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Skydiver killed in San Diego County jump

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:11
JAMUL, Calif. (AP) — A skydiver who plunged to his death in San Diego County had three decades of parachuting experience and was wearing an emergency safety device — but authorities say it was turned off.

Detroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:03

Jamre Pearson is held back by a friend outside his home after his 8-year-old son was hit by a bullet fired from outside that pierced the wall of the home, hitting the child in bed, early Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Pearson's son Jakari died at the hospital. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)DETROIT (AP) — Sporadic gunfire isn't an unusual sound in the Brewster Homes public housing complex in Detroit, but booming noises that shook Tenesha Higgins early Wednesday morning were way too close.


Argentina heads into default as debt talks fail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:50

Axel Kicillof, Argentina's economy minister, addresses member of the news media after a negotiation session, Wednesday July 30, 2014, at the Argentinean Consulate in New York. Argentina officials and U.S. bondholders met for the first time in hopes of preventing an Argentine default. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — Talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years ended with bitter recriminations Wednesday as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as "vultures."


Crews work to keep Yosemite fire from sequoias

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:47

The remains of a burned home lie in the Foresta community in Yosemite National Park in California on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento. (AP Photo/Al Golub)YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.


U.S. advances plan to reintroduce wild bison herds outside Yellowstone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:31
New herds of genetically pure wild bison may once again roam vast expanses of the American West where the iconic animal has been absent since the end of the 19th century, under a tentative plan federal officials advanced on Wednesday. The proposal, for which Yellowstone National Park officials have begun seeking public comment, is almost sure to draw staunch opposition from ranchers concerned about disease, competition for grass and property destruction from straying bison. Yellowstone is now home to more than 4,000 bison, or buffalo, constituting the bulk of the country's last pure-bred population of the animals. Dozens from the Yellowstone herd have been relocated to two Montana American Indian reservations in recent years.

Teen who sneaked to top of World Trade Center pleads guilty: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:27
A New Jersey teen, who sneaked into New York City's One World Trade Center and ascended to the top of the 104-story building to the antenna, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident, New York media reported. Justin Casquejo, 16, accepted a plea deal that will keep the misdemeanor BASE jumping charge from his record and grant him youthful offender status in exchange for 23 days of community service, NBC New York reported. Though he did not parachute himself, Casquejo faced a charge in connection with the activity, according to NBC New York. Casquejo was carrying his camera when he crawled through a small hole in the construction fence encircling the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan early one March morning, officials said at the time.

Foster parent charged with murder in hot car death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:17
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of leaving his 10-month-old foster child in a hot car where she died was charged Wednesday with murder.

Minnesota archbishop won't resign amid criticism

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:15
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Despite criticism over how the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has handled sex abuse claims involving priests, as well as an investigation into his own conduct, the archbishop says he will not resign.

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves three countries

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:06

Samaritan's Purse team members help with the delivery of supplies in Liberia in this undated handout photoBy David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. "This is a major public health emergency. It's fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread," Lewis Brown, Liberia's information minister, told Reuters. "We need the support of the international community now more than ever.


Chicken pox halts immigrant processing at New Mexico center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:05
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - U.S. border authorities have suspended the processing of undocumented immigrants at a center in New Mexico after one of the detainees was diagnosed with chicken pox, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Wednesday. The case was discovered earlier this week at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, where more than 600 people are being held for processing after entering the United States illegally, said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen.

Pilot sentenced for groping teenage girl on flight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:55

Michael James Pascal walks from the federal courthouse after appearing in court Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Pascal, a former Utah airline pilot, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for groping a 14-year-old girl while he was a passenger on a flight from Detroit to Salt Lake City. He was convicted of abusive sexual contact in March. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah airline pilot was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in prison for groping a 14-year-old girl in the seat next to him during an off-duty flight.


Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves West Africa

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:53

Samaritan's Purse team members help with the delivery of supplies in Liberia in this undated handout photoBy David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. "This is a major public health emergency. It's fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread," Lewis Brown, Liberia's information minister, told Reuters. "We need the support of the international community now more than ever.


Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday.

Colorado nurse sues after being a 'hostage' in armed gunman drill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:51
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado woman is suing the nursing home where she worked and local police for allegedly not telling her that a gunman who held her hostage was a police officer conducting a safety drill, court documents show. Michelle Meeker claims in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver that she was terrorized when an armed man confronted her last October at the Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, Colorado. Meeker, a registered nurse, was tending to one of her long-term patients when another employee told her to see what a "suspicious" man sitting in the center's day room wanted, according to the complaint. Although the man told her in hushed tones that he was a police officer, the lawsuit says, Meeker was not informed beforehand of the drill and was unsure whether he was telling the truth.

Police union claims in stop-and-frisk are rejected

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:30
NEW YORK (AP) — Police unions lost their bid Wednesday to challenge a ruling concluding that New York City's stop-and-frisk tactics are sometimes discriminatory, moving the city a step closer toward changing the program, which has drawn criticism for its effect on minorities but won praise for its role in reducing crime.

5 arrested for armed robbery at Caesars Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:30

5 arrested for armed robbery at Caesars Atlantic CityAuthorities have arrested five people in connection to an armed robbery at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.


Gunman, two others killed in North Carolina shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:27
(Reuters) - A North Carolina man who opened fire on Wednesday on a mobile home with six people inside, killing two, was himself killed in an exchange of gunfire with authorities in a incident that also left three sheriff's deputies wounded, authorities said. The alleged shooter, Andrew Michaelis, had been arguing with his wife before she fled to her father's trailer in a park outside of Fayetteville, authorities said. From his truck, Michaelis fired a semi-automatic gun into the trailer at the Crystal Springs Mobile Home Park, striking and killing his father-in-law and the man's 10-year-old grandson, authorities said. Michaelis then drove off, but returned after deputies from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office had responded to the scene.

Airlines seek court review of higher U.S. fee on plane tickets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:26
(Reuters) - Two airline trade groups asked a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday to review fee increases on airplane tickets imposed by the Transportation Security Administration, saying the agency is "improperly" raising taxes on travelers and hurting carriers. The petition, filed in federal court for the District of Columbia, concerns the TSA passenger security fee charged since 2001. Under a new structure put in place by the U.S. budget agreement passed last December, the fee rose from $2.50 per leg of a trip up to a maximum of $5 one way, to a flat fee of $5.60 for a one way. Flights with layovers that are longer than four hours incur additional charges of $5.60 per leg, based on the TSA changes.

Tribe: Remove 'halfbreed' from Montana place names

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:19
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The time has come to remove the words "halfbreed" and "breed" from the names of creeks, lakes and other places around Montana, according to leaders of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Argentina heads into default as debt talks end

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:19

Axel Kicillof, Argentina's economy minister, addresses member of the news media after a negotiation session Wednesday July 30, 2014, at the Argentinean Consulate in New York Argentina officials and U.S. bondholders met for the first time in hopes of preventing an Argentine default. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — Talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years ended with bitter recriminations Wednesday as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as "vultures."