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China ship righted to speed up search for hundreds missing

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 00:01

JIANLI, China (AP) — The Eastern Star's top-deck cabins with smashed blue roofs jutted out of gray water Friday after Chinese disaster teams righted the capsized river cruiser to ease the search for more than 340 people still missing. So far, 97 bodies have been found.

On the Wisconsin border, little enthusiasm for Walker's tax cuts

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 21:28

By Andy Sullivan SUPERIOR, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Shortly after taking office in 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker traveled to this hardscrabble port city to unveil a new sign that announced his plan to slash taxes and lure companies from nearby Minnesota. In the years since, Walker has cut state taxes by $2 billion as his state has climbed out of recession. Unemployment in Superior now stands at 4.6 percent, down nearly by half since Walker took office.

California drought not helping water funds, but stocks prosper

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 21:13

By David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - The record California drought, now in its fourth year, is prompting fund managers to dive into the shares of water technology companies. Fund managers from T. Rowe Price, Janus, and Mairs & Power are among those that have increased their stakes in firms such as Ecolab Inc, Roper Technologies Inc and Flowserve Corp that make smart meters, efficient heaters, and software that helps restaurants, hotels and homeowners cut back on their water usage. Shares of Roper Technologies Inc, which makes leak testing and flow measurement equipment, are up nearly 13 percent for the year.

China suspected in massive breach of federal personnel data

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 18:43

China-based hackers are suspected of stealing data on at least 4 million federal workers.

China rescuers right ship to speed up search for missing

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 18:09

JIANLI, China (AP) — Top-deck cabins poked out of the water from a capsized river cruise ship on the Yangtze on Friday after disaster teams righted the vessel to quicken the search for more than 360 victims still missing.

Massive cyber attack hits U.S. federal workers, probe focuses on China

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 17:58

By Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers broke into U.S. government computers, possibly compromising the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees, and investigators were probing whether the culprits were based in China, U.S. officials said on Thursday. In the latest in a string of intrusions into U.S. agencies' high-tech systems, the Office of Personnel Management suffered what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of information ever on government workers. A U.S. law enforcement source told Reuters a "foreign entity or government" was believed to be behind the cyber attack.

First undocumented immigrant to become California lawyer earns green card

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 17:19
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A lawyer who became the first undocumented immigrant in California to earn a law license received a green card on Thursday after more than a 20-year wait, exempting him from deportation and allowing him to expand his career. Sergio Garcia, a Mexican native, became a personal injury attorney in Northern California in 2014 after the California legislature passed a statute allowing undocumented immigrants to become attorneys. "I’ve always wanted to be my own boss." Garcia applied for his green card in 1994 after immigrating at age 17, but the application became mired in a backlog.

U.S. officials: Data on 4 million government workers hacked

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 15:19

China-based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. government personnel office and stealing identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers, American officials ...

Cyber attack hits 4 million current, former U.S. federal workers

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 14:48

By Doina Chiacu and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers breached the computers of the U.S. government agency that collects personnel information for federal workers in a massive cyber attack that compromised the data of about 4 million current and former employees, U.S. officials said on Thursday. A U.S. law enforcement source told Reuters a foreign entity or government was believed to be behind the cyber intrusion against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and media reports said authorities suspected it originated in China. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had launched a probe and would hold the culprits accountable.

U.S. officials: Massive breach of federal personnel data

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 13:17

The Obama administration is scrambling to assess the impact of a massive data breach involving the agency that handles security clearances and employee records, U.S. officials said Thursday. A congressional ...

U.S. lawmakers eyeing stronger protections for pregnant workers

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:17

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to boost protections for pregnant workers in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that revived discrimination claims by a former United Parcel Service Inc driver. Federal law currently prohibits employers from firing, refusing to hire or otherwise discriminating against pregnant women. The bill, sponsored by Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, would require employers to make minor modifications to job duties for pregnant employees.

Rick Perry joins crowded GOP field in 2016 race

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 08:59

Yahoo’s Bianna Golodryga and guests take a closer look at the former Texas governor’s chances and the crowded GOP field.

Retrial granted in death of Washington intern Chandra Levy

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 08:28

A District of Columbia judge on Thursday granted a new trial to the man convicted of killing federal intern Chandra Levy in 2001, a case that contributed to a politician's downfall. Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher ordered the retrial for Ingmar Guandique, 34, after prosecutors dropped their opposition to defense lawyers' request for a new trial in the case, which had riveted the U.S. capital. Defense lawyers had argued that a key witness had lied and court records showed the new trial was assigned to Judge Robert Morin.

Baltimore prosecutor seeks to block release of Freddie Gray autopsy

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:55

(Reuters) - Baltimore's top prosecutor plans to seek a protective order that would block the release of Freddie Gray's autopsy report and other documents as she prosecutes police over his arrest, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby told the newspaper that prosecutors "have a duty to ensure a fair and impartial process for all parties involved" and "will not be baited into litigating this case through the media." Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died on April 19 from a spinal injury suffered in police custody. Mosby has charged six officers with violations ranging from misconduct in office to, in one case, second-degree murder.

U.S. activist Pamela Geller says Boston beheading plot targeted her

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 06:15

A woman who organized a May event in Texas highlighting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed said she was the target of a man who federal prosecutors said had planned to behead police officers in Boston. Pamela Geller told CNN on Thursday that she believed that Usamaah Abdullah Rahim, whom police said they shot dead on Tuesday after he allegedly confronted them with a large knife, had intended to come after her. Gunmen had targeted Geller's event.

Bush and Clinton seem inevitable. Except to voters.

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 03:24

Voters aren't going to have their nominees dictated to them, Yahoo's Matt Bai writes.

Widow files wrongful death lawsuit in California against Suge Knight, rappers

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 03:18

(Reuters) - A widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Marion "Suge" Knight, accusing the rap mogul of carelessly striking and killing her husband with his pickup truck during a fight outside a Southern California fast-food restaurant, court documents showed. Universal Pictures, along with rappers Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, were also named in the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles by Lillian Carter, whose husband Terry was killed in the Jan. 29 incident in Compton, California. Knight, 50, was charged on Feb. 2 in criminal court with murder and attempted murder, accused of running over Carter, 55, and another man with his pickup after an argument on the set of a commercial for the film "Straight Outta Compton." He has pleaded not guilty.

Accused former FIFA Vice President Warner vows to tell all

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 02:52

Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, a central figure in world soccer's deepening scandal, has vowed to tell investigators all he knows about corruption within the sport's governing body. In a paid political address entitled "The gloves are off" broadcast in Trinidad and Tobago late on Wednesday, Warner said he feared for his life, but would reveal everything he knows. "There can be no reversal of the course of action I've now embarked upon," said Warner, a prominent local politician and businessman.