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FAA extends ban on US flights to Israel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:45

FAA extends ban on US flights to IsraelThe FAA has extended the ban on US airline flights to Israel for "up to an additional 24 hours."


Senior U.S. Homeland Security cyber official Larry Zelvin to retire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:37
Larry Zelvin, the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's center for countering cyber threats, is retiring next month after a government career of nearly 30 years during which he advised U.S. businesses on fighting hostile hackers. Zelvin helped coordinate efforts to advise U.S. banks as they responded to denial of service attacks believed to have originated from Iran, which disrupted their websites in recent years. He also assisted U.S. retailers looking to prevent cyber attacks on their point of sales systems after last year's unprecedented breach at Target Corp. A spokesman said a successor has not been named to run the agency's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in suburban Maryland, which helps government agencies and private firms identify and respond to cyber attacks.

Twitter admits to diversity problem in workforce

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:34
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter acknowledged that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.

Montana US senator's thesis appears to plagiarize

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:27

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.


Arkansas air base lifts lockdown without incident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:19
By Suzi Parker LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - The Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas lifted a lockdown after 4-1/2 hours on Wednesday when reports of a suspicious individual turned out to be unfounded, the base said in a statement. "We responded with the necessary caution to secure our Airmen, their families and Air Force resources," Colonel Patrick Rhatigan, 19th Airlift Wing commander, said in the statement. During the lockdown from 11:45 a.m. to 4:10 p.m., people on base were told not to leave their buildings. During most of the lockdown, no traffic was allowed on or off the base.

Seven arrests made in $1.6 million StubHub cyberfraud case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:16

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. speaks during a news conference at his office in midtown Manhattan, New YorkBy Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police have arrested seven people on charges they were tied to an international ring that defrauded eBay Inc's StubHub online ticketing service of some $1.6 million, the latest in a string of high-profile cybercrime busts in recent months. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr announced the arrests on Wednesday. They were charged with involvement in a cybercrime ring that used stolen credit card numbers to purchase thousands of tickets to events, including concerts of Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z as well as games for sports teams including the Boston Red Sox and New York Giants, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. StubHub's head of global communications, Glenn Lehrman, told Reuters his firm has been working with law enforcement around the world for the last year on the case.


Ex-Philadelphia Traffic Court judges cleared of main charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:15

Ex-Philadelphia Traffic Court judges cleared of main chargesA jury handed down a mixed verdict Wednesday in the federal trial of six former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges.


Kennedy cousin tries to stop tapes being played in murder retrial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:13

Skakel reacts to being granted bail during his hearing at Stamford Superior Court, in Stamford, ConnecticutBy Richard Weizel STAMFORD Conn. (Reuters) - Michael Skakel, a Kennedy cousin awaiting retrial after serving 11 years in prison for the murder of a teenage girl in Connecticut, wants to stop incriminating audiotapes from being used again as evidence, according to court filings on Wednesday. One of Skakel's attorneys, Stephan Seegar, filed two motions in Stamford's superior court to keep recordings of a 1997 interview with writer Richard Hoffman from being presented as evidence, as they were during Skakel's first trial in 2002. The tapes include Skakel describing how he masturbated in a tree outside the home of 15-year-old neighbor Martha Moxley the night before she was beaten to death with a golf club in October 1975. Skakel says on the recording he "drank rum and tonics" at a local club, then climbed a tree outside Moxley's house while drunk and feeling "horny." He states on the recording: "I remember thinking, 'Oh my God, if I tell anybody that I was out that night, they're gonna say I did it." Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of slain U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy, was convicted of Moxley's murder in 2002 as an adult in a highly publicized trial.


Police: Worker sold crack at Main Line McDonald's

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:11

 Worker sold crack at Main Line McDonald'sA Main Line McDonald's employee is accused of dealing crack cocaine from the restaurant's parking lot while at work.


Suspect ID'd in Upper Merion home invasion, chase

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:07

Suspect ID'd in Upper Merion home invasion, chasePolice have identified the suspect charged after a home invasion and police chase in Upper Merion, Montgomery County.


Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:00

FILE - This July 21, 2014, file photo shows Gov. Rick Perry as he speaks during a news conference in the Governor's press room, in Austin, Texas. Texas. Perry was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas when he deployed as many as 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border in South Texas. The one-time and possible future presidential candidate is in the waning months of his final term as governor and appears to be considering another run for the Republican nomination. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)McALLEN, Texas (AP) — When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of up to 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border he was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas.


