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First U.S. flight deports Honduran kids under fast-track push

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:12
By Gabriel Stargardter SAN PEDRO SULA Honduras (Reuters) - The United States deported a group of Honduran children as young as 1-1/2 years old on Monday in the first flight since President Barack Obama pledged to speed up the process of sending back illegal immigrant minors from Central America. Fleeing violence and poverty, record numbers of children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have crossed into the United States over the past year, testing U.S. border facilities and sparking intense debate about how to solve the problem. Monday's charter flight from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, the city with the highest murder rate in the world, returned 17 Honduran women, as well as 12 girls and nine boys, aged between 18 months and 15 years, the Honduran government said.

Missouri governor vetoes bill allowing schools to designate armed officers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:57

Missouri Governor Nixon participates in debate with Spence at Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MissouriBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill on Monday that would have allowed public school districts to designate certain teachers and administrators as armed protection officers. The legislation would have required a teacher or administrator to have a concealed carry permit and go through special weapons training before being allowed to be armed at school. Nixon, a Democrat, said in a statement that he supported placing law enforcement officers in schools but could not "condone putting firearms in the hands of educators who should be focused on teaching our kids." The bill passed the Republican-controlled House by a vote of 111-28 and the Republican-led Senate with a 21-7 vote, enough for the two-thirds needed for a veto override. The mass shooting in 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, sparked a national debate about whether to arm teachers.

3 charged with trying to extort Saudi sheik

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:49
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Criminal charges have been filed against a woman and two of her attorneys for falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted by a Saudi sheik's son in a scheme to extort at least $15 million, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Monday.

Ex-diner manager pleads guilty in murder plot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:49
CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — The former manager of a northern New Jersey diner pleaded guilty Monday in what authorities say was a foiled plot to kill the co-owner of the restaurant, who is his uncle by marriage.

8 accused of illegal World Cup betting in Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:46
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eight people from Malaysia, China and Hong Kong were accused Monday in Las Vegas of operating a temporary, illegal gambling ring that investigators said logged millions of dollars in bets on FIFA World Cup soccer games.

AccuWeather: Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:46

 Flash Flood WatchAccuWeather is tracking the severe weather as it moves through the area.

Nevada rancher Bundy says son will submit himself for arrest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:45
A Nevada rancher who was at the center of an armed standoff with federal rangers in a fight over cattle said his son will submit himself for arrest on Monday on a warrant alleging he violated terms of his probation on theft charges. A Las Vegas judge filed an arrest warrant last week for Cliven Lance Bundy, 34, the son of rancher Cliven Bundy, for failing to appear at a July 1 hearing and for not complying with terms of a 2012 plea agreement struck on felony theft counts, said court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price. The welder and heavy equipment operator was traveling to Las Vegas on Monday afternoon to turn himself in to authorities after learning of the warrant, his father told Reuters. In April the Bundy family ranch was the site of an armed protest against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as it sought to seize cattle over Cliven Bundy's refusal to pay grazing fees.

3 charged with trying to extort Saudi sheik's son

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Criminal charges have been filed against a woman and two of her attorneys for falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted by a Saudi sheik's son in a scheme to extort at least $15 million, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Monday.

US portrays Tunisian man as terrorist sympathizer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:36
NEW YORK (AP) — A Tunisian man accused last year of plotting to organize a U.S.-based terrorism cell is "far more dangerous" than his guilty plea to immigration charges would indicate, the government said Monday, though his lawyer said investigators had failed in their effort to groom him to be a terrorist .

Tornado Warning for Burlington County

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:31

 Flash Flood WatchA tornado warning has been issued for Burlington County until 8:45 p.m.

U.S. court partly overturns Guantanamo conviction of al Qaeda publicist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:27
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday partially overturned the Guantanamo war crimes conviction of an al Qaeda publicist, saying a military commission lacked authority to convict him on two of three charges. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated the conviction of Yemeni prisoner Ali Hamza al Bahlul for providing material support for terrorism and solicitation of others to commit war crimes.

Witness says she saw Ventura get punched in bar

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:26
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A woman testified Monday that she saw someone punch Jesse Ventura in 2006 at a California bar, contradicting the former Minnesota governor's assertions that the incident described in a slain military sniper's autobiography never happened.

