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California police rescue woman forced to live in closet for year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:36
A Nicaraguan woman who was held captive in a closet for about a year, suffering daily physical and sexual abuse, has been rescued and two suspects arrested, police in the San Francisco Bay Area community of Richmond said. Local authorities were alerted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as a community organization, the Richmond Police Department said in a statement on Tuesday. Investigators were able to reach the victim's cell phone and located the residence, 20 miles (32 km) northeast of San Francisco.

Main Line woman, 61, charged with selling heroin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:29

Main Line woman, 61, charged with selling heroinA 61-year-old Main Line woman has been arrested for selling heroin, the Tredyffrin Township Police Department said Wednesday.


Counselors being indicted for spanking troubled youths in Boston

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:28
Eight former youth workers were being indicted on charges they routinely spanked young men in custody last year at a Boston residential facility to punish them, prosecutors said Wednesday. Assistant District Attorney Gloriann Moroney told the court the defendants spanked young men at the facility from April to August 2014. The men working at the facility, hired through Volunteers of America, would pull a young man's pants down, and hit his bare buttocks with an orange department-issued sandal, in a game they called "orange chicken," prosecutors said at the arraignment Wednesday.

Life or death for Colorado movie gunman? Trial enters new phase

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:26

Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes makes his first court appearance in AuroraJurors deciding whether Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes should be executed began the punishment phase of his trial on Wednesday, considering aggravating factors including his murder of a six-year-old girl. "She had four separate gunshot wounds to her little body," prosecutor Rich Orman told the jury, referring to Veronica Moser-Sullivan, the youngest victim of the 12 Holmes killed. For Holmes to be put to death for the attack in the Denver suburb of Aurora, jurors must vote unanimously for execution.


Police: Prostitution suspect scammed would-be clients

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:24

 Prostitution suspect scammed would-be clientsThe Bordentown Township Police Department has arrested 22-year-old Ashley Briddle on prostitution and theft charges.


Eli Lilly: Experimental Alzheimer's drug shows some benefit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:16

FILE - This July 17, 2012, file photo, shows the Eli Lilly & Co. corporate headquarters in Indianapolis. Eli Lilly & Co. reported July 22, 2015, that an experimental medication might slow mild Alzheimer's if people take it early enough, one of a handful of drugs in late-stage testing in the frustrating hunt for a better treatment.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Eli Lilly & Co. reported Wednesday that an experimental medication might slow mild Alzheimer's if people take it early enough, one of a handful of drugs in late-stage testing in the frustrating hunt for a better treatment.


Police: Man sneaks into home, hides under bed for 3 days

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:14
SPOTSWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Police say a man sneaked into a central New Jersey home and hid under a bed in a spare room for three days before the homeowner realized what had happened.

Report: Social Security disability fund to run dry next year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:11

FILE - This Feb. 2, 2015, file photo, depicts a part of a U.S. $100 bill. The federal government’s two largest benefit programs face short- and long-term financial problems as they close in on milestone anniversaries. The magnitude of those problems will become clearer when the trustees for Social Security and Medicare issue their annual report cards. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The 11 million Americans who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year, the government said Wednesday, handing lawmakers a fiscal and political crisis in the middle of a presidential campaign.


New York couple adopts late best friend's four daughters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:11

New York couple adopts late best friend's four daughtersKeeping their word at a time when one family really needed their help the most, an upstate New York couple is fulfilling their promise to a dying friend by adopting her four young daughters.


UN warns lack of aid may drive Iraqis to extremist group

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:08
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Iraq warned Wednesday that a lack of funds for desperately needed humanitarian aid has already cut food rations and may be forcing Iraqi communities and families to look to the Islamic State extremist group for life-saving assistance.

University of California to raise worker minimum wage to $15

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:04
The University of California said on Wednesday it will raise the minimum wage for its workforce to $15 an hour by 2017, mirroring similar actions in several of the state's biggest cities and becoming the first public system of higher education to do so. UC President Janet Napolitano announced the move, which would apply to all employees on the payroll of the 10-campus system who work at least 20 hours a week, amid a national campaign to elevate the base income for low-wage workers. "How we support our workers and their families impacts Californians who might never set foot on one of our campuses," Napolitano said in a statement.

9 Alabama counties still not issuing gay marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:01
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — At least nine Alabama counties are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couples, gay or heterosexual, nearly a month after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.

Leading NY lawmaker found guilty of lying to FBI

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:00

FILE - In this July 16, 2015 file photo, New York State Sen. Thomas Libous arrives at federal court in White Plains, N.Y. A Binghamton Republican who is the Senate's deputy majority leader, Libous was found guilty by a federal jury of lying to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son. Under state law, the felony conviction means Thomas Libous loses his seat. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The No. 2 Republican in the New York Senate was convicted Wednesday of lying to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son.


Sheriff: Woman found hanged in Texas jail cell told jailer she tried to kill herself before

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:36
HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Sheriff: Woman found hanged in Texas jail cell told jailer she tried to kill herself before.

Video shows Sandra Bland arrest was avoidable: family

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:32
LISLE, Ill. (Reuters) - Video from a dashboard camera released by Texas officials shows the July 10 arrest of Sandra Bland, whose death in jail three days later is being investigated as a possible homicide, was totally avoidable, her family and attorney said on Wednesday.

Bison injures woman posing for selfie at Yellowstone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:30
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials are warning tourists to keep their distance after a bison flipped a woman into the air as she posed for a selfie with the massive beast.

Victims attorneys want Charleston shooting records blocked

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:29
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys representing relatives of some of the nine black churchgoers shot to death last month in Charleston don't want police records and 911 calls released.

Charleston Suspect Wanted to 'Fan Racial Flames,' AG Says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:28
The 21-year-old Roof is accused of killing nine black worshipers at a church.

Closing arguments to resume in Seattle death penalty trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:27
SEATTLE (AP) — Closing arguments are set to resume in the death penalty trial of a man convicted of killing a Seattle police officer in 2009.

Fire on Royal Caribbean cruise ship; burns for 1 crew member

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:25
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A fire broke out on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship Wednesday as it approached Jamaica, burning one crew member and causing passengers to be sent to evacuation stations with life jackets.