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Fight over human trafficking law jeopardizes U.S. response to border crisis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 03:18

Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllenBy Patricia Zengerle and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic lawmakers' deep resistance to changing a 2008 law that combats human trafficking threatened on Wednesday to slow the government's response to a surge of 57,000 undocumented Central American children across the southern border. President Barack Obama sent senior members of his administration - including two Cabinet secretaries - to convince senators to back his request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to deal with the crisis. Many Republicans said they would not approve Obama's emergency funding request if the law were not changed to eliminate legal requirements that keep the children from being quickly deported. "By and large, these are children under the age of 12.


Risk of earthquake increased for about half of US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 03:06

This undated handout image provided by the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows an updated federal earthquake risk map. A new map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the US and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation. The U.S. Geologic Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor. (AP Photo/USGS)WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the United States and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation.


Judge tells young Detroit man he needed a beating

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:59

Latrez Cummings stands before Judge James Callahan to hear sentencing, for his role in the mob beating of Steve Utash, at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit, Mich., on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Detroit News,Charles V. Tines) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A young man who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist needed a father to "beat the hell" out of him as a kid to discourage him from committing such a crime, a judge said Thursday.


American who hijacked jet to Cuba gets 20 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:58
MIAMI (AP) — An American who returned from Cuba decades after hijacking a jetliner to the communist island was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in U.S. prison but will be eligible for early release on parole, an acknowledgement by prosecutors of the years he spent behind bars in Cuba.

Lesbian sues Kansas City diocese over firing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:58

In this April 22, 2014 photo Colleen Simon fills an order for a family of seven at the food pantry of St. Francis Xavier in Kansas City, Mo. Colleen, who was fired over her marriage to another woman, sued the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on Thursday, July 17, 2014 the latest in a growing number of clashes over gay rights between Roman Catholic leaders and their employees nationwide. Simon's wife, the Rev. Donna Simon, is a pastor at a Kansas City congregation affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. (AP Photo/Jill Toyoshiba)A parish food pantry worker who was fired over her marriage to another woman sued the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on Thursday, the latest in a growing number of clashes over gay rights between Roman Catholic leaders and their employees nationwide.


Aide says she deleted texts to Christie

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:54

Regina Egea, left, answers a question as she appears before the legislative panel investigating politically motivated traffic jams, Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Trenton, N.J. Egea, Gov. Chris Christie's pick to be his next chief of staff, is set to be the fifth person from his administration to appear before a joint legislative committee investigating politically motivated traffic jams. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An aide to Gov. Chris Christie says she texted him her thoughts about testimony on the closure of traffic lanes near the George Washington Bridge but later deleted the messages.


Decriminalized pot takes effect in District of Columbia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:52
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marijuana decriminalization takes effect in the District of Columbia on Thursday, part of an easing of pot penalties in the U.S. capital that has drawn fire from Congress. The District of Columbia joins 17 states that have reduced penalties for first-time violators to a fine and a civil, or minor, offense. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized recreational use of marijuana. Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray signed the decriminalization law in March.

Ruling allows same-sex marriages for Florida Keys

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:52
MIAMI (AP) — A judge in the Florida Keys overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday after a legal challenge by gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens.

Baker appeals order to provide gay wedding cakes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:49
DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver baker has appealed an order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that requires him to prepare wedding cakes for gay couples.

Police: Gang of bank robbers intended to kill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:49

This Thursday, July 17, 2014 booking photo provided by the Stockton Police Department shows Jaime Ramos, 19, who was booked on suspicion of homicide, kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder in a Stockton, Calif. bank robbery that led to a high speed chase. Two other suspects were killed and two of the hostages were wounded during the ensuing chase. The third hostage, who police believe was used as a human shield, was found dead in the SUV after the shootout.. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A gang of bank robbers who took three women hostage during their getaway attempt and waged a deadly, high-speed gunbattle with police were heavily armed, had ammunition magazines taped or strapped to their bodies and intended to kill, police said Thursday.


