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Officials: Woman sneaked onto flight after 3 tries

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:47

This combination of four 2014 booking photos released by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office shows Marilyn Hartman. Federal law enforcement officials say Hartman tried at least three times to breach airport security before she was able to get through a checkpoint without a boarding pass at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman who took a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles without a ticket tried at least three times that day to breach airport security before she managed to board the plane, federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday.


US jobless aid applications fell to 289,000

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:44

In this photo taken Wednesday, July 16, 2014, job seekers check out the opportunities at a Hiring Fair For Veterans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, as jobless claims remain at relatively low levels that point toward stronger economic growth.


Jury resumes deliberations in porch shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:42

Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during the seventh day of testimony for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Detroit. He said he feared for his life when he fired at McBride on his porch in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Wafer is charged with second-degree murder and could be sentenced to up to life in prison with the chance for parole, if he's convicted. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — Jurors have returned for their first full day of deliberations in the trial of a Detroit-area man who argued self-defense in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman on his porch.


Relative: Boy voiced love after playground attack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:27

a vigil for Michael Connor Verkerke, 9KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A relative says some of the last words from a 9-year-old boy who died after being stabbed on a Michigan playground were about how much he loved his family.


Judges weigh gay marriage cases from 4 states

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:26

Hundreds of gay marriage supporters rally on Fountain Square, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. Three judges of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati are set to hear arguments Wednesday in six gay marriage fights from four states, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) — Judges Martha Craig Daughtrey and Deborah L. Cook made it clear fairly quickly they stood on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage debate. Their colleague, Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, however, gave fewer hints as to where he may come down when the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decides the fate of gay marriage bans in four states.


Bumpy road to Grand Canyon Skywalk now paved

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:26

FILE - In this March 20, 2007 file photo, people walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. A ceremony is planned Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 to mark completion of a newly-paved road which leads to the Skywalk. Known as the Diamond Bar Road, the once rugged, nine-mile washboard road cost more than $30 million to finish and came after years of legal battles with a local dude rancher. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Getting to the Grand Canyon Skywalk used to include a teeth-chattering drive over a washboard road fraught with dips and twists.


Police: Teacher found at school drunk and pantsless

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:25

 Teacher found at school drunk and pantlessAn Oklahoma high school teacher was arrested on her first day on the job after allegedly appearing at school drunk and without wearing pants.


Virginia resident catches squirrel kick on video

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:25
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Virginia resident on his first trip to the Grand Canyon started recording when he saw a squirrel approach two men, thinking they would be bitten.

Hurricane Julio strengthens into Category 2 storm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:03

Hurricane Iselle, center, and tropical storm Julio, rightHONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Julio strengthened into a Category 2 storm as it spun toward Hawaii, with winds gusting at a sustained speed of 100 mph.


Fannie Mae earns $3.7B in 2Q; paying $3.7B to US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:01

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2011, photo, the Fannie Mae headquarters is seen in Washington. Fannie Mae reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Fannie Mae is reporting net income of $3.7 billion from April through June as the housing market continued to recover.


Applications for US unemployment benefits decline to 289k; averages at pre-recession levels

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 20:34
WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for US unemployment benefits decline to 289k; averages at pre-recession levels.

Police: 2 missing boys safe; apparent suspect dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 20:27
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say two children reportedly taken from a Philadelphia-area home after a woman was slain have been found safe in New York City. A man in a vehicle that was sought by police has been found dead.

30 19th century test coins to sell at auction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 20:24

This image provided by Heritage Auctions shows one of the historic experimental coins from the collection of the late Texas businessman and philanthropist Harry W. Bass, Jr. that will be offered by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 World's Fair of Money on Aug. 7, 2014 near Chicago. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)DALLAS (AP) — Thirty coins stamped by the U.S. Mint in the 19th century to test designs and metals are expected to sell at auction for more than $300,000.


Florida mom charged in NJ in slaying of son

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:56
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have charged a Florida woman in the death of her 5-year-old son who was reported missing from a carnival in New Jersey in 1991.

2 boys from Amber Alert safe; suspect at large after mother killed in Drexel Hill, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:43

2 boys from Amber Alert safe; suspect found dead after mother killed in Drexel Hill, Pa.Action News has learned the two boys sought in this morning's Amber Alert are now safely in police custody in Staten Island, New York.


Police: 2 missing boys found after Pa. woman slain

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:38
DREXEL HILL, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say two children reportedly taken from a Philadelphia-area home after a woman was slain have been found safe in a convenience store in New York City.

Detroit jury continues deliberations in porch shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:21

Theodore Wafer sits in the court room during his arraignment in Detroit, MichiganBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit jury will resume deliberations on Thursday to determine whether the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white suburban homeowner was murder or a fear-driven mistake. Theodore Wafer, 55, has been charged with second degree murder for firing a fatal shotgun blast at Renisha McBride, 19, at his Dearborn Heights home after she knocked on the door seeking help early one morning last November. During closing arguments on Wednesday, Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney Patrick Muscat said that Wafer handled his Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, "like a toy, and as a result a 19-year-old is dead." Wafer had told police that the shooting was an accident. Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter said Wafer acted in self-defense, and that while he may have been mistaken, he's not guilty.


Police: 2 young boys missing after Pa. woman slain

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:08
DREXEL HILL, Pa. (AP) — State police in Pennsylvania have issued an Amber Alert for two small children reportedly taken from a Philadelphia-area home after a woman was slain.

Despite recovery, Bank of England maintains rates

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:02
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has opted to keep its main interest rate on hold at a record low 0.5 percent despite the ongoing strength of the U.K. economy.

China tightens control over mobile Internet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:55
BEIJING (AP) — In the cat-and-mouse game of free flow and control of information, China has made its move against the latest information-sharing technology.