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Former associate of ex-Rep. Rivera pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:36
MIAMI (AP) — Less than a week before trial, a onetime close associate of former U.S. Rep. David Rivera pleaded guilty Tuesday to four charges in a long-running campaign finance investigation that also implicates Rivera.

U.S. government's nuclear watchdog victim of cyber attacks: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:33
Nuclear Regulatory Commission was "successfully hacked" three times in recent years in attacks involving tainted emails, according to an internal investigation on cyber attacks at the agency, reported on Tuesday. At least two of the attacks originated overseas, according to the report obtained by Nextgov, a rare public report with details of a cyber attack on the energy sector. The publication said it obtained a copy of a report by the NRC's Office of the Inspector General, which reviewed 17 suspected breaches from 2010 to 2013. "The few attempts documented in the OIG Cyber Crimes Unit report as gaining some access to NRC networks were detected and appropriate measures were taken," NRC spokesman David McIntyre said.

Witness describes outbursts by ex-governor's wife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:31

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, tries to move through the throng of media as he and his attorney, John Brownlee, left, arrive at federal court in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. McDonnell is presenting the second day of his defense on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Another defense witness in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption trial has described McDonnell's wife as difficult and prone to angry outbursts.

Cops: Men use bogus bills to pay for $500 puppy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:27

 Men use bogus bills to pay for $500 puppyPolice in Lancaster County say three men used $500 in counterfeit cash to pay for a puppy.

Ferguson residents try to get on with life after days of protest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:26
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Banners flutter along the main street of downtown Ferguson but instead of the protest signs that read "Hands Up Don't' Shoot," these are ads for everyday events like a local farmers market and a church fish fry. With nightly protests and police lobbing tear gas along West Florissant Avenue, locals in the small Missouri town of just 6 square miles (16 square km) are trying to get on with their normal lives. "Things are so disruptive." "I'm wishing it would all go away, but then I have to catch myself because a young man is dead and another man is being held up to all kinds of scrutiny." In the warren of residential streets lined with small single-story brick houses nearest to West Florissant, residents said they are growing exasperated by the violence and its fallout. You have to give the police time to do their job right." Waiting to get her car repaired in downtown Ferguson, 81-year-old Helen Robinson fretted that she couldn't make her regular drive down West Florissant, a major thoroughfare.

California students who plotted school attack could have obtained gun: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:23

South Pasadena Chief of Police Miller speaks at a news conference held to discuss the arrests of two South Pasadena High School students suspected of plotting to kill teachers and students on campus, in South PasadenaBy Daina Beth Solomon SOUTH PASADENA Calif. (Reuters) - Two teenagers who conspired to kill three staffers and many students at a high school in a Los Angeles suburb might have been able to use a gun belonging to one boy's relatives, and they planned a gunfight with officers, police said on Tuesday. Police in South Pasadena said they arrested the two students, aged 16 and 17, on Monday when they raided their homes. Since then, students and officials have expressed relief the attack was prevented at South Pasadena High, which has 1,500 students and begins classes on Thursday. Detectives learned of the plot last Thursday from school administrators and investigators worked around the clock to unravel the potentially deadly plan which the two boys devised in exchanges of Internet messages, said South Pasadena police chief Arthur Miller.

Texas animal centers 'empty shelters' with massive pet adoption

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:10
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - More than 2,200 dogs and cats found new homes after animal shelters in north Texas joined forces, waived fees and launched a grand campaign to clear space in crowded cages. We had a gentleman in a wheelchair who went home with a really cute dog," Irving animal services manager Corey Price said on Tuesday. "All of our adoption policies were the same. Adoption fees typically run between $85 and $110.

Former Obama campaign manager to run Uber's political strategy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:09

Obama's political strategist Plouffe is pictured in the audience as Obama nominates his next White House chief of staff in WashingtonBy Sarah McBride and Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber has enlisted David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign manager, to devise and run its global political and branding strategy, as the fast-expanding car rides-on-demand startup runs into stiff resistance in some cities. The San Francisco-based company, which is waging an intense campaign against taxi drivers who fear encroachment on their turf, said in a blog post on Tuesday that Plouffe will begin in late September as senior vice president of policy and strategy. The Uber announcement quashes speculation in Washington that Plouffe could replace White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough later this year. His decision to join Uber signals that the company, which is valued at $18 billion, making it one of the largest startups in Silicon Valley, intends to take on those opposing its expansion.

