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Friends: Man in NYC chokehold case 'gentle giant'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:54

This undated family photo provided by the National Action Network, Saturday, July 19, 2014, shows Eric Garner. Garner was confronted by police trying to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk, authorities said. The 6-foot-3, 350-pound Garner became irate, denying the charges and refusing to be handcuffed before one of the officers placed him in what Police Commissioner William Bratton said appeared to be a chokehold, according to partial video of the encounter obtained by the New York Daily News. (AP Photo/Family photo via National Action Network)NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Garner was a familiar figure on the streets near Staten Island's ferry docks: to his friends, a congenial giant with a generous gesture or a calming word; to police, a persistent face of the small-time crime of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

Suspect charged over fatal California bank robbery shootout

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:39

Handout photo released by the Stockton Police Department shows Jaime Ramos, who has been charged with homicide, kidnapping, robbery, and attempted murderBy Jennifer Baires STOCKTON Calif. (Reuters) - A suspect in a California bank heist in which heavily armed robbers took hostages and engaged police in a running gun battle during a high-speed chase last week was charged with murder on Monday for the deaths of a hostage and two suspected fellow robbers. Jaime Ramos, 19, is the sole surviving suspect from Wednesday's robbery of the Bank of the West in the Northern California city of Stockton. Two other suspects died during the ensuing police chase and shootout. Police say Ramos and the other suspects, 27-year-old Alex Gregory Martinez and 30-year-old Gilbert Renteria Jr., were dropped off in front of the bank on Wednesday, and were later spotted exiting with three female hostages held at gunpoint.

Texas governor to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to border

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:34

Texas Governor Perry awaits the arrival of U.S. President Obama in DallasBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Monday he planned to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security during an influx of illegal immigration by children, a move that could increase pressure on President Barack Obama. Perry, seen as a possible Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race, said the guard troops were needed because the flood of children crossing from Mexico had pushed federal border protection to its limits. "The price of inaction is too high for Texas to pay," Perry told a news conference. The governor's announcement came just days before Obama plans to meet with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on Friday to discuss cooperation dealing with the flow of child migrants from Central America.

Cause of deaths in FedEx truck-bus crash released

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:23
WILLOWS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have released the cause of death for nine of the 10 victims of a Northern California crash between a charter bus full of students and a FedEx tractor-trailer.

Ex-soldier undecided on murder-conviction appeal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:10
HONOLULU (AP) — Lawyers for a former Hawaii-based soldier who avoided a death sentence for his 5-year-old daughter's killing want him to consult with an appellate attorney before deciding whether to appeal his murder conviction.

Freight train kills 2 men in Upper Milford Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:08

Freight train kills 2 men in Upper Milford Twp.Authorities say that two young men are dead in eastern Pennsylvania after being struck by a freight train while crossing railroad tracks.

Box office top 20: 'Apes' holds reign with $36.3M

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:06
NEW YORK (AP) — "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," maintained its box office rule with $36.3 million over the weekend, according to final studio figures Monday.

Activists say arrests made in protest at Utah tar sands mine project

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:02
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Sheriff's deputies in Utah arrested nearly two dozen environmental protesters who chained themselves to fences and construction equipment on Monday at a tar sands mining project in the remote Book Cliffs mountains, an activist group said. The Tar Sands Resistance group said about 80 activists set up a "blockade" at the PR Springs mine to highlight what it said would be huge environmental damage if it goes ahead. "These projects do nothing but devastate the land and pollute the water and air," said TSR spokeswoman Jessica Lee, adding that Monday's action followed years of protests, lawsuits and other attempts to stop the work. The mine, about 180 miles (290 km) southeast of Salt Lake City, is operated by Calgary-based U.S. Oil Sands [USO.V].

