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San Diego policewoman shot in neck during gun battle will survive

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 09:05
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A San Diego policewoman who was shot in the neck during a gun battle after a high-speed pursuit that ended in the death of an armed suspect has undergone surgery and will recover, the city's police chief said on Monday. Officer Heather Seddon, a five-year veteran of the force, was shot on Sunday morning after police tried to stop a gray Jeep which they had been looking for in connection with several local shooting incidents. San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the driver, 34-year-old Dennis Richard Fiel, fled and led the officers on a freeway chase before abandoning the vehicle on foot.

Blasts, manhunt, trial, healing: Boston's longest marathon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 09:04

FILE - In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, the elite men start the 117th running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)BOSTON (AP) — The champions were already across the finish line — the elite marathoners, the ones whose names would go in the books. And Associated Press photographer Charlie Krupa had set himself up amid the celebrative crowd and snapped their triumphant pictures from a makeshift overhead bridge.

Company that sold belongings of deployed U.S. Navy sailors reaches settlement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:58
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A San Diego-area moving and storage company has agreed to pay $170,000 to active duty members of the U.S. Navy whose belongings were auctioned off while they were deployed overseas, the Department of Justice said on Monday. Across Town Movers, its parent company, Horoy Inc, and owner Daniel Homan settled a lawsuit filed in March that accused them of illegally selling off the belongings of 10 Navy service members who the company knew were deployed. The settlement includes $150,000 to a single Navy sailor whose collection of vintage and rare car parts was sold off while the company billed the Navy to continue storing them, according to the Justice Department.

Rodeo founder celebrated blacks' contribution to the West

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:56
DENVER (AP) — Denver impresario Lu Vason has died, leaving a legacy of creating opportunities for black cowboys and of celebrating a little-known aspect of Western history.

Woman guilty of murder in death, dismemberment of adult son

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:50
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A jury in Michigan on Monday found a 61-year-old woman guilty of killing and dismembering her adult son, rejecting her testimony that a masked armed man killed him and kept her hostage for five days.

Texas woman gives birth to triplets; 2 babies conjoined

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:39
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A South Texas woman has given birth to triplet girls, with two of the babies conjoined at the pelvis.

Fourteen charged with smuggling drugs through U.S. airports

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:35
Fourteen people, including three baggage handlers at Oakland International Airport, were charged on Monday with being part of a ring that smuggled drugs through airport security, federal prosecutors said. Nine of the defendants were taken into custody on Saturday at the conclusion of an extensive, multi-agency investigation, U.S. attorney's spokesman Abraham Simmons said. Two other defendants were already in custody on other charges and three remained at large, Simmons said.

California concerns grow over oilfield operations near water

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:33
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators on Monday expanded their list of thousands of state-permitted oil and gas wells where below-ground injections may be contaminating drinking-water reserves.

Wingsuit fliers in Yosemite knew they were cheating death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:32
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two wingsuit fliers who leaped from a cliff in Yosemite National Park were trying to zoom through a notch in a ridgeline and were airborne for about 15 seconds when they slammed into a rocky outcropping and were killed, a friend said Monday.

Warning light forces Hawaii-bound jet's return to LA airport

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:25
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Hawaii-bound jetliner returned safely to Los Angeles on Monday after a cockpit light suggested a fuel valve was open.

Painting looted by Nazis causes US extradition fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:17
NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian art dealer living in New York is fighting extradition to Poland to face charges accusing him of refusing to turn over an 18th-century painting taken from a Polish museum by the Nazis during World War II.

Facing $1 billion deficit, Arizona sharply limits welfare

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:11

In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signs the American Civics Act into law during a bill signing ceremony at the Capitol in Phoenix. Ducey faces several tough challenges in the coming weeks as he responds to Republican-passed bills on hot-button issues like abortion, guns and Common Core, presenting a dilemma as he seeks to appeal to the conservative and pro-business wings of his party.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona's Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation.

Police want bikers off streets after deadly Texas shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:05

Waco Police stand guard as investigators are at the scene of shooting at the Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco TexasBy Lisa Maria Garza WACO, Texas (Reuters) - The local Harley Davidson dealership was closed, motorcycle riders were asked to stay off the roads and police snipers took to rooftops to watch Waco streets after a deadly gangland shooting caused many to cast a colder eye on bikers. Police did not say how long the request would last. Riders asked the public to take a breath, relax and realize that criminality is the rare exception for members of motorcycle clubs. Waco Police said they have been threatened by motorcycle gangs after a Sunday shoot out between rivals at a Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine dead and 18 injured.

Boy shoots through window, kills friend trying to wake him

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:59
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana boy startled at being awakened in the middle of the night fired a shot through his bedroom window and killed the 15-year-old friend who had been knocking and throwing pebbles at his window, police said Monday.

Passengers file lawsuit against Amtrak over deadly U.S. derailment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:57

 House committee to hold hearingFour passengers on the Amtrak commuter train that derailed in Philadelphia last week filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against the U.S. rail service, citing "serious and disabling" injuries, as operations resumed on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor. The lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia, appeared to be the first brought by non-employee passengers since the derailment on May 12 that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. The plaintiffs included two Spanish citizens, Felicidad Redondo Iban and Maria Jesus Redondo Iban, as well as Daniel Armyn of New York and Amy Miller of New Jersey. Nicole Armyn, Daniel's wife, and Marino Ucero Estrades, Maria's husband, who were not aboard the train, were also named as plaintiffs.

Storm causes minor flooding in Utah; Colorado due next

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:41

Greg Stowe touches the head of his son Zack as talks about being grateful his family is safe following flooding to his home in Farr West, Utah, Monday, May 18, 2015. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Spring storms that have been pounding the West hit northern Utah over the weekend, causing minor flooding and a rock slide, with more storms forecast this week here and in neighboring Colorado.

Georgia man gets 6 months in prison in airline ticket scam

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:33
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Georgia man who posed as an airline employee to make cut-rate reservations then resold the tickets for thousands of dollars has been sentenced in Los Angeles to six months in prison.

Texas grand jury does not indict policeman for fatal shooting of Mexican

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:18
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas grand jury declined on Monday to charge a suburban Dallas police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Mexican national in another case that has raised questions about racial bias by U.S. police. Ruben Garcia Villalpando, a married father of four, was shot twice in the chest on the side of a highway in February by Grapevine police officer Robert Clark. Along with announcing the grand jury's decision, prosecutors on Monday also released a police dashcam video clip of the incident, which showed Villalpando raising his hands above his head as he walked unsteadily toward Clark, who repeatedly asked him to stop. Villalpando was intoxicated at the time, the medical examiner's autopsy report said.

Former L.A. sushi chef sentenced to probation for serving whale meat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:04
A former chef who pleaded guilty to serving whale meat at a now-closed Southern California sushi restaurant was sentenced on Monday to two years' probation and fined $5,000, prosecutors said. Kiyoshiro Yamamoto, who admitted serving the whale meat at The Hump restaurant at Santa Monica Airport, was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, U.S. Attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek said.