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FDA approves lung preservation machine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved a novel device that can preserve donated lungs outside the body for possible transplantation into critically ill patients.

Three bodies found on Mount Rainier near where climbers vanished

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:23
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Three bodies have been discovered on Mount Rainier near where six hikers disappeared while trying to summit Washington state's highest peak in May, the National Park Service said on Tuesday. The bodies were spotted last week on a very dangerous part of the mountain during a search using helicopters, said Patti Wold, a spokeswoman for Mount Rainier National Park.

Officer testifies about interviewing Virginia first lady at corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:21
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - A state police investigator testified on Tuesday at the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife that he interviewed the first lady about two checks from the business executive at the center of the case. Special Agent Charles Hagan said a $15,000 check from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. was used to pay for the wedding reception of the McDonnells' daughter. Under prosecution questioning, Hagan said he interviewed Maureen McDonnell in February 2013 about the check, which turned up during an investigation into an alleged theft of food by a former chef at the governor's mansion. McDonnell, a Republican, and his wife face 14 federal counts of corruption and bribery in connection with allegedly accepting $165,000 in loans and gifts from Williams, the former chief executive of a dietary supplement company now called Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. Maureen McDonnell described Williams as a longtime family friend that her husband had first met while working at a hospital supply company, Hagan testified in U.S. District Court.

UN chief warns Iraqi forces: Stay out of politics

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:20
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday it is "imperative" that Iraqi security forces refrain from intervening in the political process leading to the formation of a new government that must tackle the takeover of a large swath of the north by Islamic extremists.

Boeing-Sikorsky team, Bell selected for U.S. helicopter program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:20

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in Chicago(Reuters) - A team of Boeing Co and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter have been selected to build prototypes of a multi-role vertical-lift aircraft as part of the U.S. Army's plan to replace thousands of helicopters. The first flight for the Boeing-Sikorsky prototype helicopter, SB 1 Defiant, is expected in 2017, the companies said in a statement on Tuesday.


Family of kidnapped US aid worker in sad limbo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:13

Elaine Weinstein, left, wife of American aid worker Warren Weinstein who was kidnapped in Pakistan, speaks with The Associated Press at the family home in Rockville, Md., Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. In the three years since Weinstein was kidnapped by militants in Pakistan, his family has been in a strange, sad limbo. Elaine Weinstein says that she still believes she'll see her husband alive. She says that hope is what keeps her getting out of bed. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — In the three years since American aid worker Warren Weinstein was kidnapped by militants in Lahore, Pakistan, his family has existed in a strange, sad limbo.


U.S. says reopening New Mexico nuclear waste dump is top priority

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:11
An underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico where operations were suspended after a radiation leak is of crucial importance to the United States and its reopening is a top priority for the Energy Department, the head of the agency said. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz made the remarks at a public meeting late on Monday in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where the local economy is fueled by the nearby Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in the Chihuahuan Desert. Preliminary findings of an investigation suggest the leak was tied to an improperly packaged container from Los Alamos National Laboratory near Santa Fe that was deposited in a salt cavern at the dump. Government contractor Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, which runs the site, has said it might be three years before the waste repository is fully operational.

Tenn. man gets life in prison in postal shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:55
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Armed with pistols, Chastain Montgomery and his 18-year-old son walked into the small, red-brick post office in a rural Tennessee town almost four years ago, intending to rob it and escape with what they thought would be a bounty of cash.

Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:52

FILE - This April 6, 2008 file photo shows actor-comedian Robin Williams speaks on stage at the "Idol Gives Back" fundraising special of "American Idol" in Los Angeles. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide.


Critics say Republican fix of Florida congressional map not good enough

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:52
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - Leaders of a voter coalition contesting Florida’s congressional district boundaries are vowing to continue a court battle claiming that a new map approved on Monday fails to meet the state's anti-gerrymandering rules. “They’ve done this in a crafty way, to make sure the political result is not changed,” Tom Zehnder, an attorney for Common Cause, the League of Women Voters of Florida and some voters who challenged the current congressional districts, said of boundaries approved by state lawmakers along party lines on Monday. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis, who threw out the existing map last month, has a hearing set for Aug. 20 to consider the new boundaries. The Republican-run legislature made relatively minor adjustments to the districts of U.S. Representatives Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat, and Daniel Webster, a Republican from Winter Garden, whose districts Lewis ruled were in violation of the state's constitutional ban on gerrymandering to protect incumbents or favor either party.

NY law protects big cats, bans 'tiger selfies'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:38
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Internet Romeos will have to find new ways to attract mates now that it's illegal to pose for photos with a tiger, lion or other big cat — a practice popular on online dating sites but denounced by wildlife advocates as potentially dangerous to both man and beast.

Obama talks Iraq with leaders of Turkey, Canada

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:38
EDGARTOWN, Massachusetts (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the situation in Iraq with the leaders of Turkey and Canada.

House campaign groups start $75M ad campaign

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — Both parties' House campaign arms began a $75 million ad blitz that will continue until November's elections.

Official: Robin Williams hanged himself with belt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:25
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his San Francisco Bay Area home, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

Officials: Bodies possibly seen on Mount Rainier

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:23
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — What appear to be three bodies have been spotted on Mount Rainier in an area where six climbers went missing earlier this summer, National Park officials said Tuesday.

Steubenville, Ohio, high schooler convicted of rape returns to football team

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:21

City schools were locked down temporarily after a threat which police determined to be "non-viable", in SteubenvilleBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A high school football player who served 10 months of a one-year sentence for raping a 16-year-old girl in 2012 has returned to school and its football team, according to the Steubenville High School website. The teen was one of two convicted in the sexual assault case, which drew national attention to Steubenville, Ohio, about 40 miles west of Pittsburgh, after the hacker group Anonymous demanded justice after images of the assault were circulated online. Ma'lik Richmond, 18 and now a senior, was sentenced to one year at the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility in March last year and released in January 2014. Richmond's co-defendant, Trent Mays, was convicted of rape and child pornography for using his phone to take a picture of the rape victim naked.


Detroit area hit by severe flooding; 1 woman dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:21

Cars are stranded along a flooded stretch of Interstate 696 at the Warren, Mich., city limits Tuesday morning, Aug. 12, 2014. Police divers are searching for anyone trapped in their vehicles. Warren Mayor James Fouts said roughly 1,000 vehicles had been abandoned in floodwaters in the suburb where many roads were closed after 5.2 inches of rain fell Monday. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTWARREN, Mich. (AP) — A woman suffered seizures and died after her vehicle became trapped in high water on a suburban Detroit street as heavy rain slammed southeastern Michigan, leaving many roads impassable.


Sheriff official: Robin Williams hanged himself

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:13

Flowers, photographs and candles surround the star of actor-comedian Robin Williams forming a makeshift memorial along the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Williams, 63, died at his San Francisco Bay Area home Monday in an apparent suicide. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his San Francisco Bay Area home, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.


Sheriff: Robin Williams found with belt on neck

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:13
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say Robin Williams' personal assistant found him with a belt around his neck at his San Francisco Bay Area home.

Sheriff's office: Robin Williams found dead by personal assistant with belt around neck

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:09
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's office: Robin Williams found dead by personal assistant with belt around neck.