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Nixon: Missouri shooting 'old wound torn fresh'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:01
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a suburban St. Louis police officer feels "like an old wound torn fresh" in a nation still struggling with race relations.

Racial tensions are not new in St. Louis suburb

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:56

Protestors drop to their knees and put their arms in the air during a rally for Michael Brown Jr., who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer last Saturday, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Clayton, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Racial tensions have run high for decades in this former railroad town that was once a mostly white St. Louis suburb until school busing and urban decay sent many families packing for more distant communities.

Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall's life through the years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:54

Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall's life through the yearsThe talented actress made her presence known through film, theatre and beyond.

Hunter pleads not guilty to starting massive California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:48

Smoke from the Rim Fire, viewed from the Pilot Peak Lookout, is shown in this undated United States Forest Service handout photo near Yosemite National ParkA California hunter pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that he started a massive wildfire on the edge of Yosemite National Park last summer after building an illegal campfire. Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Fresno almost exactly a year after prosecutors say he sparked the Rim Fire, which scorched 260,000 acres on public and private land in and near the park. Emerald, who lives near the area burned by the fire, is charged with setting timber afire, leaving a fire unattended, violating campfire restrictions and giving a false statement to a government agency. Federal prosecutors say Emerald built a fire in the remote dry brush of Stanislaus National Forest, where temporary campfire restrictions were in effect because of drought, while on a bow-and-arrow hunting trip last August.

Pipeline explodes in Texas, no fire: TV station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:45
(Reuters) - A 12-inch (30.5-cm) pipeline exploded in eastern Texas on Tuesday but there was no fire, according to a local television station. According to the Texas Railroad Commission, the majority of the pipelines in the area carry natural gas, the report said.

Iraq is not Syria: US Congress on board this time

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:37

FILE - This Sept. 1, 2013, file photo shows Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va, as he talks with media before entering a classified members-only briefing on Syria by senior administration officials on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq.

NYC subway performers: We're being over-policed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:36

FILE - In this June 17, 2014 file photo, Dashawn Martin, center, a member with the dance troupe W.A.F.F.L.E., which stands for We Are Family For Life Entertainment, performs on a subway, in New York. Subway acrobats, dancers and musicians on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 decried what they said was heavy-handed policing, gathering outside City Hall to join critics of a police clampdown on minor offenses. Transit rules generally allow performing for tips in parts of subway stations, but not in trains or with amplifiers, unless artists have permits. More than 240 subway performers have been arrested so far this year, about four times as many as during the same period last year, according to police statistics. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Subway acrobats, dancers and musicians on Tuesday decried what they said was heavy-handed policing, gathering outside City Hall to join critics of a police clampdown on minor offenses.

#Barmageddon: Law students sue over software

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:36

This image provided by Mike Booher shows Catherine Booher, who graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, N.C., in May 2014, and began preparing for her bar exam, but was troubled to find she could not upload the answers in late July. Booher and several other students have sued in California, Washington state and Illinois, seeking compensation for their pain and suffering. Some students still do not know whether their answers on the July test were transmitted by the software company ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. (AP Photo/Courtesy Mike Booher)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Five law students have sued a Florida software company over a computer submission system that malfunctioned while they and thousands of others across the country were taking the bar exam one day in July — showing that future attorneys may be the last people you want to anger.

California man accused of stabbing to death parents, sons and dog

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:28

This undated booking photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office shows Nicolas Holzer. Holzer, 45, told authorities he stabbed his parents, his two young sons and the family dog to death in their home because he believed it was his destiny, authorities said Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Sheriff's deputies found the bodies of Nicolas Holzer's mother and father, and his sons, ages 10 and 13, in the home near the University of California, Santa Barbara, late Monday. They were summoned by Holzer, who told a police dispatcher in a calm, matter-of-fact voice that he had killed his relatives, police said. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)A California man allegedly stabbed to death his parents, his two young sons and the family's dog at a home in a coastal community before telling police who arrested him it was his "destiny" to kill them, authorities said on Tuesday.

2 dead, 3 wounded in northwest Georgia shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:18
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Northwest Georgia authorities are trying to untangle the details of a violent rampage that left two people dead and three wounded Tuesday when a gunman shot multiple victims at one house, crashed a car into another house, shot the occupant, committed a carjacking, crashed the vehicle and killed himself with a gunshot to the head.

Wary banks struggle for deal with Argentine debt holdouts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:13

Supporters of Argentina's government walk past a banner that reads "Vultures" as they arrive for a rally in Buenos AiresBy Joan Magee and Daniel Bases NEW YORK (Reuters) - International banks are struggling to reach a deal to buy a chunk of Argentine sovereign debt held by New York hedge funds suing the country, dampening market hopes for a swift end to the country's latest debt default. Citigroup , Deutsche Bank , HSBC and JP Morgan offered the holdout hedge funds 40 cents on the dollar for the roughly $1.66 billion of bonds, including interest, and raised the offer to 50 cents on Monday, sources told Thomson Reuters IFR. Those negotiations are taking place parallel to faltering talks between Argentina and the holdouts led by Elliott Management Corp and Aurelius Capital Ltd. Daniel Pollack, the U.S. court-appointed mediator overseeing the negotiations, told Reuters he expected more meetings with both sides, though he did not say when. Monday's offer from the banks to the holdouts, who bought the bonds on the cheap during and after the country's 2001-2002 economic crash, remained far below the 80 cents first proposed last week.

