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Texas robbery suspect sets himself on fire, then is shot by police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:39
Police in a Dallas suburb shot a suspected burglar after he poured a flammable material on his clothing and set himself on fire on Wednesday outside a chicken wing restaurant, a city official said. Three officers also suffered severe burns including one who had to be airlifted to a hospital for emergency care, said Corky Brown, a spokesman for Cedar Hill, the suburb southwest of Dallas where the incident took place. The suspect, who was brandishing a bottle of what appeared to be gasoline, entered the restaurant and then quickly exited engulfed in flames, witness Robert Gonzales told Dallas broadcaster WFAA.

Woman, 92, assaulted in Cobbs Creek home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:39

Woman, 92, assaulted in Cobbs Creek home invasionPolice are looking for two suspects after a 92-year-old woman was assaulted during a home invasion in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia.


New York police see risks with drones' popularity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:36

FILE - This March 12, 2014, file photo shows a drone flown by Brian Wilson, landing after flying over the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. Even though it's illegal to fly the devices just about anywhere in New York City without permission, the incidents and breathtaking videos of Manhattan's steel-and-glass canyons and sweeping skyline photos suggest that the restrictions are being widely flouted. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — One private drone crash-landed in midtown Manhattan. Another caused alarm by hovering over Times Square amid tight security during Super Bowl week. Most recently, authorities say, another had a close brush with a police helicopter near the George Washington Bridge.


Threatened chicken delays Texas spaceflight plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:32
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — The mating habits of a threatened species of chicken have postponed a West Texas city's plans for spaceflight.

Slain sniper author didn't fear Ventura lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:30

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, right, made his way back into Warren E. Burger Federal Building during the first day of jury selection in a defamation lawsuit, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. Ventura filed the defamation lawsuit against the Chris Kyle estate, claiming that Kyle's account of a bar fight in a book he wrote was false. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jurors in Jesse Ventura's defamation case on Wednesday watched video testimony from a slain military sniper, who said he didn't fear being sued for claiming in his autobiography that he had punched the former Minnesota governor inside a bar.


Exclusive: U.S. grills suspects in new strategy to build bank laundering cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:28
By Brett Wolf ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors are using a new tactic to crack down on banks that fail to fight money laundering: systematically asking suspects in a wide range of criminal cases to help them follow the money back to their bankers. The efforts are paying off in probes of banks and other financial institutions now filling the prosecution pipeline, according to Jonathan Lopez, who last month left his post as deputy chief of the Justice Department’s Money Laundering and Bank Integrity Unit (MLBIU). "Asking criminals the simple question 'Who is moving your money?' can lead the Department of Justice to a financial institution's doorstep," said Lopez, who declined to identify specific targets. The four-year-old MLBIU, which includes a dozen prosecutors, is responsible for insuring that financial institutions adhere to U.S. laws including the main U.S. anti-money laundering law, the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).

Hagel says nuclear operation has drifted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:26

FILE - This July 3, 2014 file photo shows Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaking at the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Hagel told naval submariners on Wednesday that the U.S. has let its focus on the military’s nuclear responsibilities drift a bit, but two reviews are wrapping up and he will be looking at recommendations to strengthen the health of the force. Speaking at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Hagel said more attention must be paid to the nuclear forces as key to national security. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)KINGS BAY, Georgia (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told naval submariners on Wednesday that the U.S. has let its focus on the military's nuclear responsibilities drift a bit, but two reviews are wrapping up and he will be looking at recommendations to strengthen the health of the force.


Car ends up in pond in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:16

Car ends up in pond in DelawareDelaware State Police are investigating an accident in which a car was driven into a retention pond.


Nuclear plant tests thousands of air samples

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:15
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Officials say about 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem.

Police: Suspected carjacker crashes into DART bus in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:12

 Suspected carjacker crashes into DART bus in WilmingtonPolice say a suspected carjacker crashed into a DART bus in Wilmington, Delaware Wednesday morning.


Florida cat owners call 911 after Russian blue 'freaked out'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:01

Kush the cat is seen in a cage at the local police station in DeLand, Florida in this handout picture from the DeLand Police DepartmentBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Florida (Reuters) - Kush the cat was quarantined in central Florida after her owner called 911 over the weekend for help, saying the ferocious feline had her trapped in her home. She’s got us trapped in our bedroom,” Teresa Gregory, 50, told the emergency police dispatcher, according to the record of the call.


Judge: Colorado gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:57
DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado has struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

Colorado judge strikes down state's gay marriage ban but puts ruling on hold

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:55
DENVER (AP) — Colorado judge strikes down state's gay marriage ban but puts ruling on hold.

Police shoot knife-wielding woman dead outside Idaho hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:54
Police shot and killed a woman brandishing a knife outside a regional medical center in northern Idaho that had been locked down amid reports of a weapons threat, authorities said Wednesday. Officers investigating the threat late on Tuesday at Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint said they found a knife-wielding woman who ignored their demands to drop the weapon. An altercation ensued and officers opened fire and killed the 35-year-old woman, Gary Johnston, detective sergeant with the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement. "A preliminary investigation indicates the female aggressed the officers while refusing to comply with commands to drop the knife.

Arizona town protests US border patrol presence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:48
AMADO, Ariz. (AP) — Some 20 miles north of where the U.S. and Mexico meet, a makeshift border patrol checkpoint that went up about seven years ago and was supposed to be temporary continues to draw ire from nearby residents who say their rights are being violated.

Utah to appeal gay marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:44

Skinner and her wife Belka wait for the beginning of the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake CityBy Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Utah's attorney general will appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court over last month's ruling by a federal appeals court that backed gay marriage in the conservative, heavily Mormon state, his office said on Wednesday. An appeal by Utah was widely expected after the June 25 decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver that the state could not prohibit same-sex couples from marrying. The office of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said he would petition the Supreme Court in the coming week, and that the state's measure banning gay marriage was presumed to be constitutional "unless the highest courts deem otherwise." Utah had the option of asking the entire 10th Circuit appeals court to review the ruling or taking the case directly to the nation's top court. The June 25 decision was the first time a regional federal appeals court had made such a ruling in the year since the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to extend benefits to legally married same-sex couples.


Police: Dad parked vehicle at work with son inside

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:37
RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — The father of a 15-month-old Connecticut boy who died after being left in a car on a hot day was supposed to drop him off at day care but went to work and left his son inside the parked vehicle, police said Wednesday.

Texas mom also charged after her toddler's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:36
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas woman whose boyfriend has been accused of killing her toddler daughter faces charges that she helped bury the body under a bridge, according to police.

Military tanks to be auctioned in California

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:35

This Nov. 6, 2013 photo shows an Israeli Sherman tank, part of the Jacques Littlefield Collection, displayed at the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation in Portola Valley, Calif. More than 80 tanks, including this Israeli Sherman tank, that were amassed by Littlefield are set to go up for sale in the San Francisco Bay Area in what is being billed as one of the largest auctions of military vehicles ever. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — More than 80 tanks amassed by a Stanford University-trained engineer are set to go up for sale in the San Francisco Bay Area in what is being billed as one of the largest auctions of military vehicles ever.


Ex-FBI chief seeks ruling in defamation lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:34
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lawyers for former FBI Director Louis Freeh are asking a federal court to clarify rules governing a defamation lawsuit filed against him by former Penn State University president Graham Spanier.