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4 charged in 'Grandparent Scam' targeting seniors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:28

4 charged in 'Grandparent Scam' targeting seniorsA grand jury investigation has led to charges against four people allegedly involved in a scheme that stole thousands of dollars from elderly victims throughout the country.


Homeowner convicted of killing woman on porch

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:27

Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during the seventh day of testimony for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Detroit. He said he feared for his life when he fired at McBride on his porch in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Wafer is charged with second-degree murder and could be sentenced to up to life in prison with the chance for parole, if he's convicted. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who insisted he killed an unarmed woman on his porch in self-defense was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday after the jury rejected his tearful claim that he fired through a screen door in the wee hours because he feared his life was at risk.


Florida lawmakers propose minor changes to congressional maps

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:27
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida lawmakers proposed on Thursday new congressional maps that made minimal changes to the boundaries a judge had found unconstitutional, in a ruling that raised the possibility of election delays in upcoming midterm races. Legislators reconvened for a hastily called special session under court orders to submit new boundaries for two of the state’s 27 U.S. congressional districts. Leaders opened with a proposal offering mostly minor tweaks to the boundaries rejected last month by Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis, who found the Republican-controlled Legislature had improperly rigged the maps to protect the party's majority in Washington. In question are the districts represented by north Florida Democrat Corrine Brown and Orlando-area Republican Daniel Webster, which were found to violate a voter-approved mandate that prohibited legislators from protecting incumbents.

Western farmers take hit from Russia food ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian diners will not be able to find creamy Dutch cheeses or juicy Polish apples in the grocery store or cook up chicken from the United States — the result of a Russian ban on most food imports from the West.

Del. officials find remains of 9 Jonestown victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:26

Del. officials find remains of 9 Jonestown victimsPolice say the cremated remains of nine victims of a 1978 mass cult suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, have turned up in a former funeral home in Delaware.


Russia Responds to Western Sanctions With Import Bans of Its Own

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:22
Moscow announced a ban on all beef, pork, fruit, vegetables and dairy products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway.






Chemicals found in New Castle water wells

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:22

Chemicals found in New Castle water wellsThere are new concerns over the drinking water in New Castle, Delaware after testing revealed traces of toxic chemicals in the city's well lines.


Poultry firms: Russia ban has little impact on US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:20
Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.

County Fair-goers: We were fed pot-laced chocolate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:19
DENVER (AP) — Three people say they were drugged after eating a chocolate bar that wasn't supposed to have marijuana in it at the Denver County Fair's new pot pavilion, and one of them has filed a lawsuit alleging the vendor was negligent.

Additional reward offered in Pennypack Park murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:19

Additional reward offered in Pennypack Park murderAs the investigation into the murder of a mother of two in Pennypack Park continues, an additional reward has been offered for the arrest of a suspect.


Sen. Walsh drops out of race amid plagiarism probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:18

This Tuesday, June 3, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., leaves the Capitol in Washington. A campaign spokeswoman says Walsh is taking personal time at his Helena home but declined to answer questions about whether he plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race amid allegations that he plagiarized a research paper. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,File)U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a 2007 research project he wrote for a master's degree, a Democrat close to the former National Guard commander's campaign said Thursday.


Additional reward offered in Pennypack Pack murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:17

Additional reward offered in Pennypack Park murderAs the investigation into the murder of a mother of two in Pennypack Park continues, an additional reward has been offered for the arrest of a suspect.


Huskies fall camp observations, Day 4

WA Huskies - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:16
 
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What's behind Hawaii's twin storms: Mostly luck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:11

This Aug. 5, 2014 satellite image provided by NASA shows two tropical Pacific Ocean hurricanes - Iselle at center and Julio at right - bearing down on Hawaii, top left. Hurricane Iselle is expected to reach Hawaii Thursday night, Aug. 7, 2014. Tracking close behind it is Hurricane Julio, which strengthened early Thursday into a Category 2 storm. (AP Photo/NASA)WASHINGTON (AP) — All sorts of weather factors came together for Hawaii's twin hurricane threat: stuck currents, an oddball brewing El Nino, slightly warmer water but mostly just bad luck.


US porch killer guilty of murder

BBC World News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:10
A Detroit-area man is found guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter for killing an unarmed black woman who banged on his door at night last year.
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U.S. Army ends questioning of ex-POW Bergdahl on capture by Taliban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:04

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The military completed its questioning of freed U.S. prisoner of war Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl on Thursday and a U.S. Army general must now recommend whether he should face charges over the circumstances that led to his capture by the Taliban. Bergdahl, who was released in May after five years of captivity in a controversial prisoner swap, was read his rights under military law, notifying him that he is a potential defendant in a criminal case. The questioning was "cordial" over two days by Major General Kenneth Dahl, who will now make a recommendation to the Pentagon on what punishment, if any, Bergdahl should face, Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, said in an interview.


Read excerpt on Super Bowl Sunday from a new Seahawks book

Seattle Seahawks - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:01
%%%ce7283f3055239d567e1da741b96e7f3%%%On the day the Seahawks play the Broncos in a preseason rematch of the Super Bowl, we've posted an excerpt on the Take 2 blog from a soon-to-be published book about the 2013 Seahawks season. Here's a link to the excerpt, which focuses on reaction to the Seahawks
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Michigan porch shooter found guilty of second-degree murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:01

Theodore Wafer sits in the court room during his arraignment in Detroit, MichiganBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A white suburban Detroit homeowner was found guilty on Thursday of second-degree murder in the shooting of an unarmed black teen on his porch in a case that set off protests and fanned racial tensions. Theodore Wafer, 55, sat stone-faced, staring straight ahead as the jury delivered its verdict after less than two full days of deliberations. The airport maintenance worker faces up to life in prison for killing Renisha McBride, 19, with a shotgun blast through his locked screen door after he was awakened in the early hours of Nov. 2 by repeated, violent knocking on his door. Although the killing sparked protests in Dearborn Heights and comparisons to the 2012 Florida shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was also unarmed, race played little role in the 11-day trial.


Outdoor Sculpture and More in the New York Region

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:59
A selection of outdoor art exhibitions, at Madison Square, City Hall Park, the High Line, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Governors Island and Storm King.

Washington State Attorney General to defend marijuana initiative

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:56
City of Fife asserts federal preemption argument in marijuana case, AG will defend I-502.