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It's 'bone-appétit' for California pooches under new law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:55

Chloe, a nine-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, looks into the camera after tasting a dog treat sample at Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck in San FranciscoCalifornia diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. "“I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law's author. "Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards.


Taney Dragons lose to Chicago 6-5, eliminating them from Little League World Series

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:40

Taney Dragons lose to Chicago 6-5, eliminating them from Little League World SeriesPhiladelphia's Taney Dragons loss to Chicago 6-5 on Thursday, knocking them out of the Little League World Series.


Slain journalist's employer publishes email to family from Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:21

Sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of RochesterThe online news publication that employed slain U.S. Boston-based GlobalPost said on Thursday the Foley family had agreed to release the email that it received from Islamic State a week before the video of his execution was released on Tuesday. We believe the text offers insight into the motivations and tactics of the Islamic State." Foley was beheaded by the group in an act shown in a video released in which Islamic State called for the United States to end its airstrikes in Iraq.


American Air will charge for solo kids up to 14

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:20
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines says it will extend its fee for unaccompanied minors to charge $150 extra each way for children between 5 and 14.

GPS devices find huge water loss in western US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:07
SAN DIEGO (AP) — About 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 4 inches of water, according to a study published Thursday.

Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:53

Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies escort Nicole Vaisey to her preliminary hearing Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at town court in Fowler, N.Y. Vaisey and her boyfriend are accused of abducting and sexually abusing a pair of young Amish sisters on Wednesday, Aug. 13, before releasing them the following day. (AP Photo/Mike Virtanen)FOWLER, N.Y. (AP) — A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday.


In case of slain journalist, negotiations, silence, then a chilling warning

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:41

Sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of RochesterBy Warren Strobel and John Irish WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - After months of silence from the captors of American journalist James Foley, on the night of Aug. 13, his family received a chilling message: Foley would be executed in retaliation for U.S. The FBI, which handles cases involving kidnapped American citizens, helped craft a response, pleading for mercy, said Phil Balboni, chief executive of GlobalPost, the Boston-based online news publication that employed Foley. It was a statement that Jim was an innocent journalist" who respected the people of Syria, where he was held, Balboni said in a telephone interview. On Tuesday, Islamic State militants stunned America with a gruesome video posted on YouTube showing the beheading of Foley, 40, by a masked, black-clad man who also threatened to kill a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.


Former Vatican City governor Szoka dies at age 86

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:31

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2009 file photo, Cardinal Edmund Szoka poses for a photo, in Detroit. Szoka, the former governor of Vatican City and the head of the Detroit archdiocese, died of natural causes Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Mich., according to the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was 86. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, has died at age 86.


Alabama band teacher accused of bondage-style sex with students

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:21
By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A popular former Alabama high school band teacher suspected of forcing at least eight underage female students into bondage-style sex over a three-year period was arrested in Georgia, authorities said Thursday. Jeffery Lance Gainous, 32, is suspected of gagging and tying up several of his then-students and using other bondage devices on them both in the band room at T. R. Miller High School in Brewton, Alabama, and at his home, police said. “I know what kids said about him,” said Brewton Police Chief Monte McGougin said. They say he was great, but this is terrible."  Gainous, who taught at the school in southern Alabama for six years, was arrested on Wednesday in Thomas, Georgia, where he had recently moved to work at a local high school, McGougin said.

Oregon teenager pleads guilty, sentenced in swastika attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:57
By Teresa Carson PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon teenager pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Thursday for taking part in an attack on a friend who was beaten, forced to eat cat feces and had a swastika carved into his forehead, prosecutors said. Blue Kalmbach, 16, the last of four teenage defendants to plead guilty in the case, entered guilty pleas to first-degree kidnapping, robbery and second-degree assault, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Christopher Ramras said. Ramras said Kalmbach was responsible "for the most, sort of, hands on physical abuse," Ramras said, and thus received the longest sentence of the four. Kalmbach apologized in court before he was sentenced.

Alabama man charged in killing over DVDs cites 'stand your ground' law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:54
Kenny Dewayne Adams, 36, is charged with one count of murder in the Dec. 31, 2012, death of Yancy Metz Foster, 34, his cousin and neighbor, and is due to stand trial in state court on Monday in Athens, 20 miles west of Huntsville. The incident stemmed from Adams loaning Foster the DVD box set, which consisted of the first two installments in the movie franchise, said Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones, who characterized it as Adams' "most prized possession." When Adams went to retrieve the DVDs, the two began fighting, with Adams fatally stabbing Foster, Jones said.

California to appeal ruling tossing death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:53
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional.

Mexican mining firm complains about probe of spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:50

Mexican mining firm complains about probe of spillMEXICO CITY (AP) — A mining conglomerate charged Thursday that it is being subjected to "punitive" legal actions by Mexican officials because one of its mines spilled acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals into two rivers.


Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:49
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who abducted women and hunted them down in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75.

California plans aid to immigrant minors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:47
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers will approve legislation supported by Gov. Jerry Brown to spend $3 million in state money to provide legal help for unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America, Democratic leaders announced Thursday.

University of Colorado fights turning over records in theater massacre case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:42

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The University of Colorado is fighting attempts by lawyers defending accused cinema gunman James Holmes to turn over records that public defenders say the school was trying to hide about its former student, court documents show.


Connecticut toddler's death in hot car a homicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:26
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The death of a 15-month-old boy who was left in a hot car in July has been ruled a homicide, the office of the state medical examiner said Thursday.

Europe, US mull UN resolution on Gaza truce

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:20
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With Egyptian efforts to end the Gaza war collapsing, the United States, Britain, France and Germany are discussing a possible Security Council resolution calling for a sustainable cease-fire and an international monitoring mission to ensure its implementation, U.N. diplomats said Thursday.

Russian student worker missing at Grand Teton

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:19

This undated photo provided by the Grand Teton National Park shows Twenty-three-year-old Aleksandr Sagiev, who was expected back at his job in a grocery store at Dornan's resort within the Grand Teton National Park on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. He was last seen at the complex's pizza restaurant the day before. Authorities are searching for the Russian student who failed to turn up at his summer job in Grand Teton National Park. (AP Photo/ Grand Teton National Park)MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities searched Thursday for a Russian college student reported missing after failing to turn up at his summer job in Grand Teton National Park.


Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:09

FILE - In this Saturday, April 5, 2014 file photo, singer Miley Cyrus performs at the Barclays Center in New York. The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances says it is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds. The commission said, Thursday August 21, 2014, in a statement that it took the action because Cyrus often “undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds.