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2 get prison for causing Los Angeles-area wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two men have been sentenced to several months in prison for causing a destructive wildfire in the Los Angeles foothill suburb of Glendora in January.

Ex-Va. governor's confidante testifies at trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:06
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's closest confidantes made it clear in testimony Monday that he doesn't have much regard for McDonnell's wife or the wealthy businessman who, according to prosecutors, bought their influence to benefit the nutritional supplements company he headed.

No bail for mom accused of killing 2-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:04

This Aug. 3, 2014 photo provided by the Clatsop County, Ore., Sheriff's Office shows Jessica Smith. Smith is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter at an Oregon coastal and is to appear in court Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Authorities arrested Smith, of Goldendale, Wash., on Sunday in the woods east of Cannon Beach. She's accused of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder. On Friday, a housekeeper found Smith's 2-year-old daughter dead in a room at a Cannon Beach resort. Authorities said Smith's 13-year-old daughter was badly cut, but is expected to recover. (AP Photo/Clatsop County Sheriff)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter and severely cutting her teenage daughter at a coastal Oregon resort said nothing and frequently looked down during her first court appearance Monday.


Israel accepts Egyptian cease-fire plan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:01

Israel accepts Egyptian cease-fire planIsrael and Hamas on Monday accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal meant to halt a bruising monthlong war that has claimed nearly 2,000 lives.


Flash floods damage more than 30 California homes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:59

A car is lodged in the debris on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 where a body that was swept into the rain-swollen water course was found Sunday in Mount Baldy, Calif. About 2,500 people were stranded early Monday after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in Southern California. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)MOUNT BALDY, Calif. (AP) — When the skies opened up with a vengeance, Michael Honer had a front row seat to the powerful forces of Mother Nature.


Second Ebola patient headed to U.S.; N.Y. tests possible victim

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:58

Emory University Hospital after an ambulance carrying American doctor Kent Brantly, who has the Ebola virus, arrived via Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Atlanta, GeorgiaBy Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - The second American aid worker who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa is expected to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday in serious condition, while a New York hospital is testing a man with symptoms of the deadly disease. Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan said on Monday it was testing a man who traveled to a West African nation where Ebola has been reported. "Odds are it is not Ebola," said Dr. Jeremy Boal, the hospital's chief medical officer. The New York patient added to concerns about the often-fatal disease after two American healthcare workers contracted the virus in West Africa where they had traveled to help fight the disease that has killed nearly 900 people since February.


Washington state mother pleads not guilty in death of toddler

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:51
A Washington state woman locked in a custody battle pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of murdering her toddler and badly wounding her teenage daughter in an Oregon hotel room, court officials said. Jessica Smith, 40, was arraigned in a court in Clastop County a day after authorities found her sheltering in her car on a logging road near Cannon Beach, 80 miles west of Portland, law enforcement and court officials said.

James Brady, former White House press secretary, dies at 73

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:51

Former White House Press Secretary James Brady gives a thumbs-up to everyone as he visits the White House press briefing room in WashingtonJames Brady, a former U.S. presidential press secretary who became a leading gun control crusader after he was critically wounded in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has died, a family spokeswoman said on Monday. "Since 1993, the law that bears Jim’s name has kept guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.


Drought forces some boats from shrinking Great Salt Lake in Utah

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:48

A large crane lifts a boat out of the Great Salt Lake Marina because of low water levels, west of Salt Lake CityBy Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Drought forced an early end to the sailing season for some Utah enthusiasts on Monday as a huge crane lifted boats out of the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina, where officials say the water is at its lowest level for more than 50 years. "We've had a couple of tough winters here," said harbor master Dave Shearer, watching as the crane gingerly raised a 37-foot Ranger sailboat out of its slip then lowered it onto a trailer in the parking lot. "Some of the deep draft boats are having to pull out now, rather than make the hard choice of having their keels stuck in the mud all winter 'til the lake comes back up." Fed by four rivers and a handful of streams, the Great Salt Lake sits about 20 miles west of Salt Lake City, stretching 75 miles long and about 35 miles wide. So far, that has forced about 70 boats from the 320-slip marina, where water levels have been dropping consistently.


