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Landlords say San Francisco anti-eviction law unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 01:23
By Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - (This story corrects to show family lives in duplex but wants to take possession of entire building in paragraph four) A San Francisco law requiring landlords to pay large sums of money to tenants before removing a property from the rental market was challenged in federal court on Thursday amid rising tensions between renters and landlords in the expensive city. The lawsuit filed by Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of Daniel and Maria Levin, a married couple who own a two-unit house in San Francisco, argues that the new ordinance is unconstitutional because it violates the homeowners’ privacy and property rights. “The Levins just don’t want to be landlords anymore,” J. David Breemer, lead attorney on the case, said.

2 teens plead guilty in Oregon torture case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 01:21
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two of the four Portland teenagers accused of shooting a fellow high school student with a BB gun and carving a swastika into his forehead entered guilty pleas and have been sentenced to the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority.

2 dead, including child, after carjacking and crash in Tioga

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 01:12

2 children killed after carjacking, crash in TiogaTwo people, a 10-year-old child and an adult, were killed and another five people were injured after a carjacking led to a crash late Friday morning in the Tioga section of Philadelphia.


Judge says Texas man should be exonerated in rape

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 01:03

Michael Phillips speaks to reporters after court in Dallas on Friday, July 25, 2014. A judge has recommended the exoneration of a Phillips who prosecutors said did not commit a 1990 rape based on recent DNA testing. Phillips, 57, who suffers from sickle cell anemia and did little to lobby for his exoneration during his 12 years in prison or the 14 since his release, said he never imagined he would live to see his name cleared. (AP Photo)DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison should be exonerated based on recent DNA testing he did not request, a judge recommended Friday.


Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 01:03

Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crashHaving for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the downing of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will ...


Massachusetts judge won't toss murder charge against ex-NFL player

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:56

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez attends hearing in Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, MassachusettsBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge refused to toss out murder and firearms charges against ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez in last summer's killing of a semi-professional soccer player. Bristol Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh in a ruling late Thursday rejected the defense's argument that prosecutors lack probable cause to charge Hernandez in the execution-style slaying of Odin Lloyd, 27, near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Boston. Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty to all charges, including five counts related to illegal firearms possession. A tight end and one of the league's top franchises, Hernandez had been a rising NFL star before he lost his $41 million contract with the New England Patriots.


AccuWeather: A Fine Friday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:46

 A Fine FridayMeteorologist David Murphy says the weekend will grow gradually more humid. Thunderstorms are possible at times.


Police: Child killed, 5 people critical after carjacking, crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:24

 Child killed, 5 people critical after carjacking, crashPolice say a 10-year-old child was killed five other people were critically injured after a carjacking led to a crash late Friday morning in the Tioga section of Philadelphia.


Man fatally shoots bear attacking him in Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:18
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildlife officials say a man fatally shot a bear as it was attacking him.

Judge says mob beating sentences will stand

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:18
DETROIT (AP) — Over a prosecutor's objection, a judge declined Friday to order tougher sentences for two men already sent to jail for participating in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist.

Ride-sharing service Lyft reaches deal to allow New York City launch

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:17
Lyft Inc has signed an agreement with New York authorities that will allow the ride-sharing service to launch in New York City with commercial drivers, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Friday. The agreement, which also included the state's top insurance regulator, Benjamin Lawsky, also calls for Lyft to suspend its current operations in Buffalo and Rochester by Aug. 1. The deal comes one week after Schneiderman and Lawsky asked a state judge to block Lyft's planned New York City launch just hours before it was set to start, claiming the company had ignored licensing and insurance laws.

Anti-violence youth gunned down, but not silenced

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:15

This undated family photo provided by Felicia Jordan, shows Ravon Jordan poses for a photo with Shaniqua Simmons. Ravon an advocate against gun violence spoke out in a city council meeting after Simmons and her boyfriend were gunned down in an apartment at the former Cambridge Arms on May 1, 2014. Less than two months after Simmons died, Ravon died after being shot in gang crossfire. (AP Photo/Felicia Jordan)FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Dressed in jeans, a low-neck T-shirt and white sneakers, 19-year-old Ravon Jordan strode confidently to the podium to address the city council.


2 more teens convicted in Oregon torture case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:11
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two of the four Portland teenagers accused of shooting a fellow high school student with a BB gun and carving a swastika into his forehead entered guilty pleas in court this week and have been sentenced.

U.S. meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease: USDA

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:58

steaks and other beef productsBy Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. Prices for shelf-stable and processed items made by companies such as General Mills and Kraft Foods Group are relatively flat. "It appears that supermarkets are maintaining minimal price inflation on packaged food products, possibly in an effort to keep prices competitive in light of rising cost pressures for most perishable items," the USDA said.


NASA: Earth nearly destroyed 2 years ago

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:57

 Earth nearly destroyed 2 years agoNASA: Earth nearly destroyed 2 years ago


Lawyer: Claims of botched circumcision are untrue

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:52
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two doctors deny claims by an Alabama man who says his penis was amputated during what was supposed to be a routine circumcision, one of their lawyers said Friday.

Michigan dog owner may be charged in fatal attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:48
METAMORA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The owner of two dogs that fatally mauled a man as he jogged along a rural Michigan road could be charged after the attack, which was the third since 2012 involving canines from the same property, officials said.

Accused gunman in Delco hospital shooting had violent past

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:47

Accused gunman in Delco hospital shooting had violent pastThe psychiatry patient accused of opening fire inside a Delaware County hospital facility "was always very controlling and very violent," his ex-wife told Action News. "I'm not surprised."


US agency probes Hyundai Sonata air bag problem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:43

FILE - This undated file publicity photo provided by Hyundai shows the 2006 Hyundai Sonata. U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether an electrical problem can knock out the air bags on some older Sonatas. The probe announced Friday, July 25, 2014 covers about 394,000 midsize cars from the 2006 through 2008 model years. (AP Photo/Hyundai, File)DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether an electrical problem can knock out the air bags on some older Hyundai Sonatas.


Vatican: No confirmation of Pope Francis visit to Philly

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:32

 No confirmation of Pope Francis visit to PhillyA Vatican spokesperson told Action News that, despite reports of Pope Francis coming to Philadelphia in 2015, there has been no confirmation of his travel plans.