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10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 09:16

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, talks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, as Congress honored victims of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, during a "Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Gold Medal Ceremony". (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Homeowner pleads not guilty in trespasser killing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 09:08

FILE - In this June 2, 2014, file photo, Wayne Burgarello, right, with his public defender Justin Champagne, listens to the judge during his bail hearing in Sparks Justice Court in Sparks, Nev. Burgarello, a former schoolteacher charged with murder and attempted murder in the shootings of two unarmed trespassers at a Sparks home he owned, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 to the charges against him. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Marilyn Newton, Pool, File)A former schoolteacher pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of murder and attempted murder in the shooting of two unarmed trespassers in a vacant home in northern Nevada.


Children, ages 7 and 11, struck by car in NE Phila.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:57

Children, ages 7 and 10, struck by car in NE Phila.Police say two children, ages 7 and 11, are in critical condition after they were struck by a car in Northeast Philadelphia.


Texas executes man who killed ex-wife, her brother

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:37

In a July 30, 2014 photo, condemned inmate Willie Trottie is interviewed in a cell in the prison's visitation room outside death row at the Polunsky Unit, in Livingston, Texas. Trottie is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, Sept. 10 for killing his common-law wife Barbara Canada and her brother Titus Canada. (AP Photo/Mike Graczyk)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man convicted of gunning down his former common-law wife and her brother more than two decades ago in Houston was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday evening.


Obama: US to expand airstrikes on Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:32

 US to expand airstrikes on Islamic StateThe president will outline an expanded military and political effort to combat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, possibly including airstrikes in Syria.


Revel says it has $90M offer to buy closed casino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:24

FILE - This Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014, file photo, shows the Revel Hotel Casino early in the morning in Atlantic City, N.J. Attorneys for Revel Casino Hotel say that a Florida developer has offered $90 million for the Atlantic City property that closed this month. The casino said in a court filing Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014, that Glenn Straub has made the cash bid and it hopes to have an auction for the property on Sept. 24. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Florida developer has offered $90 million for the Revel Casino Hotel that shut down last week, lawyers for the resort said Wednesday in court documents.


Texas executes man, 45, for shooting spree that left two dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:19
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas executed a 45-year-old man on Wednesday for killing two people and wounding two others during a shooting spree sparked by a breakup with his girlfriend. Willie Tyrone Trottie died at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6:35 p.m. CDT (7:35 EDT) after being given a lethal injection. He became the 516th prisoner put to death in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Mom on trial in autistic son's death in NYC hotel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:18

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, file photo Gigi Jordan appears in Manhattan Supreme court in New York. Prosecutors portrayed Jordan Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, as a calm and calculating killer who poisoned her only child and then balanced her checkbook and transferred money out of his trust fund as he lay dead. Her defense said the pharmaceuticals entrepreneur was driven by fear and desperation to kill the boy and tried to kill herself. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A multimillionaire mom killed her autistic 8-year-old son by forcing a toxic cocktail of painkillers and other drugs down his throat with a syringe in a luxury Manhattan hotel room, a prosecutor said as her murder trial opened Wednesday.


Flight 93 site toured on 9/11 anniversary eve

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:03

Visitors to the Flight 93 National Memorial hold a giant flag as they participate in a sunset memorial service at sunset on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — On a tour of Flight 93 National Memorial work in progress, National Park Service officials expressed hope Wednesday the site would "keep the story alive" well beyond any anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


NY judge: Citibank dilemma poses no great threat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:59

A banner shows a vulture, symbolizing a U.S. hedge fund, carrying a bag of money in front of the U.S. flag outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Congress is expected to vote on a bill, that if approved, would allow Argentina to pay creditors locally in Argentina. Argentina was forced into a second default on July 30 following a decade-long legal battle with U.S. investors including hedge funds who refused to accept lower payments for bonds that the South American country defaulted on in 2001. The investors obtained a U.S. court order, preventing Argentina from making interest payments which triggered the second default. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)NEW YORK (AP) — A judge told lawyers Wednesday that he doesn't think an effort by Argentina to pay some bondholders through a Citibank branch in the South American country will lead to a widespread effort to violate his orders.


