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Judge OKs bail in Philadelphia police indictment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:22

Philadelphia police officer Brian Reynolds walks from the Federal Building Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Philadelphia. A U.S. trial judge has upheld rulings that grant house arrest for the Philadelphia police officer charged with robbing and beating drug suspects. An indictment last week accuses a group officers of beating drug suspects as they stole more than $500,000 in cash and cocaine. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has upheld rulings that grant house arrest to four of six Philadelphia police officers charged with robbing, beating and kidnapping drug suspects.


Sen. John Walsh leaves race amid plagiarism probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:20

In this Thursday, March 27, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., speaks on the National Mall in Washington. Walsh says he is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a college research paper. Walsh said in a statement Thursday he’ll leave the race but keep the seat he was appointed to until his term ends in January 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak,File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana U.S. Sen. John Walsh dropped his election campaign Thursday amid allegations he plagiarized large portions of a 2007 research project, leaving fellow Democrats to scramble for a replacement with the election less than three months away.


San Francisco man gets jail for insider trading

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:13
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Francisco man has been sentenced to three months in federal prison for using insider information to profit off The Walt Disney Co.'s $4 billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment.

More airlines cancel Hawaii flights as storm looms

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

Crowds line up inside the departures terminal at the Honolulu International Airport in Honolulu on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. With Iselle, Hawaii is expected to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years. Tracking close behind it is Hurricane Julio. Hawaiian Airlines announced Thursday they are waiving change fees for passengers trying to leave before the hurricanes hit the islands. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — More airlines are canceling flights as a hurricane pushed closer to Hawaii and a second major tropical storm loomed behind it.


Fewer Colorado teens think pot harmful, use down since legalization

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:10
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The number of Colorado high school students who believe marijuana is harmful has fallen since the state legalized recreational pot, while teen use of the drug has declined slightly during the same time, health officials said on Thursday. Colorado and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize the possession and use of recreational marijuana by adults in ballot measures approved by voters in 2012. Retail marijuana stores opened in Colorado on Jan. 1 and in Washington last month. The survey found that one in five students admitted using marijuana within the last 30 days, down from 22 percent of those surveyed in 2011. One-third said they have tried pot.

Judge tosses suit claiming botched circumcision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:09
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge threw out a lawsuit filed by an Alabama man who claims a botched circumcision resulted in the amputation of his penis, ruling Thursday that the complaint wasn't specific under state malpractice law.

Lawsuit tossed in Albuquerque lawyer's 2010 death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:57
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by the daughter and sister of a late civil rights attorney against the Albuquerque Police Department and city officials was dismissed Tuesday after a judge ruled investigators did not violate the lawyer's constitutional rights.

NYC jails contractor cited, fined $71K over safety

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:41
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal labor officials have cited the private company contracted to provide health services to New York City inmates, proposing $71,000 in fines for workplace safety violations.

Teens hijack Baltimore school bus, hit driver with fire extinguisher

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:40
By John Clarke BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Three teenagers were arrested on Thursday after assaulting a Baltimore school bus driver with a fire extinguisher and trash can, then hijacking the bus for a joy ride, police and local media said. A group of teens boarded the parked school bus in downtown Baltimore around 2:30 pm EDT Thursday, police said, attacking the driver, who managed to get away. "I was trying to get away from them because they were beating me so hard with a fire extinguisher," bus driver Joirilus Pierre told WBAL, a Baltimore NBC affiliate.

US Begins Humanitarian Airdrop Mission in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:39
The United States is sending cargo planes to drop pallets of humanitarian aid and supplies to stranded Iraqi citizens threatened by the militant Islamic group ISIS, the White House announced today.

Montana ex-governor says he won't run for Senate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:37

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines arrives for a meeting in Helena Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 after learning Sen. John Walsh, his opponent in the race for U.S. Senate, was dropping his campaign for office. Daines said he respected Walsh’s decision before heading into a discussion on the agriculture industry with farmers and ranchers at the Montana Stock Growers Association. (AP Photo/Lisa Baumann)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says he won't run for U.S. Senate after Sen. John Walsh dropped his election campaign Thursday.


