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Republican wins Florida special congressional election

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:05
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Voters in southwest Florida on Tuesday elected another Republican to replace U.S. Representative Trey Radel, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine. Retired businessman Curt Clawson won almost 67 percent of the vote in a special election in Florida's 19th Congressional District, according to the state's Division of Elections. In the traditionally Republican stronghold Democrat April Freeman finished second with 29 percent and Libertarian Ray Netherwood was a distant third. ...

APNewsBreak: Oil train info shows heavy traffic

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:47
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Disclosures from railroads about volatile oil shipments from the Northern Plains show dozens of the trains passing weekly through Illinois and the Midwest and up to 19 a week reaching Washington state on the West Coast.

Whole Foods to pay $800,000 for overcharging California customers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:46
(Reuters) - Whole Foods Markets Inc has agreed to pay $800,000 after an investigation found that the supermarket chain overcharged customers in California, officials in the state said on Tuesday. State and local inspectors found during a year-long investigation that Whole Foods charged more than the advertised price on many items, according to a statement from Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. Whole Foods agreed to pay $630,000 in civil penalties to the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Monica, who brought the case. In a statement, Whole Foods said it cooperated with authorities, and that its pricing was accurate 98 percent of the time.

Man in 1980s sex abuse case fights for exoneration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:42

Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki, who made the 2003 Oscar-nominated film, "Capturing the Friedmans," speaks at a press conference on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in Mineola, N.Y. Jarecki and others are supporting Jesse Friedman, second from left, in his bid to have a 1988 child molestation conviction overturned. At left, is Friedman's wife, Lisabeth Walsh. Friedman's attorney Ron Kuby is at right.(AP Photo/Frank Eltman)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A man featured in an Oscar-nominated documentary about his fight to vacate his guilty plea in a notorious 1980s sex abuse case has launched another attempt to clear his name.


Archivist: IRS didn't follow law with lost emails

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:41

 Lois Lerner’s missing e-mails. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation's top archivist told Congress on Tuesday, in the latest development in the congressional probe of the agency's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.


Police officer charged over teen children's fights

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:36

Police officer charged over teen children's fightsAuthorities arrested a Philadelphia police officer Tuesday and charged her with assault and other crimes over several fights involving her teenage children.


Judge: No-fly list violates constitutional rights

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:28

FILE - This May 11, 2012 file photo, Portland Imam Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, who is one of 15 men who say their rights were violated because they are on the U.S. government's no-fly list, leaves the United Sates Court of Appeals following oral arguments on the ACLU No Fly List challenge, in Portland, Ore. A federal judge has ruled Tuesday, June 24, 2014, that the U.S. government violated the rights of 13 people on its no-fly list by depriving them of their constitutional right to travel, and gave them no adequate way to challenge their placement on the list. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. government offers no adequate method for people to challenge their placement on its no-fly list, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a case involving 13 Muslims who believe they're on the list.


Police: Woman pulls gun on kids playing with water guns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:25

 Woman pulls gun on kids playing with water gunsChildren playing with water guns in Reading, Berks County, had a real scare this weekend when a woman pulled out a real gun and pointed it at them.


Washington prepares for marijuana retail sales

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:07

Washington state Patrol Chief John Batiste, center, speaks to the media about public awareness and safety efforts the state is making in advance of the start of retail sales of recreational marijuana, on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in Olympia, Wash. Batiste says troopers are trained to recognize stoned drivers. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As Washington state prepares to issue the first licenses for marijuana retail stores, Gov. Jay Inslee and other state leaders on Tuesday announced a coordinated campaign to make sure pot stays out of the hands of minors once products start hitting store shelves next month.


Arizona candidate who changed name misses deadline

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:06
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona congressional candidate who legally changed his name to Cesar Chavez is now officially off the Democratic primary ballot.

Police say two dead, seven injured in Miami shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:45
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Two people were killed and seven injured after gunfire erupted early Tuesday morning near a Miami-area apartment building in the low-income neighborhood of Liberty City, a police spokeswoman said. “Two men who ... were carrying an AK-47 and an MR-15, stepped out of a dark SUV and began firing,” police at the scene told the Miami Herald. Police are looking for witnesses, but face an uphill battle in a crime-ridden neighborhood where police say residents are often afraid to come forward for fear of their safety. “There are some people cooperating who want this to end,” Burden said, “but you don’t know who did it, so you want to protect yourself and especially your family.” (Reporting by Zachary Fagenson in Miami;

Florida voter drive seeks to motivate state's youth vote

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:41
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO (Reuters) - The Dream Defenders, a student-led group that garnered national attention for occupying the Florida governor's office in 2013 to protest the state's self-defense law, kicked off a campaign on Tuesday to get younger voters to the polls in November. The group of about 300 members is working in nine chapters in Florida counties which are home to the largest state universities. Susan MacManus, a professor at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa and a veteran Florida political analyst, called the move "very smart." Women, minority and young voter groups all intersect on college campuses, MacManus said, and their unexpectedly large turnout in Florida in 2012 is credited by many analysts with President Barack Obama winning the state.

