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Ex-city official in California sentenced to one year in jail in corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:08

Five former Bell City elected officials were found guilty of stealing public money by paying themselves extraordinary salaries, in a Los Angeles Superior courtroomA former elected official from the scandal-plagued California city of Bell was sentenced on Friday to one year in jail for inflating his salary by sitting on bogus boards, prosecutors said. George Mirabal is the first of five former city council members from Bell, a working class municipality of about 35,000 residents near Los Angeles, to be sentenced in the case. The five ex-officials were convicted last year of five counts of misappropriation of public funds and acquitted of five other counts of the same charge. The case stemmed from a scandal that began with revelations in 2010 that the Bell city manager, Robert Rizzo, was paid a salary of $787,000 - or nearly twice that of President Barack Obama.

Texas shooting suspect collapses twice in court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:06
HOUSTON (AP) — A man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, after forcing his way into their suburban Houston home collapsed in court twice Friday as a prosecutor read out details of the crime.

Biden calls on governors to lead nation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:02

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the National Governors Association convention Friday, July 11, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation "out of this mess" while insisting that Congress approve billions of dollars to repair the country's aging infrastructure.

Teenage burglars caught stealing kittens

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:01

Teenage burglars caught stealing kittensTwo kittens, catnapped by two brazen teenagers, are back where they belong.

US appeals granting of new trial to ex-BP engineer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:54
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to grant a new trial to a former BP engineer convicted of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Appeals court upholds EPA's mining restraints

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:54
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the Obama administration's environmental protections designed to reduce water pollution from mountaintop-removal coal mining.

Driver of stalled pickup finds slithering surprise

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:49

This image provided by the Santa Fe Police Department shows a 20-pound brown and yellow python that was found on an engine block Thursday July 10, 2014 in Santa Fe, N.M. The animal was taken to a local animal shelter with minor injuries. (AP Photo/Santa Fe Police Department)SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — When a woman's pickup stalled on a street in Santa Fe, New Mexico, local chef Jackson Ault stopped to lend a hand.

Lawmakers seek lower price for bill on vets' care

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:47
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by sticker shock, members of Congress are scrambling to lower the cost of a bill to fix veterans' health care amid a growing uproar over long waits for appointments and falsification of records to cover up the delays at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

Child injured in crash on Route 206 in Southampton, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:45

Infant among those hurt in Southampton, NJ crashNew Jersey State Police responded to the scene of a multiple vehicle accident with multiple injuries in Southampton, Burlington County.

Case of Pennsylvania sheriff accused of assault nears a close

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:44
By Elizabeth Daley BEAVER Penn. (Reuters) - Testimony concluded on Friday in the trial of a western Pennsylvania sheriff accused of threatening to beat up and shoot a local online reporter in the head. Beaver County Sheriff George David, 67, is charged with assault and making threats against John Paul Vranesevich of the Beaver Countian website at an April 2012 meeting in the sheriff's office where they were discussing contract bidding for departmental uniforms. The jury in Beaver County Court of Common Pleas before Judge Francis Fornelli was expected to begin deliberating late on Friday or on Monday. David's actions toward Vranesevich were "a show of force," prosecutors Laurel Brandstetter said in her closing statement to the jury.

US border effort sputters as migrants cross again

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:37

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2012 file photo, newly arrived people who were caught in Arizona by the U.S. Border Patrol, are initially processed at Tucson Sector U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters in Tucson, Ariz. A major U.S. effort to discourage repeated attempts by immigrants to enter the country illegally by flying and busing them into Mexico hundreds of miles away from where they were caught has been sharply scaled back after producing relatively modest gains. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)MEXICALI, Mexico (AP) — A U.S. effort to discourage immigrants' repeated attempts to enter the country illegally by dropping them back in Mexico hundreds of miles away from where they were caught has been sharply scaled back after producing relatively modest gains.

Polar vortex? Nope, just cooler Midwestern temps

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:32

Gerald Alban, 22, reacts after diving into the cold water at the lake front Friday, July 11, 2014 in Chicago. Unseasonably cool temperatures will arrive next week in the Midwest and as far south as Arkansas and Oklahoma. Chicago would normally see highs in the 80s and lows in the mid-60s, but the weather service says highs early next week will be in the mid-60s and lows could dip into the upper 40s. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)CHICAGO (AP) — Unseasonably cool temperatures will arrive next week in the Midwest and as far south as Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Ex-Minnesota governor: no fight with 'American Sniper' author

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:30
By Todd Melby ST PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura said Friday he has not been in a fight in decades as he took the stand in his trial accusing a former Navy SEAL sniper of making up a 2006 altercation between them described in a best-selling book. At the heart of Ventura's federal defamation lawsuit against former SEAL Chris Kyle is whether the men tussled outside a bar in 2006, an incident described in three pages of Kyle's book and in later media interviews supporting its publication.

Feds: Woman sent nude pics of son, 4, to boyfriend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:27
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been charged with sending nude photos of her 4-year-old son to her boyfriend.

911 tapes depict response to collapse of vet

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:26
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Emergency dispatch tapes released Friday reveal further details about efforts to revive a Vietnam veteran who collapsed with a heart attack in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque.

Kitten lives after plummeting from Georgia bridge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:24
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A 10-week-old kitten plummeted from a tall Savannah, Georgia bridge into the water below but survived and swam to shore.

Alaska Native land-claims leader dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:20
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Don Wright, an Alaska Native leader who was a force behind a landmark tribal lands compensation law, has died at age 84.

Thousands may telecommute in case of New York train strike

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:19
After years of negotiations between the nation's largest railroad and its unions, a cooling-off period is drawing to a close that would allow LIRR workers to strike on July 20 if there is no contract deal. "We hope we never have to put this plan into place," said Thomas Prendergast, chief executive for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. A contingency plan drawn up by MTA management calls for school buses to shuttle 15,000 daily commuters to New York City from the Long Island suburbs to the east. The MTA said so far 18,000 workers have gotten approval and about 40,000 should be approved by the strike deadline.

Immigrant community rallies after fire kills 7

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:16

In this photo provided by Kevin Moav, fire engulfs the top floors of a three-story apartment and business building Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Lowell, Mass. Officials confirmed that seven people died in the fast-moving pre-dawn fire. (AP Photo/Kevin Moav)LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Soben Pin wept as she tried to express her sorrow Friday over a fire that claimed the lives of five members of a Cambodian family and displaced dozens more in Massachusetts.

Inmate convicted in murder-for-hire plot to kill Pennsylvania judge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 04:11
By Jeffrey Roth CARLISLE Pa. (Reuters) - A prison inmate accused of plotting the murder for hire of a Pennsylvania judge was convicted on Friday of solicitation to commit murder. A jury in Cumberland County Court reached its verdict a day after Lance Greenawalt, 47, tearfully testified in his own defense that it was just "trash talk" when he discussed hiring his cellmate at Camp Hill State Correctional Institution to kill Adams County Judge Michael George. After hearing the verdict, Greenawalt, wearing maroon sweatpants and a white shirt with the black letters DOC for Department of Correction on the back, his hands shackled behind him as he was led out of the courtroom, called to reporters to come interview him in prison. Greenawalt faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 30.