporters gather around Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino as he leaves the MLK Jr. Federal Courthouse in Newark, N.J., after a court appearance, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. The former "Jersey Shore" reality series star and his brother underpaid taxes on nearly $9 million in income over the last several years, the U.S. attorney's office charged in a seven-count indictment released Wednesday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former star of the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" and his brother filed bogus tax returns on nearly $9 million and claimed millions in business expenses — including luxury vehicles and clothing — that were actually for personal use, according to an indictment released Wednesday.

Texas jury starts deliberations in poisoned coffee case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 04:56
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas jury began deliberations on Wednesday in the case of a Houston breast cancer specialist charged with spiking the coffee of her lover, a fellow cancer specialist, with a compound used in antifreeze. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, a 43-year-old oncologist with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is accused of lacing the coffee of Dr. George Blumenschein, 50, with ethylene glycol in 2013. Gonzalez-Angulo is charged with aggravated assault of a family member, which covers domestic violence in dating relationships. ...

Revel casino auction to continue on Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 04:31
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A bankruptcy court auction for Revel, the failed luxury casino-hotel on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, will resume on Tuesday.

Philadelphia judge pleads guilty to fraud counts after FBI sting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 04:28
By Jeffrey B. Roth (Reuters) - A Philadelphia municipal court judge pleaded guilty on Wednesday to wire fraud and mail fraud charges after a year-long FBI sting operation that caught him soliciting cash payments and seeking to influence pending cases. Prosecutors alleged that Joseph C. Waters Jr., a Democrat who was elected in 2009, contacted two other judges in an attempt to sway the outcome of a litigation involving a Philadelphia businessman, according to court documents. FBI investigators secretly recorded the calls. The wire fraud charge involved a fictitious gun-possession case. ...

Man indicted for quadruple slayings in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 04:24
HUDSON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida grand jury has indicted a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, her parents and her new boyfriend.

Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 software update for iPhones

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 04:21

Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 software update for iPhonesApple has stopped providing an update to its new iOS 8 mobile operating software, following complaints that the update interferes with users' ability to make phone calls.

Quarterman, regulator for U.S. oil trains, to step down: sources

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 04:18
By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cynthia Quarterman, the federal regulator who oversaw expansion of the U.S. oil train sector and the fallout from several fiery derailments, will step down, two sources familiar with her intentions said on Wednesday. As administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) since November 2009, Quarterman has been a leading safety official as oil train deliveries from North Dakota neared 750,000 barrels a day and spectacular derailments in the United States and Canada raised concerns about such shipments. ...

Ohio grand jury decides not to charge officers in Walmart shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 04:13
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - An Ohio grand jury on Wednesday decided not to press charges against two police officers who fatally shot a man while he held a pellet gun at a Dayton-area Walmart in August, prosecutors said. A special Green County grand jury voted not to indict two Beavercreek officers who shot and killed John Crawford III, 22, on Aug. 5 as he held a BB gun inside a local Walmart store, special prosecutor Mark Piepmeier told a news conference. "Based on the information the responding officers had and Mr. ...

Police believe they spotted ambush suspect Eric Frein

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 04:08

Police believe they spotted ambush suspect Eric FreinOfficers believe they spotted the suspect accused in the fatal ambush of a trooper, but it was from a distance and he eluded them, Pennsylvania State Police said Wednesday.

Report: Admission of uninsured at hospitals dips

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 04:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says the number of uninsured patients admitted into hospitals has dropped markedly this year, reducing charity care and bad debt cases particularly in states that have expanded Medicaid coverage under the new federal health care law.

1 injured in explosion at Nevada plastics plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 04:03
MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say one employee is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.

Huge California mudslide may have been triggered by drought

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 03:59

Handout photo of mud covering Pilgrim Peak Road near Mount Shasta(Reuters) - (Story corrects first two paragraphs to say "National Forest" instead of "National Park") California's three-year drought might have triggered Mount Shasta's worst mudslide in two decades which damaged hiking trails and forced two roads to close over the weekend, a National Forest spokeswoman said on Monday. Mud and debris began flowing down Mud Creek Canyon on the southeast side of Mt. Shasta, a 14,000-foot volcano about 50 miles south of the Oregon border, on Saturday afternoon and continued through the night, Shasta-Trinity National Forest spokeswoman Andrea Capps said. ...

White House tells universities to police work on dangerous pathogens

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 03:40
By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday charged U.S. universities with policing their research on dangerous pathogens that could be used both for legitimate purposes and for biowarfare or bioterrorism. The long-awaited guidelines, issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, lay out a framework for university safety review boards to identify research that falls into this category, known as "dual use research of concern." Such research must be reported to the federal government, the policy states. ...

Wiz Khalifa's wife files to end marriage to rapper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 03:39

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Wiz Khalifa, left, and Amber Rose arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Rose filed for divorce from Khalifa on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. The model cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the couple's breakup after a year of marriage. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Model Amber Rose is ending her yearlong marriage to rapper Wiz Khalifa.

Apple pulls software update for iPhones

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 03:38
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has stopped providing an update to its new iOS 8 mobile operating software, following complaints that the update interferes with users' ability to make phone calls.

Judge OKs Minnesota teen move in school bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 03:38
WASECA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota teen accused of plotting to kill his family and classmates will be transferred to a new facility.

U.S. immigration agents arrest 19 for human rights violations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 03:36

Agent Manny Villalobos suits up for his night patrol along the international border between Mexico and the United States near San DiegoBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. immigration agents have arrested 19 fugitives sought for human rights violations committed in other countries, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Wednesday. Arrested last week during Operation No Safe Haven, the first nationwide crackdown of its kind, the 19 have outstanding removal orders and are subject to being deported, the agency said in a statement. Eight of the 19 are also convicted criminals. Those arrested and their home countries were not identified. ...

California town approves coyote trapping after spike in pet attacks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 03:32
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Officials in a Southern California suburb beset by a surge in coyote attacks on pets, including a small dog snatched from its owner's living room, have approved a plan to trap and kill some of the wild canines roaming the town. The City Council of Seal Beach, a seaside community of about 25,000 residents south of Los Angeles, took the action this week following an uproar over a rise in coyotes venturing into neighborhoods to prey on dogs and cats. ...

Two victims identified in shooting at UPS facility in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 03:27

Police vehicles are seen outside a UPS service center following a deadly shooting in Birmingham, AlabamaBy Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday released the names of the victims killed a day earlier in a murder-suicide at a UPS facility in Alabama, where police said an employee who had been fired shot dead two supervisors before turning the gun on himself. The victims in the Tuesday shooting in Birmingham were Doug Hutcheson, 33, and Brian Callans, 46, the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office said. ...

DC police to start wearing body cameras

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 03:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 160 District of Columbia police officers will wear cameras that record them performing their duties as part of a six-month pilot program.