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Pipeline spill cleanup near Santa Barbara nears completion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 09:28
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Nearly two months after an oil pipeline break fouled beaches near Santa Barbara, California, the costly cleanup is about finished, officials said Thursday.

Kentucky flood victims tell anguished tales of loss, grief

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 09:25

Veronica Marcum holds photos of her brother Scott Johnson, left, and her grandmother Willa Mae Pennington, which were found while they searched a creek bottom for her brother after deadly flooding in Flat Gap, Ky., Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Family members have been looking for Johnson after he helped saved the lives of four family members but went missing during flash floods in northern Johnson County outside of Paintsville. Willa Mae Pennington's body was recovered on Tuesday. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)FLAT GAP, Ky. (AP) — The last time Heather Blair saw her disabled son, Richard, both were fighting for their lives as floodwaters rose inside their home.


Nearly a quarter of UN states want female secretary-general

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 09:16

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2005, file photo, the flags of member nations fly outside the General Assembly building at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Nearly a quarter of U.N. member states are urging that the next secretary-general, for the first time, be a woman. It's the latest sign of momentum for the idea as campaigning to succeed Ban Ki-moon at the end of 2016 begins in earnest. (AP Photo/Adam Rountree, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly a quarter of U.N. member states are urging that the next secretary-general, for the first time, be a woman.


Colorado movie massacre gunman found guilty of multiple murders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 09:11

Holmes stands in court as the verdict is read in DenverColorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes was found guilty on Thursday of multiple counts of first degree murder, a verdict that enables prosecutors to seek the death penalty for the former graduate student who killed 12 people and wounded 70 at a midnight premiere of a Batman film in 2012. After a three-month trial in which hundreds of witnesses testified and thousands of pieces of evidence were presented, jurors deliberated for about a day and a half, then found Holmes guilty on all 165 counts against him. Before the jury was called in at around 4:00 p.m. local time (1800 EDT), Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour warned the packed public gallery to refrain from emotional outbursts.


Robbery suspect critical after police-involved shooting in Millbourne

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 09:03

Robbery suspect shot by police in MillbourneA robbery suspect was hospitalized in critical condition after a police-involved shooting in Millbourne, Delaware County.


10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 09:01

A man reads the front pages of the daily newspapers as in the background on a wall reading in Greek "NO", in central Athens, Thursday, July 16, 2015. Greece’s troubled left-wing government is seeking urgent relief from European lenders on Thursday, after it pushed a harsh austerity package thought parliament, triggering a revolt in the ruling party and violent demonstrations in central Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Father of 2 slain teens arrested on unrelated drug charge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 09:00
HOLLY HILL, S.C. (AP) — The father of two teenagers found dead at a home in a rural area in South Carolina has been arrested on unrelated drug charges, authorities said Thursday.

Teen says she tried to save step-grandparents in plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:36

In this undated photo provided by Newton Goss, Goss, right, takes a photo with his girlfriend, Autumn Veatch, left. Veatch was a passenger on a plane that crashed Saturday, July 11, 2015, with two other people on board. She survived and was picked up by a motorist Monday after walking out of the rugged and remote crash site. (Newton Goss via AP)SEATTLE (AP) — The teenager who survived a small plane crash in Washington's Cascade Mountains says she burned herself trying to pull her step-grandparents from the burning wreckage.


Doctor: 3-4 months for George HW Bush's fracture to heal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:28

The sun's rays shine over the Maine Medical Center Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Portland, Maine, where former President George H.W. Bush remained hospitalized in fair condition after he fractured a bone in his neck after falling Wednesday at his oceanside summer home in Kennebunkport. His spokesman said Bush suffered no neurological problems and the injury likely would be allowed to heal on its own. (AP Photo/David Sharp)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush fractured a bone in his neck when he took a tumble at his oceanside summer home, but he suffered no neurological impairment and the injury will be allowed to heal on its own, which is expected to take three to four months, officials said Thursday.


Father of Chattanooga gunman once investigated for 'terrorist' ties: NYT

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:19
(Reuters) - The father of a suspected gunman who killed four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday was investigated several years ago for "possible ties to a foreign terrorist organization," the New York Times reported.

Sources: Drexel grad found dead in West Philadelphia was beaten, strangled

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:17

Drexel grad found fatally beaten, strangled in West PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating the suspicious death of a recent Drexel grad who was found dead in her West Philadelphia apartment.


