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Asian stocks mostly down on Ukraine, Iraq jitters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:16

Traders Thomas Kay, left, and Frederick Reimer work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher after Europe's main two central banks decided to keep interest rates on hold. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks sank Friday as jitters over the crises in Iraq and Ukraine escalated but Chinese stocks rose after trade figures showed surprisingly strong growth in exports.

Evacuated after Oregon fire, some residents return

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:13

A helicopter drops water on the Rowena fire in Oregon amid high winds and dry conditions on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. The Rowena fire began in brush Tuesday night. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Stuart Tomlinson)Some of the hundreds of people forced to flee a wind-driven wildfire in Oregon's Columbia Gorge east of Portland were allowed to return Thursday and were happy to find their houses intact, even where flames had come as close as 30 feet.

'Immigration doctor' convicted of sexually assaulting nine-year-old Colorado girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:10
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado man who posed as an immigration doctor to gain access to the home of a Vietnamese family was convicted on Thursday of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl inside the residence, prosecutors said. Kenneth Dean Lee, 57, was found guilty of sexual assault of a child, kidnapping, burglary, criminal impersonation and other charges after a three-day jury trial, Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler said.

Walsh departure leaves Democrats to scramble

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:09

In this Thursday, March 27, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., speaks on the National Mall in Washington. Walsh says he is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a college research paper. Walsh said in a statement Thursday he’ll leave the race but keep the seat he was appointed to until his term ends in January 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak,File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democrats will be hard-pressed in quickly finding a strong candidate for Montana's U.S. Senate election after incumbent John Walsh's abrupt withdrawal from the campaign in a plagiarism controversy.

2 killed in robbery of California marijuana grow

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:06
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The robbery of a Central California house with a marijuana-growing operation triggered a fierce gunbattle in which two suspects were killed and a 15-year-old girl was used as a human shield by fleeing robbers, authorities said Thursday.

30 19th century test coins sold at auction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:53

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 have sold at auction for more than a half-million dollars.

Undocumented Mexican migrant takes refuge in Arizona church

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:46
By Brad Poole TUCSON Ariz. (Reuters) - Surrounded by about 50 well-wishers, including representatives from a dozen southern Arizona congregations, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico and longtime Tucson resident took refuge on Thursday in a church that offered her sanctuary. "I don’t want to leave here," Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto told the gathering through an interpreter. My children are here, and we’re going to keep on until we achieve victory," Loreto is due to be deported on Friday, but she will remain protected by Southside Presbyterian Church until Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offers her a reprieve, said Pastor Alison Harrington. "We are standing between Rosa and an unjust system," Harrington said.

Hurricane Julio strengthens into Category 3 storm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:43

Crowds line up inside the departures terminal at the Honolulu International Airport in Honolulu on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. With Iselle, Hawaii is expected to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years. Tracking close behind it is Hurricane Julio. Hawaiian Airlines announced Thursday they are waiving change fees for passengers trying to leave before the hurricanes hit the islands. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Julio has strengthened into a Category 3 storm as it spins toward Hawaii, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.

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.