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White House, Cuba work to resume scheduled commercial flights: WSJ

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:20
The White House is seeking an agreement with Cuba to begin scheduled commercial flights between the two countries as soon as December, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing officials. On Friday, U.S. Marines hoisted the American flag at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba for the first time in 54 years at a ceremony led by Secretary of State John Kerry that marked the restoration of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana. The Journal said the administration and the U.S. airline industry were united behind efforts to resume scheduled airline service to Cuba.

Ex-police officer faces murder charge in Virginia shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:18

Fairfax County Police Department photo of former Fairfax County police officer Adam TorresA former Virginia police officer was charged with second-degree murder on Monday for a 2013 on-duty shooting death of a man who had his hands raised, police said. Adam Torres, a onetime Fairfax County police officer, was charged after an indictment by a special grand jury for shooting John Geer, 46, of Springfield, at his home, police said in a statement. The charges mark the first time in the 75-year history of the Fairfax County Police Department that an officer will face charges for an on-duty shooting, the Washington Post reported.


Man, 30, critical after South Philadelphia shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:03

Man, 30, critical after South Philadelphia shootingPolice in South Philadelphia are investigating a shooting that left a man in critical condition.


Man trying to stop a suicide plummets to his death from dorm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:56

The Hale Wainani dormitory is seen at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Two men fell from the 14th floor of the University of Hawaii dormitory, one of them to his death while trying to pull the other from a ledge, Honolulu police said. The 24-year-old man who died was trying to bring inside an apparently distraught 19-year-old who went out a window onto the ledge early Sunday, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)HONOLULU (AP) — Two men fell from the 14th floor of a University of Hawaii dormitory — one of them to his death while trying to pull the other from a ledge, Honolulu police said.


Police: Mom suspected of killing husband, 2 kids, self

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:54

This Aug. 14, 2015 photo shows the mobile home where a couple and their two young children were found dead in Grand Traverse County’s Garfield Township, Michigan, according to authorities. Police say the deaths were a homicide-suicide, although the manner of death remains undermined. (AP Photo/John Flesher)GARFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A woman found dead in a northern Michigan house with her husband and two young children is suspected of killing them and fatally stabbing herself, authorities said Monday.


Ex-police officer indicted on murder charge in 2013 shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:50
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A former Fairfax County police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man as he stood inside his front door with his hands up in 2013 was indicted Monday on a second-degree murder charge, authorities said.

15-year-old in custody in connection with assault of North Philadelphia girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:43

15-year-old in custody in connection with sex assault, beating of North Philadelphia girlA 15-year-old boy has been taken into custody in connection with the assault of a 5-year-old girl in North Philadelphia.


First two women soldiers pass elite U.S. Army Ranger course

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:30
Two women have made military history after becoming the first female soldiers to pass the U.S. Army's grueling Ranger Course, the Army said on Monday. In April, 19 women and 381 men began the first Army Ranger school that included women. The course, based at Fort Benning, Georgia, includes training in woodlands, mountainous terrain and Florida swampland.

Seattle officer pulls over speeding car; mom gives birth

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:20
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police officers wound up helping with the birth of a baby after a routine traffic stop — and it was all recorded on a patrol car's dashboard camera.

Apparel maker Patagonia stops buying Ovis 21 wool after PETA video

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:20
The footage published on Thursday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) showed the cruel treatment at farms which supplied the Ventura, California-based company with merino wool used in its base layers and insulation. Patagonia's Chief Executive Officer Rose Marcario said in a statement the company was shocked by the video, and they were dismayed to witness such "horrifying" mistreatment.

Governor says case of foster child's death highest priority

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:14
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker said the case of a 2-year-old girl who died in foster care days after welfare workers visited her home and found her in good health has his highest priority and the state is launching its own internal investigation.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 09:04

Police investigate the scene after an explosion in Bangkok,Thailand, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. A large explosion rocked a central Bangkok intersection during the evening rush hour, killing a number of people and injuring others, police said. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:


Top Texas official won't apologize for Muslim-bombing post

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 08:56
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller won't apologize for a shared post on his Facebook page that appears to suggest using an atomic bomb on the Muslim population, a spokesman for the Republican said Monday.

