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Florida sheriff: Grandfather shoots, kills 6 grandchildren, his daughter and himself

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:48
BELL, Fla. (AP) — Florida sheriff: Grandfather shoots, kills 6 grandchildren, his daughter and himself.

Roads blocked near home of suspect in Pa. trooper shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:44

Suspect in Pa. trooper shooting on 'FBI Most Wanted' listThe hunt for a man charged with killing a Pennsylvania State Police trooper appeared to intensify late Thursday as authorities blocked roads around the home of the suspect's parents.


Feds release $71.5M withheld during migrant crisis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:25
MIAMI (AP) — Groups that provide refugee services across the United States expressed relief Thursday after the federal government announced the release of $71.5 million it had reprogrammed in June to deal with the thousands of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border this year.

U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:21

Free Syrian Army fighters carry a rocket before firing it towards Hama military airport that is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad, in the Hama countrysideBy Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militant group. The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for one of Obama's high-profile initiatives. With the House of Representatives approving the legislation on Wednesday, the measure now goes to Obama to sign into law. Ten Senate Democrats and 12 Republicans voted no. ...


Obama says Congress vote shows Americans united against Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:21
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress for the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebels showed Americans were united in the fight against Islamic State militants. Obama spoke at the White House shortly after the Senate voted 78-22 to approve his plan to help the rebels battle the Sunni militant group that has seized areas of Iraq and Syria. The House of Representatives gave its approval on Wednesday. ...

Two adults, six children dead in Florida shooting: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:49
TAMPA (Reuters) - Two adults and six children were killed on Thursday in a north Florida town in a shooting that may have been a murder-suicide, the Gainesville Sun newspaper reported, citing local authorities. The incident occurred near Bell, a town of about 500 located roughly 35 miles west of Gainesville. The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office declined to comment but said a press conference was scheduled for later on Thursday. (Reporting by David Adams and Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Couple accused of Amish sisters' kidnap charged with child sex exploitation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:40

St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office photo of Stephen HowellsBy Matthew Liptak SYRACUSE N.Y. (Reuters) - A couple accused of kidnapping two Amish sisters in northern New York state in August were charged on Thursday in federal court in Syracuse with sexual exploitation of children and child pornography possession. Stephen Howells II, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, of Hermon, New York, were indicted for the sexual exploitation of three girls, ages 12, 8 and 7. Both were also charged with one count each of conspiracy to sexually exploit children and Howells was also charged with possession of child pornography. ...


Police seek shooting suspect at Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:30

Police search for Tempe shooting suspect at Sky Harbor; 2 detainedPolice in Arizona arrested one man and were seeking another at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport on Thursday after officers pursued a car there carrying suspects in a shooting at a nearby gas station forecourt, authorities said. No one was being allowed into the airport's Terminal Four due to police activity, and people were told to avoid the area, said Sergeant Steve Martos, a Phoenix Police Department spokesman. Sergeant Mike Pooley of the Tempe Police Department said a patrol car had followed the suspect vehicle from the scene of the shooting to the airport. ...


Baltimore cop who cut dog's throat was within his rights: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:28
By John Clarke ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - A Baltimore police officer facing felony animal cruelty charges after cutting the throat of a dog that bit a pregnant woman on the hand in June was legally authorized to euthanize the animal, his lawyer said on Thursday. Criminal charges against 49-year-old Jeffrey Bolger are not supported by necessary probable cause, defense attorney Charles Curlett wrote in a letter to Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein asking that the case be dropped. ...

Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:25
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.

Obama says Congress vote shows Americans united against Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress for the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebels showed Americans were united in the fight against Islamic State militants. Obama spoke at the White House shortly after final congressional approval of his plan to help the rebels battle the Sunni militant group that has seized areas of Iraq and Syria. He added: "More than 40 countries, including Arab nations, have now offered assistance as part of this coalition." (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Peter Cooney)

U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:19

Free Syrian Army fighters carry a rocket before firing it towards Hama military airport that is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad, in the Hama countrysideBy Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants on Thursday, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the radical group. The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for one of Obama's high-profile initiatives. With the House of Representatives approving the legislation on Wednesday, the measure now goes to Obama to sign into law. Ten Senate Democrats and 12 Republicans voted no. ...


Suspect in killing of Pennsylvania State Police trooper added to FBI 10 Most Wanted list

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:14

Roads blocked near home of suspect in Pa. trooper shootingThe man being sought in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, and wounding a second trooper, has been added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.


Driver freed in Stratosphere crash commits suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:13
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A hotel room suicide of a man who was freed from jail after being accused of intentionally crashing his vehicle into the Stratosphere and declaring he wanted to jump from its tower raised questions Thursday about why he hadn't been charged with a crime and whether he was properly screened for mental illness.

In Barry Bonds appeal, U.S. judges take swings at Justice Department

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:09

 Spring Training-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Several U.S. appeals court judges appeared skeptical on Thursday about the Department of Justice's attempt to preserve a criminal conviction against baseball home run king Barry Bonds that resulted from a steroids probe. The case involves testimony Bonds gave to a grand jury in 2003 about whether he used steroids to help him bash more long balls. Last year, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirmed a conviction against him for obstruction of justice. However, the full 9th Circuit voted to rehear the case. ...


UN warns of food shortages for Syrians

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:07
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Thursday said that it is running out of money to pay for its food programs for almost 6 million Syrians who have been displaced by the country's civil war and that aid will be cut.

Expert to review autopsy of NYC chokehold victim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:05
NEW YORK (AP) — The expert forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy of the 18-year-old shot by a police officer in Missouri will be reviewing the final autopsy report of a New York City man who died after being put in a police chokehold, the attorney for the man's family said Thursday.

House GOP repackages election-year bills

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:04
WASHINGTON (AP) — In case you missed them the first time, House Republicans have passed an election-year package of tax cuts, regulation reductions and, once again, a tweak to President Barack Obama's health law. As before, they stand no chance of becoming law.

R&A allows women members after overwhelming 'yes' vote

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:59

St. Andrews souvenirBy Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - After 260 years of exclusion, women will be allowed to join the Royal and Ancient golf club after an overwhelming members' vote opened the doors to the famous St Andrews clubhouse and paved the way for them to play a role in the governance of the game. More than 75 percent of the club's 2,400 worldwide members, voting in person and via proxy and postal votes, took part and 85 percent were in favour of the change. ...


Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cards

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:54

Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cardsHome Depot said that 56 million debit and credit cards are estimated to have been breached in a data theft between April and September at its stores in the U.S. and Canada. That makes it the second-largest breach for a retailer on record.