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Man gets 10 years to life in death of Vegas dancer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:22

Jason Griffith reads a letter to the court during his sentencing hearing at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Griffith was sentenced 10 years to life in prison for the second degree murder of former girlfriend Deborah Flores Narvaez. Griffith was convicted of killing and dismembering his dancer ex-girlfriend in 2010. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Erik Verduzco)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge sentenced a former Cirque du Soleil performer to 10 years to life in prison on Wednesday in the killing and dismemberment of his ex-girlfriend, saying the defendant had revived the tempestuous relationship with the dancer to feed his own narcissism.


Women charged with financing Somali group al Shabaab: U.S. prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:21
Three women were arrested on Wednesday on charges of conspiring to raise money for Somali insurgent group al Shabaab, the Justice Department said. The women, two living in the United States and one living in the Netherlands, are believed to have directed a network composed primarily of women that funneled money to conduits in Kenya and Somalia, the department said in a statement. The money, which the women said was intended for orphans, was in fact promoting al Shabaab's violent insurgent campaign in Somalia, it said. Muna Osman Jama, 34, of Reston, Virginia, and Hinda Osman Dhriane, 44, of Kent, Washington, were arrested in their homes on Wednesday, as was Farhia Hassan at her home in the Netherlands.

Seattle police: Homeless arrested most for pot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:18
SEATTLE (AP) — An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African American males are more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else.

Former trader gets 2 years in prison for fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:18
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a former Wall Street trader to two years in prison on Wednesday for securities fraud, saying he took advantage of a government bailout program.

Trump: DC hotel will be among world's best

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:16

Donald Trump takes part in a ground breaking ceremony for the Trump International Hotel on the site of the Old Post Office, in Washington, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has big plans for the Old Post Office building, a historic structure in downtown Washington that he's pledging to transform into the city's most luxurious hotel. As for the White House, four blocks away? He's not saying.


Arizona will execute killer after court rejects last-minute appeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:11

Joseph Wood is pictured in this undated handout booking photoBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona's Supreme Court cleared the way on Wednesday for a convicted double-murderer to be put to death, lifting a hold after reviewing a last-minute appeal that involved questions about the lethal drug cocktail to be used in the execution. Joseph Wood, 55, was one of six death row inmates who sued Arizona last month arguing that secrecy surrounding the drugs used in botched executions in Ohio and Oklahoma violated their constitutional rights. The Arizona Supreme Court agreed to consider the appeal on Wednesday morning and briefly put the execution on hold, but it later lifted that suspension after denying the appeal, according to the court order.


James Holmes' lawyers question firearms analysis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:07

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with the July 2012 Aurora shootings that killed 12 people and injured 70. Sunday, July 20, 2014 marks 2 years since theater massacre. Holmes' trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8, 2014 after three postponements. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case attacked the reliability of firearms analysis Wednesday, saying it is subjective and lacks statistics to measure its accuracy.


Family spokeswoman: Indiana teen killed when plane crashes during record-attempt flight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:00
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Family spokeswoman: Indiana teen killed when plane crashes during record-attempt flight.

U.S. moves to enhance safety of oil-by-rail shipments

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:51

Train transports make their way along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail line outside of Williston, North DakotaBy Edward McAllister and Joshua Schneyer NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed new safety rules for hauling crude oil by rail after a string of explosive accidents, in a move that could impact railroads, drillers, refiners and railcar makers amid an energy boom. Among the proposed rules released by the DOT are new speed limits for trains carrying oil, enhanced safety features for new railcars to carry oil and ethanol, and a quick phasing-out of older cars deemed unsafe. The regulator's move has been widely anticipated by safety advocates and industries involved in energy shipments, including drillers and refiners who are wary that restrictions could hamper their shipments, and tank car manufacturers, who may benefit from big new tank car orders. Over the last 18 months, at least a dozen trains carrying crude oil have derailed, six of which led to oil spills and major fires and one of which caused the death of 47 people in Quebec, Canada.


