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Maine man charged with killing dad incompetent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 18:06
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man charged with killing and dismembering his father has been ruled incompetent to stand trial and will remain in a state psychiatric facility.

Campaign to break California into six states submits signatures

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 18:05

Timothy Draper, Founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, speaks at the Reuters Global Technology Summit New YorkBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The billionaire backer of a long-shot effort to break California into six separate states submitted signatures to state officials on Tuesday aimed at putting his proposal before voters in 2016. Timothy Draper, a founder of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has invested in Twitter, Skype and Tesla, among other companies, has been agitating for months for a ballot initiative to chop the most populous U.S. state into smaller entities. "Today, we turn in 1.3 million signatures that say we are ready to make a change," Draper said. “The proposed ballot measure to divide California into six new states needs to be called out for what it is - a craven attempt to divide California along strict socioeconomic lines," said Paul Song, executive chairman of the progressive activist group Courage Campaign.


Obama to meet with local leaders on climate change

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 18:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants local government officials to prepare their communities now for the effects of climate change.

Man rescued after falling into hole in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:43

Man rescued after falling into hole in West PhiladelphiaPolice say a man was rescued after falling into an uncovered hole in West Philadelphia early Wednesday morning.


AccuWeather: Flooding Downpours and Severe Storms Tonight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:15

 Clouds To SunMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking another round of severe weather tonight, followed by a refreshing change tomorrow.


Naver says Line messenger app mulls IPO

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:57

A smart phone is shown with messaging app Line in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Naver Corp. said its subsidiary Line Corp. that operates a popular mobile messaging app is considering listing its shares in Tokyo or New York. Naver, South Korea's largest Internet company, said Wednesday that Line could sell shares in an initial public offering in both Japan and the U.S. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Line Corp., the operator of a popular mobile messaging app, has submitted an IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange but might also seek a New York listing, its parent company Naver Corp. said Wednesday.


U.S. judge stays execution of convicted triple murderer in Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:25

Missouri Department of Corrections handout shows death row inmate John MiddletonA United States judge has halted the execution of a former methamphetamine dealer who was convicted of murdering three people with ties to the drug trade who he feared would inform on him to police. John Middleton, 54, met a standard for mental incapacity "showing that he is incompetent to be executed" and that a hearing should be held, U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry wrote in an opinion issued a little more than an hour before the execution was due to take place. Middleton was scheduled to die by lethal injection after midnight on Wednesday at a state prison in Bonne Terre, but a flurry of rulings and appeals eventually staved off the execution. They had argued that his mental incapacity meant he was not competent to be executed.


Republicans, Democrats embrace budget gimmick

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:27

FILE - In this June 20, 2014, file photo, Rep. Dave Camp , R-Mich., at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. If there’s anything that can unite Democrats and Republicans in the partisan swamp of Capitol Hill, it’s free money. The latest example of free money in Washington is a retread proposal called "pension smoothing" that raises money but doesn’t actually increase anyone’s taxes. A plan by Camp would raise almost $19 billion over the next six years by extending for another five years a pension smoothing plan enacted to help pay for the 2012 highway bill. But over the final four years of the budget window, roughly two-thirds of that revenue gain is taken back as companies take higher tax deductions from larger pension contributions in the longer term. So the 10-year revenue gain is $6.4 billion, though it’ll continue to cost revenues after 2024. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — If there's anything that can unite Democrats and Republicans in the partisan swamp of Capitol Hill, it's free money.


2 Utah ex-attorneys general charged with bribery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:16

This combination of Tuesday, July 15, 2014 photos provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff shows former Utah attorneys general Mark Shurtleff, left, and John Swallow who were taken into custody Tuesday as part of a bribery investigation. The arrests come just over a year after two county attorneys began scrutinizing Shurtleff and Swallow's relationships with several businessmen in trouble with regulators. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As candidates for attorney general, Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow vowed to root out fraud and uphold the laws of Utah with the highest integrity. They served a combined 13 years as attorney general while holding significant political sway and ambitions for higher office.


Hearing set in Justin Bieber's Fla. DUI case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:03
MIAMI (AP) — A hearing will be held to determine whether Justin Bieber will be tried on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

Atheist opens NY meeting; top court OK'd prayers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:53
GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — An atheist cited the freedoms promoted by the Founding Fathers as he delivered the opening invocation Tuesday at a town meeting in a community whose leaders won a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the right to start their gatherings with a prayer.

