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ESPN: Phillies close to trading Papelbon to Nationals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:03

 Phillies close to trading Papelbon to NationalsThe Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals are at the finish line on a deal that will send pitcher Jonathan Papelbon to Washington in exchange for a minor league pitcher, sources told ESPN's Jim Bowden on Tuesday.


Florida man, convicted of murder at age 12, released 16 years on

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:00
A Florida man who was called the nation's youngest convicted murderer at age 12 walked out of prison on Tuesday morning after serving almost 16 years behind bars. Curtis Jones, 29, completed his sentence at the medium security South Bay Correctional Institution in South Florida, according to records in the state Department of Corrections. The newspaper said Jones became the nation's youngest convicted murderer when he and Catherine entered guilty pleas in a deal to spare them potential life sentences.

U.S. Army lab faulted over lax anthrax procedure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:53
Techniques used by a U.S. Army laboratory in Utah failed to neutralize live anthrax spores on many occasions over more than a decade and the lab should have realized the procedure was inadequate, a top health official told lawmakers on Tuesday. Despite warning signs, the lab, at the Dugway Proving Ground, persisted with the same process for inactivating anthrax samples for researchers, resulting in the unintentional shipment of live spores of the deadly bacteria to 192 labs in the United States and abroad, officials said. "This hearing is astounding, honestly," Representative Larry Bucshon, a heart surgeon, told witnesses during testimony on an investigation into the shipments.

New Jersey state troopers getting body cameras under new policy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:49

New Jersey state troopers getting body cameras under new policyNew Jersey is buying 1,000 body cameras to equip all its state troopers and also announcing policies for local police on how the technology should be used.


U.S. military sees more use of laser, microwave weapons

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:45
The U.S. military has made strides in developing lasers, microwaves and other directed energy weapons, and could soon use them more widely, top armed forces officials and U.S. lawmakers told an industry conference on Tuesday. The officials described weapons that are in various stages of development and testing by the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army, but said more work was needed to scale up the technology for larger weapons, develop tactics for their use, and ensure sufficient funding. "Directed energy brings the dawn of an entirely new era in defense," Lieutenant General William Etter, Commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, told a conference hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment.

Lottery to be held for regional rail passes for papal visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:40
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Special rail passes to be used by commuters during Pope Francis' visit to the city in September will be sold via an online lottery, officials announced Tuesday, a week after overwhelming demand forced a halt to sales.

Texas county releases video to dispel rumors over woman's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:36

Sharon Cooper, sister of Sandra Bland, kneels over the burial plot of her sister Sandra Bland during the funeral in the Chicago suburb of Willow SpringsThe hacker group Anonymous has tried to take down county websites, and some local officials have received death threats, Waller County Judge Trey Duhon told a news conference. "This is Sandra Bland. This video has not been altered or doctored in any way.


New York prison worker pleads guilty in escape of 2 killers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:30

Joyce Mitchell is escorted out of the court house after pleading guilty at Clinton County Court, in Plattsburgh, New YorkPLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A prison worker who was "in over her head" with two inmates convicted of murder tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of aiding them by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and spent three weeks on the run.


Judge throws out drunken driving charge against lawmaker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:29
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has thrown out a drunken driving case against state Democratic Rep. Bill Beck on the basis that the police officer did not have reasonable suspicion to pull him over.

AccuWeather: Heat and Humidity Will Intensify

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:29

 Heat and Humidity Will IntensifyMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says our third heat wave of the year began today.;


Oregon Governor orders state agencies to reduce water consumption

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:27
Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday ordered state agencies to reduce water consumption as the West Coast state languishes under an ongoing drought that is also prompting water-use limits and warnings in neighboring California and Washington state. Brown's goal is to reduce state water consumption by at least 15 percent or more on average across all state-owned facilities on or before Dec. 31, 2020, she said in a statement.

End of Boy Scouts' ban on gays prompts elation and alarm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:26

FILE - In this Sunday, June 28, 2015 file photo, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts prepare to lead marchers while waving rainbow-colored flags at the 41st annual Pride Parade in Seattle, two days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. On Monday, July 27, 2015, the Texas-based Boy Scouts of America ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders but will allow church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The lifting of the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adult leaders prompted some gay Eagle Scouts to quickly rejoin the movement on Tuesday. But the Mormon church — the nation's largest sponsor of Scout units — warned that it may split away to form a global scouting organization of its own.


End of Boy Scouts' ban on gays prompts elation and alarm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:09
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The lifting of the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adult leaders prompted some gay Eagle Scouts to quickly rejoin the movement on Tuesday. But the Mormon church — the nation's largest sponsor of Scout units — warned that it may split away to form a global scouting organization of its own.

Who is she? Victim in cold case still unidentified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:08

Who is she? Victim in cold case still unidentifiedIt's been 20 years since a woman was found dismembered in Chester County, and to this day she remains unidentified.


Oklahoma day care closes after reports of sunburned children

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:08
VINITA, Okla. (AP) — A day care center in northeast Oklahoma shut its doors Tuesday after a mother reported her two young sons were severely sunburned during an outing to a local water park

Christian retreat official 'heartbroken' over stabbings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 04:52

A July 26, 2015 photo provided by the the Frederick County, Md., Sheriff’s Office shows Song Su Kim. Song Su Kim fatally stabbed a South Korean missionary on Monday, July 27, 2015, and seriously wounded his wife at the Anna Prayer Mountain Church Retreat Center, a Christian complex in Urbana, authorities said Monday. Kim, 30, of Falls Church, Virginia, was charged in Frederick County, Maryland, with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree attempted murder and two counts of assault. (Frederick County, Md., Sheriff’s Office via AP)A board member of the rural Maryland religious retreat where a man was killed in a double stabbing says operators are "heartbroken" over Sunday's attack.


AccuWeather: Hot, Very Humid Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 04:50

 Hot, Very Humid TodayMeteorologist Adam Joseph says the season's third heat wave likely begins today.


Ex-officer pleads not guilty in raid that hurt toddler

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 04:38
ATLANTA (AP) — A former Habersham County deputy sheriff has pleaded not guilty to providing false information to get a warrant, which led to a botched raid that critically injured a toddler.

Last victim of May 12 Amtrak derailment leaves Philadelphia hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 04:36
The last patient from a May 12 Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured more than 200 left Temple University Hospital on Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said. The accident occurred when the train traveling to New York from Washington left the tracks along a sharp curve in Philadelphia while traveling at more than twice the speed limit. A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board has said it could take up to a year to reach a conclusion.

Police seek links between West Virginia killing and cold cases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 04:34
The suspect, Neal Falls, 45, was killed on July 18 in Charleston, West Virginia, when he threatened the prostitute's life with a 9mm pistol. Lieutenant Steve Cooper of the Charleston police told CNN that officers found a "kill kit" in Falls' car that included a machete, a sledgehammer, an axe, a shovel, bleach and trash bags. Charleston police have been in contact with authorities in Illinois and Nevada to see if Falls may have been involved in the disappearance of four Las Vegas-area prostitutes between 2003 and 2006.