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Jurors visit cliff where 4-year-old girl plunged to death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:34

Defendent Cameron Brown, left, and Los Angeles County sheriff deputies, watch as jurors make a site visit to the Abalone Cove and Portuguese Bend areas during his trail in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Thursday, May 7, 2015. It is the third trial for Brown who is accused of killing his 4-year-old daughter, who plunged to her death off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles jurors in the case of a man accused of tossing his 4-year-old daughter to her death off a sea cliff visited the scene of the alleged crime.

Suspended priest dubbed Monsignor Meth gets over 5-year term

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:34
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A suspended Roman Catholic priest dubbed Monsignor Meth apologized Thursday for running a methamphetamine distribution ring and letting down scores of friends and parishioners.

California father, two children missing after camping trip

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:23
Rescuers were searching on Thursday for a Northern California man and his two young children after they failed to return home from a family camping trip in the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains, authorities said. Authorities were notified on Tuesday that Nicholas Vlahos was overdue following the camping trip, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Vlahos was last seen in a four-wheel-drive pickup in western Sierra County and had intended to return home through what authorities called a “remote and rugged” portion of Sierra and Plumas Counties. “Upon receiving the report, members of the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office performed an immediate hasty search of the reported route and were unable to locate the overdue parties or their vehicle,” the statement said.

Suspected stowaway in critical condition after Virginia bus fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:20
A suspected stowaway hiding in a baggage compartment of a Greyhound bus is in critical condition after the vehicle caught fire Thursday afternoon in Virginia, snarling highway traffic for 10 miles on busy Interstate 95. The southbound bus was traveling in Stafford, about 44 miles south of Washington, D.C. on a trip from New York to Richmond around 2:30 p.m. when the driver saw and smelled smoke inside the bus, Virginia State Police said in a statement.The driver pulled the vehicle to the right shoulder and the 28 passengers safely evacuated the bus without incident. Fire crews and state police discovered the fire coming from the baggage compartment below the passenger cabin.

Oregon considers ending self-serve gas ban in rural areas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:16
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon, one of only two U.S. states where drivers cannot legally pump their own gasoline, is considering a bill that would allow for some self-serve stations, mostly in rural areas, lawmakers said on Thursday. The Oregon House has unanimously passed a bill that would allow limited self-service stations, and the bill is expected to be heard in a Senate business and transportation committee later this month, state officials said. The legislation would allow gas stations in rural Oregon with limited hours to let drivers pay with a credit card and pump their own gas when the stations are unstaffed, said state Representative Cliff Bentz, the bill's sponsor. Bentz pointed to several stretches of road, such as a 150-mile jaunt from Burns to the Nevada border, where gas stations are sparse.

Man sentenced in case involving meth tossed from high-rise

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:16

This photo shows the One Waterfront Towers apartment complex Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Honolulu. Three men were sentenced to prison terms ranging from five to 15 years for a case involving 3 pounds of crystal meth thrown from a 15th floor balcony of one of the apartments in the complex. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)HONOLULU (AP) — While federal agents with a warrant were knocking on a door to a luxury Honolulu apartment on a December morning in 2012, agents watching from the ground saw men tossing bags of crystal meth over the 15th floor balcony.

NHC says 90 percent chance of cyclone near southeast coast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 08:04
(Reuters) - A low pressure system located about 180 miles (290 km) south-southeast of the South Carolina-North Carolina border has a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. "The system would become a subtropical cyclone later Thursday night," the Miami-based weather forecaster said. Residents and businesses along the southeastern coast of the United States should continue to monitor its progress, the NHC said. (Reporting By Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Wills)

Judges to review arrests by California officers in racist texts scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:49
San Francisco's district attorney has appointed three retired judges to review the integrity of 3,000 arrests involving more than a dozen police officers who engaged in racist and homophobic text messages, his office said on Thursday. District Attorney George Gascón said the officers' actions compromised public trust in law enforcement. The move to appoint the three jurists, who include former California Supreme Court Associate Justice Cruz Reynoso, is aimed at helping restore public faith in police, Gascón said in a statement. The controversy over the text messages among San Francisco police officers comes amid a series of fatal police confrontations across the country that have put law enforcement agencies under scrutiny over the use of lethal force, especially against minorities, the poor and the mentally ill.

