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Illinois comptroller says state worker paychecks processed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 03:55
State workers in Illinois will get their paychecks on time and in full this week even as the Democrat-controlled legislature and Republican governor remain at odds over a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger announced on Monday that her office has processed payroll for Wednesday's pay day. The move came after a St. Clair County Circuit Court judge gave Munger the green light last week to pay all state workers.

Mom sentenced in chase where police fired at van of kids

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 03:36

Oriana Farrell, right leaves court in Taos, N.M. on Monday, July 13, 2015. Farrell, accused of child abuse and fleeing police after a chaotic 2013 traffic stop in which a New Mexico officer shot at her minivan full of children, was sentenced Monday to six months of unsupervised probation. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A woman accused of child abuse and fleeing from police after a chaotic 2013 traffic stop in which a New Mexico officer shot at her minivan full of children was sentenced Monday to six months of probation.


Firefighters gain ground on Washington state wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 03:36
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Firefighters gained more ground on Monday against a lightning-sparked wildfire raging for a fourth day in north-central Washington state that continued to threaten about two dozen homes, though officials said they hoped to lift evacuation orders later in the day. The so-called Douglas County Complex blaze has charred some 22,000 acres (90 square km) since erupting on Friday in grass- and brush-covered hills some 20 miles (32 km) east of Wenatchee, fire command spokesman Jeff Sevigney said. Hundreds of firefighters backed by water-dropping aircraft were battling to keep the blaze in check.

Tractor trailer jumps guardrail in I-295 crash in Westville

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 03:34

Tractor trailer jumps guardrail in I-295 crash in WestvilleA tractor trailer jumped a guardrail and nearly plummeted off an overpass in Gloucester County Monday afternoon.


Chicago-area zoo investigates deaths of 54 stingrays

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 03:26

Handout photo of stingrays swimming in a shallow pool at the Brookfield ZooBy Suzannah Gonzales CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Brookfield Zoo near Chicago is investigating what caused all 54 of its stingrays to die, a zoo spokeswoman said on Monday. Four southern stingrays and 50 cownose rays died on Friday after the oxygen level dropped in the exhibit habitat, the zoo said in a statement. "We are devastated by the tragic loss of these animals," Bill Zeigler, senior vice president of animal programs for the Chicago Zoological Society, which operates the zoo in Brookfield, Illinois, said in the statement.


Former Air Force One pilot for LBJ dies in Texas at 90

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 03:13

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2010 file photo, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jim Cross stands on the steps of a JetStar that he flew for Lyndon B. Johnson, in Austin, Texas. Cross died Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Gatesville, Texas. He was 90. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Larry Kolvoord, File)GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) — A military pilot who was an aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson and flew Air Force One has died in Texas.


Prosecutors' in-house investigators behind NY criminal cases

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 02:46

In this June 9, 2015 photo, Joe Ponzi, former chief of the Brooklyn District Attorney Investigators, poses in front of Brooklyn's Borough Hall in New York. In his 36 years on the job, Ponzi oversaw some of the borough’s most famed cases, including the indictment of two sitting state supreme court judges. A famed polygraph expert, Ponzi is credited with gaining the confession of a conspirator who proved key in the prosecutions against the so-called Mafia Cops. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Years ago as a young prosecutor, Preet Bharara was driving in New York City's Little Italy with a dogged investigator named Ken McCabe, who suddenly recognized some mobsters, rolled down his window and surprised them by addressing them by their Mafia nicknames.


Ex-CNN reporter involved in gun fight on way to recovery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 02:30
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former CNN reporter who shot and killed a would-be robber during a gun fight expects to be released from the hospital next week.

Mahlon Duckett, baseball player with Philadelphia Stars, dies at 92

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 02:29

Mahlon Duckett, baseball player with Philadelphia Stars, dies at 92Action News has learned that Mahlon Duckett, the last surviving member of the Philadelphia Stars Negro League Baseball team, has died. He was 92.