Court: Airlines get leeway when someone references a bomb

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:08
NEW YORK (AP) — Airline employees cannot be held liable if they misinterpret a passenger's reference to a bomb as a threat when they report it to security authorities as long as their statements are not false on key facts, an appeals court said Thursday.

Texas court halts execution of man for murder of 93-year-old woman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:07
A Texas court on Thursday halted the execution of Clifton Williams several hours before he was to be put to death for murdering a 93-year-old woman about 10 years ago and then setting her body on fire in a robbery to support his drug habit. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted the stay to allow for a review of evidence in the case relating to DNA probability statistics that could have had an impact on his trial, the court said. Williams, 31, broke into the home of Cecelia Schneider in Tyler in July 2005.

California flexes muscles in water tussle with farmers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:00

FILE -- In this May 18, 2015 file photo, Gino Celli, who relies on senior water rights to water his crops, inspects a wheat field nearing harvest on his farm near Stockton, Calif. California issued its first cease-and-desist order on Thursday, July 16, telling an irrigation district to stop pumping water under this year's tightened drought regulations. Some senior water rights holders are challenging California regulators authority to tell them to stop drawing water from rivers running dry due to the drought. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators flexed their muscles on Thursday by ordering a group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the state has to protect waterways that are drying up in the drought.


Swiss extradite FIFA's Jeffrey Webb to the United States

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:59

FILE - In this May 27, 2015, file photo, two persons are reflected in the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Swiss authorities said Thursday, July 16, 2015, that one of the seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a U.S. corruption probe was extradited to the United States they day before. Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice didn't identify the FIFA official. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)Former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb has been extradited to the United States following his arrest in Switzerland on racketeering and bribery charges filed by American prosecutors.


Los Angeles airport to become largest air hub with ride-sharing pickups

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:51
Los Angeles International Airport is set to become the largest U.S. airport to allow popular ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at curbside, following a vote by a local commission on Thursday. The Board of Airport Commissioners adopted the rule changes by a vote of 5-0, said Jeff Millman, a spokesman for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who had pushed for allowing greater ride-sharing at the airport known as LAX.

Key elements in Colorado theater shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:49

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2012 file photo, Thomas and Caren Teves, right, whose son, Alex, was killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theatre massacre, join a news conference with families of victims of the Colorado theater shooting, in Aurora, Colo. Their son Alex, 24, had just earned a master's degree in counseling psychology when he was killed. His girlfriend, Amanda Teves, who changed her last name to Teves after the shooting, testified that when the gunfire began, Alex dived onto her to protect her. "He just kept shushing me and telling me it was going to be all right," she said. When she realized someone in their group had been shot, she screamed his name but heard no response. A friend yelled that they needed to leave, so Teves grabbed her boyfriend’s hand. "I wanted to try to take him with me,” she said. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider, file)Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was convicted Thursday of killing 12 people and wounding scores of others in a methodical attack on a midnight movie premier. Here's a look at the key elements of the case:


Timeline of events leading to James Holmes' guilty verdicts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:36

FILE - In this July 23, 2012 file photo, James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in 2012, sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. On Thursday, July 16, 2015, a jury found Holmes guilty of murder in the methodically planned attack. The verdict means the 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student could get the death penalty for the shooting. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Key dates in the life of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes:


Suspected gunman blogged about Islam days before Tennessee shootings: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:31
By Rich McKay CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) - The 24-year-old man accused of gunning down four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, blogged on Monday that "life is short and bitter" and Muslims should not miss an opportunity to "submit to Allah," according to an organization that tracks extremist groups. The SITE Intelligence Group said a July 13 post written by suspected gunman Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez stressed the sacrifice of the Sahaba (companions of the Prophet) “fought Jihad for the sake of Allah." Reuters could not independently verify the blog postings. While treating the Thursday shootings as "an act of domestic terrorism", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was too early to speculate on motives.

Colorado movie massacre gunman found guilty of multiple murders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:30

Holmes stands in court as the verdict is read in DenverColorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes was found guilty on Thursday of multiple counts of first degree murder, a verdict that enables prosecutors to seek the death penalty for the former graduate student who killed a dozen people and wounded 70 at a midnight premiere of a Batman film in 2012. After a three-month trial in which they were presented with thousands of pieces of evidence and testimony from hundreds of witnesses, jurors deliberated for about a day and a half, then found Holmes guilty on all 165 counts against him. The panel of nine women and three men rejected the defense's claim that Holmes was legally insane.