Texas city weighs ban on new fracking permits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:43

Area residents and registered speakers watch proceedings on a television screen from one of the three overflow rooms as others wait their turn to address the city council during a public hearing, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Denton, Texas. The North Texas city could become the first in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing if city leaders approve a citizen-led petition to outlaw the drilling method. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas community that sits on a large natural gas reserve could become the first city in the state to partially ban hydraulic fracturing, with city leaders in Denton set to vote early Wednesday on a citizen-led petition to outlaw new permits for the drilling method.


U.S. preparing unilateral sanctions on Russia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:37

 A look at 2018 World CupThe United States is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, a shift in strategy that reflects the Obama administration's frustration with Europe's reluctance to take tougher action against Moscow, according to U.S. and European officials.


Ax throw, log climb at Adirondack lumberjack class

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:17

In this July 10, 2014 photo, Tommy Grunow of Riverside, Conn., peels the bark from a white pine log at the Adirondack Woodsmen's School at Paul Smith's College in Paul Smiths, N.Y. Eighteen young students in matching gray sports shirts took part recently in a weeklong crash course on old-school lumberjack skills such as sawing, chopping, ax throwing, log boom running and pole climbing. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. (AP) — Ax throwing is encouraged in lumberjack class. It's also OK to dump your classmate in the lake — as long as you're both frantically trying to stay upright on a floating log.


Fresh wildfires gain ground in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:12

In this Sunday July 13, 2014, photo released by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry, the Moccasin Hill fire burns north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, Ore. Lightning struck Oregon more than 6,000 times Sunday and Monday, touching off small fires by the dozens. Such a barrage can be expected to cause numerous "sleeper" or holdover fires in coming days. (AP Photo/Oregon Dept. of Forestry, Dennis Lee)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A handful of new wildfires, some started by lightning, grew dramatically Tuesday in central Washington, and several threatened homes even as firefighters made progress against a destructive Oregon blaze.


Denton could become 1st Texas city to ban fracking

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:47

Area residents and registered speakers watch proceedings on a television screen from one of the three overflow rooms as others wait their turn to address the city council during a public hearing, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Denton, Texas. The North Texas city could become the first in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing if city leaders approve a citizen-led petition to outlaw the drilling method. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas community that sits on a large natural gas reserve could become the first city in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing, with city leaders in Denton set to vote late Tuesday on a citizen-led petition to outlaw new permits for the drilling method.


Missouri execution on hold after late stay granted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:38

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)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri execution has been delayed until at least midday Wednesday after a federal judge granted a last-minute stay.


Tocco, believed to be longest-serving U.S. mob boss, dies in Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:11
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Jack Tocco, believed to be the longest-serving mob boss in the United States and the last living person with first-hand knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the death of Jimmy Hoffa, has died aged 87. Tocco, who died on Monday, was the godfather in Detroit for 35 years, longer than any current godfather in the country, according to Scott Burnstein, an author and expert on organized crime in the city. Since the 1930s, when Jack Tocco's father and uncle founded the Mafia in Detroit, a Tocco has led the mob in the city, Burnstein said.

Drought-parched California tightens curbs on wasting water

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:10

A buoy meant for boaters rests on the dry bed of Lake Mendocino, a key Mendocino County reservoir, in UkiahBy Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Water regulators in California approved tough new conservation measures on Tuesday to limit outdoor water use, including daily fines of up to $500 for using a hose without a shut-off nozzle. "We are facing the worst drought impact that we or our grandparents have ever seen," said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus. "An emergency requires action, and today’s announcement is a much-needed response to California’s drought emergency," said Ed Osann, senior policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council, which supported the regulations. California is in the third year of a catastrophic drought that has diminished the Sierra Nevada snow pack, which normally feeds the state's rivers and streams with cool water.


Sugar rush at ethanol plant fuels fight with Nebraska corn farmers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:03

File photo shows E85 Ethanol fuel being pumped into a vehicle at a gas station in IowaBy Michael Hirtzer CHICAGO (Reuters) - An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it - a small-town dispute that offers an unusual take on the debate over the market-distorting impact of sugar and corn subsidies. The dispute in Aurora, population about 4,400, brings into conflict two of the largest U.S. farm programs, one promoting sugar production and the other corn-based ethanol. Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc, a privately held Illinois firm, is reaping profits producing ethanol with cheap sugar, thanks to a U.S. Agriculture Department subsidy of beet sugar. Local corn farmers, who benefit from a government rule that forces oil companies to blend ethanol into gasoline, say in court documents that Aventine's action violates an agreement to use their grain exclusively as a feedstock for the firm's recently reopened plant in Aurora.