Thousands of Ohio drug samples need review after test errors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 02:24
CLEVELAND (AP) — A medical examiner's office in Ohio will retest thousands of drug samples after firing a chemist who botched tests of drug evidence.

Obama commutes 46 prison sentences, still shy of estimates

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 02:20

President Obama Addresses White House Conference On AgingWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal prisoners on Monday, a move he said is part of his commitment to reforming the U.S. criminal justice system.


Archbishop Chaput releases statement on fired Catholic school staffer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 02:16

Archbishop Chaput releases statement on fired Catholic school stafferThe head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is weighing in on the firing of teacher from a Montgomery County Catholic school, who allegedly lost her job because of her same-sex marriage.


MLK sculptor remembered for art, passion after deadly crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 02:15
ATLANTA (AP) — The artist selected to sculpt a Martin Luther King Jr. statue for the Georgia Capitol grounds died Sunday after a weekend crash involving a suspected drunken driver, a coroner said. Andy Davis was 53.

Man who chewed up insider trading tips settles with SEC

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

The headquarters of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are seen in WashingtonA Brooklyn, New York man, who passed stock trading tips on napkins and Post-it notes at meetings in Grand Central Terminal before swallowing the evidence, has reached a civil settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC said on Monday Frank Tamayo was unlikely to owe a civil penalty after providing "extensive cooperation" in its investigation against his alleged accomplices, former Morgan Stanley stockbroker Vladimir Eydelman and law firm clerk Steven Metro. Tamayo, a mortgage broker, pleaded guilty last September to criminal insider trading charges over the alleged $5.6 million scheme.


UN chief disappointed at failure of pause in Yemen fighting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 02:06
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is disappointed that the humanitarian pause he called for in Yemen did not take hold but has not lost hope that a suspension in the fighting will take place.

One toke over the line: Race on to develop 'pot breathalyzer'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 01:54
Vancouver-based Cannabix Technologies Inc, founded by a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, expects to be first out of the gate with a "pot breathalyzer" - a handheld device similar to those used to detect alcohol.     Other hopefuls, such as Colorado-based Lifeloc Technologies Inc and a chemistry professor-PhD student duo at Washington State University, are still busy in the lab. "I think the first breathalyzer on the market will be a simple 'yes' or 'no' for the presence of THC at the time of the test, and in that sense it won't provide a quantitative evidential measure," said Barry Knott, the chief executive of Lifeloc, which already makes alcohol breathalyzers.

Trial date set for former Tulsa deputy charged in killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 01:46

Robert Bates, left, leaves the Tulsa County Courthouse following his arraignment, with his attorney, Clark Brewster, right, in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, July 13, 2015. Bates pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges. He is charged in the April 2 killing of Eric Harris, who ran from Tulsa County deputies after a sting involving gun sales. A trial date of Feb. 8, 2016, was set. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former volunteer sheriff's deputy in Oklahoma who says he confused his handgun and stun gun when he shot and killed an unarmed, restrained man will face a jury trial in February, a judge ruled Monday.


Man, 25, shot and critically wounded in Point Breeze

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 01:31

Man, 25, shot and critically wounded in Point BreezeA 25-year-old man is hospitalized in critical condition after a shooting in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia.


Wal-Mart takes on Amazon's 'Prime Day' with online sale

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 01:27

A shopper pushes a cart in front of a Wal-Mart store in Mexico CityThe world's largest retailer also cut the size of the minimum order eligible for free shipping to $35 from $50 for at least 30 days. The discount sale will offer rollback prices, or discounts, on more than 2,000 items including electronics, toys, baby and home products for three months, spokesman Bao Nguyen said. Wal-Mart's Nguyen said the company might explore extending the free shipping offer depending on the response to the sale.


Police: Infant left in playpen while parents went to store

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 01:22
BROOKLYN PARK, Md. (AP) — Police say a couple faces charges after leaving their 8-month-old son in his playpen at an acquaintance's apartment while they walked to a convenience store.