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Montana man sentenced in case alleging $70M in phone charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:42
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a Montana man Friday to two years in prison after prosecutors said he tricked people into paying as much as $70 million in unauthorized charges that were placed on phone bills nationwide.

Plea deal spares NY Amish girls from testifying in kidnap, sex abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:41
A New York state man pleaded guilty on Friday to state charges of kidnapping in the abduction of two young Amish sisters from their roadside farm stand, in what appears to be the last in a series of plea deals in the sexual exploitation case. Stephen Howells II and his girlfriend, Nicole Vaisey, both from Hermon, New York, were arrested in last summer's abduction of the sisters, ages 12 and 7, from the rural Amish community of Oswegatchie near New York's border with Canada. The two already faced up to several hundred years in prison after pleading guilty to related federal charges.

Deputies say husband killed 3 in S. Carolina before himself

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:37
YORK, S.C. (AP) — Investigators say a husband shot his wife, her son and the son's girlfriend before killing himself in their South Carolina home.

New Jersey company to pay $17.1 million fine to settle bribery charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:37
Louis Berger International Inc, a New-Jersey-based construction management company, will pay a $17.1 million criminal fine to resolve charges that it bribed officials to win government contracts abroad, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. According to prosecutors, the company and its employees bribed officials in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Kuwait between 1998 and 2010 to obtain government construction management contracts. About $3.9 million in bribes were paid to foreign officials, prosecutors said, including by the two former executives Richard Hirsch, 61, and James McClung, 59.

'Beautiful eye candy': Frozen plains in Pluto's heart

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:30

This July 14, 2015 photo provided by NASA shows an image taken from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft showing a new close-up image from the heart-shaped feature on the surface of Pluto that reveals a vast, craterless plain. (NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Vast frozen plains exist next door to Pluto's big, rugged mountains sculpted of ice, scientists said Friday, three days after humanity's first-ever flyby of the dwarf planet.

Chester County man charged in romantic rivalry murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:22

Chester County man charged in romantic rivalry murderPolice have charged a Chester County man in a murder they say was motivated by a romantic rivalry.

Shipwreck found off North Carolina, possibly from late 1700s

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:17

In this image released by, The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the research vessel Atlantis is shown off the coast of the Carolinas in the Atlantic Ocean during the second week of July 2015 with the submersible Alvin hanging off its stern. The expedition led by Duke University marine scientist Cindy Van Dover has found a shipwreck that may date back to the late 1700s. (Luis Lamar/Woods Hood Oceanographic Institution via AP)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Scientists using underwater vehicles and sonar have found a shipwreck off the North Carolina coast that may date back to the American Revolution, Duke University said Friday.

Trump Taj Mahal casino workers authorize strike in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:15

The Trump Taj Mahal Casino is illuminated at dusk in Atlantic City, New JerseyThe union membership vote, conduced all day on Thursday, gives the employees' negotiating committee the power to call a strike if it feels such a move is warranted. About a thousand people would potentially walk out, including bartenders, cocktail waitresses, bellmen, cooks and housekeepers, according to Ben Begleiter, a spokesman for UNITE HERE Local 54. The union is fighting moves by Carl Icahn to slash healthcare and pension benefits.

'Minions' teddy breaks Colorado girl's fall from third floor window

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:13
A stuffed teddy bear from the hit animated movie "Minions" is credited with breaking the fall of a 5-year-old Colorado girl who suffered only minor injuries after tumbling from a third-story apartment window, police said on Friday. The child was playing in a bedroom when she accidentally fell backwards out of an open window, Colorado Springs police said in a statement. "Fortunately, when the child fell out of the window she continued holding on to a stuffed Minion teddy bear that is believed to have cushioned her fall," the statement said.

Exclusive: Uber, Lyft face disability access questions from Massachusetts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:10

A woman wearing a Uber T-shirt checks her phone while Uber riders and driver-partners take part in a rally on the steps of New York City Hall against proposed legislation limiting for-hire vehicles in New YorkBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Massachusetts attorney general's office is examining how Uber and Lyft ensure equal access for people with disabilities, a spokeswoman for the attorney general told Reuters, adding to numerous other business issues facing the two companies. Disabilities rights activists have questioned how Uber Technologies Inc [[UBER.UL] and Lyft drivers handle passengers in wheelchairs and the blind, but the Massachusetts inquiry appears to be the first from an attorney general, opening a new area of scrutiny for the companies. The Massachusetts AG's civil rights division reached out to the companies this week to discuss issues related to equal access, spokeswoman Jillian Fennimore said.

Police: Suspected shoplifter dies after parking garage jump

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:03
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A suspected shoplifter ran from store security and jumped over a railing at a Rhode Island shopping mall, falling 25 feet to her death, authorities said.

Man convicted of killing Cleveland policeman gets new trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:01
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Cleveland man sentenced to death for killing a police officer 15 years ago can have a new trial because prosecutors improperly excluded a black woman from the jury, a federal judge in Toledo has ruled.

Tornados hits Illinois towns but no significant injuries

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 03:56

The twisted wreckage of several grain bins lie in a heap Friday July 17, 2015 in Cameron, Ill., the morning after a tornado swept through the city. At least three tornadoes hit communities in the northwest corner of Illinois and the central part of the state late Thursday, causing extensive damage but no significant injuries, officials said. (Steve Davis/The Register-Mail via AP) MANDATORY CREDITCAMERON, Ill. (AP) — At least three tornadoes hit communities in the northwest corner of Illinois and the central part of the state late Thursday, causing extensive damage but no significant injuries, officials said.

Chattanooga shooter's motivation still unknown: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 03:55
(Reuters) - Federal investigators are still looking into what motivated a shooter who killed four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday and as yet have no indication he was inspired by the militant group Islamic State, an FBI official said on Friday.

Man killed by SEPTA train after falling on tracks in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 03:54

Man killed by SEPTA train after falling on tracks in Southwest PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia police and SEPTA officials are investigating a fatal accident on a SEPTA commuter rail line in Southwest Philadelphia.

Family, supporters mark anniversary of New York chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 03:53

A demonstrator places a rose on a memorial for Eric Garner on the one year anniversary of his death in New YorkFamily and supporters on Friday marked the anniversary of the police killing of Eric Garner with rallies and vigils demanding police reforms and justice in the controversial case. Protesters headed to Staten Island, the New York City borough where Garner, a 43-year-old black father of six, died last July 17 after New York police put him in a banned chokehold. Video footage of police arresting Garner, in which he could be heard repeatedly saying he could not breathe, went viral on the Internet, helping draw attention to the case.

Mother of Newtown shooting victim lauds US school bill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 03:45
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Proposed federal education legislation to fund social and emotional learning skills training for teachers would help prevent violence such as mass shootings, the mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School said Friday.

Blue Bell: $125M investment necessary to remain operational

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 03:42
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell's chief executive told shareholders this week that Texas billionaire Sid Bass will lend the company up to $125 million, and that the investment is essential for the popular ice-cream maker to remain in business, according to a published report.

Ex-NY Congressman Grimm gets 8 months of prison in tax case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 03:35

Former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, center, leaves following his sentencing at federal court Friday, July 17, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Grimm was sentenced to 8 months in prison on Friday for tax evasion. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Grimm, a former New York congressman and FBI agent who once investigated white-collar crime, was sentenced Friday to 8 months in prison for tax evasion by a judge who said his "moral compass" needed adjustment.

Florida cop buys bike to replace 1 stolen from disabled man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 03:34
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer is being lauded for going above and beyond to help a mentally disabled man whose bike was stolen.