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Brother of wrestler Kurt Angle jailed in wife's homicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:39

Brother of wrestler Kurt Angle jailed in wife's homicideThe brother of pro wrestler and former Olympian Kurt Angle has been jailed on charges he killed his wife during an argument about vodka at their home in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

Reston, Virginia, founder Robert E. Simon dies at 101

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:34
RESTON, Va. (AP) — Robert E. Simon Jr., who lent his initials to the northern Virginia community he founded more than 50 years ago, has died. He was 101.

Alaska residents to each get $2,072 from oil fund payout

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:31
A majority of Alaska residents will receive $2,072 from the state's oil wealth investment fund earnings, an annual payout set against the backdrop of a $3.5 billion to $4 billion budget deficit driven by low crude prices the last year, officials said on Monday. Nearly 645,000 residents out of some 736,700 will receive the annual dividend from the Alaska Permanent Fund's earnings, Governor Bill Walker said at a news conference. This year's was the highest payout in 34 years, Walker said, though the windfall only edges the 2008 amount by $3.

Pastor: 'Jittery' suspect aimed directly for woman's head

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:29

This undated photo provided by the Selma Police Department shows James Minter. Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson says suspect Minter has been charged with three counts of attempted murder after allegedly shooting a woman, an infant and a pastor inside a church, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in East Selma, Ala. (Selma Police Department via AP)SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A man who allegedly walked into church and sat down in the front pew before pulling out a gun and opening fire on his estranged girlfriend and infant son aimed directly at the woman's head, a minister wounded in the shooting said Monday.

Factbox: What America’s largest cities charge for residential garbage pick-up

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:25
(Reuters) - Facing a big budget gap, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to announce a first-ever charge for garbage collection in the city, narrowing the ranks of cities across the country that impose no fees for waste removal. Here is a look at what a number of major American cities charge their residents for the service.

Emanuel’s plan to charge for trash removal spotlights Chicago’s class divide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:23

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens to remarks from an attendee at a town hall meeting on the city budget in ChicagoChicago is just one of three major American cities that currently hauls away garbage for the bulk of its residents for free, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel is about to take away that perk – and finding that the rich and poor have very different views of trash collection in this city. Facing an estimated $745 million budget shortfall, the mayor will introduce a first-ever garbage fee in his budget address on Tuesday. Emanuel also will announce a $543 million property tax hike, a 65-percent increase above current levies and the largest jump in modern memory.

UVA reaches agreement to end sex-assault investigation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:18
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia and the Department of Education have reached an agreement over its handling of sexual assault complaints, ending a yearslong federal investigation into the school's procedures and policies, university and federal officials said Monday.

Walker exits 2016 presidential race

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:15

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker bows his head in prayer at a campaign stop in HaverhillBy Steve Holland, Ginger Gibson and Erin McPike WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin abruptly pulled out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Monday, doomed by a lightning-quick collapse from serious contender to also-ran candidate struggling to raise money. Walker's departure left his rivals seeking the Republican nomination for the November 2016 presidential election scrambling to appeal to his supporters in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire as well as elsewhere. Experts saw potential gain for conservative candidates like Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee as well as center-right contenders such as Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Jeb Bush.

Man critical in West Philadelphia shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:14

Man dead in West Philadelphia shootingPolice say a man is in critical condition after being shot during a domestic incident in West Philadelphia.

2 airlifted to hospital after house explodes in Waxahachie

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:11

Workers walk around a house that exploded on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Waxahachie, Texas. A couple people were airlifted to a hospital after the explosion. (Scott Dorsett/The Waxahachie Daily Light via AP)WAXAHACHIE, Texas (AP) — Two people have been airlifted to a hospital after an explosion destroyed a home in North Texas and damaged about a dozen others, officials said.

Scope of devastation clearer as wildfire evacuees return

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:10

Destroyed homes and vehicles scorched by the Valley fire line Jefferson St. in Middletown, Calif, on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. According to fire officials, the blaze ranks as the sixth worst wildfire in California history after destroying more than 1,000 structures, burning more than 75,000 acres and leaving at least three people dead. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)The scope of devastation from one of California's most destructive wildfires is becoming clearer and so too is the size of the humanitarian need in one of the state's poorer counties.

