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Derailed fuselages removed from Montana river

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:27

Work crews remove one of the Boeing 737 fuselages that plunged into the Clark Fork River east of Superior, Mont., on Monday, July 7, 2014. Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) SEATTLE ONLINE OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUTMISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Crews have removed all three commercial airplane fuselages from a river embankment in western Montana after they tumbled off a train in a derailment.


Derailed fuselages removed from Montana river

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:27

Work crews remove one of the Boeing 737 fuselages that plunged into the Clark Fork River east of Superior, Mont., on Monday, July 7, 2014. Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) SEATTLE ONLINE OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUTMISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Crews have removed all three commercial airplane fuselages from a river embankment in western Montana after they tumbled off a train in a derailment.


Ga. governor pushes trials of marijuana derivative

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:27
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's governor is pushing clinical trials for a marijuana-derived drug that proponents say could help treat severe seizure disorders among children, an unlikely election-year move for a Republican in a conservative part of the country that is just beginning to warm up to medical marijuana in narrow circumstances.

Police: Mom accused of killing babies was on meth

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:26

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)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — 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.


Police: Mom accused of killing babies was on meth

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:26

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)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — 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.


Bail set for twins charged in Good Samaritan death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:23
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Bail has been set at $1.1 million each for twin brothers charged with murder in the death of a Good Samaritan who was run over after trying to rescue a woman being assaulted in California.

Bail set for twins charged in Good Samaritan death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:23
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Bail has been set at $1.1 million each for twin brothers charged with murder in the death of a Good Samaritan who was run over after trying to rescue a woman being assaulted in California.

Illinois woman seeks clemency in buried-alive case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:23

This undated file photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows Nancy Rish. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the Illinois Prisoner Review Board held a clemency hearing for Rish, who was convicted of helping her boyfriend kidnap Kankakee businessman Stephen Small and bury him alive in 1987. Small suffocated when a crudely fashioned breathing tube failed before a ransom could be paid. The panel is expected to vote within weeks on whether to recommend clemency. (AP Photo/Illinois Department of Corrections, File)Tearful relatives appealed for clemency Tuesday for an Illinois woman they say was wrongly convicted nearly three decades ago of taking part in in a macabre kidnap-for-ransom plot in which a businessman was lured from his home and buried alive.


Woman can break lease at suspected killer's home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:19
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman who discovered her rental home was the likely site of several slayings by a suspected serial killer is moving out early after appealing to St. Louis public housing officials when her landlord wouldn't budge.

Woman can break lease at suspected killer's home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:19
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman who discovered her rental home was the likely site of several slayings by a suspected serial killer is moving out early after appealing to St. Louis public housing officials when her landlord wouldn't budge.

Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:14
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drought in the southwestern U.S is depleting the vast Lake Mead on the Colorado River to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir was filled in the 1930s.

New Jersey's storm recovery chief steps down, replaced by deputy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:11

New Jersey Gov. Christie walks in before speaking at the second day of the 5th annual Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Policy Conference in WashingtonThe director of New Jersey's response to Superstorm Sandy stepped down on Tuesday, almost two years after the storm tore through the state, and was replaced by his deputy, Governor Chris Christie's office said. Marc Ferzan, who was appointed in the early days of the recovery in 2012, has been criticized for delays in doling out recovery money and accused of allowing politics to interfere with the distribution of funds. In a statement, Christie said that Ferzan served with "great professionalism, effectiveness and with the needs of Sandy survivors always in the front of his mind." Sandy crashed into the Jersey Shore in late 2012, tearing up beach-front boardwalks and leaving entire towns with extensive flooding and storm damage. Christie's initial response, especially his public embrace of President Barack Obama in the days leading up to the Democratic president's re-election, was widely lauded, and the governor himself cruised to re-election the following year.


New Jersey's storm recovery chief steps down, replaced by deputy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:11

New Jersey Gov. Christie walks in before speaking at the second day of the 5th annual Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Policy Conference in WashingtonThe director of New Jersey's response to Superstorm Sandy stepped down on Tuesday, almost two years after the storm tore through the state, and was replaced by his deputy, Governor Chris Christie's office said. Marc Ferzan, who was appointed in the early days of the recovery in 2012, has been criticized for delays in doling out recovery money and accused of allowing politics to interfere with the distribution of funds. In a statement, Christie said that Ferzan served with "great professionalism, effectiveness and with the needs of Sandy survivors always in the front of his mind." Sandy crashed into the Jersey Shore in late 2012, tearing up beach-front boardwalks and leaving entire towns with extensive flooding and storm damage. Christie's initial response, especially his public embrace of President Barack Obama in the days leading up to the Democratic president's re-election, was widely lauded, and the governor himself cruised to re-election the following year.


