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UN approves measure to combat al-Qaida fighters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:41
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Responding to the growing terrorist threat in Iraq and Syria, the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions Friday on six men for recruiting or financing foreign fighters and threatened additional sanctions against those supporting terrorist groups.

Former Idaho GOP congressman dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:38

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 1997, file photo, former Congressman George Hansen poses for a photo, in Pocatello, Idaho. Hansen died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, of natural causes at a medical center in Pocatello, Cornelison Funeral Home said. He was 83. (AP Photo/Salt Lake Tribune, Christopher Smith, File)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — George Hansen, a former Idaho Republican congressman, died Thursday of natural causes at a medical center in Pocatello, Cornelison Funeral Home said. He was 83.

National Guard on border, but not Perry's 1,000

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:38
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — In coming weeks, Texas National Guardsmen on two separate missions will be working along the Texas-Mexico border in South Texas.

Professional fighter 'War Machine' arrested in L.A. area: report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:38
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A professional fighter sought by authorities after his former girlfriend accused him of attacking her and a friend at her home in Las Vegas has been arrested in the Los Angeles area, the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper reported on Friday. Jonathan Koppenhaver, also known by the name "War Machine" for his time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, was taken into custody at a hotel in the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley by U.S. Marshals on Friday, according to the newspaper. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service in Las Vegas declined to confirm the report to Reuters, referring calls to the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C. A spokeswoman there could not immediately be reached for comment. Police have not released the names of the alleged victims in the case but Koppenhaver's ex-girlfriend, porn actress Christy Mack, said on Twitter that she suffered 18 broken facial bones, a broken nose and rib and had her liver ruptured.

California expands tax credit for stealth bomber to Northrop Grumman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:29
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California on Friday offered tax incentives to an aerospace company seeking to build the next generation of stealth bombers, after controversy that the state had earlier offered the valuable tax breaks only to its main competitor. The bill to expand a nearly $500 million tax break to Northrop Grumman Corp that had previously been limited only to Lockheed Martin Corp was signed Friday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. "This is a victory for fairness, the aerospace industry and all Californians," said Northrop Grumman spokesman Tim Paynter. Northrop Grumman, which headquarters its aerospace operations in Southern California and had already committed to building the planes there, was not initially offered the tax incentive.

Officer in Missouri shooting unaware teen was a suspect: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:28

Protesters chant during a peaceful demonstration as communities continue to react to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriBy Nick Carey FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Minutes before a police officer shot him dead, Michael Brown had become a suspect in the theft of cigars from a store, according to police reports released on Friday after days of protests in a St. Louis suburb over the unarmed black teenager's death. Hours after the reports' release, police said that Officer Darren Wilson, 28, had no idea 18-year-old Brown was a robbery suspect. After nearly a week of accusations that the Ferguson Police Department did not know how to communicate with the public, Jackson did little to dispel that image during two appearances on Friday. The decision by the police department, which is overwhelmingly white, to release a report on the robbery while keeping details of the shooting secret only served to fuel outrage that has roiled the St. Louis area.

Washington boy, 14, shot in face by teenage friend: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:26
A 15-year-old boy in Washington state shot a 14-year-old friend in the face with a pistol taken from a gun safe in his home, leaving the younger teen in critical condition in hospital, authorities said on Friday. The Longview Police Department said the pair were home alone when they found the key to the safe and began handling the weapon that was inside. Emergency responders who found the 14-year-old bleeding at the residence rushed him to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, from where he was flown to Portland's Oregon Health & Science University, which has a top-tier trauma center. Police said the parents of the 15-year-old, who were at work at the time, told officers they had hidden the key to the gun safe and did not think their children knew where it was.

Chinese man accused of hacking for defense data

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:24
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has charged a Chinese businessman with a computer hacking scheme to steal information on military projects, including fighter jets, to sell to Chinese companies.

FBI: Sheriff, son arrested after assaulting driver

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:05
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico sheriff was arrested Friday on charges he cornered a driver at a dead end, threatened him with a silver revolver as the driver begged not to be shot and had him falsely charged with assault.

Some cities question benefits of free U.S. military gear

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:05
By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle seemed like a useful piece of equipment for the Albuquerque Police Department - at least at first. The MRAP's bulk and its inability to turn easily makes it unsuitable for urban policing in New Mexico, said Tanner Tixier, a department spokesman. "It has absolutely no practical application in an urban area." The Pentagon's Excess Property Program, which gives unused military equipment to police departments across the country, has come under scrutiny after protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of an unarmed black teen. The demonstrations were met by a police response that critics say was more suited for a war zone than mostly peaceful rallies in an American city.

Girl with untreated seizures removed from home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:03
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A 7-year-old girl was removed from her northern Colorado home and her parents were arrested because she could not walk or talk and was not being treated for seizures, police said.

VIDEO: Jim Gardner does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:59

 Jim Gardner does ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeJim Gardner accepted the dare from actor David Boreanaz to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated some familiar faces from Action News.

Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:40

A member of the St. Louis County Police Department points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for "militarizing America's Main Streets" and aggravating clashes between police and protesters.

Repairman killed by falling elevator in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:35

Repairman killed by falling elevator in Atlantic CityTwo brothers were working in an Atlantic City apartment building on a routine maintenance call when one of them was hit and killed by a moving elevator.

Philadephia schools to open on time, but some cuts announced

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:34

Philadephia schools to open on time, but some cuts announcedSuperintendent William Hite announced on Friday that the Philadelphia School District will open on time, but some cuts were announced amid a budget crisis.

Court: Silence can be used against suspects

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:34
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them.

Wildfire managers: Drones a threat to firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:28

In this photo taken on Jun 7, 2014, and released by the U.S. Forest Service, an MD-87 air tanker lays a line of retardant to flank the Two Bulls Fire burning at the Deschutes National Forest, about 10 miles west of Bend, Ore. Wildfire managers say unmanned drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off. (AP Photo/U.S Forest Service)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off, wildfire managers say.

New Jersey band teacher accused of having sexual relationship with student

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:25

New Jersey band teacher accused of having sexual relationship with studentBurlington County authorities have charged a former Florence High School band teacher with having sexual contact with a female student.

Task force to investigate string of 29 arsons in central Florida

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:24
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A string of 29 arson fires targeting historic buildings across central Florida prompted investigators on Friday to form a multi-agency task force to share clues. The task force brings together investigators from several local municipalities, as well as state fire and law enforcement authorities. Most of the 16 fires in Orlando, which began on June 5, were set in homes in older residential neighborhoods around the downtown area. About 30 minutes to the north in Sanford, the first of 10 similar fires on July 3 destroyed the Little Red School House, a century-old public school building.

Feeling lucky? Los Angeles mulls lottery system in local elections

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:24
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles city leaders are considering a lottery system to reward citizens for casting a ballot in local elections, in a measure to combat low voter turnout that officials and outside observers say could be a first for any U.S. municipality. The Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted 3-0 on Thursday to recommend that members of the City Council move forward with the lottery idea, either by putting it before voters as a local initiative or by adopting it on their own, said commission president Nathan Hochman. The commission discussed a number of possible ways for the lottery to work, including the use of $100,000 to be split into four prizes of $25,000, or 100 pots of $1,000 for lucky voters who win the drawing, Hochman said. Last year, only 23 percent of registered voters in Los Angeles cast a ballot for mayor, compared to 37 percent in 2001.