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Man charged with vandalism at ancient Ohio earthworks site

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 04:22
PEEBLES, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of driving his truck onto an ancient Native American earthwork in southern Ohio has been charged with vandalism.

US agency faulted for inaction after California oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 04:20

FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. The nation's top pipeline regulator is lagging in meeting congressional requirements imposed several years ago but it is planning to increase staff for safety inspections, its interim director says. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has been facing new questions about its effectiveness after a May 19 break near Santa Barbara created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency that oversees the safety of the nation's pipelines failed to follow through on congressional reforms that could have made a difference in a May break that created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, a House committee chairman said Tuesday.

Spotlight shining on Pluto on cold outskirts of solar system

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 04:20

This Monday, July 13, 2015 combination image released by NASA shows Pluto, left, and its moon, Charon, with differences in surface material and features depicted in exaggerated colors made by using different filters on a camera aboard the New Horizons spacecraft. In this composite false-color image, the apparent distance between the two bodies has also been reduced. (NASA/APL/SwRI via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The spotlight is bright enough to thaw even Pluto.

Media to challenge judge's sealing of Charleston church murder case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 04:09

Family members of a victim hug as they pay their respects in front of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where a mass shooting took place, in CharlestonThe South Carolina Press Association is challenging a judge's order sealing court documents concerning Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old man charged with murdering nine worshippers at a historic black church in Charleston last month, the group said. Bill Rogers, executive director of the South Carolina Press Association, said legal motions were being filed on Tuesday and a hearing is scheduled for Thursday. Roof is expected to attend the hearing, a court official said.

Court ruling opens DNA technology advances to old cases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 04:00
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — People convicted of crimes through inconclusive or outdated DNA testing procedures should be allowed new tests using the latest technological advances without regard to a three-year time limit set by law, a federal appeals court ruled.

Passersby injured by debris from empty building collapse in Brooklyn

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 03:59

Emergency workers and a New York City Fire Department (FDNY) truck stand by the scene of a collapsed building in the Brooklyn borough of New York CityPassersby suffered injuries from falling debris on Tuesday when an empty building collapsed in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, authorities said. A spokeswoman for the Fire Department of New York said "a few" people had non-life threatening injuries from the collapse in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood at about 2:30 p.m. The four-story building was unoccupied, according to the city's Office of Emergency Management, and the fire department said it was believed to be slated for demolition.

Judge dismisses counts in Michael Brown family lawsuit: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 03:57

Michael Brown's family attorney Benjamin Crump with Michael Brown Sr. during the announcement the Brown family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson in Clayton(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed four counts in the wrongful-death lawsuit against Ferguson filed by the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot dead last August by a white police officer, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The judge said two counts of the lawsuit can stand for now, but may fall later because Brown's parents may not be able to make those claims for Brown, who was 18 years old and an adult when he was fatally shot, the newspaper said. Among the four counts that were dismissed, two were not in dispute, U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber said, as they addressed claims related to state civil rights, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Fewer passenger, freight rail delays due to drilling decline

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 03:56

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. Officials say delays in Amtrak service and agricultural product shipping have eased across the Upper Midwest in part because weak oil prices have prompted a drilling slowdown in North Dakota. A new pipeline that moves oil out of North Dakota and a recently built refinery also have resulted in fewer oil trains leaving the state. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Delays in Amtrak service and agricultural product shipping have eased across the Upper Midwest in part because weak oil prices have prompted a drilling slowdown in North Dakota, officials say.

Man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy to remain jailed until retrial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 03:45
The man convicted of killing federal intern Chandra Levy in 2001 will stay in jail until his retrial in the high-profile case that contributed to a politician's downfall, a Washington judge ordered on Tuesday. District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert Morin ruled that Ingmar Guandique, 34, would stay in jail until the trial next year because there was probable cause that he committed first-degree murder, public defender Jonathan Anderson said. A judge ordered a retrial in June after defense lawyers argued that a key witness had lied.

Panel: Shifting cargo likely caused 2013 Afghanistan crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 03:38

FILE - In this May 12, 2013 file photo, mourners make their way to a funeral service in Monroe, Mich., for Jamie Brokaw, a pilot from Michigan who was killed when his plane crashed after takeoff from Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. The National Transportation Safety Board will meet Tuesday, July 14, 2015 to determine the probable cause of crash that killed Brokaw and six crewmembers. (Elizabeth Conley/Detroit News via AP)DETROIT (AP) — A military vehicle aboard an overloaded plane in Afghanistan broke free and struck critical operating systems, likely leading to the 2013 crash that killed all seven crew members, federal officials said Tuesday.

