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Regional water authority envisaged in latest Detroit bankruptcy plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:33

A City of Detroit Water and Sewerage man-hole cover is seen along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood of Detroit(Reuters) - Detroit has once again raised the possibility of having a regional water and sewer system authority in the latest version of a debt adjustment plan the city filed in the U.S. The new draft of the plan -- the last one expected ahead of a financial feasibility trial scheduled to open in early September -- also includes the city's current effort to repurchase $5.2 billion of outstanding water and sewer system revenue bonds. Nearly 25.7 percent of the bonds were tendered by late Wednesday, according to tender agent Bondholder Communications Group. Bondholders have until 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday to take up the city's tender offer.

Policeman suspended for pointing rifle at protester in Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:53
By Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - (Please note: there is strong language used by the police officer in paragraph seven) A St. Louis-area police officer was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at a peaceful demonstrator as tensions flared during protests over the Aug. 9 police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. The incident just before midnight on Tuesday punctuated the 11th straight night of racially charged demonstrations in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, since Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was slain by a white police officer. According to an official account from the St. Louis County Police Department, an unnamed policeman from the neighboring community of St. Ann leveled his weapon at a Ferguson protester "after a verbal exchange," and that a superior county officer, a sergeant, quickly intervened.

Palestinian banner unfurled on NYC bridge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:17

Demonstrators gather in Brooklyn's Cadman Plaza Park as they prepare to march across the Brooklyn Bridge during a pro-Palestinian rally, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — Pro-Palestinian activists marching along the Brooklyn Bridge were surprised when a giant flag in Palestinian colors was unfurled on the nearby Manhattan Bridge.

Holder says he understands mistrust of police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:11
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race.

California students charged after plotting school shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:09
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two teenagers who conspired to kill three members of staff and many students at a high school in a Los Angeles suburb were charged on Wednesday with one count each of making criminal threats, prosecutors said. Rebecca Lewis, deputy district attorney at Los Angeles County, said in a statement the teens talked about carrying out a mass shooting at their high school and they allegedly shared their plans with another teen who they threatened to kill. The boys, ages 16 and 17, denied the charges in Pasadena Juvenile Court, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said on Twitter. Detectives learned of the plot last Thursday from school administrators and investigators worked to unravel the plan, which involved borrowing a gun belonging to one boy's relatives and a possible gunfight with officers, South Pasadena police said on Tuesday.

Man critical in Tioga-Nicetown shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:50

Man critical in Tioga-Nicetown shootingPolice say a shooting in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown section sent one man to the hospital in critical condition.

Judge: Girl, 13, is fit for trial for Calif. fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:40
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ruled that a 13-year-old girl is competent to stand trial on allegations that she deliberately started a wildfire that destroyed three dozen homes north of San Diego in May.

Car crashes into Northeast Philadelphia deli

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:36

Car crashes into Northeast Philadelphia deliA car crashed into the front of a Northeast Philadelphia deli and authorities say this isn't the first time this has happened at the same location.

Growth in China manufacturing weakens in August

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:33
HONG KONG (AP) — Growth in China's vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus.

Atlantic City casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:30

Atlantic City casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobsEmployees have turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon

Taney Dragons lose to Las Vegas 8-1 in 3rd Little League World Series game

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:27

Taney Dragons lose to Las Vegas 8-1 in 3rd Little League World Series gamePhiladelphia's Taney Dragons took an 8-1 loss against Las Vegas on Wednesday in their third Little League World Series Game. Despite the loss, the Dragons are not eliminated yet.

California Wildfire destroys 8 homes, 10 buildings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:57

Firefighters extinguish a fire burning in a downed tree on the approach to Taylor Mountain a day after the Junction fire swept across Highway 41 in Oakhurst, Calif. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Eric Paul Zamora)KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain has destroyed eight homes and 10 other structures, authorities said, but residents of some 200 homes under evacuation orders were allowed to return home Wednesday evening.

Teens deny threatening boy in school shooting plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:49

South Pasadena, Calif., police chief Arthur Miller, right, and South Pasadena Unified School District superintendent Dr. Geoff Yanz announce at a City Hall news conference Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, that the police has arrested two South Pasadena High School high school students suspected of planning a massacre at the school after investigators monitored their Internet activities. Miller said that school officials had heard about the plot and informed police, who determined the threat was credible. Police say the boys, ages 16 and 17, didn't have weapons but were researching automatic weapons and explosives, especially propane. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut )SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Two teenagers suspected of plotting a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school denied charges Wednesday that they made criminal threats against another boy.

Marijuana supplier named Pot Playboy gets 27 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:19
NEW YORK (AP) — A Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy was sentenced Wednesday to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise, prosecutors said.

Reactions to killing of journalist James Foley

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:08
James Foley was remembered on Wednesday as a journalist who was passionate, persistent, big-hearted, always pushing closer to the story. The 40-year-old went missing in northern Syria in November 2012, and his death was shown in a video that militants with the Islamic State group released Tuesday to international outrage. The news brought an outpouring of respect and sorrow from friends, colleagues and others who were struck by Foley's pursuit of humanity in what he once called "these barren places."

California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:07

Jason Howe and Adrian Perez hold their twin daughters Clara and Olivia at a playground in West HollywoodBirth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday. The bill, which now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, would allow parents to identify themselves as father, mother or parent when a child is born, a nuanced change from the current birth certificate that backers say is more reflective of growing rights and acceptance for same-sex couples. "This bill seems subtle but I think it’s going to make a profound impact on how people view each other," said the bill's author, Democratic Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles. In March, a baby in Tennessee became the first child in that state to have two women listed on her birth certificate, although one was in the spot marked "father." In Florida last year, a judge approved an adoption of a baby girl that listed three people as parents on her birth certificate: a lesbian couple and a gay man, who was the sperm donor for the baby but sought a bigger role in his daughter’s life.

Boat blast at Long Island marina kills 1, hurts 1

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:03
MANORHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a boat exploded while being refueled at a Long Island marina, killing a man aboard and burning a dock worker who pushed the fiery vessel away from the shore.

LA to settle police-death lawsuit for $5 million

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:56
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to pay $5 million to the family of an unarmed, disabled man who was killed by police in a shooting captured on live television.

Taney's Mo'ne Davis pulled in LLWS after 55 pitches

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:34

Taney Dragons lose to Las Vegas 8-1 in 3rd Little League World Series gamePhiladelphia's Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a game at the Little League World Series, was pulled in the third inning Wednesday night after allowing three runs to Las Vegas.

Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:26
HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police say began as a robbery attempt.