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Illinois man to be executed in Oklahoma scrutinizes evidence

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 04:20
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man scheduled to be executed next month in Oklahoma for his role in a 1997 killing is raising questions about his case, telling a newspaper in his hometown that Oklahoma is going to "kill an innocent man."

Illinois man to be executed in Oklahoma scrutinizes evidence

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 04:20
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man scheduled to be executed next month in Oklahoma for his role in a 1997 killing is raising questions about his case, telling a newspaper in his hometown that Oklahoma is going to "kill an innocent man."

Firefighters battle blazes in U.S. Northwest and California

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 04:16
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Wildfires have destroyed 50 homes in north central Idaho while a fire in north-central Washington had nearly doubled in size by Sunday, fire officials said. Firefighters are also continuing to battle blazes in Oregon, Montana and the California wine region north of San Francisco, according to government officials. The Reach fire, sparked on Friday by lightning strikes and high winds, had doubled to 55,000 acres (22,250 hectares) by Sunday and nearly surrounded the town of Chelan, fire incident spokesman Wayne Patterson.

Milwaukee man charged with sexually assaulting 5-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 04:10
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 29-year-old man is facing a first-degree sexual assault of a child charge after being accused of following a 5-year-old boy into a drug store bathroom and assaulting him.

Milwaukee man charged with sexually assaulting 5-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 04:10
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 29-year-old man is facing a first-degree sexual assault of a child charge after being accused of following a 5-year-old boy into a drug store bathroom and assaulting him.

3 injured in hot air balloon accident in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 03:37
NEW HOLLAND, Pa. (AP) — A deflating hot air balloon struck overhead electrical wires after landing in a Pennsylvania field, shocking three people including one who was given CPR by a bystander, authorities said Sunday.

Teen gets 28 years for killing mom, throwing party

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 03:19
MIAMI (AP) — A Miami teen who pleaded guilty to killing his mother and throwing a party while her body was still inside the home will spend 28 years in prison.

2 passengers not hurt in North Carolina plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 03:16
BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say two people suffered minor injuries when their small plane crashed while trying to take off in North Carolina this weekend.

Driver charged after girl, 6, injured in Northeast Philadelphia hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 03:12

Driver charged after girl, 6, injured in Northeast Philadelphia hit-and-runPolice have identified the man charged with hitting a 6-year-old girl then fleeing the scene on foot Saturday evening in Northeast Philadelphia.


Dish Network, Sinclair agree on extending TV contract

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 03:02
Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcast Group announced an agreement Sunday extending their contract, enabling the satellite TV provider to broadcast Sinclair's local channels and averting a possible blackout.

Bird flu aftershocks to drive U.S. turkey, egg prices higher

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 02:51

Nine-day-old chicks drink water at a Foster Farms ranch near TurlockAs a result of the shortages and the loss of more than 48 million chickens and turkeys to the disease, egg prices will climb higher than previously expected this year and remain high through 2016, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Frozen wholesale turkey prices are expected to be up to 19 percent higher for the key Thanksgiving holiday than they were a year ago. Some farms that raise egg-laying chickens are expected to start bringing in new chickens this fall, although sites that lost millions of birds will likely remain empty until the end of the year due to the long cleanup process.


Medical van stolen with 2 patients inside in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 02:43

Medical van stolen with 2 patients inside in Hunting ParkThe hunt is on for a man who stole a medical transport vehicle with two special needs patients inside.


Obama: Civil rights activist Bond was 'hero' and friend

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 02:21
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the late civil rights activist Julian Bond was a hero and friend.

Man critically wounded in hail of gunfire in Spring Garden

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 02:03

Man critically wounded in hail of gunfire in Spring GardenA 23-year-old man is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot near a nightclub in Spring Garden.


Pencils down: More U.S. colleges drop standardized tests

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 02:00
Don't worry, a growing number of U.S. schools are scrapping standardized test scores as part of admission. Washington, D.C.'s George Washington University last month joined more than 850 U.S. colleges and universities that no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT, tests that have been a feature of American student life for decades. Proponents of making the tests optional say the switch can help schools become more diverse and admit students who will thrive even though they may have lagged other applicants on scores.

Man in critical condition after stabbing in Juniata

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:56

Man in critical condition after stabbing in JuniataPhiladelphia police say 36-year-old man is in critical condition after being stabbed in Juniata.


Subject of California manhunt killed by deputies

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:38
Two deputy sheriffs confronted Benjamin Peter Ashley, 34, on a dirt road in the early evening on Saturday after the owner of convenience store reported that a man fitting Ashley’s description had bought some food, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said on Sunday.

Owners of pier that became iconic Sandy image get rebuild OK

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:36
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — The owners of a Jersey shore amusement pier that became an iconic image of the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy have received approval to rebuild part of the site.

Rape case points to sordid tradition at elite prep school

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:22

The entrance to the elite St. Paul’s School is seen Friday Aug. 14, 2015 in Concord, N.H., Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, Owen Labrie, a former student, goes on trial Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, for taking part in a practice at the school known as “Senior Salute” where graduating boys try to take the virginity of younger girls before the school year ends. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — St. Paul's School boasts a glittering roster of alumni that includes senators, congressmen, a Nobel laureate and the current secretary of state. The elite prep school also allegedly has a sordid tradition of sexual conquest where graduating boys try to take the virginity of younger girls before getting their diplomas.


Longtime civil rights activist Julian Bond dead at 75

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:16

Longtime civil rights activist Julian Bond dead at 75Julian Bond, a leading figure from the 1960s civil rights movement who served as chairman of the NAACP after a long career in politics, died Saturday, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75.