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Court tosses Washington man's porn conviction

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 05:55
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has tossed out a man's child-pornography conviction and 18-year prison sentence because of illegal government surveillance.

VIDEO: Implosion of 16-story Philadelphia high-rise

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 05:54

End of an era with implosion of Germantown high-riseIt stood for nearly 60 years, but it was the end of an era for a 16-story high-rise in the Germantown section of Philadelphia after an implosion on Saturday morning.


Crews battle out-of-control wildfire as Southern California bakes

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 05:38
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hundreds of firefighters spent a second day on Saturday battling a wildfire burning out of control in a national forest southeast of Los Angeles, as the region baked under triple-digit temperatures that prompted authorities to issue a "heat alert." The so-called Silverado Fire, which broke out in the Cleveland National Forest on Friday morning, had charred some 1,600 acres (647 hectares) by Saturday afternoon as it burned through brush and chaparral left bone dry by California's record drought. The heat wave that has sent temperatures soaring over 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) in parts of Southern California on Saturday and was not expected to break until late Sunday. The sweltering heat prompted Los Angeles health officials to issue a "heat alert" for this weekend, urging residents to take special precautions. "Extreme heat such as this is not just an inconvenience, it can be dangerous and even deadly, but we can protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated," Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the city's interim health director, said in issuing the heat alert.

Pa. State Police identify trooper killed in ambush

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 05:34
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — A late-night ambush outside a state police barracks in Pennsylvania's rural northeastern corner left one trooper dead and another critically wounded, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday looking for the shooter or shooters.

Woman in wheelchair struck and killed in Lawrence Township

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 05:23

Woman in wheelchair struck and killed in Lawrence TownshipPolice say a 57-year-old woman in a wheelchair was struck and killed by a vehicle in Lawrence Township., New Jersey.


Ex-PM Tony Blair says hopes Scotland will vote to stay in the UK

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 04:36

Quartet Representative to the Middle East and former British Prime Minister Blair looks on during a meeting with Egypt's Foreign Minister Shoukry, in CairoFormer Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Saturday that he hoped Scots would vote against independence, saying that breaking up the United Kingdom would not be a sensible step. The fate of the United Kingdom is hanging on a knife edge as polls show Scots are evenly divided between support for the union and support for separatists led by nationalist leader Alex Salmond. "I hope Scotland votes to stay part of the United Kingdom," Blair, who was born in Scotland, said at a security conference in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. "For all the reasons given by all the party leaders of the UK, in the 21st Century to rip up the alliance between our countries would not be sensible, politically, economically or even emotionally." Blair, who served as British prime minister from 1997 to 2007, has been largely absent from the debate over Scottish independence, though his successor, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has taken a leading role in the unionist campaign.


Oklahoma NAACP wants alleged assaults investigated

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 04:31

File-This Sept. 3, 2014, file photo shows Daniel Holtzclaw, front, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, being led into a courtroom for a hearing in Oklahoma City. The president of the Oklahoma NAACP wants the U.S. attorney general to open a hate crimes and civil rights investigation into alleged sexual assaults on black women by Holtzclaw. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The president of the Oklahoma NAACP wants the U.S. attorney general to open a hate crimes and civil rights investigation into alleged sexual assaults on black women by an Oklahoma City police officer.


Miss America to be crowned Sunday in stressed Atlantic City, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 04:24

Contestants sport swimsuits during the second preliminary night of the 2015 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New JerseyBy Sean Landis Sept 13 (Reuters) - The winner of the 2015 Miss America Pageant will be crowned on Sunday night in Atlantic City, and the wearer's glittering tiara will stand in contrast to the tarnished fortunes of this New Jersey beach town where yet another casino is slated to close this week. The newest Miss America is choreographed to walk the 50-foot runway to the tune of "There She Is, Miss America," in a hall next door to Trump Plaza, whose slated shutdown on Tuesday means the gambling mecca will have lost a third of its casinos since the start of the year. Atlantic City officials hope the 94-year-old beauty pageant, which returned to the casino-dotted Jersey Shore town last year after eight years in Las Vegas, will help revive the city in the wake of recent financial turmoil. The owner of the aging Trump Plaza is also threatening to close the enormous Trump Taj Mahal in November.


Arizona candidate gives GOP's weekly radio address

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 04:19
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona congressional candidate Andy Tobin said Saturday that rural Arizona and parts of the country have been forgotten by Washington.

