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Jury finds Colorado theater shooter James Holmes guilty of murder, eligible for death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 06:16
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jury finds Colorado theater shooter James Holmes guilty of murder, eligible for death penalty.

Villanova man facing child pornography charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 06:15

Villanova man facing child pornography chargesA Villanova man is facing a long list of charges after investigators say they found thousands of images of child pornography on his computer.


Senator: Compensate residents near site of atomic bomb test

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 06:14

FILE - This July 16, 1945 photo, shows the mushroom cloud of the first atomic explosion at Trinity Test Site, New Mexico. Thursday, July 16, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the Trinity Test in southern New Mexico comes amid renewed interest in the Manhattan Project thanks to new books, online video testimonies and the WGN America drama series “Manhattan.(AP Photo, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — People who lived near the site of the first atomic bomb test in the New Mexico desert and later developed cancer and other health problems need to be compensated, a U.S. senator said Thursday.


Chinese national pleads guilty in Pennsylvania to test-taking scam

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 06:12
Biyuan Li, 25, of Boston, was accused of helping create a fake passport for Han Tong, 24, of Pittsburgh, so that Tong could take a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for him, prosecutors said. Accused members of the ring used counterfeit Chinese passports to take the exams and pose as the person who was applying to top schools, prosecutors said.

Greek banks to reopen after cash pledge from lenders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 06:08

Pensioners wait for the opening of the national bank of Greece to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) for the week in central Athens, Thursday, July 16, 2015. Greece’s troubled left-wing government is seeking urgent relief from European lenders on Thursday, after it pushed a harsh austerity package thought parliament, triggering a revolt in the ruling party and violent demonstrations in central Athens. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Thursday won vital pledges of support from bailout lenders needed to keep its economy from collapsing, but officials in Athens said the painful austerity measures demanded in return were likely to force an election within months.


2 wanted for scamming elderly with sob story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 06:08

2 wanted for scamming elderly with sob storyThe search is on for a pair of scammers who are using an elaborate sob story to convince goodhearted residents in Delaware County to give them large sums of cash.


Planned Parenthood head sorry for tone in video on fetal tissue use

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 05:58

Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, waves after addressing the second session of the Democratic National Convention in CharlottePlanned Parenthood's president apologized on Thursday for the "tone and statements" of a senior staff member who was secretly recorded in a video that critics say suggests the U.S. reproductive health organization sells aborted fetal tissue. Despite Planned Parenthood's denials of the allegation, the video's release earlier this week has rapidly spurred investigations in the Republican-led U.S. Congress. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a new video statement that the nonprofit organization does not profit from fetal tissue donation.


FBI: premature to speculate on motives behind Chattanooga shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 05:57
The FBI said on Thursday it was premature to speculate on the motives of a gunman who killed four Marines at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and that it was working with Chattanooga police to investigate the attack. The suspect, whom the FBI identified as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, was fatally shot in the incident. "While it would be premature to speculate on the motives of the shooter at this time, we will conduct a thorough investigation of this tragedy and provide updates as they are available," the agency said in a statement.

Coast Guard reopens flood-swollen Illinois River to barge traffic

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 05:55
The U.S. Coast Guard reopened a flood-swollen section of the Illinois River to commercial traffic on Thursday after the key grain shipping waterway began to drop from near record-high crests hit earlier this week. About a dozen barge tows that had been stranded by the two-day closure of a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the river between Kampsville and Versailles, Illinois, were allowed to transit south toward the Mississippi River and on to the Gulf Coast, industry sources said. The Mississippi River and tributaries such as the Illinois and Ohio rivers supply the bulk of corn and soybeans that are exported from Gulf Coast terminals.

Rt. 202 reopens after tractor trailer crash in Upper Merion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 05:54

Rt. 202 reopens after tractor trailer crash in Upper MerionTraffic is moving again after an overturned tractor trailer shutdown a major interchange in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County.


1st guilty plea entered in Chinese test-taking indictment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 05:54
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The first of 15 Chinese citizens indicted in a college entrance exam test-taking scandal pleaded guilty Thursday before a federal judge in Pittsburgh.

