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Sunken vessel is World War II-era USS Houston

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:28

USS Houston MemorialPEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Navy divers from the U.S. and Indonesia confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea is the World War II wreck of the USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese that serves as the final resting place for about 700 sailors and Marines, officials announced Monday.

Jury set for woman charged in girl's abduction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:27
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jury was chosen Monday to hear a graphic trial about a 5-year-old girl abducted from her kindergarten classroom, raped in a brutal attack that left permanent injuries and abandoned at a playground on a cold January morning.

Woman pleads not guilty in fatal Vegas crime spree

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:05

FILE - This July 30, 2014 file photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Natasha Galenn Jackson. A deputy public defender in Las Vegas raised a question about the mental state of Jackson who is facing multiple felony charges in a deadly crime spree that included a carjacking, two home invasions and a stabbing before police shot her alleged accomplice dead. Jackson pleaded not guilty Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, to murder, robbery, kidnapping, burglary and weapon charges that could get her life in prison if she's convicted.(AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A defense lawyer aired concerns Monday about the mental state of his client, who faces multiple felony charges in a deadly crime spree that included a carjacking, two home invasions and a stabbing before police arrested her and fatally wounded her alleged accomplice.

Child, 8, falls to death in Yellowstone canyon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:00

Yellowstone National Park. (Getty Images)YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — An 8-year-old girl has died after falling about 550 feet while hiking in Yellowstone National Park.

Indiana man gets 65 years for 3 arson deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:56

New Albany family optimistic about Cashion's sentencing MondayA judge sentenced a southern Indiana 19-year-old to 65 years in prison after pleading guilty to three murder counts for firing a flare into a home and igniting a blaze that killed three young siblings.

Steve Ballmer debuts as LA Clippers owner

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:54

New Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer applauds after speaking at the Clippers Fan Festival on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sweating, clapping and shouting until he was nearly hoarse, Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally on Monday celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team.

Pope says he'd 'like to go to Philadelphia' in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:53

Pope says he'd 'like to go to Philadelphia' in 2015Pope Francis has confirmed he wants to go to the United States next year and is considering a three-city trip in September 2015: Philadelphia for a family rally, Washington to address Congress and New York to speak at the United Nations.

Prosecutor to decide on charges in toxic tea case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:35

Dickey's Barbecue Pit is shown Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in South Jordan, Utah. The Utah police agency investigating how iced tea that a woman drank at a restaurant ended up laced with an industrial cleaning solution is forwarding its findings to prosecutors to determine if anybody should be charged. Authorities have said an employee at Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan unintentionally put the heavy-duty cleaner in a sugar bag, and a worker later mistakenly mixed it into the iced tea dispenser. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The police agency investigating how an industrial cleaning solution ended up in a woman's iced tea at a Utah restaurant, badly burning her throat, is forwarding its findings to prosecutors to determine if anyone should be charged.

Mother, adult son killed by commuter train in Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:30
A commuter train killed a mother and her adult son in Oregon after the man leapt into the woman's motorized wheelchair and apparently hit the controls, propelling them both onto the tracks, officials said on Monday. Local media said John Paul Kelly, 48, had mental challenges and sometimes jumped into his mother's lap. The medical examiner said Bertha Kelly, 66, died instantly in Saturday's accident at a MAX light rail stop near city hall in Gresham.

California Marine's missing wife found slain, neighbor arrested

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:29
Marine's pregnant wife who disappeared in June has been found in a mine shaft, with a former neighbor of the couple arrested for her murder, law enforcement officials said on Monday. Erin Corwin, 19, 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 nearby Twentynine Palms. On Sunday evening, her remains were recovered from the bottom of a mine shaft less than 2 miles from Twentynine Palms and positively identified by dental records, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said. About an hour later, Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, was taken into custody without incident during a traffic stop in Anchorage, Alaska, according to the sheriff's department and Anchorage Police Department.

Cianci sauce made no money for charity in 4 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:28

In this Aug. 8, 2014 photo, bottles of former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci's pasta sauce sits on the shelf at a grocery store in Providence, R.I. Below his photograph is printed the line “Benefiting Providence School Children.” In recent years, no money from sales of the sauce has been donated to Cianci's charity scholarship fund. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Mayor Buddy Cianci's face beams from the label of his Mayor's Own Marinara Sauce, which also promises that sales are "Benefiting Providence School Children" and have helped hundreds of students attend college.

San Diego elected officials override mayor's minimum wage veto

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:25
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The San Diego City Council on Monday overrode the mayor's veto of a bill to gradually raise the minimum wage in California's second-largest city to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, enacting a measure aimed mostly at helping low-paid restaurant and retail workers. The council originally approved the Democratic-backed ordinance on a party-line vote of 6-3 on July 28, and Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer vetoed it on Aug. 8, saying it would force businesses out of San Diego. In addition to raising the city's minimum wage above California's statewide floor starting next year, the measure would allow an estimated 279,000 workers who lack paid sick leave to earn up to five days of that benefit. San Diego is among several cities across the country joining a push by Democrats and labor groups to increase the minimum wage at the local and state level, as Republicans in Congress oppose raising the current federal wage floor of $7.25 an hour.

Lawsuit seeks records related to Missouri shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:23
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — An attorneys' group is suing to try to get police records about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Father of abducted Amish girls sorry for suspects

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:19

These images provided by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office shows the booking photo of Stephen Howells II, left, and Nicole Vaisey, who was arraigned late Friday Aug. 15, 2014 on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand. (AP Photo/St. Lawrence County Sheriff)OSWEGATCHIE, N.Y. (AP) — The father of two Amish girls abducted last week said he feels sorry for the man and the woman authorities say kidnapped and sexually abused them before letting them go.

UN says Gaza requires unprecedented reconstruction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:17
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. official in the Mideast said Monday that Gaza will require massive reconstruction and proposed expanding a U.N.-Israeli system to import construction materials into the Palestinian territory.

Woman charged in Philly school abduction rejects deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:14

Woman charged in Philly school abduction rejects dealA woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old from a Philadelphia classroom and sexually assaulting the girl has rejected a plea offer.

Police set up protest zone in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:14
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are setting up a designated protest zone for nightly demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri.

Girl plunges 550 feet to her death at Yellowstone National Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:13
An 8-year-old girl plunged some 550 feet (168 meters) to her death at Yellowstone National Park on Sunday after stepping off a trail overlooking a 1,200-foot (366-m) canyon and losing her footing, a park official said on Monday. The child and her family were hiking a popular path along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone - an ancient 20 mile-long (32-km) geologic formation - toward a fenced platform where visitors can observe the park’s tallest waterfall when the accident happened, Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said. Park crews on Sunday rappelled from a helicopter to retrieve the body of 8-year-old Zahra Allahyari of Poway, California, from where the child had fallen against a rocky outcropping above the floor of the colorful canyon, officials said. A swift water rescue team on Saturday extracted the body of a seasonal hotel worker who was swept away one week ago while tubing the powerful Yellowstone River, where rafting is banned because of safety concerns, Nash said.

New Orleans police chief retiring after 4 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:13

FILE - In this Monday, May 13, 2013, file photo, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas announces the issuance of an arrest warrant in connection with a shooting, during a news conference in front of police headquarters, in New Orleans. On Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, Serpas said he is leaving after four years on the job. Serpas has come under fire from officers upset by changes to rules for off-duty work and to disciplinary policies that sent scores of officers out of the department. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four years after taking over the scandal-plagued New Orleans Police Department, Ronal Serpas is stepping down as chief with a mixed legacy: Homicides are at the lowest level in decades, but spates of deadly violence threaten the tourism-dependent city's image.

Obama to host UN summit on foreign fighters threat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:07
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama will host a summit meeting of the U.N. Security Council next month to focus on the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters like the ones now taking part in combat in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. administration announced Monday.