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Clarification: Shoeless Joe Autograph story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:44

In this Jan. 22, 2015, photo, an autographed picture of Cleveland ball player Joe Jackson is shown at Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Sharon Bowen thought her late husband was a bit crazy for buying a scrapbook with a bunch of black and white photos of Cleveland ballplayers from the early 1900s, but not anymore. It turns out that scrapbook held what may be the only autographed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)In a story Feb. 9, The Associated Press reported that a century-old image was the first photo signed by Shoeless Joe Jackson to be authenticated by autograph experts, according to Heritage Auctions. The story should have made clear that a Jackson-signed photo, authenticated by a handwriting expert, was sold by Sotheby's in 1999 and that memorabilia experts have since disputed the validity of the signature on that photo.


Designating monuments, Obama touts conservation as US ideal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:43

President Barack Obama signs documents in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, designating Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado, a 21,000-acre site along the Arkansas River popular for whitewater rafting a national monument. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)CHICAGO (AP) — Designating the country's newest national monuments, President Barack Obama said Thursday that protecting places of natural beauty and historic significance is a truly American ideal.


Minnesota man accused of conspiracy to support Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:42
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man who was stopped at a New York City airport in November as he and three others were allegedly attempting to travel to Syria was indicted Thursday on charges associated with supporting the Islamic State group.

Wal-Mart raises will still leave many unable to pay expenses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:40

Wal-Mart President and Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to change how it pays and trains hourly staff in a move it hopes will help reshape the image that it only offers dead-end jobs. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)WASHINGTON (AP) — For roughly 500,000 Wal-Mart workers set to receive pay raises, something is better than nothing.


New York City, state to work together to catch rogue landlords

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:37
New York City and state housing and law enforcement agencies will start working together to catch more landlords who illegally try to force tenants out of rent-stabilized buildings in order to raise rents, officials said on Thursday. Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said some landlords harass rent-stabilized tenants into leaving by deliberately keeping buildings cold, damp or otherwise unpleasant under the guise of doing renovations. De Blasio described how poor neighborhoods across the city that were once filled with boarded-up buildings and vacant storefronts in the 1980s had been transformed into wealthy enclaves of multimillion-dollar homes. Currently, the city's Department of Buildings and Department of Housing Preservation and Development focus on making sure landlords keep their buildings safe and well maintained.

Philadelphia police captain involved in hit-and-run crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:34

Philadelphia police captain involved in hit-and-run crashAuthorities are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck the vehicle of a Philadelphia police captain in Port Richmond.


Texas court blocks future gay marriages after lesbians wed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:16
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a lesbian couple wed in Austin.

Exxon refinery where blast occurred recently cited: California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:15

Refinery units are heavily damaged after an explosion at the Exxon-Mobil refinery in TorranceBy Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp's Torrance, California, refinery, hit by an explosion and fire on Wednesday, was cited in November for eight serious violations following state inspections last year, according to documents released on Thursday. On Nov. 24, California's Division of Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, cited the refinery for eight serious and 17 general violations and fined Exxon Mobil $41,320, according to the documents. The citation, which Exxon has appealed, resulted from 10 routine inspections of the facility. Exxon Mobil spokesman Todd Spitler did not immediately comment on the violations.


Police arrest suspect in road-rage killing of Vegas mother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:15

In this Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, photo, people participate in a candlelight vigil for Tammy Meyers, who was taken off life support on Saturday after a shooting in Las Vegas. What police first described as a road rage-inspired shooting of an innocent mother of four has morphed into a more complex scenario, prompting a backlash Wednesday against the Las Vegas family and the way the case is being handled. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, L.E. Baskow) LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL OUTLAS VEGAS (AP) — A suspect was arrested Thursday in the killing of a Las Vegas mother of four who was gunned down a week ago in a road-rage shootout after giving her daughter a driving lesson, police said.


6abc School Closings and Delays

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:14

6abc School Closings and DelaysSee the latest school closings, delays and early dismissals sent to Action News and 6abc.com.


Three Texas police officers shot while trying to serve warrant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:12
(Reuters) - Three police officers were shot in the coastal Texas city of Corpus Christi on Thursday as they were attempting to serve a warrant at a home as part of a drug investigation, police said. "As officers were making entry, suspects from within the home opened fire on our SWAT team members," police Commander Mike Alanis said.  "Three of the officers on the SWAT team were injured by the gunfire," he said.

Lottery audit: Winners used dead people's IDs to collect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:10
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Forty-six New Jersey lottery winners from July 2013 to July 2014 used Social Security numbers of dead people to collect their winnings, the state auditor said.

Police say they have arrested a suspect in the road-rage killing of Las Vegas mother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 05:01
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say they have arrested a suspect in the road-rage killing of Las Vegas mother.

Wesleyan University frat sues over demand it become coed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:56
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Members and alumni of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Wesleyan University have filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Connecticut school over a recent decision that requires all residential fraternities to become coed within three years.

Leon Kent, hero of Battle of the Bulge, dies at 99

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:51

WWII BATTLE OF THE BULGEBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Leon Kent, who led a group of American soldiers that knocked out five German tanks and held up the enemy advance during the Battle of the Bulge, has died. He was 99.


Driver falls off bridge after stopping to help crash victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:51
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman who stopped to help people involved in a car accident has died after falling off a highway bridge.

Washington rabbi pleads guilty to voyeurism charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:42
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON(Reuters) - A prominent Washington rabbi charged with secretly videotaping dozens of women during ritual baths pleaded guilty to 52 misdemeanor counts of voyeurism on Thursday. Rabbi Barry Freundel, 63, was accused of installing video cameras to spy on women in the bathing area for his Orthodox synagogue, Kesher Israel Congregation, in Washington’s upscale Georgetown neighborhood. Prosecutors said Freundel recorded the women between early 2009 and October 2014 using devices installed in two changing rooms for the National Capital Mikvah, which is next to the Kesher synagogue.

New York assembly ex-speaker Silver indicted on corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:41
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A grand jury indicted Sheldon Silver, the former New York State Assembly speaker and one of the state's most powerful politicians for two decades, on federal corruption charges on Thursday, federal prosecutors said. Silver, who resigned as speaker after his arrest last month but remains the assemblyman for Manhattan's Lower East Side, was indicted on one count of honest services mail fraud, one count of honest services wire fraud and one count of using his office for extortion. Silver's lawyers said in a statement on Thursday he was not guilty. "We can now begin to fight for his total vindication," Joel Cohen and Steven Molo, Silver's lawyers, said in a statement.

Las Vegas police: Suspect in woman's killing in road-rage shootout is being taken into custody

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:28
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police: Suspect in woman's killing in road-rage shootout is being taken into custody.

Immigrants feel stuck after judge blocks Obama orders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:26

In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 photo, Brenda Armendariz, originally from Mexico, sits in her mobile home, in Tucson, Ariz. Armendariz came to the United States with two young children and has since given birth to two others who are American citizens. Her Mexican-born children were disappointed they would not be able to apply for a program by President Barack Obama that would shield them from deportation. Armendariz also would have qualified for a new program that allows parents of U.S. citizens who lack legal status to obtain a work permit and be protected from deportation. An expansion of the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was put on hold Monday, Feb. 16, by a federal judge in Texas. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Brenda Armendariz, her husband and their two Mexico-born children were hoping to resolve their constant fears of being deported after President Barack Obama issued his latest executive orders on immigration.