Father helps deliver baby girl on Route 1

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:09

Father helps deliver baby girl on Route 1A Camden, Delaware family expanded over the weekend.


Prosecutors in NYC's Brooklyn won't pursue low-level pot cases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:08
Prosecutors in New York City's most populous borough of Brooklyn will no longer prosecute low-level marijuana possession cases, particularly for first-time offenders, the office said on Tuesday. Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, who campaigned on limiting criminal penalties for people caught with small amounts of pot, said the new policy will lift the burden placed on the criminal justice system by thousands of low-level arrests that are ultimately dismissed. The move, which does not affect New York's four other boroughs, comes at a time when states and cities across the United States are adopting more lenient stances on marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. Fifteen U.S. states have made possessing marijuana a civil offense, and 23 including New York allow medicinal pot.

Florida lawyers fired for calling Palestinians 'swine,' 'cockroaches'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:04
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Two South Florida public defenders were fired Tuesday after making inflammatory remarks on social media about Palestinians allegedly celebrating the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June. In one Facebook post attorney Gary Sheres wrote: “they are the filthy swine they don’t eat,” referring to the Muslim custom of not eating pork. “That’s why the Palestinian people are considered the cockroaches of the world,” lawyer Bruce Raticoff wrote. “Burn them to the ground.” The public defender’s office first became aware of the comments following an inquiry from the South Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper on July 2 and was soon bombarded with criticism from equal rights groups and individuals.

Convention another step for Cleveland's comeback

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:54

A man sits on a picnic table with a view of downtown Cleveland Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP's 2016 presidential pick will accept the party's nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — The vote by a Republican panel to make Cleveland its host for the party's 2016 national convention could be a big step in the city's efforts to remake a hard-bitten image forged by decades of misfortune.


Warring Episcopalians in South Carolina court over $500 million in property

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:50
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON South Carolina (Reuters) - A dispute between the U.S. Episcopal Church and a breakaway diocese angered over its acceptance of gay rights wound up in court on Tuesday as a trial got under way to decide the fate of $500 million in historic real estate. The fight pits the Diocese of South Carolina, consisting of some 50 parishes, against a national church it left in 2012 after the larger organization moved to ordain gay clergy and bless same-sex marriages. "We don't just want to get the buildings back and keep the roof on a colonial structure," said Holly Behre, spokeswoman for The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, which is affiliated with the national church. "We're more concerned about the people and wanting them to come back to the church," she said.The breakaway diocese sued in January 2013 to protect it from property seizure by the U.S. Episcopal Church and 27 affiliated local parishes.     The breakaway group has kept the name of the Diocese of South Carolina and has remained in historic buildings including St. Philips Church, originally built in 1681, and St. Michael's Church, erected the following century, both in Charleston.     In addition to the disputed properties, at issue in the trial being held in rural St. George, is the name of the diocese, Behre said.    The breakaway Diocese of South Carolina predates the national Episcopal Church by four years, said diocese spokeswoman Joy Hunter, who said it formed in 1785 and incorporated as an independent nonprofit in 1973.

Two dead in shooting at Washington state medical center - police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:42
Police said two people died on Tuesday in a shooting at a medical center in Spokane, Washington, and that it appeared a man shot a woman before taking his own life. The Spokane Police Department said it appeared to be a case of domestic violence, adding that officers were securing the area and asking the public to stay away. "Early investigation indicates man shot woman and then himself," the police department said on Twitter. "Major Crimes detectives are investigating scene, however there is no threat at this time." Citing unnamed relatives and friends, local broadcaster KHQ said the dead woman was an employee at the Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center and was the mother of two children.

Hospital pharmacist charged in theft of 200K pills

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:31

This Tuesday, June 8, 2014 photo provided by the New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor's Office shows Anthony D'Alessandro. The former pharmacy chief for Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital in Manhattan allegedly stole nearly 200,000 oxycodone pills from the medical center over more than five years and has been charged under a state drug-kingpin law more often aimed at accused street dealers, narcotics prosecutors said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Special Narcotics Prosecutor's Office)NEW YORK (AP) — A pharmacist who oversaw a major hospital's vault of drugs stole nearly 200,000 powerful painkillers he was supposed to safeguard and dispense, narcotics prosecutors said Tuesday as they unveiled a case that makes unusual use of a state drug-kingpin law.