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Judge denies hold-out Detroit creditor motions to block evidence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:46

A vacant and blighted home, covered with red spray paint, sits alone in an east side neighborhood once full of homes in DetroitDETROIT (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday denied motions by two bond insurance companies that sought to block Detroit from presenting certain evidence at a key hearing on the city's plan to exit bankruptcy. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes said that while he rejected the motions by Syncora Guarantee Inc and Financial Guaranty Insurance Co, the companies were not precluded from bringing up their objections during the confirmation hearing on Detroit's debt adjustment plan. (Reporting By Karen Pierog; Editing by Tom Brown)

School starts in Chicago with more safety guards

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:44

Keonya Wells walks her son Joseph Toney to school along a safe passage route as Chicago Public School community watch person Keisha Powe stands guard Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Chicago. Chicago children returned to school Tuesday walking past even more guards than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — School opened in Chicago on Tuesday, with children and parents making their way past security guards whose bright neon vests served as a reminder of the city's efforts to protect students from the violence that plagues its streets.

Securing release of Americans held in North Korea a top priority: White House

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:43

U.S. missionary Bae appears before a limited number of media outlets in PyongyangSecuring the release of the three Americans detained in North Korea is a top priority, the White House said on Tuesday. "We continue to do all we can to secure their earliest possible release." On Monday, three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with U.S.

Photos of alleged 9/11 '20th hijacker' can stay classified: court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:41
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday said photos of a Saudi national imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay who U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the government plausibly showed that releasing images of Mohammed al-Qahtani, who was subject to interrogation techniques that a government official likened to torture, could endanger military personnel, diplomats and workers in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents al-Qahtani in a federal lawsuit in Washington, D.C. over his treatment, had sought the disclosure of photographs, videos and other audiovisual evidence of his confinement conditions under the federal Freedom of Information Act. Writing for a three-judge panel, however, Circuit Judge José Cabranes said the release "could logically and plausibly harm national security because these images are uniquely susceptible to use by anti-American extremists as propaganda to incite violence against United States interests domestically and abroad." Al-Qahtani has been held since February 2002 at the U.S.

Pentagon: death of al Shabaab leader in U.S. strike would be major blow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:38
The Pentagon is assessing whether an airstrike on an encampment in Somalia killed al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, but if confirmed the militant's death would represent a "very significant" blow to the group, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Rear Admiral John Kirby told a Pentagon briefing that the U.S.

Maryland doc facing sex charge surrenders license

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:35

FILE - This June 10, 2014 file photo shows Dr. William Dando outside the Allegany County Courthouse in Cumberland, Md. A western Maryland physician at the center of a medical licensing scandal is surrendering his license to practice medicine to resolve charges that he molested a female patient. Attorneys for Dr. William Dando and the Allegany County State's Attorney's office announced the deal at a court hearing Tuesday in Cumberland. (AP Photo/David Dishneau, File)CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A suspended physician at the center of a state licensing scandal agreed Tuesday to permanently surrender his Maryland medical license to resolve charges he sexually assaulted a female patient at a walk-in clinic in April.

Texas voter ID trial opens in U.S. court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:29

a lawsuit against the Voter ID billDistrict Court in Corpus Christi stems from a battle over stringent voter ID measures signed into law by Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, in 2011. The law requires voters to present a photo ID such as a concealed handgun license or driver's license, but it excludes student IDs as invalid. "Although Texas has yet to identify a single instance of in-person voter fraud, the state nevertheless insists that a racially discriminatory photo ID law is necessary to prevent it," said Natasha Korgaonkar, assistant counsel with the civil rights group NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Amtrak asks for probe of Illinois line delays on CN Rail track

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:28
In a complaint filed on Aug. 29, Amtrak said it wants the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to investigate CN for causing delays on its Illini and Saluki lines, which travel on CN-owned track between Chicago and Carbondale, Illinois. A spokesman for Montreal-based CN said that the company would respond to Amtrak's investigation request, but had no further comment.

U.S. cannot verify video purporting to show beheading of U.S. hostage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday said it could not immediately confirm reports that Islamic State had released a video purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing that if there is such a video, it would be analyzed very carefully, adding that the administration's thoughts and prayers were with Sotloff's family. Shortly before the briefing, the SITE monitoring service said the militant group had released the video. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Tray Vous recalls stroller trays because of strangulation risk

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:19
Tray Vous LLC is recalling snack and activity trays for strollers because of a strangulation risk for children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday. The opening between the tray and the stroller seat allows a child's body to pass through but could trap a child's head, the commission said in a statement.

