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Fewer than 30,000 rich taxpayers to pay top new state rates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 00:28
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Higher state income taxes have kicked in for Connecticut's wealthiest residents, with a top lawmaker confident the new rates will generate nearly $300 million in expected revenue.

Police: Drunk driver's crash closes road; later crashes in backlog

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 00:28

 DWI driver's crash closes road; later crashes in backlogPolice in Toms River, New Jersey say a man driving while intoxicated was arrested after crashing in a traffic backlog that was caused by his own earlier DWI crash.


Firefighters make progress against growing California blaze

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 00:26

Firefighters look on during the Jerusalem Fire along Morgan Valley Road in Lake CountyBy Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Firefighters kept battling blazes across drought-parched California on Thursday, and thousands of them made solid progress against a wildfire that has forced 150 people to evacuate homes outside of San Francisco. Firefighters had drawn containment lines around about 33 percent of the so-called Jerusalem Fire, which grew overnight to cover 23,500 acres (9,510 hectares) by Thursday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). The inferno, which is charring ranch land north of Napa Valley wine country some 100 miles (160 km) outside of San Francisco, has displaced about 150 people and threatens at least 50 more houses and ranches, Cal fire said.


Man sentenced to life in plot to kill girlfriend's family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 00:25
DETROIT (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison for attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder in a plot to kill his teenage girlfriend's siblings and her parents in suburban Detroit.

Jurors can hear mental illness testimony at Alexandria trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:53
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for a man charged with killing three Alexandria residents over a 10-year span say their client is innocent and that his mental illness and paranoia made him the target of unfounded suspicions.

HBO to carry 'Sesame Street'; PBS to continue airing show

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:45

HBO to carry 'Sesame Street'; PBS to continue airing showThe producer of "Sesame Street" and HBO are going into business together.


Texas tortoise theft leads to arrest of suspected sex offender

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:40
Police investigating a Texas man for holding a tortoise for ransom ended up arresting him on a charge of sexually assaulting a child, officials said on Thursday. When police went to the home of Joseph Urbino, 34, in the search for tortoise, they learned in a background check that he had outstanding warrants in a child sexual assault case and arrested him. "This is definitely unique," said Investigator Clint Lobpries of the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office.

Police investigate robbery and assault in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:36

Police investigate robbery and assault in WilmingtonPolice are investigating a robbery and assault in Wilmington, Delaware Thursday morning.


The Latest: 'Shoot me' testimony targeted in officer's trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:32
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The latest on the trial of a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man seeking help after a crash in September 2013 (all times local):

Abington police search for missing 85-year-old man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:22

Abington police search for missing 85-year-old manPolice are searching for an elderly man with dementia who disappeared from a long-term care facility in Abington Township.


At least 50 dead as huge warehouse blasts hit Chinese port

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:21

An injured firefighter grimaces as he is examined in a hospital following explosions in northeastern China's Tianjin municipality, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Chinese state media reported huge explosions at the Tianjin port late Wednesday. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUTHuge, fiery blasts at a warehouse for hazardous chemicals killed at least 50 people and turned nearby buildings into skeletal shells in the Chinese port of Tianjin, raising questions Thursday about whether ...


Court: Baker who refused gay wedding cake can't cite beliefs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:14
DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple cannot cite his religious beliefs in refusing them service because it would lead to discrimination, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

At least five dead in spate of shootings around Boston

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:10
As of Sunday, some 151 shootings had been reported in Boston this year, a 25 percent increase from the same period last year. Two other fatal shootings occurred in the neighboring cities, local police confirmed.

Colorado court: Baker can't cite religious beliefs in refusing to make cakes for gay weddings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:09
DENVER (AP) — Colorado court: Baker can't cite religious beliefs in refusing to make cakes for gay weddings.

US lawmakers quick to criticize China on currency drop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:08

In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 photo, a bank clerk counts Chinese currency notes as her colleague attends a customer at a bank outlet in Huaibei in central China's Anhui province. China’s surprise move on Tuesday to devalue its currency has intensified concerns about a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy, whose growth rate has reached a six-year low. It is also fanning tensions with the United States and Europe, whose exports could become comparatively costlier. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUTWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers have been quick to condemn the sudden drop in the value of Chinese currency as damaging for American businesses and workers, reviving an issue that once was one of the biggest sources of tension between the two world powers.


Former Virginia governor asks to remain free during appeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:05
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday asked a federal appeals court to allow him to remain free while he appeals his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

AP Interview: New Orleans mayor praises post-Katrina change

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:01

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in New Orleans, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Landrieu says the city is on the right track nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina but points to coastal erosion as a major threat to the city’s future. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is approaching the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a mammoth storm that caused the levees protecting the city to break and submerge vast swaths of the Crescent City. In the run-up to the anniversary, The Associated Press sat down with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, to discuss the storm, the anniversary and the city's future.


New court documents allege details on Clemson student death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 22:57
PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — A Clemson University student who was pledging for a fraternity had been forced to walk along a narrow bridge railing before falling to his death, according to recently filed court documents.

New court documents allege details on Clemson student death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 22:43
PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — Court documents say a Clemson University student who was pledging for a fraternity had been forced to walk along a narrow bridge railing before falling to his death.

Target of manhunt let out of jail due to lack of bed space

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 22:35
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the subject of a two-week manhunt in the high desert of Kern County, California, was released from jail last year due to lack of bed space.