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Hernandez cousin pleads guilty to contempt charge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:46

FILE - In this July 22, 2014, file photo, former New England Patriots' Aaron Hernandez watches during a hearing in Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd of Boston, whose body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough in June 2013. During a hearing Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, Judge E. Susan Garsh took under advisement a motion by his defense to suppress evidence from some electronic devices seized from the former NFL football player's home during the investigation. (AP Photo/CJ Gunther, Pool, File)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A cousin of ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has pleaded guilty to a criminal contempt charge.


US to provide South Sudan with $180M in food aid

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:46
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The United States is providing $180 million in emergency aid to address a food crisis in South Sudan.

Mother charged after son sets himself on fire for Facebook video

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:42

FacebookWINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina woman is accused of helping record her teenage son set himself on fire after he doused his body with fingernail polish as part of a social media stunt, police said. Janie Lachelle Talley, 41, watched as her 16-year-old son attempted to complete a "fire challenge" video for Facebook on July 29, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said on Monday. The video showed others put out the fire. The "fire challenge" has been spreading on social media with people pouring flammable liquid on themselves, lighting it, trying to quickly extinguish the fire and then posting a video online.


A look at Lake Mead's water levels, impact

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:33

In this July 18, 2014 photo, the bathtub ring of light minerals that delineates the high water mark on Lake Mead is seen at Hemenway Harbor in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. A 14-year drought has caused the water level in the reservoir to shrink to its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lake Mead is one of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system, and its receding shoreline is raising concerns about the future of a network serving the perennially parched Southwest.


Williams a comic force, versatile actor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:18

FILE - This Nov. 8, 2012 file photo shows Robin Williams performing at the 6th Annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert for injured service members and veterans in New York. 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. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, FIle)NEW YORK (AP) — The question from a fan in a Sirius XM interview last year was innocent — what do you think you'd be doing if you didn't become a comedian? — and within seconds Robin Williams was impersonating physicist Stephen Hawking getting a lap dance at a strip club.


After 23 million rides, no deaths in U.S. bike share programs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:09

The growth of city cyclingBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yanking a bicycle from the docking station outside New York's Grand Central Terminal, a helmetless rider slung a golf bag full of clubs over his shoulder and, along with another rider wearing headphones but no helmet, merged into rush hour traffic. Against all odds - including novice riders, refusal to wear bike helmets and the daily crush of weaving, horn-blaring traffic - not a single rider in New York City's bike share program has been killed since it launched in May 2013, a Citi Bike representative said. ...


Atlantic City's Revel Casino says it will close next month after failing to line up a buyer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:05
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's Revel Casino says it will close next month after failing to line up a buyer.

Mayor: Woman dies after being stranded in floods

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:52

A stranded motorist sits on top his car as he awaits rescue from the flooded Southfield Freeway, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Dearborn, Mich. The Michigan State Police issued an advisory Monday evening, urging drivers to avoid non-essential use of all metro Detroit freeways after heavy rain and thunderstorms left roads flooded and impassable. Interstate 75 at I-94 in Detroit has been shut down in both directions, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit mayor says a woman has died in a vehicle that was stranded in about 3 feet of water after heavy rains caused widespread flooding in southeastern Michigan.


Connecticut Republicans to vote in primary on Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:31

Connecticut Governor Malloy offers rebuttal regarding remarks made by Louisiana Governor Jindal following National Governors Association event hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington(Reuters) - Connecticut Republicans went to the polls on Tuesday to choose a candidate to take on the state's Democratic incumbent governor, Dannel Malloy, in the November elections. Tom Foley, a Greenwich businessman and former ambassador to Ireland whom Malloy narrowly defeated four years ago, is facing off against John McKinney, the minority leader of the State Senate. The Hartford Courant has endorsed McKinney, whose district includes Newtown, for the Republican nomination, in part because it said he has the trust of Democrats, who will almost certainly hold onto their majority in the state legislature. Malloy is hoping to turn his response to the mass shooting in late 2012 at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school, which left 20 children and six adults dead, into a strength.


North Carolina woman arrested after teen fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:50
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been arrested and accused of helping her son with a video in which he set himself on fire as part of the "fire challenge" trend on social media.

Family of US man held in NKorea to make statement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:46

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, file image taken from video, U.S. citizen Jeffrey Edward Fowle, of Miamisburg, Ohio, speaks at an undisclosed location in North Korea. The family of Fowle, who has been charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea, is expected to attend a news conference on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in an effort to help his case, about 10 days after he pleaded with the U.S. government to intervene. (AP Photo/APTN, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — The wife and three children of an American man charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea are planning to attend a news conference in an effort to help his case, about 10 days after he pleaded with the U.S. government to intervene.


US budget deficit running below last year

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:35

US budget deficit running below last yearHelped by increasing revenues and spending restraint, the federal government is on track to record the lowest annual deficit in six years. The Treasury Department issues its report Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern. ...


Gulf oyster harvest has nose-dived since BP spill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:21

n this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, third-generation fisherman Randy Slavich, left, and deckhand John Hoffmann pull in oysters in Lake of Second Trees in St. Bernard Parish, La.. Oyster harvests along the Gulf Coast have declined dramatically in the four years since the BP oil spill. Even after a slight rebound last year, thousands of acres of Louisiana oyster beds are producing less than a third of what they did before the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster. (AP Photo/Stacey Plaisance)HOPEDALE, La. (AP) — Fisherman Randy Slavich drags a clunky metal net through an underwater oyster bed in Lake Machias, a brackish body opening into the Gulf of Mexico. For generations, this has been a bountiful lake for harvesting oysters, long before millions of gallons of oil spilled off Louisiana's coast in 2010.


4 people shot in 2 separate shootings in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:53

4 people hurt in 2 separate shootings in Atlantic CityPolice say 4 people were shot in two separate shooting incidents that happened within an hour of each other in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


4 people shot in violent Atlantic City shootings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:32

4 people hurt in 2 separate shootings in Atlantic CityPolice say 4 people were shot during a violent shooting spree early Tuesday morning in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Genesis Prize launches global innovation challenge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:22
NEW YORK (AP) — A global competition looking for innovative projects to take on the world's problems is getting underway.

3 people shot outside Atlantic City apartment complex

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:05

4 people hurt in 2 separate shootings in Atlantic CityPolice say three people were shot outside an Atlantic City, New Jersey apartment complex early this morning.


AccuWeather: Heavy Rain on the Way

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:01

 Rain today, heavy at timesMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says rain could cause localized flooding late Tuesday into Wednesday morning.


Storm forecasters adding extra layers to warnings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 15:41

This graphic provided by NOAA's Storm Prediction Center shows a severe weather outlook for April 27, 2011. The Storm Prediction Center is adding two threat levels to its U.S. weather outlooks so people aren't surprised by really bad storms on days with just a "slight risk" of tornadoes, hail or high winds. Beginning Oct. 22, 2014, forecasters can say whether slight risk days are "enhanced" or "marginal." Other categories remain, including "high" and "moderate." (AP Photo/NOAA)The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said Monday it will add two threat levels to its weather outlooks so people aren't surprised by really bad storms on days with just a "slight risk" of tornadoes, hail or high winds.


Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 15:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next?