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Head of Philadelphia carpenters union out amid merger

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:56

Head of Philadelphia carpenters union out amid mergerThe longtime head of the Philadelphia carpenters union is on the outs, amid a major reshuffling of unions throughout the northeast United States.


U.S. medical boards fall short in tackling sexual misconduct: study

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:54
Between 2003 and 2013, reports of 1,039 physicians having engaged in one or more cases of sexual misconduct were filed in the United States, of which 786 doctors were disciplined by a state medical board, according to a study by Public Citizen published on Wednesday. "It's alarming to consider state medical boards may not have pursued appropriate investigations and sanctions," said Laura Palumbo, communications director for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Family sues over death of Delaware inmate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:50
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The family of an alcoholic man who died in custody has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Delaware prison officials and medical workers.

IRS says experiencing computer failure

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:42

A security camera hangs near a corner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in WashingtonThe U.S. Internal Revenue Service said on Wednesday it is experiencing computer failure across several systems and temporarily cannot accept many taxpayer returns. "A number of taxpayer and tax practitioner tools are unavailable," it said.


Boy, 7, scared for family after being shot with BB gun

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:39

Boy, 7, scared for family after being shot with BB gunA 7-year-old boy is recovering after being shot in the cheek with a BB gun.


Chicago schools slash high-yielding 'junk' bond deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:29
Chicago’s troubled public school system on Wednesday had to slash the size of one of the biggest "junk" bond offerings the municipal market has seen in years and agree to pay interest costs rivaling Puerto Rico’s in order to lure investors into the deal. The Chicago Board of Education managed to sell only $725 million of an originally planned $795.5 million of tax-exempt bonds, and yields on the deal topped out at 8.5 percent, a massive premium relative to higher-rated debt sold in the U.S. municipal bond market and a clear indication of investors’ view of the depths of the district’s fiscal woes. Wednesday’s sale came a week after the school system had to pull the deal in its first attempt at an offering amid worry by investors that the district could end up in bankruptcy.

University webcam spy case ruling expected in 3-4 months

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:27
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former Rutgers University student convicted of using a webcam to spy on a roommate who later killed himself likely will have to wait a few months to find out whether a state appeals will order his 30-day jail sentence invalidated or lengthened or will send him back for a new trial.

Feds outline reforms for hospitals on reservations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:26
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal officials outlined a plan Wednesday to improve care at hospitals that treat Native Americans in four Great Plains states, including creating a multi-agency group to focus on quality and patient safety and developing a single credentialing process for doctors working at Indian Health Service hospitals.

First lawsuit in state lottery-fixing scandal seeks millions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:26

This May 9, 2011 photo provided by the Iowa Lottery shows Larry Dawson and his wife, Kathy, claiming their $9.09 million Hot Lotto jackpot in Des Moines. Dawson filed a lawsuit Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 alleging his jackpot should have been nearly three times as big, had the previous one not been fixed. It's the first in what could be several lawsuits filed by players who claim they were ripped off in games allegedly rigged over several years by Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association. (Iowa Lottery via AP)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It was one of those dreams-come-true moments that lotteries love to promote when "Lucky Larry" Dawson smiled as he claimed a $9 million jackpot, surrounded by his kids and grandkids. Five years later, the Iowa man has become the first plaintiff in litigation that threatens to cost state lotteries millions of dollars following an insider jackpot-rigging scandal.


Pentagon chief unveils plans to buy more high-end ships, fighters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:25

U.S. Secretary of Defense Carter answers questions at the Economic Club of WashingtonDefense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday said the U.S. Navy would buy more high-end submarines, destroyers, fighter jets and unmanned underwater vehicles in coming years, using $8 billion saved by scaling back orders for smaller, less capable Littoral Combat Ships. Carter said the Pentagon's five-year budget plan also included $2.9 billion to modify Raytheon Co's new SM-6 missiles for use as powerful anti-ship weapons and buy 625 more of the weapons, which are now used for missile defense. Secret testing last month had proven the Navy's ability to use the new Raytheon missiles as offensive anti-ship weapons, Carter told sailors at the Navy's massive San Diego base.


