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Prosecutor seeks 10 years for teacher rapist

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:14

Booking photo of Stacey RamboldBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana prosecutor is seeking 10 years in prison for a teacher who raped a 14-year-old student, after the Supreme Court rejected a one-month sentence from an earlier judge whose comments pinned some responsibility on the victim.


US warns that Ebola could infect 1.4 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:14

A local Liberian artist paints a mural forming part of the country's fight against the deadly Ebola virus by education in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. U.S. health officials Tuesday presented worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, calculating that as many as 1.4 million people could be sickened in two countries alone by mid-January _ or the outbreak could be winding down by then, if control efforts substantially increase. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials Tuesday laid out worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January — or peak well below that, if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up.


Obama critic D'Souza spared prison for violating election law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:12

Conservative commentator and best-selling author, Dinesh D'Souza exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse after pleading guilty in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza avoided prison on Tuesday when a U.S. judge sentenced him to serve eight months in a community confinement center after he pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law. D'Souza, 53, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan to live in a center, which would allow him to leave during non-residential hours for employment, for the first eight months of a five-year probationary period. ...


Man critical in Broad Street shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:11

Man critical in Broad Street shootingA man is in critical condition after a shooting in the Tioga-Nicetown section of Philadelphia.


Harvard endowment grows to $36.4 billion, nears pre-crisis level

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:06
By Tim McLaughlin and Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Harvard University said Tuesday its $36 billion endowment posted a 15.4 percent return in fiscal 2014 as in-house bond managers and outside hedge funds teamed up to easily beat the portfolio's 14.6 percent benchmark return. The endowment, overseen by Harvard Management Company Inc, grew to $36.4 billion in the fiscal year ended June 30 from $32.7 billion. That marked a near-full recovery from losses posted during the financial crisis. ...

ACLU sues over Arizona 'revenge porn' bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:01
PHOENIX (AP) — A new Arizona law making "revenge porn" illegal is so broad it criminalizes booksellers, artists, news photographers and even historians and is therefore unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona said in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Texas immigrant center to hold up to 2,400

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:01
DILLEY, Texas (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Tuesday that a fourth center to house families apprehended while crossing the Southwest border into the U.S. will eventually hold 2,400 people in Texas.

Pa. lawmaker comes out as gay amid push to change hate crime law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:57

Pa. lawmaker comes out as gay amid push to change hate crime lawGay rights supporters turned out in force in Harrisburg Tuesday to push for a major change in Pennsylvania's hate crime law.


NYC officials denounce anti-Islam transit ads

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Elected officials and religious leaders from several faiths on Tuesday denounced anti-Islamic ads that are appearing soon on New York City transit buses and subway stations.

Texas drops plan to allow liquor sales at gun shows

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:05
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission withdrew a proposal on Tuesday to allow liquor sales at gun shows after being criticized over the potentially dangerous combination. TABC spokeswoman Carolyn Beck said public comment was overwhelmingly against the proposal. "Some people were in opposition to the rules because they think that in general guns and alcohol shouldn't mix," Beck said.  The proposal would have allowed alcoholic beverages to be sold when gun shows are held in facilities that have liquor licenses. ...

Turkey is considering a military role against IS

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:02
NEW YORK (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is considering expanding support of NATO operations against the Islamic State group to include military involvement.

White House gets second barrier after fence jumping

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:53

A new layer of temporary fencing creating a wider buffer along the sidewalk in front of the White House is pictured in WashingtonBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A second fence has been erected along part of the White House grounds, pushing tourists and passersby farther away after a fence jumper got into the executive mansion. The new waist-high barricade, which closes off part of the sidewalk on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House, went up late Monday or early Tuesday. It is about 8 feet (2.4 meters) from the regular spike-topped fence. The barrier was erected after Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez, 42, allegedly scaled the 7-foot (2. ...


Filmmaker: Ambush suspect was odd but not a threat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:50

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett speaks of accused cop killer Eric Matthew Frein during a news conference at Blooming Grove Municipal Township Building in Blooming Grove Township, Pa., Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. At left is Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin and in center is Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens. (AP Photo/Scranton Times-Tribune, Michael J. Mullen)Eric Frein obsessively collected military memorabilia, dismissed his fellow war re-enactors as dilettantes, and took his hobby so seriously that he spoke French during a simulated Vietnam War-era interrogation, according to a filmmaker who interviewed the man now suspected of ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police barracks.


Obama scores coalition victory with Arab strikes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:50

Obama scores coalition victory with Arab strikesFor President Barack Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly embraced.


Fire at memorial to slain teen adds to tensions in Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:48

People gather by a makeshift memorial near the site where Brown was shot to death in Ferguson, MissouriBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, faced heightened tensions on Tuesday after an early morning fire destroyed a makeshift memorial honoring the black teenager killed last month by a white police officer. The memorial for 18-year-old Michael Brown that caught fire was erected in a grassy area alongside the road where Brown died. A larger memorial, which runs down the center lane of the road, was untouched by the fire. Still, neighborhood residents who have been protecting and building on the memorials since Brown was killed Aug. ...


Veteran judge nominated for Delaware Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:46
By Tom Hals (Reuters) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell nominated James Vaughn, a 15-year veteran of the state's Superior Court, to the Delaware Supreme Court, which plays a key role in interpreting U.S. corporate law. If confirmed by the state's senate during a special session on Oct. 8, Vaughn, 65, will fill the vacancy left by the Sept. 1 retirement of Carolyn Berger. He would also become the third justice to join the five-member court this year, a year of rapid turnover after almost a decade without change. ...

Hemp crop from detained seeds harvested in Ky.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:44

A close-up view of a hemp plant cut down on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at a University of Kentucky farm near Lexington. The close cousin to marijuana is seen as a potential cash crop in the state. The long-banned crop's advocates hope it’s the start of turning hemp mainstream. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Some of the imported hemp seeds detained by U.S. customs officials in the spring turned into 10-foot-tall plants that were harvested Tuesday on a research plot in Kentucky, where marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin has gained a foothold as a potential cash crop.


Soda makers pledge to reduce calorie consumption

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:43

FILE - In this June 27, 2012 file photo, blog writer Stephanie Klose, sips beverage as she participates in a soda taste test in New York. Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 said they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper said Tuesday they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks.


U.S. court halts bitcoin mining operation Butterfly Labs: FTC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:41

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and coins are seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in ParisBy Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. court has temporarily shut down Butterfly Labs, a Missouri company the Federal Trade Commission alleges deceptively marketed computers designed to produce bitcoins, the "virtual currency" payment system. The FTC's complaint against Butterfly and its corporate officers alleges that the company charged consumers thousands of dollars for its bitcoin computers, called BitForce, but then failed to ship the computers until they were almost obsolete, or in many cases did not provide the computers at all. ...


Bin Laden son-in-law sentenced to life in U.S. prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 03:33

Still image taken from an undated video of Suleiman Abu GhaithBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A seemingly unrepentant Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday in New York following his conviction on terrorism charges. A Manhattan federal jury in March found the Kuwaiti-born 48-year-old guilty of conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists and providing such support, after a trial that offered a rare glimpse of bin Laden in the hours following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. U.S. ...