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Ex-lottery worker convicted of rigging system to win $14M

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 02:25

In this July 15, 2015, photo, Eddie Tipton looks over at his lawyers before the start of his trial at the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa. An Iowa jury began deliberating Friday after hearing over four days the complex story of how Tipton, a lottery security officer, allegedly fixed the Hot Lotto game in 2010 to get himself a winning ticket for a $14 million jackpot and then attempted to cash it anonymously. (Brian Powers/The Des Moines Register) MANDATORY CREDITDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former lottery security official was found guilty Monday of rigging a computerized Hot Lotto game so he could win a $14 million jackpot then trying to get acquaintances to cash the prize for him without revealing his identity.


Ironworkers union boss Joseph Dougherty sentenced in racketeering case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 02:13

Ironworkers union boss Joseph Dougherty sentenced in racketeering caseA longtime Philadelphia union boss has been sentenced in a racketeering case that accused him of using violence and intimidation to secure union jobs.


Attorney: Excavator operator to plead in building collapse

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 02:09
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An excavator operator charged in a building collapse that killed six people two years ago plans to plead guilty Tuesday to charges including involuntary manslaughter and causing a catastrophe, his attorney said.

Ain't misbehavin'? Broadway audience faux pas get spotlight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 02:08

FILE - In this May 12, 2012, file photo, a man takes a photo in front of the statue of theatrical legend George M. Cohan in the heart of New York's theater district. It's been a month of bad behavior among theatergoers in New York, including a teenager's attempt to charge his phone in a dummy outlet on a stage and an evening when Patti LuPone caught someone texting during her play and swiped the phone out of the patron's hand. (AP Photo/Chuck Zoeller, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway: Marimba ringtones! Rat-a-tat texting! The shaming "shhhhh!"


General jihadist propaganda may have inspired Chattanooga shooter: source

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 02:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General jihadist propaganda on the Internet may have inspired Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, who allegedly killed five servicemen in Tennessee on Thursday before being shot dead himself, a source close to the investigation told Reuters on Monday.

Cost of insurance forcing many in Detroit to 'drive dirty'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 02:03

In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 photo, motorists drive on Grand River Boulevard in Detroit. It’s called driving dirty and city officials estimate that one out of every two motorists living in Detroit is taking to the road without any type of auto insurance coverage. Data from CarInsurance.com shows the top 25 zip codes in the United States where drivers pay the most for car insurance are in Detroit, with some policies topping $5,000 annually. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — Like most Americans, the drivers of Detroit are required to carry auto insurance whenever they get behind the wheel, but many law-abiding residents can't afford the Motor City's highest-in-the-nation auto premiums, which top $5,000 a year in some neighborhoods.


Papal pilgrims overwhelm Philadelphia transit ticket system

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:46
City officials have already warned that with an estimated 2 million people expected to travel into the city for an open-air Mass in front of Philadelphia Museum of Art in September, Philadelphia's roads and railways are likely to overwhelmed. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, which operates the region's transit system, opened sales at 9 a.m. local time (1300 GMT) on Monday for the 175,000 rail tickets to be available on each day of the pope's Sept. 26-27 visit to the city, but said its website was quickly overwhelmed by some 900,000 visits in about ten minutes.

Police: Drunk driving suspect found naked on barn roof

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:29

 Drunk driving suspect found naked on barn roofState police say a drunken driving suspect ran away from the scene of a central Pennsylvania crash but was found on a nearby barn roof - naked - and arrested once he fell off.


State police: Drunk driving suspect found naked on barn roof

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:26

 Drunk driving suspect found naked on barn roofState police say a drunken driving suspect ran away from the scene of a central Pennsylvania crash but was found on a nearby barn roof - naked - and arrested once he fell off.


NYC mayor de Blasio says no to Uber's call to debate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:25
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is rejecting Uber's call to have a live debate about their differences.

USDA secretary not ready to declare bird flu outbreak over

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:18
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday that he's not ready to declare the Midwest bird flu outbreak over even though no new cases of the H5N2 virus have been detected over for over a month.

60 senior US national security leaders support Iran deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:13

Thomas Mayr-Harting, left, head of the delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, pours a glass of water for Iran's U.N. Ambassador, Gholamali Khoshroo, at United Nations headquarters, Monday, July 20, 2015. The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously endorsed the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and authorized a series of measures leading to the end of U.N. sanctions that have hurt Iran's economy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty national security leaders, ambassadors, military leaders and former Cabinet secretaries have signed a letter supporting the nuclear deal with Iran.


New York City has deadly weekend following violent crime drop

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:08
New York saw a spate of killings over the weekend, days after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a drop in fatal shootings and stabbings since the start of summer in some of the city's high-crime neighborhoods. Six men between the ages of 20 and 56 were shot or stabbed to death in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx between late on Friday and early Sunday, the New York City Police Department said. The weekend crime follows de Blasio's announcement on Wednesday that murders and shootings had dropped by about a third in areas of each of the boroughs under a police patrol program aimed at preventing a seasonal spike in crime.

Staying safe in the excessive heat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:06

Staying safe in the excessive heatThe Philadelphia Corporation for Aging has activated its heat hotline for the second day in a row. As bad as it is for the rest of us, this heat is downright dangerous for seniors.


Museum at Nixon's presidential library gets makeover

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 01:05

FILE - This July 26, 2004, file photo shows the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, Calif. The galleries at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum are getting a $25 million upgrade to add more audio and video features and include interactive touchscreens common to most modern museum exhibits, officials said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — A museum dedicated to Richard Nixon's presidency is getting a makeover that will include interactive exhibits appealing to younger, tech-savvy visitors, officials said Monday.


Philadelphia area's transit system halts papal pass sales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:48
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Overwhelming customer demand on Monday forced the Philadelphia area's transit system to halt the sale of special rail passes to be used during Pope Francis' September visit to the city.

Wisconsin Governor Walker signs 20-week abortion ban into law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:41
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican presidential hopeful, signed a bill into law on Monday banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy that makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. The law, which makes an exception for medical emergencies, set the cut-off at a time when some abortion rights opponents believe an unborn child can feel pain. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists disputes the threshold, saying research has found fetuses do not feel pain until 29 weeks after fertilization at the earliest.

Northern NY tax collector accused of falsifying her own bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:32
CANTON, N.Y. (AP) — A tax collector in northern New York has been arrested on allegations she falsified her own tax records to avoid paying up.

Searching for ET: Hawking to look for extraterrestrial life

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:30

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking sits in front of a presentation image during a press conference in London, Monday, July 20, 2015. Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian tech entrepreneur Yuri Milner are pushing the search for extraterrestrial life into higher gear. The pair said Monday the $100 million "Breakthrough Initiatives" program funded by Milner will harness computer power as never before in a search of the heavens. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian-born billionaire Yuri Milner on Monday announced an ambitious bid to combine vast computing capacity with the world's most powerful telescopes to intensify the so far fruitless search for extraterrestrial life.


Highlights of UN resolution endorsing Iran nuclear deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:28
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday endorsing the landmark deal reached by Iran and six world powers to rein in its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Here are the main points: