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NYC police union denies choke hold used in man's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 03:46

A demonstrator holds a poster critical of NYPD outside the funeral of Eric Garner in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York police union leader denied on Tuesday that officers used a choke hold while trying to arrest a Staten Island man who later died, saying the coroner's finding in the case was politically motivated. "This was not a choke hold," Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said at a press conference, referring to a July 17 incident in which Eric Garner, who was accused of selling illegal cigarettes, died in a scuffle with police. "It was a big man who had to be brought to the ground to be placed under arrest by shorter police officers," Lynch said.

Spurs Hire Becky Hammon as N.B.A.’s First Full-Time Female Coach

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 03:44
Hammon, 37, the former Liberty player who is retiring from a 16-season playing career in the W.N.B.A., spent much of last season in an unofficial capacity with the Spurs.

Residents evacuated after mudslide topples Utah home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 03:44
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A mudslide toppled one home in Utah on Tuesday and forced the evacuation of 20 others and a tennis club below a hillside that city officials said had already shown signs of stress.  The mudslide appears to be 200- to 300-feet wide and roughly the same length, said Len Arave, mayor of North Salt Lake, a community about eight miles north of Salt Lake City. Rocks and dirt from the slope began moving early on Tuesday, the mayor told Reuters, crashing through one house and damaging a retaining wall and the Eagle Ridge Tennis and Swim Club next door.  The mudslide started about 12 hours after a heavy summer storm dumped almost an inch of rain on the area in one hour, said Mike Conger, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Appeal filed in Tenn. nuke protest case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 03:42
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorneys have filed an appeal in the case of an 84-year-old nun and two other activists convicted of breaking into and defacing a storage bunker holding bomb-grade uranium in a peace demonstration at a Tennessee weapons plant.

Seahawks’ Paul Richardson ready to see NFL action in familiar territory

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 03:40
Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson plans to play in Thursday’s exhibition opener in Denver. Playing for Colorado last season, Richardson had a big receiving day at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
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Steve Ballmer on buying the Clippers: ‘This was probably the best path for me to take’

NBA - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 03:39
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke to reporters before a charity round of celebrity golf ahead of this month’s Boeing Classic. He expressed regret at leaving the group fronted by Chris Hansen, but said the opportunity to buy the Los Angeles Clippers was too big to pass up.
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Texas eased rules for housing immigrant children

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 03:36
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Overwhelmed by the arrival of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children, the state of Texas relaxed its standards for the shelters that house them, easing rules governing how much space each child needs and what kind of facilities they should have.

5-year-old shoots, injures 3-year-old in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 03:36

Firearms Enthusiasts Practice Shooting At Gun RangePUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Police say that a 5-year-old playing with a gun shot and injured a 3-year-old girl in Colorado.

Washington State raises Mike Leach’s salary by $500,000

WA Cougars - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:46
Cougars also adds $500,000 to the salary pool for assistant coaches
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