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Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:57
A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

Police arrest four in beating death of China grad student near USC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:51

Commander Smith of the LA Police Department speaks during a news conference in Los AngelesBy Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four people, two of them juveniles, have been arrested in the robbery and beating death last week of a Chinese graduate student near his off-campus apartment, Los Angeles Police officials said on Monday. The body of Xinran Ji, 24, an electrical engineering student who enrolled at the University of Southern California in 2013, was discovered on Thursday morning at his apartment, a few blocks away from where police said he had been attacked some six hours earlier. Jonathan DelCarmen, 19, and Andrew Garcia, 18, along with a 17-year-old male and 16-year-old female, have been arrested on murder charges in Ji's death, Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said.

Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:46

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling, during the Los Angeles Clippers' NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. Lawyers for Sterling plan to argue Monday, July 28, 2014, that Shelly Sterling had no right to make the deal with Ballmer, even though Donald Sterling had given her written authority to pursue a sale. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)A judge has ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and cleared the way for the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Expert testifies in Wisconsin baby kidnapping case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:43
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An FBI expert testified Monday in the trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures, saying visits to websites about fake pregnancy bellies were found on computers seized from the woman's home.

Fashion industry, retailers and the gender binary

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:30

FILE - This Jan. 10, 2014 file photo shows Laura Jane Grace, formerly known as Tom Gabel, of the band Against Me!, in New York. Grace, 33, publicly came out as transgender in 2012. She was born Tom Gabel and performed with the Florida-based band since 1997. At 6-2, with a mostly black wardrobe worthy of a rocker, Grace recalls the days before she was "out" and on the hunt for women's clothes. Grace said she usually shops online, shares a shoe size with her wife (a women's 10) and picks up specialty pieces in boutiques during road trips with the band that last for weeks. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — As a transgender woman who began her transition about a year ago, Kylie Jack is still figuring out her fashion style, but she wanted one thing right away: well-fitting bras.

Police search for Oregon mom who vanished while running errands

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:26
By Courtney Sherwood NEWBERG Ore. (Reuters) - Police in Oregon were searching on Monday for a stay-at-home mother of two young children who seemingly vanished from her small community while running household errands last week, as her family said they feared the worst. Jennifer Janelle Huston, a 38-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy and a toddler, told her husband she was going out to run errands on Thursday evening in the community of Dundee, on the outskirts of Portland, Newberg-Dundee Police Captain Jeff Kosmicki said. Later that evening, either her cellphone was shut off or its battery died, and family members say she has not used her credit cards or phone since Thursday, although police are still awaiting subpoenaed records to confirm her activities. Flanked by his missing wife's parents and other family members at a Monday news conference, Kallen Huston asked community members to watch for signs of her SUV, or for breaks in greenery where a vehicle may have run off the road.

Friend: McBride slurring during phone call

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:58

Theodore Wafer pauses at the end of Day 3 of his trial, Monday, July 28, 2014, Detroit, Mich. Wafer is the Dearborn Heights homeowner charged in the shooting death of Renisha McBride. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — Davonta Bynes expected 19-year-old Renisha McBride to stop by his west side Detroit home late Nov. 1, 2013, for a small get-together.

Pregnant NY woman says she was put in chokehold by NYPD officer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:26
By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York woman who is seven months pregnant complained on Monday that she was put in a chokehold by a New York police officer after barbecuing outside her home, fueling a controversy that has raged in the city following a man's death linked to the technique. Rosan Miller, 27, told a news conference set up by civil rights advocates that she was in "a lot of pain," following the incident, which was recorded on cell phone video and shown to reporters. Miller said police questioned her and her husband, Moses Miller, 34, on Saturday for grilling outside their Brooklyn home before the scuffle took place. "The community is traumatized," said former City Council member Charles Barron who stood beside Miller at the conference.

Man acquitted in murder of Michigan college football player

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:19
(Reuters) - A man accused of murdering and robbing an Eastern Michigan University football player last October was acquitted of all charges by a jury on Monday. Ed Thomas, 21, was found not guilty in the murder of Demarius Reed, a 20-year-old wide receiver with the Eastern Michigan Eagles who had dreams of playing in the National Football League. During the three-day trial in Washtenaw County Trial Court in Ann Arbor, Thomas' alleged accomplice Kristopher Pratt testified that he shot Reed twice in his off-campus apartment building last October while Thomas stole his smart phone and wallet.