Over 10 million U.S. adults gain coverage under Obamacare: study

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:00

Esparza sleeps in the arms of her grandfather as they wait at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaAn estimated 10.3 million American adults have gained health coverage since Obamacare enrollment began last October, with the biggest gains among young adults and Hispanics, according to a study published on Wednesday. The findings by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and the federal government are based on data pointing to a 5.2 percentage point drop in the U.S. uninsured rate since last September for Americans aged 18-64. The study, which appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, also found evidence that more Americans had a personal doctor and fewer difficulties paying for medical care within the first six months of gaining insurance. The law known as Obamacare, President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, provides federally subsidized private coverage through new online insurance marketplaces and an expansion of Medicaid in 26 states and Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in May that more than 8 million Americans signed up for private plans through new online insurance marketplaces during a six-month open enrollment period.


NJ campers write hundreds of birthday cards to boy battling cancer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:57

NJ campers write hundreds of birthday cards to boy battling cancerA 5-year-old Massachusetts boy has a birthday wish that has gained national attention. He's battling cancer and today some New Jersey campers got to work helping to make his wish come true.


Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say.

Fortune 500 firm Sealed Air moving HQ to Charlotte

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:54
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Fortune 500 packaging company Sealed Air Corp. will consolidate management operations from several states and relocate its New Jersey headquarters to the Charlotte area, where it plans to employ nearly 1,300 jobs in three years.

Appeal court won't unblock Florida gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:53
MIAMI (AP) — Gay couples in the Florida Keys remain unable to legally marry after a state appeals court declined to intervene in their case.

Jury still undecided in defamation case brought by Jesse Ventura

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:49

File photo of Ventura clapping during the Minnesota Timberwolves' NBA Western Conference semifinal playoff game against the Sacramento Kings, in MinneapolisBy Todd Melby ST PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - A jury deliberated for a second day on Wednesday without reaching a verdict in a defamation lawsuit brought by former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura alleging his reputation was sullied by claims in a former Navy SEAL's book about his involvement in a bar fight. In closing arguments a day earlier, defense lawyers said Ventura, a former professional wrestler, was a publicity seeker trying to grab headlines by filing a defamation case against the estate of a fellow ex-Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle, who died after serving his country with honor. In Kyle's book, "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," he alludes to a bar fight in which he hits someone who made disparaging comments about Navy SEALs. They said their client was defamed by the section chronicling a bar fight between the two men.


Sketch of suspect in peacock killing released

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:49

This artist sketch provided by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Wendesday, July 23, 2014 shows a man who is suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on July 9, 2014. Witnesses say the bird was standing in a driveway and the man fired from the driver’s seat of the silver sedan. (AP Photo/SPCA)Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California.


Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:39

FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Theodore Wafer listens during a motion hearing in Judge Timothy Kenny's courtroom at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. Jury selection starts Monday, July 21, 2014, in a trial that will put Wafer's self-defense claim to a tough test. The 19-year-old woman, Renisha McBride, was drunk but unarmed when she climbed the steps of his Dearborn Heights porch, 3 ½ hours after crashing her car a few blocks away. Roused from sleep by the sound of pounding in the wee hours, he grabbed his shotgun, opened the front door and blasted her in the face. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Eric Seals, File) DETROIT NEWS OUT; NO SALESDETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch was rocked out of sleep by a series of "boom, boom, boom" pounding sounds outside his home, causing him to grab a shotgun, open the front door and fire, a defense lawyer told jurors during opening statements Wednesday.


Wisconsin governor race remains in a dead heat despite probe -poll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:38

Wisconsin Governor Walker speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition Spring Leadership Meeting at the Venetian Resort in Las VegasBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is seeking re-election in November, has not seen any significant drop in his support since the release of documents on a probe into possible illegal campaign financing, a poll showed on Wednesday. The first-term Republican governor received 46 percent support, while his likely Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, got 45 percent support, the Marquette Law School Poll taken from July 17 to 20 showed. In June, a U.S. appeals court unsealed hundreds of documents that showed state prosecutors accusing Walker and others of participating in a broad plan to circumvent the state's campaign finance laws during recall elections in 2011 and 2012.