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Hillary Clinton to meet with Pelosi on Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:31
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will meet with House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday in Washington, a Democratic source said. Clinton, the front-runner in the race for the Democratic nomination, will be in Washington to meet with Senate and House Democrats during their weekly caucus meetings but will first meet privately with Pelosi on Tuesday morning, the source told Reuters.

Motorcyclist killed in New Castle crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:30

Motorcyclist killed in New Castle crashPolice in New Castle County are on the scene of a deadly crash involving a motorcycle.


Jury hears closing arguments in Indiana home explosion trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:29

FILE - In this July 10, 2013 file photo, Mark Leonard walks to a hearing in Indianapolis. Leonard, accused of planning a deadly 2012 home explosion that gutted an Indianapolis subdivision, faces 53 counts including charges of murder, arson, conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — An attorney for a man accused of planning a deadly home explosion that gutted an Indianapolis subdivision told jurors Monday that most of the state's case rests on the testimony of his client's former live-in girlfriend, whom he described as not credible.


N.Y. Rikers inmates' lawsuit cites frigid temps, pepper spray, beatings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:24

A Department of Corrections seal and a silhouette of the New York city skyline is seen painted in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New YorkInmates at New York's Rikers Island jail complex say they were detained for several hours in a frigid gym and, when they complained, pepper-sprayed and beaten by corrections officers, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed against the city. The $10 million lawsuit filed this month in Brooklyn Federal Court says the 20 male prisoners at Rikers' Otis Bantum Correctional Center were detained on Feb. 16 for at least three hours through dinnertime in the gym without food, water or access to restrooms after their cells would not properly lock. When the inmates complained about the room's cold temperatures, a team of corrections officers in riot gear descended on them, dousing them with pepper spray and beating them, the lawsuit says.


Claims 'As Seen on TV' company scammed customers resolved

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:16
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A company known for its "As Seen on TV" products including the Pocket Hose has reached a settlement with state officials who said it used high-pressure sales tactics and made it difficult for customers to get refunds.

Utah woman considered leaving husband before murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:11

FILE - This June 22, 2015 file photo shows police tape hanging in front of a home where a Utah family of four was found shot to death in Roy, Utah. A Utah woman was considering leaving her husband before he fatally shot her, their two children and himself on Father's Day, according to police documents released Monday, July 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman was considering leaving her husband before he fatally shot her, their two children and himself on Father's Day, according to police documents released Monday.


Macy's selling, closing landmark downtown Pittsburgh store

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:03

FILE - In this July 28, 2005 file photo pedestrians walk under the clock at former Kaufmann's department store and present day Macy's in downtown Pittsburgh. Macy's is closing its downtown Pittsburgh location after selling the landmark building where the now-defunct Kaufmann's chain ran its flagship store for more than a century, the retailer said Monday, July 13, 2015. Core Realty, a Philadelphia-based developer, purchased the 13-story building and is planning a hotel and residential project, Macy's said. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Macy's is closing its downtown location after selling the landmark building where the now-defunct Kaufmann's chain ran its flagship store for more than a century, it said Monday.


Ex-Assembly speaker's son-in-law admits to Ponzi scheme

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:03
NEW YORK (AP) — A son-in-law of former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver pleaded guilty to securities fraud Monday, admitting to cheating investors out of nearly $6 million in a Ponzi scheme.

Witness: Woman in wench costume takes down sword thief

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:03

In this Saturday, July 11, 2015 photo, provided by Steven Chapman, a renaissance festival attendee, right, restrains 22-year-old man Connor Ward, after he allegedly made off with a sword at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, in Larkspur, Colo. Ward is facing charges of theft and resisting arrest after authorities say he crashed a jousting performance at the Colorado Renaissance Festival and tried to take a sword. A witness said the man was chased down by two women in costume. (Steven Chapman/TumbleweedTourist.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDITLARKSPUR, Colo. (AP) — A man is facing charges of theft and resisting arrest after authorities say he crashed a jousting performance at the Colorado Renaissance Festival and tried to make off with a sword.


Concrete poured at $500 million East Market development

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:02

Concrete poured at $500 million East Market developmentWe're getting our first look inside a $500 million development, located right in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.


Report on immigration detainers declined, at a glance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:58
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A government report released Monday shows more than 1,800 immigrants who federal agents sought to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes.

Lawyers to use mental health defense in teacher's killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:56
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Attorneys for a Massachusetts teenager accused of killing his high school math teacher have disclosed in a court filing they'll use his mental health in their defense of him.

Boy Scouts executive committee OKs ending ban on gay leaders

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:54
NEW YORK (AP) — The executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization's blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual Scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue. Units sponsored by churches opposed to the change could maintain the ban if they choose.

Sen. Bill Nelson's office says cancer surgery was successful

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:48
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson's office says his surgery for prostate cancer has been a "complete success."

For sale: three Michigan lighthouses, to caring owners

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:39

The Skillagalee lighthouse is seen on Isle Aux Galets, Michigan in an undated picture provided by the U.S. Lighthouse Society“Lighthouses like these in Michigan have deep roots and sentimental value as local historic landmarks. Through public sales, GSA helps the U.S. Coast Guard find owners for lighthouses that aren't critical to its mission," GSA Great Lakes Regional Administrator Ann Kalayil said in a statement.


Four spectators killed at illegal North Carolina drag race

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:35
Four people were killed and three seriously injured in a North Carolina town when a driver lost control of his car during an illegal drag race and slammed into a group of spectators, authorities said on Monday. The North Carolina Highway Patrol charged Jimmy Pierce II, 37, of Zebulon with three counts of second-degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Mike Reece, his court-appointed lawyer, could not be reached immediately for comment.

Boy Scouts committee approves allowing gay adults as leaders

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:32
The Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee unanimously approved allowing gay adults to serve as leaders, officials said on Monday, in a major step toward dismantling a policy that has caused deep rifts in the 105-year-old organization. The group's National Executive Board will meet to ratify the resolution on July 27, the Boy Scouts said in a statement. "This resolution will allow chartered organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation, continuing Scouting’s longstanding policy of chartered organizations selecting their leaders," it said.

Decision delayed in Kentucky clerk's same-sex marriage case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:32
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has delayed a decision on whether a local official in Kentucky can use her religious beliefs to justify not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Former Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, treasurer pleads guilty to embezzlement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:28
The former treasurer of Pennsylvania's financially troubled capital city of Harrisburg pleaded guilty on Monday to embezzling from two non-profit groups. John Campbell, 27, who was elected in 2011 and resigned last year after his arrest, is expected to receive probation at his sentencing on Sept. 15, lawyers for both sides said. “My office agreed that if he accepted full responsibility, which he did by pleading guilty today, and makes all restitution prior to sentencing, I would not object to probation,” said Dauphin County Assistant District Attorney Joel Hogentogler.

Arizona yoga teacher pleads not guilty to sex acts with teen boys

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:25
An Arizona yoga instructor pleaded not guilty on Monday to multiple charges that she performed a sex act on a 15-year-old boy and let other boys as young as 11 fondle her breasts at a bar mitzvah party, court officials said. Lindsey Radomski, 33, made the plea to 18 misdemeanor counts during a brief hearing in Scottsdale City Court, said deputy court administrator Daniel Edwards.     Radomski's attorney, Jocquese Blackwell, said his client has been wrongfully accused of the crimes and will press to have the charges dismissed.