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Judge denies GM motion to dismiss ignition suit

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 05:13
NEW YORK (AP) — A Georgia judge has denied a motion by General Motors to dismiss a wrongful death case against the automaker and set a trial date for April 2016.

Serial home burglary suspect nabbed in Newark, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 05:10

Serial home burglary suspect nabbed in Newark, DelawarePolice arrested a man who they say was wanted for six different home burglaries in Newark, Delaware.


US bots flagged Ebola before outbreak announced

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 05:06
BOSTON (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic.

Prosecutors fight Kennedy cousin's overturned murder conviction

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 04:31
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut prosecutors appealed to the state Supreme Court late on Friday to reinstate Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's 2002 conviction on a charge of murdering his neighbor when they were both 15. The prosecutors, in a 249-page appeal brief, challenged a decision last October by Judge Thomas Bishop ordering a new trial for Skakel. He ruled that Skakel's defense team did not provide adequate representation during his trial in 2002. "Simply put, if the level of representation (Skakel) received falls short of Sixth Amendment standards, no Connecticut conviction can be considered reliable." Skakel, a 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, was freed last November on a $1.2 million bond after serving 11 years of a in prison for the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley in a wealthy neighborhood of Greenwich, Connecticut.

Hawaii's storms likely more a scare than a threat

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 04:30

A boy holds an umbrella to a wave in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Iselle, the first tropical storm to hit the state in 22 years, knocked out power, caused flooding and downed trees when it crossed onto the Big Island in a rural and sparsely populated region. (AP Photo/Chris Stewart)HONOLULU (AP) — The one-two hurricane punch that was supposed to hit Hawaii is looking more like a jab and a missed left hook.


Police: Woman found after jumping from vehicle

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 04:07
ECORSE, Mich. (AP) — An 18-year-old Michigan woman who went missing after reporting she'd stopped to check on a person lying in a rural roadside ditch was found alive more than 16 hours later after jumping from a slow-moving vehicle, police said.

Skid loader overturns in manure pit, killing teen

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 03:42
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old Pennsylvania boy was driving a piece of farm machinery when it overturned in a manure pit, killing him.

Some Texas gun show attendees oppose alcohol sales

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 03:39
HOUSTON (AP) — A proposal to allow alcohol sales at guns shows in Texas got a mostly unfavorable reaction at a gun show in Houston on Saturday, with some in attendance calling it a bad idea.

Bridges key piece to toting big soybean harvest

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 03:30

In this July 25, 2014 photo, the owner of Stockland Grain Co. in Stockland, Ill., says this small bridge just west of town is widely used by farmers trying to reach the company's elevator. But the little bridge won't handle fully loaded trucks, forcing farmers to make extra trips and spend extra money. The trade groups that represent soybean farmers say bridges like this all across the country need improvement and they're hoping a campaign to focus attention on this critical piece of the transportation infrastructure they rely on will pay off with better bridges and a better understanding among government decision-makers of their importance to farmers. (AP Photo/David Mercer)STOCKLAND, Ill. (AP) — Small bridges across the soybean-growing Midwest can't handle fully loaded farm trucks.


Young Florida boy talks about surviving gator attack

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 03:07

Young Florida boy talks about surviving gator attackJames Barney, 9, was still recovering from surgery when he was wheeled into a news conference at Orlando's Arnold Palmer Hospital.


Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unwavering

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 02:56

Amanda Bergeron-Bauer, left, and Crystal Bergeron-Bauer pose for a photo in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, as their 5 year-old son Emmett joins the picture. Amanda Bergeron-Bauer, 34, and her partner of 15 years, Crystal, have been married less than a year, but went through the process of legally changing their names in 2009, after deciding to have a child. Amanda fears that should anything happen to her, the 5-year-old son she bore could be taken from Crystal, who is not recognized by the state of Nebraska as the boy's legal parent, even though she and Amanda have raised the boy together since his birth. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — As state bans on same-sex marriages fall across the country, some Nebraska officials are holding strong to that state's status of having one of the nation's most restrictive laws, which affects some of the most basic aspects of gay couples' lives — from driver's licenses to parenting rights.


