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No trouble between Virginia ex-governor, wife says corruption trial witness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:10

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen had a loving relationship and there was no trouble between them, a prosecution witness in the couple's federal corruption trial testified on Thursday. The testimony by Sarah Scarbrough, former director of the governor's mansion, countered defense arguments that the McDonnells' marriage was so frayed that they could not have conspired to take $165,000 in loans and gifts from a Virginia businessman. Scarbrough, a friend of one of the McDonnell's daughters, described the couple's relationship as "loving" and said they frequently kissed and hugged in public. The McDonnells face 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting the gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. in exchange for supporting his former company, a dietary supplement maker now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. Scarbrough testified that Maureen McDonnell was angry when she learned that Scarbrough was keeping a record of gifts to the first lady.

Authorities say body appears to be missing girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:06

Jenise Paulette WrightSEATTLE (AP) — Washington authorities said a body found Thursday appears to be that of missing 6-year-old Jenise Wright, who disappeared from her home over the weekend.

Normally sunny Hawaii braces for hurricane double punch

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:06

The U.S. Navy Sea based X Band radar leaves Pearl Harbor as a hurricane and a tropical storm approach the Hawaiian islands, in HonoluluBy Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - Hawaii braced for a one-two punch from a pair of major storms barreling toward the archipelago on Thursday, with Hurricane Iselle leading the way with high winds and heavy surf as Hurricane Julio gathered steam behind it, U.S. officials said. Iselle, a Category 1 hurricane with maximum winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph) , was about 175 miles (280 km) east of the Big Island by noon local time and was forecast to make landfall on Thursday night before passing south of the state's smaller islands on Friday. As residents and tourists alike braced for Iselle to make landfall, Hurricane Julio was gaining momentum further east, and was expected to pass near Hawaii's islands by late Saturday or early Sunday, said Ray Tanabe, acting director of the National Weather Service in the Pacific region. The rare threat of back-to-back hurricanes sent Hawaii residents scrambling to stock up on supplies as state officials warned of the potential for flash floods, mudslides and power outages in the normally calm tourist haven.

Va. health director skeptical of Jonnie Williams

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

Former Mansion Director Sarah Scarbrough leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, after testifying in the trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and secret loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his dietary supplement products. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley) MAGS OUTRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's health secretary testified Thursday that he was deeply skeptical of the medical claims made by former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams about his tobacco-based dietary supplement, but that he met with Williams anyway because then-Gov. Bob McDonnell asked him to.

Police: Slaying suspect dead; 2 boys found safe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:59

The slain body of Christina Belajonas is carried from a residence Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Drexel Hill, Pa. Belajonas lived with her sons, 5-year-old Robert and 4-year-old Christopher, according to Superintendent Michael Chitwood of Upper Darby police. The two children taken from the Philadelphia-area home after she was killed were found safe in New York City early Thursday, and a man in a vehicle that was sought by police was found dead, authorities said. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)DREXEL HILL, Pa. (AP) — Two children taken from a Philadelphia-area home after their mother was slain were found safe in New York City early Thursday, and their father, a suspect in the killing, was later found dead, authorities said.

Married Oklahoma police officers accused of killing daughter's boyfriend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:58
Two married Tulsa police officers are being held in jail in connection with the alleged murder of their daughter's boyfriend, officials said on Thursday. Shannon Kepler, 54, is in the Tulsa County jail accused of first degree murder in the fatal shooting of Jeremy Lake, the 19-year-old boyfriend of the Keplers' daughter, Lisa Kepler, according to police and jail records. His wife, Gina Kepler, 48, is being held as an accessory after the fact. "This is absolutely unfortunate and we are sad for the family of the victim and the Keplers," public information officer Jillian Roberson of the Tulsa Police Department said on Thursday.

Man guilty of murder in Michigan porch shooting

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

Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during the seventh day of testimony for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Detroit. He said he feared for his life when he fired at McBride on his porch in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Wafer is charged with second-degree murder and could be sentenced to up to life in prison with the chance for parole, if he's convicted. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who insisted he killed an unarmed woman on his porch in self-defense was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday after the jury rejected his tearful claim that he fired through a screen door in the wee hours because he feared his life was at risk.

Mom, grandparents of starved boy held for trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:52

Mary C. Rader, left, and her mother, Deana Beighly, are lead from the courthouse to an awaiting police vehicle on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. in Mercer, Pa. Rader is the mother of an 8-year-old boy who police say nearly starved. The boy was removed from his home in June when a neighbor noticed his "skeletal" appearance. Rader, her mother and the boy's step-grandfather, Dennis Beighley, have all been ordered to stand trial on charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)MERCER, Pa. (AP) — The mother and maternal grandparents of an 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy doctors said "looked like a Holocaust survivor" were ordered on Thursday to stand trial on attempted murder and other charges for allegedly denying the boy food regularly and hiding him from public view.

