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Prosecutors: Debt motive for 2012 Indy explosion

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 05:08
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors plan to present evidence that the motive behind a 2012 deadly explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood was collecting insurance money for mounting gambling and credit card debts.

Member of Eisenhower Memorial panel says troubled design is dead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 05:06
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A member of the commission overseeing construction of the Eisenhower Memorial said on Friday the controversial design by celebrity architect Frank Gehry should be scrapped. Commissioner Bruce Cole said Gehry's design of the memorial to Dwight Eisenhower, the World War Two military leader and 34th president, had generated too much opposition, especially with Congress withholding construction funds for two years in a row. Asked at a Capitol Hill briefing by opponents of Gehry's plan if he thought the proposal was dead, Cole said: "Yes." Cole, a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, added: "I'd prefer to see a fitting and proper memorial to Ike (Eisenhower), and that's not the Gehry design." Congress authorized a memorial in 1999, and the Eisenhower commission picked Gehry's design in 2009. The plan for the four-acre site includes columns 80 feet high supporting stainless steel tapestries depicting the landscape of Eisenhower's boyhood home, Kansas.

Lawsuit reveals rapidly expanding no-fly list

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 05:06
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The government is rapidly expanding the number of names on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years.

Attorney: Slain hostage's family wants documents, video of California bank robbery chase

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 05:06
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Attorney: Slain hostage's family wants documents, video of California bank robbery chase.

Charges to be dropped for Arizona mother who left children in hot car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 05:05
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona prosecutors will drop child abuse charges against a woman who generated nationwide attention after leaving her two young sons in a hot car while she went on a job interview, authorities said on Friday. County Attorney Bill Montgomery said the charges against Shanesha Taylor will be dismissed once she successfully completes parenting and substance abuse treatment programs and sets up child care and education trust funds for her children, according to the agreement. "We believe this agreement represents a just resolution that appropriately holds the defendant accountable for her actions while also recognizing the best interests of her family," Montgomery said.     Taylor was charged with two counts of felony child abuse stemming from the March 20 incident involving her 6-month-old and 2-year-old children left alone in a parked vehicle.     Police discovered the two children in the backseat of the car, still buckled in their seat belts with temperatures registering more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).

Mayor says NYC man's arrest, death 'troubling'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 05:03
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's mayor has called video of a police officer using an apparent choke hold while arresting a man who later died "very troubling."

New Jersey MS-13 gang members charged with racketeering, conspiracy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:59
By David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - Three men described by prosecutors as New Jersey members of MS-13, a street gang with turf stretching from Salvadorean prisons to U.S. coastal cities, appeared in a New Jersey federal court on Friday on charges of racketeering and murder conspiracy. Marvin Garcia-Cruz, 31, and Carlos Andrew Valdez, 27, are the leaders of two local MS-13 cliques in New Jersey's Hudson County, and Rudy Gutierrez, 22, served as Valdez's third-in-command, prosecutors said.

Iowa rejects juvenile mandatory minimum sentences

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:57

In this photo provided by the Iowa Department of Corrections is Andre Jerome Lyle Jr. A divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday, July 18, 2014 said juvenile offenders must be resentenced if they were convicted in the state as adults and awarded mandatory minimum sentences. The decision came in the appeal of Lyle Jr., who had said minimum sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional because they amount to cruel and unusual punishment. Lyle was 17 in 2010 when he punched another student and took a bag of marijuana. (AP Photo/Iowa Department of Corrections)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that juveniles cannot be given mandatory minimum sentences, making it the first state to interpret federal court directives that broadly.

Subaru sued over claims of dangerous auto defects

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:54
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed in New Jersey against carmaker Subaru says some of its vehicle models have a defect that could lead to engine failure while they're being driven.

Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:52

In this Feb. 2009 photo provided by the New England Aquarium, a North Atlantic right whale swims with her calf in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the United States near the border between Florida and Georgia. The Obama Administration is opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades. The announcement made Friday, July 18, 2014, also approved the use of sonic cannons to map the ocean floor identifying new oil and gas deposits in federal waters from Florida to Delaware. The sonic cannons pose real dangers for whales, fish and sea turtles.(AP Photo/New England Aquarium) ** NO SALES **ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.