Convicted killer on death row sues over non-Kosher diet

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 03:52

Convicted killer on death row sues over non-Kosher dietA death row inmate convicted of sexually assaulting and killing a mother and her two young daughters is suing the state, claiming that not providing him Kosher food is "cruel and unusual punishment."


Workers at Lear plant in Indiana go on strike, could affect Ford: Chicago Tribune

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 03:41
(Reuters) - Workers at a Lear Corp plant in Indiana that makes parts for Ford Motor Co went on strike Saturday, according to the Chicago Tribune. The plant in Hammond, Indiana, employs 760 and supplies automotive seats for Ford's Explorer and Taurus cars, said the newspaper, citing a representative with the United Auto Workers. The strike may affect several thousand workers who depend on the Indiana factory, according to the Tribune. The Lear workers, who make $11 to $14 per hour, are demanding higher wages, said the report, citing the union. ...

NFL star Adrian Peterson turns himself in on injury to a child charge

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 03:02

NFL star Adrian Peterson turns himself in on injury to a child chargeStar NFL running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was booked on charges of child abuse.


Illinois man arrested on Ohio highway after alleged double murder

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 02:58
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - An Illinois man was arrested on Friday on a Ohio highway after he allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend, whose body was found in the back seat of his vehicle, and her son, police said. Terry Froman, 41, of Brookport was pulled over and taken into custody on Interstate 75, north of Cincinnati, by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Officers found the body of 34-year-old Kimberley Thomas of Mayfield, Kentucky, in the back of his sports-utility vehicle, the Graves County Sheriff's Office in Kentucky said in a statement. ...

Teen badly injured in 40-foot fall from cliffs

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 02:25
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Fire and Rescue says a girl in her early teens sustained life-threatening injuries when she fell more than 40 feet off the cliffs at a popular hiking and climbing spot.

AccuWeather: A Damp Start To The Weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 01:38

 A Damp Start To The WeekendMeteorologist Chris Sowers says there could be a few showers out there this afternoon.


Colorado activists want rules on pot edibles implemented fast

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 01:19

Cookies shaped like marijuana leafs are pictured at the Cannabis Carnivalus 4/20 event in SeattleBy Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - (This story refiles the Sept. 11 story to correct the spelling of a surname to Carlson, not Carson, in the fifth paragraph) Activists in Colorado called on Thursday for the fast implementation of rules requiring marijuana-infused edibles be clearly distinguishable from regular products when removed from their original packaging. Colorado and Washington this year became the first U.S. states to allow recreational sales of the drug to adult, and much of the public debate has since centered on regulations for edibles such as pot cookies, chocolates and drinks. ...


Trustee objects to parts of proposed Revel deal

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 01:18

Trustee objects to parts of proposed Revel dealA U.S. Bankruptcy Court trustee is objecting to the proposed auction date for the Revel Casino Hotel and a $3 million breakup fee that would go to a Florida developer if he's outbid for the recently shuttered site.


Man dies in North Philadelphia shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 01:05

Man dies in North Philadelphia shootingA man has died after a shooting in North Philadelphia.


Heatstroke killed Maryland woman, daughters found in car: coroner

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 00:52
ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - (This version of the story first published on August 12 corrects the age of the younger child in paragraph 2 to 5 months, not 9 months) A Maryland mother from Guyana and her two infant daughters found dead inside a car in June died of accidental heatstroke, the state medical examiner's office said on Tuesday. Police discovered Allison Pluck, 32, and her daughters Shameka Gill and Shania Gill, ages 5 months and 18 months, unresponsive in a vehicle outside a Hagerstown school on June 16. The daughters were in the back in safety seats, police have said.

Texas governor's race heats up over new book

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 00:37

Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis talks to reporters at a news conference in AustinBy Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The race for Texas governor entered a new chapter this week with the release of a memoir from Democratic candidate Wendy Davis that rekindled attention on abortion and led to an ethics complaint from her opponent, Republican Greg Abbott. Abbott, currently the state's attorney general, is accusing Davis of misusing campaign contributions to promote the book called "Forgetting to Be Afraid," in which Davis, a state senator, reveals she had terminated two pregnancies. "Senator Davis' book promotion has gone from ethically questionable to outright unlawful," Abbott campaign spokesman Matt Hirsch said. Davis campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas called the complaint frivolous and said it shows "how worried Greg Abbott is about the power of her story." Davis, who rose from being a single mother in a trailer park to a Harvard Law school graduate, gained national standing in 2013 when she donned pink running shoes and staged a dramatic 10-hour filibuster at the Texas statehouse against sweeping abortion restrictions.