AP PHOTOS: Play eases trauma for Gaza children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:33

Volunteer Nisreen Shawa, 25, centre, leads a play session with displaced Palestinian children at a U.N. school where they had sought refuge along with their families during the war, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Taking advantage of the continuing ceasefire, volunteers from the local non-profit NGO 'Tomooh' (Ambition), arranged a special play session for children to try and lessen the stress they've been enduring after the weeks of conflict. In the playground the children got a chance to sing and play group games under the caring eye of volunteers. They hope that their efforts will lessen the damage of the traumatic recent weeks events, or at least help them forget for a short while. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's fragile ceasefire is allowing children to play, and overcome some of the trauma of four weeks of war.


Embattled NCAA lets richest colleges play their own game

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:30

NCAA President Emmert speaks during news conference at NCAA headquarters in IndianapolisU.S. college sports took a first step in addressing broad criticism about treatment of student-athletes with a vote Thursday to grant some autonomy to rich athletic conferences, a tacit acknowledgement of their unrivaled economic clout. The new structure among the five biggest conferences hands them broader authority to set their own rules and could potentially pave the way for the 65 universities to offer compensation to student-athletes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I board of directors approved the measure that would let the so-called power five - the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference - self-govern in areas such as scholarships, insurance and travel for athletes' families. The conferences and the NCAA have faced legal, political and public pressure to share its billions in revenue they generate from amateur athletes and guarantee them stronger benefits.


FDA lifts hold on experimental Ebola drug

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.

'Lonely' serial stowaway arrested again at LAX

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:25

'Lonely' serial stowaway arrested again at LAXA Northern California woman who repeatedly tries to board flights without a boarding pass has been arrested again at LAX.


Body found in Washington state appears to be of missing child

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:23
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The body of a child found on Thursday near a Washington state mobile home park appears to be that of a 6-year-old girl last seen Saturday evening and reported missing when she failed to turn up for dinner the following night, authorities said. Jenise Wright had gone to bed on Saturday in her family home near Bremerton, on the Kitsap Peninsula across the Puget Sound from Seattle, and was not seen by family members the next day, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office. After four days of searching led by local law enforcement, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said a child's body had been found in the woods near the Wrights' home on Thursday afternoon and "appears to be that of Jenise." The medical examiner will identify the body, said Kitsap County public communications manager Doug Bear. No arrests have been made and authorities were planning a news conference later on Thursday, Bear said.

Miles away and years on, Cambodians relish verdict

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:19

Cambodian former Khmer Rouge survivors, Soum Rithy, left, and Chum Mey, right, embrace each other after the verdicts were announced, at the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Three and a half decades after the genocidal rule of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge ended, the tribunal on Thursday sentenced two top leaders of the former regime to life in prison on war crimes charges for their roles during the country's 1970s terror. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Sophany Bay saw her two young daughters and son die at the hands of the infamous Khmer Rouge in Cambodia after the family was forced from their home and she was sent to toil in the fields under the movement's reign of terror.


Florida woman charged in NJ in son's 1990s slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:13

This Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 photo released by the Martin County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office shows Michelle Lodzinski. Lodzinski was arrested Wednesday in the death of her 5-year-old son, who was reported missing from a carnival in New Jersey in 1991, but authorities are not saying what led them to file charges. (AP Photo/Martin County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office)STUART, Fla. (AP) — More than two decades after she reported her 5-year-old son missing from a carnival in New Jersey, a woman investigators say they long considered a suspect was arrested on the day that Timothy Wiltsey would have turned 29.


No trouble between Virginia ex-governor, wife says corruption trial witness

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

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen had a loving relationship and there was no trouble between them, a prosecution witness in the couple's federal corruption trial testified on Thursday. The testimony by Sarah Scarbrough, former director of the governor's mansion, countered defense arguments that the McDonnells' marriage was so frayed that they could not have conspired to take $165,000 in loans and gifts from a Virginia businessman. Scarbrough, a friend of one of the McDonnell's daughters, described the couple's relationship as "loving" and said they frequently kissed and hugged in public. The McDonnells face 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting the gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. in exchange for supporting his former company, a dietary supplement maker now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. Scarbrough testified that Maureen McDonnell was angry when she learned that Scarbrough was keeping a record of gifts to the first lady.


Authorities say body appears to be missing girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:06

Jenise Paulette WrightSEATTLE (AP) — Washington authorities said a body found Thursday appears to be that of missing 6-year-old Jenise Wright, who disappeared from her home over the weekend.