Top Colorado Court halts gay marriages, citing ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:49

Two plaintiffs in a lawsuit to overturn Colordo's gay marriage ban, Cassie Rubald, left, and her partner, Rachel Catt, hold hands during a news conference outside the federal courthouse in downtown Denver on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Six gay couples filed the lawsuit to ask for an injunction to stop all officials from enforcing the ban on gay marriage in Colorado. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado's Supreme Court on Friday ordered Denver's clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while while the state's ban against the unions remains in place.

Florida father beats man he found raping his 11-year-old son, police say

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:45

Florida father beats man he found raping his 11-year-old son, police sayA Daytona Beach father beat an 18-year-old man unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his 11-year-old son early Friday morning, police said.

Authorities identify mummified remains of woman in Detroit suburb

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:45
(Reuters) - A woman whose mummified remains were found in her garage in a Detroit suburb up to five years after her death has been identified through DNA tests, an official said on Friday. Pia Farrenkopf had set up her bills to be paid automatically through a bank account, a neighbor cut her grass and her mail was sent to a nearby post office while her body sat for years in the back seat of a vehicle in her Pontiac, Michigan, garage. Robert Gerds, administrator for the Oakland County medical examiner's office, said Farrenkopf's family was notified Tuesday of the positive identification and her body has been released. He said her mail went to a post office, a neighbor cut her lawn, and she had no nearby family.

Texas mortuary owner charged with abuse of corpse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:43
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas police filed charges Friday against one of the owners of a funeral home where eight decaying bodies were discovered earlier this week.

EPA proposal could block huge Alaska mine

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:41

FILE - In this July 13, 2007 file photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing restrictions that would essentially block development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world-premier salmon fishery in Alaska. The Friday July 18, 2014 announcement comes as the EPA is being sued by the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine, the Pebble Limited Partnership, and the state of Alaska for exceeding its authority. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions Friday that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a world premier salmon fishery in Alaska.

Hundreds gather at funeral for slain rookie cop

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:40

Hundreds gather at funeral for slain rookie copHundreds of police officers and mourners have gathered at a Jersey City church for the funeral of a rookie police officer killed in the line of duty.

UConn to pay $1.3M in sex assault handling lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:25

University of Connecticut student Rosemary Richi, at podium, answers questions from the media as attorney Gloria Allred, right, Kylie Angell, left, Erica Daniels, second from left, and Carolyn Luby, look on, during a news conference, Friday, July 18, 2014. The University of Connecticut will pay nearly $1.3 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by five women who claimed the school responded to their sexual assault complaints with indifference, the two sides announced Friday. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut will pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit by five women who alleged the school did not take seriously their claims of sexual assaults on campus.

After U.S. deportation, a Honduran mother and daughter's uncertain fate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:20

Victoria Cordova and her daughter Genesis Zepeda, both recently deported from the U.S., sit at their home in TegucigalpaBy Gabriel Stargardter and Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - When 9-year-old Genesis stepped off a plane in Honduras after being deported from the United States, she was excited at the thought of seeing her cousins. For her mother, Victoria Cordova, the homecoming was terrifying: she fears being killed if she does not repay money she owes the wife of a local gang leader. Cordova had used the money to pay a smuggler to get her and Genesis to the United States. Mother and daughter, who had fled rampant violence in the Honduran city of Tegucigalpa, returned to a situation even more precarious than the one they had left.

Officials: Unlicensed mortician had remains of 50

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:15

This undated booking photo released by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office shows Joseph O’Donnell, being held in Boston on larceny charges. On Thursday, July 17, 2014, investigators found 12 sets of human remains at a facility rented in O’Donnell’s name in Weymouth, Mass. On Wednesday, investigators found cremated remains of more than 40 others at a Somerville, Mass., storage facility, also rented in O’Donnell’s name. O’Donnell’s funeral director’s license lapsed in 2008. (AP Photo/Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office)BOSTON (AP) — An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 others in two self-storage units he rented, authorities said Friday.

Downed Malaysian jet claimed victims from 11 countries

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 04:10

Downed Malaysian jet claimed victims from 11 countriesThere's an outpouring of grief today from the scientific community, following word that researchers and activists heading to an AIDS conference in Australia were among those on the Malaysian jetliner.