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UN still waiting for $274 million Saudis pledged for Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:04
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The $274 million that Saudi Arabia promised months ago to fund a U.N. emergency aid appeal for Yemen hasn't arrived because the kingdom and the world body are still discussing the terms of the funding, while aid groups begin to warn that people trapped by the conflict are on the brink of starvation.

Defendants in fatal hayride crash in Maine plead not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:02
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — All three defendants in a Halloween-themed hayride crash that killed a teenager and injured more than a dozen other passengers pleaded not guilty Thursday in their first court appearance.

Free checkups helping Special Olympics athletes stay healthy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:01

Volunteer Susan Danberg, right, examines the eyes of an athlete at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. Organizers say many of these intellectually challenged athletes have never been examined by a doctor of any kind. Since it began in 1968, the Special Olympics' Healthy Athletes program has provided free medical services to more than 1.6 million people with intellectual disabilities.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — They arrived in Los Angeles by the thousands to run, jump and swim and to play such team sports as soccer and softball.

Teen accused of suffocating newborn son, then going shopping

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:51
NEW YORK (AP) — A teenage girl suffocated her just-born baby boy before putting his body in a shopping bag, then going on a trip to a Victoria's Secret store the next day, prosecutors said as she was charged with murder Thursday.

Texas county where incarcerated woman died cited by jail monitor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:50

A child holds a sign of Sandra Bland, who died in police custody, during a rally against police violence in New YorkThe Texas county where a black woman died in an apparent jail suicide that garnered national attention had been cited by a state monitor for not doing enough to keep an eye on inmates and properly filling out intake forms, an official said on Thursday. Sandra Bland was found hanged in her cell three days after her July 10 arrest for a minor traffic offense in Waller County, about 50 miles northwest of Houston, an incident activists say is another example of police brutality toward minorities. Brandon Wood, the executive director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, told a Texas House of Representatives Committee that the county had not done enough to fill out mental health forms required by the state and monitoring those it kept behind bars.

Family of Mafia Cops victim gets $5 million settlement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:46

FILE- In this March 22, 2006, file photo, former New York City police detective Louis Eppolito, right, exits Brooklyn federal court with his wife Fran in New York. Lawyers for the family of Israel Greenwald announced the settlement on Thursday, July 30, 2015, in one of the most notorious police corruption cases in city history. The family sued the city in 2006 after Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa were arrested in Las Vegas, where they had retired, and convicted of murder and other crimes. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a diamond dealer killed by a pair of crooked New York Police Department detectives — known as the Mafia Cops for moonlighting as hit men for the mob — has won a $5 million settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit.

US judge rejects legal challenge from Guantanamo detainee

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday rejected a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay detainee who said his imprisonment was unlawful now that President Barack Obama has declared an end to hostilities in Afghanistan.

California says water use fell by 27 percent in June

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:35

FILE -- In this July 9, 2014 file photo a woman works among drought-tolerant plants in her front yard in San Diego. Water use in San Diego plunged 24 percent in June well past it's target of 16 percent. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unprecedented system of mandatory conservation imposed on cities got off to a strong start with water use plunging 27 percent in June, regulators said Thursday.

GE may ship $10 billion in work overseas as U.S. trade bank languishes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:31

The logo of General Electric is pictured at the 26th World Gas Conference in ParisGeneral Electric Co is taking steps to shift some U.S. manufacturing work overseas now that the U.S. Export-Import Bank will be shuttered at least until September, the industrial giant's global operations boss told Reuters on Thursday. GE Vice Chairman John Rice said the conglomerate is bidding on over $10 billion worth of projects that require support from an export credit agency (ECA) like Ex-Im.

Father of Ohio child found decomposed in crib held on $1 million bond

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:27
An Ohio judge ordered a father held on a $1 million bond Thursday after a cable installer discovered the badly decomposed body of a young child in a crib at his apartment and notified authorities, the Medina Police Department said. Eric Warfel, 34, was arrested Wednesday after the body of 18-month-old Ember Warfel was found in her crib surrounded by bags of trash, apparently to cover up the smell of decomposition, police said. Another daughter, Erin Delynn Warfel, died aged 5 months at an emergency room in March 2013 in a "manner undetermined," according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's website.

Prosecutor: NJ Boy Scout Master 'groomed' boy for sex

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:26

 NJ Boy Scout Master 'groomed' boy for sexAn Assistant Boy Scout Master is accused of sexually assaulting a child in Cape May County.

Jury picked in unprecedented U.S. trial of alleged Taliban fighter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:25
The unprecedented trial of a former Soviet army officer accused of being a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan began on Thursday in U.S. District Court with a jury being selected. Irek Hamidullin, believed to be in his 50s, is the first military prisoner from Afghanistan to be tried in a federal court. Before selection started, Judge Henry Hudson rejected a request by Hamidullin's lawyers for a continuance.

AccuWeather: Heat warning, afternoon storms today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:19

 Heat warning, afternoon storms todayMeteorologist David Murphy says Friday will be hot, but much less humid.

Police: Another car sought after 3 killed in Northeast Philadelphia crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:17

 Another car sought after 3 killed in Northeast Philadelphia crashPolice said there was another speeding vehicle near the car that crashed in Northeast Philadelphia late Wednesday night, leaving three people dead.

California judge says she'll likely uphold farmer water cuts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:13
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's demand for lower agricultural water use during the drought will likely survive a legal challenge, a judge indicated Thursday.

Attorney: Police shot man in head; family to file lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:13
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The attorney for the family of a 23-year-old man killed by police in Virginia said Thursday that the medical examiner's report indicates he was shot in the back of the head.

Man charged with attempted murder in stabbings of wife, child

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:13

Man charged with attempted murder in stabbings of wife, childThe man who, police say, stabbed his wife and daughter in West Oak Lane is back in Philadelphia facing upgraded charges.

Confederate flags left near Rev. Martin Luther King's church

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:09

A U.S. Park Ranger and Atlanta police vehicle sit in front of Ebenezer Baptist Church where Confederate flags were found on the premises Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Atlanta. U.S. authorities are investigating after several Confederate battle flags were discovered near the church and a civil rights center named after Martin Luther King, an iconic leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Thursday morning. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church.

Unusual terror case going to trial in US court in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:08
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of terror suspects have been tried in federal courts since the 2001 attacks, but a case unfolding in Virginia differs from most in at least one key respect.

The Latest: Trial begins in Virginia for terror suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 05:07
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The latest on the trial of terror suspect Irek Hamidullin (all times local):