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WWII vet who found Hitler's top hat dies at 88

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:45
ALBANY, New York (AP) — Richard Marowitz was just a day removed from witnessing the horrors of Dachau when he found a top hat on a shelf in a closet in Adolf Hitler's Munich apartment.

Former New Jersey Republican official shot dead in apparent murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:42
(Reuters) - A former New Jersey Republican official who once worked with Governor Chris Christie was found dead along with her husband inside their home, officials said on Friday, in what appeared to be a murder-suicide. Police discovered the bodies of Joan Bramhall and her husband, John, inside their Denville home on Thursday, but the Morris County Prosecutor's Office declined to identify the victims until Friday. An autopsy revealed that Joan Bramhall was shot to death and her husband died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the prosecutor's office said in a statement. The statement did not say that John Bramhall shot his wife, though it did say there was no evidence of any intruders in the home and added that the community was not at risk.

Yemeni soldiers die in bus ambush

BBC World News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:38
Suspected al-Qaeda militants abduct and kill at least 14 soldiers returning home from duty in east Yemen, officials and eyewitnesses say.
Categories: BBC World News

Judge tosses dad's 1990 arson-murder conviction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:38
A South Korean man who has spent 24 years in prison for setting a fire that killed his daughter took a big step toward freedom Friday when a federal judge threw out his murder conviction, ruling it was based on now-discredited arson science.

Lawyer says porch shooter 'shocked' by verdict

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:36

FILE - This undated file photo shows the cover of a funeral program showing 19-year-old Renisha McBride from a service in Detroit. On Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, a Wayne County Circuit Court jury convicted Theodore Wafer, 55, of second-degree murder for killing McBride with a shotgun on the porch of his house in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn on Nov. 2, 2013. He said he feared for his life when he heard banging on his doors. Prosecutors said he should have called 911, rather than firing his weapon. (AP Photo/Detroit News, File) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of a young, unarmed woman on his porch is "shocked" by the verdict and deeply remorseful over her death, his attorney said Friday.

Ex-prosecutor blames drug in posting scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:33
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former federal prosecutor says he was taking sleep medication when he made anonymous online comments that later prompted a judge to overturn convictions in a major New Orleans police scandal.

U.S. judge rules against NCAA, says athletes can be paid

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:31
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The National Collegiate Athletic Association has violated antitrust laws and must allow colleges to offer student athletes a limited share of revenue, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday in a lawsuit that seeks to redefine traditional notions of sports amateurism. More than 20 current and former athletes sued, saying that players should share in the profits of college athletics, a highly lucrative business in which universities reap billions of dollars from men's football and basketball. U.S. ...

Firefighter dies, two teenagers injured in Arizona climbing accident

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:30
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An off-duty firefighter and experienced rescuer fell some 30 feet to his death and two 15-year-old boys were injured on Friday while climbing on a popular mountain in Phoenix, fire and police officials said. Gary Johnstone, 50, who had served on the Phoenix Fire Department's technical rescue team since 2006, was pronounced dead at a hospital from injuries sustained in the accident on Camelback Mountain, officials said. One of the youths remained in extremely critical condition at the hospital on Friday, while the other boy is reported to be in stable condition, said Phoenix police Sergeant Steve Martos. Johnstone, who was married with three children, was hailed by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

Yellowstone may use helicopter to search for crashed drone

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:29
Yellowstone National Park may use a helicopter to search for a drone that a tourist crashed into a famous hot spring, amid concerns the device may harm a geothermal feature that is a top draw for visitors, a park official said on Friday. Although the National Park Service two months ago banned the use of unmanned aircraft, officials at parks in Western states are reporting a rise in the number of the camera-equipped devices buzzing wildlife and tourists and crashing into the scenery. Yellowstone rangers have been unable to find the drone that sank in Grand Prismatic Spring on Saturday, and park managers are considering a helicopter flyover of the 370-foot diameter spring, park spokesman Al Nash said. It remained unclear Friday if the drone would affect the prized hot spring, which is more than 120 feet deep and known for the brilliant colors caused by bacteria and minerals in the water.

NCAA says disagrees with U.S. court ruling on athlete pay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:27
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The National Collegiate Athletics Association disagrees with a U.S. judge's ruling allowing colleges to share some revenue with athletes. "We note that the court's decision sets limits on that compensation," NCAA Chief Legal Officer Donald Remy said in a statement, adding that "the NCAA is committed to fully supporting student-athletes." (Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Texas family sues DirecTV over sex offender who came to their home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:27
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Dallas family has sued satellite television provider DirecTV after a man making a service call at their home was found to be a registered sex offender who took photos of their 12-year-old daughter, their lawyer said on Friday. DirecTV said the man had absolutely no affiliation with the company and was brought to the house by a contractor, who has since been fired for violating company policy, spokeswoman Jade Ekstedt said in an email. Wahren Scott Massey, 48, was arrested as a result of the August 2012 incident. The family said in court documents Massey went into a room where their daughter, who was 12 at the time, was alone.

Democrats search for replacement in US Senate race

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:21

In this Thursday, March 27, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., speaks on the National Mall in Washington. Walsh says he is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a college research paper. Walsh said in a statement Thursday he’ll leave the race but keep the seat he was appointed to until his term ends in January 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak,File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Democrats were casting about Friday for a last-minute U.S. Senate candidate to take on Republican Rep. Steve Daines, after their hopes to hold the seat in November suffered a huge blow with the withdrawal of incumbent Sen. John Walsh amid plagiarism allegations.

Coal group: No doubts about McConnell's support

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:20
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A trade group representing Kentucky's coal industry defended Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell on Friday after a published report said his wife is a board member of an organization that has spent $50 million to close coal-fired power plants.

Reagan aide Brady death 'a homicide'

BBC World News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:19
The recent death of ex-White House aide James Brady is ruled a homicide, 33 years after he was wounded in a 1981 attempt on President Reagan's life.
Categories: BBC World News

WWII veteran who found Hitler's top hat dies at 88

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:16
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Richard Marowitz was just a day removed from witnessing the horrors of Dachau when he found a top hat on a shelf in a closet in Adolf Hitler's Munich apartment.

Texas boy, 8, shot in face by seven-year-old cousin handling gun: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:15
An 8-year-old Texas boy was in intensive care on Friday after being shot in the face a day earlier by his 7-year-old cousin when the two were playing with a loaded pistol, police said. Police in Texas City, about 40 miles southeast of Houston, said the two boys were left unsupervized with a 9-year-old boy in an apartment. "The child is not in danger of dying, but he’s still listed as critical," Texas City Police Captain Joe Stanton said.

Two killed in botched robbery of marijuana grow in California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:14
By Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Seven robbers invaded a Central California house used by pot growers and engaged the occupants in a gun battle that killed two of the attackers, while some of their accomplices briefly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl, police said on Friday. Authorities have arrested three of the suspected robbers from the attack on the home on Thursday in a rural farming community near Fresno, and police said they are investigating whether to bring charges against the marijuana growers. The robbery illustrates the dangers associated with large-scale marijuana operations, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims told a news conference. Medical marijuana is allowed in California, but authorities said it was not immediately clear if the house was used to grow pot for that market.

When New York was graffiti central

BBC World News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:11
When New York was famous for being covered with graffiti
Categories: BBC World News

Cash-stuffed bra lands Florida woman in trouble at airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:11
Victoria Faren, 78, is being asked to forfeit about $40,000 in cash she hid in her clothing and carry-on baggage while trying to board a flight from Detroit to the Philippines in April. Customs officers got suspicious when Faren first declared having $200 in cash but later said the amount was $1,200, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court on Friday.

US judge threatens to find Argentina in contempt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:09
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge threatened to hold Argentina in contempt of court Friday for continuing to make "false and misleading" statements about its financial crisis, though he quickly added he most desires a peaceful negotiated end to a long-running debt dispute.