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Mother of slain Mexican teen sues US Border Patrol

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:32
TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — The mother of a Mexican teen who was shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol agent nearly two years ago sued the agency on Tuesday, saying her son was walking home after playing basketball with his girlfriend and friends when he was hit in the back by 10 bullets.

Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:32

Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks to the media at a homeless shelter Monday, July 28, 2014, in Lewiston, Maine. LePage, the governor of the state with the largest percentage of white people, placed thousands of miles from the southern border, has thrust the issue of immigration to the forefront with his criticism over the federal government's placement of eight immigrants in the state. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.

Safety board finds fault in derailment, response

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:32
Systemic errors led to a 2012 train derailment in New Jersey that released a dangerous gas into the air, sickening residents and emergency responders, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday in a scathing report.

Trump says his Buffalo Bills bid unlikely to win

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:31

FILE - In this May 27, 2014 file photo, Donald Trump speaks at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington. Trump says he'll submit a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills but that it's unlikely his offer will be the winner. The billionaire businessman told Fox News that's because he's "not going to do something totally stupid" to make the team his. Trump spoke on the eve of Tuesday's, July 29, 2014, deadline for prospective owners to submit initial bids for the National Football League franchise. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Donald Trump says he is unlikely to be the next owner of the Buffalo Bills because he's "not going to do something totally stupid" to make the team his.

U.S. marshals released from hospital following New York shootout

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:27
Two U.S. marshals wounded in a shootout in New York's upscale Greenwich Village neighborhood were released from the hospital on Tuesday, while a police detective remained hospitalized in stable condition, officials said. The three officers were attempting to arrest 32-year-old Charles Mozdir on Monday on child molestation charges filed in the San Diego area, when Mozdir opened fire in the smoke shop where he worked, authorities said. Mozdir was recently on CNN's "The Hunt" reality television show with former "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh, which sets out to catch fugitives, said U.S. Marshals spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue. Greenwich Village, a lower Manhattan neighborhood whose residents include celebrities and New York University students, rarely experiences violent crime.

Four California teens charged in murder of China graduate student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:27
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four teenagers were charged with capital murder on Tuesday in the beating death of a graduate student from China not far from the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles, prosecutors said. Two of the suspects, 19-year-old Jonathan Del Carmen and Andrew Garcia, 18, could face the death penalty if they are found guilty at trial in the high-profile case. The other two suspects, aged 16 and 17, were also charged with first-degree murder but will not face the death penalty if they are convicted because they are minors, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:19

Clean air advocates cheer as Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, speaks at a rally outside an Environmental Protection Agency hearing, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Atlanta. Utility and coal companies are expected to argue Tuesday against proposals from the Obama administration that would force a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2030 from 2005 levels. The EPA is holding three public hearings on the proposal in Atlanta, Denver and Washington. (AP Photo/David Goldman)DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.

Guards at New York City jail accused of drug trafficking

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:10
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three guards at New York City's Rikers Island Correctional Facility have been indicted on charges of smuggling drugs into the city's largest jail complex and selling contraband to inmates, authorities said on Tuesday. The charges stem from a investigation involving wire taps and undercover agents posing as friends and family members of inmates who met up with the Department of Correction officers, according to the city Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. The prosecutor's office alleged that the officers accepted contraband pills and payment from the undercover agents. Two officers face charges of drug possession and trafficking narcotics, including cocaine and the powerful painkiller oxycodone, into Rikers Island, along with other contraband, the prosecutor said.

Baltimore poised to impose strict new youth curfew

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:10
Baltimore, faced with high crime rates, is set to impose one of the strictest U.S. curfews for young people, with the mayor facing residents on Tuesday to explain the new rules. Backers of the law, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, say it will not criminalize children, but will take them off the street and put them and their families in touch with social services agencies. This is a city and we are going to make sure that we keep our kids safe,” Rawlings-Blake, a Democrat, said in May. Rawlings-Blake is holding a meeting on Tuesday night at the University of Baltimore to answer questions from residents about the law. CRIME RATE City Councilman Brandon Scott, who sponsored the bill, said the great majority of his constituents backed the new curfew.