Washington wildfire burns through Alp-like terrain

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:43

A large cloud rises over wildfires in Eastern WashingtonSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A wind-fueled wildfire chased people from nearly 900 homes in Washington state as it burned through a landscape so reminiscent of the Alps a nearby village adopted a Bavarian theme to attract tourists.


Man jailed in Detroit mob beating needed father -judge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:40

Family members of Steve Utash watch from the back of the courtroom during the preliminary examination of co-defendants Latrez Cummings , James Davis and Wonzy Saffold in the beating of motorist Steve Utash after he accidentally struck and injured a child w(Reuters) - A judge on Thursday told a man who pleaded guilty to being part of a mob assault on a motorist in Detroit that he had needed a father "to beat the hell out of you" and then sentenced the defendant to six months in jail. Latrez Cummings, 19, was the last of four defendants who pleaded guilty in Wayne County Circuit Court as adults to assaulting motorist Steven Utash, who had accidentally struck a child on April 2. Judge James Callahan sentenced Cummings to three years probation, the first six months of it to be served in jail, citing in part a lack of a father's presence. Cummings had told the judge his father was not in his life.


Elaine Stritch, brash stage performer, dies at 89

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:39

Elaine Stritch, brash stage performer, dies at 89Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a theatrical icon, has died, according to Brigade Marketing. She was 89.


Medical helicopter crashes in New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:38

In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo provided by The Guadalupe County Communicator, New Mexico State Police personnel climb a rocky mesa to look at the wreckage of a medical transport helicopter that crashed early Thursday morning, July 17, 2014, several miles north of Newkirk, N.M. (AP Photo/M.E. Sprengelmeyer, the Guadalupe County Communicator) NO SALES MAGS OUT NO ARCHIVENEWKIRK, N.M. (AP) — A medical helicopter flying to pick up a patient crashed into an eastern New Mexico mesa early Thursday, bursting into flames and killing all three crew members on board, authorities said.


Swimmer reports shark bite off Hawaii coast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:35
HONOLULU (AP) — Maui officials say a 61-year-old man was taken to a hospital after telling them he had been bitten by a shark.

Trooper pleads guilty in theft from dying motorist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:33

In this Dec. 17, 2012 photo, Connecticut State Police Trooper Aaron Huntsman, left, stands with attorney Ryan McGuigan in Bridgeport, Conn., Superior Court, charged with stealing cash and jewelry from a dying accident victim. Huntsman entered a guilty plea Wednesday, July 16, 2014. He faces 18 months in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 3. (AP Photo/Connecticut Post, B.K. Angeletti) MANDATORY CREDIT: CONNECTICUT POST/B.K. ANGELETTI. NO SALES.BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state trooper has pleaded guilty to charges he stole cash and jewelry from a dying accident victim.


Police: Bank robbery suspects intended to kill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:32

This Thursday, July 17, 2014 booking photo provided by the Stockton Police Department shows Jaime Ramos, 19, who was booked on suspicion of homicide, kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder in a Stockton, Calif. bank robbery that led to a high speed chase. Two other suspects were killed and two of the hostages were wounded during the ensuing chase. The third hostage, who police believe was used as a human shield, was found dead in the SUV after the shootout.. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Police in California say the suspects who robbed a bank and took three people hostage also intended to kill people.


Eclectic mix of donors in race to succeed Cantor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — The race to succeed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has attracted donations from Sarah Palin and Emmy-winning TV producer Jonathan Littman, as both Republican and Democratic candidates reap the benefits of Cantor's upset loss in last month's GOP primary.

22 bodies counted at Ukraine plane crash site

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:29

 295 on Malaysia plane shot downA Ukrainian official tells the AP a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country.


Attorney: Detroit boy who went missing doing well

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:29
DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer for a 12-year-old Detroit boy who was found in the basement of his home says the child is doing well living with his mother, while his father and stepmother deny any abuse and demand a jury trial in their fight for custody.