Detroit bankruptcy trial on hold after landmark insurer deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:57

File of a boarded up vacant home is seen with General Motors World Headquarters and the Detroit skylineBy Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - A federal judge has put a landmark trial on Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy on hold until Monday, as the city neared a deal with bond insurer Syncora Guarantee Inc, one of its most formidable hold-out creditors. If approved, the deal will see Syncora drop its objection to the restructuring and the trial - which is studying the feasibility of Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy - could get a swift approval from U.S. Detroit's city council must approve the terms and is set to meet on Monday. Rhodes began a confirmation hearing on Detroit's plan to adjust $18 billion of debt last week and had scheduled hearing dates through Oct. 17.


E.coli kills two girls in U.S. Pacific Northwest, boy hospitalized

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:49
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two young girls have died and a boy was hospitalized in critical condition in the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday after becoming infected with E.coli in two separate incidents, health officials said. Investigations have been launched into the source and strain of the bacteria that killed a 3-year-old girl in Lynden, Washington, and a 4-year-old girl, Serena Profitt, in Otis, Oregon. A third child, Bradley Sutton, 5, has also tested positive for E.coli and was being treated at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, Washington, a hospital spokeswoman said. Bradley became ill after his family traveled to Oregon over the Labor Day weekend, where he swam in a pond and shared the same food as 4-year-old Profitt, his relatives told investigators.

Regulators reject call for nuke plant shutdown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:48
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected a senior federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until the agency can determine whether its twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

Plane lands in Texas after loss of cabin pressure

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:43
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A plane has landed safely in Austin, Texas, after losing cabin pressure 20 miles away from the airport.

'Loving' father now tied to his 5 kids' deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:39

Authorities gather in a fielded area surrounded by trees Tuesday, in Camden, Ala.PINE APPLE, Ala. (AP) — Their little bodies shrouded in plastic bags, the five children of Timothy Ray Jones Jr. had been dead for days by the time he led investigators to the spot where they had been dumped among dead trees and scrub brush.


Gates Foundation to spend $50M on Ebola response

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:38
SEATTLE (AP) — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it will spend $50 million to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, marking the group's largest donation to a humanitarian effort.

Iowa man to serve life in pregnant wife's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:35
ALBIA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man convicted of killing his pregnant wife was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after the victim's relatives called him a coward who betrayed and devastated their family.

Arrests made in protest over Missouri shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:33

Police arrest a protester after she refused to leave the area during an attempt to shut down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)Protesters sitting or standing in the road around Interstate 70 on-ramps near where Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 were arrested, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said. The Missouri State Highway Patrol did not respond to requests for comment. Organizers told the newspaper the protests involved Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's refusal to replace the St. Louis County prosecutor investigating the fatal shooting.


Hawaii town's merchants meet to discuss lava flow

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:30

A crowd listens to county officials discuss Kilauea's lava flow during at meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2014 in Pahoa, Hawaii. Hawaii officials say they're preparing for the possibility the lava may cross key roads and cut off a large part of the Big Island’s Puna district from the rest of the island within weeks. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Merchants in a small Hawaii town are meeting with civil defense officials to understand how lava from Kilauea volcano could affect their community and businesses.


U.S. seeks up to 16 months in prison for Dinesh D'Souza

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:27

Conservative commentator and best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse after pleading guilty in New YorkIn a Wednesday court filing, federal prosecutors rejected defense arguments that D'Souza was "ashamed and contrite" about his crime, had "unequivocally accepted responsibility," and deserved a sentence of probation with community service. D'Souza, 53, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two "straw donors" who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the early 1980s. The government said a 10- to 16-month prison sentence was appropriate for D'Souza, and necessary to deter others from abusing the election process, including "well-heeled individuals who are tempted to use their money to help other candidates." It also said D'Souza waited to "the last possible moment" prior to trial before admitting guilt, and then went on TV shows and the Internet to complain about being "selectively" targeted for prosecution, and having little choice but to plead guilty.