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Slain American journalist remembered as driven

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:02

After speaking with U.S. President Barack Obama by phone, John and Diane Foley talk to reporters, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, outside their home in Rochester, N.H. Their son James Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — In 2011, just after James Foley was released from the Libyan prison where he'd been held for six weeks, he acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world's most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death.


Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:00

A vehicle sits atop debris where flash flood waters pushed it after rising waters overran Skunk Creek after strong storms moved through, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in New River, Ariz., just northwest of Phoenix. Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of Phoenix.


Alaska voters narrowly backing tax cut for oil industry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:00
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Alaskan voters appear to have narrowly upheld a new law that cut taxes on oil production and is worth up to $1 billion a year for companies such as ConocoPhillips, BP Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp, according to results available on Wednesday. With 98 percent of voting precincts reporting from Tuesday's primary, those favoring the lower taxes held a four-point lead, according to unofficial returns posted by the Alaska Division of Elections. Upholding the eight-month-old tax cut ushered in by Governor Sean Parnell means the state would not revert back to the system implemented by his old boss, Sarah Palin, who raised taxes in 2007. Results will not be certified until Sept. 2, said state elections director Gail Fenumiai, who added that nearly 14,600 absentee and early voting ballots needed to be counted over the next 10 days to see whether the repeal effort failed.

Alaska voters narrowly backing tax cut for oil industry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:00
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Alaskan voters appear to have narrowly upheld a new law that cut taxes on oil production and is worth up to $1 billion a year for companies such as ConocoPhillips, BP Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp, according to results available on Wednesday. With 98 percent of voting precincts reporting from Tuesday's primary, those favoring the lower taxes held a four-point lead, according to unofficial returns posted by the Alaska Division of Elections. Upholding the eight-month-old tax cut ushered in by Governor Sean Parnell means the state would not revert back to the system implemented by his old boss, Sarah Palin, who raised taxes in 2007. Results will not be certified until Sept. 2, said state elections director Gail Fenumiai, who added that nearly 14,600 absentee and early voting ballots needed to be counted over the next 10 days to see whether the repeal effort failed.

U.S. military tried, but failed to rescue journalist Foley, other hostages

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:51

U.S. journalist James Foley arrives, after being released by the Libyan government, at Rixos hotel in TripoliThe unsuccessful rescue operation "involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL," the Pentagon said in a statement, using a different name for the militant group. "Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location." President Barack Obama authorized the mission "earlier this summer," Lisa Monaco, Obama's top counter terrorism aide, said in a separate statement. Foley, 40, was executed by an Islamic State militant in a video that surfaced on the Internet on Tuesday.


Photographer sues Bieber over Hawaii altercation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:45

FILE - This May 11, 2014 file photo shows singer Justin Bieber, second from right, watching the Los Angeles Clippers play the Oklahoma City Thunder with his mother Pattie Mallette, second from left, in the first half of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Los Angeles. Photographer Aja Oxman sued Bieber and his bodyguard Dwayne Patterson for assault and intentional infliction of emotion distress in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 20, over an altercation last year on Hawaii's Shipwreck Beach. The lawsuit states Patterson injured Oxman while trying to forcibly retrieve a camera memory card after Bieber spotted the photographer snapping photographs of him leaping off a cliff into the ocean. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A photographer sued Justin Bieber and one of his bodyguards Wednesday for assault and infliction of emotional distress over an altercation on Hawaiian beach late last year.


UN Council members reject NKorea meeting request

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:44
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — United Nations Security Council members are rejecting North Korea's request for a meeting to protest joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

Ex-governor at corruption trial: Wife grew anxious

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:43

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, arrives at federal court with his attorney, Henry Asbill, left, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Richmond, Va. The defense continues to present its case in McDonnell's corruption case. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that his gubernatorial victory was just hours old when he got the first glimpse of growing anxiety in his wife. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the governor's mansion and seeking counseling.


