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Ex-SEAL testifies that he saw Ventura punched

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:32
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former U.S. Navy SEAL testified Wednesday that he saw military sniper Chris Kyle punch former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in a bar in 2006, providing the most complete account yet backing the version told by Kyle in his best-selling autobiography.

Ex-prosecutor asks for pardon in fatal GM crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:30
HOUSTON (AP) — A former Texas prosecutor has asked the state to pardon a woman who pleaded guilty in a 2004 car crash that killed her fiance, saying she now believes the accident was caused by a faulty General Motors ignition switch.

Doctor sues NY strip club over credit card scheme

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:27
NEW YORK (AP) — The three evenings started innocently enough: The cardiologist says he and a woman who introduced herself as a nursing student went to dinner and, on one occasion, a concert at Madison Square Garden.

Trial starts for Texas stepmother accused of starving boy to death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:26
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Lawyers for a Texas woman accused of starving her 10-year-old stepson to death and dumping his body in a creek bed told a court at the start of her trial on Wednesday that she was trying to protect the child from his father. Elizabeth Ramsey, 33, is charged with injury to a child and faces up to 99 years in prison for her role in the death of Johnathan Ramsey. Her husband and the boy's father, Aaron Ramsey, was sentenced to life in prison last year in the death. "Aaron Ramsey was the monster," defense attorney Paul Johnson was quoted as saying by the Dallas Morning News, adding that Elizabeth was forced into the crime.

UN working to start cross-border aid to Syria

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:25
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday it has already positioned supplies for the first convoys that will deliver aid from several neighboring countries to rebel-held areas in Syria, and hopes to reach 2.9 million people.

What happens to your online accounts when you die?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:06

FILE - This Feb. 16, 2013 file photo shows a printout of the Facebook page for Loren Williams, now deceased, at the Beaverton, Ore. home of his mother, Karen Williams. Williams sued Facebook for access to Loren's account after he died in a 2005 motorcycle accident at the age of 22. The Uniform Law Commission on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 was expected to endorse a plan to automatically give loved ones access to — but not control of — all digital accounts, unless otherwise specified. (AP Photo/Lauren Gambino, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online?


Police: Man says hidden message told him to kill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:06

Clinton D. Inabnitt listens to testimony during a preliminary hearing for him on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Pulaski County District Court in Somerset, Ky. He is charged with murder in the June 27 shooting of Somerset attorney Mark Stanziano. (AP Photo/Lexington Herald-Leader, Bill Estep)SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A man accused of gunning down a prominent Kentucky defense attorney told police he had deciphered messages from a newspaper and music instructing him to carry out the killing outside the lawyer's office, a police detective testified Wednesday.


Connecticut court affirms pre-gay marriage rights

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:03

FILE - This July 18, 2006 file photo shows Margaret Mueller, right, and Charlotte Stacey at their home in Norwalk, Conn. Connecticut's highest court ruled Wednesday, July 16, 2014 that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state's approvals of civil unions in 2005 and gay marriage in 2008, a decision that gay rights supporters call the first of its kind in the country. The case involved Mueller and Stacey who had a civil union in Connecticut in 2005 and got married in Massachusetts in 2008 after 23 years together under that state's gay marriage law, shortly before the Connecticut Supreme Court approved gay marriage. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's highest court ruled Wednesday that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state's approvals of civil unions in 2005 and gay marriage in 2008, a decision that gay rights supporters call the first of its kind in the country.


U.S. judge rules California death penalty system unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:03

Gavel and old glory. American Justice.By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California's system for imposing and carrying out the death penalty is so long and drawn-out that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and thus is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Ruling in the case of Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was condemned to death in 1995 and has yet to be executed, Judge Cormac J. Carney of the U.S. Central District of California said that to take "nearly a generation" to decide on Jones' appeals was unconstitutional. As part of the ruling, Carney vacated the death penalty sentence in Jones' case. "The dysfunctional administration of California's death penalty system has resulted, and will continue to result, in an inordinate and unpredictable period of delay," Carney wrote in his opinion, filed on Wednesday.


Genentech Alzheimer's drug misses goals in studies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:57

FILE - This undated file combo image provided by Merck & Co., shows a cross section of a normal brain, right, and one of a brain damaged by advanced Alzheimer's disease. Researchers said an experimental drug from the biotech company Genentech failed to slow mental decline in tests on more than 500 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. (AP Photo/Merck & Co., File)An experimental drug from the biotech company Genentech failed to slow mental decline in mid-stage studies on more than 500 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, but showed some promise in the least-impaired participants who received a higher dose.


Funeral held for six killed in Texas family shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:57

Three caskets are lined up and about to be put into hearses after the funeral service for members of the Stay family at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Spring, TexasBy Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of mourners heard relatives share pleasant memories on Wednesday at the funeral of six family members, including four children, who were shot dead execution-style in their suburban Houston home last week. Those killed were Stephen Stay, 39, his wife Katie, 33, and their children Bryan, 13, Emily, 9, Rebecca, 7, and Zach, 4. "Please bless us that we will know the good that comes out of this seemingly senseless tragedy," Roger Lyon, the father of Katie, said in the invocation held at a Mormon chapel. Police said Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, entered the Stay house on July 10 posing as a delivery man and searching for his former wife, Katie's sister.


300 vials labeled influenza, dengue found at lab

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — The same federal scientist who recently found forgotten samples of smallpox at a federal lab also uncovered over 300 additional vials, many bearing the names of highly contagious viruses and bacteria.

Fewer gas leaks found in cities with new pipes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new study by Google and an environmental group.

Police ID suspect in murder of art student in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:52

Police ID suspect in murder of art student in KensingtonPhiladelphia police have identified the suspect in the death of a young woman whose body was found in a duffel bag in Kensington.


California hiker with broken leg ate bugs to live

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:49

Gregg Hein, who broke his leg on a solo hike in the Sierra Nevada mountains, recovers at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Calif. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The 33-year-old hiker from Clovis, Calif., who was stranded for six days said that survival mode kicked in when he treated his own injury and he sought sustenance by eating crickets and moths, and drinking melting ice. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A hiker who was stranded for six days in California's Sierra Nevada with a badly broken leg says survival mode kicked in when he treated his own injury and sought sustenance by eating crickets and moths, and drinking melting ice.


After 12 hours, an exit from stalled casino boat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:45

The casino boat Escapade, with 123 people aboard, is grounded 1.8 miles off the north end of Tybee Island, Ga., Wednesday, July 16, 2014. No injuries or medical issues had been reported among the 96 passengers and 27 crew members aboard the boat, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony L. Soto. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — After 16 hours stuck at sea, passengers stranded on a casino boat that ran aground off Georgia's coast were ferried to shore Wednesday aboard two Coast Guard cutters.


PHOTOS: Jamie Apody's new baby Chase

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:39

 Jamie Apody's new baby ChaseAction News sports reporter Jamie Apody has returned from maternity leave and brought with her some photos of her new baby boy, Chase, and the rest of her family!


California hearing addresses oil refinery rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:38

FILE - This July 6, 2006 file photo shows the ConocoPhillips Los Angeles Refinery in operation. The Environmental Protection Agency is coming to one of the nation’s largest petroleum producing areas to hold public hearings, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 on a proposal officials say would reduce toxic air pollution from California to Texas through tough new controls on oil refineries. (AP Photo/Ric Francis,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Residents of modest neighborhoods near three of the largest oil refineries in California called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to crack down on plant emissions, saying the pollution is choking their children and endangering their health.


Appeals court vacates stay in Missouri execution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:36

FILE - In this 2007 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is John Middleton. Middleton is scheduled to die for the 1995 murder of Alfred Pinegar, a suspected drug snitch in rural Missouri. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)A federal appeals court has vacated a stay of execution for a Missouri death row inmate, and the case is now heading to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Utah woman rescued after being trapped for 12 hours in quicksand

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:36
A 78-year-old Utah woman was stuck in quicksand for more than 12 hours before sheriff's deputies found her on a trail in the dark near Arches National Park, authorities said on Wednesday. The woman, whose name was not released, told rescuers she got one leg stuck in the pool about 9 a.m. on July 9 while hiking alone in an area north of Moab known as Courthouse Wash, 235 miles (378 km) southeast of Salt Lake City. Lieutenant Kim Neal of the Grand County Sheriff's Office said the woman's friends raised the alarm after she failed to turn up to a book club gathering later that day at a library. Search-and-rescue crews from the sheriff's office and the national park discovered her car in a trailhead parking lot at about 9 p.m. Two hours later, they found the woman trapped in the quicksand about a quarter of a mile up the trail.