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Former Wisconsin deputy charged in double homicide

Yahoo! National News - 47 min 14 sec ago

This undated photo provided by Rachelle Putnam shows Ashlee Steele, left, and her sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, both were found dead of gunshot wounds Aug. 22, 2014 at Steele's home in Fitchburg, Wis. Authorities said Tuesday, Aug. 26, that Tollefsbol, called 911 before she died and identified Andy Steele, her brother-in-law, as the man who shot her. (AP Photo/Rachelle Putnam)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday charged a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease with shooting his wife and sister-in-law to death earlier this month.


Funeral held in Israel for Lakewood man Aharon Sofer

Yahoo! National News - 47 min 54 sec ago

Funeral held in Israel for Lakewood man Aharon SoferMourners have buried a religious school student from New Jersey who disappeared while hiking on the outskirts of Jerusalem.


Utah university removes Reid's name from center

Yahoo! National News - 49 min 25 sec ago
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Southern Utah University President Scott Wyatt acknowledged he was under pressure from a group of conservatives to remove Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's name from a center on campus, but he insisted politics had nothing to do with his decision to do so.

Washington judge upholds local pot business ban

Yahoo! National News - 55 min 42 sec ago

Tedd Wetherbee, who wants to open a marijuana store in the Tacoma suburb of Fife, Wash., listens during a hearing in Pierce County Superior Court, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Tacoma, Wash. Wetherbee is seeking to strike down Fife's ban on marijuana businesses, even though such enterprises are now allowed by state law. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state judge says a small city can continue to ban licensed marijuana businesses, even if they're allowed under state law.


Photos under investigation in abandoned baby case

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 6 sec ago

This undated photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff shows Alicia Marie Englert, 23, who was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 on suspicion of attempted murder. The Utah woman accused of dumping her day-old baby in a neighbor's trash can told police she was afraid to tell her parents about the pregnancy and hoped the newborn's death would solve her problems. The newborn baby girl is expected to be in critical condition for several days. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police are seeking further details about photos that appear to show a Utah woman at a nightclub with a beer sometime before her newborn baby was dumped in a trash can.


Woman who drank toxic tea hopes restaurants reform

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 12 sec ago

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2014, file photo, attorney Paxton Guymon holds a photograph of Jim and Jan Harding during a news conference in Salt Lake City. Jan Harding, 67, who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals has been released from a Salt Lake City hospital. Harding has been slowly improving since Aug. 10, when she drank a single sip of sweetened iced tea at Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan, a Salt Lake City suburb. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals spoke publicly for the first time on Friday, describing the incident that she hopes is a wake-up call for restaurants.


Final arguments unfold at ex-governor's trial

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 5 min ago

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. The prosecution in the McDonnell corruption case begins its rebuttal Thursday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife took bribes and used their political muscle to promote a sketchy nutritional supplement because they were in deeply in debt and couldn't refuse the more than $165,000 in loans and gifts, including designer dresses and a Rolex watch, prosecutors said Friday.


Pratt suspended F-35 engine shipments in May over titanium

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 12 min ago
United Technologies Corp's Pratt & Whitney unit briefly suspended delivery of the engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet in May because of questions about titanium provided to a parts supplier. Pratt said on Friday it discovered conflicting documentation in late May that raised questions about the origin of the titanium, which was also used in parts for engines made by its Pratt & Whitney Canada division. The Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 strike fighter is the Pentagon's costliest weapons program. Pratt determined very quickly that the material did not pose a flight safety risk, company spokesman Matthew Bates said in an emailed statement.

Leader of Bakken drug ring gets 20 years prison

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 14 min ago

FILE-This file photo provided by Washington State Department of Corrections shows Robert Farrell Armstrong, who was arrested on drug charges. Armstrong, also known as “Dr. Bob,” has been sentenced as the leader of an interstate drug ring to 20 years in prison for his role in a trafficking operation that stretched from western Washington to the oil fields of the Northern Plains. (AP Photo/Washington State Department of Corrections,File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced the leader of an interstate drug ring to 20 years in prison Friday for his role in a major trafficking operation that stretched from western Washington to the Bakken oil fields of the Northern Plains.


Police officer resigns, another is fired after Ferguson incidents

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 21 min ago

Police officers keep watch while demonstrators protest the death of black teenager Michael Brown in FergusonBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A police officer has resigned after pointing a rifle at protesters during racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and another has been fired for inappropriate social media posts stemming from the two weeks of civil unrest, officials said on Friday. Violent protests erupted in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed black 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, drawing global attention to the state of race relations in the United States. Police and demonstrators in Ferguson clashed nightly for days after the shooting, with authorities coming under fire for mass arrests and the what critics said were the use of heavy-handed tactics and military gear. At a protest on Aug. 19, Ray Albers, a police officer in the neighboring community of St. Ann, pointed his rifle at a Ferguson protester during a heated verbal exchange, an episode that was captured on video and widely circulated on social media.


Upskirt photos at Main Line store leads to arrest

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 22 min ago

Upskirt photos at Main Line store leads to arrestA man is facing charges after a woman accused him of taking photos up her skirt inside a Main Line grocery store.


Philadelphia School District lays off 17 employees

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 23 min ago

Philadelphia School District lays off 17 employeesThe cash-strapped Philadelphia School District will lay off 17 central office employees as part of an elimination of 81 positions.


Power restored after fire in Wildwood, NJ

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 24 min ago

Power restored after fire in Wildwood, NJThe customers who were without power following a fire in Wildwood, New Jersey have been restored.


Rescuers locate 20 of 24 trapped in Nicaragua mine

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 26 min ago

A miner enters the El Comal gold and silver mine to help with rescue operations after a landslide trapped at least 24 miners inside, in Bonanza, Nicaragua, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Rescuers on Friday located 20 of at least 24 gold miners trapped by a landslide in northern Nicaragua, but were not immediately able to bring them to safety. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) — Rescuers on Friday located 20 of at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped underground by a landslide in northern Nicaragua, but were not immediately able to bring them to safety.


Manatees may lose endangered species status

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 28 min ago

In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, manatee Phoenix, foreground, who's tail was disfigured and damaged by a boat propeller, swims at the Miami Seaquarium in Key Biscayne, Fla. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing whether the manatee should be reclassified as a “threatened” species, which would allow some flexibility for federal officials as the species recovers while maintaining most of the protections afforded to animals listed as endangered. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles.


Rosa Parks artifacts sold for $4.5 million to Buffett son: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 36 min ago

Rosa Parks in a 1988 file photo.(Reuters) - A foundation controlled by the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett has paid $4.5 million for hundreds of artifacts belonging to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, a lawyer for Parks' heirs said on Friday. The artifacts, which include Parks' Presidential Medal of Freedom and a postcard signed by Martin Luther King Jr., were purchased by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation on Aug. 20, said Detroit-area attorney Lawrence Pepper. "For lack of a better term, she was a pack rat," said Arlan Ettinger, president of Guernsey's auction house in New York, where most of the material was stored. Parks, who died in 2005, became a symbol of the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955.


Suriname leader's son pleads guilty to US charge

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 37 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — The son of the president of Suriname pleaded guilty on Friday to U.S. charges he sought to offer a home base in his South American country to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

California mentally ill inmates get special units

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 40 min ago
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State corrections officials agreed Friday to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units used for other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners.

Some Texas National Guard troops on border using food handouts: lawmaker

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 50 min ago
By Jim Forsyth AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Some of the Texas National Guard troops dispatched to the Texas-Mexico border have been relying on charities and food banks for their meals due to the way the state is paying the troops, a state representative said on Friday. "Essentially, the Guard is directing these soldiers to temporarily finance their own deployment," said Rene Oliveira, a Democratic state representative from the border city of Brownsville. The Texas National Guard said in a statement it has "made inquiries to local food banks to help service members who may have existing financial hardships." It added that members of the deployment are "fully resourced." The Texas National Guard said it is providing a per diem for meals on a normal state payroll schedule, with payments made twice a month.

At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 52 min ago

This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. The Obama administration has offered a wide range of assessments of the threat to U.S. national security posed by Islamic State extremists in an area straddling eastern Syrian and northern and western Iraq, and whose actions include last week’s beheading of American journalist James Foley. Some officials say the group is more dangerous than al-Qaida. Yet intelligence assessments say it currently couldn’t pull off a complex, 9-11-style attack on the U.S. or Europe. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office)WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.