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Ex-Gov. Blagojevich to ask Supreme Court to hear case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:58

FILE - In this March 14, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before he was to report to a prison in Littleton, Colo. On Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago posted a notice indicating there would be no rehearing for the imprisoned Democrat on his corruption convictions. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A full appellate court indicated Wednesday that it will not rehear an appeal of Rod Blagojevich's corruption convictions, and his lawyer responded that the imprisoned former Illinois governor will appeal next to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Small panel falls of Airbus in North Carolina, no injuries

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:56
MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says a small panel door fell from an American Airlines Airbus 321 and landed on a North Carolina golf course.

The Latest: Gas company IDs worker hurt in motel explosion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:52

Firefighters hose down the debris field from the collapsed east side of the Bremerton Motel 6, Wednesday morning, Aug. 19, 2015. A gas explosion leveled the building Tuesday evening. The blast critically injured a gas company worker minutes after the acting hotel manager had evacuated the building due to a gas leak. (Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun via AP)BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The latest on an explosion that leveled part of motel in Washington state (all times local):


Reports: Phillies to trade Chase Utley to Dodgers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:44

 Phillies to trade Chase Utley to DodgersThe Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on a deal to trade second baseman Chase Utley to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to multiple reports.


Hacker's Ashley Madison data dump threatens marriages, reputations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:37

 “Life is short. Have an affair.” (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)By Josephine Mason and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Love lives and reputations may be at risk after the release of customer data from infidelity website Ashley Madison, an unprecedented breach of privacy likely to rattle users' attitudes towards the Internet. Hackers dumped a big cache of data containing millions of email addresses for U.S. government officials, UK civil servants and high-level executives at European and North America corporations late on Tuesday, the latest cyber attack to raise concerns about Internet security and data protection. The hacker attack has been a big blow to Toronto-based assignation website firm Avid Life Media, which owns Ashley Madison and has indefinitely postponed the adultery site's IPO plans.


Woman sues Baltimore police over alleged 'rough ride'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:36
BALTIMORE (AP) — A woman who says she was injured during a ride in the back of a Baltimore police van after being beaten and illegally arrested has sued the department.

Guard shot inmate to death in California prison riot, officials say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:35
Investigators are looking into the cause of the latest riot, which occurred on Sunday at California Correctional Center at Susanville in the northern part of the state, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. About 45 inmates started fighting in a dining hall, prompting guards to use pepper spray and to fire four warning shots in an attempt to stop the rioting, officials said. One inmate, 23-year-old Jonathan Velarde, attacked another prisoner with a home-made shank, said Dana Simas, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Former Los Angeles sheriff's captain pleads guilty to lying at trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:31
A former Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's captain charged in a probe of jail abuse pleaded guilty on Wednesday to lying on the witness stand, officials said. Under his plea agreement, William Thomas Carey, 57, must cooperate with U.S. prosecutors in the case against a retired second-in-command at the department. Carey entered his guilty plea in federal court in Los Angeles and faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 25, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Police: Man apparently shot, killed by young son in accident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:27
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — A 2-year-old boy apparently shot and killed his father in what police in Alabama on Wednesday called a horrible accident.

El Paso abortion clinic will be first to reopen in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:21
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An El Paso clinic shuttered by Texas' tough abortion laws is set to become the first to reopen since the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked enforcement of key restrictions nearly two months ago.

Cause sought in deadly New Mexico scaffold collapse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:18
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Six of the remaining seven construction workers injured in the collapse of a six-story scaffold outside a New Mexico medical center were released from hospitals Wednesday as investigators began work on trying to determine the cause of the accident.

Western wildfires burn unchecked as resources stretched thin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:08

Firefighters and Washington National Guard soldiers work to extinguish hot spots on a hillside as they fight the First Creek Fire, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, near Chelan, Wash. Firefighters braced Wednesday for high winds and heat that could fuel wildfires that have evacuated towns and destroyed houses in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — This summer's massive fires have strained resources across the West to the point that wildfire managers are being forced to let some fires burn unchecked, and that has renewed a longstanding debate about whether it is better to fight a fire — or to sometimes just let it burn out.


Suspect pleads guilty to Texas campus stabbing rampage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:55
HOUSTON (AP) — A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder for a 2013 stabbing rampage on a Houston-area community college campus that wounded 14 people.

U.S. movie chain Regal starts bag searches after recent violence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:50
Regal Entertainment Group has become the first large U.S. movie theater chain to introduce bag searches for moviegoers following a series of shootings at cinemas around the country. Rival chains AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc, Cinemark Holdings and Carmike Cinemas could not immediately be reached for comment on whether they also planned to adopt bag searches.

The Latest: Business partner of brothers hopes they survived

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:47

Construction workers and emergency crew members look at the damage caused by a landslide on Kramer Drive, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Sitka, Alaska. Homes in the town have been flooded, and there were reports of residents not being able to reach their homes or leave their neighborhood, said a spokesman for the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. (James Poulson/The Daily Sitka Sentinel via AP) MANDATORY CREDITANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The latest on the deadly landslide in Sitka, Alaska (all times local).


Oil lease sale western Gulf's lowest ever in bids, money

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:41
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The smallest oil lease sale ever in the western Gulf of Mexico and one of the smallest in the entire Gulf brought only five bidders Wednesday, with low oil prices limiting interest in the prospects. Most seats in a Superdome meeting room were empty as a federal energy official read the 33 bids for tracts off the Texas coast.

The Latest: Officials: Still interest in Gulf of Mexico oil

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:40
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The latest on the federal oil lease sale Wednesday in the western Gulf of Mexico, off the Texas coast (all times local).

Feds: Man arrested for hoax bomb threat at Statue of Liberty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:35

FILE - In this April 24, 2015 file photo, a New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Federal authorities say they've arrested a man for making the hoax bomb threat to "blow up" the Statue of Liberty in April, resulting in an evacuation of Liberty Island. They say the West Virginia man has held in Texas. A complaint filed Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in federal court in New York says John Paul Smith identified himself as Abdul Yasin when he called 911 from his iPad on April 24. Yasin is the only conspirator not captured in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A man who used the name of a 1993 World Trade Center bombing conspirator and threatened to "blow up" the Statue of Liberty in April, forcing the evacuation of Liberty Island, has been arrested, federal authorities announced Wednesday.


Fresh racial unrest in St. Louis after police shoot black suspect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:34
Police fatally shot a black man they say pointed a gun at them in St. Louis on Wednesday, drawing angry crowds and recalling the racial tensions sparked by the killing of an unarmed African-American teen in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, just over a year ago. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the shooting took place as officers were issuing a search warrant in a crime-ridden neighborhood, when two young black men ran out the back door of the targeted house. Police officers ordered the men to stop in the alley behind the house and one suspect pointed a gun at officers who then fired approximately four times, killing him, Dotson said.

Homicide total in Baltimore matches killings in all of 2014

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:34
BALTIMORE (AP) — With Baltimore's 211th homicide on Wednesday, the city has matched the number of killings committed all of last year.