Study links polar vortex chills to melting sea ice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:18

FILE - This Jan. 10, 2014 file photo shows the US side of Niagara Falls in New York beginning to thaw after the recent "polar vortex" that affected millions in the US and Canada. Remember the polar vortex, the huge mass of Arctic air that can plunge much of the U.S. into the deep freeze? You might have to get used to it. we should see more of these in the future because a study partially links these polar vortex related cold outbreaks to loss of sea ice off Russia as the world gets warmer. But we have to note that last year’s polar vortex chill was slightly different and not connected to sea ice loss, researchers say. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember the polar vortex, the huge mass of Arctic air that can plunge much of the U.S. into the deep freeze? You might have to get used to it.

Quake jolts, doesn't stop 2014 Napa harvest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:17

Quake jolts, doesn't stop 2014 Napa harvestNAPA, Calif. (AP) — The first pinot noir grapes of the season came in to Trefethen Family Vineyards as usual, glistening purple mounds stacked in white bins.

Family: Joan Rivers on life support

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:16

 Joan Rivers on life supportJoan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office.

Report blames coal ash for cancers at Pennsylvania prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:12
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A high rate of cancer among inmates at a southwestern Pennsylvania prison is linked to a nearby coal ash dump, and the correctional facility should be closed down, according to a report made public on Tuesday. Eleven prisoners died of cancer from 2010 through 2013, and six others have been diagnosed with cancer at the State Correctional Institution Fayette, said the report, released by the Abolitionist Law Center, a public interest law firm based in Pittsburgh, and the Human Rights Coalition, a national prison reform group. SCI Fayette has a higher inmate death rate than all but two other prisons in the state, both of which have high geriatric populations, it said. A 12-month investigation found that blowing coal ash was the most likely cause of the inmate cancers as well as other illnesses at the facility.

A guide to the trial over Texas' Voter ID law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:58
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A major election year in Texas largely has overshadowed the trial to determine the fate of the state's tough new voter identification law, but U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi is presiding over a case to determine whether the measure safeguards ballot integrity or discriminates against minorities by imposing a mandate that suppresses turnout.

Police: Man left child in car at Delaware casino

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:55

 Man left child in car at Delaware casinoDelaware State Police have arrested a Maryland man for leaving his child unattended in a car while he was gambling in a casino.

Seismic activity calms down near Iceland volcano

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:37

In this aerial view, fountains of lava, up to 60 meters high, spurt from a fissure in the ground on the north side of the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The alert warning for the area surrounding Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano remained at orange on Tuesday, indicating that it is showing increased unrest with greater potential for an explosive eruption. (AP Photo/Stefano Di Nicolo)LONDON (AP) — Experts say the seismic activity near the Bardarbunga volcano on Iceland is calming down while tall fountains of fire and lava continue to lick the air along a volcanic fissure, producing a huge plume of steam and gas.

ABC News: New video appears to show execution of Steven Sotloff by ISIS

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:35

New video appears to show execution of Steven Sotloff by ISISA new video appears to show the execution of Steven Sotloff, the second American killed by a self-professed member of the Islamist terror group ISIS.

Last call at Atlantic City's Revel: a few bettors, $5 bottles, state cops

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:32

People walk on the boardwalk in front of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic CityBy Daniel Kelley ATLANTIC CITY N.J. (Reuters) - Shortly before sunrise on Tuesday, Morgan Capezzera reclined on the roulette table at the Revel Casino in her bikini and snapped a selfie before the Atlantic City gambling hall shut its doors for good. "I love Revel," said Capezzera, 30, of Toms River, New Jersey, who spent most of the day at the casino. "I lost, but I don't care." She was one of few fans who came out for the closing night of a two-year-old casino once heralded by Governor Chris Christie as a new model for the down-on-its-luck New Jersey shore gambling hub. The $2.4 billion project this year went into bankruptcy for the second time in its short history and is one of four Atlantic City casinos to announce that it would shut its doors this year, taking a heavy toll on the budget in a city where the property tax base is expected to fall to $10 billion by 2015, less than half its 2010 level.

Midday Glance: Silver companies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:22
Shares of some top silver companies are down at 1 p.m.: Hecla Mining Co. fell $.13 or 3.8 percent, to $3.15. Pan American Silver Corp. fell $.15 or 1.0 percent, to $14.21. Silver Standard Resources Inc. ...