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Second night of rioting after killing of black Missouri teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:20
By Jason McLure and Carey Gillam FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas after rioting broke out for a second night in Ferguson, Missouri, despite calls on Monday for calm from the mother of a black teenager who was shot to death by police at the weekend. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said officers were focused on dispersing the crowd, which was smaller than the night before, but were making arrests and reported being fired on at some locations. Michael Brown, 18, was shot to death in Ferguson, a mostly black St Louis suburb, on Saturday afternoon after what police said was a struggle with a gun in a police car.

Mother smiles through hearing on child's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:19
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A woman accused of killing her infant daughter before trying to slit her teenage daughter's throat has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.

U.S. denies protections for wolverines, outrages conservationists

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:16
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - U.S. wildlife managers on Tuesday denied federal protections for rare wolverines, outraging conservationists but pleasing Western states that opposed adding the reclusive but feisty member of the weasel family to the endangered and threatened species list. Last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed applying Endangered Species Act safeguards for the estimated 300 wolverines left in the Lower 48 states, most of which inhabit the high country of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The service had said global warming was reducing mountain snows the animals use to dig dens and store food. "After carefully considering the best available science, the Service has determined that the effects of climate change are not likely to place the wolverine in danger of extinction now or in the foreseeable future," Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Gavin Shire said in a statement.

New road makes trip to Grand Canyon Skywalk faster

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:10

CORRECTS RESERVATION LOCATION TO NORTHWEST ARIZONA- This undated photo provided by Fann Contracting, Inc. shows a newly-paved stretch of road leading to the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in northwestern Arizona. Known as the Diamond Bar Road, the once rugged, nine-mile washboard road now is completely paved after years of battles that included a dude rancher charging tourists to cross his property. A ceremony is planned Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 to mark completion of the project. (AP Photo/Fann Contracting, Inc.)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Officials from the Hualapai Tribe gathered Tuesday for a ceremonial grand opening of a road that had been a major headache for tourists headed to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Times Square's costumed superheroes fight back against bad press

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:09

File photo of Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, posing with women while dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo in Times Square, New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - After a spate of arrests and bad publicity, the costumed characters who pose for tourist photographs in New York's Times Square in the hopes of a cash tip have formed an association to preserve a livelihood that has come under increasing scrutiny. Dozens of people dressed as Spider-Man, Batman, Elmo, Mickey Mouse and other children's favorites, roam the crowded sidewalks and pedestrian plazas around Times Square each day, beckoning toward passing kids and their camera-toting parents. The new association - a sort of cross between an informal union and The Justice League - wants to fight back against that image, according to Yamil Morales, one of the group's organizers. "We're people who want to be treated as workers with dignity and not be treated as cartoon characters just because we wear a mask," Morales said in Spanish, speaking through an interpreter.

New Hampshire man convicted of killing teen to appear at sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:04
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire man found guilty last month of murdering a 19-year-old female college student has dropped his request to not appear at his sentencing hearing on Thursday. Seth Mazzaglia, 32, had sought to invoke what his lawyers said was his constitutional right not to appear at the sentencing, but dropped the motion after a hearing on the request in Strafford County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon. State prosecutors insisted that Mazzaglia be compelled to appear out of fairness to the family of the victim, Elizabeth Marriott, whom Mazzaglia was accused of strangling after she was lured to his apartment as a sex offering. Mazzaglia faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Creditor opposes Detroit debt plan, says scrap it

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:01
DETROIT (AP) — A major Detroit creditor on Tuesday objected to the bankrupt city's plan to wipe out or reduce billions of dollars in debt, saying it should be scrapped before a trial scheduled to start next week.

AP exam grants: how much each state is receiving

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:56
A look at how much each state received in Education Department grants to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students. The grant covers advanced placement exams administered by the College Board, the International Baccalaureate Organization and Cambridge International Examinations:

Police cite threats, won't name cop who shot teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:54
The police chief in a St. Louis suburb where a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager said he's holding off on publicly identifying the officer because of death threats.

Ohio teen returns to football team after rape case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:46

FILE- In this March 17, 2013, file photo, Ma'Lik Richmond walks towards the victim and her family to apologize after he was found delinquent on rape and other charges after his trial in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio. Richmond, returned to the field for the first time since serving time in a juvenile detention center for raping a 16-year-old girl in August 2012. He played for the Steubenville High School football team in a scrimmage Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, against Cambridge. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio high school football player found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party two years ago returned to the field Tuesday with his old team.

4 people, dog found dead inside California home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:45

Santa Barbara shootingGOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Four people and a dog were found stabbed to death in a Southern California home, and authorities said the sole suspect was in custody Tuesday.

Lightning starts dozens of new fires in Northwest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:39
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Lightning has started dozens of new wildfires in the Northwest, forcing incident commanders to juggle crews and equipment Tuesday as a new round of storms approached.

Tentative deal in Northwest grain terminal dispute

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:39
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A bitter and occasionally violent two-year labor dispute at Northwest grain terminals ended with a tentative deal reached in the middle of the night.

Probe into death involving NASCAR's Stewart to last two more weeks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:35

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart, of the number 14 car, speaks with crew members in the garage during practice for the Daytona 500 qualifying at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach(Reuters) - The investigation into the death of a race car driver in an incident involving NASCAR driver Tony Stewart at a New York race track over the weekend will last at least another two weeks, authorities said Tuesday. Stewart, 43, bumped cars with Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race last Saturday at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York. With the yellow caution flag out and Stewart continuing to race, Ward got out of his car and, while in the middle of the track, pointed at the three-time NASCAR champion.

Federal judge upholds Maryland gun-control law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:32
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday upheld a Maryland ban on 45 assault weapons and a limit on gun magazines to 10 rounds, two key parts of a sweeping gun-control law that were challenged shortly before the law went into effect last year.

States get $28M in grants to defray AP exam costs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department said Tuesday that it was awarding $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students.

Portland bridge for sale, if you have somewhere to put it

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:25
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - If you have somewhere to put it, local officials in Portland, Oregon, are offering a decrepit 1,100-foot-long (335-meter-long)steel bridge at a knock-down price. The Sellwood Bridge comes with a paved road, sidewalks and railings, but none of the support beams that currently hold it aloft above the Willamette River, according to a for-sale notice that will run in newspapers on Wednesday. Mike Pullen, spokesman for Multnomah County, said potential buyers will be asked to prove that they have somewhere to keep the bridge, funds to move it, as well as a plan to relocate it without its lead paint contaminating the environment. Construction crews moved the Sellwood Bridge 60 feet (18 meters) last year to make way for a replacement that is slated to be complete in early 2016.

Federal jury to decide fate of Miami-area mayor in corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:24
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami federal jury began deliberations on Tuesday to decide the fate of a Miami-area mayor accused of accepting thousands of dollars from FBI agents during an undercover sting operation. Former Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi, 51, was arrested last August and pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit extortion and four counts of attempted extortion. In closing statements on Tuesday, prosecutors attempted to paint Pizzi as a corrupt politician who took envelopes of cash in backroom deals in exchange for awarding city contracts to FBI agents posing as representatives of a Chicago consulting firm. Federal prosecutors charged that Pizzi accepted $750 in campaign contributions and three cash payments of $1,000 to $3,000 each from early 2012 to mid-2013 for his support.

Judge: Teen to be tried as adult in teacher death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:19
BOSTON (AP) — A teenager accused of raping and killing his math teacher on high school grounds lost his bid Tuesday to be tried as a minor.

Rescue crews free entangled leatherback turtle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:18
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Rescuers have come to the aid of a large leatherback turtle entangled in fishing gear off the southern New Jersey coast.