Deal allows Getty museum to keep Armenian church papers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:09
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eight beautifully illustrated pages from a 13th century Armenian manuscript will remain at the J. Paul Getty Museum under a deal announced Monday that resolves a dispute over whether the museum or the Armenian Apostolic Church was the papers' rightful owner.

The Latest: Governor asks for federal funds in fire recovery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:53
MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — The latest on wildfires raging in California (all times local):

For 7 years, VW software thwarted pollution regulations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:52

FILE - In a Tuesday, May 5, 2015 file photo, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn addresses the shareholders during the annual shareholder meeting of the car manufacturer Volkswagen in Hannover, Germany. Winterkorn apologized Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, after the Environmental Protection Agency said the German automaker skirted clean air rules by rigging emissions tests for about 500,000 diesel cars. "I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public," Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn said in a statement. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen became the world's top-selling carmaker trumpeting the environmental friendliness, fuel efficiency and high performance of diesel-powered vehicles that met America's tough Clean Air laws.

MDM Energy's Illinois tank battery facility destroyed after explosion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:51
Earlier, fire officials said an explosion in a crude oil well at the facility was contained on Sunday evening. No oil rigs were involved in the incident and no employees were present at the time of the explosion, which was recently upgraded for new oil wells, MDM Energy, a privately held, Texas-based company, said. After fire officials had extinguished the first explosion, there was another fire that after about an hour destroyed the facility completely, MDM's chief executive, Michael Rafael, said in an email.

The Latest: Victims applaud prison sentences for salmonella

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:45

FILE - In this March 12, 2009, file photo, Peanut Corporation of America's president Stewart Parnell arrives a federal court in Lynchburg, Va. Parnell's family asked a federal judge in Albany, Ga., on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, to show mercy when sentencing him for his role in a deadly salmonella outbreak from 2008 and 2009. Meanwhile, victims' families have asked the judge to deliver a stiff sentence. (AP Photo/Don Petersen, File)ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — The latest developments in the sentencing of a former peanut company executive convicted in a deadly salmonella outbreak from 2008 and 2009.

3 weeks later, more questions than answers in police slaying

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:44

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Fox Lake Police Department shows Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. Three weeks after the shooting death of Gliniewicz, investigators have only said what they don't know or what they know did not happen. "There are no developments," said Chris Covelli, spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff's Office. (Fox Lake Police Department photo via AP, File)CHICAGO (AP) — On the day he died, officer Charles Joseph Gliniewicz radioed to a police dispatcher that he was in pursuit of three suspicious men. Moments later, fellow officers found his body and launched a manhunt for his killers.

Chicago mayor to propose phased-in $543 million property tax hike

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:43

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a town hall meeting on the city budget in ChicagoChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday will propose the biggest-ever property tax hike for the cash-strapped city, $543 million over four years, as part of a plan to bring structural balance to the budget, the city announced on Monday. In addition to the property tax hike, which would start with a $318 million jump on 2016 tax bills to pay for police and fire fighter pensions, the mayor also wants to raise about $112 million from the city's first-ever fee on garbage collection, new surcharges on ride sharing services like Uber and a tax on e-cigarettes, according to city documents. Resistance to the plan is expected from some of the city's 50 aldermen, who have been scrambling to come up with alternatives to higher property taxes.

Chip Kelly not making major changes in wake of offensive struggles

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:39
Eagles coach Chip Kelly was "embarrassed" by Philadelphia's dreadful offensive performance, but that doesn't mean he is planning any lineup changes after two losses to open the 2015 season.

Bergdahl lawyers seek public release of military report on disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 07:36

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyThe lawyers for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl filed papers on Monday seeking the public release of the military report on the soldier who left his post in a remote part of Afghanistan and spent nearly five years imprisoned by the Taliban. The report on Bergdahl's disappearance and capture was put together by Major General Kenneth Dahl, who told a military hearing last week at a base in San Antonio that he did not believe the soldier should face jail time for his actions.. Bergdahl's defense counsel said in its filing: "These documents are unclassified.