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More than 30 cattle die after Idaho big rig crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:36
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in southwest Idaho say 33 cattle worth about $30,000 died after a tractor-trailer flipped onto its side.

Police resume search for missing Virginia student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:29

This image provided by the Charlottesville Police Department shows missing 18-year-old University of Virginia student, Hanna Elizabeth Graham, in a surveillance photo Saturday Sept. 13, 2014 in Charlottesville, Va. Police continue the search around the University Tuesday for the missing student. (AP Photo/Charlottesville Police Department)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police adjusted their search area Tuesday for a missing University of Virginia student, at least the fourth young woman to go missing in the area in the past five years.


Man accused of repeatedly stabbing women is sentenced in New York

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:28
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 61-year-old man with a long history of attacking women was sentenced in suburban New York on Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison for the stabbing death of his girlfriend. Judge Barbara Zambelli told Lucius Crawford that he "has had a lifetime of committing crimes against women" and handed down the maximum sentence. "My job, my duty, my responsibility here, it seems to me, is to keep him in prison for the rest of his natural life so that he can never harm another woman," she said at Crawford's sentencing in Westchester County Court in White Plains, New York. ...

Former police officer gets 10 years in NYC kidnap fetish case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:24
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former police chief of a federal veterans hospital was sentenced in New York on Tuesday to 10 years in prison for his role in conspiring to torture, rape and kill women, a plot that grew out of Internet fetish forums he visited. Richard Meltz, 66, pleaded guilty in January to being involved in two conspiracies to kidnap and kill women with two other men that he had met through online message boards that indulge violent sexual fetishes. ...

NBA's Dwight Howard has driver's license suspended for not paying fine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:23

 Playoffs-Portland Trail Blazers at Houston RocketsBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The driver's license of Houston Rockets eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard has been suspended in Florida for his failure to pay a fine for running a red light, court records show. Howard, who played for the NBA's Orlando Magic from 2004 to 2012, racked up 10 tickets for running red lights while in the Orlando area. He also has on his Orlando court record four speeding tickets, 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls and one for failing to change his address on his license, all civil traffic infractions. ...


Los Angeles police try to reassure public on newly acquired drones

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:23
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two hand-me-down miniature helicopter drones given away for free by Seattle after a political uproar there are now under lock and key in Los Angeles, where a police commission vows to keep the aircraft grounded until it approves rules for their limited use. The LAPD says the newly acquired Draganflyer X6 pilotless choppers, equipped to carry video cameras and night-vision lenses, are intended for SWAT-team use against armed suspects who may be barricaded alone or with hostages. ...

Robbery suspects tried to make off with $15,600

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:21
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Court documents indicate the suspects in a July bank robbery in Northern California stole $15,600 before two of them and a hostage died in a shootout with police.

Donald Trump says he may buy back casinos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:16

Donald Trump says he may buy back casinosDonald Trump, who no longer owns but whose name still adorns one closed Atlantic City casino and another troubled casino, says he may buy back in.


Investigator: Teacher untrained in methanol danger

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:13
DENVER (AP) — A Denver teacher had no special training in the dangers of methanol before he conducted a demonstration in a school laboratory that resulted in a fire and injuries to three students, a federal investigator said Tuesday.

Man sentenced in bomb threat outside White House

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man has been sentenced to time served for parking his truck outside the White House and falsely saying that it contained a bomb.

San Francisco puts earthquake warning signs on buildings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:10
By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - The city of San Francisco stepped up the pressure on property owners who fail to comply with seismic retrofitting regulations this week, posting large, red and white warning signs on the buildings to make the violations public. The move comes just weeks after Northern California was rocked by the biggest earthquake to hit the region in a quarter-century, centered close to San Francisco in the state's wine-growing region of Napa County. ...

U.S. lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:07

Nine-day-old chicks gather at a Foster Farms chicken ranch near TurlockBy Brian Grow and P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters) - Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY), said she plans to introduce new legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to collect data on “farm-level antibiotic use.” The pledge was part of a letter Gillibrand sent Tuesday to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. ...


Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:07

This Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, photo shows part of the HealthCare,gov website in Washington. Nonpartisan congressional investigators say the website has significant security weaknesses that could put Americans' personal information at risk. The Government Accountability Office said Tuesday, Sept. 16, that the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues related to who can get into the online system, who can make changes in it and what to do in case the complex network fails.(AP Photo/Jon Elswick)WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.


Anheuser-Busch, Visa voice NFL disapproval

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:06
Major sponsors including Anheuser-Busch are adding to the chorus of disapproval over the National Football League's recent scandals, but the companies are stopping short of pulling advertising.

SpaceX must meet high standard to get rocket certified : U.S. officials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:05

NASA handout of the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape CanaveralBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior U.S. Air Force officials on Tuesday said they favored competition for military rocket launches, but the Air Force needed to stick to its high standards in certifying the Falcon 9 rocket, built by privately-held Space Exploration Technologies. SpaceX is working through a detailed certification process with the Air Force for its Falcon 9 satellite so it can compete with United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, to launch a National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite and other satellites. ...


Daughter tells police man killed by father in her bedroom was her boyfriend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:05

Daughter tells police man killed by father in her bedroom was her boyfriendInvestigators are trying sort out what happened inside an apartment in Northeast Philadelphia late Monday night. A father shot and killed his daughter's boyfriend when he discovered the man inside their home.


Arizona gets ready for second Pacific storm blast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:04

Julio Valenzuela Jr. and Julio Valenzuela Sr. take free sandbags to protect their homes, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz. Phoenix area residents are filling sandbags in anticipation of the remnants of Category 3 Hurricane Odille which decimated Mexico's Baja California. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX (AP) — In a sign of just how unusual this summer's weather has become, Phoenix residents lined up Tuesday to fill sandbags in anticipation of potential flooding brought on by the remnants of a powerful Pacific storm.


DC to Philly Amtrak service resumes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:04
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak's Northeast Corridor service resumed between Washington and Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon after being shut down for a time.

Residents concerned after Southwest Philadelphia attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:00

Residents concerned after Southwest Philadelphia attackResidents of a close-knit Southwest Philadelphia community are calling on police to protect them after at least one disabled resident was targeted by violent thieves.


Threat conviction tossed in violent poem case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:58
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has tossed the conviction of a Utah man who was found guilty of threatening to kill a professor by sending an email containing a violent anti-immigrant poem.