NJ wedding reception shut down when brawl breaks out

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:16

NJ wedding reception shut down when brawl breaks outTwo people were arrested when a brawl involving dozens of guests broke out at a wedding reception in central New Jersey.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:15

Smoke raises in the air following Israeli shelling in Gaza City on early Tuesday, July 29, 2014. A truce between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza remained elusive as diplomats sought to end the fighting at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

San Diego council approves minimum wage hike to $11.50 an hour by 2017

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:11

A supporter holds a sign promoting a movement to raise the minimum wage in San DiegoBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The San Diego City Council gave formal approval on Monday to an ordinance that would incrementally raise the minimum wage in California's second-largest city to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, mostly for workers in the restaurant and retail sectors. The council adopted the Democratic-backed measure on a 6-3 party-line vote - the same two-thirds majority it would take to override a veto threatened by Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer. The mayor has 10 business days to act once the bill reaches his desk, said Katie Keach, a spokeswoman for Council President Todd Gloria, one of the bill's supporters. Supporters say the bill would add $1,400 to the annual average pay of employees who are now at or slightly above minimum wage, pumping an additional $260 million per year into the local economy for low-income residents to spend on food, shelter and clothing.

Annoying minor floods are increasing on US coasts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:10

FILE - Thsi Oct. 30, 2012 file photo shows Sveinn Storm, owner of Storm Bros. Ice Cream Factory measuring flood waters outside his store in Annapolis, Md. in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that passed through the East Coast. A new federal report says that along much of America’s coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years. And scientists blame rising seas, saying this is one of the ways global warming is changing everyday lives. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studied nuisance flooding, where no one is hurt but people have to deal with flooded roads and buildings. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Along much of America's coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years, the federal government reported Monday.

Construction vehicle involved in Hatboro, Pa. crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:07

Construction vehicle involved in Hatboro, Pa. crashPolice and fire officials were called to the scene of an accident in Hatboro, Montgomery County.

Judge gives go-ahead for $2 billion sale of NBA's Clippers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 08:50

Shelly Sterling, 79, speaks at a news conference with her lawyer Pierce O'Donnell in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling can proceed with the record $2 billion sale of the NBA team despite her husband's objections, a judge ruled on Monday, in a likely coda to a case of lingering racism in American sports. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said the deal struck by Shelly Sterling with former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer was permissible and could be consummated even if Sterling, who has been banned for life from the National Basketball Association for racist remarks, chose to appeal. "She had every good reason to believe that Donald agreed to the sale of the team," said Levanas, who added that he found Donald Sterling's combative testimony at the emotionally charged nine-day trial "often evasive and inconsistent." The ruling was a major victory for an embarrassed NBA and Shelly Sterling, who had asked the probate judge to confirm her as the trustee of the family trust that owns the Clippers.

Police: Missing Delaware man, 23, may be in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 08:47

 Missing Delaware man, 23, may be in PhiladelphiaThe Newark Police Department is searching for a missing 23-year-old.

Round-up of wild horses gets under way in Utah

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 08:33

Two of a band of wild horses graze in the Nephi Wash area outside Enterprise, UtahBy Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Federal land managers began rounding up wild horses on public land in central Utah on Monday as part of efforts to cut herd numbers and placate ranchers who say the animals destroy range land vital for cattle grazing. Working with a pair of helicopters, a crew of U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff and contractors captured 45 horses in the Blawn Wash area near Minersville, about 220 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, agency spokeswoman Lisa Reid said.  Over the next eight days they hope to gather a total of 140 Mustangs in Blawn Wash, one of four designated management areas in the region.

Correction: California Wildfires story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 08:30
PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — In a story July 27 about California Wildfires, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the type of aircraft assisting firefighters battling a wildfire outside Yosemite National Park. They were fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters, not fixed-wing helicopters.

Doctor who contracted Ebola in grave condition

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 08:25

This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kent Brantly always wanted to be a medical missionary, and he took the work seriously, spending months treating a steady stream of patients with Ebola in Liberia.

UN presses for Mali peace talks starting Aug. 17

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 08:16
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Monday welcomed agreement on a roadmap for negotiations between the Malian government and Tuareg separatists and called on both sides to engage in follow-up peace talks starting August 17.