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Part of White House evacuated; Obama not present: witnesses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 07:54
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House staff and reporters were evacuated on Friday night by the Secret Service because an intruder was spotted running on the grounds of the complex shortly after President Barack Obama had left the building, witnesses said. Obama had just left aboard the Marine One helicopter for Camp David, the presidential retreat in nearby Maryland, when armed, uniformed Secret Service personnel ordered the press corps and members of the White House staff to evacuate. There were no further details immediately available. ...

UN urges global support for Iraq to fight terror

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 07:53
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged the international community Friday to expand support for the Iraqi government as it fights the Islamic State group and its allies, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said there is a role for nearly every country in the world — including Iran.

UN reaffirms support for force in Golan Heights

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 07:46
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday reaffirmed its unconditional support for maintaining the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights that has been caught up in Syria's civil war.

OSHA investigates death of elephant caretaker

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 07:39
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal workplace safety officials have launched an investigation into the death of a Maine man who was crushed by one of the two elephants in his care.

3 guilty in Ga. salmonella-tainted peanut trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 07:36

 America's food safety largely depends on the honor system. Witnesses say Stewart Parnell and other Peanut Corporation of America workers knowingly shipped salmonella tainted nuts with faked data showing they were clean. Their defense, Salmonella tests aren't even required by law. (AP Photo/Elliott Minor)The head of a peanut company that distributed salmonella-tainted peanuts that sickened hundreds of people across the U.S. five years ago has been convicted of conspiracy and other charges.

Ex-diner manager gets 8 years for murder plot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 07:22
The former manager of a popular northern New Jersey diner was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill his uncle, a co-owner of the restaurant, in an attempt to gain greater control for himself.

Lawyer to ask feds to probe Utah police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 07:19

Susan Hunt, left, the mother of Darrien Hunt, is hugged by her sister, Cynthia Moss, during a news conference Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Salt Lake City. An attorney for the family of Darrien Hunt, a black 22-year-old who was fatally shot by Utah police, says he is going to ask the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate the shooting and reports of racial discrimination in the Salt Lake City suburb of Saratoga Springs where it occurred. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An attorney for the family of a black man who was killed by Utah police said Friday he will ask the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate the shooting.

Prosecutor: Charges weren't ready in casino crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 07:18
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drug tests weren't back yet, and criminal charges weren't ready to be filed against a man who got out of jail and committed suicide after he was accused of crashing his vehicle through casino doors at the Stratosphere on the Las Vegas Strip, District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Friday.

Virginia storm temporarily halts probe into girls' 1975 disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 07:10
(Reuters) - Authorities said bad weather on Friday cut short the work of investigators in rural Virginia probing the abduction and murder of two young sisters who disappeared while going to see an Easter exhibit at a Maryland shopping mall nearly 40 years ago. For a week, detectives have been looking for evidence and gathering information around Taylor Mountain, east of Roanoke, in connection with a person of interest in the case who was named earlier this year. ...

Goodell tackles NFL domestic abuse crisis with vow to reform

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 07:02

NFL Commissioner Goodell speaks at a news conference to address domestic violence issues and the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy in New YorkBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - A chastened NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday that the league's poor response to its domestic violence crisis will prompt an overhaul of how it deals with player behavior and punishment in America's most popular sports league. Rules governing personal conduct for players and other employees will change, he said, and experts from outside the league will help it shape that new policy. ...

License plate scanner networks capture movements

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 06:54

San Diego County Deputy Sheriff Ben Chassen looks at a monitor as his vehicle reads the license plates of cars in a parking lot Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif. A San Diego man is suing the San Diego Association of Governments for records collected on his vehicle by a plate-reader network that runs on information supplied by the San Diego Police Department, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and eight other police departments. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement.

Three peanut company officials guilty in deadly salmonella outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 06:51
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Three former peanut company officials were found guilty on Friday in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, federal prosecutors said. The contamination at the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Georgia, led to one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history and forced the company into liquidation. "The defendants made a decision that they were more interested in hefty profits than in healthy peanut products," Georgia-based U.S. ...

Suspect in 1998 bombings pleads to lesser charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 06:49
NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian lawyer pleaded guilty on Friday to lesser charges in the 1998 plot to bomb U.S. embassies in Africa as part of a deal that would greatly reduce his sentence.

New indictment against ex-BP exec

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 06:48
A federal grand jury has issued a new indictment against a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Friday's superseding indictment ...

Pennsylvania boy, nine, feared kidnapped on sailboat in Pacific Ocean

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 06:47
SEATTLE (Reuters) - An international search was underway on Friday for a Washington state father who vanished on a sailboat with his 9-year-old son, possibly to islands in the Puget Sound or South Pacific, or to Mexico, officials said. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Jeffrey Ford Hanson, 46, after he was charged a week ago in U.S. District Court in Seattle with international parental kidnapping, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Hanson was thought to be traveling "somewhere on the Pacific Ocean" with his son, Billy, the FBI said. The 9-year-old never boarded a Sept. ...

Accreditation agency places Corinthian under warning

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 06:44
(Reuters) - Corinthian Colleges Inc said the accreditation agency looking into its placement records has directed the for-profit college to notify its students that it is under warning. The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges places colleges under warning when it has reason to believe that a school is not in compliance with accreditation standards and other requirements, ACCSC's website said. For-profit colleges, which rely heavily on federal student aid funds, have come under fire in recent years for their poor track record in helping students find employment. ...

Purdue shooter sentenced to 65 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 06:41

Cody Cousins arrives at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse for sentencing Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Lafayette, Ind. Cousins pleaded guilty to murder last month for the Jan. 21 attack during which 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wisconsin, was killed inside a classroom filled with students on the West Lafayette campus. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, John Terhune) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALESLAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man who admitted fatally stabbing and shooting a fellow Purdue University student inside a crowded classroom was sentenced Friday to the maximum 65 years in prison after telling a judge he lied about being mentally ill.

Police say man, missing Va. student were at bar

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 06:37
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police investigating the disappearance of a University of Virginia student said Friday that they have talked to a man they believe was with her in a bar the night she went missing but did not have enough information to arrest or detain him after searching his car and apartment.

Who saved a father's life at Philadelphia International Airport?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 06:34

Who saved a father's life at Philadelphia International Airport?A Delaware County native is asking for everyone's help in finding the nurse who saved his father's life.

Mother, stepfather sought in disappearance of four Mississippi girls

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 06:33
By Therese Apel CANTON Miss (Reuters) - The mother and stepfather of four young Mississippi girls missing for nearly two weeks are being sought by authorities in connection with their disappearance, with the girls feared to be in danger, police said Friday. Arrest warrants have been issued for Sonia Elisabeth Coronado and Fernando Coria-Pelay, both 24, over the girls' disappearance. Coria-Pelay had been barred from being in contact with the girls, who range in age from 1 to 6, after he was charged in May with felony child abuse, authorities said. ...