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DA: Drug tests negative in Times Square crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:35

In this photo downloaded off the New York City Fire Department Twitter Site, emergency personnel respond to a collision between two double-decker busses on New York City’s Times Square, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. The Theater District accident injured 13 people, three of them seriously. (AP Photo/New York City Fire Department)NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors said late Wednesday they were holding off on a decision to try the driver of a sightseeing bus that plowed into a crowded Times Square plaza until they receive a full toxicology report.


1st full day of deliberations in porch shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:24

Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during the seventh day of testimony for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Detroit. He said he feared for his life when he fired at McBride on his porch in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Wafer is charged with second-degree murder and could be sentenced to up to life in prison with the chance for parole, if he's convicted. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — Jurors are returning for their first full day of deliberations in the trial of a Detroit-area man who argued self-defense in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman on his porch.


US Navy practices retrieving Orion spacecraft

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:35

NASA's Orion spacecraft test vehicle sits in the well deck of the USS Anchorage at the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. NASA, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy will conduct recovery tests for the capsule in the Pacific Ocean, simulating its return from a space mission. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Navy and NASA wrapped up the second round of practice recoveries of the Orion spacecraft, which is designed to bring humans to the moon, asteroids and, eventually, to Mars.


Mexican Senate approves opening of oil sector

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:30
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Congress approved a comprehensive energy reform that will break more than seven decades of state monopoly and dramatically expand the role of foreign and private companies in the country's oil and gas industry.

Democrats reviewing steps for Walsh replacement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:27

FILE-This Tuesday, June 3, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., leaves the Capitol in Washington. A campaign spokeswoman says Walsh is taking personal time at his Helena home but declined to answer questions about whether he plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race amid allegations that he plagiarized a research paper. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh hasn't made a public appearance since the weekend, and Montana Democrats are reviewing the steps they would need to take to replace him with another candidate if he decides to withdraw from the Senate race.


California news anchor accused of stealing high-end wallets resigns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:11
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A Sacramento-area television news anchor charged with grand theft and burglary over the alleged theft of Coach wallets from an outlet store has resigned from her job. Sabrina Rodriguez was charged last week in connection with a 2013 incident in which merchandise was stolen from a store in the Sacramento suburb of Folsom. The award-winning anchor at the Sacramento Fox News affiliate had said she was innocent of the charges, and on Monday the station's website said Rodriguez had been granted a voluntary leave of absence. On Tuesday, she also sent a statement to the Sacramento Bee saying she had broken up with fiance Nicholas Gray, who is charged as a conspirator in the shoplifting case and faces additional charges in other cases.

Former Afghanistan war prisoner Bergdahl questioned in army probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:30

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyFreed U.S. prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl on Wednesday answered all questions put to him by the U.S. Army general investigating the circumstances leading to his capture by the Taliban, Bergdahl’s attorney said. The prisoner swap triggered an outcry from critics of the Obama administration amid accusations by some members of Bergdahl’s Army unit that he had deserted before being captured by the Taliban. Lawyer Eugene Fidell said his client was expected to face more questions in Texas on Thursday from Major General Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer probing the Army sergeant’s disappearance in 2009 from a combat outpost in Afghanistan. "Sergeant Bergdahl answered every question put to him." Fidell, a military law expert who lectures at Yale University, and a military defense attorney are representing Bergdahl in an inquiry that was to wrap up 60 days from the time of Dahl’s June 16 appointment.


Police: Woman found dead in Pennypack Park was strangled

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:27

 Pennypack Park murder may not be randomInvestigators say a woman whose body was found in Pennypack Park was strangled and police believe this may not have been a random act.


Delaware State Trooper shot, protected by vest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:20

Delaware State Trooper shot, protected by vestA state trooper who was shot in Bear, Delaware, walked away with minor injuries thanks to the protection of his bullet proof vest.


Pet-sitter survives brutal attack in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:17

Pet-sitter survives brutal attack in Center CityPolice are looking for the man who they say brutally attacked a Center City woman who was pet sitting for a neighbor that went out of town.


China probes automakers, technology firms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:15

In this photo taken Sunday, April 20, 2014, visitors look at the latest model from Mercedes at an auto show in Beijing, China. Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China. On Wednesday, a regulator said Chrysler and Germany’s Audi will be punished for violating anti-monopoly rules. Mercedes Benz and Japanese companies also are under scrutiny. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of global automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China.


Oregon bans medical pot for day-care providers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:14
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Home-based day care centers are no places for medical pot, Oregon has decided.

Judges weigh 4 states' same-sex marriage cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:08

Gay marriage supporters rally on Fountain Square, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. Three judges of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati are set to hear arguments Wednesday in six gay marriage fights from four states, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) — Three federal judges weighing arguments in a landmark gay marriage hearing Wednesday peppered attorneys on both sides with tough questions, with one judge expressing deep skepticism about whether courts are the ideal setting for major social change and another saying the democratic process can be too slow.


Florida woman charged with murdering grandson

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:50
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been charged with the murder of her 7-year-old grandson.

Oregon mom whose disappearance sparked search committed suicide: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:40
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - The death of an Oregon woman whose disappearance prompted a nearly two-week search in a rural community near Portland has been ruled a suicide, police said on Wednesday. Jennifer Janelle Huston, a stay-at-home mother found dead on Tuesday in an isolated forested area 20 miles from her home in Dundee, died of asphyxiation “fairly close to the time she was reported missing,” the Newberg-Dundee Police Department said in a statement. Shortly after she vanished, her husband said he feared she had been in an accident near their rural community of Dundee, about 30 miles southwest of Portland.

3 hurt in Franklin Twp., N.J. crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:30

3 hurt in Franklin Twp., N.J. crashThree people were injured after two vehicles collided Wednesday in Franklin Township, Gloucester County.


AP source: BofA nears $16-$17B settlement with US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:29

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, a Bank of America sign is photographed in Philadelphia. A person familiar with the matter says Bank of America has agreed to pay between $16 billion and $17 billion to settle an investigation into its sale of mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America is nearing a $16 billion to $17 billion settlement to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, a person directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.


UN chief: Gaza deaths and destruction shame world

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:29
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded an end to what he called the senseless cycle of suffering in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Wednesday, telling the General Assembly that "the massive deaths and destruction in Gaza have shocked and shamed the world."

As summit closes, Obama hails US-Africa ties

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:20

 security and government corruption. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Though noting persistent challenges, President Barack Obama heralded Africa as a continent on the rise and a growth market for U.S. businesses as he closed an unprecedented summit Wednesday aimed in part at fostering his own African legacy.


Army has begun questioning Bergdahl about capture

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:13

This photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl preparing to be interviewed by Army investigators in August, 2014. The U.S. Army has begun questioning Bergdahl about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban, his attorney and an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene R. Fidell) MANDATORY CREDITHOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Army has begun questioning Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban, his attorney and an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday.