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California environmentalist shakes up Florida race

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 02:31
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A California billionaire environmentalist is pouring millions of dollars into the Florida governor's race to buy television ads attacking Gov. Rick Scott as a friend of polluters and utility companies, giving the campaign of Democratic front-runner Charlie Crist a boost as polls show a tightening race.

Landowners cited for pile that damaged Del. bridge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 02:21

FILE -In this Thursday, June 5, 2014 file photo, workers remove a pile of dirt next to the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River near Wilmington, Del. The owners of land in Delaware where a huge mound of dirt caused damage to an interstate highway bridge on a key East Coast artery have been served with violation notices by state environmental regulators in August 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The owners of land in Delaware where a huge mound of dirt caused damage to an interstate highway bridge on a key East Coast artery have been served with violation notices by state environmental regulators.


Missouri racial violence recalls apartheid, U.N. rights chief says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 02:17

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay arrives for the 21st Special Session of the Human Rights Council in GenevaNavi Pillay, who is due to step down at the end of the month after six years in the U.N. hotseat, urged U.S. The United States is a freedom-loving country and one thing they should cherish is people's right to protest," Pillay said in a wide-ranging interview in her office along Lake Geneva.


Officer released from hospital after shootout in Tacony; suspect dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 02:04

Officer released from hospital after shootout in Tacony; suspect deadA Philadelphia police officer has been released from the hospital after a shootout in Tacony that left a suspect dead.


Climber proposes to girlfriend before falling to death at Yosemite: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:58

Cathedral Peak(Reuters) - A veteran outdoorsman fell to his death on a solo climb at Yosemite National Park in California the same day he proposed to his girlfriend, a newspaper reported. Brad Parker, 36, of Sebastopol, California, and his girlfriend, Jainee Dial, climbed to the top of Cathedral Peak on Saturday and it was on that trip that she accepted his marriage proposal, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported. A spokeswoman for Yosemite National Park did not immediately return calls seeking comment.


Kluwe, Vikings reach settlement to avert lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:53

FILE - In this July 15, 2014, file photo, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, right, speaks during a press conference in Minneapolis. Kluwe says he's reached a settlement with the team to avert a threatened lawsuit over his release. Kluwe had accused the Vikings of cutting him over his activism on gay rights issues. He said Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, that the Vikings have agreed to donate to several nonprofits to help raise awareness in professional sports about LGBT issues. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores, File ) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUTMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe said Tuesday they reached a settlement averting a lawsuit over Kluwe's claim that the team wrongfully released him last year because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage rights.


Man charged in fatal stabbing of 1-year-old niece

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:50

Arthur Hapgood - croppedBRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man was charged with murder, accused of fatally slashing his 1-year-old niece in her abdomen while babysitting, police said.


American slain in Bali, daughter had troubled past

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:41

Heather Mack, stands at the police district headquarters after she was brought in for questioning in relation to the death of her mother, in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, a 62-year-old American woman, was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death, police said. The suitcase containing Mack's body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of the St. Regis Bali Resort in the island's upscale Nusa Dua area, said Col. Djoko Hari Utomo, the police chief in Bali's capital, Denpasar. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman whose beaten body was found stuffed in a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali was repeatedly and violently abused by the daughter who has been arrested in her killing, according to police reports.


Ex-Virginia teacher indicted in attack on legislator's wife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:38
(Reuters) - A former Virginia high school teacher who police say attacked the wife of a state legislator was indicted by a grand jury on Monday on three felony charges of entering a house armed, abduction and malicious wounding, according to court documents. Police say Claire Ogilvie, 36, attacked Nancy Tramontin, the wife of David Toscano, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, in their Charlottesville home on Feb. 24 and struck the woman several times in the head. Tramontin said in a statement released after the attack that she and Ogilvie had been friends until the woman developed what she described as an "unsettling interest" in the family. Until her arrest, she was a teacher at William Monroe High School in Stanardsville, outside Charlottesville.

Lawsuit alleges sex assault by Maryland doctor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:38

FILE - In this June 10, 2014, file photo, Dr. William Dando walks outside the Allegany County Courthouse in Cumberland, Md. A West Virginia woman is suing Dando for more than $1.5 million, alleging he sexually assaulted her at a walk-in clinic in western Maryland. The lawsuit filed in Allegany County Circuit Court also names Dando's former employer, MedExpress Urgent Care, of Morgantown, West Virginia. It alleges the company knew, or should have known, about Dando's 1987 conviction for a Florida rape. The Maryland Board of Physicians suspended Dando's license in June after he was charged with molesting another woman at the clinic in LaVale. He denies those charges.(AP Photo/David Dishneau, File)HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A West Virginia woman is suing a disgraced doctor for more than $1.5 million, alleging he sexually assaulted her at a walk-in clinic in western Maryland.


