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Two California men indicted on mink farm sabotage charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:31
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two Los Angeles-area activists accused of sabotaging an Illinois mink farm and freeing 2,000 of the weasel-like animals from captivity there have been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy and interstate travel to interfere with an animal enterprise. The two-count indictment returned earlier this week by a federal grand jury in Chicago was unsealed on Thursday after one of the defendants, Tyler Lang, 25, was arrested in El Segundo, California, near Los Angeles International Airport. His co-defendant, Kevin Johnson, 27, also known as Kevin Olliff, was already in Illinois state custody, serving a sentence for possession of burglary tools that authorities say he intended to use to break into a fox farm. Both men are due to be arraigned in federal court in Chicago on July 29.

Gaza dead tops 85 as Israel presses its offensive

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:22

Gaza dead tops 85 as Israel presses its offensiveThe Al Haj family never heard it coming: An Israeli missile smashed into their home in the middle of the night, destroying the structure and killing eight relatives in a matter of seconds.


Border Patrol halts immigrant flights to San Diego

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:08
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol said Thursday it has stopped transporting Central American children and families to San Diego after they are arrested in South Texas, halting the short-lived experiment that sparked a backlash in one city when protesters blocked a road and forced the rerouting of busloads of immigrants.

Sponsor of Earhart search wants suit to continue

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:06

FILE - In this undated file photo, Amelia Earhart, the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by plane sits on top of a plane. A Wyoming man who paid $1 million to sponsor a search for Amelia Earhart's missing airplane is asking a federal judge not to dismiss his fraud lawsuit against expedition organizers. Tim Mellon says the Pennsylvania-based International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery and its executive director actually found Earhart's plane in 2010. Mellon, son of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon, claims the group kept the discovery secret it could keep seeking funds. (AP Photo,File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man who paid $1 million to sponsor a search for Amelia Earhart's missing airplane is asking a federal judge not to dismiss his fraud lawsuit against expedition organizers.


Detroit boy was abused, harshly disciplined: state petition

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:49
A 12-year-old Detroit boy found in his basement 11 days after being reported missing was ordered by his father to do heavy workouts twice a day and was beaten with plastic piping, according to court documents. Charlie Bothuell V's workouts, in the morning and evening, included 100 push-ups, 200 sit-ups, 100 jumping jacks, 25 arm curls on each arm with 25-pound weights and thousands of revolutions on an elliptical trainer, the court documents said. "Charlie V reports having to complete the entire workout 'in under an hour or I would have to do it again,'" a petition filed in juvenile court by a state agency said. Bouthell told investigator he could not finish the workouts sometimes because he was in pain from being struck on the feet with the PVC pipe, the petition said.

California man gets 15 year sentence in China spying case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:46
By Dan Levine OAKLAND Calif. (Reuters) - A California businessman was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday for stealing DuPont trade secrets to help a state-owned Chinese company develop a white pigment used in a wide range of products. A jury found Walter Liew guilty earlier this year on over 20 criminal counts, including conspiracy to commit economic espionage and trade secret theft. Attorneys for Liew, 56, argued he should receive a maximum of eight years. Prosecutors also charged Pangang Group, a steel manufacturer in Sichuan province, in the Liew case, but that indictment stalled after a U.S. judge ruled that prosecutors' attempts to notify the Chinese company of the charges were legally insufficient.

Man charged with killing six members of same Texas family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:40
By Daniel Kramer SPRING Texas (Reuters) - A man accused of fatally shooting four children ages 4 to 14 and their parents after entering their suburban Houston home disguised as a FedEx delivery man while looking for his former wife was charged with capital murder on Thursday. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, went to the home searching for his former wife, who is related to the victims, and held the children at gunpoint until their parents returned, authorities said. He then brought all seven family members into a room and shot them, killing all except a teenage girl, authorities said. "I've not personally in 40 years seen a tragedy in one family this horrific," Harris County Constable Ron Hickman told reporters.

Police seize Michigan exotic animals after escape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:40

In a photo released by the Detroit Zoo, a fennec fox is seen in a garage in Warren, Mich., where animal control officers discovered it and other exotic mammals Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Police have seized a number of exotic animals including ring-tailed lemurs after one of the rare mammals - a coat was spotted roaming in a neighborhood. The Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak said Thursday that it's caring for the 30 animals rescued the previous day in Warren. (AP Photo/Detroit Zoo) NO SALESROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo said Thursday that it was caring for 30 animals, including lemurs and other exotic species, which were rescued from "deplorable" conditions inside the garage of a suburban Detroit home.


Suspect in Texas shooting that left 6 dead ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:40

Suspect in Texas shooting that left 6 dead ID'dThe suspect in a shooting near Houston, Texas on Wednesday that left six people dead -- including four children -- has been identified.


