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Texas to execute man convicted of deadly shooting rampage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 19:07
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas plans to execute Willie Tyrone Trottie on Wednesday for killing two people during a shooting spree sparked by a breakup with his girlfriend. Trottie, 45, will be given a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. CDT (2300 GMT). If the execution goes ahead, he would be 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.

Denmark's Vestager new powerful EU antitrust czar

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 18:49
BRUSSELS (AP) — Former Danish Economy Minister Margrethe Vestager will be taking over as the European Union's powerful antitrust chief in November.

Esmark to convert Ohio steel mill to serve shale boom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 18:36
An idled steel facility in the heartland of the United States is gearing up for a revival as an energy services provider due to surging production from the U.S. Esmark acquired the Yorkville facility about two years ago from a defunct steelmaker but kept the facility idled due to poor market conditions. The move to refit the plant comes amid a shale boom that has set the United States on course to become the world's largest producer of oil and gas.  The new facility, renamed Yorkville Energy Services Terminal, will provide oil and gas-related infrastructure services such as fresh water off-take, dry storage, as well as rail, barge and truck access. Esmark said a number of large and mid-sized energy services companies have expressed interest in the terminal, including companies engaged in material handling, transloading and rail switching.

Utah author says Christian romance novel plagiarized, sullied by sex

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 18:34
(Reuters) - A Utah author has sued another writer for allegedly copying her Christian romance novel, adding "graphic sex scenes," and then selling the story, court records showed. Established Christian novelist Rachel Ann Nunes said in a suit filed in a federal Utah court late last month that her book, "A Bid for Love," was plagiarized by Tiffanie Rushton's "eerily similar" story, "The Auction Deal", court records show. Nunes said in the complaint that she was shocked to learn about Rushton's story, copies of which were sold after it was published online earlier this year under Rushton's pen name of Sam Taylor Mullens, according to the suit. "In converting Ms. Nunes’s work into "The Auction Deal," (Rushton) added several graphic sex scenes and other adult content to what was originally a Christian novel," the suit said.

'Armed patriots': the private citizens out to secure the U.S. border

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 18:19

A sign sits on display in a farm field near the U.S.-Mexico border outside Brownsville, TexasBy Lisa Maria Garza BROWNSVILLE Texas (Reuters) - With binoculars in hand, an assault rifle slung over his chest and a Glock pistol on his hip, a man named Will scans the banks of the Rio Grande looking for anyone trying to cross from Mexico into Texas. Will is a member of the Patriots, a group of heavily armed private citizens who use displays of force to intimidate people attempting to cross the border illegally. Since early summer the Patriots have patrolled an area near Brownsville, Texas. "If you spot them and shine your light on them, that lets them know that you're there," said the 25-year-old construction worker from Indiana who flew to Texas for a stint with the Patriots.


Lisbon subway stoppage brings commuter misery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:47
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Lisbon subway staff have walked off the job during the morning rush hour in a protest against pay cuts and the company's possible privatization.

Missouri executes man after appeal over lethal drugs fails

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:39

bottles of the sedative midazolam at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma City(Reuters) - Missouri executed a convicted murderer on Wednesday after a court turned down his attorney's appeal based on a report that officials had lied over the drugs used in lethal injections. Earl Ringo Jr., who killed two people at a restaurant in 1998, was pronounced dead at 12:31 a.m. Central Time (0531 GMT/1.31 a.m. EDT) at a prison in Bonne Terre, state corrections department spokesman Mike O’Connell said. Attorney Kay Parish sought a stay of execution, citing a St. Louis Public Radio report that said state officials administered the drug midazolam on every inmate executed since November, in addition to pentobarbital. The use of midazolam is under scrutiny nationwide after inmates in a series of botched executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona were given the drug and took longer than is typical to die, showing signs of distress.


