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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 His attorney, Scott Gilbert, said in a statement Monday that his client "has withdrawn" and told him "life in prison is not a life worth living."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.

NY investigates mortgage firm's insurance deals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 06:01

FILE - This march 7, 2012 file photo shows New York Financial Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky speaks in Albany, N.Y. New York’s top financial regulator is investigating whether the nation’s largest overseer of troubled mortgages, Ocwen Financial Corp., is overcharging struggling homeowners on insurance. In a letter Monday, New York Financial Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky said Ocwen created complex business arrangements to funnel as much as $65 million to Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A., a company led by former Ocwen executives, and partially owned by Ocwen’s executive chairman, William Erbey. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — New York's top financial regulator said Monday he will investigate whether the nation's largest overseer of subprime mortgages, Ocwen Financial Corp., overcharged struggling homeowners on insurance.


Fmr. White House press secretary James Brady dies

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

Fmr. White House press secretary James Brady diesA major trait that endeared Jim Brady to the Washington press corps was his sense of humor, especially when he made fun of his own boss.


Dutch inform UN of Malaysia Airlines investigation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:54
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Netherlands has informed the U.N. Security Council of the international investigation it is leading into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine — in response to a council request.

Over 30 homes damaged in California storms

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:52

Andrew Watson and his daughter Taylor Becker dig out their car after rocks and mud inundated their home in the mountain community of Forest Falls in the San Bernardino Mountains Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Crews cleared roads in an area where some 2,500 had been stranded after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in Southern California over the weekend, while authorities estimated that between 6 and 8 homes were badly damaged and likely uninhabitable. One person was found dead in a vehicle that was caught in a flash flood. A group of campers spent the night at a community center near Forest Falls headed. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)MOUNT BALDY, Calif. (AP) — More than 30 homes have been damaged after flash floods struck Southern California mountain areas — with at least a dozen of them so severely damaged that they're uninhabitable, authorities said Monday.


Judges split on bail for Philly police officers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:47

Judges split on bail for Philly police officersThree Philadelphia police officers charged with conspiring to rob drug dealers of more than $500,000 in cash and cocaine were granted house arrest Monday, although two others were denied bail.


Feds: Violence pervasive in NYC youth jails

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:46

FILE - In this July 31, 2014 file photo, Rikers Island juvenile detention facility inmates walk single file to the jail's chapel for a visit from Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons and entertainer L.L. Cool J. The city’s juvenile jails are extremely violent and unsafe, the result of a deeply ingrained culture of violence in which guards routinely violate constitutional rights of teenage inmates and subject them to “rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force,” federal prosecutors said in a scathing report released Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's juvenile jails are extremely violent and unsafe, the result of a deeply ingrained culture of violence in which guards routinely violate constitutional rights of teenage inmates and subject them to "rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force," the federal government said in a scathing report released Monday.


Man charged in Mich. death of black girl weeps on stand

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:43

Theodore Wafer stands in the courtroom during his arraignment in DetroitTheodore Wafer, 55, is accused of killing Renisha McBride, 19, with a shotgun blast to the face through a screen door in Dearborn Heights after she knocked looking for help last November. I took that away from her." Wafer, an airport maintenance worker who is charged with second-degree murder in the racially charged case, faces up to life in prison if convicted. "I knew I had to get my gun," Wafer said. "I didn't know where this was going." Wafer has told police the shooting was an accident.


No new name for stepmother of boy missing 4 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:36
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The stepmother of an Oregon boy whose disappearance in 2010 touched off an intense search has failed to persuade a judge to let her change her name.

Prosecutor under fire in contested Texas execution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:34

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice shows Cameron Todd Willingham who was executed in 2004 for setting fire to his Corsicana house, killing his 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old twins. The Innocence Project announced Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, that it has filed a state bar grievance against John H. Jackson, a former judge who prosecuted, Willingham who was controversially executed on Feb. 17, 2004. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)DALLAS (AP) — A nonprofit group on Monday accused the prosecutor in the case of a Texas man executed for the fire deaths of his three daughters of trying to cover up a jailhouse informant's recantation.