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Man accused of bludgeoning girlfriend to death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:01
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — A man faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of his girlfriend, who was found bludgeoned in her suburban New Orleans apartment over the weekend, officials said Monday.

PHOTOS: Monday night's lightning storm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:57

 Monday night's lightning stormLightning and heavy rains hit the Philadelphia area on Monday night.


VIDEO: Lightning lights up the Philly skyline

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:55

 Lightning lights up the Philly skylineSky 6 captured bolts of lightning illuminating the sky over Center City Philadelphia.


APNewsBreak: Missing pregnant woman's ex indicted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:36

FILE-This undated file photo released by the Maui Police Department shows Carly Scott from Maui. The ex-boyfriend of Scott who was pregnant and disappeared in February, has been indicted on a murder charge in the case. A Maui grand jury indicted Steven Capobianco on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Scott. She was never found. (AP Photo/Maui Police Department,File)The ex-boyfriend of a Maui woman who was five months pregnant when she disappeared in February has been indicted on charges of killing her and torching her SUV to cover up the crime.


Billionaire's breakup plan would chop California into six states

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:33

Timothy Draper, Founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, speaks at the Reuters Global Technology Summit New YorkBy Jennifer Chaussee San Francisco (Reuters) - A long-shot effort to break California into six separate states got a boost on Monday, when the billionaire venture capitalist behind the proposal said he had gathered enough signatures to place it on the ballot in two years. Timothy Draper, a founder of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has invested in Twitter, Skype and Tesla, among other companies, has been agitating for months for a ballot initiative to chop the most populous U.S. state into smaller entities. "It’s important because it will help us create a more responsive, more innovative and more local government, and that ultimately will end up being better for all of Californians," said Roger Salazar, a spokesman for the campaign. "The idea ... is to create six states with responsive local governments - states that are more representative and accountable to their constituents." Salazar said Monday that the campaign had gathered more than the roughly 808,000 signatures needed to place the measure on the November, 2016 ballot.


First U.S. flight deports Honduran kids under fast-track push

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:12
By Gabriel Stargardter SAN PEDRO SULA Honduras (Reuters) - The United States deported a group of Honduran children as young as 1-1/2 years old on Monday in the first flight since President Barack Obama pledged to speed up the process of sending back illegal immigrant minors from Central America. Fleeing violence and poverty, record numbers of children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have crossed into the United States over the past year, testing U.S. border facilities and sparking intense debate about how to solve the problem. Monday's charter flight from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, the city with the highest murder rate in the world, returned 17 Honduran women, as well as 12 girls and nine boys, aged between 18 months and 15 years, the Honduran government said.

Missouri governor vetoes bill allowing schools to designate armed officers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:57

Missouri Governor Nixon participates in debate with Spence at Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MissouriBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill on Monday that would have allowed public school districts to designate certain teachers and administrators as armed protection officers. The legislation would have required a teacher or administrator to have a concealed carry permit and go through special weapons training before being allowed to be armed at school. Nixon, a Democrat, said in a statement that he supported placing law enforcement officers in schools but could not "condone putting firearms in the hands of educators who should be focused on teaching our kids." The bill passed the Republican-controlled House by a vote of 111-28 and the Republican-led Senate with a 21-7 vote, enough for the two-thirds needed for a veto override. The mass shooting in 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, sparked a national debate about whether to arm teachers.


3 charged with trying to extort Saudi sheik

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:49
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Criminal charges have been filed against a woman and two of her attorneys for falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted by a Saudi sheik's son in a scheme to extort at least $15 million, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Monday.

Ex-diner manager pleads guilty in murder plot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:49
CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — The former manager of a northern New Jersey diner pleaded guilty Monday in what authorities say was a foiled plot to kill the co-owner of the restaurant, who is his uncle by marriage.

8 accused of illegal World Cup betting in Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:46
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eight people from Malaysia, China and Hong Kong were accused Monday in Las Vegas of operating a temporary, illegal gambling ring that investigators said logged millions of dollars in bets on FIFA World Cup soccer games.

AccuWeather: Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:46

 Flash Flood WatchAccuWeather is tracking the severe weather as it moves through the area.


Nevada rancher Bundy says son will submit himself for arrest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:45
A Nevada rancher who was at the center of an armed standoff with federal rangers in a fight over cattle said his son will submit himself for arrest on Monday on a warrant alleging he violated terms of his probation on theft charges. A Las Vegas judge filed an arrest warrant last week for Cliven Lance Bundy, 34, the son of rancher Cliven Bundy, for failing to appear at a July 1 hearing and for not complying with terms of a 2012 plea agreement struck on felony theft counts, said court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price. The welder and heavy equipment operator was traveling to Las Vegas on Monday afternoon to turn himself in to authorities after learning of the warrant, his father told Reuters. In April the Bundy family ranch was the site of an armed protest against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as it sought to seize cattle over Cliven Bundy's refusal to pay grazing fees.

3 charged with trying to extort Saudi sheik's son

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Criminal charges have been filed against a woman and two of her attorneys for falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted by a Saudi sheik's son in a scheme to extort at least $15 million, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Monday.

US portrays Tunisian man as terrorist sympathizer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:36
NEW YORK (AP) — A Tunisian man accused last year of plotting to organize a U.S.-based terrorism cell is "far more dangerous" than his guilty plea to immigration charges would indicate, the government said Monday, though his lawyer said investigators had failed in their effort to groom him to be a terrorist .

Tornado Warning for Burlington County

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:31

 Flash Flood WatchA tornado warning has been issued for Burlington County until 8:45 p.m.


U.S. court partly overturns Guantanamo conviction of al Qaeda publicist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:27
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday partially overturned the Guantanamo war crimes conviction of an al Qaeda publicist, saying a military commission lacked authority to convict him on two of three charges. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated the conviction of Yemeni prisoner Ali Hamza al Bahlul for providing material support for terrorism and solicitation of others to commit war crimes.

Witness says she saw Ventura get punched in bar

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:26
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A woman testified Monday that she saw someone punch Jesse Ventura in 2006 at a California bar, contradicting the former Minnesota governor's assertions that the incident described in a slain military sniper's autobiography never happened.

Ex-Minnesota governor says TV career halted by sniper's claims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:25

FORMER MINNESOTA GOVERNOR VENTURA DURING TIMBERWOLVES NBA PLAYOFF GAME.By David Bailey ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura told a court on Monday his annual income dropped sharply after his reputation was damaged by what he called a fictitious passage in a book by a former Navy SEAL who said the two had gotten in a bar fight. Seeking unspecified damages for defamation, Ventura testified on Friday that he has not been in a fight since he left the Navy decades before the alleged 2006 encounter in California described by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," published in 2012. Lawyers for Kyle's estate told the court on Monday Ventura's income was on the decline before the book due to waning popularity, and that the passage about the bar fight had little impact on the dwindling demand for him as a media personality.


Giant African snails seized at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:19

This undated photo provided by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing one of the snails from an air cargo shipment of 67 live snails that arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on July 1, 2014. Officials said that the 35 pounds of snails arrived from Nigeria along with paperwork stating they were for human consumption. Officials say the snails were intercepted and were subsequently identified after a sample was sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture specialists in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/USDA, Greg Bartman)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized an unusually slimy package — 67 live giant African snails that are a popular delicacy across West Africa.


Student: Expelled from college after gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:17
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A woman said Monday that she was expelled from a private, Christian college in suburban Oklahoma City because she married her same-sex partner.