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Restaurant charges 'minimum wage fee' after hike

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 03:23

Restaurant charges 'minimum wage fee' after hikePeople eating at a restaurant in Stillwater, Minnesota, are seeing a new fee added to their bill.

Mother, boyfriend charged for keeping child locked in outdoor cage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 03:21

Mother, boyfriend charged for keeping child locked in outdoor cageThe 7-year-old boy told police meals were brought to him in the cage and that he slept there overnight even when it rained

Virginia governor's wife hid gifts, says corruption trial witness

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 03:18

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The wife of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell was known among staffers for hiding gifts in the executive mansion, an aide to the governor testified during the first couple's corruption trial on Friday. Matt Conrad, McDonnell's deputy chief of staff, said aides were worried that if some of the gifts hidden by first lady Maureen McDonnell were also intended for the governor they needed to be recorded on financial disclosure forms. McDonnell, a Republican, and his wife face 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting the gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. in exchange for supporting his former company Star Scientific, a dietary supplements maker. Paul Perito, the former chairman and chief operating officer of Star Scientific, now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc, testified that he had no idea of Williams' largesse towards the McDonnells.

Judge to review Facebook posts of rape accuser

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 03:11
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge has ordered a teen who accused a man of rape to turn over access to her Facebook account, providing another example of social media's growing use in courtrooms and the resulting privacy concerns.

Hearing: Did nurse assist suicide in online chats?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 03:07
FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors in Minnesota argued Friday that a former nurse should be convicted of assisting suicide for sending emails and other online communications in which he urged two people to kill themselves and gave them information on how to do it.

Sheriff: Suspect in disappearance likely got muddy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 03:05

Jenise Paulette WrightSEATTLE (AP) — The person who might be responsible for the disappearance of a 6-year-old Washington girl would have been "covered in mud," and authorities on Friday asked for the public's help in recalling whether they had seen anyone who fit that description over the weekend.

Mystery woman with no fingerprints a riddle spanning four states

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 03:02

Ann Marie Miller is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A mystery woman, who apparently tried to hide her identity by removing her fingerprints, on Friday was identified as a disbarred lawyer from Virginia, said investigators in a case spanning at least four states. The woman, jailed in Ohio since July 9, was arrested after trying to use a fake birth certificate to obtain a state identification card under the name Julia Wadsworth. While booking her in jail, authorities discovered that her fingerprints were gone. They're never going to come back," said Allen County Sheriff Samuel Crish in northwestern Ohio.

Global turmoil weighing on stocks but US prices up

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:59

FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011 photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 as investors weigh gains in productivity against worsening geopolitical concerns. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Fear is creeping into stock and bonds markets around the world against a backdrop of escalating global turmoil.

Prosecutors appeal new trial for Kennedy cousin

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:56

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2013 file photo, Michael Skakel reacts to being granted bail during his bond hearing at Stamford, Conn., Superior Court. Skakel was convicted in 2002 of the October 1975 murder of Martha Moxley, but a judge granted a new trial in 2013 saying his trial attorney, Michael Sherman, failed to adequately represent him. Prosecutors filed an appeal Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 and said the judge was wrong to grant a new trial, rejecting his conclusion that Skakel's trial attorney should have focused more on his brother Thomas Skakel. (AP Photo/The Stamford Advocate, Bob Luckey, Pool, File)NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Prosecutors filed an appeal Friday seeking to reinstate Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's conviction on a charge of fatally bludgeoning neighbor Martha Moxley with a golf club in 1975, when they were both 15.

Connecticut police officer indicted for stomping tasered suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:52
(Reuters) - A Connecticut police officer has been indicted on a charge he violated a tasered suspect's civil rights after being caught on videotape appearing to stomp the downed man's head and neck, federal prosecutors said on Friday. Clive Higgins, a 12-year veteran of the Bridgeport Police, was due in court on Friday to be arraigned on the felony charge of using unreasonable force during the 2011 arrest, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Connecticut said in a statement. In May 2011, two Bridgeport police officers were chasing Orlando Lopez-Soto's van on suspicions that he had a gun. The officers called for backup, and Higgins responded, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Sheriff: Suspect in disappearance likely got muddy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:42

Jenise Paulette WrightSEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say the person who might be responsible for the disappearance of a 6-year-old Washington girl would have been "covered in mud."

Teen held after USC death charged with 7 felonies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:42
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 14-year-old girl held with four other teens after the beating of a University of Southern California graduate student has been charged with seven felonies in an unrelated Dockweiler Beach robbery that took place later that day, authorities said.

Police: Texas boy, 7, shoots 8-year-old cousin

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:41
TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — Texas City police say an 8-year-old boy is in critical condition but does not appear to have life-threatening injuries after being shot in the face by his 7-year-old cousin.

Texas school band practice broken up by plane spraying pesticide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:36
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas high school marching band had to cancel practice this week after a plane dropped pesticide for mosquitoes on more than 300 members going through their paces, school officials said on Friday. Students from the Houston suburb were sent home after the Thursday morning incident and told to wash their clothes and themselves thoroughly, school officials said. Band practice resumed indoors on Friday because another flight with pesticide was planned to fly overhead. The Brazoria County Mosquito Control District, which arranged for the flight, was not immediately available to comment on the incident or give details on the chemicals used.

Ban is sought on Hudson River helicopter tours

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:22
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Tourists who want a bird's-eye view of the New York City skyline might be out of luck.

Masked men storm California apartment, kill 3

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:15
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine a motive after multiple men in masks stormed a Central California apartment and opened fire, killing three men and wounding another.

Washington man set ablaze by wife could face molestation charge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:12
Detectives in Washington state have recommended a man who was set afire by his wife be charged with first-degree child molestation, police said Friday. Vincent Phillips, 52, was still hospitalized with severe burns to the face and chest following the July 17 attack. Phillips' wife, Tatanysha Hedman, 40, told police she doused him with gasoline as he slept and then set him on fire because he had been abusing her 7-year-old daughter, his stepdaughter, authorities said. Detectives investigating the incident last week recommended charges of child molestation to the King County prosecutor's office, said Renton police spokeswoman Terry Vickers.

First tropical storm in 22 years to hit Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:06

Anne Kllingshirn, of Kailua, Hawaii walks with her daughter Emma, 1, as storm clouds float overhead during the sunrise hours on Kailua Beach, in Kailua, Hawaii, Thursday morning Aug. 7, 2014. The National Weather Service downgraded Hurricane Iselle to a tropical storm about 50 miles before it was expected to make landfall early Friday in the southern part of Hawaii's Big Island. By 2 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Friday, the storm was swirling about 10 miles from the Kau coastline. (AP Photo/Luci Pemoni)HONOLULU (AP) — This is what Associated Press reporters on the scene are learning as the first tropical storm in 22 years hit Hawaii:

Utility to pay $12M over massive 2011 blackout

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:01
EL CENTRO, Calif. (AP) — The customer-owned electric utility serving Southern California's Imperial Valley will pay a $12 million civil penalty in a vast power outage three years ago.

McDonald's sales hit by China scandal, US weakness

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:00

FILE - In this Friday, April 20, 2012, file photo, McDonald's sign is displayed at a McDonald's restaurant in East Palo Alto, Calif. McDonald's says a key sales figure fell 2.5 percent in July 2014, dragged down by persistent weakness in the U.S. and the impact of a food safety scandal in China. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says a global sales figure fell 2.5 percent in July, dragged down by persistent weakness in the U.S. and a food safety scare in China.