Daugaard urges watchfulness, care on roads for Sturgis rally

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 05:53

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, motorcyclists ride down a street in Sturgis, S.D., for the opening day of the 74th Annual Motorcycle Rally. Organizers expect 1 million people for the weeklong 75th Sturgis rally which begins Aug. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Toby Brusseau, File)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Officials in South Dakota who have spent years planning for what could be a record-setting 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally said Thursday they are as prepared as possible for the expected influx of bikers to the Black Hills area next month.


Officials: 4 Marines killed in military attacks in Tenn., gunman ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 05:09

 4 Marines killed in military attacks in Tenn., gunman ID'dA U.S. official says the gunman in the shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee has been identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.


SeaWorld suspends worker accused of posing as PETA activist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 05:08

FILE - In this file photo taken on Nov. 30, 2006, a young girl watches through the glass as a killer whale passes by while swimming in a display tank at SeaWorld, in San Diego. SeaWorld suspended an employee accused of posing for years as an animal-rights activist and trying to incite violence among peaceful protesters, company officials said, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Park, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld suspended an employee accused of posing for years as an animal-rights activist and trying to incite violence among peaceful protesters, company officials said.


Pennsylvania lawyer indicted for insider trading ahead of merger

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 05:08
Herbert Sudfeld, 64, was charged with five counts including securities fraud and making a false statement in an indictment filed in federal court in Philadelphia. Prosecutors said Sudfeld engaged in the insider trading while he was a partner at a law firm that represented insurer Harleysville Group Inc in its $760 million merger with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co [NMUIC.UL] in 2011.

Judge rejects government argument in No Fly List lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 05:07

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2011 file photo, Gulet Mohamed, surrounded by family, speaks at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va. A federal judge has rejected the U.S. government's effort to invoke its state-secrets privilege to quash a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of its No Fly List. Government lawyers had argued it would be impossible to adjudicate the case without exposing state secrets about the individual involved and the process used to place people on the list. Mohamed filed the suit in 2011 after he was denied boarding on a flight back to the U.S. from Kuwait. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday rejected the U.S. government's effort to invoke its state-secrets privilege to quash a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of its No Fly List.


Man accused of fatally beating boy had prior abuse charge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 05:05

This Feb. 13, 2015 photo provided by Daniel Fletcher shows Jack Garcia in Goleta, Calif. Police arrested Oriana Garcia, 26, and Jacob Barajas, 23, on Monday, July 13, and charged them with second-degree murder in Jack Garcia's death. He died July 5, from injuries police say were inflicted as punishment for eating a piece of birthday cake without permission. (Daniel Fletcher via AP).FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A man accused in the fatal beating of a 9-year-old boy over a piece of missing birthday cake was charged in 2010 with abusing another child, according to court records and the abused girl's mother.


U.S. investigating whether Chattanooga gunman inspired by Islamic State: officials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 05:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials said on Thursday that law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the Chattanooga gunman who killed four Marines was inspired by Islamic State or a similar militant group. The FBI identified the gunman as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24. News reports said he was a naturalized American born in Kuwait. (Reporting by Mark Hosenball and Lindsay Dunsmuir)

Obama visits prison to call for a fairer justice system

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 05:04

CORRECTS LAST NAME OF WADE TO CHRISTENSEN FROM FALLIN - Wade Christensen, left, looks on as Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., center, shakes hands with President Barack Obama after he arrived at Tinker Air Force Base, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Obama is traveling in Oklahoma to visit El Reno Federal Correctional Institution. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — Peering from the back seat of his armored black limousine, President Barack Obama rode into a razor wire-surrounded federal prison Thursday and said he met young inmates "who made mistakes that aren't that different than the mistakes I made."


12 flights report being lit by lasers over New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 05:03

12 flights report being lit by lasers over New JerseyThe Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after 11 commercial flights and one military flight reported they were illuminated by lasers while flying over New Jersey.