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House fire kills 9 dogs, injures 2 firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:10
CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — A fire at a New Jersey home apparently operating without licenses as a pet-sitting business has killed at least nine dogs and injured two firefighters.

Miley Cyrus' date wanted by Oregon police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:06

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Miley Cyrus, front, hugs Jesse Helt, right, at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The young homeless man who accompanied Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon. Helt gained worldwide attention Sunday when Cyrus let him accept her award for video of the year. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.

Mother says child porn found on new tablet purchased at North Carolina Kmart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:02

Mother says child porn found on new tablet purchased at North Carolina KmartA North Carolina mother is outraged after she claims child pornography popped up on a new electronic tablet she purchased for her son at Kmart.

Ex-Marine pleads not guilty to killing lover

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:58

FILE-This undated photo released by the San Bernardino County, Calif., Sheriff's Department shows Erin Corwin. Alaska man charged with the murder of Corwin, a fellow Marine's pregnant wife, will make a first court appearance Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 to enter a plea. Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, was arrested in Anchorage, Alaska last week after sheriff's investigators in San Bernardino County, California found the body of missing 19-year-old Corwin 140 feet down an abandoned mine shaft. (AP Photo/San Bernardino County Sheriff, File)JOSHUA TREE, Calif. (AP) — A former Marine has pleaded not guilty to killing the pregnant wife of another Marine.

Poem Carried By Fallen Marine Stolen From Family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:54
The family of a U.S. Marine who was killed in Afghanistan last year is heartbroken after a thief stole the only remaining memento he had with him when he was killed: a poem.

3 bodies of family members found in Oregon lake

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:46

This photo provided by the Washington County, Ore., Sheriff's Office shows a search underway Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, for family members of a child who apparently drowned Monday at Henry Hagg Lake, a reservoir in Gaston, Ore., west of Portland. "Deputies fear there may be additional drowning victims," the sheriff's office said in a press release. (AP Photo/Washington County Sheriff)Divers have recovered the bodies of a 40-year-old mother and her two children a day after another family member — a 3-year-old grandchild — was found drowned.

Detroit's $1.8 billion refunding bonds priced in muni market

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:41

A City of Detroit Water and Sewerage man-hole cover is seen along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood of Detroit(Reuters) - Detroit completed the pricing on Tuesday of $1.8 billion of water and sewer refinancing bonds related to a tender offer aimed at dealing with a big chunk of the bankrupt city's debt. A day after receiving approval from a federal judge overseeing its historic bankruptcy case, Detroit offered the bonds in the U.S. Underwriters led by Citigroup priced $937 million of sewage disposal system senior lien bonds with a top yield of 5.10 percent for term bonds subject to the alternative minimum tax and due in 2044. Uninsured senior lien bonds were priced to yield 4.73 percent in 2034, and yields on insured second lien bonds reached 4.87 percent in 2036.

U.S. court will not block lawsuits over Connecticut SWAT raid

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:39
2nd Court of Appeals in New York clears the way for a judge to decide whether five suburban Connecticut police departments violated the constitutional rights of homeowner Ronald Terebesi by using excessive force. On May 18, 2008, a heavily armed SWAT - or special weapons and tactics - team unit knocked down Terebesi's door, threw stun flash grenades into his Easton home and fatally shot 33-year-old Gonzalo Guizan of Norfolk as the two men watched television. “The court ruling here is going to be relied upon in other courts throughout the country," Gary Mastronardi, a Bridgeport attorney who represents Terebesi, said on Tuesday.

Defense for Alabama murder suspect cites 'stand your ground' law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:38
(Reuters) - An Alabama man charged with stabbing his cousin to death inside the victim's home was lawfully standing his ground, his lawyers told jurors in a trial that concluded its second day on Tuesday, while prosecutors called him a murderer. Kenny Dewayne Adams, 36, is charged with one count of murder in the Dec. 31, 2012, death of Yancy Metz Foster, 34, who was his cousin and neighbor. Alabama is among more than 20 states that have enacted a "stand your ground" self-defense law since Florida's contentious measure took effect in 2005. Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones said the incident appeared to stem from Adams lending Foster a DVD box set of the first two installments in "The Fast and the Furious" movie franchise that the defendant was eager to retrieve, Adams' true source of anger, however, may have been a suspected affair between his wife and the victim, Jones said.

Police: Plane stowaway arrested at Phoenix airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:34

 Plane stowaway arrested at Phoenix airportA woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights and sentenced to jail for one incident in California has been arrested at a Phoenix airport.