Idaho suspends plan to kill wolves in wilderness

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:09
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Conservationists claimed victory on Tuesday after Idaho wildlife managers suspended the killing of wolves in a protected wilderness area for preying on elk prized by commercial hunters. The state's Department of Fish and Game hired a hunter last year to trap and kill wolves in the central Idaho mountains, responding to complaints from sportsmen who say the wolves threatened big-game animals. The push by state wildfire managers to kill wolves was challenged by a lawsuit from conservation groups represented by the environmental law firm Earthjustice that said it violated principles of limiting human intervention in wilderness areas. Overall, Idaho aims to reduce its total wolf population to 150, from about 600 now, through recreational trapping and hunting, and state wolf-control actions including shooting from aircraft.

Detroit water department placed in mayor's hands

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:01

In this Nov. 6, 2013 photo, Mayor-elect Mike Duggan is seen during a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Detroit. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr issued an order placing control of Detroit’s water department in the hands of Mayor Mike Duggan. The move was announced Tuesday, July 29, 2014 and comes as the massive water system in the bankrupt city has received national and international criticism for shutting off service to thousands of customers who are 60 days or more behind on their bills. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Control of Detroit's massive municipal water department, which has been widely criticized by the United Nations and others for widespread service shutoffs to thousands of customers, has been returned to the mayor's office.

4 charged with murder of USC student from China

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two young men and two teenagers have been charged with murder in the fatal beating of a University of California graduate student from China.

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:58

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killedIsrael unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant.

New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping teen appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:53

Nathaniel Kibby is seen in an undated photo released by the New Hampshire Attorney General's officeBy Ted Siefer CONWAY N.H. (Reuters) - A 34-year-old-man appeared in court on Tuesday charged with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenager who mysteriously reappeared last week in the small mountain town of Conway after nine months. A judge ordered Nathaniel Kibby held on $1 million cash bail on a charge of felony kidnapping. The hearing at Conway District Court marked the first public appearance by Abigail Hernandez since her return a week ago, with no explanation offered for how she left her captor. Prosecutors and law enforcement officials refused to answer questions about how Hernandez was able to return to Conway or the circumstances of her confinement, citing an ongoing criminal investigation.

San Francisco political adviser pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:51
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California political consultant charged with bribery, racketeering and other counts in a sweeping indictment that also names a state senator and an alleged gang leader has pleaded not guilty.

U.S., Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:50

US President Barack Obama speaks on foreign policy at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 16, 2014President Barack Obama has announced new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move by the U.S. to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels.

Vegas illegal betting suspects freed from custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:49
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A wealthy Malaysian businessman who was charged in a World Cup betting scheme has been let out of jail after his poker-star friends posted his bail and immigration officials cleared his release.

Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:49

FILE - In this July 23, 2014, file photo, Taya Kyle, the widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, arrives at U.S. District Court wearing dog tags around her neck in St. Paul, Minn. Jurors in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle have gone home for the night Monday, July 28, 2014, but will return Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGAZINEES OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

Adolescent stow-away found dead on U.S. military plane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:44
The U.S. military has found the body of an adolescent male trapped in a compartment above the landing gear of a C-130 aircraft following a trip to Africa, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The Pentagon said the body was found at Ramstein Air Base in Germany during a routine post-flight maintenance inspection on Sunday. "At this point, it is unknown where or when the deceased entered the landing gear wheel well," Kirby said, describing the apparent stow-away as "an adolescent black male, possibly of African origin." As concerns swell over an outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in several African countries, the military also confirmed that the body was tested for communicable diseases.

Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:37

FILE - This Jan. 18, 2010 file photo shows steaks and other beef products displayed for sale at a grocery store in McLean, Va. A federal appeals court upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.