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Bitcoin promoter pleads guilty to unlicensed use of currency

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 04:47

Charlie Shrem, 24, pleaded guilty at a hearing in New York federal court to one count of aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business. A co-conspirator, Robert Faiella, 54, pleaded guilty to a similar charge, and both men face up to five years in prison when they appear again in court in January. "I knew that much of the business on Silk Road involved the buying and selling of narcotics," Shrem said in court. "We believe he is at least one step more removed from the heartland of illegal conduct, which is really Silk Road," the lawyer said.

Amazon, U.S. mail test grocery deliveries around San Francisco

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 04:45 Inc has begun using the U.S. Postal Service to deliver groceries on a trial basis in the San Francisco area, in a potential boost for the online retailer's fledgling but gradually expanding "AmazonFresh" service. The postal service began a 60-day trial in the first week of August, shipping small grocery parcels in insulated bags right to buyers' doorsteps between 3am and 7am in the morning, where demand for delivery is generally at its lowest. Depending on how things go, the partners may consider expanding beyond the city and going nationwide, a spokeswoman for the postal service said.

Ebola-infected doctor heading to Nebraska

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:52

Third U.S. aid worker infected with virus during current outbreak to be treated in Omaha, Neb.

Hacker breached officials

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:51

A hacker broke into part of the insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software, according to federal officials.

Court strikes down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin, Indiana

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:30

A U.S. appeals court in Chicago ruled Thursday that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution — thereby bumping the number of states where gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21.

Turkey arrests 19 jihadists in border province

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:17

Turkey has arrested 19 militants affiliated with the Islamic State in its southern province of Gaziantep bordering Syria, its governor said on Thursday. Gaziantep province governor Erdal Ata vehemently denied claims that the region was being used as a rear base for IS militants, saying Turkey was doing all it can to arrest or deport suspected IS members. The governor also said police had caught suspected IS-linked jihadists coming from Europe or Caucasus, carrying backpacks, at the Gaziantep airport or at the border. He however strongly denied the claims that Gaziantep province hosted a camp of IS militants after some pictures purporting to show such a facility circulated in media outlets last week.

DOJ to investigate Ferguson police, review county force

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:09

The Justice Department announced on Thursday it will launch a civil investigation into the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white policeman last month. The probe is the second federal investigation spurred by Brown's death at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson, which sparked days of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson. The Justice Department is simultaneously investigating possible criminal charges against the police officer who shot Brown.

Joan Rivers: Remembering a Legend

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:06

Yahoo News looks back at the legendary career of comedian and fashion icon Joan Rivers who died in New York City on September 4, 2014 at the age of 81.

BP ruled 'grossly negligent' in Gulf oil spill

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:58

BP potentially faces billions of dollars in new fines after a New Orleans judge concluded it acted with "gross negligence" ahead of the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Federal court judge Carl Barbier said that the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig blowout, which killed 11 and spilled millions of barrels of oil into Gulf waters, happened because BP's US subsidiaries, along with oil-services company Halliburton and rig owner Transocean, did not take adequate care in drilling a risky well. Barbier said that the British oil giant knew that the Macondo well it was drilling, called by some working on it the "well from hell", was particularly dangerous because of the high danger of a blowout. BP's decisions throughout the drilling process qualified as "gross negligence" because they were "an extreme departure from the care required under the circumstances or a failure to exercise even a slight care."

Cops seek charges in revolting 'Ice Bucket Challenge' prank

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:41

Outraged police in a northeast Ohio suburb are pledging to bring charges against those responsible for dumping a bucket allegedly containing feces and body fluids on a special needs student who was told it was part of the "Ice Bucket Challenge" fundraiser.

Millions of job openings, so why aren’t companies hiring?

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:34

When it comes to jobs, the number of them added for August came in lighter than expectations at 142,000 (analysts were looking for 230,000). Other data reveals plenty of help is wanted, but employers aren't hurrying to hire. We talk to University of Chicago economist Steven Davis about why firms are waiting the longest to fill job openings in 13 years, according to an index he created.

Obamacare could face major setback

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:07

An appeals court may limit the availability of federal health insurance subsidies for millions.

Man arrested in death of missing Ariz. girl

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:05

The 8-year-old's body has been found, police confirmed.

U.S. fast-food workers arrested in protests for wage hike

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:04
About 400 protesters clogged Times Square during morning rush hour in the latest of ongoing actions aimed at raising their wage to $15 an hour. They hoisted placards reading "Stick together for $15 and union rights," and some held a sit-in at a McDonald's restaurant, prompting 19 arrests for disorderly conduct. Sit-ins also were held in several more cities, and a total of 86 arrests were reported among protesters in Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas and Little Rock, Arkansas, organizers said. Another nine protesters were arrested in Boston, according to a Reuters witness.

Science experiment goes awry, injures 13 at Nevada museum

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:00

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A woman said she and her family were watching a tabletop science demonstration at a Nevada science museum when it erupted in a chemical flash, briefly setting her niece on fire while injuring 13 people.

New suit alleging sex abuse filed against former Penn State coach

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:51

By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - An 18-year-old youth who says he was molested several times about six years ago by now-convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the former Penn State assistant football coach. The plaintiff, identified only as D.F, is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, plus punitive damages, from Sandusky, his former charity and Pennsylvania State University, according to the complaint. Bret Southard, lawyer for the plaintiff, said his client was not one of the 10 boys involved in the criminal case against Sandusky in June 2012, although he was interviewed by the Pennsylvania State Police that April. "It is my understanding that the attorney general is still considering bringing another set of criminal charges against Jerry Sandusky, and my client would be part of that,” Southard said Thursday.

Problems with inmate's IV line led to botched Okla. execution

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:48

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma investigators recommended more training for the state's execution team Thursday after finding that, out of a sense of modesty, no one monitored an intravenous line that had been placed in the groin of an inmate who writhed and groaned during a lengthy execution.

Father whose son died in hot car charged with murder

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:38

ATLANTA (AP) — More than two months after his son's death in a hot car, a Georgia man who prosecutors say sat in his office exchanging nude photos with women while his son languished for hours was charged with murder on Thursday.

BP seriously negligent in Gulf spill: Judge

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:35

Ruling of reckless conduct leaves company open to billions in penalties in worst offshore oil spill.

Dozens of Iraqis kidnapped by ISIL-linked militants

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:34

Residents say militants affiliated with the extremist Islamic State group have kidnapped dozens of men from a Sunni village north of Baghdad.