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Jordan calls for Security Council meeting on Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:02
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jordan has called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council following Israel's ground invasion of Gaza.

US unemployment aid applications drop to 302,000

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:01

In this photo taken Wednesday, July 16, 2014, job seeker U.S. Air Force veteran Jimmie Walker, left, listens to job recruiter Desiree Akel, at a Hiring Fair For Veterans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Labor Department reports the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, a steady decline that suggests a strengthening job market.


Mexican authorities identify body of missing New York man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:01
The badly decomposed remains that were discovered last week near the Pacific beach resort of Zihuatanejo were identified as Harry Devert by DNA tests, according to a spokesman for the Guerrero state prosecutors office. Devert worked as a stock trader and said on his website that he had spent the last five years traveling.

NYPD detective charged with filing fake crime tip for reward

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:58
A New York police detective has been arrested and charged with filing a fake crime tip in an attempt to cash in on the $1,000 reward, prosecutors said on Thursday. John Malloy, 46, was arraigned in state court in Manhattan on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to felony counts of forgery, and filing a false claim, and lesser charges of official misconduct and attempted petty larceny, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said. An arrest in the case had also been made without any tip, prosecutors said. Malloy then forged the signatures of a fellow detective, a supervising sergeant and a police inspector in an effort to claim the reward, prosecutors said.

Truck driver arrested in death of officer in New Jersey crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:56
By David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - Prosecutors have charged a Brooklyn truck driver with second-degree vehicular homicide after his 18-wheeler left a road in New Jersey on Thursday and killed a police officer conducting speed checks from an unmarked car, officials said. Ryon Cumberbatch, 28, is accused of crashing into the parked vehicle and striking 32-year-old Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell, who died of blunt force injuries and severe trauma to the head. Bergen County prosecutor John Molinelli said the collision took place at about 1:23 a.m. on Route 17 and that it occurred entirely in the shoulder of the highway. Cumberbatch is scheduled to appear in court on July 21.

New Jersey police officer dies in rear-end crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:44

This June 11, 2014 image provided by the Waldwick Police Department shows Waldwick, N.J. police officer Christopher Goodell during a ceremony honoring him for his DWI efforts. Authorities say the experienced police officer in northern New Jersey has died early Thursday July 17, 2014 after a tractor-trailer rear-ended his unmarked police car while he was operating radar to look for speeders on Route 17. Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell was 32 years old. (AP Photo/Waldwick Police Department)WALDWICK, N.J. (AP) — A police officer checking for speeders was killed when a tractor-trailer that didn't try to stop rear-ended his parked car on a highway shoulder early Thursday, making him the second officer to die in the line of duty in the state this week, prosecutors said.


Wisconsin police chief charged with setting up Tea Party member as porn fan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:36
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A police chief in Wisconsin was charged on Thursday with creating accounts on pornographic and dating websites under the name of a local Tea Party advocate to even a score with him, court records showed. Town of Campbell Police Chief Timothy Kelemen was charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of computerized communication systems in La Crosse County, according to court records. Kelemen is accused of setting up accounts under the name of Gregory Luce. Luce and fellow Tea Party members allegedly harassed Kelemen's department after the town banned their protest signs on overpasses, a police report filed in a federal court case showed.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to open at Lake Tahoe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:35
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The managers of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas have announced plans to open one at Lake Tahoe this winter after a $60 million renovation of the former Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline.

Four more charged with hate crimes tied to 2011 Mississippi slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:33
By Therese Apel JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - Four white Mississippi residents pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to federal hate crime charges stemming from an attack on a black man run over by a truck and killed, in a case that has already yielded six convictions. The 2011 killing of James Craig Anderson, 47, sparked outrage for its heinous nature, particularly since it took place in Mississippi, a state that has struggled to overcome a long history of racism. “This was specifically a hate crime," said Anderson family attorney Winston Thompson. John Louis Blalack, 20, Sarah Adelia Graves, 21, Robert Henry Rice, 23, and Shelbie Brooke Richards, 20, each pleaded not guilty in federal court in Jackson to numerous hate crime and conspiracy charges.

Remains found in investigation of funeral director

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:31
BOSTON (AP) — Investigators looking into an unlicensed Massachusetts funeral director accused of stealing from customers said Thursday they have found human remains in a rented storage unit, a day after finding cremated remains at another storage facility linked to him.

Strike by NY commuter rail workers averted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:31

Anthony Simon, general chairman of the United Transportation Union, left, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas Prendergast, right, shake hands in front of Gov. Andrew Cuomo after a tentative labor agreement was reached at Cuomo's office in New York on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — After four years of negotiations — and weeks of fretting by 300,000 daily riders about a possible strike — unions and management at the nation's largest commuter railroad reached a tentative contract agreement Thursday.


