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Helicopter crashes in Cape May County

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:52

Helicopter crashes in Cape May CountyEmergency crews responded to the report of a helicopter crash in Middle Township, New Jersey Monday morning.

Oldest US gay bookstore to reopen in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:41
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nation's oldest gay bookstore will reopen next month in Philadelphia after closing three months ago due to financial problems.

Military: Soldier dies after shooting herself in head in barricaded Va. army office

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:38
FORT LEE, Va. (AP) — Military: Soldier dies after shooting herself in head in barricaded Va. army office.

Bankruptcy judge approves Detroit water/sewer bond plan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:38

A City of Detroit Water and Sewerage man-hole cover is seen along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood of DetroitA bankruptcy court judge on Monday approved Detroit's proposal to repurchase nearly $1.5 billion of existing water and sewer revenue bonds tendered by investors and to refinance the debt to save money. The ruling by Judge Steven Rhodes, who is overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case, clears the way for the sale of about $1.8 billion of refunding bonds to pay for the tender and raise $162 million for new projects. Treatment of the city's $5.2 billion of outstanding water and sewer bonds was a big hole in Detroit's plan to adjust $18 billion of debt after most investors in those bonds rejected the plan earlier this summer. Detroit, which filed the biggest-ever U.S.

Russian tourist charged in Brooklyn Bridge climb

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:33

Yaroslav Kolchin is arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Kolchin a Russian tourist has been accused of climbing to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge and is facing reckless endangerment and trespass charges. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Alec Tabak, Pool)A Russian tourist climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures for fun in the landmark's second security breach in a month, authorities said Monday.

PHOTOS: Arrests in Phila. prostitution sting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:28

 Arrests in Phila. prostitution stingPhiladelphia police say eight more men have been arrested in yet another prostitution sting in the city.

Guilty plea in California meat-recall case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:25
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge.

Army: Barricaded in office, Ft. Lee soldier shot herself

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:25

 Barricaded in office, Ft. Lee soldier shot herselfThe Army says early reports indicated that a female soldier turned a gun on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself, at Fort Lee in Virginia.

Ohio landlords to pay $850,000 in housing discrimination case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:19
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio couple who own apartment buildings agreed to pay $850,000 to settle complaints they discriminated against both African-American renters and families with children, a spokesman for the United States Attorney's Office said Monday. John and Mary Ruth, owners of three apartment complexes located in Massillon, 20 miles south of Akron, agreed to pay $650,000 in damages and legal fees to multiple plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Stark County, former residents and employees.   The Ruths will also pay a $25,000 fine to the government and $175,000 in damages to 11 former residents and employees after agreeing to a consent order that resolves the lawsuit without trial and without the defendant admitting guilt in the matter, according to U.S. The federal lawsuit filed in 2011 claims that 10 of the couple's former employees testified that they were instructed to violate the Fair Housing Act (FHA) by allowing no more than one third of all apartment units be rented to African-Americans.   The Ruths told managers, "that African-American tenants were undesirable and decreased the value of the complexes" and that families with children were also not desirable and "should be restricted to basement or first floor units," according to court documents.   Former employees interviewed for the lawsuit said that existing tenants were given "discriminatory treatment in an effort to induce them to move out" and managers were pressured to manufacture grounds to evict them or be fired.   "It is a sad fact that decades after the passage of the Fair Housing Act, many people still face unlawful discrimination when looking for housing," said Molly Moran, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.

Prosecution questions Virginia ex-governor in corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:17

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell testified on Monday that his finances were in good shape as he underwent prosecution questioning in the fifth week of his federal corruption trial. McDonnell, 60, testified under cross-examination that he did not need money from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. The dietary supplement entrepreneur is alleged to have given McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, $177,000 in gifts and loans to promote his company. Attorney Michael Dry pointed to emails from Maureen McDonnell and the governor's sister expressing concern about financial problems. Dry then pointed to the $50,000 loan that Williams gave Maureen McDonnell and the $70,000 in loans to McDonnell through the corporation that McDonnell and his sister had set up to run beach properties.

Ferguson schools reopen, offer calm amid chaos

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:11

Normandy High School football players, students and parents observe a moment of silence for Michael Brown before the start of the first game of the school year, in Ferguson, MoFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Schools in Ferguson welcomed back students from their summer breaks on Monday, providing the children with a much-needed break from the raucous street protests and police patrols that have gripped the St. Louis suburb since a white officer killed an unarmed black man more than two weeks ago.