American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:31

American Douglas McAuthur McCain Dies Fighting for ISIL in SyriaBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. Citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain's presence in Syria and can confirm his death," U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. A national security official who asked not to be named told Reuters that the FBI was investigating McCain's death, and a State Department spokeswoman said officials had been in contact with his family and were providing "all consular assistance." Family members told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that McCain's mother had been called by a State Department official to report that he had been killed in Syria over the weekend.

Police: Slain woman ID'd ex-deputy as her attacker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:27

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2014 file photo emergency personnel transport Andy Steele from his home in Fitchburg, Wis., where authorities said Steele's wife, Ashlee Steele and sister-in-law, Kacee Tollesfsbol, were found shot dead. Authorities said Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 that Tollefsbol called 911 around 1 p.m. Friday and said Andy Steele had shot her in the back. Andy Steele was arrested but hasn't been charged. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart, File)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman told police before she died that she had been shot by her brother-in-law, a newly retired Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, according to new court documents.

Detroit resumes shutting off water service

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:18

In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, a person who did not want to be identified, left, gives forms to the customers waiting in line outside the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's Westside Customer Service Center in Detroit. Monday marked the end of the water shutoff moratorium, and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department was expected to send crews out Tuesday to turn off service to customers who owe money and haven't made payment arrangements. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Robin Buckson) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — Bankrupt Detroit resumed shutting off water to people who have not paid bills after a month long suspension that followed international and local criticism that the practice was unduly harsh to residents of one of the nation's poorest cities.

Sternest charge over man's pot brownies dropped

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:18
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a first-degree felony drug charge that could have imprisoned a 19-year-old Texas man for life over brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil he's accused of making and selling.

Group files petition to idle coastal nuke plant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

Former Virginia governor denies corruption charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:12

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, second left, and his daughter Cailin, left, arrive at Federal Court with attorney Henry Asbill, right, in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. McDonnell is in his fifth day of testimony in his corruption trial. He and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell wrapped up a grueling four-plus days on the witness stand Tuesday by emphatically denying that he did special favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts, trips and loans.

Judge scraps electronic evidence in ex-NFL star's murder case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:05

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez attends hearing in Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, MassachusettsA judge has thrown out some electronic evidence in a murder case against former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez because of a paperwork problem, according to local media reports on Tuesday. Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh said evidence from two smartphones and three tablets seized last year from Hernandez's home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, could not be used in his trial for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd because they were not listed in a police search warrant, according to the reports. Hernandez's defense team had asked that the evidence be thrown out. Prosecutors say Hernandez and two associates shot Lloyd to death in an industrial park near Hernandez's house in June 2013.

Serial flight stowaway from California arrested in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:04
A serial airplane stowaway recently released from jail in California was arrested in Arizona on Tuesday on charges of criminal trespass for lingering at the Phoenix airport without a ticket, police said. Marilyn Hartman, 62, was arrested at Sky Harbor Airport after she was recognized by employees while wandering in the baggage claim area, said Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump. "Hartman is being booked this afternoon for criminal trespassing and officers are requesting a mental health evaluation," police said in a statement. Her arrest in Arizona comes less than two weeks after she was released from a Los Angeles County jail after serving just three days of a 177-day sentence for violating her probation by wandering around Los Angeles International Airport without an airline ticket.

Colorado governor defends death sentence comment as 'hypothetical'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:02

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper lays out his plans for the next state legislative session at a news conference in his office at the Capitol in DenverBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said on Tuesday that he was responding to a hypothetical question when he raised the possibility of granting clemency to the state's longest-serving death row inmate should he lose his re-election bid in November. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said in a yet-to-be aired interview with CNN that he could consider commuting the death sentence of Nathan Dunlap, whose execution the governor indefinitely blocked last year, if Republicans make it a campaign issue. “If that (death penalty) becomes a political issue, in that context within a campaign, obviously there’s a period of time between the election and the end of the year where individuals can make decisions, such as a governor can,” the governor told the CNN interviewer.  “I could give ... a full clemency.” An audio recording of the interview was first posted by the conservative news website Complete Colorado, which said it was obtained under an open-records request.

Official proposes turning Houston Astrodome into indoor park

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:56
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A commissioner in the Texas county that is home to the Houston Astrodome wants to turn what was once described as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" into a huge indoor park. The nearly 50-year-old structure, once seen as an architectural marvel, has been gutted and unused for years, with many in Houston unwilling to pay for its upkeep or spend tax dollars to restore it for a new use. Ed Emmett, a top Harris County official, told reporters his proposal, which includes indoor hiking trails and a concert venue, is still in the planning phase. Other rejected proposals for the former home of baseball's Houston Astros and pro football's old Houston Oilers have included conversion into a luxury hotel and a movie studio.