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Progress reported in fighting Arizona blaze as western U.S. fires rage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 04:11

Handout photo of the Willow Fire burning in ArizonaBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Firefighters battling a major wildfire in northwestern Arizona on Monday reported progress in containing the blaze that has forced people out of about 1,000 homes and charred nearly 6,800 acres.     Officials said an estimated 300 firefighters took to the ground and the air early on Monday expecting to announce some degree of containment for the Willow fire in the Mohave Valley, about 30 miles southeast of Bullhead City, Arizona.     "We're definitely encouraged by what we're seeing right now," said Dolores Garcia, a Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman. "We're just waiting to see if the lines we have on the ground will hold." The fire was one of dozens burning across the drought-parched U.S. West on Monday, many of them started by lightning strikes.

Vermont killing highlights dangers of social work

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 04:03
Police say a social worker in Vermont was killed by a mother upset that she had lost custody of her 9-year-old daughter. The killing of Lara Sobel is the latest in a roster of violent acts directed at social workers. Here's a look at some key facts about violence aimed at social workers:

Two Wisconsin girls to be tried as adults in Slenderman stabbing case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 03:54
A Wisconsin judge on Monday ordered two girls be tried as adults on charges they tried to kill their classmate by stabbing her 19 times to try to please the fictional character Slenderman. The girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, were charged with attempted first-degree homicide in the May 2014 attack in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee. According to online court records, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren ruled that the case will remain in adult court where the girls could be sentenced to up to 60 years in prison if convicted in the stabbing.

The Latest in Texas deaths: Family had troubled history

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 03:52

Harris County Chief Deputy Tim Cannon speaks during a news conference in the case of David Conley Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in Houston. Eight people were found dead inside a Houston-area home following the arrest of Conley, who exchanged gunfire with police, Texas authorities said Sunday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON (AP) — The latest on eight people found dead inside a Houston home (all times CDT):

Chicago public schools to lay off 1,500 teachers and staff

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 03:46
Chicago Public Schools on Monday began notifying nearly 1,500 teachers and support staff who are being fired amid a previously announced, $200 million budget cut and a shift in student enrollment. The announcement came as CPS released its $5.7 billion 2016 budget, which includes a historic $1.1 billion budget deficit driven by rapidly rising pension payments. The layoff notices will affect 479 teachers and 1,012 other staff members out of more than 41,500 employees, according to the school system.

Black South Carolina man was armed when officers shot him, police say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 03:42
A young black man was armed on Saturday when he was shot to death by South Carolina police after leading officers on a high-speed chase that ended when he crashed his SUV into a tree, authorities said on Monday. Deputies shouted at him to surrender and then fired their weapons at him, authorities said.Police recovered what they believe was the suspect's weapon at the scene, authorities said.The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said on Sunday it was investigating the shooting. It was the 31st officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year.

Judge strikes down Oklahoma law restricting abortion drugs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 03:36
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge struck down an Oklahoma law Monday that required doctors to follow label instructions when prescribing abortion-inducing drugs, finding the rule is unconstitutional because it doesn't apply to other kinds of medication.

17-year-old boy robbed at gunpoint in Overbrook

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 03:34

17-year-old boy robbed at gunpoint in OverbrookPhiladelphia police are searching for a suspect who robbed a teenage boy at gunpoint in the city's Overbrook section.

University of Texas considers moving Confederate statues on campus

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 03:27
A panel at the University of Texas recommended moving to museums or leaving in place, with notes of explanation, statues of Confederate leaders on campus that have been the subject to recent protests, the school said on Monday. The statues, placed decades ago on the campus of the left-leaning university in Austin, a liberal city in conservative Texas, gained new attention in June amid the debate in South Carolina about taking down the Confederate battle flag on the state's capitol grounds. A month ago, South Carolina removed the Confederate battle flag, a symbol of the South's pro-slavery legacy, from the state capitol grounds in the wake of a white gunman fatally shooting nine black worshipers at a historic church.

Man accused of 2nd jail crash, previously hitting flagpole

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 03:24
SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man is back in a Florida jail for crashing his SUV into the building's entrance and causing a gas leak — two weeks after doing doughnuts in the facility's lawn and hitting a flag pole.

St. Louis County declares state of emergency for Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 03:24
(Reuters) - St. Louis County issued a state of emergency for Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday, citing violence in the city on the anniversary of the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white officer. "The recent acts of violence will not be tolerated in a community that has worked so tirelessly over the last year to rebuild and become stronger," St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said in a statement. Prosecutors on Monday charged an 18-year-old black man with assault on police officers in Ferguson after an exchange of gunfire the previous night.

Missouri charges man with assault for firing in officers in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 03:15
(Reuters) - Missouri prosecutors on Monday charged Tyrone Harris with four counts of assault on law enforcement on suspicion of firing at officers in late night violence in the strife-torn St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

CVS Health to pay government $450,000 to settle dispute

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 02:54
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — CVS Health has agreed to pay $450,000 to the federal government to settle allegations that several of its Rhode Island retail pharmacies filled forged and invalid painkiller prescriptions.

Virginia agents who bloodied black student return to duty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 02:49
Virginia alcohol control agents involved in the bloody arrest of a black University of Virginia student in March returned to duty on Monday, the agency said. A review has shown that the agents did not breach policy in their arrest of student Martese Johnson outside a Charlottesville bar, the Alcohol Beverage Control Department said in a statement. It sparked student protests at the school and fed a debate on U.S. police treatment of minorities.

World Trade Center parachutists fined, no jail

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 02:40

Andrew Rossig exits the courtroom at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkTwo men found guilty of jumping off the top of New York's One World Trade Center, the Western Hemisphere's tallest building, were each sentenced to a $2,000 fine and community service on Monday in a Manhattan state court. Andrew Rossig, 34, and James Brady, 33, are two out of the three BASE jumpers who parachuted from the top of the 104-story building in the early hours of Sept. 30, 2013. A third jumper, Marko Markovich, 28, will be sentenced on Aug. 17.

Cops: Police official tried to cash in stolen lottery ticket

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 02:36
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — The chairman of a Connecticut police commission has resigned after being charged in Florida with trying to cash in a winning $520,000 lottery ticket that was reported stolen by his niece.

Is she pregnant? DC zoo says panda's hormones are rising

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 02:17
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say the hormone levels of the Washington's National Zoo's adult female panda are rising, but they don't know whether she is pregnant.

11-year-old boy faces competency exam in 3-year-old's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 02:11
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit judge ordered a mental competency exam Monday for an 11-year-old boy charged in the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old boy and urged the public to lock up their guns, saying they're a "magnet" for curious children.

More charges for ex-teacher accused of sex with juveniles

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 02:02
FRANKLINTON, La. (AP) — A former teacher who was arrested in January over accusations of having sex with two students now faces more charges.

Driver freed after pickup slams into big rig on I-95 in Chester

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 02:01

Driver freed after pickup slams into big rig on I-95 in ChesterA pickup truck plowed into the rear of a tractor trailer in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Chester, Delaware County.