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The Latest: Resident describes life in polygamous towns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:34
PHOENIX (AP) — The latest on a trial marking one of the federal government's boldest efforts to crack down on polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah border (all times local):

Police: Man forced girlfriend to walk naked on NYC street

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:34
NEW YORK (AP) — A man beat his girlfriend for sending texts to other men and then forced her to walk down a Manhattan street naked while he made a video recording of the humiliating episode that was later posted online, police said.

Sarah the cheetah, world's fastest land mammal, dies in Ohio zoo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:28
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio zoo said on Thursday that Sarah, a cheetah designated the world's fastest land mammal by National Geographic magazine in 2012, has died at the age of 15. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden said in a statement that it had euthanized Sarah on Wednesday due to her "diminishing quality of life." The average life span of a cheetah, the fastest land mammal, is eight to 12 years, the zoo said. Sarah was dubbed the fastest cheetah when she ran 100 meters in 5.95 seconds, or 61 mph (98.2 kph), during the filming of a National Geographic special, beating her previous world record of 6.13 seconds in 2009.

Automakers recalled 51 million U.S. vehicles in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:25

A group of Chevrolet Camaro cars for sale is pictured at a car dealership in Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday that automakers recalled 51.3 million vehicles in the United States last year, the second-highest ever, in 868 separate campaigns. NHTSA and automakers have come under harsh criticism on auto safety issues from Congress and others in the wake of General Motors'delayed recall of 2.6 million vehicles for ignition switch defects linked to 124 deaths. Since then, the NHTSA has made a series of reforms and pledged to make more improvements.

VA chief to Congress: You can't fire your way to excellence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:24

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks to reporters outside VA Headquarters in Washington. McDonald is pushing back against claims by members of Congress that the VA has not fired enough people to turn around the scandal-plagued agency. McDonald told a Senate panel Thursday,Jan. 21, 2016, that “you can’t fire your way to excellence.” Instead, he said the VA must inspire its 340,000 workers to do better while recruiting and hiring new employees who understand the agency’s mission. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday disputed claims by members of Congress that his scandal-plagued agency hasn't dismissed enough employees, saying, "You can't fire your way to excellence."

White House reacts to Palin: 'Domestic violence is not a joke'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:22

Palin speaks at a rally endorsing U.S. Republican presidential candidate Trump for President at Iowa State University in Ames, IowaPalin's son was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman and carrying a gun while intoxicated, police in the family's Alaska hometown said on Tuesday. In a speech she made Wednesday to support leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Palin linked her son's charges to his experience in the U.S. military and blamed the Obama administration for not doing enough to support its veterans.

A closer look at the demographics of Flint, Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:21
A closer look at Flint, Michigan, and its demographics, according to the U.S. Census Bureau:

Condemned serial killer dies in hospital, not death chamber

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:19
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Serial killer Derrick Todd Lee was sentenced to be executed years ago, but instead he died Thursday in a Louisiana hospital.

California governor urges caution in state of state speech

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:13

California Gov. Jerry Brown presents his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday reiterated his call for fiscal caution, using his State of the State address to urge lawmakers to beef up California's rainy day fund and pay for long-delayed infrastructure repairs rather than pursue expensive new programs.

1st of 9 defendants sentenced in massive Navy bribery case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:09
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The first of nine defendants in a massive U.S. Navy bribery case was sentenced to 27 months in prison Thursday for providing classified information to a Malaysian defense contractor.

Former Oklahoma policeman sentenced to 263 years for raping four women

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:05

Former Oklahoma City police officer Holtzclaw stands with his defense attorney Adams, as his sentence is read during hearing in Oklahoma CityA former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping four women and sexually assaulting several others while he was on duty was sentenced on Thursday to 263 consecutive years in prison, the maximum allowable sentence. In December, an Oklahoma City jury found Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, guilty on 18 of 36 charges of sexual assault, including rape. The sentence was given by District Judge Timothy Henderson and came after victims told the court on Thursday that the former officer had destroyed their lives.

The Latest: Lawyer for slaying defendant declines comment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:00
SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The latest in the charging of a husband with the death of pediatrician wife inside their multimillion-dollar home in an affluent New York City suburb(all times local):

Oklahoma court says teen can be tried as adult in stabbings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 04:51
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The younger of two teenage brothers accused in the stabbing deaths of their parents and three siblings can be tried as an adult even though he is 17, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Thursday.

Some government-sanctioned assassinations on foreign soil

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 04:47
A British judge's report that Russian President Vladimir Putin probably approved the killing of a Kremlin critic at a London hotel in 2006 calls to mind other serious allegations of government-sanctioned assassinations on foreign soil. Some noteworthy cases over the years:

Sledders welcome on Capitol Hill after lawmakers intervene

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 04:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — It took an act of Congress, but the children of Washington are finally welcome to sled down on Capitol Hill.

Defense: Slain father was violent, obsessed with zombies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 04:19
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Eldon Samuel Jr. was a violent man who was hooked on prescription drugs, owned numerous weapons and was preparing his sons for a zombie apocalypse, his estranged wife Tina Samuel told the court Wednesday.

Group proposes rebranding the Atlantic Beach Bikefest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 04:19
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A local group in South Carolina wants to rebrand the Atlantic Beach Bikefest as the Unity Bikefest and promoting it as an event for all races.

Attorney: Working on bond for deputy marshal in boy's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 04:13
MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — An attorney for the second of the two deputy Marksville city marshals who was being held on $1 million bail in the November shooting death of a boy says his client is in the process of bonding out of jail.

Former Oklahoma City officer sentenced to 263 years for rape, sex assaults while on beat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 04:12
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma City officer sentenced to 263 years for rape, sex assaults while on beat.

VIDEO: What conditions create a blizzard?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 04:12

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