Factbox: Reaction to U.S. proposals on oil, ethanol transport by rail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:50
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for carrying crude oil and ethanol by rail after a series of accidents in the past year. The following statements are in reaction to the proposed rules: AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE JACK GERARD: “The government can and should take steps to ensure greater safety without stalling the energy renaissance that is creating good jobs, growing our economy and improving America’s energy security. As the regulatory process moves forward, we will continue to work collaboratively with the rail industry, regulators and local first responders toward our goal of zero incidents.” ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE EDWARD HAMBERGER: "This long-anticipated rulemaking from DOT provides a much-needed pathway for enhancing the safe movement of flammable liquids in the U.S." REPUBLICAN SENATOR JOHN HOEVEN OF NORTH DAKOTA, WHO HAS PRESSED REGULATORS TO MAKE TANK CARS SAFER: “We appreciate that DOT has issued its proposal for rail tank cars today that appears to be comprehensive and deals with prevention, mitigation and response.

Arkansas military base on lockdown, few details

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:48

Security personnel run past a C-130 aircraft on static display at the front gate of Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The base has been on lockdown since late morning Wednesday. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)Little Rock Air Force Base went on lockdown Wednesday amid reports of a suspicious person, though military officials have offered few details about the incident.


SEC votes to end $1 a share for some money funds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:34

FILE- In this Dec. 17, 2008 file photo, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) headquarters in Washington is shown. Regulators are expected to vote Wednesday July 23, 2014 to end a longtime staple of the investment industry _ the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds _ at least for some money funds used by big investors. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators have voted by a narrow margin to end a longtime staple of the investment industry — the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds — at least for some money funds used by big investors.


Seattle police: Homeless arrested most for pot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:29
SEATTLE (AP) — An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African American males are more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else.

Nazi war suspect, 89, dies as extradition OK'd

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:29

 "Arbeit macht frei" (Work makes free - or work liberates). The lawyer for Nazi war crimes suspect Johann "Hans" Breyer says the 89-year-old Philadelphia man died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 while awaiting extradition to Germany. German prosecutors had hoped to try Breyer on charges of aiding in the murder of more than 200,000 Jews at the Auschwitz death camp. (AP Photo/File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial.


Ohio veteran cited for ducks hopes for law change

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:29
COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) — An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is now hoping for a change in the Ohio village law that prohibits him from keeping the animals in his backyard.

APNewsBreak: Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:19

In this July 11, 2014 photo, primary care doctor John Guerreiro checks on the records of a patient at a clinic run by the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Beaverton, Ore. The center comprised of nine clinics in northwestern Oregon, serveing 36,000 patients in Washington and Yamhill has been overwhelmed under the Affordable Health Care Act's Medicaid expansion. It has closed to new enrollees and is working through a backlog to assign thousands of patients to a doctor. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received.


Former Nazi guard dies in Pennsylvania just before extradition approved

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 03:16
A former Nazi concentration camp guard died hours before a judge on Wednesday ordered his extradition to Germany, where he faced charges of aiding and abetting the deaths of 216,000 Jews. Johann Breyer, 89, who served during World War Two as an armed guard at Buchenwald and Auschwitz and emigrated to Philadelphia in 1952, died overnight, said Jim Burke, a supervisory deputy at the U.S. Marshal's Service. He said Breyer had been held at a Philadelphia hospital.

Jury: NJ man killed ex-wife, put pig mask on her

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:58

 NJ man killed ex-wife, put pig mask on herA New Jersey man has been convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.


Jury: Man stabbed ex 84 times, put pig mask on her

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:57

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office shows Anthony Novellino. Jurors in Morris County on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 convicted Novellino, 66, of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask in 2010. He faces at least 30 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 12. (AP Photo/Morris County Prosecutor's Office)MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A man was convicted Wednesday of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.


Envoy urges UN to demand halt to Iraq extremists

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:57

This Tuesday, July 22, 2014 photo shows a motorist passing by a flag of the Islamic State group in central Rawah, 175 miles (281 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, nearly six weeks since a Sunni militant blitz led by the Islamic State extremist group seized large swaths of northern and western Iraq. (AP Photo)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy in Iraq urged the Security Council on Wednesday to demand that the Islamic State extremist group stop all hostilities and atrocities.