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:02

Flares of a military jet fall near a piece of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove eastern Ukraine Monday, July 21, 2014. Four days after Flight 17 was shot out of the sky, international investigators still have had only limited access to the crash site, hindered by pro-Russia fighters who control the verdant territory in eastern Ukraine. Outrage over the delays and the possible tampering of evidence at the site was building worldwide, especially in the Netherlands, where most of the victims were from. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

Alaska Army National Guard soldier attacked by bear near base

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:43
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - An Alaska Army National Guard soldier was attacked by a brown bear while training in the woods near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, the second bear attack on a soldier from the base in two months, officials said on Monday. Sergeant Lucas Wendeborn suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the attack on Sunday morning while he was participating in a navigation exercise, Command Sergeant Major Alan Feaster of the Alaska Army National Guard said in a written statement. Wendeborn, 26, had been wading through dense woods when he encountered the bear and two cubs, Feaster said in the statement.

Judge won't lift Fla. Keys gay marriage stay

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:43
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional refused Monday to allow gay couples to begin marrying in Monroe County, citing a pending appeal by the state attorney general.

Citing 'racist views,' tribe cancels Nugent show

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:41

FILE - This Aug. 16, 2013 file photo shows Ted Nugent performing at Rams Head Live in Baltimore. A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4, 2014, concert by Nugent at its casino. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe on Monday, July 21, 2014, said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in Worley was because of what it called the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks.'' (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)WORLEY, Idaho (AP) — A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino.

Colorado county clerk 'reluctantly' halts same-sex marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:35
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado county clerk who issued nearly three dozen same-sex marriage licenses agreed on Monday to halt the practice after the state's highest court ordered another clerk to stop issuing the permits to gay couples. Pueblo County clerk Gilbert Ortiz said he would comply with the request by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, in light of Friday's ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court that halted the practice in Denver County. Emboldened by a landmark federal appeals court ruling late last month in favor of gay marriage in neighboring Utah, the county clerk in Boulder became the first clerk in Colorado to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Perry sending National Guard troops to border

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:29

Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media before speaking to a meeting of local party activists, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Algona, Iowa. After his presidential bid crashed in 2012, Iowans now have to decide whether to give Perry another spin. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.

2 men struck and killed by train in Upper Milford Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:13

Freight train kills 2 men in Upper Milford Twp.Two men were struck and killed by a train in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County, police say.

Kansas police arrest suspect in girl's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:02
(Reuters) - A man accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old Kansas girl who died in a shootout between police and her alleged abductor was arrested in a hospital on Monday on suspicion of charges including first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping, authorities said. Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens said Marcus McGowan, 30, remained hospitalized under 24-hour guard after being injured in the shootout. Cadence Harris, 5, was reported kidnapped on Friday night. Police in Missouri and Kansas were involved in the chase as the suspect crossed the state line before the incident ended in Leavenworth, a town in northeast Kansas.

Better weather to aid in Washington wildfire fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:59

A firefighting plane drops water from Fishtrap Lake on a stubborn fire burning near the lake in Lincoln County, Sunday, July 20, 2014, near Cheney, Wash. The fire started Saturday afternoon and spread to several thousand acres, driven by high winds. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUTCalmer winds and cooler temperatures were allowing firefighters to go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles of terrain in Washington State.

Murder charges filed in California bank robbery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:45

This Thursday, July 17, 2014 booking photo provided by the Stockton Police Department shows Jaime Ramos, 19, who was booked on suspicion of homicide, kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder in a Stockton, Calif. bank robbery that led to a high speed chase. Two other suspects were killed and two of the hostages were wounded during the ensuing chase. The third hostage, who police believe was used as a human shield, was found dead in the SUV after the shootout.. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)A 19-year-old California man was charged Monday with three counts of murder in the deaths of a hostage and two accomplices, and 22 counts of attempted murder of police officers in a bank robbery and running gun battle.

Soldier mauled by bear was wearing protective gear

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:41
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Army National Guard soldier was wearing a combat helmet and other protective gear when he was attacked by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base, officials said Monday.

Eagles player charged with shoving Arizona officer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:38

Eagles player charged with shoving Arizona officerA Philadelphia Eagles player is facing charges in Arizona after authorities say he pushed a police officer investigating a bar brawl.