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Toyota's Scion aims to double U.S. sales by 2017

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 05:24

Special 10th anniversary editions of the Toyota Motor Corp. Scion vehicles are unveiled at the New York International Auto Show in New YorkThe youth-oriented Scion brand will double U.S. sales to above 100,000 by 2017 on the strength of three new offerings, two of which go on sale in September, the head of the 12-year-old Toyota Motor Corp brand said. In the first half of this year, Scion's U.S. sales were down 19 percent at nearly 25,000. Earlier this year, Automotive News reported that the third new model will be a compact utility vehicle or SUV-like hatchback to debut before 2017.

Accused Russian Taliban's U.S. trial to start Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 05:19
(Reuters) - The U.S. trial of a former Soviet officer accused of being a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan will start on Thursday in Virginia after a three-day delay, court documents said on Monday. The trial of the Russian man, Irek Hamidullin, had been scheduled to begin on Monday in Richmond. Hamidullin, believed to be in his 50s, faces 15 criminal counts ranging from supporting terrorists to firearms charges stemming from his alleged orchestration of a 2009 attack on an Afghan border police base.

Lynch: Easing distrust between minorities, police a top goal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 05:12
HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says one of her top priorities remains alleviating an "epidemic of distrust" between communities and law enforcement.

Police: NJ man who posted photos of pot plants arrested

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 05:11

 NJ man who posted photos of pot plants arrestedAuthorities have charged a man who they say posted online photos that showed him with marijuana plants he was growing at an abandoned lot in southern New Jersey.

Body found in suitcase near Seattle, second time since May

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 05:10
The body was discovered at about 8:30 a.m. when a maintenance worker came across the suitcase at an apartment complex in SeaTac, home to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, King County Sheriff's spokesman Stan Seo said. In mid-June law enforcement officials asked for the public's help in solving the mystery behind a woman's body found in a suitcase and left near a river outside of Seattle.

Ohio woman arrested for locking out daughter in 90-degree heat: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 05:10
Forest Park police found the crying girl outside her mother's house in the northern Cincinnati suburb on Sunday afternoon, Sergeant David DeSalvo said. Appearing in Hamilton County Municipal Court in Cincinnati on Monday, Fant said her daughter had tried to attack her with a knife, but a judge cut her off before she could explain further, according to video from WLWT-TV. Representatives from Hamilton County Job and Family Services took Fant's four children under an emergency order on Sunday.

Medical examiner confirms Oklahoma family stabbed to death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 05:09
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Broken Arrow couple and three of their children found dead inside their home last week all died from "multiple sharp-force injuries," the Oklahoma medical examiner's office confirmed on Monday.

Body parts found near Connecticut station came from homeless man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 05:03
Connecticut authorities on Monday said at least some of the body parts found near a New Haven train station earlier this month belong to a homeless man with a criminal history. The victim, Ray Roberson, 54, was identified through DNA tests by the Chief State Medical Examiner, according to police. Dismembered legs and arms were found near the downtown train station on July 15, triggering a nationwide review of missing persons cases to identify the victim.

March, civil disobedience planned next month in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 04:40

Volunteers help to cleanup trash behind a business Monday, July 27, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Hundreds of volunteers converged Monday morning on West Florissant Avenue for a litter-pickup and weeding effort spearheaded by a local radio station ahead of the Aug. 9 one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death. It's one of the areas hardest hit by last year's unrest in Ferguson that followed the police shooting death of Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A silent march and a day of civil disobedience are among the events being planned for next month in Ferguson to mark the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer, an event that galvanized the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

AccuWeather: Humid, Spotty Storms Today

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 04:38

 Humid, Spotty Storms TodayMeteorologist Melissa Magee says what could becomes the season's third heat wave starts on Tuesday.

Hispanics energized by Argentinian pope's first visit to US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 04:35

In this Friday, July 24, 2015 photo, Maria Rodriguez, left, and Alma Reyes pose with a photo of Pope Francis at Queen's Saint Leo's church, in New York. The two are part of a team organizing a workshop at the church to talk about the pope’s teachings in advance of his U.S. trip. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Vianel Garcia told family members they could sleep on the floor of her East Harlem hair salon when Pope Francis visits the city in September so they can try to catch a glimpse of him when he makes a stop at a school across from her business.

Rainbow flag removed from Reno city hall after controversy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 04:31
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno's decision to temporarily replace the Stars and Stripes with a rainbow didn't fly with some locals.

Police want to know if CVS robberies are connected

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 04:21

Police want to know if CVS robberies are connectedPolice are working to find out if multiple robberies at CVS stores across the region are connected.

Owner of striking vehicle identified in Juniata Park hit-and-run; family dog missing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 04:17

Owner of striking vehicle identified in Juniata Park hit-and-run; family dog missingPolice have identified the owner of what they believe was the striking vehicle in a hit-and run crash that claimed the life of one person Sunday night in Juniata Park.

NYC grade school principal who committed suicide had forged tests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 04:16
A successful New York elementary school principal who took her own life had forged standardized English exam scores for her third grade students, the city's Department of Education said on Monday. Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, 49, who was the founding principal of the Teachers College Community School, jumped in front of a subway train on April 17, the same day the impropriety was reported. Breeden died in a hospital about a week later.

Funeral held for EMT killed when car collided with ambulance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 04:05
NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Family and friends are mourning a New Jersey EMT who was killed when a car collided with an ambulance responding to a call.

Judge: BP payouts to local entities to start soon for spill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 04:03
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill.

Police ID man whose severed legs were found in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 04:02

This undated booking photograph released Monday, July 27, 2015, by the New Haven Police Department shows Ray Roberson. New Haven police said Monday that DNA testing showed that the severed legs found on July 15 near a train station were those of 54-year-old Roberson. He was last seen on May 20 but wasn't reported missing. (New Haven Police Department via AP)Two severed legs found near a Connecticut train station earlier this month were from a homeless man last seen in May, and testing continues on two arms found nearby, authorities said Monday.

Officials hope 1st US offshore wind farm will boost industry

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 03:55

Sen.Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., photographs the first foundation jacket installed by Deepwater Wind in the nation's first offshore wind farm construction project Monday, July 27, 2015, on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off Block Island, R.I. Deepwater Wind will consist of five turbines producing a total of 30 megawatts of electricity. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Construction has begun off Rhode Island's coast on the nation's first offshore wind farm, a milestone that federal and state officials say will help the fledgling U.S. industry surge ahead.

Lawyer: Colorado school didn't discriminate by blocking gay speech

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 03:52
Evan Young, 18, had wanted to declare in public his sexual orientation during his graduation in May from the Twin Peaks Charter Academy in the city of Longmont. Attorney William Bethke, who was hired by the school to investigate its actions, said in a 24-page report dated last Tuesday that then-principal BJ Buchmann was uncomfortable with Young using his speech to come out, particularly to his parents.