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Mistaken US bombing blamed on miscommunication

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:35

The first page of the report released by U.S. Central Command Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, on the friendly fire incident in Afghanistan in June is photographed in Washington on Sept. 4, 2014. Avoidable miscommunication between U.S. air and ground forces led to a incident that killed five U.S. soldiers and one Afghan. The report cited a collective failure by soldiers, commanders and air crew members to execute the fundamentals of the mission. As a result, the five Americans and one Afghan were mistaken for the enemy and were attacked with two laser-guided bombs from a B-1 bomber. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)WASHINGTON (AP) — A "friendly fire" incident in Afghanistan that killed five U.S. soldiers and one Afghan in June was caused by a series of avoidable miscommunications among air and ground forces, according to a military investigation report released Thursday.

Detroit CFO sees tough climb to reach revenue targets

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:34

The word "Bankruptcy" is painted on the side of a building in Detroit, MichiganBy Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - Revenue projections in Detroit's debt adjustment plan will be hard to achieve, but restructuring initiatives will bring in new money and help make Detroit's plan feasible, Detroit's chief financial officer said Thursday in the city's historic bankruptcy hearing. John Hill, who was appointed the city's CFO last November, testified that the plan would eventually gain money for Detroit as the restructuring initiatives bring about changes, including higher collections of unpaid taxes. Hill was the first witness called by the city of Detroit as it seeks a federal bankruptcy judge's endorsement of its financial restructuring plan. "Revenue targets in the plan are going to be difficult to meet," said Hill, in answer to a question from an attorney for hold-out city creditor Syncora Guarantee Inc. If revenue comes in below projections after Detroit emerges from bankruptcy, that would lead to changes in the plan, which would require the approval of an oversight commission created for the city under Michigan law, according to Hill.

Trial set in Hawaii scuba fight over tropical fish

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:32
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii man who collects and sells tropical fish for a living has pleaded not guilty to a charge of terroristic threatening for allegedly pulling the air-supply regulator out of the mouth of an anti-aquarium industry activist while underwater.

Stolen photos of stars find 'safe harbor' online

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:30

FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Oscarsat the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. As the celebrity photo-hacking scandal has made clear, privacy isn't what it used to be. Whether famous or seemingly anonymous, people from all walks of life put all sorts of things online or into cloud-based storage systems, from vital financial information to the occasional nude photo. Periodic cases of hacking fuel outrage, but there's no retreat from digital engagement or any imminent promise of guaranteed privacy. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Imagine what the Internet would be like if most major websites had imposed controls preventing the naked photos stolen from Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities from being posted online.

New York City police to test wearable cameras in coming months

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:29
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's police commissioner unveiled body cameras on Thursday that his department will start testing soon, demonstrating the equipment by playing a short video showing a notably good-natured traffic stop from an officer's perspective. "I'll be right back." It is the sort of genteel encounter between an officer and a civilian that Bill Bratton, the city's police commissioner since January, said he hoped would become more common if both parties know they are being recorded. Other departments already using the cameras have found they tend to bring out the best behavior on both sides and "de-escalate" encounters with police, Bratton said at a news conference at the headquarters of the nation's largest police department. The death of Michael Brown, the unarmed Missouri teenager shot in the street by a police officer in disputed circumstances last month, has brought renewed attention to the technology.

Scientists: Quake directed its main force at Napa

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:20

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, bricks and debris surround the Alexandria Square building in Napa, Calif., following an earthquake Sunday. Emerging data on last month’s Northern California earthquake is explaining why the city of Napa suffered so much of the damage. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Emerging data on last month's 6.0 magnitude earthquake shows it directed most of its force north toward Napa and the Napa Valley, hitting hard enough to move one side of the West Napa Fault north by 18 inches, the head of the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Science Center said Thursday.

Maine man once arrested for gun tattoo pleads guilty to drug charge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:19
A Maine man arrested by heavily armed police officers after a gun tattoo on his belly was mistaken for a weapon has pleaded guilty to unrelated drug charges after a second arrest in which he was carrying an actual gun. Michael Smith, 41, of Norridgewock, Maine, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to illegal possession of suboxone strips, a drug used to treat opiate addiction. Minutes later, a police SWAT team surrounded Smith’s house in Norridgewock, in rural central Maine, only to discover that the gun was in fact a tattoo.