Stalled France to miss deficit target until 2017

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:21

France's Finance Minister Michel Sapin announces that the country will miss the European Union's deficit target for three more years during a press conference at Bercy in Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Sapin said France's deficit would be around 4.3 percent of GDP in 2015 and would not dip under the 3 percent target for EU countries until 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS (AP) — France has revised down its growth forecasts and says it will miss its deficit target for another three years, confirmation that Europe's second-largest economy will emerge only slowly from its stagnation.


'Dying' armed robber threatens jewelry clerk in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:20

'Dying' armed robber threatens jewelry clerk in CaliforniaAn armed suspect threatened a jewelry store employee in a California mall during a robbery, telling her not to 'mess' with him because he is dying.


Police: Woman dies after boyfriend shot her in the face in Queen Village

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:13

Woman shot in the face in Queen Village apartment diesPolice say the woman whose boyfriend allegedly shot her in the face Monday night in Philadelphia's Queen Village section has died.


Co-founder of elephant care center killed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:12

FILE - In this file photo made Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, Jim Laurita, executive director of Hope Elephants, feeds a carrot to one of the two retired circus elephants at his not-for-profit rehabilitation and educational facility in Hope, Maine. The veterinarian and co-founder of Hope Elephants, which cares for retired circus elephants, was killed Tuesday Sept. 9, 2014 when one of the animals stepped on him, police said in ruling his death an accident. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A veterinarian and co-founder of Hope Elephants, which cares for retired circus elephants, was killed when one of the animals stepped on him, police said in ruling his death an accident.


Cause of blast at German chemical plant unclear

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:01

Firefighters spray water after an explosion in a chemical disposal plant in Ritterhude near Bremen, northern Germany, Tuesday evening, Sept. 9, 2014. At least one man was severely injured. (AP Photo/dpa, Ingo Wagner)BERLIN (AP) — Police in northwestern Germany say they have yet to determine what caused a massive explosion that seriously injured one person at a chemical processing company.


'Dying' armed robber threatens Riverside jewelry clerk

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 16:29

'Dying' armed robber threatens jewelry clerk in CaliforniaAn armed suspect threatened a jewelry store employee in a Riverside mall last week during a robbery, telling her not to 'mess' with him because he is dying.


Missouri execution is 8th in the state this year

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:37

Earl Ringo Jr. Ringo who was put to death WednesdayBONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri inmate convicted in a 1998 robbery and double murder was put to death Wednesday, the eighth execution in the state this year and the 10th since November.


Residents: Hawaii lava part of living in paradise

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:33

In this Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 photo, security guard George Cortez stands at a roadblock to prevent non-residents from entering the lava-threatened community of Kaohe Homesteads in Pahoa, Hawaii. Those who live on the slopes of Kilauea volcano know lava could start creeping their way at any time but the area is still a powerful draw for many people who value its community and affordability. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from Kilauea volcano has forced Shawn Heard to move her house once already, back in the 1980s. She's at peace with the possibility of eventually having to do so again.


Review: Apple Watch looks to be another winner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:18

A man photographs Apple Watches during the product release announcement event on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — As computerized wristwatches go, the upcoming Apple Watch looks impressive.


No end in sight for America's Mideast war duties

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:07
Thirteen years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, this was supposed to be a season of relief, with Iraq managing on its own and most U.S. troops finally ending their combat duty in Afghanistan. Instead, Americans are bracing for another upsurge of military engagement in a region where one war blurs into another. Across the world, a generation has now grown up amid this continuous conflict, and there's no end in sight.

News Guide: Highlights of primary elections

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:06

Scott Brown, a former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, waves to supporters after winning New Hampshire's Republican U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday Sept. 9, 2014 in Concord, N.H. Brown will face incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in the general election in November. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:02
"I think it is to his advantage and the country's advantage to have Congress buy into that." — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on whether President Barack Obama should seek approval from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq.

New Mexico's green chile harvest in full swing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 14:40

New Mexico's green chile harvest in full swingLOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — The sweet aroma of roasted peppers is wafting throughout New Mexico, signaling that fall is around the corner and the green chile harvest is in full swing.