Ex-Minnesota governor says TV career halted by sniper's claims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:25

FORMER MINNESOTA GOVERNOR VENTURA DURING TIMBERWOLVES NBA PLAYOFF GAME.By David Bailey ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura told a court on Monday his annual income dropped sharply after his reputation was damaged by what he called a fictitious passage in a book by a former Navy SEAL who said the two had gotten in a bar fight. Seeking unspecified damages for defamation, Ventura testified on Friday that he has not been in a fight since he left the Navy decades before the alleged 2006 encounter in California described by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," published in 2012. Lawyers for Kyle's estate told the court on Monday Ventura's income was on the decline before the book due to waning popularity, and that the passage about the bar fight had little impact on the dwindling demand for him as a media personality.

Giant African snails seized at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:19

This undated photo provided by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing one of the snails from an air cargo shipment of 67 live snails that arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on July 1, 2014. Officials said that the 35 pounds of snails arrived from Nigeria along with paperwork stating they were for human consumption. Officials say the snails were intercepted and were subsequently identified after a sample was sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture specialists in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/USDA, Greg Bartman)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized an unusually slimy package — 67 live giant African snails that are a popular delicacy across West Africa.

Student: Expelled from college after gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:17
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A woman said Monday that she was expelled from a private, Christian college in suburban Oklahoma City because she married her same-sex partner.

Lightning survivor has no memory of deadly strike

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:11

Kyle Jones, left, of Greeley, Colo., carries his son Andrew while walking with his wife Sarah, center, who carries their baby Caleb, trailing their daughter Kaylee, at a scenic overlook off Trail Ridge Road, above tree-line at Rocky Mountain National Park, west of Estes Park, Colo., Monday, July 14, 2014. Lightning killed two people last weekend just miles apart in the popular park, where summer storms can close in quickly with deadly results. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Justin Teilhet doesn't remember hearing a boom or feeling a sting, just waking up numb on the treeless tundra high in Rocky Mountain National Park and discovering his good friend was trying to revive his wife.

Guardsman who killed 2, himself left suicide note

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:07
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say an Army National Guardsman left a suicide note in his northern Utah home before killing a college student and one other person early Monday, then fatally shooting himself at another home.

Man dies after jumping into bonfire at Utah festival

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:41
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Police in Utah are investigating after a man killed himself by jumping into a 30-foot (9-meter) bonfire during an arts and culture festival on the weekend in the desert west of Salt Lake City, local media reported. More than 1,000 people were watching as the man ran past safety barriers and leapt into the blaze on Saturday night at the Element 11 event, which has ties to the Burning Man festival held each year in northern Nevada. Grantsville Police Lieutenant Steve Barrett told The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper that friends of the 30-year-old said he told him he planned to kill himself by running into the burning effigy, which was shaped like a character from the children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are." He said security officers at the event, Grantsville firefighters, and individuals in the crowd had been unable to stop the man jumping in, nor rescue him after had.

Citigroup to pay $7B in subprime mortgages probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:23

FILE - This Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 file photo, shows a Citi Bank sign in Chicago. Citigroup will pay $7 billion to settle an investigation into risky subprime mortgages, the type that helped fuel the financial crisis. The agreement announced Monday, July 14, 2014, comes weeks after talks between the sides broke down, prompting the government to warn that it would sue the New York investment bank. The settlement stems from the sale of securities made up of subprime mortgages, which fueled both the housing boom and bust that triggered the Great Recession at the end of 2007. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said "shattered lives" and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades, the Justice Department said Monday.

Federal officer under scrutiny for firing gun during L.A. protest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:21
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four people have been arrested and a Homeland Security officer is under investigation for firing his weapon during a weekend scuffle between pro-Israel demonstrators and Palestinian supporters outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles. The altercation Sunday evening grew out of a shouting match between the occupants of two vehicles that escalated when several people from one vehicle were assaulted by suspects in the other, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said. An officer of the Federal Protective Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who witnessed the assault intervened and fired his weapon, but no one was hit by gunfire or otherwise injured, Sheriff's Sergeant Carmen Arballo said. A Federal Protective Service spokeswoman in Washington, Jacqueline Yost, said the officer fired one shot from his service weapon in an attempt to stop the four suspects as they were trying to flee the scene in a vehicle.