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UN chief names de Mistura to be Syria point man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:03
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially named veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura to be the new U.N. point man on Syria, with a mandate to try to end the conflict now in its fourth year.

British public sector workers strike over 'poverty pay'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:56

Striking public sector workers protest in Trafalgar Square in central LondonBy Tess Little LONDON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers including teachers, council workers and firefighters staged a 24-hour pay strike on Thursday in a stoppage that has prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to pledge a crackdown on union powers. Protesters marched through the streets of many of Britain's main cities in one of the biggest co-ordinated labor stoppages for three years. Denouncing what they called "poverty pay," they demanded an end to restrictions on wage rises that have been imposed by the government over the past four years in an effort to help reduce Britain's huge budget deficit. A giant pair of inflatable scissors, carried by members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), read "Education cuts never heal." Firefighter Simon Amos, 47, marched wearing his uniform behind a flashing fire engine parading members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).


North Dakota pipeline spill cleanup may take weeks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:33

Miranda Jones, vice president of environmental safety and regulatory at Crestwood Midstream Partners, and Tex Hall, chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, pose for a photo near the site of a pipeline spill near Mandaree, N.D., Wednesday, July 9, 2014. A pipeline owned by a Crestwood subsidiary leaked around 1 million gallons of saltwater. Some of that liquid entered a bay that leads to a lake that is used for drinking water by the Three Affiliated Tribes. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — A pipeline has leaked 1 million gallons of oil drilling saltwater into the ground at a North Dakota Indian reservation, and some of the byproduct ended up in a bay that feeds the lake that provides the reservation's drinking water, company and tribal officials said.


2 Colorado clerks to issue gay marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:31

Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall testifies in court at the Boulder County Justice Center on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Boulder, Colo. Hall is in court to respond to a suit brought by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers who wants the court to issue an injunction to stop the county from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (AP Photo/Daily Camera, Cliff Grassmick)DENVER (AP) — Denver's clerk said Thursday she will join her counterpart in Boulder in issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after a judge said the liberal college town's clerk could keep doing so in defiance of Colorado's gay-marriage ban.


Police: Prostitute linked to boyfriend's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:25

Alix Tichelman, left, of Folsom, Calif., confers with public defender Diane August during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior Court Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Tichelman, an alleged upscale prostitute, is facing manslaughter charges for the November 2013 death of Forrest Hayes, a Google executive. Tichelman, who is also facing drug and prostitution charges, is being held on $1.5 million bail. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Sentinel, Shmuel Thaler)MILTON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia authorities are re-examining the 2013 heroin death of a bar owner dating the woman charged in the overdose death of a Google executive on a yacht in California, police said Thursday.


Denver city clerk to issue gay marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:24

Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall testifies in court at the Boulder County Justice Center on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Boulder, Colo. Hall is in court to respond to a suit brought by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers who wants the court to issue an injunction to stop the county from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (AP Photo/Daily Camera, Cliff Grassmick)DENVER (AP) — Denver's clerk and recorder says she will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the state's ban on gay marriage.


10 cars involved in chain-reaction I-95 crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:22

10 cars involved in chain-reaction I-95 crashRescue crews responded to the scene of a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 95 involving 10 vehicles Thursday morning.


State: Mich. boy found in basement was abused

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:21
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's child-welfare agency has filed detailed allegations of abuse against a Detroit man whose 12-year-old son was reported missing for days before he was found in the basement.

Lawmakers eye U.S. immigration law changes for Central American children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:19

Speaker of the House John Boehner emphasizes a point as he speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to allow President Barack Obama more easily to deport thousands of Central American children who have migrated illegally appeared to gain steam in the U.S. Congress on Thursday as pressure grew to resolve a humanitarian crisis on the border. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner expressed support for changes to immigration law that would let the United States deport children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as quickly as it does those from Mexico. U.S. law allows Mexican minors to be sent back promptly, although there are some steps those children can take to try to remain in the United States. A 2008 victims trafficking law requires that children from countries not bordering the United States, including those in Central America, be given added legal protections before they are deported.


Police back off on plan to take explicit photo of teen in attempt to prove 'sexting' case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:17
MANASSA, Va. (AP) — Police back off on plan to take explicit photo of teen in attempt to prove 'sexting' case.

Denver city clerk says she will issue marriage licenses to gay couples despite Colorado ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:15
DENVER (AP) — Denver city clerk says she will issue marriage licenses to gay couples despite Colorado ban.

Convicted spy Arthur Walker dies in federal prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:13
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Arthur Walker, a retired Navy lieutenant convicted in 1985 for his role in a spy ring, has died in prison. He was 79.

Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:11

Neal Bredehoeft of Alma, Mo., in Lafayette County, walks through a field of soybeans checking it for signs of threatening insects or disease. Farming could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of genetically modified crops. (AP Photo/T. Rob Brown)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion.


Friend of accused Boston bomber watched bag hauled away: agent

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:10

Courtroom sketch of defendants Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler, in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with obstruction watched a garbage truck haul away a backpack containing fireworks he and two other men had taken from the suspect's dorm room, an FBI agent testified on Thursday. The friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, is the first of three friends of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to face trial. He is charged with removing evidence from the Tsarnaev's room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and throwing away the backpack as the FBI searched for the suspect, who is accused of killing three people and injuring 264. FBI Special Agent Farbod Azad said that Tazhayakov told him he and the two friends went to the room, where they found fireworks shells, some of which had been emptied of gunpowder, and a container of Vaseline - supplies that he and his friends thought might have used by the Tsarnaev brothers to make the bombs.


Colorado clerk OK'd to give gay marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:58

Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall testifies in court at the Boulder County Justice Center on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Boulder, Colo. Hall is in court to respond to a suit brought by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers who wants the court to issue an injunction to stop the county from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (AP Photo/Daily Camera, Cliff Grassmick)DENVER (AP) — A county clerk in a liberal Colorado college town can keep issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of the state's gay-marriage ban, a judge ruled Thursday, noting the ban technically still exists but is "hanging on by a thread."


Police: Prostitute linked to 2nd death in Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:50

Alix Tichelman, 26, of Folsom, Calif., waits to be escorted from Santa Cruz Superior Court after appearing for her arraignment Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Tichelman is facing manslaughter charges for the November 2013 death of Forrest Hayes, a Google executive. A Silicon Valley success story turned sordid this week with the arrest of an upscale prostitute who allegedly left Hayes dying on his yacht after shooting him up with a deadly hit of heroin. Hayes, 51, was found dead by the captain of his 50-foot yacht Escape. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Sentinel, Shmuel Thaler)Police in Georgia say they are taking a second look at the 2013 heroin overdose death of a man connected to the woman charged in the overdose death of a Google executive.


15-year-old charged in fatal shooting at armory

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:50

Military personnel secure a perimeter in front of the Paul R. Summers National Guard Armory in MillingtonThe Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a 15-year-old has been charged in the fatal shooting of a longtime member of the National Guard at an armory.


Man who killed Michigan family gets life in prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:44

FILE - In this June 12 2014 file photo, Lakshminivasa Nerusu sits in the courtroom in Pontiac, Mich. Nerusu, who fled to India after the 2008 slayings of his wife and two children in their suburban Detroit home where he was convicted of first-degree murder in their deaths. On Thursday, July 10, 2014, Nerusu was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Charles V. Tines, File) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT, HUFFINGTON POST OUTPONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Lakshminivasa Nerusu stabbed his wife 59 times and later slit the throats of his two children when they returned to their Michigan home from school in 2008. After that, he spent nearly five years on the run in India, hiding from professional failure — and authorities.


Toxicology tests on toddler left in car negative

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:35

In this Wednesday, June 18, 2014 file photo Cobb County police investigate an SUV where a toddler died near Marietta, Ga., when the father forgot to drop his child off at day care and went to work. Newly released court records show police want to learn about the health of the toddler in the months before he died of heat exposure in his father's car near Atlanta. Search warrants and affidavits released Monday, July 7, 2014 show that investigators are seeking medical records for 22-month-old Cooper Harris, any medical conditions he may have had, and information about his growth and development. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ben Gray, file) GWINNETT OUT MARIETTA OUT LOCAL TELEVISION OUT (WXIA, WGCL, FOX 5)ATLANTA (AP) — Police in suburban Atlanta say results of a toxicology report on a Georgia toddler who died in a hot car have come back with negative results, but officials won't specify which substances they tested for.


Gunman in delivery man garb kills 4 kids, parents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:35

Patti Beller prays Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Spring, Texas, outside the home that was the scene of a multiple shooting the night before. The Harris County Sheriff's Office says Ronald Lee Haskell was booked Thursday on a capital murder/multiple murders charge and held without bond. Authorities believe Haskell fatally shot two adults and four children on Wednesday night and critically wounded a 15-year-old girl, who called 911. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty) MANDATORY CREDITSPRING, Texas (AP) — A gunman dressed as a delivery man forced his way into his sister-in-law's suburban Houston home where he held her children at gunpoint until their parents arrived. Then he opened fire, killing four of the children and the two adults, law enforcement officials said Thursday.