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NY judge scolds Argentina, but no contempt order

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:43

Carmine Boccuzzi, center, a lawyer representing Argentina, leaves Federal court after a hearing, in New York, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said as he defends a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday said Argentina's plans to evade his orders by failing to make required payments to U.S. bondholders is illegal and cannot be carried out, but he stopped short of finding the South American nation in contempt of court.


Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:41

Protesters march Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters again gathered Thursday evening, walking in laps near the spot where Michael Brown was shot. Some were in organized groups, such as clergy members. More signs reflected calls by protesters to remove the prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, from the case. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.


Former AP photo editor Toby Massey dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:38

Former Washington photo editor Toby Massey, right, and Florida photo editor Phil Sandlin, left, edit photos at Kennedy Space Center during an early Space Shuttle launch as photograher Steve Pyle, rear, coordninates transmissions with New York. Massey, a photographer and photo editor who directed coverage of presidents and political conventions as well as natural disasters, the space program and sporting events during a 38-year career with The Associated Press, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. He was 80. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Toby Massey, a photographer and photo editor who directed coverage of presidents and political conventions as well as natural disasters, the space program and sporting events during a 38-year career with The Associated Press, died Thursday. He was 80.


Taney Dragons lose to Chicago 6-5, eliminating them from Little League World Series

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:26

Taney Dragons lose to Chicago 6-5, eliminating them from Little League World SeriesPhiladelphia's Taney Dragons loss to Chicago 6-5 on Thursday, knocking them out of the Little League World Series.


Friend of Boston bomb suspect may get seven-year term in plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:56

Runners continue to run towards the finish line as an explosion erupts at the finish line of the Boston MarathonBy Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of hindering the investigation into the blasts in a deal with prosecutors that calls for a prison sentence of up to seven years. Dias Kadyrbayev, a 20-year-old Kazakh national, had been scheduled to go on trial next month and was facing up to 25 years in prison on charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for removing a backpack and other evidence from Tsarnaev’s dormitory room in the days after the bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Kadyrbayev also agreed to be deported from the United States as part of the agreement.


It's 'bone-appétit' for California pooches under new law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:55

Chloe, a nine-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, looks into the camera after tasting a dog treat sample at Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck in San FranciscoCalifornia diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier. "“I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law's author. "Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.” The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards.


Taney Dragons lose to Chicago 6-5, eliminating them from Little League World Series

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:40

Taney Dragons lose to Chicago 6-5, eliminating them from Little League World SeriesPhiladelphia's Taney Dragons loss to Chicago 6-5 on Thursday, knocking them out of the Little League World Series.


Slain journalist's employer publishes email to family from Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:21

Sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of RochesterThe online news publication that employed slain U.S. Boston-based GlobalPost said on Thursday the Foley family had agreed to release the email that it received from Islamic State a week before the video of his execution was released on Tuesday. We believe the text offers insight into the motivations and tactics of the Islamic State." Foley was beheaded by the group in an act shown in a video released in which Islamic State called for the United States to end its airstrikes in Iraq.


American Air will charge for solo kids up to 14

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:20
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines says it will extend its fee for unaccompanied minors to charge $150 extra each way for children between 5 and 14.

GPS devices find huge water loss in western US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:07
SAN DIEGO (AP) — About 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 4 inches of water, according to a study published Thursday.

Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:53

Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies escort Nicole Vaisey to her preliminary hearing Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at town court in Fowler, N.Y. Vaisey and her boyfriend are accused of abducting and sexually abusing a pair of young Amish sisters on Wednesday, Aug. 13, before releasing them the following day. (AP Photo/Mike Virtanen)FOWLER, N.Y. (AP) — A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday.


In case of slain journalist, negotiations, silence, then a chilling warning

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:41

Sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of RochesterBy Warren Strobel and John Irish WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - After months of silence from the captors of American journalist James Foley, on the night of Aug. 13, his family received a chilling message: Foley would be executed in retaliation for U.S. The FBI, which handles cases involving kidnapped American citizens, helped craft a response, pleading for mercy, said Phil Balboni, chief executive of GlobalPost, the Boston-based online news publication that employed Foley. It was a statement that Jim was an innocent journalist" who respected the people of Syria, where he was held, Balboni said in a telephone interview. On Tuesday, Islamic State militants stunned America with a gruesome video posted on YouTube showing the beheading of Foley, 40, by a masked, black-clad man who also threatened to kill a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.


Former Vatican City governor Szoka dies at age 86

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:31

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2009 file photo, Cardinal Edmund Szoka poses for a photo, in Detroit. Szoka, the former governor of Vatican City and the head of the Detroit archdiocese, died of natural causes Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Mich., according to the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was 86. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, has died at age 86.


Alabama band teacher accused of bondage-style sex with students

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:21
By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A popular former Alabama high school band teacher suspected of forcing at least eight underage female students into bondage-style sex over a three-year period was arrested in Georgia, authorities said Thursday. Jeffery Lance Gainous, 32, is suspected of gagging and tying up several of his then-students and using other bondage devices on them both in the band room at T. R. Miller High School in Brewton, Alabama, and at his home, police said. “I know what kids said about him,” said Brewton Police Chief Monte McGougin said. They say he was great, but this is terrible."  Gainous, who taught at the school in southern Alabama for six years, was arrested on Wednesday in Thomas, Georgia, where he had recently moved to work at a local high school, McGougin said.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:02

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, joined by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, after the Democratic majority voted to weaken filibusters and make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of the president's nominees for judges and other top posts. McConnell said Democrats are using a power play to distract voters from the president's troubled health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Oregon teenager pleads guilty, sentenced in swastika attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:57
By Teresa Carson PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon teenager pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Thursday for taking part in an attack on a friend who was beaten, forced to eat cat feces and had a swastika carved into his forehead, prosecutors said. Blue Kalmbach, 16, the last of four teenage defendants to plead guilty in the case, entered guilty pleas to first-degree kidnapping, robbery and second-degree assault, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Christopher Ramras said. Ramras said Kalmbach was responsible "for the most, sort of, hands on physical abuse," Ramras said, and thus received the longest sentence of the four. Kalmbach apologized in court before he was sentenced.

Alabama man charged in killing over DVDs cites 'stand your ground' law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:54
Kenny Dewayne Adams, 36, is charged with one count of murder in the Dec. 31, 2012, death of Yancy Metz Foster, 34, his cousin and neighbor, and is due to stand trial in state court on Monday in Athens, 20 miles west of Huntsville. The incident stemmed from Adams loaning Foster the DVD box set, which consisted of the first two installments in the movie franchise, said Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones, who characterized it as Adams' "most prized possession." When Adams went to retrieve the DVDs, the two began fighting, with Adams fatally stabbing Foster, Jones said.

California to appeal ruling tossing death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:53
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional.

Mexican mining firm complains about probe of spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:50

Mexican mining firm complains about probe of spillMEXICO CITY (AP) — A mining conglomerate charged Thursday that it is being subjected to "punitive" legal actions by Mexican officials because one of its mines spilled acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals into two rivers.


Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:49
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who abducted women and hunted them down in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75.