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House votes to provide money for highways, transit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:51

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, talks with committee members Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, prior to the committee's hearing on the impacts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on U.S. Interests and the Military Balance in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision.


Ex-beau gets prison in slaying of soon-to-be prom queen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:49
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for killing a high school student days before she was to be named prom queen.

Only a drill: Rescuers practice at Philly sports complex

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:45

 Rescuers practice at Philly sports complexPhiladelphia's Office of Emergency Management said emergency workers conducted exercises around the South Philadelphia sports complex.


Virginia trucker wins $92M prize from Pennsylvania Lottery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:42
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) — A truck driver who purchased a Mega Millions ticket at a truck stop claimed his $92 million prize Wednesday at Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters.

Tennessee man arrested near Capitol complex: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Capitol Police said on Wednesday that they arrested a Tennessee man who was driving near the Capitol complex with three firearms as well as ammunition in his vehicle.

Eric Garner grand jury minutes to stay private, New York court rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:23

Protesters march against the New York City grand jury decision to not indict in the death of Eric Garner, in Oakland, CaliforniaA New York state court on Wednesday declined to release details of a grand jury investigation that led to a police officer being cleared of wrongdoing in the death of Eric Garner after his chokehold arrest in Staten Island in July last year. Lawyers for civil rights groups and New York's public advocate office in June called for the release of the grand jury minutes including transcripts of testimony, exhibits and details of certain grand jurors to better understand the decision not to charge officer Daniel Pantaleo for Garner's death.


William R. White, former Tuskegee Airman, dies at 88

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:20
SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — William R. White, a former member of the famed squadron of African-American pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen, has died. He was 88.

Gov. Scott orders inspections of Planned Parenthoods

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:19
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered state health officials to inspect Planned Parenthood offices that perform abortions, saying he is troubled by videos describing the organization's procedures for providing tissue from aborted fetuses for research.

Statue of Christopher Columbus vandalized in Hamilton

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:16

Statue of Christopher Columbus vandalized in HamiltonPolice are looking for the vandal who defaced a statue of Christopher Columbus in Mercer County.


Maine man sentenced to life for killing grandmother

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:08

This 2012 booking photo released by the York County Sheriff’s Department shows Derek Poulin, convicted in June 2015 of killing his grandmother Patricia Noel, by stabbing her dozens of times and setting her body afire. Poulin was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in York County Superior Court in Alfred, Maine. (York County Sheriff’s Department via AP)ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who beat his grandmother, stabbed her dozens of times and set her body afire was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison, the maximum penalty under state law.


Standard & Poor's boosts Detroit's rating on revenue bonds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:06
DETROIT (AP) — Standard & Poor's has boosted Detroit's rating on eight- to 15-year bonds the city plans to sell to improve public services.

New Hampshire university's language guide launches war of words

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:04
The university's "Bias-Free Language Guide" also advises against using the term "poor," instead recommending the phrase "person living at or below the poverty line," drew criticism from conservatives in the state who called it an example of political correctness run amok. The publication was created in 2013, according to a university official, but generated controversy earlier this week when several conservative websites decried it as a flagrant example of political correctness at American universities. The university's president, Mark Huddleston, said on Wednesday that the guide was not school policy.

Woman arrested in hit-and-run that killed 4-year-old boy in SW Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:04

Woman arrested in hit-and-run that killed 4-year-old boy in SW PhiladelphiaPolice have arrested a woman following a hit-and-run earlier this year that left 4-year-old boy dead.


Arrest in hit-and-run that killed boy, 4, in SW Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 05:03

Woman arrested in hit-and-run that killed 4-year-old boy in SW PhiladelphiaPolice have arrested a woman following a hit-and-run earlier this year that left 4-year-old boy dead.


Report: Boy accused of strangling child had past troubles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:57
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy accused of strangling a 4-year-old boy had a history of disturbing behavior, including choking another child until the child turned blue in the face and carrying around dead farm animals, according to sheriff's deputies.

2017 trial set for 2 men accused in plot to kill blogger

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:56
BOSTON (AP) — A 2017 trial date is scheduled for two men charged with conspiring to support the Islamic State group in a plot to kill a conservative blogger known for provoking Muslims.

State Police: Bus in fatal crash hadn't registered for trip

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:51
GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A church bus that overturned near Indianapolis this week, killing a 6-year-old and injuring several others, lacked a required federal registration needed for its planned out-of-state trip, Indiana State Police said Wednesday.

Florida governor orders inspections of Planned Parenthoods

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:47
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering state health officials to inspect Planned Parenthood offices to ensure they are obeying the law when performing abortions.

Democratic congressman charged in political corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:46

chakafattahDemocratic U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania and four associates were charged on Wednesday in a political corruption case with bribery and misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. Fattah, 58, who has represented Philadelphia in the U.S. House of Representatives for two decades and is one of the senior black lawmakers in Congress, and the others were indicted by a federal grand jury on 29 counts in an alleged racketeering conspiracy, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Fattah said in a statement that "I have never participated in any illegal activity or misappropriation of taxpayer dollars as an elected official." He said he would not resign from the House but he did step down as the top Democrat on the House subcommittee overseeing Justice Department spending.


Probe finds no homicide likely in Florida mom's 2010 fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:32
Michelle O'Connell's death was ruled a suicide by local investigators, but questions were raised about improprieties in the inquiry, in which the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office investigated one of its deputies. The new investigation by an independent prosecutor's office was ordered by Florida Governor Rick Scott through an executive order in October 2014. "Having assessed all of the evidence adduced in the investigations of this case, I reach the inescapable conclusion that whatever suspicions remain as to the manner of death of Michelle O'Connell, the evidence does not rise to the level of probable cause that a homicide occurred," Florida State Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton said in a letter to Scott on Wednesday.