Man exonerated of murder settles suit against New York for $10 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:03
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man who was incarcerated for 16 years for a murder he did not commit has settled a lawsuit against New York City for $10 million, two months before his case was scheduled to go to trial. Jabbar Collins, 42, was sentenced in 1995 to 34 years to life in prison for the murder of Rabbi Abraham Pollack in Brooklyn. He was freed in 2010 after a judge found compelling evidence that Brooklyn prosecutors relied on false testimony and threatened a witness to secure Collins' conviction. A year later, Collins brought a $150 million wrongful conviction lawsuit against the city, saying the Brooklyn district attorney's office fabricated evidence, threatened witnesses and hid the fact that one witness who tied Collins to the murder recanted his testimony.

Pennsylvania teens to stand trial in freeway rock-throwing incident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:01
By David DeKok LEWISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Four Pennsylvania teenagers were ordered on Tuesday to stand trial on felony assault charges after prosecutors said they went on a night-long rampage that ended with an Ohio woman critically injured by a rock thrown from a highway overpass. Sharon Budd, 52, a teacher from Uniontown, Ohio, had her head split open in July by a rock hurled by one of the boys from an overpass above Interstate 80 in north-central Pennsylvania, authorities say. Union County District Attorney D. Peter Johnson laid out his case against the four at a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Mensch in Lewisburg. Dylan Lahr, 17, of New Columbia, who is accused of throwing the rock that smashed through the Budd windshield;

WhiteWave to remove ingredient from Horizon, Silk

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:01
NEW YORK (AP) — WhiteWave Foods says it will remove an ingredient from Horizon milks and Silk beverages in response to customer feedback.

5K-8K gallons of fuel oil spills into Ohio River

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 03:59

Crews dock along the Ohio River as they head towards the Beckjord Power Plant, in New Richmond, Ohio, after an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, closing about a 15-mile section of the waterway southeast of Cincinnati, on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Amanda Rossmann)CINCINNATI (AP) — An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, leading authorities to shut off water intake valves for both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the waterway to protect water supplies, and a 15-mile section of the river was closed to allow cleanup.

Teen testifies against pal in rock-throwing case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 03:59

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Randy Budd shows he and his wife, Sharon Budd, a middle school language arts teacher. Randy Budd is among those expected to testify Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at a court hearing about a rock-dropping incident on a stretch of rural interstate in Pennsylvania in July 2014 that left Sharon Budd with severe head injuries. (AP Photo/Randy Budd, File)LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — One of four young men charged with throwing a rock onto a darkened central Pennsylvania interstate testified Tuesday that they intended to do some damage during a night of mayhem last month but did not anticipate their actions would cause severe injuries to an Ohio teacher.

Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 03:55
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government audit says an "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it.

US Attorney asks FBI to probe Wal-Mart shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 03:51
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. attorney in Columbus has asked the FBI to investigate the police shooting of a man at a Dayton-area Wal-Mart.

Veteran rock climber killed in fall in Yosemite

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 03:47

Cathedral PeakSEBASTOPOL, Calif. (AP) — A veteran Northern California rock climber died in a fall in Yosemite National Park, just hours after proposing to his girlfriend during another climb, authorities said.

Marketing push, harsh northern winter spur record Florida tourism

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 03:46

Tourists crowd the beach in Perdido KeyBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - A record 24 million tourists visited Florida this spring, up 3 percent from 2013, spurred by unusually cold northern weather, a Google program that allows virtual beach tours and aggressive marketing, a state official said on Tuesday. Preliminary numbers also show tourism spending totaled $35.7 billion from January through May, up 7.4 percent from the same period last year, said Will Seccombe, president and chief executive of Visit Florida, the state's travel promotion agency. “It happened to coincide with the polar vortex, which none of us were really planning on or banking on,” Seccombe said. At a meeting on Tuesday, he showed Florida Governor Rick Scott and the state Cabinet television spots that were aimed at northerners and Canadians with the slogan “Must be the sunshine.” One featured tourists flying in “V” formation like geese to beaches, golf courses and theme parks.

Homeowner scares off Havertown burglar

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 03:45

Homeowner scares off Havertown burglarHaverford police say a would-be burglar was scared off by a homeowner Tuesday, jumping from a second story balcony to make his escape.

Virginia mom pleads guilty in child tattooing case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 03:44
RUSTBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman has admitted to using a heated razor blade to try to remove tattoos that police say a baby sitter put on her two young daughters.

Prison for mom in boy's sippy-cup methadone death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 03:39
TOOELE, Utah (AP) — A Utah woman whose 2-year-old son died after police say she inadvertently poured her methadone from a Gatorade bottle into his sippy cup will serve up to 15 years in prison.