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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.


LeSean McCoy: I'm chasing greatness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:54

 I'm chasing greatnessEagles running back LeSean McCoy stopped by the 6abc studios on Thursday to talk about the 2014 Eagles, chasing greatness, and this weekend's special charity game.


TechGirlz: Future female tech entrepreneurs shine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:46

 Future female tech entrepreneurs shineIt's called TechGirlz. It's an organization dedicated to encouraging girls to take on leadership positions in technology industries where they are traditionally under-represented.


Disabled people denied voting rights, group says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:43

 Where is the line to disqualify someone from the voting booth because of a cognitive or developmental impairment? (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation's largest county.


College student pleads guilty to making bombs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:43

FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Altoona (Pa.) Police Dept. shows Vladislav Miftakhov. Miftakhov, a Russian-born college student pleaded guilty Thursday, July 10, 2014 to a charge of building bombs without a federal license in his off-campus apartment in central Pennsylvania. Miftakhov, 18, was a Penn State-Altoona student from San Carlos, California, when he was arrested Jan. 24. (AP Photo/Altoona (Pa.) Police Dept.)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A college student pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of building bombs without a federal license in his off-campus apartment in central Pennsylvania.


List of Emmy Award nominations in major categories

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:42

In this image released by PBS, Michelle Dockery portrays Lady Mary in a scene from "Downton Abbey." Dockery was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a drama series on Thursday July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE)Nominees in major categories for the 2014 Emmy Awards announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:


Californians lacking health insurance halved under Obamacare: study

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:41
The number of Californians without health insurance has been cut in half since the implementation of Obamacare, according to a survey published Thursday. The study by the Commonwealth Fund, a healthcare research foundation, showed that about 11 percent of adults in the most populous U.S. state were uninsured as of last month, down from 22 percent in the summer of 2013. California was the first state to pass legislation to set up its own marketplace allowing consumers and small businesses to purchase highly regulated coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and the state has also expanded its Medicaid program, providing insurance to more low-income residents.

Pharmaceutical deliveryman shot in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:37

Pharmaceutical deliveryman shot in North PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating the shooting of a pharmaceutical deliveryman in North Philadelphia.


Ocean City deals with flooding

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:34

Ocean City deals with floodingParts of the Jersey Shore are dealing with some flooding.


Ohio company wins rights to shipwreck's gold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:33

FILE - This 1989 file photo shows gold bars and coins from the S.S. Central America, a mail steamship, which sunk in a hurricane in 1857, about 160 miles off the North Carolina coast. Federal Judge Rebecca Beach Smith ruled Wednesday, July 9, 2014, that an Ohio company named Recovery Limited Partnership has salvage rights to the SS Central America. (AP Photo/File)A fugitive treasure hunter's company has lost its bid to stop deep-sea explorers from bringing up gold and other artifacts from a ship that sank off the South Carolina coast in 1857 and has been the subject of legal fights for nearly 30 years.


UN agency: Seized Iraq nuclear material is no risk

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:26
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency said Thursday that nuclear material seized by the Islamic State extremist group when it overran the Iraqi city of Mosul is "low grade" and doesn't pose "a significant safety, security or nuclear proliferation risk."

UAW: 'Consensus' reached with Volkswagen on union

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:24

FILE - In this June 12, 2013 file photo, workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The United Auto Workers unions announced on Thursday, July 10, 2014, that it is forming a local chapter in Chattanooga, and that it expects Volkswagen to recognize it once it signs up a "substantial" number of workers at the plant.(AP Photo/ Erik Schelzig, file)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — United Auto Workers leaders said Thursday they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.


Wisconsin nine-year-old dies trapped in grain bin

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:19
(Reuters) - A 9-year-old Wisconsin boy has died after becoming trapped on Thursday in a half-full grain bin on the family farm, authorities said. The child, whose name has not been released, was working with other family members to free up an auger that had become stuck and inoperable when the incident happened, the Grant County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Rescue crews were called to the farm outside Lancaster, Wisconsin, in the southwest corner of the state, just before midday and the child was located about an hour later, the statement said.

Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:17

Miranda Jones, vice president of environmental safety and regulatory at Crestwood Midstream Partners, and Tex Hall, chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, pose for a photo near the site of a pipeline spill near Mandaree, N.D., Wednesday, July 9, 2014. A pipeline owned by a Crestwood subsidiary leaked around 1 million gallons of saltwater. Some of that liquid entered a bay that leads to a lake that is used for drinking water by the Three Affiliated Tribes. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — A company official says brine from a North Dakota pipeline spill extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine.


Ohio company wins rights to shipwreck's gold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:12
CINCINNATI (AP) — A fugitive treasure hunter's company has lost its bid to stop deep-sea explorers from bringing up gold and other artifacts from a ship that sank off the South Carolina coast in 1857 and has been the subject of legal fights for nearly 30 years.

Prostitute in Google exec case linked to 2nd death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:12

Alix Tichelman, left, of Folsom, Calif., confers with public defender Diane August during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior Court Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Tichelman, an alleged upscale prostitute, is facing manslaughter charges for the November 2013 death of Forrest Hayes, a Google executive. Tichelman, who is also facing drug and prostitution charges, is being held on $1.5 million bail. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Sentinel, Shmuel Thaler)MILTON, Ga. (AP) — Two months before police say a high-priced prostitute calmly left a Google executive dying from a heroin overdose on his yacht, the woman panicked on the phone with a 911 dispatcher as her boyfriend lay on the floor of their home in the throes of a fatal overdose.


Boston reaches deal with developer planning nearby casino

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:07
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Mohegan Sun agreed on Thursday to pay Boston $18 million a year to compensate the city for any negative side effects if the Connecticut-based gambling resort succeeds in its efforts to build a casino in neighboring Revere. In return, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh agreed to drop his claim that Boston residents had a right to vote on whether the casino In Revere would be built. The deal came a week after Massachusetts gaming regulators rejected a request from Walsh that they wait until a November statewide voter referendum before making a decision on awarding a casino license near the city. In addition to 15 years of $18 million payments, Mohegan Sun, which operates a casino in neighboring Connecticut, agreed to make $30 million in investments in East Boston and $45 million in transportation improvements.