Saturday, January 31, 2015 09:40

Uber says outside review shows customer data safe, private
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies says that if you catch a ride with one of its drivers, your personal and financial data are safe — from Uber itself.
Second California patient tests negative for Ebola hours after first
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Two patients hospitalized in Sacramento, California, and tested for possible Ebola infection were found to be free of the deadly virus within hours of each other on Friday. The first patient, whose case came to light on Thursday, was transferred that day to the University of California-Davis Medical Center from a smaller hospital after having traveled recently in West Africa and exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms, officials said...
Sumptuous seaside hotel sells for record-shattering $360M
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping $360 million.
Stanford ex-student denies rape of unconscious woman outside frat
A member of the Stanford University swim team charged with rape after he was seen on top of a motionless woman outside a fraternity told police she consented to being fondled and they both were drinking, according to an account presented in court. Freshman Brock Allen Turner, 19, an Ohio native, has been charged with five felonies, including rape, rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person and assault...
Treasurer McCord to plead guilty in campaign finance case
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rob McCord, who resigned abruptly Friday after serving six years as Pennsylvania's elected treasurer, plans to plead guilty to federal charges accusing him of using his office to threaten potential campaign donors during his failed gubernatorial primary race last year.
Defense in Etan Patz murder trial in New York attacks confession
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mental illness sparked a false confession by the accused killer of Etan Patz and the real suspect in the 1979 disappearance of the boy in New York City is another man - a convicted child molester - a defense attorney told the jury on Friday. In his opening statement at the murder trial of Pedro Hernandez, the attorney said investigations both immediately after the boy vanished on May 25, 1979 and later in 2012 turned up nothing to connect the former delicatessen worker to the crime, except his own words in a 2012 confession to police...
New York City settles with family of slain black teen for $3.9 million
(Reuters) - New York City has settled with the family of an unarmed black teen fatally shot by police in 2012, agreeing to pay $3.9 million, officials said on Friday. Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot dead on Feb. 2, 2012 inside the bathroom of his Bronx apartment after being followed by police officers who said they believed he was carrying a gun. "This was a tragic case," New York City Law Department spokesman Nicholas Paolucci said in an email...
Parents of teen girl killed by Denver police demand federal probe
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The parents of a 17-year-old girl shot dead this week by Denver police while she was driving a stolen car have called for a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation into her death. The teen's parents, Jose Hernandez and Laura Rosales, said in a letter sent to U.S. Attorney John Walsh that Denver police have a history of conducting lengthy investigations that "serve only to exonerate its officers...
1st time advertisers make a play with Super Bowl spots
NEW YORK (AP) — More Super Bowl ad rookies will be trying to score a touchdown this Sunday.
10 Super Bowl ads that everyone will be talking about
NEW YORK (AP) — It's almost show time.
What slowing economy? US consumers are in a mood to spend
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.
City will pay $3.9M in 2012 NY police shooting of Bronx teen
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City agreed Friday to pay $3.9 million to the family of a black Bronx teenager shot to death by a white police officer in 2012.
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Today is Saturday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2015. There are 334 days left in the year.
Accuweather: Friday Evening Snow Squalls, Sunday Night Snow
Meteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking bitter cold winds chills followed by a winter storm.
Buyer Beware: Online puppy sales scam
A growing number of people are finding their family pets from breeders who advertise online but buyers beware - many websites are actually scammers in disguise.
Motorcycle crash victim meets donors whose blood saved him
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters Friday, people he had never met but knew had saved his life.
No charges in reported carjacking attempt of Homeland Security agent in Wilmington
Authorities say no charges will be filed against a man taken into custody after what was reported as an attempted carjacking of a Homeland Security special agent in Wilmington, Delaware.
Serial home burglar sought in Bucks, Montgomery counties
Police in Bucks and Montgomery counties are trying to catch a serial burglar who they believe to be behind at least 20 daytime home robberies.
PA State Treasurer Rob McCord to plead guilty to federal charges
Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord announced his resignation is effective immediately and that he is planning to plead guilty to charges stemming from a federal investigation.
California truckers win $2 million in wage theft suit
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Seven Los Angeles-area truckers have won a $2 million claim against an international shipping company accused of stealing their wages by improperly classifying them as independent contractors and charging them to lease its trucks to drive. In a decision with implications for hundreds of companies and thousands of truckers in Southern California alone, a San Diego County Superior Court judge held that the seven plaintiffs should have been defined as employees of Pacer Cartage under California's labor law, not as independent owner-operators...