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Local Ukrainian, Russian communities react to plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:27

Local Ukrainian, Russian communities react to plane crashThe crash of Malaysia Airline Flight MH17 was the talk of both the local Russian and local Ukrainian communities.


Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:26

 Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian planeUkraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict.


Police find woman's severed head in bushes outside New York home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:25
Police found a woman's severed head in bushes outside a Long Island home on Thursday in an area where human body parts were discovered scattered last week, authorities said. Responding to a call from a local homeowner, officers recovered the head from the front yard of a house in the town of Hempstead, said Lieutenant James Hayman of the Hempstead Police Department. Suffolk County Police said in a statement that homicide detectives from their department and from Nassau County responded to a call regarding a body part in Hempstead on Thursday, without providing any more details. The statement said the body part was removed to the Nassau County Medical Examiner's office for further examination.

UN Security Council sets urgent meeting on Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:08
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Friday morning on Ukraine.

Jerry Sandusky son alleges even worse abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:55

This June 27, 2014 image released by OWN shows Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, airing on OWN on Thursday, July 17. Matt Sandusky says he enjoyed spending time with the family at their central Pennsylvania home _ except when it came time to go to bed. The Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday, July 16, released a clip of Winfrey’s interview with Matt Sandusky, who alleges he was sexually abused by his father. (AP Photo/Harpo, Inc., George Burns) MANDATORY CREDIT: GEORGE BURNSHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky's adopted son Matthew said in a television interview Thursday that his sexual abuse at the former Penn State coach's hands consisted of oral sex, a more serious allegation than he made to detectives two years ago.


Jerry Sandusky son alleges even worse abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:55

This June 27, 2014 image released by OWN shows Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, airing on OWN on Thursday, July 17. Matt Sandusky says he enjoyed spending time with the family at their central Pennsylvania home _ except when it came time to go to bed. The Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday, July 16, released a clip of Winfrey’s interview with Matt Sandusky, who alleges he was sexually abused by his father. (AP Photo/Harpo, Inc., George Burns) MANDATORY CREDIT: GEORGE BURNSHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky's adopted son Matthew said in a television interview Thursday that his sexual abuse at the former Penn State coach's hands consisted of oral sex, a more serious allegation than he made to detectives two years ago.


Lawsuit filed in LA woman's pummeling by patrolman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:34

FILE - In this July 1, 2014 image made from video provided by motorist David Diaz, a California Highway Patrol officer straddles a woman while punching her in the head on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway. Attorneys for Marlene Pinnock, the woman who was seen on video being punched by a CHP officer, will hold a news conference Thursday, July 17, 2014 with updates on the case. CHP seized her medical records and clothing from the July 1 incident earlier this week. Pinnock's attorneys have said they're planning to file suit. (AP Photo/David Diaz,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman seen in a video being pummeled by a California Highway Patrol officer alongside a Los Angeles freeway filed a civil rights lawsuit Thursday.


Three U.S. states sue 5-Hour Energy drink over advertising

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:13
Oregon, Washington and Vermont sued the makers of 5-Hour Energy on Thursday for allegedly deceptive and misleading advertising, and said similar suits will follow in other states in the coming weeks. The Oregon lawsuit was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court against the makers of the caffeine-charged beverage, Michigan-based manufacturer Living Essentials and its parent company Innovation Ventures [IVLL.UL]. Washington and Vermont filed similar suits, according to a statement released by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. All three states are seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting 5-Hour Energy’s allegedly deceptive marketing practices, as well as civil penalties and restitution to consumers.

Jordan calls for Security Council meeting on Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:02
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jordan has called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council following Israel's ground invasion of Gaza.

US unemployment aid applications drop to 302,000

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:01

In this photo taken Wednesday, July 16, 2014, job seeker U.S. Air Force veteran Jimmie Walker, left, listens to job recruiter Desiree Akel, at a Hiring Fair For Veterans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Labor Department reports the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, a steady decline that suggests a strengthening job market.


Mexican authorities identify body of missing New York man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:01
The badly decomposed remains that were discovered last week near the Pacific beach resort of Zihuatanejo were identified as Harry Devert by DNA tests, according to a spokesman for the Guerrero state prosecutors office. Devert worked as a stock trader and said on his website that he had spent the last five years traveling.

