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Hawaiian refineries preparing for oncoming storms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:24
Hawaii's only two refineries on Thursday were preparing for a pair of hurricanes approaching the archipelago, spokesmen for the companies said. They joined Hawaiians bracing for Hurricane Iselle, which was slated to make landfall on Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday night before passing south of the other islands on Friday. Behind Iselle was Hurricane Julio, forecast to pass just north of the Big Island on Sunday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Par Petroleum Corp and Chevron Corp each were securing their plants on the island of Oahu.

Man, 19, shot and killed in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:18

Man, 19, shot and killed in North PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating a homicide after a man was found shot multiple times in a car in North Philadelphia.


Man, suspect in wife's killing in Drexel Hill, is dead; abducted kids safe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:16

Man, suspect in wife's killing in Drexel Hill, is dead; abducted kids safeThe boys' father has been found dead in an apparent suicide after police say he killed their mother and fled to New York.


President Obama authorizes targeted airstrikes in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:13

President Obama authorizes targeted airstrikes in IraqPresident Barack Obama says he has authorized the U.S. military to launch targeted airstrikes if Islamic militants advance toward American personnel in northern Iraq.


3 decades later, remains of Jonestown bodies found

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:13

The site of the former Minus Funeral Home in Dover, Del., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The state Division of Forensic Science has taken possession of the remains, discovered at the former Minus Funeral Home in Dover, and is working to make identifications and notify relatives, the agency and Dover police said in a statement. The division last week responded to a request to check the former funeral home after 38 containers of remains were discovered inside. Thirty-three containers were marked and identified. They spanned a period from about 1970 to the 1990s and included the Jonestown remains. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)DOVER, Del. (AP) — More than 35 years after the infamous suicide-murder of some 900 people — many forced to drink a cyanide-laced grape punch — in Jonestown, Guyana, the cremated remains of nine of the victims were found in a dilapidated former funeral home in Delaware, officials said Thursday.


Toddler slides through White House gate, alarming Secret Service

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:58

The South Lawn and the White House is pictured in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A toddler squeezed through the White House gates on Thursday evening, causing a brief security lockdown on Pennsylvania Avenue and amusing White House reporters awaiting late-breaking news on Iraq. "We were going to wait until he learned to talk to question him, but in lieu of that he got a timeout and was sent on way with parents," Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said in a statement provided to White House reporters. Secret Service agents regularly close off the area due to suspicious packages near the White House, but pint-sized intruders are far less common. ...


Tragic end after 4-day search for missing girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:52

Jenise Paulette WrightSEATTLE (AP) — A four-day search for a missing Washington girl who vanished from her home over the weekend came to a tragic end Thursday, as authorities said they believe they have found the body of 6-year-old Jenise Wright.


Soaked for charity: Ice bucket challenges get cool

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:33

 pay up for charity or get doused. The fund-raising phenomenon is catching on fast, propelled by popular videos of the dunkers and the dunked _ including famous athletes and entertainers _ posted on social media sites. And the challenges are raising tens of thousands of dollars and immeasurable awareness for causes from ALS to breast cancer to a camp for kids who’ve lost a father to war. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — The idea is simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, record it and post the video on social media.


California cargo ships to slow for whales under new program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:32
By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The massive container ships passing through the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of Southern California will be paid a bonus of $2,500 per trip to slow down, in an effort to cut off-shore air pollution and reduce collisions with whales. The four-month pilot program started in July, run by federal and local officials and an environmental group. Last week, a dead fin whale washed up at the beach and harbor city of Port Hueneme, south of Santa Barbara. "Slowing down ships is a good thing for air pollution, endangered species protection and human health," said Kristi Birney, marine conservation analyst with the Environmental Defense Center based in Santa Barbara.

Man guilty of murder in Michigan porch shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:29

Monica McBride, mother of Renisha McBride, cries during the reading of verdict of guilty of of second-degree murder and manslaughter for Theodore Wafer, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 in Detroit. Walter Ray Simmons, Renisha's father, is at right. Wafer, 55, shot Renisha McBride through a screen door on Nov. 2, hours after she crashed into a parked car a half-mile from his house. The jury convicted Wafer of second-degree murder and manslaughter after deliberating for about eight hours over two days. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who insisted he killed an unarmed woman on his porch in self-defense was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday after the jury rejected his tearful claim that he fired through a screen door in the wee hours because he feared his life was at risk.