4 holdouts at Oregon refuge have diverse backgrounds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:20

A convoy of armored vehicles and SUVs rolls past a barricade on the road near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. The remnants of an armed group occupying the refuge to protest federal land policies say they won't leave until they get assurances they won't be arrested.(AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)The four armed activists still occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon have shown no signs they are ready to leave more than a week after the main figures in the standoff were arrested.


Michigan art dealer arrested by FBI for selling counterfeits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:18
A Michigan art dealer was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday for what authorities say was an extensive scheme to sell counterfeit works by renowned artists including Willem de Kooning. Eric Ian Hornak Spoutz, 32, was charged with wire fraud in a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court and arrested in an apartment he has in Hollywood, California, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. According to the complaint, Spoutz between 2010 and March 2015 sold dozens of counterfeit works of art by famed American artists, including de Kooning, Franz Kline and Joan Mitchell, creating fake documentation to sway buyers of the pieces' authenticity.

Witness: Prosecutor misled her about 'Serial' podcast case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:15

Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore prior to a hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 in Baltimore. The hearing, scheduled to last three days before Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch, is meant to determine whether Syed's conviction will be overturned and case retried. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBALTIMORE (AP) — An alibi witness for a convicted murderer profiled in the public radio podcast "Serial" testified Wednesday that a former Baltimore prosecutor misled her about the importance of her testimony and that he later gave a deceptive account of their conversation when he testified about it during a hearing.


Super Bowl security plan informed by Paris attacks: U.S. official

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:09

NFL Chief Security Officer Jeffrey Miller speaks during a media briefing on security arrangements for Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, CaliforniaU.S. law enforcement officials preparing for Super Bowl 50 have worked with their French counterparts to learn from last year's deadly attacks in Paris, as they plan safety for Sunday's big game, the Secretary of Homeland Security said on Wednesday. Secretary Jeh Johnson said he and his team have been "constantly" in contact with security officials in Paris following the Nov. 13 attacks there by gunmen linked to the Islamic State militant group.


Judge: Sex assault case against Cosby can move forward

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 07:05

Judge refuses to throw out sex assault case against CosbyA judge in Montgomery County has denied a request by Bill Cosby's attorneys to have sex assault charges against him thrown out, allowing the case to move forward.


U.S. gun traders rush to set up new sites after Facebook firearms ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:55
U.S. gun traders are setting up new websites to arrange deals after Facebook Inc barred private gun sales on its platform. With gun rights and safety registering as a hot-button issue on the U.S. presidential campaign trail after several mass shootings last year, Facebook said on Friday it would no longer allow users to arrange private gun sales via the site. Reaction was swift among some Facebook gun trader groups, hundreds of which are based in the United States.

The Latest: Sex assault case against Cosby can proceed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:55

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was arrested and charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in January 2004. A judge will decide whether to dismiss a sexual assault case against the comedian over an unwritten promise of immunity that a former prosecutor says he gave Cosby's now-deceased lawyer. (Ed Hille/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The latest on Bill Cosby's court appearance on a felony sexual assault charge (all times local):


The Latest: Attorney asks lawmakers to approve jury's award

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:54
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the civil trial of a Florida sheriff's deputy who shot and paralyzed an unarmed black man (all times local):

The Latest: Oregon standoff leader, his followers indicted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:50

Protesters stand outside the Sandra Day O'Connor United States Courthouse, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 in Phoenix. A detention hearing was scheduled Tuesday in federal court in Phoenix for an Arizona man arrested in connection with the occupation of the Oregon wildlife refuge. (David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via AP) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):


Lacking execution drugs, Virginia eyes the electric chair

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:42
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposal that would force inmates to die by electric chair if lethal injection drugs can't be found is gaining steam in Virginia, in part because of a looming execution scheduled for next month.