Oklahoma GOP post compared food-stamp recipients to animals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 03:30
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Republican Party has removed a post from its official Facebook page that said giving people food stamps is akin to feeding animals in national parks.

Truck drivers search for parking amid rise in big rigs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 03:23
MONROE, Ohio (AP) — The amount of semitrailers on the road has climbed in recent years, but the number of parking spots for drivers to stop and rest hasn't kept pace, leading to what truck drivers and industry leaders describe as a safety hazard that puts truckers on the road for too long.

Tennessee man pleads not guilty to Muslim assault plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 03:09
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee man has pleaded not guilty to soliciting another person to burn down a mosque in a small Muslim enclave in New York.

Haiti orphanage founder says he never abused children

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 03:08

Michael Geilenfeld arrives at U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Portland, Maine. Geilenfeld, an orphanage founder, and Raleigh, North Carolina-based Hearts with Haiti have brought a civil lawsuit against activist Paul Kendrick who they say made reckless allegations and "vicious attacks" that hurt Geilenfeld's fundraising efforts and damaged his reputation. This month, the Haitian National Police arrested Geilenfeld on charges of indecent assault and conspiracy, dramatically cuffing him at the orphanage in Port-au-Prince and hauling him away in the bed of a pickup truck. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The founder of an orphanage in Haiti who is accused by a Maine activist of molesting boys told jurors that he never sexually abused children and that he wouldn't wish his imprisonment in Haiti on his worst enemy.

Drug lord formally regains Chicago Public Enemy No 1 title

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 03:06

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, from left, Al Bilek, executive vice president of the Chicago Crime Commission, Jack Riley, Special Agent In Charge for the DEA, Chicago Field office, and Peter Bensinger former administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announce that Joaquin ``El Chapo'' Guzman, a drug kingpin in Mexico, is Chicago's Public Enemy No. 1, during a news conference in Chicago. Now that Guzman has escaped a prison in Mexico, he’s regaining his infamous title. The Chicago Crime Commission says it will gather Tuesday, July 14, 2015, to formally restore Guzman’s title as Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The head of a crime-fighting body that's restored Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's title as Chicago's Public Enemy No. 1 is "outraged" at the reputed drug lord's escape from a Mexican prison.

Whiskey maker Templeton Rye reaches settlement in lawsuits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 02:56

FILE - This July 20, 2010 file photo shows bottles of Templeton Rye in the bottling room at the Templeton Rye Distillery, in Templeton, Iowa. The makers of Templeton Rye have agreed to settle three class-action lawsuits that disputed claims the company made about the origin and production of its whiskey, according to a Des Moines Register report published Monday, July 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The makers of Templeton Rye have agreed to settle three class-action lawsuits that disputed claims the company made about the origin and production of its whiskey.

Four prisoners escape from Mississippi jail, two recaptured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 02:38

Hinds County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Jermaine WilsonThe four, who faced charges ranging from murder to robbery, escaped from the Raymond Detention Center near Jackson shortly after midnight on Monday, authorities said. "Based on our preliminary investigation we are inclined to believe that this was a prearranged and preplanned escape," the Hinds County Sheriff's Office said in a statement posted on Facebook. On Monday evening, authorities recaptured 19-year-old Jermaine Wilson, who is charged with capital murder in the 2012 rape and killing of a woman.

Tennessee man accused of plot to attack N.Y. Muslim hamlet pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 02:36
A Tennessee man accused of plotting to burn down a mosque in the heart of a Muslim hamlet in rural New York and start a gun battle with residents has pleaded not guilty and faces trial in September, court records showed on Tuesday. Robert Doggart, 63, pleaded not guilty on Monday in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to a charge of solicitation to commit a civil rights violation. Doggart, who made a failed bid for the U.S. Congress in 2014 as an independent with highly conservative views, was arrested in April and pleaded guilty to interstate communication of threats as part of a plea agreement.

Teen playing basketball stabbed in Grays Ferry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 02:22

Teen playing basketball stabbed in Grays FerryPolice say a 16-year-old boy playing basketball at a playground was stabbed in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia.

U.S. lawmakers slam homeland security chief on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 02:16

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte speaks at a news conference on the anticipated House passage of the USA Freedom Act on Capitol Hill in WashingtonU.S. Republican lawmakers slammed the Obama administration on Tuesday as failing to enforce immigration laws and allowing dangerous criminals to walk free, using the killing of a San Francisco woman to underscore their allegations. Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, criticized enforcement priorities issued by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in November. Obama administration policies "have turned the flight from enforcement into a headlong rush," Goodlatte said at a nearly four-hour hearing.