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Judge rejects acquittal bids in corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor, wife

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:08

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday rejected defense motions that former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife be acquitted in their corruption and bribery trial. U.S. District Judge James Spencer turned down the bids after a one-hour hearing. The motions came after prosecutors wrapped up their case against McDonnell, a Republican, and his wife after almost three weeks of testimony. Defense lawyers are expected to start calling witnesses on Monday.


Judge denies McDonnells' request to dismiss case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:06
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge rejected a request Friday to dismiss charges against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife in their corruption trial.

Teens busted after sneaking into home of basketball star Ray Allen

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:01
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Seven teenagers were questioned by south Florida police after sneaking into the house of former Miami Heat basketball star Ray Allen and could face charges after frightening his wife and children, officials say. "Mrs. Allen woke up ... and screamed out to them, ‘What are you doing in my house,'" said Coral Gables Police spokeswoman Kelly Denham. The group of 18- and 19-year-olds had entered the house early Thursday through an unlocked back door and quickly fled once Allen's wife, Shannon Walker Allen, yelled at them. Ray Allen, 39, who was not at home at the time of the incident, according to a media report, joined the Heat in 2012.

U.S. doctor with Ebola hopes to leave Atlanta hospital soon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:59

Handout photo of Dr. Kent Brantly speaking with colleagues at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in MonroviaBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The Texas doctor being treated for Ebola said on Friday that he was "recovering in every way" at an Atlanta hospital and hoped to be released soon. Kent Brantly, 33, was one of two U.S. aid workers who were infected with the deadly virus in Liberia and evacuated earlier this month for treatment at Emory University's hospital as their health declined. Brantly said he still faced "a few hurdles" before he could be discharged from the isolation unit where he is being treated, although he gave no other details. "I am more grateful every day to the Lord for sparing my life and continuing to heal my body," Brantly said in a statement released by North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, the Christian relief group he worked for in West Africa.


Synthetic Pot Prompts State of Emergency in NH

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:52
New Hampshire officials have declared a state of emergency after a string of synthetic pot overdoses in Manchester and Concord.

Factbox: Missouri police report links robbery, slain teenager

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:51
(Reuters) - Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager shot and killed by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb on Saturday, appears to be the same man seen in a video of a store robbery that took place just before his death, police said in a report released on Friday. Here are the key points in the Ferguson Police Department's incident report on the robbery: -A police officer was called to a convenience store at 11:51 a.m. on Saturday in response to reports of a "strong-arm," or unarmed, robbery. -The officer gave a description of the suspects and the incident over his police radio and drove northbound on the street where the suspects had reportedly fled.

FDA clears Avastin for late-stage cervical cancer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved Genentech's Avastin for a new use against late-stage cervical cancer, the seventh indication for the blockbuster biotech drug.

Grand jury indicts couple in stripper's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:39

These file images provided by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office, shows booking photos of Terry Speaks, 41, right and 30-year-old Margaret Sanchez. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Sanchez, of Metairie, and Speaks, who is in a federal prison in New York, each was charged Thursday Aug. 14, 2014 with second-degree murder, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. (AP Photo/Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office)GRETNA, La. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a couple in the killing and dismemberment of a stripper in New Orleans' French Quarter.


Execution drug cost quadruples for Texas prisons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:39

FILE - This May 27, 2008, file photo, shows the gurney in the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas. Texas is paying four times more for its execution drugs from a new supplier, putting it in line with a local consumer rate but well below the cost in at least one other death penalty state. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the state paid $13,500 for its most recent batch of pentobarbital at a cost of $1,500 per vial. This compares to $350 per dose paid last year to a previous supplier that cut ties after backlash from death penalty opponents. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Texas is paying four times more for its execution drugs from a new supplier, putting it in line with a local consumer rate but well below the cost in at least one other death penalty state.


Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:31

File picture of CDC Director Frieden on a monitor as he testifies before a hearing on Capitol Hill in WashingtonNEW YORK (AP) — A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it only after workers in another lab noticed something fishy, according to an internal investigation.


Symphony sets stage at southern Utah's red rocks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:25
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Symphony hopes to complement the beauty of Utah's soaring red rocks and canyons with free desert performances near Utah's national parks his weekend.

Police: Virginia deputy shot daughter, crashed car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:17

Map of Winchester, VA.WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — A Virginia deputy sheriff shot his 16-year-old daughter after mistaking her for an intruder, then crashed his car as he rushed her to the hospital, authorities said.


Arrested federal judge keeps getting $200K salary

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:10
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama federal judge stripped of his caseload following his arrest on domestic violence charges in Atlanta will continue receiving his annual salary of nearly $200,000.

2 Amish sisters safe after apparent abduction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:06

2 Amish sisters safe after apparent abductionAuthorities say two missing Amish girls have turned up safe about 24 hours after they were apparently abducted from their family's roadside farm stand in northern New York.


Why global turmoil hasn't sunk US markets. Yet.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:04

FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, specialist Jay Woods is reflected in a screen at his post that shows five years of the Dow Jones industrial average, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. It’s been a bad news summer, but you wouldn’t know it from the way many investors have reacted. They’ve largely shrugged it off. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Europe appears on the brink of another recession. Islamic militants have seized Iraqi territory. Russian troops have massed on the Ukraine border, and the resulting sanctions are disrupting trade. An Ebola outbreak in Africa and Israel's war in Gaza are contributing to the gloom.


Game day for the Taney Dragons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:01

Game day for the Taney DragonsIt's almost show time for South Philadelphia's Taney Dragons. They play their first game in the Little League World series this afternoon, and plenty of people are cheering them on.


US sees surge in Cuban rafters aiming for Florida

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 00:57

In this Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1994 file photo, Cuban refugee Odalis Rumayor clutches her 7-month-old baby Milady Garcia after being rescued at sea by the crew of the USCG Monhegan in the Florida Straits. In the 20 years since Fidel Castro set off a high-seas humanitarian crisis by encouraging an exodus of 35,000 islanders, more than 26,000 other Cubans have risked their lives crossing the Florida Straits. Already this year, nearly 3,000 have been picked up by U.S. authorities, on a pace to double last year’s total. Experts say it shows the limits of the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy that solved the 1994 crisis. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)MIAMI (AP) — One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.


Police: Teen shot by cop in Ferguson, Mo. was robbery suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 00:54

 Teen shot by cop in Ferguson, Mo. was robbery suspectPolice also identified the officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.


Exclusive: Oil-by-rail project for shut California refinery nears approval

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 00:52
The first new crude-by-rail project at a California refinery is likely to win approval next month after more than a year of scrutiny, the head of the Kern County planning division told Reuters, and it could help reopen the shuttered plant. The facility at independent refiner Alon USA Energy Inc's Bakersfield plant would increase crude offloading capacity to 140,000 barrels per day from its current 13,000 bpd and open up significant access to cheaper inland U.S. and Canadian crudes. Alon's Bakersfield plant is in Kern County, home to about 65 percent of all California oil production, where crude has been produced for more than a century. Alon shut the 70,000 bpd Bakersfield refinery in late 2012 because its reliance on more expensive imports and lack of access to other crudes without significant rail rendered the plant unprofitable.

NASCAR tells drivers to stay in cars in wake of fatal crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 00:51

 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen-Practice(Reuters) - NASCAR on Friday said it would forbid drivers from getting out of their cars during caution periods following an on-track fatality last weekend when three-time champion Tony Stewart struck another driver. The most widely followed motorsports organization in the United States said the new rule would require drivers involved in accidents to remain in their car unless it was unsafe to do so due to fire or smoke. A track safety official would then direct the driver to leave the car and walk directly to an ambulance or other vehicle. The new rule puts into the books something that had "been informal, just an understanding," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition and racing development.