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Missouri governor lifts Ferguson curfew as National Guard called in

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:37
By Ellen Wulfhorst FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon lifted the curfew for the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Monday and began deploying National Guard troops to help quell days of rioting and looting spurred by the fatal shooting of a black unarmed teenager by a white policeman. Nixon, who had declared a state of emergency for the town on Saturday and ordered that the streets be cleared for a curfew that ran from midnight to 5 a.m., said the National Guard would fall under the supervision of the Missouri Highway Patrol. The deployment of the National Guard is the latest in a series of steps taken by authorities to end the looting and burning of stores that have punctuated protests since the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, more than a week ago.

Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:33

Protesters run when the police shoot tear gas in Ferguson, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer have entered their second week. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters have gathered daily, with some crowds turning violent, since a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Here's a look at key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed:


Key events following the death of Michael Brown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:30

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, center, prays during a meeting of clergy and community members held to discuss law enforcement's response to demonstrations over the killing of Michael Brown, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Florissant, Mo. Nixon says "operational shifts" are ahead for law enforcement in the St. Louis suburb where a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.


Oklahoma suspends top freshman running back for entire season

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:28
(Reuters) - Oklahoma Sooner freshman running back Joe Mixon, one of the school's top recruits in 2014, was suspended on Monday for the entire college football season after being accused of assaulting a woman, local media said. Mixon was charged on Friday with misdemeanor acts resulting in gross injury in Cleveland County Circuit Court, online court documents show. Mixon will be excluded from all University of Oklahoma team activities. He is allowed to continue as a student and is eligible for financial aid, the school said in a statement released to News 9, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City.

Sunken vessel is World War II-era USS Houston

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:28

USS Houston MemorialPEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Navy divers from the U.S. and Indonesia confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea is the World War II wreck of the USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese that serves as the final resting place for about 700 sailors and Marines, officials announced Monday.


Jury set for woman charged in girl's abduction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:27
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jury was chosen Monday to hear a graphic trial about a 5-year-old girl abducted from her kindergarten classroom, raped in a brutal attack that left permanent injuries and abandoned at a playground on a cold January morning.

Woman pleads not guilty in fatal Vegas crime spree

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:05

FILE - This July 30, 2014 file photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Natasha Galenn Jackson. A deputy public defender in Las Vegas raised a question about the mental state of Jackson who is facing multiple felony charges in a deadly crime spree that included a carjacking, two home invasions and a stabbing before police shot her alleged accomplice dead. Jackson pleaded not guilty Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, to murder, robbery, kidnapping, burglary and weapon charges that could get her life in prison if she's convicted.(AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A defense lawyer aired concerns Monday about the mental state of his client, who faces multiple felony charges in a deadly crime spree that included a carjacking, two home invasions and a stabbing before police arrested her and fatally wounded her alleged accomplice.


Child, 8, falls to death in Yellowstone canyon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00

Yellowstone National Park. (Getty Images)YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — An 8-year-old girl has died after falling about 550 feet while hiking in Yellowstone National Park.


Indiana man gets 65 years for 3 arson deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:56

New Albany family optimistic about Cashion's sentencing MondayA judge sentenced a southern Indiana 19-year-old to 65 years in prison after pleading guilty to three murder counts for firing a flare into a home and igniting a blaze that killed three young siblings.


Steve Ballmer debuts as LA Clippers owner

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:54

New Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer applauds after speaking at the Clippers Fan Festival on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sweating, clapping and shouting until he was nearly hoarse, Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally on Monday celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team.


Pope says he'd 'like to go to Philadelphia' in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:53

Pope says he'd 'like to go to Philadelphia' in 2015Pope Francis has confirmed he wants to go to the United States next year and is considering a three-city trip in September 2015: Philadelphia for a family rally, Washington to address Congress and New York to speak at the United Nations.


