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UConn hosting weeklong national puppetry festival

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:03

Puppeteers from Drama of Works performs a shadow puppet show for fellow puppeteers attending at the National Puppetry Festival at the University of Connecticut, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, in Storrs, Conn. Puppeteers from around the world began descending on UConn Monday to participate in the weeklong festival of all things puppet. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Puppeteers from around the world began descending on the University of Connecticut on Monday to participate in a weeklong festival of all things puppet.


Eagles rookie cornerback JaCorey Shepherd tears ACL

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 06:00

Eagles rookie cornerback JaCorey Shepherd tears ACLEagles rookie cornerback JaCorey Shepherd has a torn ligament in his right knee that will likely end his season.


Guilty plea in scheme to steal more than $1M in donations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:59
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Samuel K. Pate Jr.'s job was to make sure donations were deposited into the accounts of his conservative clients — including campaign funds for now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Republican Sen. David Vitter. Instead, his bookkeeping scheme diverted more than $1 million into his own accounts to pay for a lavish lifestyle of vacation homes, luxury vehicles and jewelry, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Nearly 60 people arrested for Ferguson-related protest in St Louis: officials

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:51
(Reuters) - Nearly 60 people were arrested on Monday for obstructing the entrance of a St. Louis court house in a peaceful protest related to the anniversary of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri said 57 people were arrested and are being processed for blocking the entrances at the Thomas Eagleton Federal Courthouse.

House veterans chairman: VA should fire bad workers faster

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:49

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, speaks during a forum at the Disabled American Veterans convention in Denver, Monday Aug. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said Monday the troubled VA should fire problem employees faster and that Congress should make it easier for the entire government to dismiss bad workers.


Boy flown to hospital after sand cave collapse at Jersey shore

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:49

Boy flown to hospital after sand cave collapse at Jersey shoreA 12-year-old boy was flown to the hospital after a sand cave collapsed on top of him at a New Jersey beach Monday.


Man guilty of stabbing 5 to death in Denver bar 3 years ago

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:41

FILE - In this Thursday, July 25, 2013 file photo, Tracy J, the uncle of defendant Dexter Lewis, speaks with reporters following a court hearing at which Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey announced he will seek the death penalty for Lewis in the killings of five people at a Denver bar in 2012, in Denver. Dexter Lewis was found guilty Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, for the five killings in the bar and now faces the death penalty. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)DENVER (AP) — A man was convicted of murder Monday for stabbing five people to death in a Denver bar during a botched robbery three years ago, making him eligible for the death penalty.


Car crashes into home of recently widowed retired police officer in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:38

Car crashes into home of recently widowed retired police officer in Northeast PhiladelphiaA car slammed into a Philadelphia home and burst into flames. The elderly man who lived inside survived, and the driver is facing charges of DUI.


White House staffer charged with firing police officer's gun

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:34
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House staffer is charged with firing the service weapon of an off-duty U.S. Capitol Police officer in what authorities described as a domestic incident. No one was hurt.

Bernie Sanders picks up first major labor endorsement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:29

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., gestures while speaking to nurses during a visit to the National Nurses United office, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders picked up his first major labor endorsement from the nation's largest organization of nurses, reflecting the Vermont senator's appeal among unions in his challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.


AG Kathleen Kane plans news conference to respond to charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:24

AG Kathleen Kane plans news conference to respond to chargesPennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane plans to publicly respond for the first time to the criminal charges lodged against her last week, a spokesman said Monday.


Hosts still needed for World Meeting of Families

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:20

Hosts still needed for World Meeting of FamiliesThere has been a lot of talk lately about booked hotels and closed roads surrounding the pope's upcoming visit and the World Meeting of Families in late September.


Road rage stabbing in NJ caught on video; 3 sought

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:17

Road rage stabbing in NJ caught on video; 3 soughtPolice are looking for three suspects after a man was stabbed during a road rage incident in Brick Township, New Jersey.


Berkshire Hathaway buying Precision Castparts for about $32B

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:16

FILE - In this May 5, 2014, file photo, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett speaks during an interview with Liz Claman on the Fox Business Network in Omaha, Neb. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is buying Precision Castparts Corp. for approximately $32.36 billion, the company announced, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's biggest acquisition yet — a $32.36 billion buyout of Precision Castparts — will further change the complexion of Berkshire Hathaway and increase the conglomerate's reliance on industrial companies.


File of officer who shot teen shows no disciplinary actions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:13
SENECA, S.C. (AP) — The personnel file of a South Carolina police officer who shot and killed a teen during an attempted drug bust shows no disciplinary problems.

Michigan lawmaker says self-smear plan 'wrong,' won't resign

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:08

In this Jan. 14, 2015 photo, Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, and Rep Todd Courser, R-Lapeer wave to reporters in the House of Representatives in Lansing. A Michigan House leader on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 requested an investigation into allegations that Courser orchestrated the distribution of a fictional email claiming he had sex with a male prostitute in a bid to conceal an extramarital relationship. In audio recordings obtained by the Detroit News, Courser said the email was designed to create "a complete smear campaign" about him and Gamrat so a revelation about their relationship would seem "mild by comparison." (Dale G. Young /Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITLANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker apologized Monday but said he would not resign after orchestrating a campaign suggesting he had sex with a male prostitute in order to distract attention from his relationship with another legislator.


Holy smokes: Police say woman tried to smuggle pot in Bible

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:02
UNION, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a woman who tried to smuggle marijuana into a South Carolina jail inside a Bible has been arrested.

Health officials say amoeba did not kill Minnesota youth

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 04:56
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Health officials say lab tests have determined that a Minnesota teenager did not die from a water parasite as initially suspected, but instead from a bacterial disease.

Judge: State must pay legal fees in gay marriage case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 04:54
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson to pay more than $135,000 in legal fees for a couple who challenged the state ban on same-sex marriage.

1 dead, 2 wounded after shooting in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 04:53

1 dead, 2 wounded after shooting in WilmingtonPolice say one person is dead and two others are wounded after a shooting on Monday in Wilmington, Delaware.