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Third University of New Mexico football player suspended

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 03:47
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - The head football coach at the University of New Mexico has suspended a third team member in as many months after the player was arrested this week on charges of breaking into a former girlfriend's apartment, a school spokesman said on Wednesday. Starting lineman Jamal Price, 21, was charged on Monday with breaking and entering, according to a criminal complaint. UNM head football coach Bob Davie announced his indefinite suspension on Tuesday, and said he was disappointed he had to address another legal incident involving his players. "We need to concentrate on the 102 athletes coming out to our first practice Thursday." Two other players, SaQwan Edwards and Crusoe Gongbay, were arrested in April on suspicion of raping and kidnapping a female UNM student from an off-campus party.

Police arrest mom, say son, 7, went to park alone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 03:43
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who let her 7-year-old son walk alone to a park has been charged with felony child neglect.

Judge tosses lawsuit over federal refuge closures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 03:42
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge in Alaska has dismissed the state's lawsuit over the closure of national wildlife refuges during the partial federal government shutdown last year.

76ers want lottery overhaul delayed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 03:36
The NBA is pushing toward changes to the draft lottery system by next season but is facing a strong objection from the Philadelphia 76ers, the franchise that could suffer the most from it, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

Despite court ruling, no wedding bells for same-sex couples in South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 03:30
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - Five gay couples were denied marriage licenses on Wednesday at a South Carolina courthouse as they offered a symbolic challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban. As a crowd of supporters waited outside a Greenville County courthouse, the couples filled out marriage applications and were turned away. The couples were trying to push South Carolina to lift its ban after a ruling on Monday by a U.S. appeals court that struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 03:27

FILE - In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner refuses to answer questions as the House Oversight Committee holds a hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lerner, a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversial called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails. Lerner used to head the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status. In a series of emails with a colleague in November 2012, Lerner made two disparaging remarks about members of the GOP, including one remark that was profane. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., released the emails Wednesday as part of his committee's investigation. Camp says the emails show Lerner's disgust with conservatives. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny.


PHOTOS: Megan's Law fugitives from South Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 03:24

 Megan's Law fugitives from South JerseyOn the 20th anniversary of the rape and murder of 7-year-old Megan Kanka of New Jersey - a crime that inspired Megan's Law - we are profiling the most wanted Megan's Law offenders from South Jersey.


6 Philadelphia officers charged in corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 03:24

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, left, speaks as FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Edward Hanko, center and United States Attorney Zane David Memeger, right, listen during a news conference Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Six Philadelphia narcotics officers have been indicted on charges they spent years shaking down drug dealers, using gangland tactics to rob them of cash and drugs, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Six city narcotics officers used gangland tactics to shake down drug dealers, robbing them of large sums of cash and drugs for years, federal authorities charged in an indictment unsealed Wednesday.


Pennsylvania state police defend fitness test

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 03:13
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The head of the Pennsylvania State Police urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to withdraw a new lawsuit that claims the agency's physical fitness standards for recruits discriminate against women.

Oregon hunting guide pleads guilty to injuring wild cats for easy kill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 03:13
An Oregon hunting guide accused of injuring or caging mountain lions and bobcats to make it easier for his clients to shoot and kill pleaded guilty on Wednesday in a U.S. Court in Denver to violating a federal wildlife law, prosecutors said. Nicholaus Rodgers of Shady Cove, Oregon, could face up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 for the felony count of conspiring to violate the Lacey Act, which bans the transportation or sale across state lines of illegally gained wildlife, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Under a plea agreement, Rodgers admitted he was part of a ring of hunting guides employed by a Colorado outfitter who shot, trapped or caged the wild cats to provide clients with faux fair chase hunts in Colorado and Utah from 2007 to 2009, prosecutors said in a statement. Rodgers, 31, is the fourth guide who worked for the Colorado outfitter, Christopher Loncarich, to plead guilty to Lacey Act violations in a case investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Ohio man gets life for killing mother and living six months with body

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 03:12
Michael Petrie, 33, of Barberton, a suburb of Akron, was found guilty of murder and abuse of a corpse after a short trial in June. Prosecutors said Petrie killed his 67-year-old mother in October 2012 by stabbing her in the face, neck and heart with a sai, a traditional Asian martial arts weapon. Petrie continued to live with his mother in her home until April 2013 when police found her body. Petrie, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia as a child, initially entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, according to a statement from Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

Vacations, trips detailed at ex-governor's trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 02:56

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., with his lawyer John L. Brownlee on the second day of his and his wife Maureen's corruption trial, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alexa Welch Edlund)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The former first family of Virginia flew on a chief executive's private jet, vacationed at his lake house and received other perks, such as passes to a Ritz Carlton beach club, the businessman's assistant said Wednesday.


Vacations, trips detailed at ex-governor's trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 02:56

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., with his lawyer John L. Brownlee on the second day of his and his wife Maureen's corruption trial, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alexa Welch Edlund)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The former first family of Virginia flew on a chief executive's private jet, vacationed at his lake house and received other perks, such as passes to a Ritz Carlton beach club, the businessman's assistant said Wednesday.


Colorado man dies when trailer collapses in wind

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 02:54

Lyons volunteer coordinators Lucy Banta, right, and Ed Kean help sandbag a neighborhood while steady rains fell over Lyons, Colo., which was hit hard in the previous year's flooding, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. High and low pressure systems, combined with typical summer monsoon weather, drew the abundant moisture to Colorado. More rain is forecast Wednesday. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A storm system in Colorado that flooded streets and stranded drivers up and down the Front Range is being blamed for the death of a man on the southeastern plains.


UCLA wades through damage caused by flooding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 02:54

Worker Ruben Monter mops up the floor at Pauley Pavillion Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A ruptured 93-year-old water main left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.


UCLA wades through damage caused by flooding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 02:54

Worker Ruben Monter mops up the floor at Pauley Pavillion Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A ruptured 93-year-old water main left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.


Witness: More Oklahoma bombing videos may exist

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 02:52
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A police officer who was at the scene of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing says he saw surveillance cameras at the federal building that may have recorded the attack.

A more vigorous US economy appears to be emerging

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 02:46

In this July 17, 2014 photo, construction workers build a commercial complex in Springfield, Ill. The government issues its first of three estimates of how fast the U.S. economy grew in the April-June quarter on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year.


2 busted in pot brownie baking break-in in Collegeville

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 02:43

2 busted in pot brownie baking break-in in CollegevillePennsylvania State Police say they arrested two juveniles after the pair allegedly broke into a home and got busy baking marijuana brownies.


Fourth Ethiopian athlete missing after track event found safe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 02:39
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The last of four Ethiopian athletes, who came to the United States for a track meet in Oregon and then failed to fly home with teammates, has been located and is safe after disappearing in a possible asylum bid, authorities said on Wednesday. Zeyituna Mohammed, 18, was found staying at the home of an acquaintance in neighboring Washington state, according to the University of Oregon Police Department.  She was the last of four Ethiopian athletes to be located after slipping away from teammates on Saturday during the International Association of Athletics Federations World Junior Championships, hosted at the university in Eugene.