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Hearing set in Nevada dog torture, killing case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:47

A half dozen animal rights activists protested Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, outside Reno Justice Court where Jason Brown, 24, was to appear later in the day at a status hearing on charges accusing him of torturing and killing several dogs in July. Leaders of Nevada Voters for Animals are urging the maximum punishment if Brown is convicted of all seven counts, which could total more than 20 years in prison. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner).RENO, Nev. (AP) — Animal rights activists rallied outside a courthouse before a judge set a preliminary hearing next month for a 24-year-old man accused of beheading and dismembering several dogs.

Apple shows off new gadgets, but Pay is bigger bet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:44
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple showed off thinner iPads and a new iMac with a high-resolution display on Thursday. Sleek and stunning, yes, but not likely to spark the next iRevolution. The tech giant's bigger strategic bet is that mobile pay service Apple Pay, debuting Monday, will be the next thing you didn't know you needed — but now can't live without.

Police: Ky. teen sodomized in recorded assault

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:42
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a group of young men and teenagers sodomized a 15-year-old boy, critically injuring him in an attack that was recorded on video and shared among cellphones.

Portable fan blows up Florida governor's race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:41

This video frame grab made available by CBS 4, shows a fan at the bottom of the lectern near Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Davie, Fla., Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014. The fan caused a delay in the gubernatorial debate between Crist and Governor Rick Scott, after the Scott campaign considered the fan a violation of the rules prohibiting the use of electronic devices. (AP Photo/CBS 4, Pool)ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Florida governor's race was spinning wildly on Thursday, almost as fast as that electric fan former Gov. Charlie Crist insists on bringing along to campaign appearances.

APNewsBreak: Official being monitored for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:28
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas County's top public health epidemiologist confirmed Thursday that she spent time at Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan's bedside and that she is among those potentially exposed to the virus.

Authorities: Woman jumped with kids, killing 1

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:28
LYMAN, N.H. (AP) — A 29-year-old woman was charged with murder and assault after authorities said she jumped out a second-story window over the summer with her 4-month-old twins, killing her son and severely injuring her daughter.

NC man guilty of conspiring to support terrorists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:25
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man faces up to 15 years in federal prison over plans to travel to either Syria or Yemen to join a jihadist group.

Eight New York hospitals designated to treat Ebola cases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:18
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state is running surprise drills to prepare hospitals for possible Ebola patients and has designated eight medical centers to treat any cases of the disease diagnosed in the state, the governor said on Thursday. Governor Andrew Cuomo said authorities were erring on the side on caution in their preparations, and that the public's "anxiety is higher than the probability" of an Ebola outbreak in New York. ...

Hurricane Gonzalo regains strength on way to Bermuda

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:16

Hurricane Gonzalo is seen in an image taken over the Atlantic Ocean by NOAA's GOES satelliteBy Sam Strangeways HAMILTON Bermuda (Reuters) - One of the most powerful hurricanes ever to menace Bermuda regained strength as it swirled toward the Atlantic island on Thursday, forecasters said, sending residents scrambling to prepare for the second major storm in a week. Hurricane Gonzalo was churning far off the coast of Florida on Thursday afternoon, about 415 miles (665 km) south-southwest of the British territory, packing sustained winds of up 145 miles per hour (230 kph), the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported. ...

Biden speaks on infrastructure in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:07

Biden speaks on infrastructure in PhiladelphiaVice President Joe Biden says investing in the country's infrastructure is needed to support what he called "good paying jobs you can raise a middle class family on."

Major settlement puts Detroit closer to bankruptcy exit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:05

A man walks past graffiti in DetroitBy Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit announced on Thursday a last-minute settlement with its final major holdout creditor, Financial Guaranty Insurance Co , as it edged closer to exiting the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy. The settlement includes an option for FGIC to develop the Joe Louis Arena and parking garage for a mixed-use project, primarily a hotel serving the nearby Cobo convention center, according to Corinne Ball, an attorney at law firm Jones Day which represents Detroit in the case. ...

FBI director warns new phone encryption could thwart probes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:02

FBI Director James Comey testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation" on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. FBI Director James Comey on Thursday made his strongest comments yet about encryption features built into new cell phones by Google Inc and Apple Inc , warning they could hurt law enforcement efforts to crack homicide and child exploitation cases. Speaking before an audience at the Brookings Institution think tank, Comey said the new phones, which limit the ability for the companies themselves to access data stored on the units, have "the potential to create a black hole for law enforcement. ...

Quake-drill participants prepare on solid ground

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 04:49

Geology professor, Dale Schneeberger from Biola University La Mirada, speaks at a news conference at Biola University, during the "Great Shakeout," the state's annual earthquake drill on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 in La Mirada, Calif. Emergency responders held a full-scale exercise to prepare for a potential magnitude-6.7 earthquake. Organizers say more than 10 million Californians had signed up to join in the Great Shakeout in addition to 10 million in other places. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LA MIRADA, Calif. (AP) — They dropped, they covered and they held on for the state's annual earthquake drill.

2 arrested in shooting of Arizona law officer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 04:44
PHOENIX (AP) — Two suspects wanted in connection with the shooting of an Arizona state police officer were in custody Thursday after police tracked them to a west Phoenix home with the aid of tips from the community, surveillance and community involvement, authorities said.

Alaska asks U.S. top court to block gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 04:40

Jim Derrick and Alfie Travassos exchange rings as they get married at the Salt Lake County Government Complex in Salt Lake City, UtahBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Officials in Alaska on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block gay marriage in the state. The long-shot request was filed with Justice Anthony Kennedy, who handles emergency applications to the court from the western U.S. states. The move came after a federal judge ruled on Sunday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage, approved by voters in 1998, was unconstitutional. The ruling is not due to go into effect until Friday at noon Pacific Time. The court's decision was in line with a related ruling last week by the 9th U.S. ...

Study finds anxiety after street stops by police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 04:40
NEW YORK (AP) — Young men stopped by police reported they had elevated anxiety levels and other trauma from the encounters, according a new study published Thursday, raising fresh concerns about the New York Police Department's stop and frisk policy.

2 hospitalized in Wilmington apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 04:36

2 hospitalized in Wilmington apartment fireTwo people were hospitalized after a fire an apartment fire in Wilmington, Delaware.

News Guide: A look at latest Ebola developments

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 04:34

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden, left, takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, prior to testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, to get answers about the Ebola outbreak from top U.S. health officials. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)The nation's top health officials tried to assure Congress that they can halt the spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S. despite mistakes that allowed two nurses to get the infection from a patient. Some lawmakers pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the region — a course President Barack Obama is resisting.

APPLE LIVE: iPad Air 2, Apple Pay, new Macs debut

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 04:30

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple iPad Air 2 during an event at Apple headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand.

California executive gets prison for selling 'knock-off' Navy warship batteries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 04:24
(Reuters) - The former owner of a Los Angeles-area battery distributor has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for selling over $2.7 million in "knock-off" emergency batteries used on numerous U.S. Navy vessels, officials said on Thursday. Didier De Nier, a dual French-U.S. citizen who fled Simi Valley for the Caribbean island of St. Martin nearly two years ago with federal agents on his trail, was found guilty in February of wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States through his company, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement. ...