Feds seek to auction off extradited couple's loot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:33
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal authorities are seeking to auction off silver goblets, snakeskin coats, a dozen guns and hundreds of gold coins seized from a former Washington state couple who have been extradited to Romania to face tax evasion charges.

Officer pleads not guilty in 19-year-old's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:22

This booking photo provided by the Tulsa County Sherrif's Office shows Shannon Kepler, a Tulsa police officer, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend. (AP Photo/Tulsa County Sheriff's Office)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa police officer on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend.


Ex-Virginia teacher indicted in attack on legislator's wife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:14
(Reuters) - A former Virginia high school teacher who police say attacked the wife of a state legislator was indicted by a grand jury on Monday on three felony charges of entering a house armed, abduction and malicious wounding, according to court documents. Police say Claire Ogilvie, 36, attacked Nancy Tramontin, the wife of David Toscano, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, in their Charlottesville home on Feb. 24 and struck the woman several times in the head. Tramontin said in a statement released after the attack that she and Ogilvie had been friends until the woman developed what she described as an "unsettling interest" in the family. Until her arrest, she was a teacher at William Monroe High School in Stanardsville, outside Charlottesville.

Federal rejection leaves immigrant in limbo at Arizona church

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:14
By Brad Poole TUCSON Ariz. (Reuters) - Federal officials have denied an undocumented immigrant's application to remain in the United States, leaving her to live in sanctuary, and legal limbo, at a southern Arizona church. Rosa Robles Loreto, a homeowner and housekeeper who has lived in Tucson since 1999, took sanctuary at the city's Southside Presbyterian Church on Aug. 7 after an appeal of her deportation case was rejected. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Monday it will not close her case nor grant her a stay of deportation, though it does not intend to arrest her. "After conducting a thorough review of Ms. Robles Loreto's immigration case, ICE has decided to exercise prosecutorial discretion by not taking immediate action on (her) removal order," the agency said in a statement.

CEO of bankrupt oil company sentenced in scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:11
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The CEO of a bankrupt southern Kentucky oil company has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for scamming investors into giving him money for three oil partnerships in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Remains from U.S.'s Mount St. Helens belong to Japanese hiker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:07
Human remains discovered on Washington state's Mount St. Helens have been identified as a Japanese hiker who went missing last November while trying to climb to the volcano's summit alone, officials said Tuesday. Yosuke Onishi's remains were found during a search earlier this month near where he was believed to have gone missing, about 7,100 feet (2,164 meter) up the south slope of the 8,300-foot (2,530-meter) summit, the Skamania County Sheriff's Office said. His identity was confirmed by the medical examiner's office in nearby Clark County, which also borders the well-known peak. Onishi had set out Nov. 27 from an area hotel, borrowing snow shoes and telling staff he planned to summit the active volcano on his own.

Landowners cited for dirt pile that damaged I-495 bridge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:57

Landowners cited for dirt pile that damaged I-495 bridgeThe owners of land in Delaware where a huge mound of dirt caused damage to an interstate highway bridge on a key East Coast artery have been served with violation notices by state environmental regulators.


Convicted Oregon bomber sentenced to 15 years in federal prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:57
By Teresa Carson PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A man convicted of bombing an Oregon district attorney's office last year in a bid to delay his prosecution on unrelated burglary charges was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in federal prison. Alan Leroy McVay, 47, of Medford, Oregon, was sentenced after pleading guilty to malicious destruction of property by explosion for the bombing last fall of the Jackson County District Attorney's Office. A propane gas tank rigged to a detonator and hurled by McVay against a window of the building on Nov. 13 exploded in flames, shattering glass and damaging the brick exterior, authorities said. Police in Medford, some 250 miles (400 km) south of Portland near the California border, said immediately afterward they considered the bombing an act of domestic terrorism.

Drug lab scandal could get cases tossed in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:53

Drug lab scandal could get cases tossed in DelawareA Superior Court judge is holding a hearing involving two drug crime defendants that could determine the fate of thousands of drug prosecutions in Delaware.


Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:49

Police, protesters collide again in FergusonThe National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.