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Woman charged in Philly school abduction rejects deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:14

Woman charged in Philly school abduction rejects dealA woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old from a Philadelphia classroom and sexually assaulting the girl has rejected a plea offer.


Police set up protest zone in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:14
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are setting up a designated protest zone for nightly demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri.

Girl plunges 550 feet to her death at Yellowstone National Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:13
An 8-year-old girl plunged some 550 feet (168 meters) to her death at Yellowstone National Park on Sunday after stepping off a trail overlooking a 1,200-foot (366-m) canyon and losing her footing, a park official said on Monday. The child and her family were hiking a popular path along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone - an ancient 20 mile-long (32-km) geologic formation - toward a fenced platform where visitors can observe the park’s tallest waterfall when the accident happened, Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said. Park crews on Sunday rappelled from a helicopter to retrieve the body of 8-year-old Zahra Allahyari of Poway, California, from where the child had fallen against a rocky outcropping above the floor of the colorful canyon, officials said. A swift water rescue team on Saturday extracted the body of a seasonal hotel worker who was swept away one week ago while tubing the powerful Yellowstone River, where rafting is banned because of safety concerns, Nash said.

New Orleans police chief retiring after 4 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:13

FILE - In this Monday, May 13, 2013, file photo, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas announces the issuance of an arrest warrant in connection with a shooting, during a news conference in front of police headquarters, in New Orleans. On Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, Serpas said he is leaving after four years on the job. Serpas has come under fire from officers upset by changes to rules for off-duty work and to disciplinary policies that sent scores of officers out of the department. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four years after taking over the scandal-plagued New Orleans Police Department, Ronal Serpas is stepping down as chief with a mixed legacy: Homicides are at the lowest level in decades, but spates of deadly violence threaten the tourism-dependent city's image.


Obama to host UN summit on foreign fighters threat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:07
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama will host a summit meeting of the U.N. Security Council next month to focus on the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters like the ones now taking part in combat in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. administration announced Monday.

Witness: McDonnell struggled to rein in his wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:04

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, arrives at federal court with his attorneys, John Brownlee, left, and Henry Asbill, right, in Richmond, Va., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. McDonnell presents his defense in his corruption trial today. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell struggled to rein in his wife's erratic behavior, causing turmoil throughout the executive staff and nearly prompting a mass resignation among workers in the governor's mansion, a defense witness testified Monday.


Less shake from artificial quakes, fed study says

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:03

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2011 file photo shows earthquake damage in Sparks, Okla. on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 after two earthquakes hit the area in less than 24 hours. Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found. People feeling the ground move from induced quakes _ those that are not natural, but triggered by injections of wastewater deep underground_ report significantly less shaking than those who experience more normal earthquakes of the same magnitude, according to a study by U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Susan Hough. However within 6 miles of the fault, artificial and natural quakes feel pretty much the same, she said. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.


Governors step into New England supermarket feud

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:01

Market Basket employees and supporters jeer at a car driving into the supermarket's headquarters in Tewksbury, Mass., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. As an employee revolt at the New England grocery store chain headed into its fifth week, the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire made the unusual move of personally stepping into negotiations aimed at ending a standoff threatening the future of the popular low-priced supermarkets. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — As an employee revolt at a New England grocery store chain headed into its fifth week, the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire took the unusual step of personally stepping into negotiations aimed at ending a standoff threatening the future of the popular low-priced supermarkets.


PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:00

File - In this Sept. 9, 2010 file photo, a massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.


Lawyer: Revel still seeks sale, losing $1M weekly

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:59

 Revel still seeks sale, losing $1M weeklyRevel Casino Hotel still hopes to auction off the property but needs to close to stop big losses, a lawyer for the resort said.


Advocates urge U.S. top court not to block gay marriage in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:59

Demonstrators in support of same-sex marriage gather in anticipation of two high-profile rulings regarding same-sex marriage at the US Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gay marriage supporters on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to block a court ruling that would allow same-sex couples to wed in Virginia. Lawyers for gay and lesbian couples who want to get married urged U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts not to grant an emergency stay application filed by a Republican elected official in Northern Virginia.


Credibility concerns in Missouri shooting probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:57

Police Shooting Missouri State Investigation CROPPEDFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri prosecutor overseeing an investigation into the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has deep family roots among police: his father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin all worked for St. Louis' police department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.


Center City man's death ruled as homicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:52

Center City man's death ruled as homicideThe death of a man found in his Center City home has been ruled a homicide.


Small plane from Florida crashes off Bahamas, four missing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:49
The United States Coast Guard is searching for four missing people after a small plane that took off from Florida crashed Monday morning in the ocean near the western Bahamas. The Federal Aviation Administration first reported the Cessna went missing around 11 a.m. EDT, according to U.S. “I was told it had gone down in the vicinity of Freeport, Bahamas, about 6 miles (10 km) from the airport,” he said. The plane left the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport in northeastern Florida headed toward the island chain about 60 miles (97 km) off the U.S.

Police officer charged in 19-year-old's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:41
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa police officer was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend earlier this month.

Obama to send Attorney General Holder to Ferguson, urges restraint

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:35
President Barack Obama said on Monday he was sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday to investigate the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white policeman, and urged restraint on the part of both law enforcement and protesters. "To a community in Ferguson that is rightly hurting and looking for answers, let me call once again for us to seek some understanding rather than simply holler at each other," Obama told a news conference. "Let's seek to heal rather than to wound each other." Obama said that anger over the death of the youth, Michael Brown, was understandable, but condemned the violence and theft that had taken place during the protests.

National Guard called into Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:35
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's governor is lifting a neighborhood curfew but calling in the National Guard to help restore order in a St. Louis suburb where a police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old has sparked heated protests.

U.S. views on Missouri shooting vary starkly by race, poll finds

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:35
Four out of five black respondents said the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson earlier this month and the ensuing week of sometimes violent protests highlighted important issues of race in the United States that need to be discussed. Pew spoke with 1,000 adults from Thursday to Sunday.

Mississippi suspect accused of shooting man over mixed-race grandkids

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:32

Jeffery Daniels is pictured in this undated booking photo(Reuters) - A Mississippi man charged with shooting and beating his mother's boyfriend has been accused of carrying out the attack in anger over the victim's mixed-race grandchildren, police said on Monday. Jeffery Daniels, of rural Smith County in central Mississippi, has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with a Friday evening incident that left Craig Wilson badly beaten and with a gunshot wound to the stomach, police said. Daniels' mother told police that he carried out the attack in anger over a visit from Wilson's young grandchildren, who are mixed-race, said Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton. Because the victim and suspect are both white, the attack cannot be classified as a hate crime under Mississippi state law, Crumpton said.


Expert: Train collision will renew safety calls

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:30

In this photo provided by the Lawrence County Sheriff, wreckage burns at the site of a railroad collision in Hoxie, Ark. on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Arkansas State Police said two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two others injured in the early morning accident. It's at least the second head-on collision involving the company's trains since 2012, when two collided in the Oklahoma Panhandle that June, which killed three crew members and injured a fourth. (AP Photo/Lawrence County Sheriff via The Jonesboro Sun)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A deadly head-on train collision in Arkansas proves more needs to be done to improve safety, but implementing fixes industrywide likely won't occur before a federal deadline, a transportation expert said Monday.