Oklahoma Catholic bishop sues over planned black mass

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:41
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma’s Catholic Archbishop filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to halt the use of what he said were stolen communion wafers destined for a satanic black mass ceremony to be held next month in Oklahoma City. The lawsuit filed in Oklahoma County District Court claims the black mass is a deliberate attack on the Catholic Mass as well as the foundational beliefs of all Christians. "I have taken a legal step to combat this blasphemous and obscene inversion of the Catholic Mass,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said in the lawsuit.

CHP says officer may face serious beating charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:37

FILE - This Aug. 10, 2014 file photo shows Marlene Pinnock during an interview in Los Angeles. Pinnock, 51, was recorded on video being punched by a California Highway Patrol officer on a Los Angeles freeway on July 1. The CHP announced Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, that it has forwarded its investigation into the beating of Pinnock to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, and the probe outlines "potentially serious charges'' against the officer. (AP Photo/John Hopper, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the district attorney.


Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of Georgia judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:33
By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia. The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries service in September for the right to acquire the whales, which were captured off the coast of northern Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk and are currently in the care of Russian scientists. The government contends that bringing the whales to the United States would contribute to the depletion of the known wild beluga whale population and violate the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The aquarium disputes that and wants NOAA Fisheries to hand over more internal documents to show how the government made its decision.

Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:32

 US won't stop confronting Islamic StatePresident Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to continue to confront Islamic State militants despite the beheading of an American journalist in Iraq.


Louisiana grocery workers plead guilty in $7 million food aid fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:31
Three workers at a Louisiana grocery store pleaded guilty this week to participating in a $7 million scheme to exchange food assistance benefits for cigarettes and cash, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. The fraud scheme, which involved both Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women Infant and Children (WIC) benefits, was run out of Dee's, a small neighborhood grocery store in the northern Louisiana city of Monroe, prosecutors said.

Temple introduces initiative to help students graduate on time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:27

Temple introduces initiative to help students graduate on timeIncoming freshman moved into Temple University on Wednesday as the school introduces an initiative to help student finish on time and graduate in four years.


Woman with no fingerprints faces theft, forgery charges in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:27

Ann Marie Miller is seen in an undated picture released by the Allen County Sheriff's Office in Lima, OhioBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A disbarred lawyer who removed her fingerprints to hide her identity will be extradited to Colorado to faces charges that she swindled at least two people out of their homes, authorities said on Wednesday. Ann Marie Miller, 40, made national headlines this month after Ohio authorities went public seeking to identify a woman they arrested in July who had used chemicals to obscure her fingerprints. She is set to go on trial next month in Allen County, Ohio, on a felony tampering charge. Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office, said prosecutors have a detainer hold on Miller, and that they will file extradition papers to move her to Colorado after she is tried in Ohio.


Del. restaurateur dies after motorcycle accident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:20

Del. restaurateur dies after motorcycle accidentAward-winning Delaware restaurateur Matt Haley has died following a motorcycle accident in India. He was 53.


Mormon school removes gay-marriage cards at store

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:15
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday.

Phoenix police chief orders probe of fatal shooting by sergeant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:14
The department is also conducting an administrative investigation stemming from the incident.    The investigation comes amid protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the Aug. 9 killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer. She then raised the hammer and went at the officers, police said.     She was shot by a veteran police sergeant at close range and died later at a local hospital, a police spokesman said.     Police identified the sergeant this week as Percy Dupra, 48, who has been with the department for 19 years.     The fatal police shooting prompted a protest outside of Phoenix City Hall by community activists and the woman’s mother, calling for an independent review into the incident and questioning if race may have played a factor.      Garcia said other steps that have already been implemented include assigning a police commander to train officers to better deal with community member with mental health issues.     In addition, Garcia ordered a complete review of the department’s mental health pick-up procedures and training related requirements, and said that plans are underway to purchase additional on-officer cameras.

Man who lived years as hermit adjusts to society

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:13
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man who lived nearly three decades in the woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society.

Grand jury hears evidence in Ferguson case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:12
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury has begun hearing evidence as it weighs possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.