California drought doesn't end brown lawn warnings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:23

Michael Korte and his wife Laura Whitney, pose outside their home lawn in Glendora, Calif., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The Southern California couple who scaled back watering due to drought received a letter from the city of Glendora warning that they could face fines if they don't get their brown lawn green again. They are told if they don't revive the lawn they could be hit with up to $500 in fines and possible criminal action. City Manager Chris Jeffers says the couple has not been cited and called it a friendly letter prompted by a neighbor's complaint. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws.


Bank settles in California political fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:18
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bank that handled the accounts of a former campaign treasurer for several high-profile Democratic politicians has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the bank should have known the treasurer was embezzling money, attorneys for the politicians and the bank said Thursday.

Trucker charged in New Jersey police officer death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:17

This June 11, 2014 image provided by the Waldwick Police Department shows Waldwick, N.J. police officer Christopher Goodell during a ceremony honoring him for his DWI efforts. Authorities say the experienced police officer in northern New Jersey has died early Thursday July 17, 2014 after a tractor-trailer rear-ended his unmarked police car while he was operating radar to look for speeders on Route 17. Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell was 32 years old. (AP Photo/Waldwick Police Department)WALDWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New York City tractor-trailer driver has been criminally charged in connection with the death of a New Jersey police officer whose unmarked car was rear-ended on a highway shoulder.


Judge OKs gay marriage in Florida Keys

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:02

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, William Lee Jones, left, and Aaron Huntsman kiss during a celebration Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Key West, Fla. Jones and Hunstman and about 100 other people marked a Florida Keys judge's ruling overturning Florida's ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday after the couple's legal challenge. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)MIAMI (AP) — A judge ruled that gays can marry in Florida's most gay-friendly county, siding Thursday with same-sex couples in the Florida Keys who challenged a voter-approved ban as discriminatory. But an immediate state appeal quickly silenced their wedding bells.


Opponents question signatures gathered by California breakup group

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:00
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Opponents of a long-shot plan to break California into six states demanded an investigation on Thursday into the signature-gathering techniques used by proponents trying to put their proposal before voters in 2016. The complaint comes days after a group led by billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper submitted 1.3 million signatures to California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, more than enough to place the measure on the ballot. "They had to use every trick in the book to get people to sign, and apparently they crossed the line in several instances," said Democratic political consultant Steve Maviglio, who with a Republican colleague is heading a campaign against the initiative. One voter, cited by the San Jose Mercury News, wrote to say she was approached by a petition gatherer who said California Attorney General Kamala Harris supported the plan, when in fact she does not.

Florida judge strikes down voter-approved same-sex marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 08:45

People hold signs at a gay rights rally following the U.S. Supreme Court strike down of the Defense of Marriage Act, in Fort LauderdaleBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A county judge in Florida struck down on Thursday the state's gay marriage ban, the latest in a string of court rulings across the United States voiding state laws that restrict the right of same-sex couples to marry. Circuit Judge Luis Garcia, whose jurisdiction includes the Florida Keys, ordered the Monroe County Clerk of Court to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples next Tuesday. While the ruling applies to only one Florida county, it marks the first decision in several court cases across the state challenging a same-sex marriage ban approved by Florida voters in 2008. Garcia ruled in favor of two male bartenders living in Key West seeking the right to marry, saying Florida's gay marriage ban violated their rights to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution.


Arizona teacher files $4M claim in prison rape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 08:42

FILE - This Jan. 30, 2014 photo from the Arizona Department of Corrections, shows Jacob Harvey, accused of attacking a state prison teacher in Florence, Ariz. An Arizona teacher who was left alone in a classroom and then raped by a convicted sex offender filed a $4 million claim on Thursday July 17, 2014 against the state Department of Corrections. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona teacher who was left alone in a classroom and then raped by a convicted sex offender filed a $4 million claim on Thursday against the state Department of Corrections.


Nearly 25 cars, trucks crash in I-90 pileup

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 08:42

This aerial photo provided by the Washington State Patrol shows an Interstate 90 pile up Thursday, July 17, 2014 near Vantage, Wash. The Washington state Patrol says more than 20 cars and semi-trucks crashed leaving 11 people injured. (AP Photo/Washington State Patrol)VANTAGE, Wash. (AP) — Fifteen cars and nine tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 90 on Thursday, leaving nearly a dozen people injured and causing a pileup that snarled traffic on the main route across Washington state, authorities said.


Uproar: Self-published poet laureate in NC resigns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 08:41

This photo provided by the Department of Cultural Resources shows Valerie Macon, North Carolina’s new state poet laureate. Gov. Pat McCrory named Valerie Macon of Fuquay-Varina to a two-year term as North Carolina's next poet laureate. He said he looked forward "to the unique perspective and style she will bring to the office." (AP Photo/Department of Cultural Resources)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's poet laureate resigned Thursday, less than a week after her appointment as criticism of the governor for choosing a writer with just two self-published books of poems continued.