PHOTO GALLERY: LGBT Ugandans celebrate gay pride

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 02:50

A transgender Ugandan poses in front of a rainbow flag during the 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Scores of Ugandan homosexuals and their supporters are holding a gay pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe. The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated an anti-gay law that was widely condemned by some Western governments and rights watchdogs. (AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie)Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Ugandans can face a barrage of discrimination and sometimes violence in their everyday lives, but scores of them turned out to march in a gay pride parade Saturday. The gathering in the town of Entebbe was the first since a Ugandan court overturned an anti-gay law on a technicality. Sponsors of the law, which called for jail terms up to life for people convicted of homosexuality, plan to reintroduce it later this month. Some attendees wore masks to conceal their identities.


Obama, Merkel warn Russia against intervention

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 02:17
CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) agree that any Russian intervention in Ukraine is unacceptable and violates international law.

Pa. shop: No wedding gowns for lesbian couple

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:53

 No wedding gowns for lesbian coupleA bridal store's refusal to sell wedding gowns to a same-sex couple is stirring debate in a central Pennsylvania town.


Troopers: Delaware man arrested for stealing from vehicle

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:50

 Delaware man arrested for stealing from vehicleTroopers arrested 25-year-old Marque Anthony of Milford, Delaware for allegedly stealing from an unlocked vehicle early Saturday morning.


Drought lessons: Water wasters attend Water School

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:47

FILE - This May 1, 2014, file photo shows irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between rice farms in Richvale, Calif. In Santa Cruz, Calif., dozens of residents who violated their strict water rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived. California is in the third year of the state's worst drought in recent history. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived.


1 injured after car slams into building in Cape May Co.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:38

1 injured after car slams into building in Cape May Co.Police say one person was injured after a car slammed into a building in West Cape May, New Jersey Saturday morning.


Teenage boy dies after climbing accident that killed Phoenix firefighter

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:25
A 15-year-old boy has died from injuries sustained in a climbing accident on a popular Phoenix mountain that claimed the life of an off-duty firefighter, police said on Saturday. Police in Phoenix, Arizona, said Trevor Crouse died at a local hospital on Friday night after falling about 30 feet earlier in the day while rappelling on Camelback Mountain with veteran firefighter Gary Johnstone and another teenage boy. Johnstone, 50, an experienced rescuer who served on the Phoenix Fire Department's technical rescue team since 2006, also died in the fall. An investigation continues into what went wrong, said Sergeant Steve Martos, a Phoenix police spokesman.

Bridge protest over NYC man's arrest death to proceed

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:19

Reverend Al Sharpton arrives to speak before attending the funeral of Eric Garner in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A march to protest the death of a New York City man in police custody will go ahead later this month on Staten Island, organizers said, although plans to walk over the bridge linking the island to the rest of the city have been scrapped. Reverend Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist behind the march, said on Saturday that protesters would drive in a caravan of cars and buses from Brooklyn to the point where Eric Garner, 43, died last month while being arrested by police. City officials said it was not safe for demonstrators to cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on foot. A police officer put him in a choke hold - banned by the New York Police Department more than 20 years ago - and other officers restrained him in a way that compressed his chest as he was being arrested, according to the medical examiner.


Ga. trial shows food safety relies on honor system

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:15

 America's food safety largely depends on the honor system. Witnesses say Stewart Parnell and other Peanut Corporation of America workers knowingly shipped salmonella tainted nuts with faked data showing they were clean. Their defense, Salmonella tests aren't even required by law. (AP Photo/Elliott Minor)ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Jurors at the nation's first federal criminal trial stemming from a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness are learning a disconcerting fact: America's food safety largely depends on the honor system.