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Feds win fight for access to indicted Paul aide's Gmail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 04:13
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal prosecutors prevailed Friday in their yearlong fight to force Google Inc. to turn over the emails of an indicted Republican consultant with close ties to Ron and Rand Paul.

Ex-Arkansas treasurer gets 2 ½ years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 04:11

Former Arkansas State Treasurer Marth Shoffner walks to federal court in Little Rock, Ark., Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Shoffner is expected to learn her sentence on multiple convictions of extortion and bribery. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison on Friday following her conviction last year on federal bribery and extortion charges.


New York TSA agent charged with molesting traveler in bogus search

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 04:07
A Transportation Security Administration agent at New York's LaGuardia Airport was arrested after being accused of luring a woman to an airport bathroom under the pretense of a security search and molesting her, authorities said on Friday. The suspect, identified by officials as Maxie Oquendo, 40, was wearing a TSA uniform when he brought the 22-year-old traveler to an upstairs bathroom and molested her on Tuesday night, according to Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. "TSA is working in close partnership with the Port Authority Police Department in support of this investigation," TSA administrator Peter Neffenger said in a statement.

Chicago school closure battle intensifies with hunger strike

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 03:58

Protestor Monique Smith is seen outside Walter H. Dyett high school on the 11th day of her hunger strike in ChicagoA long-standing battle between activists and the City of Chicago over school closures in minority neighborhoods has intensified with a dozen protesters entering their twelfth day of a hunger strike on Friday over a shuttered high school. Camped out on the lawn in front of Dyett High School in South Chicago, the strikers vow to consume only liquids - such as juice and chicken broth - until the city agrees to reopen the school. The protest comes as the Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest school system in the country, cuts 1,400 jobs, seeks a $480 million bailout from the state of Illinois and struggles to beef up underfunded pensions.


Trial reset for Baltimore man charged with cutting hose in riot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 03:45
The trial for a man allegedly filmed slashing a fire hose at a burning pharmacy during rioting in Baltimore in April was postponed on Friday to Oct. 29. The jury trial of Greg Butler Jr., 22, had been schedule to on Friday in Baltimore City Circuit Court. After attorneys deliberated with Judge Melissa Phinn in front of a packed courtroom, the trial was rescheduled.

Cops: Man fled police, hit woman pushing her dog in carriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 03:39
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man who was fleeing police in a car hit a 79-year-old woman as she pushed her dog in a baby carriage.

Man gets life sentence in slaying of elderly Ohio couple

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 03:35
CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man avoided the death penalty on Friday when he pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges and was sentenced to life in prison without parole for robbing and killing an elderly couple then burning their bodies.

Will Tropical Storm Erika hit Florida? Many factors at play

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 03:33

45 AM EDT shows a poorly organized Tropical Storm Erika located just to the Southwest of Puerto Rico. Erika currently has winds of 50 miles an hour and is producing heavy rainfall over Hispaniola and the surrounding islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Erika will continue moving to the west-northwest over Hispaniola. Fair weather can be expected across the rest of the Caribbean with only typical summertime showers and thunderstorms. (Weather Underground via AP)ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika has the potential to rake Florida's west coast with heavy rains starting late Sunday or early Monday. Although the storm's path and intensity are a bit uncertain, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Friday for the entire state. Officials say residents should prepare by filling vehicles' gas tanks, stockpiling a few days' of food and water, and determining whether they live in an evacuation zone.


Legionnaires' disease sends California inmate to hospital

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 03:33
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The water has been shut off at California's oldest prison after an inmate was hospitalized with a confirmed case of Legionnaires' disease, officials said Friday.

Driver in fatal rollover accused of intentionally crashing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 03:29
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The driver in a fatal rollover crash in Boulder Canyon earlier this month has been accused of intentionally crashing the car and charged with murder after a passenger told authorities the driver said he killed one passenger on purpose and was trying to kill another.

Alabama governor's wife files for divorce; pair lives apart

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 03:28
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's first lady has filed for divorce from Gov. Robert Bentley, saying their 50-year marriage has suffered an "irretrievable breakdown."

U.S. court hands win to NSA over metadata collection

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 03:21

An illustration picture shows the logo of the U.S. National Security Agency on the display of an iPhone in BerlinBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial program that has raised privacy concerns. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said there were not sufficient grounds for the preliminary injunction imposed by the lower court. The ruling was a setback for privacy advocates but did not reach the bigger question of whether the NSA's actions were lawful.


EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 03:00

UPDATES CAPTION TO REFLECT JUDGE’S RULING THURSDAY - This June 11, 2015, photo shows a dry water ditch next to a corn field in Cordova, Md. A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, blocked a new Obama administration, which would have given the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states.


Attorneys for accused church shooter let out of other cases

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 02:59
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys representing the man accused of killing nine people at a historic black church will be allowed to solely focus on his case until it's resolved, a judge ruled on Friday.

Teen gets more than 11 years for helping Islamic State group

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 02:51
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia teenager was sentenced Friday to more than 11 years in prison for helping another teen travel to Syria to join Islamic State militants and for providing other aid to the group.

Katrina-scattered families rebuild separately and together

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 02:47

Chevelle Washington, right, sits in the hospital room of her sister, Chelette Price, in Houston on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. One profound change wrought by Hurricane Katrina was the splitting of families as a mass evacuation from chaotic New Orleans sent thousands, including Washington's family, to the safety of other cities. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)HOUSTON (AP) — Bunk beds dominate the narrow living room of Chevelle Washington's modest three-bedroom brick townhouse apartment. A large box in the corner is piled high with kids' shoes. The 51-year-old is raising six of her grandchildren. Her home is a refuge, a haven.


Army chaplain wins prize to give 9/11 sermon by ground zero

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 02:45

FILE - In this June 25, 2015, file photo, the World Trade Center, right, looms behind St. Paul's Chapel with its steeple wrapped in scaffolding for repairs, in New York. The winner of a new competition open to people of all faiths called "The Reconciliation Preaching Prize," has been won by an Army chaplain from Austin, Texas. The Rev. David Peters will have the privilege of delivering an original sermon on Sept. 11, at the chapel near ground zero that was turned into a makeshift memorial shrine and became a place of rest and renewal for volunteers and responders, following the terrorist attacks that brought down the twin towers. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — An Army chaplain has won a national prize for an original sermon that he will deliver on Sept. 11 at a chapel near ground zero that became a sanctuary of consolation after the terrorist attacks.


Alabama governor's wife files for divorce; pair lives apart

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 02:31
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's first lady has filed for divorce from Gov. Robert Bentley, saying their 50-year marriage has suffered an "irretrievable breakdown."

Train runs into truck on tracks in San Diego; no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 02:29
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fire officials say an Amtrak train crashed into a truck that was on railroad tracks in San Diego, but the driver was able to jump out in time.

Death toll rises as Tropical Storm Erika reaches Hispaniola

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 02:20

Death toll rises as Tropical Storm Erika reaches HispaniolaHeavy rain and strong winds from Tropical Storm Erika began to bear down Friday on the Dominican Republic.