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Chief Justice: Lawyers should mend partisan divide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:56

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks at the American Bar Association's annual meeting in Boston, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Roberts, who has served as chief justice since 2005, talked about the "historical and present-day significance" of the Magna Carta. The document laid the groundwork for representative democracy and the rule of law upon its signing in England in 1215. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking at the American Bar Association's annual meeting Monday, said lawyers should play a key role in mitigating the "sharp partisan divides" that have shaken public faith in government.


Photo released of suspect in Del. trooper shooting, more charges filed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:52

Photo released of suspect in Del. trooper shooting, more charges filedDelaware State Police have filed additional charges after a trooper was shot in his body armor during the execution of a search warrant last week.


Ship rescues 3 sailors stranded off Hawaii coast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:45

This Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio, about 400 miles northeast of Oahu, Hawaii. Walkabout is disabled and taking on water with three people aboard. The Coast Guard is coordinating the rescue of the boat. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)HONOLULU (AP) — A container ship crew has rescued three people from a sailboat that was stranded in waters roiled by Hurricane Julio off the Hawaii Coast.


TV crew checking crime app in Washington has van robbed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:44
(Reuters) - A TV news van was robbed in Washington while its crew was reporting on a smartphone crime app that rates bad neighborhoods, the station reported. CBS affiliate WUSA parked a news van in northwest Washington late on Friday to report on the new iPhone app SketchFactor. When the crew returned to the van, the lock was gone, along with electronics, phones, computers and cameras, WUSA said. The news crew tracked down some of the gear in two dumpsters using an iPhone device, the station reported over the weekend.

Virginia governor pitched health product, says corruption trial witness

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:36

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell gave a personal pitch to a state healthcare official for the dietary supplement at the heart of the former governor’s trial on corruption and bribery charges, the official testified on Monday. Sara Wilson, director of the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management, said McDonnell pulled out a bottle of the product, Anatabloc, at a meeting she and her boss had with him in March 2012 to discuss healthcare. McDonnell and his wife Maureen face 14 counts of corruption and bribery in connection with allegedly accepting $165,000 in loans and gifts from Jonnie Williams Sr., the former chief executive officer of the company, now called Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc, that makes Anatabloc. Martin Kent, McDonnell’s former chief of staff, testified in U.S. District Court that the governor's use of Williams’ Ferrari hurt the feelings of state police guards.


Six killed after Texas police chase ends in crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:32
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A teenager, his parents and uncle were among six people killed when a speeding vehicle pursued by police slammed into their car outside Houston, killing both drivers and their passengers, police said. The Sunday night incident near Dickinson, about 25 miles southeast of Houston, started when police tried to pull over a Dodge Durango sports utility vehicle that was swerving and driving without headlights. The driver sped up to about 100 mph (160 kph) when the officer activated his emergency lights, Dickinson Police Captain Jay Jaekel said. The driver of the SUV was Juan Garcia Ahuezoteco, 23, who had an outstanding felony warrant for driving while intoxicated, police said.

Denver woman in terrorism case plans guilty plea

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:14
DENVER (AP) — A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman accused of trying to go to Syria to help ISIS plans to plead guilty in the case.

Crew, controller faulted in 2013 cargo plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:13
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two Anchorage commercial pilots flying in a holding pattern in stormy weather outside Dillingham failed to maintain sufficient altitude before their plane crashed into the side of a mountain in 2013, a report by federal investigators has concluded.

Ship set to rescue sailors stranded due to Julio

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:11

This Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio, about 400 miles northeast of Oahu, Hawaii. Walkabout is disabled and taking on water with three people aboard. The Coast Guard is coordinating the rescue of the boat. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)HONOLULU (AP) — A container ship crew is trying to position itself in a way that doesn't knock over a sailboat it is trying to rescue from waters roiled by Hurricane Julio off the Hawaii coast.


Stewart crash inquiry focuses on lighting, track

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:10

ADDS MANDATORY CREDIT - This July 5, 2014 photo provided by Empire Super Sprints, Inc., shows sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., in the vicotry lane with his car at the Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y. Ward was killed Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Central Square, N.Y., when the car being driven by Tony Stewart struck the 20-year-old who had climbed from his crashed car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart following a bump with Stewart one lap earlier. (AP Photo/Empire Super Sprints, Inc.)The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.'s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track.


Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:06
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The FBI said it opened an investigation Monday into the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police in suburban St. Louis, a day after tension surrounding the case erupted in unrest following a candlelight vigil for the teen.

Testimony: Ex-Va. governor touted pill at meeting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:06

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, is surrounded by media as he walks to the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va. on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, as his corruption trial enters its third week. McDonnell and his wife are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the former CEO of a nutritional supplements company in exchange for promoting his products. They could face decades in prison if convicted. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell ended a meeting in his office by touting the effectiveness of an anti-inflammatory pill marketed by the wealthy businessman who showered him and his wife with thousands of dollars in gifts and loans, a state official said Monday.


Guantanamo court hears arguments on separate trial for 9/11 suspect

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:51
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE Md. (Reuters) - A military court heard arguments on Monday on removing one of five men charged in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States from a joint trial because of his mental condition. Prosecutors are seeking to reverse a decision by the judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, ordering a separate trial for Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a 42-year-old Yemeni imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Prosecutors say al-Shibh might be delusional but is competent to stand trial. Prosecutor Clay Trivett argued that al-Shibh should be tried with the other four defendants, including suspected ringleader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Feds charge 5 with bank fraud in Iowa home sales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:50
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines attorney and four area businessmen deceived banks into selling homes to them at below market rates, then immediately resold the properties for profit without the lenders' knowledge, federal prosecutors say.

New Hampshire man wants to skip murder sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:43
DOVER, N.H. (AP) — A man who faces life imprisonment for raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student in 2012 does not want to appear for his sentencing this week.

Stewart crash probe focuses on lighting, track

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:42

ADDS MANDATORY CREDIT - This July 5, 2014 photo provided by Empire Super Sprints, Inc., shows sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., in the vicotry lane with his car at the Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y. Ward was killed Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Central Square, N.Y., when the car being driven by Tony Stewart struck the 20-year-old who had climbed from his crashed car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart following a bump with Stewart one lap earlier. (AP Photo/Empire Super Sprints, Inc.)The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.'s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track.


Obama takes step to improve government technology

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:41
CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly.

Mexico enacts gas, oil opening

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:34

Mexico enacts gas, oil openingMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has signed into law the rules governing a historic opening of the state-run oil, gas and electricity industries to foreign and private companies.


NJ man charged in death after truck tears through farmers market

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:33
(Reuters) - Prosecutors in New Jersey charged a man with vehicular homicide on Monday after they said he drove his pickup truck at high speed through a farmers market Sunday, killing one person and sending two others to the hospital. James Woetzel, 48, of Hawthorne, New Jersey, faces up to 10 years in jail over the incident, which killed 58-year-old Donna Wine, also of Hawthorne. Police say Woetzel drove his 2014 Dodge Ram truck through a police barricade and into the farmers market at around 2:15 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to the vehicular homicide charge, Woetzel is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

FBI opens civil rights case after police shoot man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:33
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The FBI is investigating possible civil rights violations after a suburban St. Louis police officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager.