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Top GM lawyer, Delphi CEO to face Senate on deadly ignition flaw

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:09

Michael Millikin GM's general counsel since 2009 and a key counselor to Chief Executive Mary Barra looks on as Barra gets ready to depart after testifying on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Julia Edwards and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two more major figures in General Motors Co's safety debacle will appear on Thursday for the first time before U.S. lawmakers investigating why it took the automaker more than 10 years to recall millions of vehicles with a deadly ignition switch flaw. Michael Millikin, the general counsel of GM, and Rodney O'Neal, the chief executive of Delphi Automotive, the maker of the defective part, are due to testify before a Senate Commerce subcommittee. Millikin is expected to receive harsh scrutiny because his legal department dealt with numerous private lawsuits related to crashes involving the defective switches, but apparently did not urgently warn other parts of GM. "Claire will be posing some tough questions that haven't yet been answered about the role GM's legal department played in delaying this recall," said Andy Newbold, spokesman for McCaskill.

3 dead after California bank robbery, gunbattle

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:53

 2 suspects, 1 hostage deadSTOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Cars and houses were riddled with bullets during a high-speed chase and hostages were thrown from a fleeing SUV after a bank robbery Wednesday that led to the deaths of a hostage and two robbers, police said.

Plane's near-miss in Alaska becomes a whale of a tale online

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:53
JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A dramatic video of a sea plane just missing a surfacing humpback whale as it came in to land in Alaska has become a hit online, and the man who shot it says it was blind luck. Thomas Hamm, a San Diego businessman, was in the remote village of Angoon, about 60 miles (35 km) southwest of Juneau, last week when he recorded the footage with his cellphone. In the video, the aircraft descends on a shallow run and is about to land in a seemingly calm bay but then pulls up abruptly as the surfacing whale blows a geyser of spray up over the plane's windshield. ...

Florida teen detained in Israeli-Palestinian conflict returns home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:49

Florida teenager Tariq Khdeir is greeted by family members after his arrival from Israel at Tampa airportBy Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla (Reuters) - A Florida teenager who was detained in Israel and apparently beaten by police returned home on Wednesday, eager to seek medical care and put behind him a summer trip that drew renewed world attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Tariq Khdeir, 15, was greeted by cheering relatives, friends and media at Tampa International Airport. He said he felt good, while bruises on his face that had spurred a probe into complaints that he was beaten while in Israeli police custody, were significantly faded. He was arrested during protests after his cousin, Mohammed Abu Khudair, 16, was abducted and killed in early July, sparking calls from Palestinians for a new uprising against Israel.

2 shot on crowded playground in West Oak Lane

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:44

2 shot on crowded playground in West Oak LaneAuthorities say two people were shot on a crowded playground in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia.

Suspect charged in murder of art school grad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:44

Suspect charged in murder of art school gradPhiladelphia police have officially charged a suspect in the death of a recent art school graduate whose body was found in a duffel bag in Kensington.

AccuWeather: Sweat-Free Zone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:43

 Sweat-Free ZoneMeteorologist Adam Joseph says the break from the oppressive humidity will linger for a few days.

Jim Gardner talks one-on-one with Supt. William Hite

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:35

Jim Gardner talks one-on-one with Supt. William Hite'Jim Gardner: One-on-One,' is a chance to get to know regional newsmakers and even individuals who aren't making headlines. Our first sit down is with Dr. William Hite, superintendent of Philadelphia public schools.

Suspect, hostage die in police shootout with California bank robbers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:30
A suspected bank robber and a female hostage died on Wednesday in a shootout with California police after a car chase sparked by a bank robbery in which thieves seized three women as hostages, firing assault rifles as they fled. "During the chase, the suspects continually shot at officers with AK-47 style rifles," the Stockton police department said in a statement, adding that nearby homes and many police cars were damaged in the spraying gunfire. "Both communities were at huge risk and top concerns were the hostages, but also the suspects taking more hostages or killing uninvolved people," the statement added. "Ultimately, all three suspects were shot (one dead) and the third hostage was found in the vehicle deceased from gunfire," police said in the statement, adding that a major investigation involving multiple agencies had been launched.