Man arrested for shooting dogs suspected in three L.A. homicides

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:11
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 34-year-old man who was arrested after shooting two dogs over the weekend is also considered a suspect in three homicides committed within an hour across Los Angeles' sprawling San Fernando Valley, police said on Monday. Alexander Hernandez of Sylmar was detained on animal cruelty charges after shooting two dogs to death on Saturday, Los Angeles Police spokeswoman Liliana Preciado said.    Hernandez was also a suspect in the fatal shootings of a man in his twenties or thirties, a woman about 50 years old, and a woman in her early twenties whose two family members were also wounded, Preciado said. Preciado said Hernandez was linked to the three killings because it appeared the same shotgun involved in the murders was used to shoot the dogs.   The suspect may have fired at the victims from a tan or gold SUV with tinted windows driving through a suburb outside of Los Angeles in the pre-dawn hours.    Los Angeles Police captain William Hayes told reporters at a press conference on Sunday evening that Hernandez barricaded himself in his home for an hour on Sunday night, after which a police SWAT team took him into custody.   “You have three grievous incidents, you have horrendous incidents,” Hayes said at the briefing outside Hernandez’s home.

Penn State student dies, possibly fell from crane

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 03:49

Penn State student dies, possibly fell from cranePolice in central Pennsylvania say a Penn State freshman died from a fall at a construction site on campus over the weekend.

Lawyers for Texas Governor Perry file motion to dismiss charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 03:46

Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential race waits to speak at a "NH GOP Victory Rally" in StrathamBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Attorneys for Texas Governor Rick Perry filed a motion on Monday to dismiss two felony charges of abusing his power, saying it is unjust to prosecute the leader of the state over a political dispute by trying to criminalize a veto. Perry, a possible candidate in the 2016 Republican presidential race, was indicted earlier this month for trying to use the veto to force the resignation of a prosecutor in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the Republican-dominated state. "Subjecting any sitting governor to a criminal prosecution and injecting the judiciary into a political dispute would be an unprecedented assault on this cherished separation of powers," the motion filed in a Travis County district court said. Perry, the longest-serving governor in the state's history, became the target of an ethics investigation last year after he vetoed $7.5 million in funding for the state public integrity unit run from the Travis County district attorney's office.

Police: Penn State student dies after fall from crane

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 03:45

Penn State student dies, possibly fell from cranePolice in central Pennsylvania say a Penn State freshman died from a fall at a construction site on campus over the weekend.

Detroit police to eventually leave federal oversight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 03:42
By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit police on Monday began a transition away from federal oversight that was launched more than a decade ago after accusations about excessive force and its witness detention practices, officials said. Justice Department had set up a court-ordered monitor in 2003 for Detroit police after a 2-1/2-year investigation concluded there was a pattern of misconduct. District Judge Avern Cohn in Detroit terminated that agreement between the Justice Department and Detroit police and approved a plan both have agreed on that would end federal oversight of the department in 18 months. The steps taken Monday come at a heightened time of national scrutiny of police forces, particularly after a white police officer shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

Four bodies found floating off Florida coast prompt questions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 03:31
Coast Guard was no longer actively searching as of Monday afternoon but asked boaters to report anything that might be related to the bodies discovered on Sunday in debris in the Atlantic Ocean near Hollywood, Florida, said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss. The four bodies were found about 20 nautical miles (37 km) off the coast, the Coast Guard said. Aerial teams had spotted what appeared to be other bodies on Sunday, but none turned up during subsequent searches by the Coast Guard overnight and early on Monday, Doss said. Cubans sometimes attempt flee the communist-ruled island by using rafts or other flimsy craft to reach Florida, where they can stay if they set foot on dry land.

Georgia 13-year-old killed in bed likely not intended target: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 02:59
A 13-year-old Georgia boy who was shot and killed by an older teenager while he slept may have been the victim of mistaken identity, police said on Monday. Nizzear Rodriguez was shot in his bed by an intruder at about 3 a.m. on Sunday in Carrollton, about 50 miles west of Atlanta, said Carrollton police Captain Jami Sailors. Police think Rodriguez was not the intended target of the shooting.

Last Call: Pluto-bound craft crosses Neptune orbit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 02:51
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA calls it a cosmic coincidence.

Police ID woman killed by Amtrak train in Claymont, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 02:50

Police ID woman killed by Amtrak train in Claymont, Del.Delaware State Police say they don't know why a Newark woman was walking on the railroad tracks when she was fatally struck by an Amtrak passenger train near the Claymont station.