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Mental state of man in foiled abduction questioned

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:05

Troy Mitchell Morley, 48, accused of grabbing a 5-year-old girl from her bed and trying to kidnap her, makes his first appearance in a Salt Lake City court, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Morley was arrested on Nov. 7, 2014, after he allegedly kidnapped the girl from her Sandy, Utah, home. The girl's father foiled the abduction attempt by talking with the man on the front lawn and persuading him to give the girl back. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson, Pool)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The defense attorney for a Utah man accused of grabbing a 5-year-old girl from her bed in a kidnapping thwarted by her father questioned his client's mental state Tuesday.


June trial for Nevada man in dog-beheading case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:03
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 24-year-old Reno man charged with beheading and dismembering several dogs has pleaded not guilty to seven felony counts of willfully torturing and killing the animals.

Toxic plume spreading at defense plant, tests show

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:01

In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, Adrienne Esposito, center, speaks at a news conference in Massapequa, N.Y., about a contaminated plume of water emanating from a former defense plant in nearby Bethpage, N.Y. Esposito and others are calling for an aggressive strategy to address the plume, which was discovered several decades ago. At left is state Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, and at right is Stan Carey, superintendent of the Massapequa Water District. Both Saladino and Carey expressed concerns that the plume is moving toward clean wells in Massapequa.(AP Photo/Frank Eltman).BETHPAGE, N.Y. (AP) — A decades-long toxic cleanup around the former aerospace plant that helped land a man on the moon is getting renewed scrutiny after groundwater tests showed a potential carcinogen spreading deeper and toward nearby Long Island communities.


NRC chair: Work needed to finish Fukushima changes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:59
ATLANTA (AP) — The outgoing chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday the industry must finish making the safety changes required after a nuclear disaster in Japan, and it faces unresolved questions over how to store nuclear waste as existing plants close.

Pilot dead after small plane crashes into Chicago home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:57

Pilot dead after small plane crashes into Chicago homeA small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side Tuesday, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away.


Dome ready for next step in repair

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:56

Members of the media gather for a news conference on the roof of the Capitol Building in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, to announce the completion of the scaffolding and the start of the repairs for the Capitol Dome Restoration Project. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheathed in scaffolding, the Capitol Dome looks less like a soaring symbol of American democracy these days than it does some giant Erector Set shining in the sun.


Bill Mauldin's cartoons to be auctioned

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:55

FILE - In this March 1986 file photo, Bill Mauldin is photographed in his Santa Fe, N.M. studio. Two dozen original editorial cartoons created by Mauldin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and World War II veteran, are set to hit the auction block for the first time this week. The work will be offered as part of a major comic art auction in Beverly Hills, California. A native of New Mexico, Mauldin became known during World War II for his Willie and Joe characters. (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Leslie Tallant)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two dozen original editorial cartoons created by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and World War II veteran Bill Mauldin are set to hit the auction block for the first time this week.


PHOTOS: Columbus Farmers Market fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:47

Columbus Farmers Market blaze under controlChopper 6 was over the scene as flames tore through parts of the Columbus Farmers Market Tuesday afternoon.


Right-to-die advocate's mom blasts Vatican remarks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:19

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo provided by TheBrittanyFund.org, Brittany Maynard, left, hugs her mother Debbie Ziegler next to a helicopter at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The Catholic Church has called terminally ill Maynard's decision to die under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms 'reprehensible,' and said physician-assisted suicide should be condemned. Debbie Ziegler, issued a sharp written response Tuesday, Nov. 18, saying the Vatican official's comments came as the family was grieving and were "more than a slap in the face", and that her daughter's choice was hers alone.(AP Photo/TheBrittanyFund.org, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Maynard's mother is responding angrily to criticism from the Vatican of Maynard's decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms.


3 alarm fire burning at farmers market in Columbus, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:16

3 alarm fire burning at farmers market in Columbus, N.J.Firefighters are battling a three alarm blaze at a farmers market in Burlington County, New Jersey.


Man sentenced for boiling water attack on roommate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:15
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore man convicted of throwing boiling water on his roommate after a dispute over breakfast sausages has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Small plane crashes into Chicago home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:13

Police and fire officials walk near a small twin-engine cargo plane that crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side early Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The Aero Commander 500 that had taken off from Midway International Airport slammed into the front of the home and plunged into the basement. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says two occupants of the home were unhurt. The pilot was killed in the crash. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side Tuesday, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away.


Oklahoma mom jailed for leaving naughty daughter at homeless shelter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 04:04
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma City woman was arrested on child endangerment charges after wanting to give her misbehaving 12-year-old daughter a lesson by dropping her off at a homeless shelter, police said on Tuesday. Tiara Marshall, 29, said she never planned to leave her daughter at the shelter and returned an hour after dropping her off on Sunday to retrieve her. The daughter did not stay at the shelter. Instead, she walked to a friend's house about a mile away, police said. ...

Obama will not change policy against paying ransom for hostages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:59

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he hosts a meeting with his Ebola response team in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who has ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. policy governing efforts to free American hostages, still opposes the payment of ransoms, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama ordered the review last summer in light of the increasing number of U.S. citizens taken hostage by the Islamic State and other militant groups. In recent months Islamic State militants have beheaded three Americans. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that Obama felt a review was warranted by the increased number of kidnappings of Americans. ...


Japanese bank to pay US $315M in laundering case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:57
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ agreed to pay $315 million and sanction some employees to resolve allegations it misled New York regulators about bank transactions that violated U.S. economic sanctions against several countries, including Iran, Sudan and Myanmar.

New trouble for man who avoided prison for years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:53
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man who avoided prison for 13 years because of a clerical error is in trouble again, just months after a Missouri judge released him from his original sentence for armed robbery and declared him a "good man and a changed man."

Man waives hearing in baseball player's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:52
DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — A 22-year-old Oklahoma man has waived his preliminary hearing on charges related to the shooting death of a college baseball player from Australia.

Police: Woman strangled man, tried to cook him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:49
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman charged with strangling and dismembering her neighbor is accused of attempting to cook him in order to hide evidence.

Missouri set to execute man who killed gas station attendant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:48
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Missouri officials on Tuesday were preparing to execute a Kansas City man convicted of killing a gas station attendant in front of the man's stepdaughter 20 years ago. Leon Taylor, 56, is scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. CST Wednesday for shooting to death Robert Newton, 53, during a robbery at an Independence, Missouri, gas station in 1994. Taylor shot Newton in the head as Newton's 8-year-old stepdaughter watched. She testified that Taylor had tried to shoot her as well but the gun jammed. ...

Feds: Bullying, lying debt collectors an epidemic

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:45
NEW YORK (AP) — The country is facing an epidemic of unscrupulous debt collectors willing to pose as law enforcement and threaten arrest to squeeze dollars out of Americans, a top prosecutor said Tuesday as he announced the arrests of seven people who worked for an Atlanta-area company.