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Landing-gear alert forces flight back to Phoenix

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:21
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a possible hydraulic issue forced a Delta Air Lines flight carrying 160 travelers from Arizona to Minnesota to return to the Phoenix airport.

Second pot shop opens in Seattle amid slow start to legal sales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:05
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle's second retail marijuana store opened on Monday to a long line of customers, more than a month after Washington became the second U.S. Herbal Nation, a 750-square-foot store in the suburb of Bothell, said it waited an extra month to open to ensure it could save up enough marijuana products to meet demand. The first Seattle store, Cannabis City, opened on July 8 when legal sales took effect, but shut its doors three days later because it ran out of stock. Cannabis City said on its website Monday that it was still out of marijuana inventory and was only selling paraphernalia.

New Orleans police superintendent steps down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:03
New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas announced his retirement on Monday, bringing to a close a four-year tenure marked by a drop in murders, a reduction in the number of officers on patrol and federal demands to reform the department. Serpas, who first joined the department as a beat cop in 1980, said during a news conference announcing his departure that he was leaving the organization better than when he took the helm in 2010. "Together Mayor (Mitch) Landrieu and I, and the brave men and women of this police department, have laid a strong foundation for the future, a future that will be good for the people of New Orleans," Serpas said. The department is operating under a federal consent decree dating back to 2012 aimed at changing a pattern of police misconduct ranging from discriminatory searches to the use of excessive force.

$150 million convention center eyed for North Dakota oil patch

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:00
By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON (Reuters) - A subsidiary of real estate developer The Prime Group Inc said on Monday it plans to build a $150 million convention center in Williston, North Dakota, aiming to supply a world-class meeting space for the fast-growing oil boom community. The 16-story complex, which wouldn't open until 2016 at the earliest and still needs funding and approval from city officials, would have more than 600,000 square feet of space, including indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, a Ruth's Chris Steak House, retail shops, office space, underground parking and a 300-room hotel. "We really want to connect with the oil industry and ensure their needs are served," John Breugelmans, a principle with The Prime Group subsidiary BR Investments LLC, said in a presentation to reporters. "The oil boom is far from its peak." Most large-scale meetings and conventions in Williston are now held in small hotels not originally designed for that purpose.

Wisconsin ex-policeman pleads not guilty in suitcase corpse case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:49
By Brendan O'Brien KENOSHA Wis. (Reuters) - A former Wisconsin police officer entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of first-degree homicide in a case where he is accused of choking a woman to death, stuffing her body in a suitcase and dumping the luggage on a rural road. Steven Zelich, 52, was charged in Kenosha County with killing 21-year-old Jenny Gamez of Cottage Grove, Oregon, in 2012 after they met online and he invited her to come to Milwaukee. Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder set an Oct. 21 status hearing in the case. Zelich is also accused in another county of hiding the corpse of another woman, also in a suitcase.

WikiLeaks founder Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:48

WikiLeaks founder Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusionWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved.


Colorado woman in court on charges of abusing seven-year-old daughter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:44
Leah Dyer, 47, of Fort Collins is charged with one count of felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, said Linda Jensen, spokeswoman for the Larimer County District Attorney's Office. Her husband, Douglas Dyer, 44, faces the same charge. Both are free on $10,000 bonds. Child protection services and police removed the girl from the home last October, according to an arrest warrant affidavit posted on the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper's website. Douglas Dyer told police he did not believe the girl was undergoing seizures, and instead called them "spells." "He (Dyer) said they looked into the spiritual realm but they ran into roadblocks in trying to have their home blessed to get rid of the spirits," the affidavit said.

Defense testimony starts in corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor, wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:42

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The defense in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, began on Monday with testimony intended to show the couple's marriage was so broken they could not have conspired to illegally take gifts and loans. Janet Kelly, secretary of the commonwealth in McDonnell’s cabinet, said the former first lady was known for being a difficult person. ”She would freak out on little things and take it out on other people when she was upset.” Referring to a letter of complaint from the staff at governor’s mansion about the former first lady’s treatment of them, Kelly said she came to believe that Maureen McDonnell was “pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility.” The McDonnells face a 14-count indictment alleging they took gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams Sr., the head of dietary supplement company Star Scientific, in exchange for promoting his main product, anti-inflammatory Anatabloc.