Utah man pleads guilty in try to kidnap girl from her room

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 08:20

Aaron Edson, left, and Stephanie Edson, parents of a girl who was taken from her bedroom by Troy Morley, listen as Morley pleads guilty to child kidnapping in 3rd District Court, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in West Jordan, Utah. Morley told police he entered the Edson house through an unlocked door, convinced the girl to come with him and tried to walk out of the house with her in his arms on Nov. 7, 2014. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP, Pool)WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A Utah man pleaded guilty Monday to trying to kidnap a young girl from her bedroom in an attempt that was thwarted by her father.


Target of manhunt used Pacific Crest Trail to elude capture

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 08:16

This undated photo provided by the Kern County Sheriff Department shows Benjamin Peter Ashley. Sheriff's deputies in California said that they have shot and killed a man believed to be the target of a 2-week-long manhunt in the rugged, mountainous high desert of Central California on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. Dozens of officers have been searching in remote terrain about 30 miles east of Bakersfield, Calif., for Ashley. (Kern County Sheriff Department/The Bakersfield Californian via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of killing a retired dentist, taking three men hostage and wounding two deputies was likely traveling a section of the famed Pacific Crest Trail to elude searchers during an 18-day manhunt, authorities said Monday.


Report: Officers fired excessively in bank robbery shootout

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 08:15
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — The 600 shots police fired at the chaotic end to a California bank robbery that claimed the life of a hostage were excessive, with some officers only firing their weapons because other officers were shooting, according to a report released Monday.

New York man plotted to harm Muslims, Obama with X-ray device: prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 08:14
A Ku Klux Klan member conspired to use a remote-controlled X-ray device hidden in a truck, which he called "Hiroshima on a light switch," as a weapon of mass destruction to harm Muslims and President Barack Obama, a prosecutor told jurors on Monday. In opening arguments at U.S. District Court in Albany, a lawyer for Crawford, 51, of Galway, New York, said the device would have never been built if not for the government supplying the necessary components via “criminal” sources. "(Crawford) has strong political views and he saw Muslim extremism in Europe coming here," defense lawyer Kevin Luibrand said.

Labor board blocks effort to unionize college athletes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 08:14

Northwestern football player Justin Jackson walks to practice at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Kenosha, Wi. The National Labor Relations Board on Monday \overturned a historic ruling that gave Northwestern University football players the go-ahead to form the nation's first college athletes' union, saying the prospect of union and non-union teams could throw off the competitive balance in college football.(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)CHICAGO (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board on Monday blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nation's first college athletes' union, dealing a blow to a labor movement that could have transformed amateur sports.


Reluctant Kentucky clerk gets time for gay marriage appeal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 08:02

FILE - In this July 20, 2015 file photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, walks with her attorney Roger Gannam into the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in Covington, Ky. The Rowan County, Ky., clerk's office turned away gay couples who sought marriage licenses on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, defying a federal judge's order that said deeply held Christian beliefs don't excuse officials from following the law. The fight in Rowan County began soon after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide in June. Davis cited her religious beliefs and decided not to issue marriage licenses to any couple, gay or straight. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday gave a Kentucky county clerk room to continue denying marriage licenses to gays and lesbians while she takes her religious objections case to a higher court.


Massachusetts lawyer avoids prison for trading on golfer's tips

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:58
Douglas Parigian, 56, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Denise Casper in Boston after pleading guilty in May to conspiracy and securities fraud charges, said a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz. Prosecutors said McPhail learned secret information about American Superconductor from an unnamed senior executive who, like him, belonged to the Oakley Country Club in Watertown, Massachusetts.