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Citigroup to pay $7B in subprime mortgages probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:23

FILE - This Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 file photo, shows a Citi Bank sign in Chicago. Citigroup will pay $7 billion to settle an investigation into risky subprime mortgages, the type that helped fuel the financial crisis. The agreement announced Monday, July 14, 2014, comes weeks after talks between the sides broke down, prompting the government to warn that it would sue the New York investment bank. The settlement stems from the sale of securities made up of subprime mortgages, which fueled both the housing boom and bust that triggered the Great Recession at the end of 2007. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said "shattered lives" and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades, the Justice Department said Monday.

Federal officer under scrutiny for firing gun during L.A. protest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:21
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four people have been arrested and a Homeland Security officer is under investigation for firing his weapon during a weekend scuffle between pro-Israel demonstrators and Palestinian supporters outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles. The altercation Sunday evening grew out of a shouting match between the occupants of two vehicles that escalated when several people from one vehicle were assaulted by suspects in the other, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said. An officer of the Federal Protective Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who witnessed the assault intervened and fired his weapon, but no one was hit by gunfire or otherwise injured, Sheriff's Sergeant Carmen Arballo said. A Federal Protective Service spokeswoman in Washington, Jacqueline Yost, said the officer fired one shot from his service weapon in an attempt to stop the four suspects as they were trying to flee the scene in a vehicle.

Oklahoma lawmaker wants quarantine of migrant children housed in state

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:20
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma state lawmaker called on Monday for the quarantine of unaccompanied immigrant children housed at an Oklahoma military base, but U.S. health officials said such a move was unnecessary. Republican State Representative Mike Ritze sent letters to Governor Mary Fallin and other officials asking them to take steps to "ensure the protection of Oklahoma citizens from contagious diseases following the federal government's decision to house illegal immigrant children at Ft. Sill." Last month, facilities at the base outside Oklahoma City started housing hundreds of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have arrived in the United States this year from Central American countries.. "As a physician ... I am concerned about the possibility of communicable diseases being carried by a population that does not have the same vaccination requirements as in the U.S.," he wrote, echoing a call made by several prominent Republicans that the children could be carrying diseases.

US officer fires shot in clash at pro-Israel rally

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:19
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal officer fired his weapon once at men in a truck as they fled a pro-Israel rally in Los Angeles after using wooden poles bearing Palestinian flags to hit protesters, authorities said Monday.

AccuWeather: Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:13

Tornado Warning for Burlington CountyHeavy rain and flash flooding are a concern as storms move through our region.

Prominent outsider seeks rerun of Mississippi U.S. Senate primary

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:13

Shaun McCutcheon is pictured in front of the United States Supreme Court in WashingtonThe prominent head of a political action committee has filed a complaint seeking a possible rerun of last month’s Mississippi U.S. Senate Republican primary race, which Tea Party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel lost amid accusations of illegal voting, an attorney said Monday. The closely contested win by six-term U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, which has split Tea Party and establishment wings of the Republican Party in Mississippi, was certified last week by the state Republican party. "We are very concerned about the integrity of the election process," said Christina Sirois, a lawyer for Shaun McCutcheon, who filed the complaint with the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office on Friday.

Widow of cop killer apologizes for comments

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:10

This is an undated photo of Lawrence Campbell provided by the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Campbell allegedly shot Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Campbell was then killed by police gunfire. (AP Photo/New Jersey Department of Corrections)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The widow of a man police say ambushed a rookie New Jersey police officer has apologized for saying that she wished her husband killed more officers.

For Archie fans, character's death makes an impact

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

For Archie fans, character's death makes an impactFor the fans of Archie Andrews, his impending death marks a fitting end for the do-gooder comic book icon.

Obama to press for action on transportation funds

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to make a long-term commitment to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states, but lawmakers appear headed for a short-term patch to sustain projects through next May.

