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Authorities: California man admits killing family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:03

This undated booking photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office shows Nicolas Holzer. Holzer, 45, told authorities he stabbed his parents, his two young sons and the family dog to death in their home because he believed it was his destiny, authorities said Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Sheriff's deputies found the bodies of Nicolas Holzer's mother and father, and his sons, ages 10 and 13, in the home near the University of California, Santa Barbara, late Monday. They were summoned by Holzer, who told a police dispatcher in a calm, matter-of-fact voice that he had killed his relatives, authorities said. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A man stabbed to death his elderly father, then killed his two young sons, his mother and finally the family dog. He then calmly called police to the home on California's Central Coast and told detectives the killings were his destiny, authorities said Tuesday.


Son of woman with Ebola says she is getting better

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:49
The son of a North Carolina-based missionary says his mother is doing well as she's being treated for the Ebola virus in an Atlanta hospital.

Authorities say Robin Williams hanged himself

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:49

FILE - This March 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Robin Williams speaking at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Matt Damon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Robin Williams' personal assistant found the actor who was struggling with depression dead in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home, officials said Tuesday.


Documents detail death of toddler at Oregon motel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:11
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Notes left by a mother accused of drowning her 2-year-old and cutting the throat of her teenage daughter recounted the attack and said the "baby didn't suffer as she fell asleep in the water," according to an arrest warrant affidavit unsealed Tuesday.

At least one person dies in Detroit floods after record rainfall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:10
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Near-record rainfall has caused massive flooding in the Detroit area that is blamed for at least one death and has made roads impassable, swamped vehicles and flooded basements, officials said. The heaviest rain since 1925 engulfed the area on Monday, the second-wettest day on record, according to the National Weather Service. Up to 6 inches of rain fell on Monday in a four-hour period and parts of five interstate highways that run through Detroit and many interior roads remained impassable on Tuesday, said Nicole Lisabeth, a Michigan State Police spokeswoman. A 30-year-old woman died Monday after sufferinug a seizure in her car on a flooded road in Warren, a suburb north of Detroit, Lisabeth said.

Estate: Hollywood film legend Lauren Bacall dies at 89

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:03

Hollywood film legend Lauren Bacall dies at 89Actress Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89, according to the Humphrey Bogart estate.


Nixon: Missouri shooting 'old wound torn fresh'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:01
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a suburban St. Louis police officer feels "like an old wound torn fresh" in a nation still struggling with race relations.

Racial tensions are not new in St. Louis suburb

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:56

Protestors drop to their knees and put their arms in the air during a rally for Michael Brown Jr., who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer last Saturday, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Clayton, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Racial tensions have run high for decades in this former railroad town that was once a mostly white St. Louis suburb until school busing and urban decay sent many families packing for more distant communities.


Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall's life through the years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:54

Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall's life through the yearsThe talented actress made her presence known through film, theatre and beyond.


Hunter pleads not guilty to starting massive California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:48

Smoke from the Rim Fire, viewed from the Pilot Peak Lookout, is shown in this undated United States Forest Service handout photo near Yosemite National ParkA California hunter pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that he started a massive wildfire on the edge of Yosemite National Park last summer after building an illegal campfire. Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Fresno almost exactly a year after prosecutors say he sparked the Rim Fire, which scorched 260,000 acres on public and private land in and near the park. Emerald, who lives near the area burned by the fire, is charged with setting timber afire, leaving a fire unattended, violating campfire restrictions and giving a false statement to a government agency. Federal prosecutors say Emerald built a fire in the remote dry brush of Stanislaus National Forest, where temporary campfire restrictions were in effect because of drought, while on a bow-and-arrow hunting trip last August.


Pipeline explodes in Texas, no fire: TV station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:45
(Reuters) - A 12-inch (30.5-cm) pipeline exploded in eastern Texas on Tuesday but there was no fire, according to a local television station. According to the Texas Railroad Commission, the majority of the pipelines in the area carry natural gas, the report said.

Iraq is not Syria: US Congress on board this time

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:37

FILE - This Sept. 1, 2013, file photo shows Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va, as he talks with media before entering a classified members-only briefing on Syria by senior administration officials on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq.


NYC subway performers: We're being over-policed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:36

FILE - In this June 17, 2014 file photo, Dashawn Martin, center, a member with the dance troupe W.A.F.F.L.E., which stands for We Are Family For Life Entertainment, performs on a subway, in New York. Subway acrobats, dancers and musicians on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 decried what they said was heavy-handed policing, gathering outside City Hall to join critics of a police clampdown on minor offenses. Transit rules generally allow performing for tips in parts of subway stations, but not in trains or with amplifiers, unless artists have permits. More than 240 subway performers have been arrested so far this year, about four times as many as during the same period last year, according to police statistics. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Subway acrobats, dancers and musicians on Tuesday decried what they said was heavy-handed policing, gathering outside City Hall to join critics of a police clampdown on minor offenses.


#Barmageddon: Law students sue over software

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:36

This image provided by Mike Booher shows Catherine Booher, who graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, N.C., in May 2014, and began preparing for her bar exam, but was troubled to find she could not upload the answers in late July. Booher and several other students have sued in California, Washington state and Illinois, seeking compensation for their pain and suffering. Some students still do not know whether their answers on the July test were transmitted by the software company ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. (AP Photo/Courtesy Mike Booher)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Five law students have sued a Florida software company over a computer submission system that malfunctioned while they and thousands of others across the country were taking the bar exam one day in July — showing that future attorneys may be the last people you want to anger.


California man accused of stabbing to death parents, sons and dog

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:28

This undated booking photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office shows Nicolas Holzer. Holzer, 45, told authorities he stabbed his parents, his two young sons and the family dog to death in their home because he believed it was his destiny, authorities said Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Sheriff's deputies found the bodies of Nicolas Holzer's mother and father, and his sons, ages 10 and 13, in the home near the University of California, Santa Barbara, late Monday. They were summoned by Holzer, who told a police dispatcher in a calm, matter-of-fact voice that he had killed his relatives, police said. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)A California man allegedly stabbed to death his parents, his two young sons and the family's dog at a home in a coastal community before telling police who arrested him it was his "destiny" to kill them, authorities said on Tuesday.


2 dead, 3 wounded in northwest Georgia shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:18
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Northwest Georgia authorities are trying to untangle the details of a violent rampage that left two people dead and three wounded Tuesday when a gunman shot multiple victims at one house, crashed a car into another house, shot the occupant, committed a carjacking, crashed the vehicle and killed himself with a gunshot to the head.

Wary banks struggle for deal with Argentine debt holdouts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:13

Supporters of Argentina's government walk past a banner that reads "Vultures" as they arrive for a rally in Buenos AiresBy Joan Magee and Daniel Bases NEW YORK (Reuters) - International banks are struggling to reach a deal to buy a chunk of Argentine sovereign debt held by New York hedge funds suing the country, dampening market hopes for a swift end to the country's latest debt default. Citigroup , Deutsche Bank , HSBC and JP Morgan offered the holdout hedge funds 40 cents on the dollar for the roughly $1.66 billion of bonds, including interest, and raised the offer to 50 cents on Monday, sources told Thomson Reuters IFR. Those negotiations are taking place parallel to faltering talks between Argentina and the holdouts led by Elliott Management Corp and Aurelius Capital Ltd. Daniel Pollack, the U.S. court-appointed mediator overseeing the negotiations, told Reuters he expected more meetings with both sides, though he did not say when. Monday's offer from the banks to the holdouts, who bought the bonds on the cheap during and after the country's 2001-2002 economic crash, remained far below the 80 cents first proposed last week.


German artists: We switched Brooklyn Bridge flags

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:10
NEW YORK (AP) — Two German artists have claimed responsibility for replacing American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with faded white versions last month in an urban mystery that exposed holes in security at one of the city's most enduring landmarks.

Michigan man sentenced in killing of college football player

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:10
(Reuters) - A judge sentenced a man on Tuesday to up to 30 years in prison for the October 2013 shooting death of an Eastern Michigan University football player who had dreams of playing in the National Football League. Kristopher Pratt had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified against another man in the murder of wide receiver Demarius Reed, 20, in an agreement with prosecutors that called for a sentence of 18 years to 30 years in prison.

Water deal could force another delay in Detroit bankruptcy trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:57

Canadian water activist McGuffin delivers containers of water from Canada to St. Peter's Episcopal church to protest against the increase in water shutoffs for residential customers with unpaid bills in DetroitA federal judge could once again push back the start date for the trial on Detroit's exit from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history after some creditors said on Tuesday a possible settlement is snarling key components of the restructuring plan. The complicated settlement rests on a tender offer for $5.2 billion of the city's water and sewer revenue bonds. Because the settlement could significantly alter the proposed restructuring plan that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes will weigh at the trial, some city creditors are asking for a two-week delay to the start date. Detroit wants to maintain the current schedule and has suggested moving testimony on the revenue bond settlement toward the end of the trial.