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Man charged with killing six members of same Texas family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:40
By Daniel Kramer SPRING Texas (Reuters) - A man accused of fatally shooting four children ages 4 to 14 and their parents after entering their suburban Houston home disguised as a FedEx delivery man while looking for his former wife was charged with capital murder on Thursday. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, went to the home searching for his former wife, who is related to the victims, and held the children at gunpoint until their parents returned, authorities said. He then brought all seven family members into a room and shot them, killing all except a teenage girl, authorities said. "I've not personally in 40 years seen a tragedy in one family this horrific," Harris County Constable Ron Hickman told reporters.

Police seize Michigan exotic animals after escape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:40

In a photo released by the Detroit Zoo, a fennec fox is seen in a garage in Warren, Mich., where animal control officers discovered it and other exotic mammals Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Police have seized a number of exotic animals including ring-tailed lemurs after one of the rare mammals - a coat was spotted roaming in a neighborhood. The Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak said Thursday that it's caring for the 30 animals rescued the previous day in Warren. (AP Photo/Detroit Zoo) NO SALESROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo said Thursday that it was caring for 30 animals, including lemurs and other exotic species, which were rescued from "deplorable" conditions inside the garage of a suburban Detroit home.

Suspect in Texas shooting that left 6 dead ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:40

Suspect in Texas shooting that left 6 dead ID'dThe suspect in a shooting near Houston, Texas on Wednesday that left six people dead -- including four children -- has been identified.

Slain Houston family's loved ones release statement on tragedy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:37

Slain Houston family's loved ones release statement on tragedyThe following is a statement by Roger Lyon, father of Katie Stay. She and her husband were among six people shot to death Wednesday at a home in suburban Houston.

Mayor signs law to create NYC municipal ID cards

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:33

Shapreice Townsend, left, looks at a pen he received from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, who signed a bill into law for New York City municipal identification cards, outside the main Brooklyn library Thursday, July 10, 2014, in New York. The cards, dubbed NYC ID, are expected to be available in January. They will be available to anyone who can prove their identity and residence in the nation's largest city. Townsend, from the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, said he grew up in the city's foster care system and having the card would allow him to access birth records to "correct wrong spellings of his name" and "stop police harassment" because he couldn't produce an identification for an NYPD officer. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed into law a plan to offer identification cards to residents regardless of their immigration statuses, providing a valuable document to access certain services for those who struggled to get them.

US officials: Dinosaurs returning home to Mongolia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:28
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials on Thursday turned over to the Mongolian government enough 80 million-year-old dinosaur skeletons to stock a museum, including two relics of a kind of dinosaur that a prosecutor said "memorably stampeded" in a Hollywood movie.

Parts of US Capitol closed after asbestos accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:27

A hallway is closed on the House side on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 10, 2014, because of an industrial spill involving ongoing asbestos abatement work. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours.

Supporters optimistic after ex-U.S. Marine appears in Mexico court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:24

Tahmooressi is escorted out of a court house in TijuanaSupporters of a former U.S. Marine held for more than three months in a Mexican jail on weapons charges said on Thursday they were encouraged by his first court appearance and were hopeful he would be home soon. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, was arrested on March 31 by Mexican customs agents who found guns in his pickup truck at the San Ysidro border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. His first appearance was a closed-door session that lasted more than seven hours in Tijuana on Wednesday. Serving California, a faith-based non-profit group that supports Tahmooressi and his mother, said the hearing represented a vital step in clearing his name.

Gay wedding complaint filed vs. Methodist pastors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:24
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A complaint has been filed against 36 United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in defiance of church law.

Questions and answers about saltwater spills

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:23
An estimated 1 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, company and tribal officials say, and federal authorities are investigating whether any of the liquid reached Lake Sakakawea, one of the nation's largest man-made lakes. Here are some questions and answers about the spill and saltwater:

Florida man executed for 1994 rape and murder of girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:22
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - A man who confessed to the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl was executed by lethal injection on Thursday, the Florida Department of Corrections said. Eddie Wayne Davis, 45, was sentenced to death in 1995 after he admitted to taking the girl from her mother’s home, sexually assaulting and strangling her. His death follows a string of executions in the U.S. South last month, including those of two other men in Florida and Georgia, in the wake of a botched Oklahoma execution in April that sparked an uproar among death penalty opponents. Davis confessed three times to the murder of Kimberly Waters, who was found strangled in a dumpster in 1994.