FBI warned local police gunman had interest in Texas cartoon event

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:48

FBI investigators collect evidence, including a rifle, where two gunmen were shot dead after their bodies were removed in GarlandThe FBI warned police in Garland, Texas, about three hours before a shooting at a weekend exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that one of the gunmen who launched the failed attack was interested in the event, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday. The FBI issued a bulletin to the police department saying Elton Simpson had an interest in the Sunday event held in the Dallas suburb but gave no indication that he planned an attack, Comey told reporters in Washington, according to an FBI spokesman. Garland police were not immediately available for comment. Authorities said Simpson and his roommate, Nadir Soofi, of Phoenix were shot and killed by a police officer after they opened fire with assault rifles outside the cartoon event organized by a group that had sponsored anti-Islamic campaigns.

Soldier in military Humvee crash on NJ Turnpike dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:42

Soldier in military Humvee crash on NJ Turnpike diesOne of four soldiers from upstate New York injured in a military Humvee crash on the New Jersey Turnpike last week has died.

After heavy storms, forecasters predict more to come

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:41
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Communities in several southern Plains states set to work cleaning up Thursday after a night of storms that spawned 51 tornadoes, assessing the damage under sunny skies but with the threat of even worse weather on the horizon.

More storms headed for Great Plains after tornadoes kill one, injure 12 in Oklahoma

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:30

Katie Braley looks over what is left of her grandparents' RV at the Roadrunner RV Park in Oklahoma City, OklahomaBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Thunderstorm and flash flood warnings were issued for several Great Plains states on Thursday, a day after a series of tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma, causing one death, injuring 12 and flattening buildings. One woman who sought safety in her home's storm shelter died when it flooded in Wednesday night's storms, Oklahoma police said. The weather system battered a region from Texas to Nebraska and spawned dozens of reported tornadoes on Wednesday. Large parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and North Texas were under flash flood and severe thunderstorm watches on Thursday.

PHOTOS: Forest fire in Shamong, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:29

 Forest fire in Shamong, N.J.Crews battled a wildfire in Wharton State Forest in Shamong Township, New Jersey.

Man killed in daytime shooting in Wynnefield

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:29

Man killed in daytime shooting in WynnefieldA man in his 20s is dead after he was shot multiple times in daytime shooting Philadephia's Wynnefield section.

San Diego police promises probe into body camera failure in fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:28
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - San Diego’s police chief promised on Thursday to conduct an investigation into why a body camera worn by a police officer was turned off when he shot and killed an Afghan immigrant last month. Police Officer Neal N. Browder shot 42-year-old Fridoon Rawshannehad on April 30 after the man failed to obey commands and continued to advance on the officer, a police statement said. Browder, a police officer for 27 years, had responded to a midnight call from an adult bookstore reporting that a man with a knife was threatening people inside and outside the establishment.

NYC mayor's budget doesn't heed calls to hire more police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:21

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during his executive budget presentation, Thursday, May 7, 2015, in New York. During the presentation de Blasio discussed additional funds for road repairs, reforms at Rikers Island and public housing. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday unveiled his $78.3 billion executive budget, a sweeping proposal that devotes more money to fighting homelessness, bolstering struggling schools and creating affordable housing but does not include funding to hire 1,000 additional police officers.

Oil in North Dakota derailment was treated to cut volatility

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:09

CORRECTS NAME OF SOURCE TO CURT BENSON INSTEAD OF CURT BEMSON - This photo provided by Curt Benson shows smoke and fire coming from an oil train that derailed, Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Heimdal, N.D. Officials say 10 tanker cars on the BNSF caught fire prompting the evacuation of Heimdal where about three dozen people live. No injuries were reported. (Curt Benson via AP)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A shipment of oil involved in an explosive train derailment in North Dakota had been treated to reduce its volatility — a move that state officials suggested could have reduced the severity of the accident but won't prevent others from occurring.

German diplomat: Iran deal alternative 'not very attractive'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:08
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alternatives to a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program are "not very attractive," a top German diplomat said Thursday, noting that Germany and other nations are ready to move beyond sanctions despite what the U.S. Congress might do.

Woman suffering heart attack saved by quick thinking co-workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 06:53

Woman suffering heart attack saved by quick thinking co-workersA school cafeteria worker in Wilmington suffered a heart attack but is alive thanks to the quick thinking of her co-workers.

Boy or girl? Family with 12 sons finds out soon about No. 13

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 06:51

 Tyler, 21, holding Tucker, 2 days; Vinny, 10; Drew, 16; Zach, 17; Charlie, 3; Calvin, 8; Brandon, 14; Luke, 19 months; Gabe, 6; Wesley, 5 and Tommy, 11. Parents Jay and Kateri Schwandt are expecting a baby on Saturday, May 9, 2015, a day before Mother's Day, and they're sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they're having a boy or girl. (Chris Clark/The Grand Rapids Press via AP) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUTROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan couple with 12 sons are waiting to find out whether baby No. 13 keeps the streak going.