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Vehicle sparks caused Yosemite wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:48

This undated photo provided by DynCorp International shows pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt who was killed Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, while fighting the Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite National Park. Hunt, 62, a 13-year veteran pilot of Dyncorp International, was flying a S-2T air tanker, similar to the plane in the photo, under contract with the state, when his plane hit a canyon wall while fighting the blaze that has caused the closure of the major western entrance into the heart of the park. CalFire has temporarily grounded it's fleet of S-2T's for inspection.(AP Photo/DynCorp International)YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Sparks from a vehicle caused a wildfire at the edge of Yosemite National Park that led to the death of a firefighting air-tanker pilot this week, officials said Thursday.

St. Louis shooting reignites anger among activists

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:37

Crowds confront police near the scene in in south St. Louis where a man was fatally shot by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. St. Louis Police Lt. Col. Alfred Adkins said the 32-year-old officer was working a secondary security job late Wednesday when the shooting happened. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two months after a Ferguson officer killed Michael Brown, setting off intense national debate about law enforcement treatment of minorities, the shooting death of another black 18-year-old by police in nearby St. Louis has reignited anger among activists already planning weekend protests.

Report details Alaska brawl that involved Palins

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:35
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A police report released Thursday detailed a brawl that broke out at an Anchorage house party and involved members of Sarah Palin's family, including allegations that Bristol Palin punched the host several times in the face.

Mom: I tried to revive my son after aiming to kill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:31

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2011, file photo, Gigi Jordan, the multimillionaire mother charged with killing her autistic 8-year-old son, appears in Manhattan Supreme court in New York. Jordan testified at her murder trial Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, that she heard the boy struggling to breathe and her heart pounded. She says she sobbed and tried to resuscitate her son, Jude Mirra. Jude was later found dead of a drug overdose, with Jordan on the floor. (AP Photo/File, Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A millionaire pharmaceuticals entrepreneur, living in fear and convinced a mutual death with her developmentally disabled 8-year-old son was the only solution, deliberately gave him a lethal dose of prescription drugs and exchanged goodbyes but later tried to revive him, she told jurors on Thursday.

Oklahoma unveils renovated execution chamber after botched execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:29
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma prison officials on Thursday unveiled a renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, aimed at addressing issues that arose during the state's last execution. The state made additions and improvements to the chamber in McAlester following the botched execution of condemned murderer Clayton Lockett in April, when an intravenous tube was placed incorrectly in his groin area, according to state officials. ...

No charges in fight at party attended by Palins

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:29
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police in Alaska say no charges will be filed in connection with a fight that broke out at a party and involved members of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's family.

California man charged in transgender activist's choking murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:27
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man accused of killing a Southern California transgender activist and dumping her body behind a fast-food restaurant was charged with murder on Thursday, but prosecutors said they lacked evidence to prove the case was a hate crime. Randy Lee Parkerson, 38, was charged with a single count of murder in the slaying of Zoraida Reyes, whose body was found behind a Dairy Queen restaurant in Anaheim this summer, Orange County prosecutors said. ...

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:23

U.S marines arrival at the Roberts International airport in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Six U.S. military planes arrived Thursday at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis, carrying more aid and American Marines into Liberia, the country hardest hit by the deadly disease that has devastated West Africa and stirred anxiety across a fearful world. At a World Bank meeting in Washington, the presidents of several West African countries struggling with Ebola pleaded for help, with one calling the epidemic "a tragedy unforeseen in modern times." (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

Clinton, Christie lend clout to Pennsylvania race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:01

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, speaks during a rally for Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett who is seeking a second term, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)WAYNE, Pa. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made dueling pitches Thursday in Pennsylvania's race for governor, appealing to voters in a state that could factor into potential 2016 presidential campaigns.

The latest developments on same-sex marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:45

Rachel Duncan, left, and Brianna Watts kiss before they talk about their plans to get married after a probate court judge in Greenville county, South Carolina, rejected their marriage license application, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. They were one of three same-sex couples who applied for marriage licenses Wednesday morning. They said they were disappointed but are optimistic that its just a matter if time before then can get married in South Carolina. (AP Photo/Mitch Weiss)Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage, followed by a ruling overturning some bans in Western states. Here's a rundown of the most recent developments:

Charges against dead cartel figure dismissed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:38
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Chicago are dropping charges against a reputed drug trafficker for Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel.

Corpse exhumed in Alabama as FBI seeks link to long-missing murder suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:31

William Bradford Bishop Jr. is pictured between 1970-1975 and as a bust in his likeness at age 77By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - The unidentified body of a man dead for 33 years was exhumed on Thursday in Alabama in hopes of linking it to an FBI Top 10 most wanted fugitive suspected in the 1976 bludgeoning deaths of his wife, mother and three sons, federal authorities said. The whereabouts of William Bradford Bishop Jr., who was added to the top 10 fugitives list in April, has confounded investigators for decades, with the latest potential break coming after the case was featured recently on a CNN program. ...

College gives pizza deliveryman $1,200 tip

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:27

College gives pizza deliveryman $1,200 tipA pizza delivery driver had no idea what was in store for him when he was called to deliver two pizzas to an Indiana university

Venezuela ordered to pay $1.6 billion to Exxon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — An international arbitration panel ordered Venezuela's socialist government on Thursday to pay $1.6 billion to Exxon Mobil for the seizure of a major oil project in the South American country and other losses.

Golf coach sentenced to 27 years for abusing boys

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:16
HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — A popular northern California golf teacher convicted of molesting his students and plotting to kill them from jail was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in state prison.

Obama wants an election about the economy, not him

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

President Barack Obama listens to a question during a town hall event at Cross Campus, a collaborative space that brings together freelancers, creative professionals, entrepreneurs and startup teams, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. Obama is traveling in Los Angeles for an overnight trip during which he will discuss the nation's economy and designate a swath of Southern California mountains as a national monument. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is all in with his economic pitch. The American public is not. Over the next 27 days, either the public or the president is going to get the message.

Gay couples in Las Vegas begin getting marriage licenses, weddings could come soon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:13
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gay couples in Las Vegas begin getting marriage licenses, weddings could come soon.

Man convicted of killing baby girl, grandmother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:10

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012, file photo, Raghunandan Yandamuri is escorted from a Montgomery County district court after a preliminary hearing in Bridgeport, Pa. Yandamuri, accused of killing a 10-month-old girl and her grandmother in what prosecutors described as a kidnapping plot gone wrong has been convicted of murder. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports he was expressionless as the verdict against him was read Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. The 27-year-old faces the possibility of the death penalty for the 2012 slayings of Saanvi Venna and grandmother Satayrathi Venna. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of killing a 10-month-old girl and her grandmother in what prosecutors described as a kidnapping plot gone wrong was convicted of murder on Thursday.

Oklahoma prison officials unveil new death chamber

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

The gurney in the newly renovated death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured during a media tour of the facility in McAlester, Okla, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. At rear is Department of Corrections official Scott Crow, and behind him is the witness room. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Prison officials unveiled the renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday and expressed confidence that the agency would be ready for the state's next scheduled execution in November.

Entrepreneur who brought Jheri curl to masses dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 08:03
PLANO, Texas (AP) — Comer Cottrell, a black hair-care entrepreneur who made millions with a cheap kit that brought the glossy celebrity Jheri curl into the homes of average African Americans, has died. He was 82.