Slain Houston family's loved ones release statement on tragedy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:37

Slain Houston family's loved ones release statement on tragedyThe following is a statement by Roger Lyon, father of Katie Stay. She and her husband were among six people shot to death Wednesday at a home in suburban Houston.


Mayor signs law to create NYC municipal ID cards

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:33

Shapreice Townsend, left, looks at a pen he received from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, who signed a bill into law for New York City municipal identification cards, outside the main Brooklyn library Thursday, July 10, 2014, in New York. The cards, dubbed NYC ID, are expected to be available in January. They will be available to anyone who can prove their identity and residence in the nation's largest city. Townsend, from the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, said he grew up in the city's foster care system and having the card would allow him to access birth records to "correct wrong spellings of his name" and "stop police harassment" because he couldn't produce an identification for an NYPD officer. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed into law a plan to offer identification cards to residents regardless of their immigration statuses, providing a valuable document to access certain services for those who struggled to get them.


US officials: Dinosaurs returning home to Mongolia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:28
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials on Thursday turned over to the Mongolian government enough 80 million-year-old dinosaur skeletons to stock a museum, including two relics of a kind of dinosaur that a prosecutor said "memorably stampeded" in a Hollywood movie.

Parts of US Capitol closed after asbestos accident

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

A hallway is closed on the House side on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 10, 2014, because of an industrial spill involving ongoing asbestos abatement work. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours.


Supporters optimistic after ex-U.S. Marine appears in Mexico court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:24

Tahmooressi is escorted out of a court house in TijuanaSupporters of a former U.S. Marine held for more than three months in a Mexican jail on weapons charges said on Thursday they were encouraged by his first court appearance and were hopeful he would be home soon. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, was arrested on March 31 by Mexican customs agents who found guns in his pickup truck at the San Ysidro border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. His first appearance was a closed-door session that lasted more than seven hours in Tijuana on Wednesday. Serving California, a faith-based non-profit group that supports Tahmooressi and his mother, said the hearing represented a vital step in clearing his name.


Gay wedding complaint filed vs. Methodist pastors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:24
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A complaint has been filed against 36 United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in defiance of church law.

Questions and answers about saltwater spills

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:23
An estimated 1 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, company and tribal officials say, and federal authorities are investigating whether any of the liquid reached Lake Sakakawea, one of the nation's largest man-made lakes. Here are some questions and answers about the spill and saltwater:

Florida man executed for 1994 rape and murder of girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:22
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - A man who confessed to the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl was executed by lethal injection on Thursday, the Florida Department of Corrections said. Eddie Wayne Davis, 45, was sentenced to death in 1995 after he admitted to taking the girl from her mother’s home, sexually assaulting and strangling her. His death follows a string of executions in the U.S. South last month, including those of two other men in Florida and Georgia, in the wake of a botched Oklahoma execution in April that sparked an uproar among death penalty opponents. Davis confessed three times to the murder of Kimberly Waters, who was found strangled in a dumpster in 1994.

Judge asked to block North Carolina voting changes before midterms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:18

Poll workers review voter authorization forms and provisional ballots after the polls closed at a church during the U.S. presidential election in Charlotte, North CarolinaBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina's overhauled election law should be halted before the midterm elections in November to avoid discrimination against African Americans and young voters, lawyers for the Justice Department and civil rights groups said on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder did not immediately rule at the end of the four-day hearing in Winston-Salem but said he would issue a written opinion soon. North Carolina is among several states forced to defend changes to voting protocol, including its requirement for voters to show photo identification at the polls starting in 2016. Similar to voting rights battles nationwide, race and politics have been at the forefront of the North Carolina fight.


Shelly Sterling returns to witness stand

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

Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald SterlingLOS ANGELES (AP) — A day after being berated in court by her husband, Shelly Sterling returned to the witness stand Thursday in a trial to determine whether she has the right to sell Donald Sterling's Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.


Hoping for progress, San Bernardino sets bankruptcy case deadlines

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:06

A road sign covered in graffiti is seen in San BernardinoBy Robin Respaut RIVERSIDE Calif. (Reuters) - The city of San Bernardino, California, set new deadlines in an effort to accomplish some measure of progress in a municipal bankruptcy case that has slowed to a crawl over the past two years. On Thursday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Meredith Jury agreed to a series of dates presented by San Bernardino that outlined a roadmap for the city to negotiate with its police and fire unions. Under the new schedule, the city aims to propose a preliminary plan of adjustment, a blueprint at the center of a municipal bankruptcy case, in early fall. "We are preparing a 'small p' plan," Paul Glassman, the attorney representing San Bernardino, said during a status hearing on Thursday.