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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles to prevent hacking

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 04:06

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 6, 2014, file photo, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sign is seen after being unveiled at Chrysler World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. just days after two hackers detailed how they were able to take control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet, the company announced, Friday, July 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. just days after two hackers revealed that they took control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet.


Q&A: A look at the death of Sandra Bland in Texas jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 04:05

In this July 10, 2015, frame from dashcam video provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, a heated confrontation between trooper Brian Encinia leads to the arrest of Sandra Bland after a minor traffic infraction in which the state trooper tried to drag Bland from her car, drew his stun gun and threatened that he would "light you up" in Waller County, Texas. Bland was taken to the Waller County Jail that day and was found dead in her cell on July 13. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP)DALLAS (AP) — The release of information from autopsy of a Chicago-area woman who died in a Texas jail has provided some answers in the case, with authorities saying she killed herself and had no injuries that were consistent with a homicide.


Judge rules Chicago pension reform law is unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 04:03
A law aimed at shoring up two of Chicago's financially shaky public worker retirement systems violates pension protections in the Illinois constitution, a judge ruled on Friday. The ruling is a setback for Mayor Rahm Emanuel who has repeatedly said he will not raise taxes without pension reforms. It also gives Illinois' public labor unions more leverage to resist pension cuts.

Alaska mayor's office paid for grandkids' basketball camp trips - media

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 04:00
Five grandchildren of an Alaska mayor attended basketball camp in California paid for with funds from her borough, local media reported on Friday, citing official documents. North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower's office did not return calls for comment on the report, which the reports said were based on documents from a public records request. The Alaska Dispatch News said the borough paid $8,400 for the flights and fees for the grandchildren to attend the five-day Michael Jordan Flight School in Santa Barbara last year, according to the records.

Man sentenced in 2014 Greyhound bus crash near Phoenix

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:58
PHOENIX (AP) — A California man convicted of attacking the driver of a Greyhound bus and causing it to go off an Arizona freeway in 2014 has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Authorities take custody of baby born to mom lost in forest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:55
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A woman who became stranded and gave birth in a Northern California national forest says she took methamphetamine to get an energy boost after delivering her daughter.

U.S. sailor charged for taking photos inside nuclear submarine

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:44
A Vermont sailor who served as a machinist on a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Connecticut for illegally taking photos inside restricted areas of the warship, prosecutors said on Friday. Kristian Saucier, 28, of Arlington, Vermont, was charged with taking photos of classified spaces, instruments and equipment inside the U.S.S. Alexandria, where he was stationed, as well as covering up his actions when authorities attempted to investigate, said Deirdre Daly, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut. From September 2007 to March 2012, Saucier served as a machinist's mate aboard the Alexandria, a Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine based at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut.

Wildfire at Montana's Glacier National Park rages for fourth day

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:40

The Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire burns in Glacier National Park, MontanaA wildfire in Montana's Glacier National Park raged for a fourth day through heavy timber on Friday during peak visitor season, while another blaze in Northern California charred the mountains above Napa Valley wine country, officials said. The 4,000-acre (162-hectare) Reynolds Creek Fire in northern Montana broke out on Tuesday and forced the closure of the main road through the eastern half of the park, which receives more than 2 million visitors a year. The rest of Glacier National Park, which covers over 1 million acres (400,000 hectares) in northwestern Montana and straddles the Canadian border, remained open to the public.


Obama dines with Kenyan family after arriving in father's homeland

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:38

U.S. President Barack Obama embraces his half-sister Auma Obama and is greeted by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta as he arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in NairobiBy Jeff Mason NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama dined with his step grandmother, his sister and other extended family members after arriving in Kenya for his first presidential visit to his father's homeland on Friday. Obama's plane, Air Force One, landed in the evening in the Kenyan capital, where he will co-host a conference on boosting entrepreneurs in Africa before traveling on to Ethiopia. After being greeted by President Uhuru Kenyatta and other top Kenyan officials, Obama was whisked through the capital.


Southwest Airlines flight attendants reject tentative contract

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:33

Southwest Airlines planes are seen in front of the Las Vegas stripSome 87 percent of voting flight attendants rejected the tentative deal, according to the Transport Workers Union Local 556. The union said it will continue negotiations with Southwest on the contract, which became amendable more than two years ago. "Our membership has given us our marching orders," TWU Local 556 President Audrey Stone said in a statement.


1 injured, others flee scene after crash in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:32

1 injured, others flee scene after crash in West PhiladelphiaAt least one person was seriously injured after two vehicles collided in West Philadelphia Friday afternoon.


Transportation Chief: 5 Airlines probed for price-gouging after Philly Amtrak crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:24

 5 Airlines probed for price-gouging after Philly Amtrak crashTransportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday the government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving five airlines that allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service.


Industrial engineer dies after fall in laboratory freezer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:24
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An employee of a Salt Lake City medical laboratory has died after falling about 15 feet inside a two-story freezer, officials said Friday.

Pennsylvania man arrested after burning of Confederate flag

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:23
A Pennsylvania man has been arrested for setting fire to a plastic Confederate battle flag attached to a parked pickup truck, in an apparent drunken impulse, police said on Friday. Mathew Becker of Hanover admitted setting fire to the flag at 5:30 a.m. on July 17 in the parking lot of a local convenience store, local police said. "It was a crime of opportunity," said Lieutenant Chad Martin of the Hanover Police Department.

Woman gets probation for videos of toddler handling gun

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:18
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Evansville woman whose toddler was shown on videos putting a handgun in her mouth has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Appeals court tosses 1 of 2 indictments against Rick Perry

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:16

FILE- In this July 13, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a meet and greet with local residents, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. A Texas appeals court on Friday, July 24, 2015, threw out one of two felony indictments against Perry, a potentially huge legal victory for the 2016 hopeful battling flagging polling numbers in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One of two felony indictments against former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was tossed out Friday, giving the Republican presidential candidate a potentially huge legal victory in the face of flagging polling numbers for the 2016 race.


The Latest: Witnesses call theater shooter a happy child

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:09

In this image taken from Colorado Judicial Department video, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, top third from left in light-colored shirt, stands for the entrance of the jury, inside Arapahoe County District Court, where his trial continuesThursday, July 23, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. The afternoon saw the conclusion of part one of the penalty phase of the trial of Holmes, with the judge reading the jury's decision that Holmes is eligible for the death penalty. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):


Police: 5 dead in chain-reaction crash on Indiana interstate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 03:07

Crews cleanup debris following a fiery crash Friday, July 24, 2015 near Lafayette, Ind. Authorities say 5 people were killed in a chain-reaction crash after a semitrailer hauling a tanker filled with cooking oil slammed into vehicles slowed near construction zone. (Bill Cannon/Journal & Courier via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUTLAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A woman and her two young sons were among five people killed in a fiery chain-reaction crash after a semitrailer hauling a tanker filled with cooking oil slammed into vehicles slowed near a northwestern Indiana construction zone, state police said Friday.


Family of doctor who treated Lincoln assassin visit prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 02:59
DRY TORTGUAS NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — About 80 descendants of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd are marking the 150th anniversary of Mudd's July 24, 1865, arrival at an isolated Gulf of Mexico fort where he was imprisoned after splinting the broken leg of Abraham Lincoln's assassin.

Life sentence for woman whose hired hit man shot the wrong guy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 02:51
Karlita Phillips, 41, was sentenced on Thursday after being convicted of soliciting a minor to commit a felony and accessory before the fact to murder. Both Jamil and Dale Phillips were living with their parents at the time. Settles testified against Karlita Phillips at trial, telling a jury that she promised to pay him $13,000 out of the life insurance money if he killed her husband.