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Man sought in police killing returned to Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:46
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man wanted for allegedly killing a police officer in Mexico a decade ago has been returned to that country from the U.S.

Sister of ex-Virginia governor testifies in his defense

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:45
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The youngest sister of former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell testified in his fraud and bribery trial on Tuesday that the governor's wife was "manipulative, unpredictable and can be deceptive." Maureen C. McDonnell, testifying for the defense, reinforced a defense contention that her brother's marriage was crumbling and that he could not have conspired with his wife, also named Maureen, to take loans and gifts from a businessman in exchange for favors from the governor to help his company. McDonnell and his wife face a 14-count indictment alleging they took gifts and loans totaling more than $165,000 from Jonnie Williams Sr., the head of dietary supplement company Star Scientific, in exchange for promoting his main product, the dietary supplement Anatabloc.

Two dead in helicopter crash in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:44
(Reuters) - Two people died when a helicopter crashed on Tuesday during a flight to inspect power lines in rural western Alabama, authorities said. The helicopter was being used to monitor high-voltage power lines in a remote area about 30 miles west of Birmingham when it crashed, killing both the pilot and a worker for Alabama Power Co , authorities said. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive at the scene on Wednesday to conduct an investigation into the cause of the incident, said Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lieutenant Andy Norris. The helicopter, a McDonnell Douglas 369E, was owned by RotorWorks, a Georgia-based contracting firm that also employed the pilot, he said.

Police: St. Louis officers kill knife-wielding man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:39
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A large crowd, some chanting "Hands up, don't shoot," gathered Tuesday at the site where St. Louis police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man after a reported convenience store robbery.

Man wins release after '90 arson-murder rap tossed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:39
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A New York City man who has spent 24 years in prison for setting a fire that killed his daughter will be released from custody while prosecutors decide whether to retry him.

Man charged with murder in killing of U.S. Marine's pregnant wife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:37
Prosecutors in Southern California filed murder charges on Tuesday against a man suspected of killing a U.S. Marine's pregnant wife and dumping the 19-year-old woman's body down a mine shaft, authorities said. Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, a former neighbor of the couple, was arrested during a traffic stop in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sunday and was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon for extradition proceedings to return him to California. Erin Corwin was reported missing on June 28 by her husband, Marine Corporal Jonathan Corwin, after she failed to return from what she told him was a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park, near their home on the military base in Twentynine Palms, about 130 miles east of Los Angeles.

Prosecutor: Killing of drunk driver an 'execution'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:36

This undated photo provided by Felicia Leija shows Jose Banda, 20, with his newborn daughter Alisa. Authorities say Banda was fatally shot in December 2012 minutes after he slammed into a truck that was being pushed by a father and his two sons after the vehicle had broken down. The two boys were killed in the alcohol-related accident. Investigators allege the boys’ father, David Barajas, shot Banda. Barajas’ trial is set to begin Monday, Aug. 18. (AP Photo/Felicia Leija)ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — A drunk driver did not deserve "execution" by a Texas father accused of taking the law into his own hands in a fit of rage over the killing of his two sons in a wreck, a prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday.


Corps: Mississippi River waterways need improving

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:12
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An Army Corps of Engineers official says higher-capacity ports, expanded locks and other infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River Watershed to respond to increased shipping demands and changing climate conditions.

Youth groups get $65k from swim club bias case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:12
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Funds from a swim club discrimination settlement have been distributed to six youth groups in the Philadelphia area.

Agreements end federal teacher testing fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:10
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say four people caught in a teacher certification test fraud scheme have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving a long-running scam that affected students in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Mexico says mine firm lied about chemical spill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:08

In this Aug. 14, 2014 photo, the contaminated Sonora river makes its way near the town of Ures, in the northern state of Sonora, Mexico. Eighty-eight schools in Sonora state did not open Monday along with the rest of the country because of the danger of water contaminated by the spill of 10 million gallons (40,000 cubic meters) of acids from a copper mine into this and another river in the region. (AP Photo/El Imparcial, Julian Ortega)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top environmental official said Tuesday that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream.


UN Ebola coordinator to visit West Africa

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:58
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The public health expert coordinating U.N. efforts to fight Ebola said on Tuesday that he's heading to Washington and then to West Africa to determine the best ways the world body can support people, communities and governments affected by the deadly disease.

Ferguson pledges outreach efforts after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:54

Ferguson pledges outreach efforts after shootingFerguson's leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to "allow peace to settle in" and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb.


Community Health details attack on patient records

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:53

Community Health details attack on patient recordsHospital operator Community Health Systems says a cyber-attack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.


Tractor trailer hits bucket truck in Camden; worker critically injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:52

Tractor trailer hits bucket truck in Camden; worker critically injuredA man is in critical condition after a tractor trailer struck a bucket truck in Camden Tuesday morning.


Tacony shootout heard over police radio; suspect dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:50

Tacony shootout heard over police radio; suspect deadA Philadelphia police officer has been released from the hospital after a shootout in Tacony that left a suspect dead.


Islanders announce sale of minority stake of club

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:48

FILE - This is an Oct. 24, 2012, file photo, showing New York Islanders owner Charles Wang addressing the media during a press conference at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The New York Islanders have announced that the team is being sold to a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor. In a statement Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, the team says a group led by former Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin has reached an agreement to buy a "substantial" minority interest in the team. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders are selling a minority stake of the team, with a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor to become full owners in two years.


Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:45

This March 14, 1992 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo on the set of "Saturday Night Live." Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Arizona at the age of 96. (AP Photo/NBC, Al Levine)NEW YORK (AP) — Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live."


$1 million Powerball ticket goes unclaimed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:45
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Powerball ticket sold in West Virginia that was worth $1 million from the Feb. 11 drawing has gone unclaimed.

Grenade, mortar found in Bridesburg home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:44

Grenade, mortar found in Bridesburg homeAuthorities have shut down a street in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia after firefighters found potentially explosive material inside a home.