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New U.S. migrant detention center to be run by firm criticized by advocates

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:56
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Tuesday announced plans to open a detention facility to house migrant Central American women and children which will be run by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a company that has been criticized by civil rights groups for conditions at other facilities it operates. The new facility, to be built in Dilley, Texas, southwest of San Antonio, will be the fourth facility designed to hold apprehended Central Americans awaiting immigration court hearings as U.S. ...

Arizona fugitive captured after months on run

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:53

This undated photo provided by the Yavapai County Sheriff shows Wade Cole Dickinson, who escaped from jail in Camp Verde, Arizona, on July 12, 2014. Authorities said he was captured Monday, Sept. 23, 2014 without incident in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Yavapai County Sheriff)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A former personal trainer who broke free from an Arizona jail by hoisting himself atop a basketball hoop and pulling apart a security fence is back in custody after months on the run, authorities said Tuesday.


Tribes from US, Canada sign bison treaty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:51
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native tribes from the U.S. and Canada signed a treaty Tuesday establishing an inter-tribal alliance to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions of the animals once roamed.

Police deliver pie after Pizza Hut driver hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:51

In this photo taken Sept. 1, 2014, and provided by Steve Huckins, Portland police officers Michael Filbert, left, and Royce Curtiss, right, pose after completing a pizza delivery to the Huckins home after a Pizza Hut delivery driver was hurt in a crash in Portland, Ore. Huckins and his wife were concerned when the officers showed up at their home, but they started laughing when they received the pizza. They're thanking the officers for going out of their way. The driver hurt his neck and back in the collision at an intersection, but is now okay. (AP Photo/Steve Huckins)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police officers often deliver citations, and in urgent circumstances they've been known to deliver a baby. Now, here comes pizza.


Sheriff's deputies sentenced for blocking probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:50
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Six current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, sergeants and lieutenants were sentenced Tuesday to federal prison for trying to block an FBI probe into alleged guard abuses in the nation's largest jail system.

UN to leaders: Set 'new course' on climate change

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:48

British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the Climate Summit, at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Challenged by the United Nations chief to set a new course for a warming globe and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases, world leader after world leader Tuesday made promises of billions of dollars and better care of planet Earth.


Middle school gym teacher charged with having sex with teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:38

Middle school gym teacher charged with having sex with teenA Delaware County middle school physical education teacher is charged with having sex with a 15-year-old girl.


Venue change denied for marathon suspect's friend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:33

Attorneys for Robel Phillipos, Susan Church, left, and Derege Demissie, arrive at federal court Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Boston. Phillipos, 21, of Cambridge, Mass., a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is charged with lying to authorities investigating the bombing. A judge on Tuesday denied a motion to move next week's trial for Phillipos. Jury selection is set to begin Monday in U.S. District Court. Opening statements are scheduled for Oct. 6. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — A judge on Tuesday rejected a request to move the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.


Man charged with buying Texas school board votes with cocaine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:29
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A campaign manager working in the south Texas town of Donna has been charged with buying votes in a school board election by paying voters with cash and cocaine, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The indictment said Francisco Garcia, 47, who managed campaigns for four candidates for the Donna School Board in the November 2012 election, bought votes and worked with other campaign workers to pay voters by giving them either $10 or a small bag of cocaine if they voted for his slate. ...

FSU picks politician as next school president

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:28
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State University has chosen state Sen. John Thrasher as its next president despite significant campus opposition.

Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:27

A fire burns Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at a memorial in Ferguson, Mo., on the site where a Missouri police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson says the cause is under investigation. He says the first officer to arrive tried to extinguish the blaze but couldn't. The Fire Department eventually put it out. (AP Photo/Jacob Crawford)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Anger spilled over Tuesday after fire destroyed one of two memorials on the street where Michael Brown was killed, a site that has become sacred to many in Ferguson and others nationwide focused on interactions between minorities and police.


Connecticut couple sues airlines in abduction case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:25
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut couple is suing US Airways and an affiliate for allowing a California man now charged with kidnapping to fly their 14-year-old daughter to Sacramento last year.

Secret Service interviewed accused intruder twice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:25

A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The Secret Service tightened their guard outside the White House after Friday's embarrassing breach in the security of one of the most closely protected buildings in the world. A man is accused of scaling the White House perimeter fence, running across the lawn and entering the presidential mansion before agents stopped him. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service agents in Virginia and Washington earlier this summer twice interviewed an Army veteran accused of climbing over a White House fence during the weekend and running into the executive mansion in the two months before the embarrassing security breach, a federal law enforcement said Tuesday.


Cigarette tax hike passes senate, moves to Gov. Corbett

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:23

Cigarette tax hike passes senate, moves to Gov. CorbettA bill to provide crucial revenue for the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District has won approval from the state senate.


Belgian man identified in testing of 9/11 remains

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:19
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City medical examiner's office says an ongoing retesting of remains recovered from the World Trade Center site has resulted in the identification of 31-year-old Belgian man killed in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Police: Fugitive NJ wedding crashers used photo booth

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:18

 Fugitive NJ wedding crashers used photo boothPolice say three men, wanted for robbery after crashing a wedding in New Jersey, took pictures of themselves in a photo booth.


FACT CHECK: Obama in UN speech spins statistics

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:16

United States President Barack Obama addresses the Climate Summit, at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama glossed over some inconvenient truths Tuesday in his climate-change speech to the United Nations. For one, as the U.S. cleans up emissions at home, it's sending dirty fuel abroad to pollute the same sky.


U.S. says will abide by Mine Ban Treaty except on Korean Peninsula

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:16
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States edged closer on Tuesday to compliance with the international treaty banning anti-personnel landmines, saying it would abide by key requirements of the 1999 accord everywhere except on the Korean Peninsula. "Outside of the unique circumstances of the Korean Peninsula, where we have a longstanding commitment to the defense of our ally South Korea, the United States will not use anti-personnel landmines," President Barack Obama told an audience at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. ...

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.