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'Blowing my mind': Peaks on Pluto, canyons on Charon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:03

This Tuesday, July 14, 2015 image provided by NASA on Wednesday shows a region near Pluto's equator with a range of mountains captured by the New Horizons spacecraft. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mankind's first close-up look at Pluto did not disappoint Wednesday: The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and chasms on its big moon Charon that appear six times deeper than the Grand Canyon.

Marlene Sanders, TV news reporter and executive, dies at 84

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:02
NEW YORK (AP) — Marlene Sanders, a veteran television journalist for ABC and CBS News at a time when relatively few women did that job, has died of cancer. She was 84.

Jurors begin deliberating in Colorado movie massacre trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:56

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Jurors in Colorado's movie massacre trial began deliberating on Wednesday on the fate of gunman James Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of murder and attempted murder stemming from his rampage in July 2012. Holmes, a 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student from California, could face the death penalty if he is convicted of opening fire inside a midnight premiere of a Batman movie at a Denver area multiplex, killing 12 people and wounding 70. During the trial, two court-appointed psychiatrists testified for the prosecution that while the defendant is severely mentally ill, he was sane when he plotted and carried out the massacre.

Pabst Brewing to return to Milwaukee with new brewery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:55

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 1996 file photo is the Pabst brewery in Milwaukee. The Pabst Brewing Company, which closed the Milwaukee plant in 1966, announced Wednesday, July 15, 2015 that will open a new brewery in Milwaukee on the site of the original brewery. (AP Photo/Mark Gail, File)MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pabst Brewing Co. said Wednesday it is coming home to open a new brewery and restaurant next year on the site of its original Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee.

The Latest: Search resumes for 6 missing in Kentucky floods

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:49
FLAT GAP, Ky. (AP) — Search crews are combing the hilly Appalachian terrain in Kentucky after floodwaters killed three people and left five others missing.

South Jersey firefighters conduct training in vacant homes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:40

South Jersey firefighters conduct training in vacant homesSeveral South Jersey fire companies were given the rare opportunity to conduct training in vacant houses that are slated for demolition.

Cheerleaders deemed team employees under new California law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:39

San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders perform before the NFL's NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants in San FranciscoCheerleaders for professional sports teams in California will have to be classified as employees eligible for overtime, sick days and other protections under a bill signed Wednesday by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill was introduced amid controversy raised by a lawsuit against the Oakland Raiders that culminated in the football team's agreement to pay a settlement of $1.25 million to 90 members of the cheerleading squad. An NFL game should be no different," Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a Democrat from San Diego who authored the bill, said Wednesday.

Recaptured New York inmate moved to solitary confinement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:34

David Sweat, 34, is pictured in this handout photoA New York inmate recaptured after a daring escape last month has been sent to solitary confinement at a new prison after spending the past week in the facility's infirmary recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered when he was apprehended. David Sweat, 35, was taken to the Five Points Correctional Facility infirmary in Romulus, in the state's Finger Lakes region, last week after being treated at a public hospital immediately after his capture. A hearing officer will decide whether Sweat will remain for an extended period in an isolation cell, where he will spend 23 hours a day, or be subject to other penalties, it said.

Former New York police boss Kerik is sued over memoir

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:34

Former New York City Police Commissioner Kerik arrives the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in downtown Manhattan, New YorkBernard Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner and cabinet nominee who later went to prison for tax evasion and lying to White House officials, was sued on Wednesday by a woman who claimed she helped him write his recent memoir and was not credited or paid for it. In a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Dara DAddio said she spent 2,700 hours over three years working with her "former close friend" Kerik on "From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054," which describes Kerik's fall from grace and views on the justice system. The Clifton Park, New York resident said she deserves a half-interest in the book's copyright, her share of royalties, and $25 to $40 per hour for her work.

UN resolution would end Iran sanctions in 10 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:29
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A draft U.N. resolution on the Iran nuclear deal that says U.N. sanctions would "snap back" if Iran fails to meet its obligations also contains a surprise: The crucial mechanism will end in 10 years.

Storms cause flooding at the Jersey Shore

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:28

Storms cause flooding at the Jersey ShoreHeavy downpours overnight resulted in flash flooding in some areas including the Jersey Shore.

Nearly 50 people charged in suspected Dallas airport drug ring

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:27
Nearly 50 people, including four contract workers at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, have been arrested or charged on suspicion of trying to bypass airport security to fly drugs across the country, officials said on Wednesday. One of those charged, Funaki Falahola, in April 2013 told an undercover agent he could transport drugs on a major airline by using his contacts at four airports to sneak contraband past security.

New Orleans park tree sitter pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:18
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A nature activist who sat in a cypress tree for 12 days in an ill-fated protest to stop construction of a new golf course on an overgrown chunk of City Park has pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and resisting arrest. He was ordered to do 100 hours of community service.

Activist who sat in New Orleans park tree pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:17
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An activist who sat in a cypress tree for 12 days to protest the construction of a new golf course on an overgrown chunk of City Park has pleaded guilty to trespassing and resisting arrest.

Murders, shootings drop by third in NYC areas in upped patrol zones

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:15
Murders and shootings have dropped by about a third in New York City high-crime neighborhoods under a police patrol program aimed at preventing a seasonal spike in crime, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. The "Summer All Out program," launched on June 8, comes after a citywide rise in homicides and shootings during the first half of 2015 after years of plummeting violent crime rates in the country's most populous city. In the month-long period since the program started, a month sooner than in earlier years, shootings have dropped nearly 30 percent and homicides more than 35 percent, officials said.

Planters stolen from memorial to teen killed in South Jersey crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:13

Planters stolen from memorial to teen killed in South Jersey crashJohn Brenner is a former Atlantic City fire captain who lost his 17-year-old son three years ago in a car accident.

Oregon children take un-detonated mortar shell to play date

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:13
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A group of Oregon children who stumbled across an un-detonated, decades-old military-grade mortar shell in a Portland wildlife refuge took it to a play date but escaped unharmed, Portland police said on Wednesday. The foot-long (30-cm-long) weapon was likely tossed as refuse into the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and officials do not expect to find any more un-detonated bombs in the area, said Portland Police Bureau spokesman Pete Simpson. The children who found the dull-green, stout torpedo-shaped explosive carried it about one mile to a local home, at which point an adult called police.

Murder charges for sex offender in missing sisters case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:11

Murder charges for sex offender in missing sisters caseFirst-degree murder charges have been filed against an imprisoned sex offender in Delaware in connection with the 1975 disappearance of 12-year-old Sheila Lyon and her 10-year-old sister, Katharine, in suburban Maryland.

Atomic bomb test marks 70th birthday amid renewed interest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:07

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)LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — When a flash of light beamed from the arid New Mexico desert early on July 16, 1945, residents of the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa felt windows shake and heard dishes fall. Some in the largely Catholic town fell to their knees and prayed.

Senate clears way for final vote on No Child rewrite

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday cleared the way for a vote on a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law, which is long overdue for an overhaul.