Republican-turned-independent former Senator Jeffords dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:41

SENATOR JEFFORDS ANNOUNCES HE WILL LEAVE REPUBLICAN PARTY.By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - James Jeffords, a soft-spoken Vermonter whose defection from the Republican Party in 2001 created an unprecedented power shift in the U.S. Senate and gave Democrats control of the chamber for 18 months, died on Monday at age 80, his former aide said. Jeffords had been in declining health and died at a military retirement home in Washington, the aide, Diane Derby, said. A funeral is being planned in his hometown of Rutland, Vermont, she added. Jeffords was a New England moderate who found himself out of step with his increasingly conservative colleagues when he rocked American politics on May 24, 2001, by announcing he was leaving President George W. Bush's Republican Party, tipping the divided Senate.


Photo released of Dell Music Center shooting suspect; $20K reward offered

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:38

Photo released of Dell Music Center shooting suspect; $20K reward offeredPolice are looking to identify the suspect wanted in connection with the murder of a man outside a peace concert at Philadelphia's Dell Music Center Wednesday night.


Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:18

James JeffordsMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80.


Obama to speak about Iraq, Ferguson at 4 p.m.: White House

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will speak about developments in Iraq and civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT), the White House said on Monday. (Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Eric Walsh)

Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:17

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, left, shakes hands with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after a press conference inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Monday Aug. 18, 2014, where Assange confirmed he "will be leaving the embassy soon". The Australian Assange fled to the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012 to escape extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over allegations of sex crimes. (AP Photo / John Stillwell, POOL)LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved.


Husband of U.S. missionary with Ebola visits her after quarantine ends

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:06
WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The husband of an American missionary stricken with Ebola has finished a health monitoring period without showing signs of the disease and was able to visit his wife at the Atlanta hospital where she is being treated, a missionary group said on Monday. David Writebol was temporarily quarantined in North Carolina as a precaution after returning last week from Liberia, where he and his wife, Nancy, served as missionaries for SIM USA before she was infected with the deadly virus. In a statement released by the Christian missionary group, David Writebol said the couple prayed together over an intercom during an emotional reunion on Sunday after he was cleared to travel to Emory University Hospital.

U.S. farmers fight poisonous wheat fungus with cleaning, waiting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:05

A combine drives through stalks of soft red winter wheat during the harvest on a farm in Dixon, IllinoisBy Meredith Davis CHICAGO (Reuters) - Dave Wiechert of Nashville, Illinois, does good business most years cleaning seed for farmers in preparation for planting season. The "head scab" fungus can produce vomitoxin, a chemical that is poisonous to humans and livestock when consumed at high levels.


Weekend shootings in NYC leave two dead, 21 injured

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:50
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people were killed and 21 injured in more than a dozen separate shootings in New York City over the weekend, police said on Monday. The gun violence, scattered around four New York boroughs, is part of a recent increase in shooting incidents in the city despite a sharp decline in crime over the past two decades. The fatal gunshots took place just before 3 a.m. on Sunday, when an unidentified assailant opened fire on 21-year-old Kenny Jimenez and 29-year-old Francisco Mercedez outside of a deli in northern Manhattan, according to the New York Police Department. All told, there were eight shootings occurred in the city on Sunday, including two in the borough of Brooklyn, police said.

Weekend shootings in NYC leave two dead, 21 injured

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:50
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people were killed and 21 injured in more than a dozen separate shootings in New York City over the weekend, police said on Monday. The gun violence, scattered around four New York boroughs, is part of a recent increase in shooting incidents in the city despite a sharp decline in crime over the past two decades. The fatal gunshots took place just before 3 a.m. on Sunday, when an unidentified assailant opened fire on 21-year-old Kenny Jimenez and 29-year-old Francisco Mercedez outside of a deli in northern Manhattan, according to the New York Police Department. All told, there were eight shootings occurred in the city on Sunday, including two in the borough of Brooklyn, police said.

Government wants to make cars talk to each other

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:46

FILE - This May 22, 2012 file photo shows a demonstration of a side mirror warning signal in a Ford Taurus at an automobile testing area in Oxon Hill, Md. The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions. A research report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the technology could eventually prevent 592,000 left-turn and intersection crashes a year, saving 1,083 lives. The agency said it will begin drafting rules to require the technology in new vehicles. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.


The latest harrowing images of the Ferguson protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:39

The latest harrowing images of the Ferguson protestsThe situation in Ferguson, Missouri has grown even worse.


The latest harrowing images of the Ferguson protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:39

The latest harrowing images of the Ferguson protestsThe situation in Ferguson, Missouri has grown even worse.