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404 Memphis police officers call in sick

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:17
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis police say hundreds of officers have called in sick in the past week in what appears to be a deliberate action to protest planned health care cuts.

NYC museum's giant blue whale gets a dusting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:17

Brittany Janaszak vacuums the dust off of a life-size model of a blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The American Museum of Natural History's popular blue whale is getting its annual dusting.


Remembering game-changing Grand Canyon plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:15

A plaque marking the designation of a 1956 commercial airliner collision over the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is displayed on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. About 200 people gathered at the canyon to attend the unveiling of the plaque. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors peered through binoculars and spotting scopes into the depths of the Grand Canyon, straining to see the spot where two commercial airliners crashed after colliding in mid-air nearly 60 years ago. Family members of the victims gazed out over the east rim of the canyon Tuesday, trying to imagine their loved ones' final moments in a disaster that helped overhaul U.S. aviation safety.


Protest erupts after deputy cleared in boy's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:09

File - This Nov. 4, 2013 file photo shows Rodrigo Lopez, left, and Sujay Cruz, parents of Andy Lopez, as they walk to a news conference in San Francisco. Prosecutors said Monday, July 7, 2014, that they will not file criminal charges against a Northern California sheriff's deputy who shot and killed Andy Lopez, an unarmed 13-year-old boy, whose death last year sparked protests and criticism that the officer acted too quickly. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Protesters on Tuesday denounced a Northern California prosecutor's decision not to file criminal charges against a sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a 13-year-old boy after mistaking the teen's pellet gun for an assault rifle.


APNewsBreak: Police give motive in dead baby case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:08

FILE - This April 13, 2014 file photo shows police tape in front of the scene where seven infant bodies were discovered and packaged in separate containers at a home in Pleasant Grove, Utah. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, authorities said DNA results confirm that the biological father of Megan Huntsman's seven dead babies is her estranged husband. The 39-year-old Huntsman is charged with six counts of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)Authorities say a Utah mother's motive for killing six of her newborns was that she was addicted to methamphetamine and other drugs and didn't want to deal with the responsibility.


Jury begins hearing Ventura's defamation case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:00

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, right, makes his way out of the Warren E. Burger Federal Building during the first day of jury selection in a defamation lawsuit, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. Ventura filed the defamation lawsuit against the Chris Kyle estate, claiming that Kyle's account of a bar fight in a book he wrote was false. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jesse Ventura brought his defamation lawsuit before home-state jurors Tuesday in a bid to punish the estate of late "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, who bragged in an autobiography that he decked the former Minnesota governor during a barroom scrap almost a decade ago.


NYC borough won't prosecute low-level pot offenses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:47
NEW YORK (AP) — Many of the thousands of people arrested on low-level marijuana possession charges in Brooklyn will likely get the cases dropped before even having to go to court, District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced Tuesday in a novel move to address the heavy toll of pot arrests in the nation's largest city.

House Republican proposes $10.9 billion transport funding extension

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:32

U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Camp questions outgoing acting IRS Commissioner Miller during a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp on Tuesday unveiled a $10.9 billion plan to extend U.S. transportation funding through May 31, 2015, a measure that would avert an August slowdown of funding for construction projects. With the Highway Trust Fund rapidly dwindling, the U.S. Department of Transportation is planning to sharply reduce the amount of federal money it distributes to states to fund road, bridge and rail construction projects on Aug. 1. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has said this would result in a 30 percent reduction in available transportation funds, causing delays in projects and layoffs of hundreds of thousands of construction workers.


4 injured, including baby, in I-95 crash

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

4 injured, including baby, in I-95 crashAuthorities say four people, including a 7-month-old child, were injured in a two-vehicle crash on I-95 in Southwest Philadelphia.


Acura to recall vehicles in U.S. over defective headlights

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:29
(Reuters) - Acura, the luxury division of Japanese automaker Honda Motors Co Ltd, said it would recall 14,078 model-year 2013-2014 ILX vehicles to replace their halogen projector beam headlights. The car manufacturer said if a vehicle is parked with the engine running with the low-beam headlights on for a long time, the headlights could melt plastic components, resulting in a fire. There was one fire reported but there were no related crashes or injuries, Acura said in a statement. (http://bit.ly/1vYgOVd) Last week Honda expanded to the state of California its U.S. ...