Prosecutor to decide on charges in toxic tea case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:35

Dickey's Barbecue Pit is shown Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in South Jordan, Utah. The Utah police agency investigating how iced tea that a woman drank at a restaurant ended up laced with an industrial cleaning solution is forwarding its findings to prosecutors to determine if anybody should be charged. Authorities have said an employee at Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan unintentionally put the heavy-duty cleaner in a sugar bag, and a worker later mistakenly mixed it into the iced tea dispenser. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The police agency investigating how an industrial cleaning solution ended up in a woman's iced tea at a Utah restaurant, badly burning her throat, is forwarding its findings to prosecutors to determine if anyone should be charged.


Mother, adult son killed by commuter train in Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:30
A commuter train killed a mother and her adult son in Oregon after the man leapt into the woman's motorized wheelchair and apparently hit the controls, propelling them both onto the tracks, officials said on Monday. Local media said John Paul Kelly, 48, had mental challenges and sometimes jumped into his mother's lap. The medical examiner said Bertha Kelly, 66, died instantly in Saturday's accident at a MAX light rail stop near city hall in Gresham.

California Marine's missing wife found slain, neighbor arrested

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:29
Marine's pregnant wife who disappeared in June has been found in a mine shaft, with a former neighbor of the couple arrested for her murder, law enforcement officials said on Monday. Erin Corwin, 19, was reported missing on June 28 by her husband, Marine Corporal Jonathan Corwin, after she failed to return from what she told him was a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park, near their home on the military base in nearby Twentynine Palms. On Sunday evening, her remains were recovered from the bottom of a mine shaft less than 2 miles from Twentynine Palms and positively identified by dental records, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said. About an hour later, Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, was taken into custody without incident during a traffic stop in Anchorage, Alaska, according to the sheriff's department and Anchorage Police Department.

Cianci sauce made no money for charity in 4 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:28

In this Aug. 8, 2014 photo, bottles of former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci's pasta sauce sits on the shelf at a grocery store in Providence, R.I. Below his photograph is printed the line “Benefiting Providence School Children.” In recent years, no money from sales of the sauce has been donated to Cianci's charity scholarship fund. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Mayor Buddy Cianci's face beams from the label of his Mayor's Own Marinara Sauce, which also promises that sales are "Benefiting Providence School Children" and have helped hundreds of students attend college.


San Diego elected officials override mayor's minimum wage veto

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:25
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The San Diego City Council on Monday overrode the mayor's veto of a bill to gradually raise the minimum wage in California's second-largest city to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, enacting a measure aimed mostly at helping low-paid restaurant and retail workers. The council originally approved the Democratic-backed ordinance on a party-line vote of 6-3 on July 28, and Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer vetoed it on Aug. 8, saying it would force businesses out of San Diego. In addition to raising the city's minimum wage above California's statewide floor starting next year, the measure would allow an estimated 279,000 workers who lack paid sick leave to earn up to five days of that benefit. San Diego is among several cities across the country joining a push by Democrats and labor groups to increase the minimum wage at the local and state level, as Republicans in Congress oppose raising the current federal wage floor of $7.25 an hour.

Lawsuit seeks records related to Missouri shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:23
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — An attorneys' group is suing to try to get police records about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Father of abducted Amish girls sorry for suspects

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

These images provided by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office shows the booking photo of Stephen Howells II, left, and Nicole Vaisey, who was arraigned late Friday Aug. 15, 2014 on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand. (AP Photo/St. Lawrence County Sheriff)OSWEGATCHIE, N.Y. (AP) — The father of two Amish girls abducted last week said he feels sorry for the man and the woman authorities say kidnapped and sexually abused them before letting them go.


UN says Gaza requires unprecedented reconstruction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:17
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. official in the Mideast said Monday that Gaza will require massive reconstruction and proposed expanding a U.N.-Israeli system to import construction materials into the Palestinian territory.

Woman charged in Philly school abduction rejects deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:14

Woman charged in Philly school abduction rejects dealA woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old from a Philadelphia classroom and sexually assaulting the girl has rejected a plea offer.