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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.

Maine Governor LePage embraces candor in campaign

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:51

FILE - In this May 7, 2014 file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, right, listens as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks outside Becky's Diner in Portland, Maine. Instead of downplaying LePage's blunt-speaking candor, new television ads from the Republican Governors Association are touting him as as "blunt, honest, one-of-a-kind" as he campaigns for reelection on Nov. 4. Christie, who heads the RGA, has twice visited Maine to help LePage in his reelection bid.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage sometimes can't help mouthing off, once telling the Portland chapter of the NAACP to "kiss my butt," calling the IRS "the new Gestapo" and saying he wouldn't be afraid to tell President Barack Obama to "go to hell."

NY judge dismisses suit over 'Deep Throat' film

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:50
NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan judge has found a lot of differences between the porn classic "Deep Throat" and last year's Hollywood-produced biography of the world's first major porn star.

Surf's up: Hurricane Marie sends big waves to Southern California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:49
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Waves up to 15 feet (4.5 meters) high generated by a Pacific Ocean hurricane will hammer Southern California beaches in coming days, creating dangerous conditions for beachgoers and threatening coastal flooding, meteorologists said on Tuesday. Hurricane Marie, a Category 2 storm located about 550 miles southwest of Mexico's Baja California, will generate the big swells even though it is moving away from the U.S. West Coast, said National Weather Service weather specialist Stuart Ceto. ...

Man in wheelchair begging for money fatally shot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:49
MIAMI (AP) — A man in a wheelchair begging for money at a busy Miami intersection was fatally shot and police were questioning a suspect who led them on a high-speed interstate chase before crashing his car.

Darby Library, oldest in nation, on verge of closure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:34

Darby Library, oldest in nation, on verge of closureMoney woes may soon force the nation's oldest library to close - the Darby Free Library in Delaware County.

USC to vet football player's rescue story after doubts: coach

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:30
The University of Southern California plans to vet the story of how one of its football players injured himself rescuing a young nephew from a swimming pool after it received calls questioning the account, head coach Steve Sarkisian said on Tuesday. Josh Shaw, a senior defensive back and team captain, said he suffered two high ankle sprains on Saturday after leaping from a second-floor balcony at an apartment complex in Palmdale, California, to help a 7-year-old nephew who was distressed in a swimming pool. "Within the last few hours or so, we've gotten a few phone calls contradicting what Josh said occurred Saturday night, so we're going to continue to vet," Sarkisian told reporters. Shaw, 22, has been hailed by the university and media for his heroism after his story was published on the USC football team's website on Monday.

Impasse over Kurdish tanker near Texas to drag on, more tussles likely: source

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:29

The oil tanker United Kalavyrta, carrying a cargo of Kurdish crude oil, approaches Galveston, TexasBy Terry Wade HOUSTON (Reuters) - A tanker loaded with $100 million of Kurdish crude oil cannot be delivered in Texas soon because of risks for buyers as Iraq mulls further legal challenges, so a month-long standoff will drag on, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday. Buyers of Kurdish crude could face lawsuits from Baghdad if the oil moves close to U.S. "Right now they don't really have a way to get the oil onshore." Despite the court's ruling, cargo handling companies and a would-be buyer balked at bringing the oil ashore on Tuesday. In another sign of possible delays, not one cargo handling company stepped forward to say it would transfer oil from the United Kalavrvta tanker to smaller ships that can fit into the port of Galveston, the U.S.

With Lady Luck no longer at its side, Revel casino details closure plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:23
As hopes for a last-minute buyer dim, Atlantic City's Revel casino has laid out its closure plans, from disposing of opened bottles of alcohol to cashing unredeemed poker chips. The plans detailed in court documents mark the end of a $2.4 billion hotel-casino that was hailed by state leaders including Governor Chris Christie as a model for reviving the New Jersey seaside city when it opened in 2012.

Father of student: fatal flight was to see sights

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:23

Investigators look at the wreckage of a plane resting on the side of a road, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Richmond Heights, Ohio. The Cessna 172R crashed and burst into flames just after takeoff Monday from Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, Ohio, outside of Cleveland, killing all four people on board, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Monday, killing four college students who were taking a sightseeing flight around Cleveland after their first day of classes.

Ex-federal official convicted in child porn case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:22
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal jury in Omaha has convicted a former acting director of cyber security at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of several child pornography counts.