Former Calpers board member charged with bribery in corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:57

Calpers mission statement is seen posted on the wall in the regional office in Sacramento.A federal grand jury indicted on Thursday a former Calpers board member on charges of bribing a chief executive of the California public pension fund and faking documents to gain million of dollars in investments fees. U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced that Alfred J. Villalobos, a former member of the board of the California Public Employee Retirement System who later worked as a placement agent, engaged in a conspiracy to commit corruption, defraud the United States, conceal materials, and conspire to commit mail and wire fraud. Villalobos was a member of Calpers board from 1993 to 1995 and later founded a placement agency called ARVCO Capital Research LLC that solicited investments by public pension funds in private equity funds, according to court documents.


Obama Authorizes Air Strikes, Humanitarian Aid Mission in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:42
The United States is sending cargo planes to drop pallets of humanitarian aid and supplies to stranded Iraqi citizens threatened by the militant Islamic group ISIS, the White House announced today.

Stock exchange says Malaysia Airlines shares suspended ahead of an announcement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:33
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Stock exchange says Malaysia Airlines shares suspended ahead of an announcement.

Sen. Alexander faces tea party-styled challengers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:28

Gov. Bill Haslam, left, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander react to remarks by U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. during a get out the vote rally Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. Alexander is being challenged by state Rep. Joe Carr and Memphis radio station owner George Flinn for his senate seat. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Paul Efird)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, a 40-year veteran of Tennessee politics, is facing a challenge Thursday from two tea party-styled candidates who have tried to cast him as out of touch with the state's increasingly conservative electorate.


US Launches Humanitarian Airdrop Mission in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:16
The United States is sending cargo planes to drop pallets of humanitarian aid and supplies to stranded Iraqi citizens threatened by the militant Islamic group ISIS, the White House announced today.

Arkansas woman pleads not guilty in mountain death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:16

In this police booking photo provided by the Yell County Sheriff's Department in Danville, Ark., Brooke Sueann Floyd poses for a photo, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2014. Floyd, whose husband and son were found dead in the Ouachita Mountains, has been charged with felony manslaughter. (AP Photo/Yell County Sheriffs Department)DANVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in connection with the death of her 10-month old son after the boy and her husband were found dead in the Ouachita Mountains after a four-day search.


Outer edge of hurricane brings rain to Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:07

Workers at the Menehune Water Company load five gallon bottles of water into a customer's truck, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Aiea, Hawaii. Hawaii is bracing for two back to back hurricanes, Iselle and Julio, which are on course to hit the Islands. Bottles of water are quickly disappearing off shelves in Hawaii causing many people to line up for several hours to purchase water directly from the company. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — Barely holding on to hurricane strength, Iselle's outer edges brought rain and wind to Hawaii on Thursday afternoon as it approached landfall, poised to become the first hurricane or tropical storm to hit the island chain in 22 years and whose path another hurricane closely followed.


Marathon suspect makes new push to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:00
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have made a second push to move his trial out of Boston, arguing that he cannot get a fair trial there because of the emotional impact of the deadly attack.

San Francisco man gets prison for insider deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:56
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Francisco man was sentenced Thursday to three months in federal prison for using insider information five years ago to profit off The Walt Disney Co.'s $4 billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment.

Body found in Washington state appears to be of missing child

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:42
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The body of a child found on Thursday near a Washington state mobile home park appears to be that of a 6-year-old girl last seen on Saturday and reported missing when she failed to turn up for dinner the following night, authorities said. Jenise Wright had gone to bed on Saturday in her family home near Bremerton, on the Kitsap Peninsula across the Puget Sound from Seattle, and was not seen by family members the next day, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office. Her parents notified police after she missed Sunday dinner, telling the sheriff's office that they had not initially been alarmed because she would often wander alone around the mobile home park where the family lived, checking in every few hours. After four days of searching led by local law enforcement, the Kitsap County Sheriff's office said on Thursday they had found a body that "appears to be that of Jenise." FBI investigators using sniffer dogs found the body in a wooded area "in close proximity" to the mobile home park, Kitsap County Sheriff Deputy spokesman Scott Wilson told a news conference.