Firefighter critically injured after truck rolled over at Oakland Airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:40
(Reuters) - An accident at California's Oakland International Airport on Tuesday left a firefighter in critical condition but did not affect flights or airport operations, officials said. The firefighter, a 28-year veteran of the Oakland Fire Department, was injured when the fire truck he was driving rolled over during a drill, the office of the city administrator said in a news release. "The vehicle rolled during a turn in front of the Oakland Maintenance Center, formerly known as the United Airlines Hangar," the release said. The firefighter did not fall out during the roll but was severely injured nonetheless, it said.

Las Vegas man gets prison time for reality TV shooting incident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:37
By Alexia Shurmur LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A Las Vegas man involved in a 2011 shooting incident with the crew of reality TV show "Repo Games" was sentenced on Tuesday to 90 days in prison and five years of probation, his lawyer said. Carlos Enrique Barron, a 43-year-old former public school teacher, was found guilty by a jury in January of burglary, carrying a concealed weapon, assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a weapon where persons might be in danger. Barron's attorney, Richard W. Tannery, said his client had been sleeping in his home when he was awakened to the sound of a car alarm and left his house with a handgun to investigate.

Calif. prosecutors: Informant claims should not derail death penalty case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:30
By Dana Feldman SANTA ANA Calif. (Reuters) - Prosecutors seeking the death penalty against a former tugboat worker who killed eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage at a California hair salon asked a judge on Monday to cut off further inquiry into his claims of misconduct on their part. Orange County Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy said lawyers for Scott Dekraai had shown no evidence that prosecutors improperly used jailhouse informants to wring a confession from their client or intentionally concealed their tactics. The court can cut it off and the court should cut it off," Gundy told Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals. "This is the case of the people versus Scott Dekraai." An attorney for Dekraai countered that the issue was too important to be swept aside in a rush to sentence the mass murderer.

Pastor defrocked over gay wedding is reinstated

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:30

United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer, right, hugs the Rev. David Wesley Brown after a news conference Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia. Schaefer, who presided over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and vowed to perform other gay marriages if asked, can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock him. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania pastor who broke church law by presiding over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and then became an outspoken activist for gay rights can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock him.


University of Oregon suspends basketball players accused of rape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:28
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Three University of Oregon basketball players who were accused of raping a classmate but have not been criminally charged have been suspended from the school for as long as their accuser continues to be enrolled there, her attorney said on Tuesday. Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis, both 19, and Brandon Austin, 18, had previously been dropped from the basketball team in May while police investigated accusations that they raped a female student at an off-campus party and other locations in Eugene, Oregon. All three players told police they had consensual sex with the woman. "The length just depends on how long the victim is still at the university."  "It's been very stressful because if the guys were not suspended it makes it very difficult to continue going to school at Oregon," he added.

Reinstated pastor transferring to California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:27

United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer, right, hugs the Rev. David Wesley Brown after a news conference Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia. Schaefer, who presided over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and vowed to perform other gay marriages if asked, can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock him. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania pastor who broke church law by presiding over his son's same-sex wedding is being transferred to a United Methodist church in California.


Arizona couple accused of child abuse plead not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:27
An Arizona couple accused of repeatedly beating their two adopted daughters and leaving them severely malnourished pleaded not guilty on Monday to child abuse charges, court officials said. Johann Glenn Jorg, 61, and Kimery Lynn Jorg, 54, entered the pleas during separate arraignments in Maricopa County Superior Court for allegedly abusing the 13-year-old and 11-year-old girls, officials said.     The Jorgs were indicted last week on six felony charges. They were arrested on June 5 after child welfare workers raised the alarm following a visit to the couple's home in Peoria, a northern suburb of Phoenix, court records show.

Cochran, Rangel struggle for political survival

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:20

Congressman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., flashes a thumbs-up after voting in the congressional primaries, Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in New York. Rangel, 84, one of the most recognizable members of the Congressional Black Caucus, faces multiple challengers in his primary as he aims for a 23rd term representing demographically shifting areas of New York City. Rangel's top challenger is state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who would become the first Dominican-born member of Congress. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran lawmakers in peril, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York struggled against younger challengers on Tuesday, hoping their seniority and Washington clout could win over voters at home in elections churned by race.