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Oklahoma man gets 30 years in prison in underwear slaying

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 06:23
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has sentenced a man to 30 years in prison after he admitted to strangling his stepfather by pulling his underwear over his head.

New Jersey turf farmers frustrated by off-road vandals

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 06:11

New Jersey turf farmers frustrated by off-road vandalsThere's a costly trend leaving its mark on some South Jersey farms. Vandals there are treating some fields as their personal palette, using their cars to spin up designs that damage the turf beyond repair. And that has the farmers losing money, and patience.

Reputed mobster member freed on bond amid Cleveland charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 06:06
CLEVELAND (AP) — A reputed member of the Gambino crime family and former son-in-law of John Gotti was freed on a personal bond Friday after his arrest earlier this week on charges related to an alleged $3 million scam involving stolen cars and scrap metal.

Union authorizes strike against Trump Taj Mahal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 06:04
Workers at Trump Taj Mahal have authorized a strike against the troubled Atlantic City casino as they await a federal appeals court ruling on whether the casino must restore health insurance and pension benefits that it scrapped last year.

Settlement in runaway train derailment clears more hurdles

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 06:00
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Friday joined a Canadian judge in approving a $338 million fund to settle claims stemming from a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Canada.

In bid for Syngenta, Monsanto woos U.S. farmer support

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 05:59

Swiss agrochemicals maker Syngenta's logo is seen at the company's headquarters in BaselAs Monsanto Co struggles to convince rival Syngenta AG to discuss a potential merger, the seed and agrochemical giant is also wooing U.S. farmers, aiming to ease concerns about the proposed tie-up that could prompt regulatory challenges. Monsanto leaders have also been making appearances on national and regional broadcasts to make their case that combining two of the world's largest agricultural companies will help - not hurt - their customers. The efforts follow weeks of Monsanto executive meetings with Syngenta shareholders.

Navy considers Idaho for site to process nuclear fuel

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 05:55
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Navy wants to build a $1.6 billion facility at a federal nuclear site in eastern Idaho to handle spent fuel from the nation's fleet of nuclear-powered warships.

U.S. Navy recruiter shoots himself in leg in Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 05:53
The accident in Gainesville, Georgia, north of Atlanta, took place a day after four Marines were killed and three other people injured in attacks at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. One of the sites was a recruiting office. Gainesville police received a call at about 10:30 a.m. Friday reporting a shooting at a military recruiting office, police spokesman Kevin Holbrook told Reuters.

Search for thieves in suburban pickpocket spree

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 05:52

Search for thieves in suburban pickpocket spreeAuthorities are warning residents about pickpockets targeting shoppers and diners in Montgomery and Chester counties.

Suspected Chattanooga gunman worked for 10 days at Ohio nuclear plant: AP

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 05:44
(Reuters) - The suspected gunman in the Chattanooga shooting that killed four Marines was hired as an engineer at an Ohio nuclear plant and spent 10 days there before he was let go after he failed a background check, the Associated Press reported on Friday, citing a spokesman for the company that owned the plant.

Colorado movie rampage survivors want gunman put to death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 05:43

James Holmes and his defense attorney Daniel King sit in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialAfter all 165 guilty verdicts were read and Colorado's movie massacre gunman was taken back to a cell to await his fate, many of his victims smiled and hugged and said James Holmes must be executed for justice to be done. Survivors and their loved ones gathered outside the rain-swept courthouse on Thursday evening, after Holmes was convicted of killing 12 people and wounding 70 inside a Denver-area theater. "As soon as we heard the first 'guilty' we knew the other dominoes were going to fall," said Tom Sullivan, 60.

Court restores $5.2M award in 1993 World Trade Center blast

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 05:20
NEW YORK (AP) — A 71-year-old Colorado woman severely injured in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was left elated and then disappointed this week after a court reinstated a $5.2 million jury award for her injuries two days before the owner of the now-destroyed twin towers delayed payment by planning another appeal.

California home sales surge in June on strong economy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 05:13
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California home sales surged in June on a strong economy and low interest rates as prices reached seven-year highs, a research firm reported Friday.

Questions rage on social media over death of black woman in Texas jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 05:12
The death of Sandra Bland on July 13 in a Waller County jail northwest of Houston comes amid a national outcry over police violence toward minorities, sparked by high-profile killings of unarmed black men over the past year. The Houston Chronicle newspaper reported that several dozen people gathered at the jail in protest on Friday, while others questioned her death on social media and left instructions to friends, family and the media should they die after an arrest. Some also took issue with Sheriff Glenn Smith, who the Chronicle reported was fired as police chief of Hempstead, Texas, in 2008 after allegations arose of police misconduct toward African-Americans there.

Uber vs. de Blasio in fight over access to NYC streets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:55
NEW YORK (AP) — A dispute is simmering between the ride-booking service Uber and Mayor Bill de Blaiso's City Hall, an increasingly pitched disagreement playing out on smartphones, over the airwaves and in the press over a fundamental question: Who controls access to the streets of the nation's largest city?

Woman in car struck by stray bullet in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:49

Woman in car struck by stray bullet in North PhiladelphiaAn innocent woman drove into the crossfire of a shooting in North Philadelphia Thursday night - a bullet slicing into her car, and then into her back.

Holmes will join many other mentally ill inmates in prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:45

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)DENVER (AP) — Whether James Holmes gets life without parole or a death sentence for the Colorado theater shooting, he will spend years behind bars, joining about 6,000 inmates in Colorado and hundreds of thousands of others nationwide who suffer from mental illness.

Montana man sentenced in case alleging $70M in phone charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:42
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a Montana man Friday to two years in prison after prosecutors said he tricked people into paying as much as $70 million in unauthorized charges that were placed on phone bills nationwide.

Plea deal spares NY Amish girls from testifying in kidnap, sex abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:41
A New York state man pleaded guilty on Friday to state charges of kidnapping in the abduction of two young Amish sisters from their roadside farm stand, in what appears to be the last in a series of plea deals in the sexual exploitation case. Stephen Howells II and his girlfriend, Nicole Vaisey, both from Hermon, New York, were arrested in last summer's abduction of the sisters, ages 12 and 7, from the rural Amish community of Oswegatchie near New York's border with Canada. The two already faced up to several hundred years in prison after pleading guilty to related federal charges.

Deputies say husband killed 3 in S. Carolina before himself

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 04:37
YORK, S.C. (AP) — Investigators say a husband shot his wife, her son and the son's girlfriend before killing himself in their South Carolina home.