Judge asked to block North Carolina voting changes before midterms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:18

Poll workers review voter authorization forms and provisional ballots after the polls closed at a church during the U.S. presidential election in Charlotte, North CarolinaBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina's overhauled election law should be halted before the midterm elections in November to avoid discrimination against African Americans and young voters, lawyers for the Justice Department and civil rights groups said on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder did not immediately rule at the end of the four-day hearing in Winston-Salem but said he would issue a written opinion soon. North Carolina is among several states forced to defend changes to voting protocol, including its requirement for voters to show photo identification at the polls starting in 2016. Similar to voting rights battles nationwide, race and politics have been at the forefront of the North Carolina fight.

Shelly Sterling returns to witness stand

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:08

Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald SterlingLOS ANGELES (AP) — A day after being berated in court by her husband, Shelly Sterling returned to the witness stand Thursday in a trial to determine whether she has the right to sell Donald Sterling's Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

Hoping for progress, San Bernardino sets bankruptcy case deadlines

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:06

A road sign covered in graffiti is seen in San BernardinoBy Robin Respaut RIVERSIDE Calif. (Reuters) - The city of San Bernardino, California, set new deadlines in an effort to accomplish some measure of progress in a municipal bankruptcy case that has slowed to a crawl over the past two years. On Thursday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Meredith Jury agreed to a series of dates presented by San Bernardino that outlined a roadmap for the city to negotiate with its police and fire unions. Under the new schedule, the city aims to propose a preliminary plan of adjustment, a blueprint at the center of a municipal bankruptcy case, in early fall. "We are preparing a 'small p' plan," Paul Glassman, the attorney representing San Bernardino, said during a status hearing on Thursday.

LeSean McCoy: I'm chasing greatness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:54

 I'm chasing greatnessEagles running back LeSean McCoy stopped by the 6abc studios on Thursday to talk about the 2014 Eagles, chasing greatness, and this weekend's special charity game.

TechGirlz: Future female tech entrepreneurs shine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:46

 Future female tech entrepreneurs shineIt's called TechGirlz. It's an organization dedicated to encouraging girls to take on leadership positions in technology industries where they are traditionally under-represented.

Disabled people denied voting rights, group says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:43

 Where is the line to disqualify someone from the voting booth because of a cognitive or developmental impairment? (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation's largest county.

College student pleads guilty to making bombs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:43

FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Altoona (Pa.) Police Dept. shows Vladislav Miftakhov. Miftakhov, a Russian-born college student pleaded guilty Thursday, July 10, 2014 to a charge of building bombs without a federal license in his off-campus apartment in central Pennsylvania. Miftakhov, 18, was a Penn State-Altoona student from San Carlos, California, when he was arrested Jan. 24. (AP Photo/Altoona (Pa.) Police Dept.)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A college student pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of building bombs without a federal license in his off-campus apartment in central Pennsylvania.

List of Emmy Award nominations in major categories

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:42

In this image released by PBS, Michelle Dockery portrays Lady Mary in a scene from "Downton Abbey." Dockery was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a drama series on Thursday July 10, 2014. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE)Nominees in major categories for the 2014 Emmy Awards announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

Californians lacking health insurance halved under Obamacare: study

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:41
The number of Californians without health insurance has been cut in half since the implementation of Obamacare, according to a survey published Thursday. The study by the Commonwealth Fund, a healthcare research foundation, showed that about 11 percent of adults in the most populous U.S. state were uninsured as of last month, down from 22 percent in the summer of 2013. California was the first state to pass legislation to set up its own marketplace allowing consumers and small businesses to purchase highly regulated coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and the state has also expanded its Medicaid program, providing insurance to more low-income residents.