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Arizona top court allows murderer's execution to proceed after considering last-minute appeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:35
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona top court allows murderer's execution to proceed after considering last-minute appeal.

Official: Williston air quality OK after fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:34

Smoke rises from the site of a fire in an industrial area of Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Authorities have set up an evacuation zone within a half-mile radius of Red River Supply, the site of the fire. No injuries were immediately reported. Red River Supply provides services to oil companies working in North Dakota's oil patch. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Air quality tests at the site of an industrial fire in Williston showed levels "that would not raise concern," North Dakota Department of Health Air Quality Division director Terry O'Clair said Wednesday.


Head of troubled CDC anthrax lab has resigned

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:34

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Michael Farrell head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax, resigned an agency spokesman said Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Farrell was reassigned following an incident last month at an Atlanta lab that handles bioterrorism agents. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the government lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday.


Arkansas military base on lockdown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:28
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock Air Force Base went on lockdown Wednesday amid reports of a suspicious person, though military officials have offered few details about the incident.

Navajo Nation leader denounces homeless killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:15
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The president of the Navajo Nation on Wednesday denounced the killing of two homeless men who he said were members of the tribe and called for a meeting with Albuquerque officials about the attack.

Six indicted in New York for involvement in StubHub cyber fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:12

An eBay logo is projected onto white boxes in this illustration picture taken in WarsawNew York (Reuters) - Six people were indicted in New York for involvement in a global cybercrime ring that took over more than 1,000 accounts of eBay Inc's StubHub online ticket reselling service, according to a statement released by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. Cybercriminals are believed to have defrauded StubHub of $1 million, the statement said, citing City of London Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard. (Reporting by Karen Freifeld in New York. Writing by Jim Finkle in Boston; Editing by Chris Reese)


47 confirmed dead in Taiwan plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:09

47 confirmed dead in Taiwan plane crashA plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and Taiwan's transportation minister is telling ABC News that 47 people on board have been killed.


Factbox: Reaction to U.S. proposals on oil, ethanol transport by rail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:02
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for carrying crude oil and ethanol by rail after a series of accidents in the past year.[ID:nL2N0PY11N] The following is reaction to the proposed rules: American Petroleum Institute, whose more than 600 members produce, process and distribute oil and natural gas: “The government can and should take steps to ensure greater safety without stalling the energy renaissance that is creating good jobs, growing our economy and improving America’s energy security. As the regulatory process moves forward, we will continue to work collaboratively with the rail industry, regulators and local first responders toward our goal of zero incidents,” API President and Chief Executive Jack Gerard said in a statement. U.S. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, who has pressed regulators to make tank cars safer: “We appreciate that DOT has issued its proposal for rail tank cars today that appears to be comprehensive and deals with prevention, mitigation and response.

U.S. DOT says staggered phase out for older oil tank cars

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:02
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Transportation proposes phasing out older DOT-111 railcars for shipping highly flammable crude oils, known as packing group 1, within 2 years, an aide to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on Wednesday. Older DOT-111 cars would be phased out for the less flammable crudes in packing groups two and three over three and five years respectively, the aide said. (Reporting by Timothy Gardner, writing by Edward McAllister)

Federal judge to rule on Colorado gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 01:56

Attorney Mari Newman, center, talks with members of the media, as she stands with her plaintiffs and their supporters following a court hearing on sam sex marriage at the Federal District Court, in Denver, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Gay couples seeking to strike Colorado's same-sex marriage ban urged a federal judge Tuesday to overturn the law immediately and reject the state's request to stay a ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the matter. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A federal judge in Denver is expected to rule Wednesday whether Colorado's same-sex marriage ban should be overturned immediately, or if the issue should be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Overturned truck blocks access to Ben Franklin Bridge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 01:51

Overturned truck blocks access to Ben Franklin BridgeAn overturned truck is slowing traffic near the entrance of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia.


Arizona high court delays planned execution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 01:49

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, allowed the Arizona executionof Wood to go forward amid a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs in the country. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's highest court on Wednesday temporarily halted the execution of a condemned inmate so it could consider a last-minute appeal.


Feds: Ex-trader deserves 9 years for fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 01:39
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A federal prosecutor is urging a judge to sentence a former Wall Street trader to nine years in prison for securities fraud. He says such conduct hurts trust in the markets and the victims included taxpayers, pension funds and charitable endowments.

Lawyer: Nazi war suspect dies as extradition OK'd

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 01:35

the main gate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz I in PolandPHILADELPHIA (AP) — An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect has died, the night before a judge ruled that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial, his lawyer said Wednesday.


Guests allowed back in after evacuation at Center City hotel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 01:08

Guests allowed back in after evacuation at Center City hotelThe smell of smoke forced hundreds of hotel guests into the streets of Center City for hours Wednesday morning.


Massachusetts teenager charged in October killing in court on assault charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 01:00
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts teenager accused of raping and murdering a teacher at his former high school appeared in a Boston court on Wednesday to face charges of stalking and attacking a female staffer at the detention center where he is awaiting trial. Philip Chism, 15, was charged with following a Department of Youth Services staff worker into a bathroom last month, where prosecutors say he beat her, stabbed her with a pencil and attempted to strangle her.   Chism was arraigned in Suffolk County Juvenile Court on one charge of attempted murder, two charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and one charge of kidnapping. Chism has been charged as an adult in the alleged rape and murder of 24-year-old math teacher Colleen Ritzer in October at his high school in Danvers, Massachusetts, about 20 miles north of Boston. Prosecutor Mark Zanini said at the hearing that the June 2 incident occurred when Chism was alone with a male staff worker in the center’s common space.

Supreme Court denies inmate's last-ditch appeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:56

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, allowed the Arizona executionof Wood to go forward amid a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs in the country. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the last year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.


47 confirmed dead in Tawian plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:55

47 confirmed dead in Tawian plane crashA plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and Taiwan's transportation minister is telling ABC News that 47 people on board have been killed.


Police: Man tried to lure teen girl into car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:53

 Man tried to lure teen girl into carPolice are looking for the man who tried to lure a teenage girl into his car on Tuesday.


AP source: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 00:50

Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accountsNEW YORK (AP) — Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said.