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Obama designates national monument in LA area

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:31

Graphic shows area in California's San Gabriel Mountains designated as a national monument; 3c x 3 inches; 146 mm x 76 mm;SAN DIMAS, California (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday spared from future development nearly 350,000 acres of land within the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, a move that cheered environmentalists but sparked new criticism of Obama's willingness to use his executive authority.


High court lifts hold on gay marriage in Idaho

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says same-sex marriage can go ahead in Idaho.

Judge weighs revoking Joey Merlino's parole

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:17

Judge weighs revoking Joey Merlino's paroleA prosecutor seeking to revoke the parole of former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Merlino said the ex-con is still active in organized crime.


Doctor recovered from Ebola urges calm in Dallas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:12
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Dr. Kent Brantly, the first American flown back to the U.S. for treatment of Ebola, is urging calm for the people of Dallas and elsewhere who are worried about contracting the deadly disease.

Co-founder of indicted money exchange extradited to U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:09
By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spanish authorities have extradited to the United States a co-founder of the digital currency exchange Liberty Reserve to face charges that his creation was an unlawful money-laundering operation, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday. Arthur Budovsky, 40, arrived in New York on Friday and was scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. ...

US settles suit with African official over assets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:07
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The son of Equatorial Guinea's president must sell a $30 million Malibu mansion, a Ferrari and Michael Jackson memorabilia and then give the proceeds to the citizens of his impoverished country under a settlement announced Friday by U.S. authorities, who said he bought the lavish items with money stolen from the African nation.

Alaska parents find son alive after police notify wrong family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:04
(Reuters) - An Alaska couple, who had been told by police that their 29-year-old son had been killed in a car crash, were overcome with joy just hours later when they discovered him alive and well at his home in Anchorage, officials and media said on Friday. In a case of mistaken identity, an officer arrived at the couple's Palmer home some 50 miles outside Anchorage at about 3 a.m. on Thursday and told them that their son, Justin Priest, had died in a Juneau car crash a few hours earlier, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. ...

Alabama won't publish immigration list

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:04
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has agreed not to enforce a provision of its controversial immigration law that required state officials to publish a list of people known to be unlawfully in the country.

Jury deadlocked over fatal shooting by Detroit cop

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:04
DETROIT (AP) — Jurors were deadlocked and a judge declared a mistrial Friday for a Detroit police officer charged with recklessly handling his gun and killing a 7-year-old girl — the second time a verdict couldn't be reached in the case.

Judge weighs revoking convicted mobster's parole

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:03
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A prosecutor seeking to revoke the parole of former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Merlino said the ex-con is still active in organized crime.

Arrest made in rape of 100-year-old-woman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:01
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Wichita have arrested a suspect in the rape of a 100-year-old woman during a break-in at her home.

S&P lowers France credit outlook to 'negative'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:54
NEW YORK (AP) — Standard & Poor's Rating Services on Friday lowered its outlook for France's credit rating to "negative" from "stable," saying the country's economic picture is dimming.

Firefighters make headway against Sacramento-area wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:51
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters made progress on Friday against a major wildfire burning northeast of Sacramento that destroyed six homes and charred 420 acres, allowing some residents to return to their homes near the community of Applegate. With slowing winds aiding the efforts, more than 1,400 firefighters aimed to cut off the blaze before it could burn through a canyon and threaten additional communities. "Things are looking very positive," said Lynne Tolmachoff, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CalFire). ...

California reactivates firefighting airplanes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:49

This undated photo provided by DynCorp International shows pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt who was killed Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, while fighting the Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite National Park. Hunt, 62, a 13-year veteran pilot of Dyncorp International, was flying a S-2T air tanker, similar to the plane in the photo, under contract with the state, when his plane hit a canyon wall while fighting the blaze that has caused the closure of the major western entrance into the heart of the park. CalFire has temporarily grounded it's fleet of S-2T's for inspection.(AP Photo/DynCorp International)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With wildfire danger peaking, California's fleet of 22 air tankers was cleared Friday to return to the skies after investigators found no evidence that a fatal crash of one of the tankers earlier in the week was the result of faulty equipment.


Senator Walsh of Montana stripped of degree for plagiarism

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:49

Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh speaks to reporters after being named to replace Baucus in Helena(Reuters) - The U.S. Army War College has revoked the master's degree of U.S. Senator John Walsh of Montana, the result of a plagiarism scandal that prompted him in August to abandon his election bid, both Walsh and the college said on Friday. "The board found that then-Colonel John Walsh did commit the offense of plagiarism and thus his master's degree and status as a graduate of the U.S. Army War College should be revoked," said Carol Kerr, a spokeswoman for the college, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. ...


Nursing home chain to pay $38M in US settlement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — A nursing home chain has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care at nearly three dozen facilities around the country, the Justice Department said Friday.

Hospital: Ebola patient shows modest improvement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:46

In this August 2013 photo, Rhode Island native Ashoka Mukpo speaks with residents of an iron ore mining camp in Bong County, Liberia. Mukpo, who was diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, was flow Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, to Omaha, Neb., for treatment. (AP Photo/The Providence Journal, Philip Marcelo) MANDATORY CREDIT. RHODE ISLAND OUT. NO SALES.OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska hospital treating an American video journalist with Ebola says he's shown modest improvement.


Dietz & Watson breaks ground on new Philadelphia facility

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:45

Dietz & Watson breaks ground on new Philadelphia facilityA year after its warehouse in South Jersey burned, Dietz & Watson has broken ground on a new plant, and it's bringing jobs into Philadelphia.


Bensalem bar workers forced into freezer during robbery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:44

Bensalem bar workers forced into freezer during robberyPolice are looking for the suspects who forced seven bar workers into a freezer during a robbery early Friday morning in Bensalem, Pa.


Equatorial Guinea VP loses Michael Jackson statues in U.S. settlement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:39

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New YorkBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge in California announced a $30 million settlement on Friday between the United States and a vice president of Equatorial Guinea that requires him to forfeit his U.S. assets, including a collection of six life-sized statues of late singer Michael Jackson. Teodoro Nguema Obiang, the Central African country's second vice president, used his position of power to amass more than $300 million in the United States through corruption and money laundering, U.S. prosecutors said in court documents. ...