Tesla picks Nevada for $5 billion battery plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:19

File of a Tesla S electric car and a charging station are displayed during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in DetroitBy Sandra Chereb CARSON CITY Nevada (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc has selected Nevada as the site for a $5-billion battery factory that will be key to its next generation of electric cars, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced on Thursday. The California-based electric car maker is still hammering out the final details on the plant that will crank out cheaper and more efficient battery packs for Tesla's future cars, including the $35,000 Model 3 that is due in 2017.

Guns in car of NC woman who made school threats

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:13
STONEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina authorities say a detective was able to stop a woman who threatened to kill someone at her daughter's school because she was upset over the possible loss of the girl to social services

Man faces trial in Detroit 8-year-old's shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:10

FILE - In this July 30, 2014 file photo Jamre Pearson is held back by a friend outside his home after his 8-year-old son, Jakari, was shot while sleeping inside the family's Detroit home. A preliminary hearing to determine if the case goes to trial is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 for 28-year-old Calvin Mosby and 17-year-old Devaunte Starks who are charged with first-degree murder in Jakari's death. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates, File)DETROIT (AP) — A judge has ordered a 28-year-old man to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of an 8-year-old boy who was shot while sleeping inside his home in a Detroit public housing project.

New York police officers to test body-worn cameras

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:04
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police department announced Thursday it's launching a pilot program to test 60 cameras worn by officers, becoming the latest and largest police department in the country to accept the technology as a tool of modern law enforcement.

Family friend arrested after missing girl found dead in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:04
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A family friend was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder and kidnapping after the body of a missing 8-year-old girl was discovered in a shallow grave in northwest Arizona, police said. Justin James Rector, 26, who was staying at the girl's home, was booked into Mohave County jail for the murder of Isabella Grogan-Cannella, said Bullhead City Police Chief Brian Williamson.

Police: Man back in jail after officer's car taken

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:02
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a man released from jail was back behind bars a few hours later after he took the car of a corrections officer and dragged two officers for a few feet.

Man arrested in death of 8-year-old Arizona girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:02

Isabella “Bella” Grogan-CannellaFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The man arrested in the disappearance and death of an 8-year-old Arizona girl had been staying in the family's home, and police say he shoplifted clothing for himself to cover up the crime.

Employee error blamed in Reno museum flash fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:57

Firefighters confer out side the Nevada Disvory Museum in Reno, Nev., Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014. A minor explosion during a science experiment at the museum burned several children and forced the evacuation of the museum.. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner).RENO, Nev. (AP) — A flash fire that injured 13 people, mainly children, at a Nevada science museum happened when an employee applied the chemicals in the wrong order during a tabletop demonstration about the mechanics of tornadoes, officials said Thursday.

Georgia father charged with murder in son's hot-car death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:55

File of Justin Ross Harris sitting in Cobb County Magistrate Court in Marietta, GeorgiaBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his 22-month-old son strapped inside a hot car and exchanging nude photos with women as the child was dying was indicted on three counts of murder on Thursday by a grand jury. Justin Ross Harris, 33, could face the death penalty if convicted. In the eight-count indictment, he faces charges of malice and felony murder, as well as child cruelty and a charge related to sexual exploitation for asking a girl to send him lewd photos. Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said he would decide in the next two to three weeks whether to seek the death sentence.

Air Force Academy punishes gymnasts for drinking

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:52
DENVER (AP) — Members of the Air Force Academy men's gymnastics team were disciplined for underage drinking and unprofessional behavior, the school said Thursday.

Hackers break into

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:49

Hackers break into HealthCare.govHackers successfully breached, but no consumer information was taken from the health insurance website that serves more than 5 million Americans, the Obama administration disclosed Thursday.

Decision on charges in toxic tea case next week

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:49
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The prosecutor mulling whether to file criminal charges in the case of a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals at a Utah restaurant says he expects to make a decision next week.

Judge approves settlements for Thai farm workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:41
HONOLULU (AP) — The federal judge in Hawaii who threatened to deny $2.4 million in settlements for Thai farm workers has signed the agreements.