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Delhi Uber passenger who alleges driver rape sues in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:35

Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in MadridA passenger who said she had been raped by an Uber driver in India's capital sued the online car service in U.S. federal court on Thursday, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures. In the lawsuit, the woman, who resides in Delhi and was not named, called Uber the "modern day equivalent of electronic hitchhiking." "Buyer beware - we all know how those horror movies end," the suit stated. The woman, who reported being raped and beaten in early December after hailing a ride with the Uber driver, asks for an overhaul of Uber's safety practices, including localized 24-hour customer-support centers and in-car video cameras. India is Uber's largest market outside the United States by the number of cities covered, and the country's radio taxi market is estimated to be worth $6 billion to $9 billion.


Possible Ebola case at UC Davis Medical Center

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:34

Possible Ebola case at UC Davis Medical CenterDoctors at UC Davis Medical Center are testing a patient to see if he or she is carrying the Ebola virus.


FTC settles case against 'revenge porn' site operator

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Colorado man accused of operating a "revenge porn" website has settled with federal regulators who said he broke the law by posting nude pictures of women without their consent or knowledge.

MLK children work to settle dispute over Bible, Nobel prize

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:29
ATLANTA (AP) — The children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are trying to settle a lawsuit over their father's traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize without going to trial, according to a judge's order.

FBI adds suspected Somali-American militant to 'Most Wanted Terrorist' list

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:28
The FBI said on Thursday it added a former Washington, D.C.-area taxi driver, Liban Haji Mohamed, to its list of "Most Wanted Terrorists" and offered a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction. The agency said Mohamed, a Somalia-born naturalized U.S. citizen, was wanted for allegedly providing "material support" to both the Somalia-based Islamist militant group al Shabaab and al Qaeda. An FBI statement said that before leaving the United States in 2012, with the intent of joining al Shabaab in Somalia, Mohamed drove a taxi and lived in the northern Virginia suburbs. He was believed to still be in Somalia, an FBI official said.

McDonald's new CEO faces onslaught of competition

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:27

This Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 photo shows a McDonald's fast food restaurant sign in Chicago. McDonald's Corp. has tapped Steve Easterbrook as its new president and CEO to succeed Don Thompson, who has helmed the burger chain about two and a half years, the company announced Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's new boss must feel like a freshly crowned king under siege.


Survivalist pleads not guilty in Pennsylvania trooper murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:13

Eric Matthew Frein exits the Pike County Courthouse with police officers after an arraignment in Milford, PennsylvaniaBy Joe McDonald MILFORD, Pa. (Reuters) - The Pennsylvania survivalist who eluded a 48-day manhunt after a sniper attack that killed one state trooper and wounded another pleaded not guilty on Thursday to murder charges. Eric Frein, 31, appeared at his arraignment through a video conference from Pike County Correctional Facility, where he is being held without bail. He was asked by Judge Greg Chelak in the Pike County Courthouse whether he wanted to plead not guilty to fatally shooting Corporal Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass on Sept. 12, 2014 during a late night shift change at the Blooming Grove state police barracks.


Casino union protests Taj Mahal cuts outside Icahn office

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:02
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 - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:00

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 - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:00

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 - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 05:00

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 - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:58

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 - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:57

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 - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:52

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 - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:49
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 - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:45
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 - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:44

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 - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:38

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 - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:34

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 - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:32
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.