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Obama: Climate change a direct threat to US cities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 03:02

President Barack Obama attends a meeting with state, local, and tribal leaders, Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, where he spoke about a series of new actions being taken to support communities facing climate change. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Harsher storms, worsening flooding and rising seas threaten the public's safety and health across the country, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate change.

2 Moscow subway workers detained in deadly crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 03:02
Investigators detained two Moscow subway workers Wednesday in the wake of a deadly rush-hour derailment that killed 22 people and injured 136 others. More than 1,100 people were evacuated Tuesday after ...

U.S. appeals court lifts stay of execution for Missouri inmate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 03:01

Missouri Department of Corrections handout shows death row inmate John MiddletonA U.S. appeals court has vacated a stay of execution for a triple murderer and ruled that Missouri can proceed with plans to execute him Wednesday night. The ruling, issued by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, overturned the decision issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry. She had ruled that the condemned man, John Middleton, 54, met a standard for mental incapacity and should be given a chance for a new hearing. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional to execute inmates with mental disabilities.

Massachusetts lawmakers take up bill on abortion clinic buffer zones

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 02:56

An abortion protester offers a pamphlet to a woman being escorted by a volunteer in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston, MassachusettsBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts lawmakers took up consideration on Wednesday of a bill to limit protests around abortion clinics after the U.S. Supreme Court last month struck down an earlier law that kept demonstrators at least 35 feet (9 meters) from clinic entrances. The new bill would allow police to issue a dispersal order if at least two demonstrators are found to be blocking patient or staff access to abortion clinics. Such an order would bar protesters from coming within 25 feet (7.6 meters) of the clinic's entrance for a maximum of eight hours. The proposal went before a joint committee incorporating members of both chambers of the state legislature as lawmakers rushed to try to get it to Democratic Governor Deval Patrick, who has said he supports it, before the end of the legislative session on July 31.

Senate GOP blocks bill on contraception coverage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 02:56

FILE - In this July 9, 2014, file photo, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The freshman senator and four-term Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state have pushed legislation that would counter last month’s court ruling and reinstate free contraception for women who are on health insurance plans of objecting companies. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)Senate Republicans have blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds.

Texas actress sentenced to 18 years for ricin-laced letter to Obama

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 02:54
By Lisa Bose McDermott TEXARKANA Texas (Reuters) - A Texas actress was sentenced to 18 years in a federal prison on Wednesday on a biological weapons charge for mailing letters containing the toxic agent ricin to President Barack Obama, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a gun control advocate. Shannon Guess Richardson, 36, whose career included minor television roles in shows such as "The Walking Dead," also will be subject to five years of supervised release and restitution of $367,000. Richardson, shackled and dressed in the brown uniform of an inmate, apologized in a federal court in Texarkana, Texas, to Obama, Bloomberg and Mark Glaze, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group founded by Bloomberg that lobbies for stricter gun laws.

Locally-grown foods look to bigger business

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 02:46

Jawaan Montgomery arranges sorts produce for a farm share program, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Common Market warehouse in Philadelphia. Locally grown foods aren’t just for farmers markets anymore. A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to institutions like hospitals and schools, eliminating middlemen from farm to fork. They’re increasing profits for smaller farms and bringing consumers healthier foods. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.

Jury begins mulling case against Tsarnaev friend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 02:44
BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury has begun its deliberations in the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

Correction: Public Defenders Fired story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 02:30
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — In a story July 9 about two Florida public defenders who were fired after anti-Palestinian comments appeared on their Facebook pages, The Associated Press reported erroneously that both Bruce Raticoff and Gary Sheres had been disciplined for similar conduct in 2005. Only Raticoff was involved in that incident and disciplined; Sheres was not.

DA cites evidence of Hernandez fiancee perjury

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 02:27

FILE - In this July 24, 2013, file photo, Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, arrives at hearing for Hernandez at Attleboro District Courtroom in Attleboro, Mass. Prosecutors said in a filing Wednesday, July 16, 2014, that they have "direct evidence" that Jenkins lied to the grand jury that indicted Hernandez on a murder charge in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, including about a box she discarded at Hernandez's direction. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye, File)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors have spelled out what they say is evidence that the fiancee of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez lied to the grand jury that indicted him on a murder charge, including comments she made about a box she discarded at Hernandez's direction.

Apple may pay $400M in digital book settlement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 02:27
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple will pay up to $400 million to compensate consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company overturns a court decision attesting to its pivotal role in the collusion.

Swedish court upholds detention order on Assange

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 02:19

Julian Assange's lawyer Tomas Olsson, center, talks to media prior to a public court hearing in Stockholm on Wednesday July 16, 2014. The court will determine if a 4-year old arrest warrant against Julian Assange the WikiLeaks founder for alleged sexual assault should be dropped. (AP Photo/Roger Vikstrom) SWEDEN OUTSTOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish court on Wednesday upheld its detention order on Julian Assange, reaffirming the legal basis for an international warrant for the WikiLeaks founder which has kept him hiding in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for two years.

Man charged in ND with masquerading as FBI agent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 02:16

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Williams County Jail in Williston, N.D., shows Steven Goldmann, a convicted felon working as a bounty hunter in the North Dakota oil patch after his arrest in Williston on an illegal weapons charge. Authorities say Goldmann, from Tennessee, passed himself off as an FBI officer on the North Dakota oil patch in order to receive free coffee, a government rate on hotel rooms and dog treats for his bogus K-9 unit. Recently released court documents show that Goldmann displayed a gun and badge on numerous occasions and went so far as driving around Williston with a passenger in handcuffs. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Williams County Jail, File)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A convicted con man who swindled Nashville, Tennessee, businesses out of five-star hotel rooms, stretch limousine rides, helicopter rentals and expensive gifts didn't fare quite as well during a month in the North Dakota oil patch, investigators contend.

9-year-old boy killed in grain bin identified

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 02:13
LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Wisconsin say a 9-year-old boy who died after becoming trapped in a grain bin on his family's farm wasn't trying to fix equipment as previously thought.

Negotiators arrive to resume NY rail labor talks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 02:03

Anthony Simon, left, lead union negotiator for Long Island Rail Road Union, speaks during a news conference accompanied by union representative Dean Devita, right, in New York on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 after Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an appeal Wednesday morning for the sides to resume negotiating. MTA and union officials said they agreed to resume negotiating. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Both parties embroiled in a bitter labor dispute at the nation's largest commuter railroad agreed Wednesday to resume negotiations aimed at averting a strike this weekend.

Yellen rejects move to set up formula for Fed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 01:54

 "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday it would be a serious mistake for Congress to require the nation's central bank to adopt a formal policy rule to guide its decisions on setting interest rates.

Philadelphia woman dies after being pulled from lake

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 01:53

Philadelphia woman dies after being pulled from lakeA Philadelphia woman has died after she was pulled from a Lehigh Valley lake over the weekend.

South Carolina man kidnapped by suspected drug traffickers found: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 01:50
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina man taken hostage last week in an elaborate kidnapping plot has been rescued, and three people suspected of having ties to a Mexican drug trafficking ring were arrested in the abduction, U.S. authorities said on Wednesday. The suspects posed as law enforcement officers in order to snatch the 23-year-old man in St. Matthews, South Carolina, on July 9, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They attached blue lights to a plain car to trick him into pulling over, seized him and drove across state lines to North Carolina in daylight hours, said David Thomas, special agent in charge of the FBI's field office in Columbia. The victim, who has not been identified, apparently owed money to an international cocaine and marijuana trafficking ring based in Mexico, the FBI agent said.

UAE plans first Arab spaceship to Mars in 7 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 01:48

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2008 file photo, vehicles move towards the skyline of Dubai with the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, then under construction in the background. The United Arab Emirates, already home to the world’s tallest tower, is now reaching for the stars, with plans to send the first Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday, July 16, 2014, to establish a space program to oversee the undertaking. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021.

Vigil honors victims of Utah murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 01:46
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dozens of people gathered outside a Logan apartment complex for a candlelight vigil honoring two young people killed there earlier this week in a murder-suicide.