American imprisoned in Cuba says goodbye to family

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:45

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2012, file photo, provided by James L. Berenthal, jailed American Alan Gross poses in Havana, Cuba. A lawyer for an American who has spent more than four years imprisoned in Cuba said Monday that his client cannot take life in prison much longer and has said his goodbyes to his wife and a daughter. Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009 while working covertly in the Communist-run country to set up Internet access. His attorney, Scott Gilbert, said in a statement Monday that his client "has withdrawn" and told him "life in prison is not a life worth living." Gross has previously said through his lawyer that his 65th birthday, which took place in May, would be the last one that he "celebrates in Havana, one way or the other." (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for an American who has spent more than four years imprisoned in Cuba said Monday that his client cannot take life in prison much longer and has said his goodbyes to his wife and a daughter.


Two men arrested in Tennessee church air-conditioning thefts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:38
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Two men have been arrested and charged with stealing $21,000 worth of air-conditioning systems from four rural Tennessee churches during a summer heat wave, apparently to sell as scrap, police said on Monday. Donald Ray Hyatt, 42, and Cody Lebron Pace, 21, both of Cleveland, Tennessee, were charged with four counts of theft of over $1,000, said Bradley County Sheriff's spokesman Bob Gault. "All you can do is try to lead them to Christ, hope they repent and put them in jail," said Bill Casteel, longtime elder at Union Grove Church of Christ in Cleveland, who previously told Reuters the thieves would face hellfire for eternity if they weren't caught on earth. Casteel said all the Sunday school classes have been held together in the auditorium, which is the only room in the church that still has an air conditioner, because the classrooms are too stuffy.

Mount Sinai Hospital patient tested for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:37

Mount Sinai Hospital patient tested for EbolaMount Sinai Hospital is performing tests on a patient who had recently traveled to a West African country where Ebola has been reported, the hospital says.


Vegas resort planned at former New Frontier site

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:36

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2007 file photo The New Frontier Hotel & Casino located on the Las Vegas Strip is imploded. A new resort could soon spring up on the vacant site of the former New Frontier casino, thanks to a partnership between Australian billionaire James Packer and former Wynn Las Vegas President Andrew Pascal. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A new resort could soon spring up on the vacant Las Vegas Strip site of the former New Frontier casino, thanks to a partnership between Australian billionaire James Packer and former Wynn Las Vegas President Andrew Pascal.


Arrests, overdoses at Seaside Heights electric concert

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:33

Arrests, overdoses at Seaside Heights electric concertA two day music concert this weekend in Seaside Heights delivered on its promise of good music, but police say it also delivered on dozens of drug overdoses.


U.S. judge slows abortion restrictions tide by striking down Alabama law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:23
By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday ruled unconstitutional an Alabama law that threatened to close three of the state's five abortion clinics, while a trial opened in Texas with an abortion rights group trying to overturn restrictions imposed in that state. A number of abortion clinics have closed in recent months due to laws passed in 11 U.S. states requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Alabama's law imposed an undue burden on a woman's ability to choose to have an abortion by making it unnecessarily difficult to obtain the procedure. "The evidence compellingly demonstrates that the requirement would have the striking result of closing three of Alabama's five abortion clinics," the judge wrote.

US sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fernando Murillo was typical of the young Latin Americans deployed by a U.S. agency to work undercover in Cuba. He had little training in the dangers of clandestine operations — or how to evade one of the world's most sophisticated counter-intelligence services.

Cause determined in deadly Feltonville food truck explosion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:22

Cause determined in deadly Feltonville food truck explosionThe fire marshal has determined the cause of the food truck explosion that killed two people in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia last month.


Police: Man killed when car falls on him in Bensalem

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:20

 Man killed when car falls on him in BensalemA man working on a car in Bucks County was killed when the vehicle fell on top of him, police say.


Judge allows Jodi Arias to represent herself at September death penalty trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:20
PHOENIX (AP) — Judge allows Jodi Arias to represent herself at September death penalty trial.

Detroit man, teen accused of shooting 8-year-old to punish mom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:16
(Reuters) - A Detroit man and a teenager are charged with shooting to death an 8-year-old boy while he slept in his bed in order to punish his mother, prosecutors alleged on Monday. Calvin Mosby, 28, and Devaunte Starks, 17, were charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jakari Pearson on July 30, according to the Wayne County prosecutor's office. Mosby had previously dated the victim's mother and prosecutors say he went to her home and threatened to kill her on July 29. He went back to the house early the next morning accompanied by Starks and killed the little boy, prosecutors said.