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Kidnapping defendant: Dad asked her to take child

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:19
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her half sister's newborn in Wisconsin and abandoning him in Iowa testified Wednesday that she took the boy at the father's request, knowing the parents were planning to move in with her in the next few days.

Sheriff: Baby left in van outside doctor's office

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:12
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A doctor and nurses went to the aid of a 2-month-old baby girl after a Florida mom left the infant in a hot minivan outside a pediatrician's office for about an hour, authorities say.

Whole Foods plans major marketing push

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:05

In this March 27, 2014 photo, a woman shops at the Whole Foods Market in Woodmere Village, Ohio. Whole Foods reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods is getting ready to launch its first national marketing campaign and expand home delivery as it looks to fend off bigger players muscling into the organic and natural foods category.


Key witness testifies in ex-governor's trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:05

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., with his lawyer John L. Brownlee on the second day of his and his wife Maureen's corruption trial, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alexa Welch Edlund)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Curing his wife's thyroid disease. Connections in the high-end fashion world. Learjet flights for politicians.


Japanese search US archives for WWII MIA info

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:02

FILE - This July 1944 file photo shows U.S. Army reinforcement troops making an amphibious landing on the coral reef at Saipan beach, Mariana Islands. Racing against time, members of a Japanese organization are combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information they hope will lead to the graves of American servicemen still listed as missing in action on Saipan. (AP Photo, File)SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Racing against time, members of a Japanese organization are combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information they hope will lead to the graves of American servicemen still listed as missing in action on Saipan.


Five arrested for Atlantic City casino heist

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:01
(Reuters) - Five people, including a security guard, have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery of $181,000 from the Caesars Atlantic City casino last week, police said on Wednesday, Police have recovered much of the stolen cash, along with clothes used in the robbery, the New Jersey State Police said in a statement. Authorities said two masked men entered Caesars Atlantic City in the morning hours of July 21, then pulled out a gun and robbed security personnel of two plastic boxes full of cash. Police identified the suspects under arrest as Dwayne Morgan, Izyiah Plummer, Monique Kelly, Aaron Evans and Lance Rogers. New Jersey Casino Licensing records show Plummer was a licensed security guard at Caesars, while Morgan and Kelly worked for nearby gambling clubs.

Aging pipe break points to U.S. water main risk

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:59

Worker Ruben Monter mops up the floor at Pauley Pavillion Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.


Peace Corps pulls volunteers from West Africa due to Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:57

Handout photo of Dr. Kent Brantly wearing protective gear at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in MonroviaBy Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Peace Corps said on Wednesday it was pulling all 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because of the spreading Ebola virus that has killed 672 people in the three countries since February. A Peace Corps spokesperson said two volunteers were isolated and under observation after being exposed to a person who later died of Ebola. "These volunteers are not symptomatic and are currently isolated and under observation," the spokesperson said in a statement. The Peace Corps, citing privacy concerns, declined to say where the two volunteers had come into contact with the Ebola victim.


6 Philadelphia narcotics officers arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:57

6 Philadelphia narcotics officers arrestedU.S. Attorney Zane Memeger has announced the arrests of 6 Philadelphia narcotics officers.


Phila. little league team headed to Mid-Atlantic Regionals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:56

Phila. little league team headed to Mid-Atlantic RegionalsThe Taney Dragons, a little league team that practices in South Philadelphia, won the state championship and are now headed to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals.


Dad charged in Upper Darby Wawa assault

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:56

Dad charged in Upper Darby Wawa assaultUpper Darby police say a man is out on bail after being arrested in connection with an assault at a Wawa store.


New York police unions lose bid to challenge stop-and-frisk settlement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:51

Demonstrators march during a protest in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's police unions cannot challenge a sweeping settlement over the city's controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic, a U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday, clearing the way for reforms to take effect. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in New York denied the unions' request to intervene in two stop-and-frisk class action lawsuits, saying they lacked standing to pursue an appeal that Mayor Bill de Blasio has already decided to abandon. Last year, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the hundreds of thousands of stop-and-frisk encounters each year largely affect minorities and amounted to a form of illegal racial profiling. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who left office at the end of 2013, had appealed the ruling and defended the practice as essential to public safety.


Police arrest mom, say son, 7, went to park alone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:46

Police arrest mom, say son, 7, went to park aloneA Florida woman who let her 7-year-old son walk alone to a park has been charged with felony child neglect.


32 nations back Judaism's Yom Kippur as UN holiday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:46
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-two countries have written to a U.N. General Assembly committee asking the United Nations to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an official holiday.

Oregon woman bought sleeping pills before going missing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:45
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A missing Oregon stay-at-home mother of two young children bought sleeping pills and snacks on an errand run in her small community before she disappeared, but she did not buy enough pills to harm herself, police in Oregon said on Wednesday. The sudden disappearance of Jennifer Janelle Huston, 38, last Thursday has bewildered police for the nearby communities of Newberg and Dundee, in a rural area where she lived and was last seen. Huston last Thursday told her husband, Kallen, she was going to run errands and then left him at home with their 6-year-old son and their toddler, Kallen said earlier this week. Shortly before she went missing, Huston bought the over-the-counter sleeping pills and snacks at a Rite-Aid drug store in Newberg, Kosmicki said.

Police assist 'Woman in Black' after crowd surrounds her in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:44
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A woman dressed in all black who has been spotted strolling along highways in the U.S. Southeast and Midwest needed police assistance after she was surrounded by a group of about 50 curious people in Virginia, authorities said on Wednesday. Police in Winchester, Virginia took the person who wears flowing robes and has been dubbed the "Woman in Black" on social media to an undisclosed location and fed her after the incident on Tuesday evening, police said in a statement. "She has expressed to officers that she wants to be left alone and is asking that the public respect her wishes," said the Winchester Police Department, adding that she intends to stay in the community. Police did not release her name but she is thought to be Elizabeth Poles, 56, who used to live in Georgia and is originally from Alabama.

Argentina, creditors fail to reach debt deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:43

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 between Argentina and U.S.-based creditors have ended without a settlement that would avoid the country's second default in 13 years.


Florida mother arrested for letting 7-year-old son walk alone to park

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:42
(Reuters) - A Florida mother faces charges of child neglect for allowing her 7-year-old son to walk alone to a neighborhood park to play, authorities said on Wednesday. Police arrested Nicole Gainey, 34, on Saturday after finding the child unsupervised in a park about half a mile from their home in southeastern Florida. "She lets her kid go play at the park for an hour or so, and now she may get five years in jail," said her attorney, John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties group based in Virginia.

Judge: Peanut salmonella trial may exceed 2 months

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:38
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — The trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a southwest Georgia peanut plant could keep jurors tied up for more than two months, the trial judge said Wednesday.

New York Met Opera proposes federal mediators in bitter labor dispute

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:36
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera has proposed bringing in a federal mediator to resolve its most bitter labor dispute with its musicians and other unionized employees in decades, the company said on Wednesday. The suggestion comes a day before current contracts expire, but will not alter the Met's plans to lock out the employees and suspend their health benefits on Friday if new agreements are not reached, the company said. The Met has said its labor force has become too expensive in a time of declining global interest in opera. Peter Gelb, the Met's general manager, said in an interview this week that opera could become obsolete "if measures are not taken to make it fit in the 21st-century economy." The mediation proposal was made during a meeting on Wednesday with the Met's chorus, represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists, said Alan Gordon, the union's national executive director.