German artists: We switched Brooklyn Bridge flags

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:10
NEW YORK (AP) — Two German artists have claimed responsibility for replacing American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with faded white versions last month in an urban mystery that exposed holes in security at one of the city's most enduring landmarks.

Michigan man sentenced in killing of college football player

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:10
(Reuters) - A judge sentenced a man on Tuesday to up to 30 years in prison for the October 2013 shooting death of an Eastern Michigan University football player who had dreams of playing in the National Football League. Kristopher Pratt had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified against another man in the murder of wide receiver Demarius Reed, 20, in an agreement with prosecutors that called for a sentence of 18 years to 30 years in prison.

Water deal could force another delay in Detroit bankruptcy trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:57

Canadian water activist McGuffin delivers containers of water from Canada to St. Peter's Episcopal church to protest against the increase in water shutoffs for residential customers with unpaid bills in DetroitA federal judge could once again push back the start date for the trial on Detroit's exit from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history after some creditors said on Tuesday a possible settlement is snarling key components of the restructuring plan. The complicated settlement rests on a tender offer for $5.2 billion of the city's water and sewer revenue bonds. Because the settlement could significantly alter the proposed restructuring plan that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes will weigh at the trial, some city creditors are asking for a two-week delay to the start date. Detroit wants to maintain the current schedule and has suggested moving testimony on the revenue bond settlement toward the end of the trial.

California man pleads not guilty to 2013 wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:53

In thisMonday, Sept. 2, 2013 file photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, firefighters stand watch near a controlled burn as they fight the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif. The Northern California man charged with starting the largest wildfire in recorded history to sweep through the Sierra Nevada mountains has turned himself in to authorities. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento said Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, that Keith Matthew Emerald surrendered to U.S Marshals Service in Fresno. The 32-year-old is scheduled to appear in the afternoon in federal court for arraignment on a four-count indictment. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service, Mike McMillan)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man accused of starting one of the state's largest wildfires when he lost control of his campfire last year can leave jail while the criminal case plays out in court, a federal judge said Tuesday.

Group has betting pool on Sturgis rally deaths

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:48

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2014 file photo shows the streets of Sturgis, S.D., lined with motorcycles days before the official kickoff of the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Members of a Black Hills family and their friends say they mean no harm with a betting pool they run on how many bikers will die during the annual rally. This year, 12 people put in $5 each, with the winner pocketing $60. The state Highway Patrol said four fatalities were recorded at this year's rally, which ended last weekend, down from six last year. (AP Photo/Toby Brusseau, File)RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Members of a Black Hills family and their friends acknowledge that a betting pool they run on how many bikers will die during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota is a bit macabre, but they say they mean no harm.

Police won't release name of officer who shot teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:43

Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, center, stands with the parents of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden, right, and Michael Brown Sr., left, during a news conference outside the Old Courthouse Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in St. Louis. Brown Jr., 18, who was unarmed, was shot to death Saturday by a Ferguson police officer while walking with a friend down the center of the street. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton pressed police Tuesday to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in suburban St. Louis, and he pleaded for calm after two nights of violent protests over the young man's death.

Amid drought, California Democrats seek Republican votes on water plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:41

A buoy meant for boaters rests on the dry bed of Lake Mendocino, a key Mendocino County reservoir, in UkiahBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California Democrats scrambled on Tuesday to win Republican support for a plan to improve water supplies that has been mired in regional and party politics for a year, even as the state suffers from a three-year drought that shows no sign of ending. A day after voting for a two-day extension to put a proposal on November's ballot to pay for reservoirs and other projects by selling bonds, Democratic lawmakers enlisted the support and negotiating clout of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, a fiscal moderate who said previous plans were too expensive. "We're very close," said Brown after meeting with Republican leaders who want more reservoirs and Democratic holdouts who say damming rivers and flooding canyons to build them is damaging to the environment. "There's been a lot of compromise." California is in the throes of a devastating drought that is expected to cost its economy $2.2 billion in lost crops, jobs and other damage.

Idaho reports alarming rise in whooping cough cases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:40
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Idaho health officials on Tuesday urged vaccination to combat what they said was an alarming rise this year in the number of cases of whooping cough, which has killed an infant and afflicted 240 other state residents since January. The 241 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, reported in Idaho from January to July compares to the 122 and 129 cases reported during the same period in 2013 and 2012 respectively. The Idaho Department of Health described the latest outbreak as "troubling," but said it could be eased by vaccination. "The best way to protect children and infants from pertussis is to get vaccinated so you are protected and then you drastically reduce the risk of passing it on to extremely vulnerable infants," Mitch Scoggins, program manager for the Idaho Immunization Program, said in a statement.

U.S. can keep court orders, phone companies secret in NSA spy case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:39

Former monitoring base of the NSA, which belongs to the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND), is seen in Bad AiblingThe U.S. government need not turn over a secret surveillance court's orders or the names of phone companies helping it collect call records, because it might reveal methods needed to protect national security, a federal judge decided on Monday. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, California, rejected the Electronic Frontier Foundation's argument that the U.S. Department of Justice should turn over the materials, in the wake of unauthorized disclosures last year by a former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden. The EFF noted that the government had already declassified hundreds of pages of other documents discussing data collection under the U.S. Patriot Act, including some that the data privacy advocacy group had requested. Rogers, though, said disclosing orders of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which handles federal requests for surveillance warrants, could "provide a roadmap" for targets of national security investigations to evade surveillance.