NYPD detective charged with filing fake crime tip for reward

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:58
A New York police detective has been arrested and charged with filing a fake crime tip in an attempt to cash in on the $1,000 reward, prosecutors said on Thursday. John Malloy, 46, was arraigned in state court in Manhattan on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to felony counts of forgery, and filing a false claim, and lesser charges of official misconduct and attempted petty larceny, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said. An arrest in the case had also been made without any tip, prosecutors said. Malloy then forged the signatures of a fellow detective, a supervising sergeant and a police inspector in an effort to claim the reward, prosecutors said.

Truck driver arrested in death of officer in New Jersey crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:56
By David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - Prosecutors have charged a Brooklyn truck driver with second-degree vehicular homicide after his 18-wheeler left a road in New Jersey on Thursday and killed a police officer conducting speed checks from an unmarked car, officials said. Ryon Cumberbatch, 28, is accused of crashing into the parked vehicle and striking 32-year-old Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell, who died of blunt force injuries and severe trauma to the head. Bergen County prosecutor John Molinelli said the collision took place at about 1:23 a.m. on Route 17 and that it occurred entirely in the shoulder of the highway. Cumberbatch is scheduled to appear in court on July 21.

New Jersey police officer dies in rear-end crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:44

This June 11, 2014 image provided by the Waldwick Police Department shows Waldwick, N.J. police officer Christopher Goodell during a ceremony honoring him for his DWI efforts. Authorities say the experienced police officer in northern New Jersey has died early Thursday July 17, 2014 after a tractor-trailer rear-ended his unmarked police car while he was operating radar to look for speeders on Route 17. Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell was 32 years old. (AP Photo/Waldwick Police Department)WALDWICK, N.J. (AP) — A police officer checking for speeders was killed when a tractor-trailer that didn't try to stop rear-ended his parked car on a highway shoulder early Thursday, making him the second officer to die in the line of duty in the state this week, prosecutors said.


Wisconsin police chief charged with setting up Tea Party member as porn fan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:36
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A police chief in Wisconsin was charged on Thursday with creating accounts on pornographic and dating websites under the name of a local Tea Party advocate to even a score with him, court records showed. Town of Campbell Police Chief Timothy Kelemen was charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of computerized communication systems in La Crosse County, according to court records. Kelemen is accused of setting up accounts under the name of Gregory Luce. Luce and fellow Tea Party members allegedly harassed Kelemen's department after the town banned their protest signs on overpasses, a police report filed in a federal court case showed.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to open at Lake Tahoe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:35
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The managers of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas have announced plans to open one at Lake Tahoe this winter after a $60 million renovation of the former Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline.

Four more charged with hate crimes tied to 2011 Mississippi slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:33
By Therese Apel JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - Four white Mississippi residents pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to federal hate crime charges stemming from an attack on a black man run over by a truck and killed, in a case that has already yielded six convictions. The 2011 killing of James Craig Anderson, 47, sparked outrage for its heinous nature, particularly since it took place in Mississippi, a state that has struggled to overcome a long history of racism. “This was specifically a hate crime," said Anderson family attorney Winston Thompson. John Louis Blalack, 20, Sarah Adelia Graves, 21, Robert Henry Rice, 23, and Shelbie Brooke Richards, 20, each pleaded not guilty in federal court in Jackson to numerous hate crime and conspiracy charges.

Remains found in investigation of funeral director

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:31
BOSTON (AP) — Investigators looking into an unlicensed Massachusetts funeral director accused of stealing from customers said Thursday they have found human remains in a rented storage unit, a day after finding cremated remains at another storage facility linked to him.

Strike by NY commuter rail workers averted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:31

Anthony Simon, general chairman of the United Transportation Union, left, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas Prendergast, right, shake hands in front of Gov. Andrew Cuomo after a tentative labor agreement was reached at Cuomo's office in New York on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — After four years of negotiations — and weeks of fretting by 300,000 daily riders about a possible strike — unions and management at the nation's largest commuter railroad reached a tentative contract agreement Thursday.


California drought doesn't end brown lawn warnings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:23

Michael Korte and his wife Laura Whitney, pose outside their home lawn in Glendora, Calif., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The Southern California couple who scaled back watering due to drought received a letter from the city of Glendora warning that they could face fines if they don't get their brown lawn green again. They are told if they don't revive the lawn they could be hit with up to $500 in fines and possible criminal action. City Manager Chris Jeffers says the couple has not been cited and called it a friendly letter prompted by a neighbor's complaint. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws.