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Texas woman found guilty of starving stepson to death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:25
Elizabeth Ramsey, 33, faces up to 99 years in prison for her role in the 2011 death of Johnathan Ramsey. Her husband and the boy’s father, Aaron Ramsey, was sentenced to life in prison last year in the boy’s death. Ramsey's lawyers had asked jurors to find her guilty of a lesser charge, arguing that Aaron Ramsey was the instigator and she was forced to participate in the crime. "Aaron Ramsey is a monster, but the one thing that defense counsel continues to leave out is that his wife, Elizabeth Ramsey, is also a monster," prosecutor Jason Fine told jurors, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Big California raid targets marijuana grown on tribal land

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:23
By Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California authorities have launched a major raid to seize marijuana grown on and around a Northern California Indian reservation, joining with tribal authorities to combat illegal grow operations on native lands, authorities said on Tuesday. “They’re going to be there for a while,” Lieutenant Steve Knight, spokesman of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said of the dozens of agents participating in the operation in Humboldt County, a remote, mountainous part California that is all too familiar with illegal marijuana growers. Officials complain that large-scale illegal marijuana crops near the Yurok reservation have harmed fish and other wildlife in the area, and have compounded with California’s severe drought to cause creeks and springs that feed the Klamath River to dry up.

Maryland church built in 1773 ravaged by fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:20

Firefighters from 4 counties and two states battle the fire at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Hebron, Md., Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The church built in 1773 was on the National Register of Historic Places. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Todd Dudek) NO SALESHEBRON, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a 241-year-old church on the National Register of Historic Places has been ravaged by fire in Maryland.

Government drafting birth control accommodation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.

Oklahoma teen accused of sexually abusing children in Kenya

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:16
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma teenager is charged with traveling to Kenya to sexually abuse children at a missionary children's home in the East African country, prosecutors said on Tuesday. According to records released by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, Matthew Lane Durham, 19, volunteered at the Upendo Children's Home in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, which helps care for neglected and disabled children. According to the criminal affidavit, from April to June of 2014, Durham allegedly engaged in sexual acts with multiple children, male and female, aged between 4 and 10-years-old. A live-in caretaker at the facility, which was set up by an Edmond citizen who immigrated to the United States from Kenya, said that, when asked, the children said Durham either touched them sexually or told them to touch themselves while he watched.

Tuesday's pregame notes and lineups -- Mets at Mariners

Seattle Mariners - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:16
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Board puts soda tax before San Francisco voters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:09
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco lawmakers narrowly agreed Tuesday to place a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks on the November ballot, a move that promises to turn the election into an expensive fight between the beverage industry and public health advocates.

Trial date stands in Colorado theater shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:02

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with the July 2012 Aurora shootings that killed 12 people and injured 70. Sunday, July 20, 2014 marks 2 years since theater massacre. Holmes' trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8, 2014 after three postponements. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case pleaded Tuesday for more time so they can interview a psychiatrist who conducted the first sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes, but a judge stuck by a Dec. 8 trial date.

Seattle's minimum-wage law won't face referendum vote

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:00
Seattle's $15 minimum wage law won't face a referendum in the fall.

Police: Warrington man charged with rape, assault

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:59

 Warrington man charged with rape, assaultA man from Warrington, Pa. has been arrested and charged with the rape of one girl and the assault of another.

Pipe bomb found in impounded stolen car in Snohomish

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:58
Employees of a towing company got an unexpected surprise today when they found a pipe bomb in a stolen car that had been impounded, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said.

UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:55

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, shakes hands with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah upon his arrival in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The two men were set to hold a joint news conference regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."

Microsoft reveals Surface Mini writeoff, phone sales

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:54
Microsoft pretty much confirmed in today's earnings report that it scrapped the Surface Mini at the last minute.

Airlines Suspend Flights to Israel After Hamas Rocket Falls Near Key Airport

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:52
After a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion airport outside Tel Aviv, the Federal Aviation Administration told American carriers to halt service for 24 hours, and some other airlines followed suit.

Sounders' Sigi Schmid, All-Stars react to All-Star game being held in Portland

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:49
The MLS All-Star team will have a distinctly Seattle flavor this year, after five Sounders were selected to the roster – the most by any MLS team. Unfortunately for rival Timbers fans, that rave green-tinged roster will be setting up shop in Portland.

Feds charge seven people in connection with hash-oil explosions

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:48
Federal and state authorities have filed criminal charges against seven people in connection with a series of suspected hash-oil explosions and fires, including one that killed a former Bellevue mayor last year. Crime reporter Jennifer Sullivan has details on today's charges.

U.S. Supreme Court lifts stay of execution for Arizona inmate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:48
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday vacated a stay of execution for an Arizona inmate who had sued the state demanding more information about the drugs that will be used in the lethal injection procedure he faces. Joseph Wood is one of six death row inmates who sued Arizona last month arguing that secrecy surrounding lethal-injection drugs used in botched executions in Ohio and Oklahoma violated their constitutional rights. He is set to executed at 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday inside the state prison complex in Florence, about 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Phoenix, officials at Arizona's Department of Corrections said.

Taijuan Walker to start Wednesday

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:48
Taijuan Walker will start for the Mariners on Wednesday, manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Chase ends as man runs into a Miss. police academy

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:47
Police say a man who fled from a Mississippi traffic stop was apparently so focused on getting away he unknowingly ran into a law enforcement academy.