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Judge doubts Oklahoma ready for Nov. 13 execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:24
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge said Thursday he is concerned Oklahoma will not be able to implement new guidelines and training for executions before three inmates are scheduled to die this fall.

New evacuations ordered as California wildfire doubles in size

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:22
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More residents of Northern California mountain communities were told to leave their homes on Thursday after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size overnight, scorching more than 100 square miles of drought-parched timber and brush. Nearly 3,700 firefighters struggled to stop the forward march of the King Fire, the largest and most dangerous of 11 major wildfires raging across California, but had managed to cut containment lines around just 5 percent of the flames as of Thursday morning, officials said. ...

Range Resources to pay $4M drilling waste fine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:20
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Energy company Range Resources has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for problems at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste. It's the largest penalty the state has ever imposed on the shale gas industry.

Popular Venezuelan cartoonist fired over drawing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:17

A political cartoon by Rayma Suprani using the signature of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, bottom, reads in Spanish "Health," top, and "Health in Venezuela," bottom, appears on the Sept. 17 opinion page of El Universal newspaper in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The award-winning 19-year veteran of El Universal says she lost her job over her representation of the late Hugo Chavez's iconic signature as a flat-lined heartbeat to dramatize Venezuela's health care crisis. Her ouster has alarmed press freedom advocates who say once-independent media are seeing criticism of the socialist government snuffed out. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A popular cartoonist said she lost her job over her representation of the late Hugo Chavez's iconic signature as a flat-lined heartbeat to dramatize Venezuela's health care crisis.


Tropical storm spares Arizona's metro areas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:15

Mesa residents, reflected in a truck window, take free sandbags to protect their homes, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz. Phoenix area residents are filling sandbags in anticipation for the remnants of Category 3 Hurricane Odille which decimated Mexico's Baja California. (AP Photo/Matt York)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A tropical weather system that sent Arizona residents frantically stocking up on sandbags spared the state's metro areas of any major rainfall, and residents went about their business Thursday amid dry streets and sunny skies.


Detroit policeman's negligence led to girl's death: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:10
By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Prosecutors told a Detroit jury on Thursday that a police officer's willful negligence led to the 2010 shooting death of a sleeping 7-year-old girl during a raid - a case that has sparked concerns about use of police force. In opening statements in the retrial of Joseph Weekley, who is accused of involuntary manslaughter and negligent use of a firearm in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, his attorney said his gun went off when the child's grandmother grabbed it. ...

Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to life

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:07

Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to lifeA newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their "permanent removal" from society is appropriate.


California triples tax breaks for film production

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:06

California Governor Jerry Brown gestures during a news conference at Memoria y Tolerancia museum in Mexico CityBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Thursday tripling California's tax breaks for entertainment companies doing business in Hollywood's home state, in an effort to stop production moving elsewhere. Aimed at luring production back to California even as other states offer tax breaks of their own, the bill, signed at a famed movie house from Hollywood's heyday, won approval just days after Nevada persuaded electric car maker Tesla Motors to build a massive battery factory near Reno with $1.3 billion in tax credits and other incentives. ...


Maui girl dies in locked car with no door handles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:05
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui police say a 4-year-old girl has died after she apparently accidentally locked herself inside a car with no inside door handles.

Man charged with arson in Northern California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:01

A firefighter battling the King Fire sprays water on a backfire in Fresh Pond, California(Reuters) - Authorities in Northern California have charged a man with arson in the so-called King Fire, the largest and most dangerous of nearly a dozen major wildfires raging across the state, court documents showed on Thursday. In a criminal complaint filed by prosecutors in El Dorado County, Wayne Allen Huntsman is accused of "willfully and maliciously" setting fire to forest land on or about Sept. 13 in the area of Pollock Pines. ...


Police: Cardinals RB Dwyer head-butted wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:00

 Cardinals RB Dwyer head-butted wife for refusing sexArizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday.


Pakistani woman embraced by Islamic State seeks to drop U.S. legal appeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 02:54

A supporter of the Islamist political party Jamaat-e-Islami holds up an image of Aafia Siddiqui amidst a demonstration in front of parliament in IslamabadBy David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistan-born neuroscientist has become a rallying cry for militant groups demanding her release from a U.S. prison. But in a little-noticed move she is trying to abandon her legal fight for freedom, saying the U.S. court system is unjust. Islamic militants in Syria, Algeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan have made Aafia Siddiqui's release a condition for freeing certain foreign hostages. Islamic State, for example, proposed swapping American journalist James Foley for her, but he was executed after their demands, which also included an end to U.S. ...


Teacher hurt in crash blames rancher in standoff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 02:43
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas schoolteacher is blaming Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy for her injuries after her car was totaled in a crash with a Bundy cow not far from the site where Bundy supporters and federal officials came to an armed standoff.

Chevron meets new, voluntary shale drilling rules

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 02:23
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday.

TV Guide Network renaming itself POP

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 02:20
NEW YORK (AP) — The TV Guide Network is rebranding itself as POP, promising to make itself a destination for hard-core pop culture fans.

NY man denies plotting to aid Islamic State group

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 02:16

FILE- In this June 2, 2014, file photo provided by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Mufid Elfgeeh, of Rochester, N.Y., is shown. Elfgeeh, who was accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others, is now facing new charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Monroe County Sheriff's Office, File)ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A man accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others pleaded not guilty Thursday to new federal charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.


Funeral for Utah man shot by police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 02:12

A memorial for Darrien Hunt is set up at the Panda Express in Saratoga Springs, Utah on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Hunt was shot by police outside the restaurant on Sept. 10. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Spenser Heaps)SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (AP) — Friends and family of a young black man fatally shot by Utah police remembered him Thursday as a shy, gentle and wise man who loved art and music and was trying to find his way through a transition into adulthood.


Clinton: Turn female economic issues into movement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 02:02

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a forum sponsored by the Center for American Progress in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Clinton said Thursday that voters need to turn pay inequity and women's economic security into a political movement in the November elections and beyond, pointing to an issue that could animate a future presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that voters need to turn pay inequity and women's economic security into a political movement in the November elections and beyond, pointing to an issue that could animate a future presidential campaign.


Wisconsin community outraged over sale of Slender Man Halloween costume where teen was stabbed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 01:57

Wisconsin community outraged over sale of Slender Man Halloween costume where teen was stabbedThe costume is being deemed insensitive after two girls quoted Slender Man as inspiration for stabbing their classmate.


Police: Teen killed woman over $5 pot dispute

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 01:49
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A North Las Vegas high school junior will be prosecuted as an adult in the shooting death of a woman in what police say was a dispute over $5 in a marijuana buy.