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Businesses: Quake cleanup shouldn't deter tourists

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:03
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Businesses in California's wine capital on Monday mopped up thousands of dollars in high-end vintages, swept glass from ghostly downtown streets ordinarily bustling with tourists and rushed to reopen in advance of the summer's last holiday weekend, following a severe earthquake that damaged wineries, historic buildings and hotels.

Quake in California's wine country injures dozens

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:59

Quake in California's wine country injures dozensA powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region.


Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:59

FILE - In this May 17, 2013, photo, Niki Quasney, left, talks about her ongoing battle with ovarian cancer as her partner, Amy Sandler, and daughter stand nearby at their home in Munster, Ind. Quasney receives treatment at hospitals in neighboring Illinois because she and Sandler, who wed last year in Massachusetts, fear that a private hospital near their Indiana home might not allow them to be together should Quasney suffer a medical emergency because of the state’s marriage ban. (AP Photo/The Times, Kyle Telechan, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately.


Colorado theater attack lawyers argue fingerprints

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:46
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Crime analysts testified Monday about how they matched fingerprint evidence in the Colorado theater shooting investigation but provided little new information about the 2012 massacre that left 12 people dead and 70 wounded.

U.S. court overturns law limiting biotech crops on Hawaiian island

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:44
A group of global biotech crop companies won a court victory on Monday that blocks enactment of a law passed last year limiting the planting of biotech crops and use of pesticides on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. District Court in Hawaii ruled that the law passed in November by local leaders on the island was invalid because it was pre-empted by Hawaii state law. The Kauai law required large agricultural companies to disclose pesticide use and genetically modified (GMO) crop plantings while establishing buffer zones around schools, homes and hospitals to protect people from exposure to pesticides used on the crops.

N.J. teacher, 98, in court to fight 1950 conviction in spy case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:42
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than six decades ago, Miriam Moskowitz stood in New York federal court and was convicted of lying to a grand jury investigating a Cold War atomic espionage case. On Monday, the 98-year-old Moskowitz returned to court for the first time since then, this time to ask a federal judge to erase her conviction and remedy what she says was a McCarthy-era injustice. "It would be a historical acknowledgement that the period itself was so bad for the country," she said following the brief appearance in New York before U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who set a November hearing date to consider the request.

Plane returns to MIA after mechanical problems

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:42
MIAMI (AP) — A plane heading to Barbados had to return to Miami International Airport after experience mechanical problems shortly after takeoff.

Soldier dies after shooting herself in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:41

Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons speaks during a news conference at the base in Fort Lee, Va., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. A female soldier with a gun inside a key building at the Army base turned the weapon on herself, causing an injury, but didn't wound any others as the heavily trafficked base temporarily went on lockdown Monday morning. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)An enraged soldier barricaded herself inside a major command's headquarters and shot herself in the head Monday after throwing objects around the office as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, the Army said. She died later in the day.


Burglar shot, killed by neighbors watching over home in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:41

Burglar shot, killed by neighbors watching over home in TexasA husband and wife shot and killed a burglar who broke into their neighbor's home


Arkansas police chief resigns after calling reporter 'smelly'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:39
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - The chief of the Jonesboro, Arkansas police resigned on Monday, three days after being suspended by the mayor for making derogatory comments on Facebook about a local news reporter he called "smelly" and a backer of marijuana smoking. Mike Yates, chief of police in Jonesboro, about 135 miles (220 kms) northeast of Little Rock, said he was stepping down to take responsibility for his mistakes. The reporter, Sunshine Crump, who resigned from the Jonesboro Sun last week after complaining she no longer felt safe, will rejoin the newspaper, its editor said. "You're never happy about someone losing their job but I really couldn't see him returning in his role as police chief," Mosesso said of Yates.

Trial opens for woman in child kidnap-assault case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:26

Trial opens for woman in child kidnap-assault caseA child who authorities say was abducted from her kindergarten classroom and sexually assaulted during a 19-hour ordeal believes her attacker was a man, but prosecutors call the young woman who went on trial Monday the lone attacker.


Pennsylvania school guard 'hero' fired for being too old: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:26
As a consequence, John Resetar intends to file a lawsuit alleging age discrimination, his lawyer Tim Dawson said. Resetar helped apprehend Alex Hribal at Franklin Regional High School after the teenaged suspect allegedly stabbed 20 students with a pair of 8-inch kitchen knives. With the new school year getting under way on Monday, Resetar is unemployed, said Dawson, who called his client a "hero." Resetar worked for Capital Asset Protection Inc, a Pittsburgh-area company contracted to provide security to the Franklin Regional School District. Resetar worked in the school for nine years before he was told via certified mail that he was being dismissed, the lawyer said.

Police: Drunk uncle let nephew, 8, steer moving car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:21

 Drunk uncle let nephew, 8, steer moving carA Delaware County man is behind bars, accused of drinking and driving with his two young nephews in the car, and even allowing one of them to take the wheel.


Dig begins at Pennsylvania Revolutionary War site

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:21
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Digging at the site of a prison camp for British soldiers in the American Revolution is underway in south-central Pennsylvania.

A look at earthquake's impact on California region

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:18

Two men walk past the earthquake-damaged building that housed the Carpe Diem wine bar Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Napa, Calif. The San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region's famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending dozens of people to hospitals. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A strong earthquake rattled a swath of Northern California's wine country in the early hours of Sunday morning, unleashing most of its damage on the city of Napa in the heart of the vineyard-studded region.


Alabama couple charged with rape in bid to impregnate girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:18
(Reuters) - An Alabama couple has been charged with raping a 17-year-old relative multiple times in an unsuccessful attempt to impregnate her so they could keep the baby, prosecutors said Monday. Jeremy and Amanda Swann, both 29-year-old residents of Jones, about 40 miles northwest of Montgomery, were arrested on Thursday and have been charged with first-degree rape, Selma-based Assistant District Attorney Elliott Lipinsky said. "It's extremely disturbing," said Lipinsky, who is prosecuting the case. "We're not going to stop until we can ensure that the victim gets some sort of justice." The couple was arraigned on Monday and ordered held on $500,000 bond each, said Lipinsky.

1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:15

1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set freeA former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science.


Oklahoma City police dog recovering from stab wounds, suspect killed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:12
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma City police dog stabbed multiple times is expected to survive wounds it incurred while trying to subdue a suspect who led police on a high-speed car chase and then was shot dead by an officer, police said on Monday. "They say he's going to make it, but whether or not he (the dog) returns to duty remains to be seen," Oklahoma City Police Captain Dexter Nelson said. When the driver began running along a service road, the Oklahoma City K9 officer released his police dog to chase the suspect, catching the man who took out a knife and started stabbing the dog, police said.

Shooter at U.S. Army base in Virginia kills herself, sparks lockdown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:11
The soldier entered the four-story Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters at about 8:45 a.m. EDT (0845 ET) and locked herself in an office. WRIC TV, an ABC affiliate in Richmond, quoted base officials as saying the soldier was a sergeant first class and a 14-year veteran. She had been at Fort Lee for three years. "We are sad for our soldier in arms that she faced those kinds of challenges that she thought she had to resort to those kind of actions," Major General Stephen Lyons, the base commander, said at a televised news conference.

Young boy hospitalized after cleaning chemicals found in Dairy Queen shake

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:08

Young boy hospitalized after cleaning chemicals found in Dairy Queen shakeA trip to a Dairy Queen didn't end as expected for one family after a young boy made a trip to a hospital.