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Man convicted of killing baby girl, grandmother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:10

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012, file photo, Raghunandan Yandamuri is escorted from a Montgomery County district court after a preliminary hearing in Bridgeport, Pa. Yandamuri, accused of killing a 10-month-old girl and her grandmother in what prosecutors described as a kidnapping plot gone wrong has been convicted of murder. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports he was expressionless as the verdict against him was read Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The 27-year-old faces the possibility of the death penalty for the 2012 slayings of Saanvi Venna and grandmother Satayrathi Venna. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of killing a 10-month-old girl and her grandmother in what prosecutors described as a kidnapping plot gone wrong was convicted of murder on Thursday.

Oklahoma prison officials unveil new death chamber

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:05

The gurney in the newly renovated death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured during a media tour of the facility in McAlester, Okla, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. At rear is Department of Corrections official Scott Crow, and behind him is the witness room. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Prison officials unveiled the renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday and expressed confidence that the agency would be ready for the state's next scheduled execution in November.

Entrepreneur who brought Jheri curl to masses dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:03
PLANO, Texas (AP) — Comer Cottrell, a black hair-care entrepreneur who made millions with a cheap kit that brought the glossy celebrity Jheri curl into the homes of average African Americans, has died. He was 82.

Copyright attorney picked to lead Authors Guild

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:01
NEW YORK (AP) — Copyright attorney and former Library of Congress digital Director Mary Rasenberger has been named executive director of the Authors Guild.

Nevada begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:58
CARSON CITY Nev. (Reuters) - Nevada began allowing gay couples to legally wed on Thursday after a day of confusion over the legal status of same-sex matrimony, with the clerk's office in Carson City saying that it had issued a license. An official who answered the phone at the marriage license bureau in the state capital said her office had been given the green light to offer marriage licenses to same-sex couples, adding: "Yes, we just issued one." (Reporting by Sandra Chereb; Writing by Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Long-empty jail taking in American Indian inmates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:57

Two Rivers Regional Detention Facility Warden Ken Keller waits for a locked gate to be opened inside the 464-bed facility that has started taking in inmates after sitting empty for seven years in Hardin, Mont., on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The jail is now run by Emerald Correctional Management, which is getting inmates from across the Northern Plains under a contract with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)HARDIN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana town that once offered to take in suspected terrorists from Guantanamo Bay out of desperation to fill an empty, $27 million jail has finally started to fill its cells with American Indian inmates from across the Northern Plains.

Wildfire burns five homes near Sacramento, threatens 1,000 more

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:55
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A major wildfire burning northeast of Sacramento has charred more than 420 acres (170 hectares) and destroyed five homes, California fire officials said on Thursday. The blaze, which started as five separate fires along Interstate 80 near the community of Applegate on Wednesday, prompted evacuations and the closure of all but one lane of I-80 eastbound, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on its website. ...

Ex-Marine in Iraq shooting case gets $10 fine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:50
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Marine corporal convicted of making false statements about the accidental shooting of a fellow U.S. serviceman has been spared prison time and been fined $10.

Ex-wife of Glock founder sues him over millions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:50
ATLANTA (AP) — After working decades to build a wildly successful firearms company, Gaston Glock conspired with associates to push out his ex-wife and business partner of almost 50 years and steal millions of dollars she was entitled to, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Atlanta.

Divorce trial of Continental CEO ends, with billions at stake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:46

CEO of Continental Resources Hamm enters the courthouse for divorce proceedings in Oklahoma City(Reuters) - Thursday marked the end of the epic nine-week divorce trial of Oklahoma’s richest man, oil magnate and Continental Resources Chief Executive Harold Hamm. With billions of dollars of company wealth at stake, the unusually secretive trial could end with the largest divorce judgment in history.   During the proceedings, lawyers for Harold Hamm and his wife of 26 years, Sue Ann Hamm, presented starkly different views of how much wealth should be divided by the court. The money is mostly tied up in a 68 percent stake in Continental, whose shares are in Harold's name. ...

US military planes arrive at epicenter of Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:43

US military planes arrive at epicenter of EbolaSix U.S. military planes arrived in the Ebola hot zone Thursday with more Marines, as West Africa's leaders pleaded for the world's help in dealing with "a tragedy unforeseen in modern times."

Braley tries to curb opponent's appeal to women

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:39

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley talks to fairgoers at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. With just weeks left in a tight Senate race that he started with an advantage, the four-term Democratic congressman is bringing in high-profile surrogates, including first lady Michelle Obama, and pressing to raise concerns among women about his GOP opponent, Joni Ernst. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With just weeks left in a tight Senate race that he started with an advantage, Democrat Bruce Braley is pressing to raise concerns among women voters about his Republican opponent, Joni Ernst, and take some of the sheen off the farm-raised, military veteran who rose from relative obscurity to GOP stardom during the campaign.

Europe, others weigh risks of West African flights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:38

A Moroccan health worker uses a thermometer to screen a passenger at the arrivals hall of the Mohammed V airport in Casablanca, Thursday, Oct 9, 2014. Air Maroc, along with Air France and Brussels Airlines, are still flying to Ebola-hit West Africa, with the backing of the World Health Organization. The WHO has urged the airlines to keep flying, saying the risk to public health from air travel itself is low and that flights bring needed aid workers and supplies. Airlines have to balance that against safety concerns which have led British Airways and Emirates to suspend service. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — After seven months in Ebola-stricken Liberia, Vijay Kumar was getting his temperature scanned Thursday at the airport by medical crews in blue gowns and masks — one of dozens who relied on Royal Air Maroc's continuing flights to West Africa.

911 calls released from Kentucky school shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:35
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two women whose children called them when a student was shot inside a Louisville high school described hearing chaos in the background.

UN member states owe world body about $3.5 billion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:27
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. member states owe the world body about $3.5 billion for its regular operating budget and far-flung peacekeeping operations, the U.N. management chief said Thursday.

New charges filed against Russian in hacking case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:27
SEATTLE (AP) — Calling him "a leader in the marketplace for stolen credit card numbers," federal prosecutors added 11 new charges against a Russian man they say hacked into U.S. businesses to steal information that he allegedly sold on Internet "carding" sites.

Help wanted: Obama gets a job offer in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:24

President Barack Obama speaks while looking at a monitor showing images of First Lady Michelle Obama during a town hall-style meeting held at Cross Campus, a hub for startup companies and entrepreneurs, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. Obama is traveling in Los Angeles for an overnight trip during which he will discuss the nation's economy and designate a swath of Southern California mountains as a national monument. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — He's still got two years left on his current contract, but President Barack Obama is already fantasizing about the day he can go to work in sweatpants.

Police: Man fires assault rifle at Chicago train

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:13

Members of the Chicago Police Department's SWAT team exit a Chicago subway station where police say a gunman standing on a subway platform opened fire on a commuter train, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Chicago. The shooting occurred at the LaSalle Street Blue Line station in the city's financial district. Chicago Police spokesman Martin Maloney says officers arrested a suspect a short distance away after the shooting and recovered a weapon. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — A man used an assault rifle to fire at a Chicago subway train as it pulled into a business district station, Chicago Police Superintendent Gerry McCarthy said Thursday.

Christie: High school hazing allegations 'a nightmare'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:06

 High school hazing allegations 'a nightmare'Gov. Chris Christie has expressed outrage at allegations of hazing and intimidation surrounding a central New Jersey high school's football team.

Training changes as US troops head to West Africa

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:02

CORRECTS TRANS REFERENCE NUMBER AND OUTS - Sgt. Joel Miick, left, and Spc. Michael Potts don gas masks while training with the rest of the 36th Engineer Brigade at Fort Hood on how to put on protective clothing and gloves on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The brigade is set to deploy to Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance where they will be building temporary medical facilities in helping the country fight the Ebola virus outbreak. The 450 soldiers from the brigade will be among the first to be deployed from Fort Hood to Liberia. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Kin Man Hui)FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Forgoing combat rifles and body armor, U.S. troops preparing to fight Ebola in Liberia were instead stepping gingerly Thursday into white germ-proof suits and pulling on thick, blue rubber gloves and gas masks.