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Fight against California fire is 2nd most costly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:17
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year, officials said Wednesday.

Judge delays Marathon bombing trial, won't move it

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:07

FILE - This file photo released April 19, 2013, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. A judge has granted a two-month trial delay for Tsarnaev, but denied a defense request to move his trial. Judge George O'Toole ruled Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, that the trial will begin Jan. 5 instead of Nov. 3. Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his now-deceased older brother placed two pressure cooker bombs that exploded near the marathon's finish line last year. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured. Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)BOSTON (AP) — A judge granted a two-month trial delay on Wednesday for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but denied a defense request to move his trial from Boston.


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:07

U.S. President Barack Obama chairs a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at the United Nations headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. Obama implored world leaders to rally behind his expanding military campaign to stamp out the violent Islamic State group and its "network of death." (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Erotica chain to sell goods to pay back taxes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:06
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An online sale of sex toys could give Kansas a boost of revenue.

Police arrest suspect in search for missing Virginia student

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:04

Handout of Jesse Leroy Matthew wanted in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hanna GrahamBy John Clarke (Reuters) - Police searching for a missing University of Virginia student said the suspect in the case was arrested in Texas with the help of FBI agents on Wednesday, a day after a warrant was issued accusing the man of abduction with the intent to defile. Police said Jesse Matthew, 32, was seen entering a bar in Charlottesville, Virginia, with 18-year-old sophomore Hannah Graham in the early hours of Sept. 13. She has not been seen since. ...


Shot fired in Chalfont bank robbery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:00

Shot fired in Chalfont bank robbery, suspect soughtPolice are looking for the suspect behind a bank robbery in Chalfont, Bucks County.


University ends community classes with nude models

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:59
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon has ended free art sessions for community artists to sketch nude models, saying it could not afford the increasing cost of keeping the popular classes secure.

NYPD probes treatment of pregnant woman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:55

Attorney Sanford A. Rubenstein, left, introduces client Sandra Amezquita, 43, who is 5 months pregnant, during a press conference at his offices in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. Amezquita, who was caught on amateur video showing a New York police officer taking her to the ground on her stomach as she tried to intervene in the arrest of her 17-year-old son early Saturday morning, Sept. 20, in Brooklyn, and a woman who says she tried to come to Amezquita's aid, have requested a criminal investigation regarding the officer's actions. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police are investigating an altercation between officers and a pregnant woman that was captured on amateur video, officials said Wednesday.


3 charged in gay assault; lawyer denies homophobia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:55

Philip Williams, right, accompanied by attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. walks to a police station Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Philadelphia. Williams, Kevin Harrigan and Kathryn Knott are being charged with conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Three suburban Philadelphia defendants being charged in the beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter on a city street have turned themselves in.


In Exxon suit, judge leaves opening for villagers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has left a small legal opening for some Indonesian villagers to pursue a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for human rights abuses allegedly committed by Indonesian troops guarding an Exxon natural gas field.

Lawyers for Florida quarterback, accuser, dispute payoff proposal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:32

Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston speaks at news conference in TallahasseeBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Lawyers involved in the case over rape accusations against Florida State University star quarterback, Jameis Winston, angrily accused each other of seeking a financial payoff to silence his female accuser, according to documents obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. The Heisman Trophy-winning athlete was asked to pay $7 million to win the silence of the woman who claimed he raped her, Winston's lawyer, David Cornwell, wrote in a 13-page letter dated on Tuesday. ...


Prosecutors will not seek death penalty in hot-car death of Georgia toddler

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:31
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against a Georgia man indicted for murder after leaving his 22-month-old son strapped in a hot car for seven hours in June, the local district attorney announced Wednesday. The case against Justin Ross Harris, 33, has riveted the United States, with authorities saying that he exchanged explicit photos with women online as his son was dying. Harris' defense attorney has called his son's death a horrible accident. ...

Cops: Saw ambush suspect, found his dirty diapers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:29

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper helps create a perimeter in the search area for Eric Frien near the intersection of Happy Hill Lane and Bear Town Road in Canadensis, Pa, on Tuesday, Sept 23, 2014. The manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a state police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but Frein, the suspect, has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officials. (AP Photo/The Times-Tribune, Jake Danna Stevens)WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDITA suspect in the fatal ambush of a trooper has occasionally made himself visible to officers before melting back into the forest, and police found empty packs of Serbian-branded cigarettes and soiled diapers believed to have been left by him, Pennsylvania State Police said Wednesday.


Man shot in the head in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:24

Man shot in the head in South PhiladelphiaPolice say a man was shot twice in the head in South Philadelphia.


Mexico to take part in UN peacekeeping missions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:15

President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced Wednesday that his country has decided to participate in U.N. peacekeeping missions again for the first time in decades.


Prosecutor: Hawaii prison gang 'kings of castle'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:09
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii prison gang formed out of a need for inmate protection evolved into a violent organization whose members are "kings of their castle," a federal prosecutor told a jury Wednesday at the start of a racketeering trial for a former prison guard and an inmate.

U.S. to pay Navajo tribe $554 million in landmark settlement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 08:00

Navajo archaeologist Kim MangumBy Steve Gorman (Reuters) - The Obama administration has agreed to pay the Navajo Nation a record $554 million to settle longstanding claims by America's largest Indian tribe that its funds and natural resources were mishandled for decades by the U.S. government. The accord, resolving claims that date back as far as 50 years and marking the biggest U.S. legal settlement with a single tribe, will be formally signed at a ceremony on Friday in Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the sprawling Navajo reservation. ...


Suspect captured in case of missing UVa student

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:59

Suspect captured in case of missing UVa studentPolice say they have captured the man charged in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student.


Honduras leader rails against ineffective drug war

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:58
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of Honduras blamed the flight of migrant children to the U.S. on a drug war his country didn't start and demanded the world pay as much attention to displaced Central American families as it does to those terrorized by wars elsewhere.

Parents, students upset at dress-code enforcement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:56

In this undated photo provided by Chad Pehrson shows his daughter, Tayler Gillespie, 17, wearing her homecoming dance dress that failed to pass the school’s dress code. Parents, and students at Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, say they’re angry at the way school administrators enforced a dress code at a homecoming dance. The dress code said hemlines should go no higher than mid-thigh when seated. The code also says dresses should cover the chest and back at the top of the armpit and should be secured.. (AP Photo/Chad Pehrson)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Parents and students at a Utah high school say they're angry at the way school administrators enforced a dress code at a homecoming dance.