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White House trims 2014 deficit projection to $583 billion

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:54
By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House lowered its U.S. federal deficit forecast for the 2014 fiscal year by $66 billion to $583 billion on Friday on the basis of gathering economic momentum as evidenced by gains in hiring. "The deficit has been cut by more than half as a share of the economy, representing the most rapid sustained deficit reduction since World War Two, and it continues to fall," acting White House budget director Brian Deese said in a statement. The White House projection shows that, even thought debt is on a declining path, it would reach 72 percent of GDP in 2024 instead of 69 percent as originally estimated, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget noted. The White House said it revised its forecast in the so-called mid-session review because the national unemployment rate has come down more rapidly than expected.

Mississippi coach, wife indicted for sex with underage girl

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:46
(Reuters) - A grand jury indicted a Mississippi girl's softball coach and his pregnant wife on Friday on charges they engaged in oral sex with a 15-year-old player on his team, according to authorities and court records. