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Police search for missing Montgomery County teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:59

Police search for missing Montgomery County teenPolice in Springfield, Montgomery County are asking for your help in their search for a missing 16-year-old boy.

Key hearing on Detroit's historic bankruptcy begins in U.S. court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:57

A City of Detroit Water and Sewerage man-hole cover is seen along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood of DetroitBy Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit will not recover, and it may not survive as a major city if its debts are not significantly reduced during bankruptcy, a city attorney told a federal judge at the start of a critical phase of the case on Tuesday. As Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr looked on in the courtroom, Bruce Bennett, an attorney for the city, sought to convince Judge Steven Rhodes that Detroit's 1,034-page plan to adjust $18 billion of debt would save the city. "There is no doubt, your honor, that progress has been made, but Detroit is still a city in distress," said Bennett, an attorney with the Jones Day law firm, in his opening statement. The plan is aimed at reducing Detroit's debt by about $7 billion and reinvesting as much as $1.7 billion in the city, according to Bennett.

Anti-poverty group urges G20 to tackle corruption

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:26
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Anti-poverty organization ONE is urging leaders of the 20 largest economies to act decisively at an annual summit in November against money laundering, bribery, tax evasion and corruption which it estimates costs the world's poorest countries more than $1 trillion a year.

3 dead in SC shooting rampage; gunman kills self

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:26
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities say a gunman killed two security guards and his stepfather and wounded a police officer before fatally shooting himself in the head.

Obama increases U.S. force protecting embassy in Baghdad

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:17

President Obama departs Washington for a trip to Estonia and WalesBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has ordered an increase of about 350 troops in Baghdad to protect the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital and is sending top officials to the Middle East to "build a stronger regional partnership" against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Tuesday. The White House said the additional troops heading to Baghdad would not serve in a combat role.

Senator Begich pulls campaign commercial using grisly murder, rape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:10
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska Democrat Mark Begich has canceled a re-election campaign attack commercial citing grisly murders and child rape after the victims' family complained, the latest standoff in a key race for Republicans' bid to recapture control of the U.S. The commercial, which aired on Friday, featured an ex-Anchorage police officer accusing Begich's Republican challenger Dan Sullivan, Alaska's former Attorney General, of on-the-job mistakes that led to sex offenders escaping with lighter sentences.

Three killed, two injured in Kansas City shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:08
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - Three people were killed and two more critically injured in a shooting spree in a south Kansas City neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Law enforcement officials were called to the residential area known as Woodbridge, near an upscale country club, shortly before 1 p.m. CDT. They found five victims with gunshot wounds, three of whom died at the scene, according to a statement by the Kansas City, Missouri, police department.

Opponents of high-speed rail project petition California Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 09:52
Opponents of California's controversial $68 billion high-speed rail project petitioned the California Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing a court of appeals decision ignored the financial protections of voters. The plaintiffs, which include a farmer, a landowner and Kings County, requested the state's Supreme Court examine an earlier appeals court decision that allowed municipal bonds to fund high-speed rail. Also on Tuesday, the Third District Court of Appeal denied a request for rehearing the case. Stuart Flashman, one of the attorneys for plaintiffs, said the California legislature had made specific promises to voters in Proposition 1A, a 2008 ballot measure that proposed to partially fund high-speed rail through almost $10 billion of bonds.

Australian PM Abbott doesn't rule out boots on ground in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 09:47
By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday declined to rule out sending combat troops to support U.S. air strikes in Iraq, amid a growing confrontation with radical Islamists who have seized large swaths of that country and neighboring Syria. Abbott was asked by a journalist whether "boots on the ground" were needed to push back the Islamic State militant group, which on Tuesday released a video purporting to show the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff. ...

US rejects Norwegian Air bid for US-Europe flights

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 09:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case that has labor and trade policy implications, the Obama administration on Tuesday rejected a request that would have immediately permitted a low-cost air carrier to begin flights between the U.S. and Europe while the government is still reviewing its application for new service.

Immigration trial set for Jerusalem bomb convict

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 09:25
DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a Nov. 4 trial for a Chicago-area Arab leader accused of covering up her conviction in a fatal terrorist bombing in Jerusalem when she entered the U.S.

Son of ex-Bush aide pleads guilty in Md. slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 09:17
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — The son of a former aide to President George W. Bush has pleaded guilty to killing a friend with a hatchet and will be committed to a state psychiatric facility.

Recovery knocks 21 fish species from watch list

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 09:05
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twenty-one species of fish made the leap Tuesday off a watch list of seafood to avoid as unsustainably overfished, leaving conservationists and many fishermen and chefs celebrating the turnaround of a West Coast fishing ground declared an economic disaster area by the federal government just 14 years ago.

Girl who fatally shot Arizona gun instructor said weapon was too powerful

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 09:04

Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White HillsBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A 9-year-old girl who fatally shot a gun range instructor with an Uzi submachine gun last week told her mother immediately afterward that the weapon was too much for her to handle and had hurt her shoulder, a sheriff's report released on Tuesday said. The girl's family also did not realize right away that the instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, had been struck by a round from the gun, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office report. Vacca had been showing the girl how to fire an Uzi at the Arizona Last Stop gun range in White Hills last week when the recoil caused her to lose control of the high-powered weapon, the sheriff's office has said. Vacca was struck by at least one bullet and later died, in an accident that touched off debate over the wisdom of giving children access to high-powered firearms, even in a controlled setting such as a gun range.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 09:00

A column of destroyed Ukrainian military vehicles are seen near the village of Novokaterynivka, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Ukrainian troops have over the past week suffered a string of major military losses in their offensive against Russian-backed separatist rebels, losing large swathes of territory and having hundreds of soldiers captured. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

Judges recommend $1.4B penalty against PG&E

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:50

File - In this Sept. 9, 2010 file photo, a massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. California regulatory judges issued a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 against the state's largest utility for a lethal 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in flames, killing eight people and prompting national alerts about the oversight of aging pipelines. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday — the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state — for a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a suburban San Francisco neighborhood.

New video appears to show execution of Steven Sotloff by ISIS

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:38

New video appears to show execution of Steven Sotloff by ISISIslamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people."

Despite dangers, U.S. journalist Sotloff was determined to record Arab Spring's human toll

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:38

A video purportedly shows U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff kneeling next to a masked Islamic State fighter holding a knife in an unknown location in this still image from video released by Islamic StateBy Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even for a freelance journalist covering the tumult in the Arab world, Steven Sotloff's travels seemed nonstop. In December, he was in northern Syria, writing about the lives of destitute, displaced Syrians and the war, according to his published reports and his communications with colleagues and editors. It's pretty bad here," he e-mailed another journalist. "I've been sleeping at a front, hiding from tanks the past few nights, drinking rain water." In August 2013, telling colleagues he understood the dangers, Sotloff returned to Syria, slipping across the border from Turkey.

Apple: Some nude shots taken from stars' accounts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:37

FILE - In this Sunday, March 2, 2014, file photo, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. A publicist for Lawrence says the actress has contacted authorities after nude photos of her were apparently stolen and posted online. Intimate images of the Oscar-winning actress began appearing online on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, and nude images purported to be of other female celebrities were also being circulated online. The source of the leak was not immediately known. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple said Tuesday that hackers obtained nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities by pilfering images from individual accounts rather than through a broader attack on the company's services.

Dominican president vetoes new national park

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:31
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A proposal to create a new national park that would have blocked the expansion of a nickel mine in the forested mountains of the central Dominican Republic was vetoed Tuesday by President Danilo Medina.