Dispatchers praised after rampage suspect gives up

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:45

Pasadena emergency services operator Diane Marin, left, speaks during a news conference in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, July 14, 2014. During a 20-minute emergency phone call, Marin talked to a barricaded suspect, who called Saturday afternoon and said, "I killed someone." She persuaded the man to surrender while another operator relayed information to officers surrounding the house where he was holed up. Alexis Bartoli, the other emergency services operator is at left. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Two 911 operators were praised Monday for bringing a peaceful end to an armed standoff that began after three people were shot to death and two others wounded in a neighborhood in California.

First U.S. flight deports Honduran kids under fast-track drive

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:45
By Gabriel Stargardter SAN PEDRO SULA Honduras (Reuters) - The United States deported a group of Honduran children on Monday in the first flight since President Barack Obama pledged to speed up the process of sending back illegal immigrant children from Central America. Fleeing violence and poverty, record numbers of children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have crossed into the United States over the past year, testing U.S. border facilities and sparking intense debate about how to solve the problem. Monday's charter flight from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, the city with the highest murder rate in the world, deported 17 Honduran adult women, as well as 12 girls and nine boys, aged between 18 months and 15 years, the Honduran government said.

Officials: Gasoline caused mystery odor in Skippack homes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:44

 Gasoline caused mystery odor in Skippack homesGasoline-tainted groundwater caused the mysterious smell that led to a voluntary evacuation of more than 150 homes in Montgomery County, authorities said Monday.

School officials try healthier cafeteria options

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:43

Leonardo Guerra, of Don Pancho Authentic Mexican Foods, holds a school lunch tray, featuring his company's whole wheat tortillas, at the School Nutrition Association conference in Boston, Monday, July 14, 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's nutritional standards for schools, which take effect this fall, have been changed to call for less sodium and more whole grains, fruits and vegetables. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu Monday as school lunchroom managers from around the country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates — without turning off sometimes-finicky students.

U.S. Veterans agency struggles with claims problems: watchdog

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:41
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Still reeling from the scandal over healthcare delays, the Department of Veterans Affairs also is struggling to reduce a backlog of disability claims, the agency's inspector general said on Monday. In written testimony to be delivered to the House Veterans Affairs Committee, VA Assistant Inspector General Linda Halliday detailed numerous problems with the Veterans Benefits Administration's handling of claims, ranging from mail bins full of untouched documents and correspondence and payment of millions of dollars in unsupported claims. Halliday said that her office found serious problems with the accuracy of the VA's claims reporting. At the same time, VA's backlog of claims appeals cases has grown at an "alarming rate", she said, to 267,944 on June 30, up 18 percent from 2011.

40 Central American immigrants deported

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:40
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — About 40 Central American immigrants detained briefly in New Mexico were deported Monday, officials said.

Closure notices sent to Trump Plaza workers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:38

Closure notices sent to Trump Plaza workersJob losses at Trump Plaza when the Atlantic City casino shuts down in September will be even worse than expected.

Officials: Gasoline caused mystery odor in homes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:30

Kourtnay Loughin waits with neighbors for her home to be tested by officials for an odor that begun a voluntary evacuation, Monday, July 14, 2014, in Skippack, Pa. Residents of 150 suburban Philadelphia homes are being allowed to return as their houses are tested after a voluntary evacuation overnight due to a mysterious odor. Officials are awaiting lab results to try to identify the substance responsible for Sunday evening’s problem in the neighborhood in Skippack. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)SKIPPACK, Pa. (AP) — Gasoline-tainted groundwater caused the mysterious smell that led to a voluntary evacuation of more than 150 homes in suburban Philadelphia, authorities said Monday.

Mary Robinson named UN envoy for climate change

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:23
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Irish president Mary Robinson as his special envoy for climate change.

Fire Chief: Gasoline to blame for Skippack odor, evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:20

 Gasoline caused mystery odor in Skippack homesOfficials in Skippack Township have determined that gasoline was the cause for a mysterious odor overnight.

Woman's body found in duffle bag in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 06:14

Woman's body found in duffle bag in KensingtonPhiladelphia police are investigating the discovery of a young woman's body inside a duffle bag in Kensington.