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Lightning sparks new wildfires in hot, dry Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:40

This Monday, June 15, 2015, aerial photo released by the Alaska Division of Forestry shows the Card Street Fire burning on the Kenai Peninsula, between the Sterling Highway and the Kenai River near Sterling, Alaska. The fire doubled in size Tuesday, June 16, 2015, to about 4 square miles and had pushed east into the uninhabited Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska's most popular sport-fishing venue. (Alaska Division of Forestry via AP)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Lightning sparked nearly a dozen new wildfires in Alaska as firefighters struggled Wednesday to keep up with two major fires threatening rural highway communities.


Mom, stepdad plead guilty to fleeing country with daughter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:38

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, Genevieve Kelley arrives for a hearing in Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster, N.H. Kelley had been charged with fleeing the country with her then-8-year-old daughter Mary Nunes during a custody dispute in 2004. During a pretrial hearing Wednesday, June 17, 2015, she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of custodial interference and felony charges were dropped. She will spend 10 months in jail. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A mother and stepfather entered guilty pleas Wednesday to charges they fled the country more than a decade ago with her daughter amid a custody dispute.


Theater shooting: Things to know as prosecutors wrap up case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:36

FILE - This Aug. 30, 2012 file photo Dr. Lynne Fenton, the University of Colorado psychiatrist who was treating suspected theater shooter James Holmes is seen through a window leading to a district courtroom in Centennial, Colo. Fenton who treated Holmes before he attacked a Colorado movie theater said Tuesday, June 16, that she would have called police and had him detained if she had known his plans. Fenton testified that Holmes acknowledged he was having homicidal thoughts as often as three or four times a day but never let on that he was assembling an arsenal and planning a mass killing. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — After eight weeks of often dramatic and emotional testimony, prosecutors are wrapping up their case against Colorado theater gunman James Holmes.


$98 million condo complex going up in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:27

$98 million condo complex going up in Center CityIt's just a construction site now but a tall thin glass tower called One Riverside will go up near the Schuylkill River between Spruce and Locust streets.


Family history of schizophrenia revealed in Slender Man case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:26
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictitious horror character has a father who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a defense witness testified Wednesday.

UN urges Libyan rivals to accept power-sharing peace deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:20
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged all Libyan parties Wednesday to accept a peace deal that requires the internationally recognized government to share power with rival Islamists who control the capital.

Oklahoma man tells court he has no memories of molesting Kenyan children

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:02
An Oklahoma man charged with sexually molesting children at a Kenyan orphanage told a U.S. federal court on Wednesday he was innocent but believed he was possessed by an evil spirit that made him do things he does not remember. Matthew Durham, 20, of Edmond, took the stand in his own defense on 17 charges of raping and sexually abusing children as young as 6 when he was performing Christian missionary work at the Upendo Children's Home in Kenya. When the home manager confronted Durham about possible inappropriate behavior with the children, he denied the accusations, he said.

Judge demands explanation for lengthy delay on energy lease

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:56

In this Nov. 7, 2013 photo, a train hauls oil into Glacier National Park near the Badger-Two Medicine National Forest in northwest Montana. During a June 10 hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., U.S. District Judge Richard Leon pressed U.S. officials to explain why it's taken three decades to decide on a proposal to drill for natural gas just outside Glacier in an area of the Badger-Two Medicine that is considered sacred by some Indian tribes in Montana and Canada. At issue in the case is a 6,200-acre energy lease in northwest Montana's Badger-Two Medicine National Forest, immediately south of Glacier. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge is pressing U.S. officials to explain why it's taken three decades to decide on a proposal to drill for natural gas just outside Glacier National Park in an area considered sacred by some Indian tribes in Montana and Canada.


USDA program promotes products such as plant-based bottles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:45
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A program designed to promote ethanol and biodiesel fuels will be expanded to companies using plant-based plastic, rubber and fiber in manufacturing products such as bottles and packaging, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday.