1st set of remains ID'd from Florida reform school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:52

Ovell Krell, sister of George Owen Smith, the first victim positively identified from one of the 55 unmarked graves the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla., smiles as she listens during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. University researchers will exhume Smith's remains and return them to his family. Smith was 14 when he was sent to the school in 1940, and was never seen alive by his family again. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In December 1940, Owen Smith's mother wrote the superintendent of the then-Florida Industrial School for Boys about the welfare of her 14-year-old son, who had been sent there months earlier for being with a friend in a stolen car.

Woman charged in son's 1991 death after NJ carnival

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:50

Woman charged in son's 1991 death after NJ carnivalA Florida woman was arrested in the death of her 5-year-old son in 1991.

Police officer recorded criticizing Obama resigns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:50
HELMETTA, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey police officer who was videotaped making disparaging comments about President Barack Obama and the Constitution has resigned.

New Mexico grants short amnesty to people owing child support

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:48
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has granted an amnesty until Aug. 29 to parents who face arrest after falling behind with child support payments, but warned that a crackdown will begin next month targeting those who do not pay up. Under the scheme, non-custodial parents with an outstanding warrant for unpaid child support can pay a bond this month to cancel outstanding bench warrants, with no fear of detention, Martinez said in a statement late Wednesday. "New Mexico is committed to providing as many tools as possible to help parents support their children emotionally and financially," the governor said. The state's Department of Human Services website currently lists 662 individuals with arrest warrants totaling $1,812,258 in bonds and $20,297,592 in outstanding child support.

PHOTOS: Terminally ill man gets wedding wish

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:46

 Terminally ill man gets wedding wishPierre Freeman has been given less than a year to live. But, thanks to the charity "Wish Upon a Wedding," he was able to marry his longtime love in Center City.

Local charity gives cancer patient a dream wedding

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:45

Local charity gives cancer patient a dream weddingA man battling terminal cancer married the love of his life in a dream wedding thanks to the generosity of a local non-profit.

Washington authorities say body found appears to be that of missing 6-year-old Jenise Wright

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:44
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington authorities say body found appears to be that of missing 6-year-old Jenise Wright .

APNewsBreak: Tribe wants fee on wasted natural gas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:39
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Tribal leaders on an American Indian reservation in the heart of North Dakota's booming oil patch are proposing fees for companies that burn and waste natural gas.

Flow of child immigrants slows along Texas border

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:37

This Aug. 4, 2014 photo shows Eneyda Alvarez of Honduras peeling a mango while her son Antony plays at the Senda de Vida migrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico. Alvarez hopes to join the thousands of families _ mothers or fathers with young children _ who have crossed the Rio Grande into the U.S. United States. (AP Photo/Christopher Sherman)McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Fewer unaccompanied immigrant children are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, allowing the federal government to close the temporary shelters that it hurriedly opened to handle the surge, authorities say.

Star witness in Illinois double-murder trial recounts robbery plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:35
By Dawn Reiss JOLIET Ill. (Reuters) - The star witness in the trial of a grisly double murder that shocked veteran police officers in the Chicago suburb of Joliet testified on Thursday how she and her friends planned to rob their two male victims. Alisa Massaro, 20, who has pleaded guilty to lesser charges of concealing a homicide and robbery, testified for the prosecution in the trial of her former friend, Bethany McKee, also 20, who is charged with first-degree murder. The victims, Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22, were robbed of $120 and strangled to death in a duplex in Joliet on January 9, 2013. Joshua Miner, 26, and Adam Landerman, 21, are also charged in the murders but will be tried separately.

Obama administration setting up group on experimental Ebola drugs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:31
By David Morgan and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Obama administration is forming a special Ebola working group to consider setting policy for the potential use of experimental drugs to help the hundreds infected by the deadly disease in West Africa, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The group is being formed under Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services, an administration official said. Ebola has claimed at least 932 lives, according to the WHO. The U.S. group will include scientists and officials from such agencies as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

4 charged in 'Grandparent Scam' targeting seniors

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

4 charged in 'Grandparent Scam' targeting seniorsA grand jury investigation has led to charges against four people allegedly involved in a scheme that stole thousands of dollars from elderly victims throughout the country.