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Why would GOP candidate for Missouri governor kill himself?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 09:22

In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich announces his candidacy for governor in St. Louis. Schweich's spokesman said he was taken to a hospital Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 after experiencing what his staff described as a "medical situation" at his home in Clayton, Mo. No other details were released. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's auditor, who fatally shot himself in an apparent suicide, had vowed to take down the state's most powerful politicians and donors, including his fellow Republicans, when he launched an anti-corruption campaign for governor last month.

Reaction to death of the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 09:20
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Reaction to the death of the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who helped transform the University of Notre Dame while serving as its president from 1952 to 1987:

Lawyers: Detained immigrant families in Texas offered bonds

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 09:05
DALLAS (AP) — Attorneys say the federal government is loosening its crackdown on offering bonds for Central American immigrant mothers and children seeking asylum in the U.S., a shift that comes after a federal judge ordered a halt to a detention strategy aimed at deterring other illegal crossings. Immigrant advocates say the effect so far has been minimal: Most families can't afford to post bond anyway.

Rabbi accused of videotaping women resigns from university

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 09:04
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Orthodox rabbi who pleaded guilty to videotaping nude women in a ritual bath in Washington has resigned from his post at Towson University in Maryland.

Two Seattle-area high schools cancel classes after threats

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:55
By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two Seattle-area high schools were evacuated and later canceled classes on Friday after receiving security threats, and another high school in Washington state heightened its security after a threatening message was scrawled on a bathroom wall. Interlake High School in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue was put on lockdown and classroom doors were locked with students inside after administrators were told of an anonymous threat of a school shooting on campus, the Bellevue School District said in a statement on its website. "At this time the District and the Bellevue Police Department have made the decision to close Interlake High for the remainder of the school day and to release students," a statement said. In Des Moines, a city south of Seattle, Mount Rainier High school students were evacuated to nearby schools on Friday morning after the school received a bomb threat, an official with the Highline School District said.

Google's Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:37

File- This Jan. 3, 2013, file photo shows a Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Just three days after saying sexually explicit material would be banned from public Blogger forum sites, Google is backing down. Faced with “a ton of feedback,” Google said Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, that it instead will step up enforcement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Apparently Google bloggers like to post porn. A lot.

Police: 7 fatally shot, gunman dead in southeastern Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:33
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says seven people have been killed in overnight shootings in southeastern Missouri and that the gunman is also dead.

Oregon sheriff investigates case of 'stolen' log cabin

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:21
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Sheriff’s deputies in Oregon are investigating the peculiar case of a log cabin that was reported stolen only to be found two days later less than a mile from where it was taken, authorities said Friday. The mystery began earlier this week when a man identifying himself as a co-owner of the vacant cabin, which occupied about 1,400 square feet on a remote lot some 270 miles south of Portland, had been snatched from its foundation. "I’ve seen a lot of scams but I’ve never seen an entire house gone missing," Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah, who has spent 40 years in law enforcement. It had been jacked up and hauled off by a hired logging company, Detective Eric Shepherd said.  It turned out, Shepherd said, that one of three individuals claiming to hold title to the cabin had sold the property to a fourth person without informing the putative co-owner who had discovered it missing.

Wyly brothers ordered to give up $299 million in fraud suit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:17
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered a prominent Texas businessman and his brother's estate to pay $299 million after a federal jury New in York found they engaged in a massive fraud to evade taxes.

Crews battle 2-alarm fire in Tredyffrin Township

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:09

Crews battle 2-alarm fire in Tredyffrin TownshipFirefighters in Chester County battled a 2-alarm blaze that spread to three homes.

What happens if U.S. Homeland Security funding lapses?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:01
(Reuters) - The U.S. Congress was scrambling before a deadline at midnight on Friday to pass a $39.7 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which is charged with securing U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters. The following is a rundown of what would likely happen if spending authority at the U.S. domestic security agency is allowed to expire, based on the agency's own contingency plans and congressional researchers: FLIGHTS Most DHS employees would stay on the job, especially those involved in securing and protecting airports, borders and other ports of entry into the United States. Transportation Security Administration passenger screenings and the Federal Air Marshal Service would continue uninterrupted as would Coast Guard operations and disaster relief.

Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:00

A cyclist rides by a sign at a gas station in Los Angeles posting the latest gas prices on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Gas prices in California soared overnight as a result of a combination of supply-and-demand factors worsened by the shutdown of two refineries that produce a combined 16 percent of the state’s gasoline. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest.

Eight dead in door-to-door Missouri shooting spree

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:53
A man armed with a handgun went on a house-to-house shooting spree in a rural Missouri town, killing seven relatives and neighbors before taking his own life, officials said on Friday. All of those killed by the gunman, identified as Joseph Aldridge, 36, lived within a few miles of each other in the tiny community of Tyrone, an unincorporated area with a population of about 50, authorities said. Authorities said the motive was unclear and declined to comment on whether the murders had been triggered by the death of Aldridge's mother, who was found at her home. Authorities said she may have died from natural causes.

House rejects stopgap security agency funding, partial shutdown looms

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:52

Boehner returns to his office after a visit to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives on Friday failed to approve a stopgap funding bill for the U.S. domestic security agency in an embarrassing setback for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, increasing the threat of a partial agency shutdown at midnight. With just hours left before spending authority expires for the Department of Homeland Security, a three-week spending bill was rejected in the House by a 224-203 vote that left lawmakers few options ahead of the deadline. The vote sent lawmakers scrambling to determine their next steps in a political battle that was originally triggered by Republican efforts to block funding for Democratic President Barack Obama's executive orders last November on immigration by attaching provisions to the department's spending bill. Boehner, who has struggled to control conservatives in his party who considered any compromise on immigration a surrender to Obama, left the House chamber and refused to comment before the final vote was announced.

Adoption by same-sex parent recognized by Alabama appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:50

A box of cupcakes are seen topped with icons of same-sex couples at City Hall in San FranciscoAn Alabama appeals court ruled on Friday that the state must recognize the out-of-state adoption of three children by the estranged wife of their birth mother, lawyers for the plaintiff said. The decision comes as a handful of Alabama judges have refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a federal ruling, and as another same-sex couple in Mobile has sued seeking similar adoption rights. Alabama this month became the 37th state where gay marriage is legal after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay a federal ruling that struck down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. Despite that, Roy Moore, the conservative chief justice of the state's Supreme Court, has directed judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Seattle sending elephants to Oklahoma City Zoo

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:40

FILE -- In this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo, Chai, a 35-year-old Asian elephant, holds a pose as she waits for a zookeeper to place hay in a box in her enclosure at the Woodland Park Zoo, in Seattle. The zoo announced Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, that it will send its two endangered Asian elephants, Bamboo and Chai, to the Oklahoma City Zoo so they can be part of a larger social herd. Critics of the zoo's elephant exhibit have argued for years that the exhibit should be closed and the elephants sent to a sanctuary in California. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Like the Supersonics, Seattle's two remaining elephants are relocating to Oklahoma City.

Phillies' Jake Diekman continues to 'gut it out'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:36

Phillies' Jake Diekman continues to 'gut it out'If making it to the Major Leagues and having a successful career is not hard enough, Philadelphia Phillies reliever Jake Diekman is doing it with a chronic disease that he's been suffering from since he was a kid.

Sentence reduced for 2 Supreme Court demonstrators

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two protesters who pleaded guilty to demonstrating inside the Supreme Court have had their sentences reduced from five days in jail to one.

Jury: Billionaire looted mining firm; trial eyed huge home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:31
NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire Ira Rennert plundered a now-bankrupt mining company to pay for personal luxuries, jurors found Friday after a trial that spotlighted one of the world's biggest private homes.

Md. Senate president apologizes for Hitler comment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:29
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has apologized for citing Adolf Hitler while disputing a statement by the state's governor about the number of tax increases in recent years.