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Man charged with murder in killing of U.S. Marine's pregnant wife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:37
Prosecutors in Southern California filed murder charges on Tuesday against a man suspected of killing a U.S. Marine's pregnant wife and dumping the 19-year-old woman's body down a mine shaft, authorities said. Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, a former neighbor of the couple, was arrested during a traffic stop in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sunday and was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon for extradition proceedings to return him to California. Erin Corwin was reported missing on June 28 by her husband, Marine Corporal Jonathan Corwin, after she failed to return from what she told him was a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park, near their home on the military base in Twentynine Palms, about 130 miles east of Los Angeles.

Prosecutor: Killing of drunk driver an 'execution'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:36

This undated photo provided by Felicia Leija shows Jose Banda, 20, with his newborn daughter Alisa. Authorities say Banda was fatally shot in December 2012 minutes after he slammed into a truck that was being pushed by a father and his two sons after the vehicle had broken down. The two boys were killed in the alcohol-related accident. Investigators allege the boys’ father, David Barajas, shot Banda. Barajas’ trial is set to begin Monday, Aug. 18. (AP Photo/Felicia Leija)ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — A drunk driver did not deserve "execution" by a Texas father accused of taking the law into his own hands in a fit of rage over the killing of his two sons in a wreck, a prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday.


Corps: Mississippi River waterways need improving

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:12
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An Army Corps of Engineers official says higher-capacity ports, expanded locks and other infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River Watershed to respond to increased shipping demands and changing climate conditions.

Youth groups get $65k from swim club bias case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:12
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Funds from a swim club discrimination settlement have been distributed to six youth groups in the Philadelphia area.

Agreements end federal teacher testing fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:10
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say four people caught in a teacher certification test fraud scheme have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving a long-running scam that affected students in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Mexico says mine firm lied about chemical spill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:08

In this Aug. 14, 2014 photo, the contaminated Sonora river makes its way near the town of Ures, in the northern state of Sonora, Mexico. Eighty-eight schools in Sonora state did not open Monday along with the rest of the country because of the danger of water contaminated by the spill of 10 million gallons (40,000 cubic meters) of acids from a copper mine into this and another river in the region. (AP Photo/El Imparcial, Julian Ortega)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top environmental official said Tuesday that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream.


UN Ebola coordinator to visit West Africa

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:58
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The public health expert coordinating U.N. efforts to fight Ebola said on Tuesday that he's heading to Washington and then to West Africa to determine the best ways the world body can support people, communities and governments affected by the deadly disease.

Ferguson pledges outreach efforts after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:54

Ferguson pledges outreach efforts after shootingFerguson's leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to "allow peace to settle in" and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb.


Community Health details attack on patient records

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:53

Community Health details attack on patient recordsHospital operator Community Health Systems says a cyber-attack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.


Tractor trailer hits bucket truck in Camden; worker critically injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:52

Tractor trailer hits bucket truck in Camden; worker critically injuredA man is in critical condition after a tractor trailer struck a bucket truck in Camden Tuesday morning.


Tacony shootout heard over police radio; suspect dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:50

Tacony shootout heard over police radio; suspect deadA Philadelphia police officer has been released from the hospital after a shootout in Tacony that left a suspect dead.


Islanders announce sale of minority stake of club

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:48

FILE - This is an Oct. 24, 2012, file photo, showing New York Islanders owner Charles Wang addressing the media during a press conference at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The New York Islanders have announced that the team is being sold to a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor. In a statement Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, the team says a group led by former Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin has reached an agreement to buy a "substantial" minority interest in the team. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders are selling a minority stake of the team, with a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor to become full owners in two years.


Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:45

This March 14, 1992 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo on the set of "Saturday Night Live." Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Arizona at the age of 96. (AP Photo/NBC, Al Levine)NEW YORK (AP) — Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live."


$1 million Powerball ticket goes unclaimed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:45
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Powerball ticket sold in West Virginia that was worth $1 million from the Feb. 11 drawing has gone unclaimed.

Grenade, mortar found in Bridesburg home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:44

Grenade, mortar found in Bridesburg homeAuthorities have shut down a street in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia after firefighters found potentially explosive material inside a home.


Beloved New York bar wins reprieve from wrecking ball

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:38
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Owners of the 77-year-old Subway Inn, a New York bar where celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio once mingled, won a court order on Tuesday temporarily blocking their imminent eviction from the site, the business said. The reprieve for the family-owned bar on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a day before it was set to be closed, comes as a rising number of long-established New York businesses have been forced to make way for high-end residences or chain stores able to afford the city's soaring property costs. "We know that this is just the first step in a very long and hard David vs Goliath Fight," Subway Inn co-owner Steven Salinas said in a statement. "However, we are confident that in the end justice prevails and the Subway Inn will be spared from the wrecking ball." Subway Inn had been slated to close by Wednesday.

Calpers set to allow 100 extra pay types count toward pensions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:34
By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (Calpers), America's largest public pension fund, is expected to approve nearly 100 types of extra pay on Wednesday that will count toward how pensions are calculated for newly hired workers. Critics say the move will increase pension costs at a time when cash-strapped California cities are already straining to pay rising retirement costs. The fund said it had not analyzed the impact of the additional pay on pension costs. California Governor Jerry Brown passed a reform law in 2012 that was aimed at reducing pension costs for newly hired workers.

Water main break in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:32

Water main break in Northeast PhiladelphiaThe fire department has been called to water main break in Northeast Philadelphia.


Times Square characters upset at 'hostile' police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:27

Lucia Gomez, center, executive director of La Fuente, speaks during a press conference, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at Times Square in New York. Gomez lead the gathering that called for the fair treatment and the right for performers to work as costumed characters. Gomez said, "These are individuals who bring smiles to the world." (AP Photo/Vanessa A. Alvarez)NEW YORK (AP) — Some costumed characters in Times Square ripped off their mammoth heads on Tuesday, showing their real faces to protest what they call a "hostile move" by police telling tourists they don't have to tip for photos.


Woman shoots grandson; thought he was an intruder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:24
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A grandmother shot and critically wounded her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday after mistaking him for an intruder who had broken into her home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.