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Feds: Bombing suspect's friend tried to help him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:28
BOSTON (AP) — A prosecutor has told jurors that a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) was trying to protect Tsarnaev when he agreed with another friend to take altered fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room.

Girl, 12, is swept through flooded drainpipe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:24
FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A 12-year-old eastern Pennsylvania girl is home from the hospital with bumps and bruises after being swept several hundred yards through a flooded drainpipe.

Md. woman charged with leaving kids in car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:18
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick woman has been charged with leaving her children in a car in a supermarket parking lot on a day when temperatures exceeded 90 degrees.

Attorney says former U.S. POW Bergdahl grateful to Obama for freedom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:10

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. Army(Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is grateful to President Barack Obama for the prisoner exchange that freed him from five years as a captive of the Taliban, his attorney said on Wednesday. Bergdahl, who was cleared to return to a desk job this week after the Army said he had completed counseling and a reintegration process, has retained Eugene Fidell, a specialist in military law, to represent him. In an interview with CNN, Fidell declined to discuss Bergdahl's state of mind because his disappearance and capture in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, is being investigated by the Army. "In due course, the country is going to have more facts in front of it as the pending investigation unfolds, but for the moment I would ask that everybody sort of hold the phone," Fidell said, speaking from San Antonio, Texas, where Bergdahl is now based.


Arizona protesters rally in immigration debate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:09

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeau speaks to the media as protesters gather near the entrance to juvenile facility in an effort to stop a bus load of Central American immigrant children from being delivered to the facility, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Oracle, Ariz. Federal officials delayed the bus with no details on whether the children will arrive or not. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — Protesters waved "Return to Sender" signs, shoved a group of mariachi musicians and waited for a bus of immigrant children that the local sheriff told them would arrive. At one point, they briefly halted a bus before realizing it was carrying children from a YMCA.


Another delay in Justin Bieber's Fla. DUI case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:08

Judge William Altfield, far left, presides in court as assistant state attorney David Gilbert, left, and defense attorney Mark Shapiro, right, present their case during a hearing to determine whether pop star Justin Bieber will be tried on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest, Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Miami. Bieber was arrested Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal street race between Bieber and a friend. Bieber did not attend the hearing. Another hearing was set for August 5. (AP Photo/Fernando Castells, Pool)MIAMI (AP) — Justin Bieber's lawyers and Florida prosecutors said Wednesday they need more time to work out a possible plea deal on charges that the pop star drove under the influence and resisted arrest.


Autopsies inconclusive in Oklahoma family's deaths

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 22:03
KINTA, Okla. (AP) — Autopsy results were inconclusive for a family whose remains were found by hunters in a wooded area four years after they disappeared in rural Oklahoma, the state Medical Examiner's Office said.

New brain protein tied to Alzheimer's disease

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:58

This undated image provided by the Mayo Clinic shows an abnormal TDP-43, the two circular brown blobs, in the brain of a patient with tau neurofibrillary tangle, blue flame shape blob in the middle, and Alzheimer’s disease during the pathological analyses in Rochester, Minn. Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks and was discussed Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen. (AP Photo/Mayo Clinic)Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks.


Commercial U.S. cargo ship reaches space station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:52

Still image taken from NASA TV shows the International Space Station's robotic arm grappling the Orbital Sciences' Cygnus cargo craftBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - An Orbital Sciences Corp cargo ship reached the International Space Station on Wednesday with a delivery of food, supplies, science experiments and a fleet of tiny Earth-imaging satellites that will be launched from the orbital outpost. Working from a control panel inside the station’s Cupola module, commander Steven Swanson delicately steered the station’s 58-foot long (18 m) robotic arm to pluck the Cygnus capsule from orbit at 6:36 a.m. EDT (1036 GMT) as the ships sailed 260 miles (418 km) above northern Libya. "I think everyone is breathing again," NASA robotics officer Melanie Miller radioed to the crew from Mission Control in Houston. "We now have a seventh crew member," Swanson radioed to Mission Control.


Dems seek political edge in contraception ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:48

FILE - In this July 9, 2014, file photo, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President Barack Obama’s health care law. A four-term senator _ Washington state’s Patty Murray _ and a vulnerable freshman, Udall, have pushed legislation that would counter last month’s court ruling and reinstate free contraception for women who are on health insurance plans of objecting companies. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President Barack Obama's health care law.


FDNY calendar has its first female firefighter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:43

In a photo provided by the New York City Fire Department, firefighter Danae Mines autographs a copy of the 2015 Calendar of Heroes, which features her as Miss March, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in New York's Times Square. Mines, of Engine Co. 6 in the South Bronx, is an 11-year veteran, one of only 41 female firefighters in the department, and the first female firefighter to appear in the famed charity calendar of hard bodies. (AP Photo/FDNY)NEW YORK (AP) — The FDNY calendar has a new look.


California seeks to send message to water-wasters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:37

Sprinklers water a lawn Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. In an effort to force the public to conserve water, the State Water Resources Control Board voted 4-0 to approve a proposal that includes fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Reservoirs are running dry, the Capitol's lawn has turned brown, and farmers have left hundreds of thousands of acres unplanted.


Appeals court to take up Missouri execution case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:35

FILE - In this 2007 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is John Middleton. Middleton is scheduled to die for the 1995 murder of Alfred Pinegar, a suspected drug snitch in rural Missouri. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A last-minute stay from a federal judge has put a Missouri inmate's execution temporarily on hold.


Murdoch's Fox makes bid for Time Warner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:33
Time Warner has rejected a takeover bid from Twenty-First Century Fox and says it has no interest in further discussions with Rupert Murdoch's media entertainment giant.

Arraignment for prostitute in Google exec's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:29

Alix Tichelman during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior CourtSANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A high-priced prostitute accused of leaving a Google executive to die on his yacht after shooting him up with a fatal hit of heroin is scheduled to appear in a California courtroom Wednesday to answer to manslaughter, drug and prostitution charges.


Man trying to kill spider caused house fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:23
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Fire Department says a man using a spray paint can and a lighter to try and kill a spider started a West Seattle fire that caused $60,000 worth of damage.

NYC mayor's plan for rail strike? I'm outta here

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:04

01 a.m. next Sunday, would affect 300,000 daily riders who travel in and out of New York City from Long Island.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — New York's tabloid newspaper front pages next week are easy to imagine: a photo of a nightmarish traffic jam caused by a strike at the largest U.S. commuter railroad juxtaposed with a shot of Mayor Bill de Blasio sunning himself on an Italian beach.


Commercial shipment arrives at space station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:59

In this image from NASA-TV shows the Cygnus cargo spacecraft just prior to being grappled by the International Space Station's Canadarm Wednesday July 16, 2014 as the pair flew over Northern Libya. The Cygnus spacecraft is filled with over 3,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station in the company's second contracted cargo delivery flight to the space station for NASA. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station accepted a fresh delivery of goods Wednesday.


Christie to address Wall Street crowd

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:13
NEW YORK (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be speaking and lunching with a Wall Street crowd.

2 injured in crash on Roosevelt Boulevard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:08

2 injured in crash on Roosevelt BoulevardPolice say a man and a woman were injured in a crash on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia early Wednesday morning.