'Free the weed': Scenes from Washington pot sales

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:26

Julian Rodriguez, right, of Everson, Wash., holds his two-gram packet of recreational marijuana outside Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales. At left is Tom Beckley, the owner of the store. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)As employees worked frantically to prepare the shelves and assess their inventory at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, Washington, 22-year-old Zoe Wainwright was among the dozens in line early Tuesday waiting for legal marijuana sales to begin.


Jury in NY acquits ex-hedge fund founder's brother

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:13

Rengan Rajaratnam, left, exits Manhattan federal court in New York with his attorney Daniel Gitner Tuesday, July 8, 2014 after he was acquitted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Prosecutors had alleged that Rajaratnam, 43, joined with his brother, Raj Rajaratnam, to cheat in the stock market in 2008 on the securities of two technology companies. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of an imprisoned ex-billionaire hedge fund founder was acquitted of conspiracy on Tuesday, handing Manhattan prosecutors their first loss after dozens of insider trading convictions in prosecutions that relied heavily on wiretaps and the testimony of those who pleaded guilty.


Iraq says 'terrorists' seize chemical weapons site

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:11
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iraq said the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents.

Obama urgently asks $3.7 billion for border crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:09

FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo, immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally stand in line for tickets at the bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas. Tackling what he has called a humanitarian crisis, President Barack Obama on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 asked Congress for $3.7 billion to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border, straining immigration resources and causing a political firestorm in Washington. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama appealed to Congress on Tuesday for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with the immigration crisis on the nation's southern border, where unaccompanied children have been showing up by the thousands in a human drama that's causing a political storm in Washington and beyond.


NY jury acquits ex-hedge fund founder's brother

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:08

Rengan Rajaratnam, left, exits Manhattan federal court in New York with his attorney Daniel Gitner Tuesday, July 8, 2014 after he was acquitted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Prosecutors had alleged that Rajaratnam, 43, joined with his brother, Raj Rajaratnam, to cheat in the stock market in 2008 on the securities of two technology companies. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of an imprisoned ex-billionaire hedge fund founder has been acquitted of conspiracy.


Sterling appears in court for Clippers sale trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:08

Shelly Sterling, the wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse for a trial over the $2 billion Los Angeles Clippers sale on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling, fighting his wife's planned $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, arrived in court Tuesday to give testimony but sat stolidly as a psychiatrist testified that he's mentally incapable of handling financial affairs.


American women targeted as Malaysia becomes Internet scam haven: U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:08
By Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Hundreds of American women are being ensnared by Internet scammers based in Malaysia, with some losing over a quarter of a million dollars, as the country becomes an epicenter for online crime perpetrated by Africans, U.S. officials say. The mostly Nigerian conmen, who enter Malaysia on student visas, take advantage of the country's good Internet infrastructure to prey on lonely, middle-aged women, wooing them on dating websites before swindling their savings, they said. The scams are more sophisticated than most Nigeria-based operations - which most Internet users have experienced at some time either via email or advertising - helped by Malaysia's advanced banking system, which allows perpetrators to quickly set up accounts and receive international transfers. U.S. officials say Malaysian police lack the resources and expertise to tackle the problem and have yet to launch a single prosecution of a case involving a U.S. victim.

New NYC jails boss, overseers clash over solitary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:07
NEW YORK (AP) — The newly appointed commissioner of New York City's jail system violated city law by sending as many as 47 mentally ill inmates into 23-hour confinement without first getting approval from mental health clinicians, a city oversight board said Tuesday.

Judge halts mental exam in Wisconsin stabbing case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:03
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A judge on Tuesday halted his previous order that one of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to curry favor with a fictional character undergo an insanity exam.

No new hearings for Michigan juvenile lifers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:58
DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of Michigan prisoners automatically sentenced to life behind bars for murder as teens aren't entitled to a new day in court, the state Supreme Court said Tuesday in a major decision that blocks one route to possible release but won't be the final word.