Utah asks Supreme Court to stay ruling on recognizing gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:20
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Utah's attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday for an emergency stay of an order by an appeals court to recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in the state pending an appeal. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied Utah's bid to further block legal recognition of about 1,300 gay weddings performed after the state's gay marriage ban was briefly lifted by a federal judge in December. The move by Utah to appeal to the Supreme Court for a stay had been widely expected since the 10th Circuit left intact an existing temporary stay in order to give the state time to seek a lengthier injunction from a higher court. A decision on the request lies with Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

FAA investigates congressman's drone wedding video

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration indicated Wednesday that it is investigating whether a video of a congressman's wedding last month violated the agency's ban on drone flights for commercial purposes.

Chrysler: Recall can be done faster than expected

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:15
DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler can fix recalled Jeep SUVs far faster than U.S. safety regulators have predicted, the automaker told the government Wednesday.

Palestinian-American teen returns to Fla. after beating earlier this month in Mideast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:06
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Palestinian-American teen returns to Fla. after beating earlier this month in Mideast.

Romanian princess admits running cockfighting ring in Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:00
By Teresa Carson PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A Romanian princess and her husband pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one charge of running an illegal gambling operation for their involvement in a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon.  Irina Walker, 61, daughter of exiled former Romanian King Michael, and her husband John Walker, 68, appeared in federal court in Portland in connection with cockfights they held in Irrigon, Oregon, in 2012 and 2013. They had originally denied any wrongdoing, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Peifer said that, under the agreement to change their plea, the couple will sell their ranch and forfeit $200,000 to the government in lieu of incarceration.

Union: We'll keep talking to avoid NY rail strike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:56

Anthony Simon, left, lead union negotiator for Long Island Rail Road Union, and union representative Dean Devita, speak during a news conference Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in New York. Shortly after Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an appeal Wednesday for the sides to resume talking, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the Long Island Rail Road, invited union negotiators to resume talks and union officials accepted. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The chief negotiator for the unions at the nation's largest commuter railroad emerged from the restart of talks Wednesday citing progress and vowing to continue working toward a deal that avoids a strike set for 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:29

10ThingstoSeeSports - Germany's Mario Goetze celebrates after scoring the opening goal past Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.

San Diego strippers say cops photographed them in the nude

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:26
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Thirty strippers in the San Diego area filed a lawsuit against the San Diego Police Department on Wednesday, saying they were forced to be photographed while nude or nearly nude while officers claimed to be inspecting the clubs where they worked. In the strippers' case, attorney Dan Gilleon said officers made “arrogant and demeaning comments and ordered them to expose body parts to ostensibly photograph their tattoos. “The police officers had no legitimate safety concerns, nor were the manner of the detentions commensurate with any articulatable threat,” he said. Since 2012, four San Diego police officers have been charged with sexual assaults – two against more than five victims each.

Attorney says Bergdahl grateful to Obama for freedom

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:21

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyBy Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is grateful to President Barack Obama for the prisoner exchange that freed him from five years as a captive of the Taliban and wishes for privacy concerning family matters, his attorney said on Wednesday. Bergdahl was cleared to return to a desk job at a Texas military base this week after the Army said he had completed counseling and a reintegration process. He has retained Eugene Fidell, a specialist in military law, to represent him as the Army investigates the circumstances surrounding his disappearance and capture in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. In response to a question about Bergdahl's state of mind, Fidell pointed to the Army's decision to place him on regular duty.

UK man gets more than 12 years for Taliban support

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:18

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2012 file photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office shows Babar Ahmad, extradited with Syed Talha Ahsan to the United States from Britain in October 2012 on charges of supporting terrorists. The men, both British citizens, have pleaded guilty to the charges. Ahmad faces sentencing Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in New Haven, Conn., for supporting terrorists through websites that sought to raise cash, recruits and solicit items such as gas masks for the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office, File)NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) — A British man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 12 years in prison by a U.S. judge who said he supported the Taliban regime in Afghanistan while it was protecting Osama bin Laden.

US judge rules against California death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:16

This undated image provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones. On Wednesday July 16, 2014, a federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system. The case was brought Jones, a death row inmate, against the warden of San Quentin state prison. (AP Photo/ California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.