Bill Gates trust to pay $30,000 fine over horse manure

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:45
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A trust affiliated with billionaire Bill Gates will pay a $30,000 fine over horse manure in a settlement expected to be approved on Thursday by a special magistrate in the affluent south Florida village of Wellington. Gates bought a $9 million estate in 2013 in the name of Mallet Hill Trust in the equestrian community, which is home to the International Polo Club.

New Jersey's Atlantic County topped U.S. job losses in 2014: BLS

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:45
Among the largest 339 U.S. counties, Atlantic suffered the steepest drop, a 5 percent decline in employment year-over-year through December 2014, the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages showed. In the United States overall, employment was 2.2 percent higher for the year ending in the fourth quarter, the BLS said, and it rose in 319 of the counties.

Ex-FBI agent accused of assaulting woman takes plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:37
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah FBI agent accused of assaulting his girlfriend during a fight has pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge.

Woman slashed in attack at SEPTA train station

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:35

Woman slashed in attack at SEPTA train stationA woman trying to catch SEPTA's Market-Frankford El was punched and slashed in the arm with a razor after an altercation with a stranger.


No charges after federal probe into Kansas election loans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:32

In this July 14, 2014 file photo, Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer speaks at a campaign in Olathe, Kan. Federal prosecutors have completed their investigation into loans made to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign by his lieutenant governor and plan to bring no criminal charges, the U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have completed their investigation into loans made to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign by his lieutenant governor and plan to bring no criminal charges, the U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday.


Casino union: Carl Icahn is 'a malignancy' in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:32

 Carl Icahn is 'a malignancy' in Atlantic CityAtlantic City's main casino workers' union took its battle with billionaire investor Carl Icahn to a new level Wednesday, calling him "a malignancy that needs to be cut out," and prepared to block traffic in front of the casino Icahn is acquiring and where employee health care and pension plans have been eliminated.


Phoenix-area woman quietly claims $120 million lottery prize

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:26
A suburban Phoenix woman has quietly claimed the top prize of nearly $120 million in the multi-state Powerball lottery drawn earlier this month, an Arizona lottery official said on Wednesday. Maria Herrera, of Glendale, walked into lottery offices with the winning ticket last week and took the lump sum cash payment of $119,993,157 before taxes for matching all six numbers in the June 3 drawing, said lottery spokeswoman Cindy Esquer. Herrera decided against taking a 30-year annuity of $188.9 million before taxes, Esquer said.

4th suspect ID'd in Broomall home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:25

4th suspect ID'd in Broomall home invasionPolice have identified the fourth suspect wanted in connection to a home invasion in Marple Township, Delaware County.


Photos released of suspect in Haddonfield Rite Aid robbery, priest carjacking

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:24

Photos released of suspect in Haddonfield Rite Aid robbery, priest carjackingAuthorities in Camden County have released surveillance photos of the armed suspect they say carjacked a retired priest after robbing a pharmacy while carrying a traffic cone in Haddonfield.


Exhumation begins for unidentified remains from USS Oklahoma

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:23

FILE - This April 21, 2015 file photo shows a gravestone marking 12 sets of unidentified remains from the USS Oklahoma buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. Officials this month have started to exhume the unidentified remains of USS Oklahoma crew members killed in the 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor as part of an effort to account for sailors and Marines still classified as missing. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy,File)HONOLULU (AP) — Officials this month have started to exhume the unidentified remains of USS Oklahoma crew members killed in the 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor as part of an effort to account for sailors and Marines still classified as missing.


3 postal workers accused of rigging Operation Santa program

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 06:21

FILE - This Nov. 18, 2007 file photo shows the Farley Post Office on Eighth Avenue in New York. Three New York postal workers have been accused of stealing gifts destined for underprivileged children by rigging the Operation Santa program where they worked. Federal criminal charges including conspiracy and mail fraud against two current and one former postal worker were unsealed Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in federal court. The unsealing came the day the three were arrested.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Three postal workers played the Grinch and stole laptop computers, a toy train, boots and other gifts destined for underprivileged children by rigging the Operation Santa program where they worked, authorities said.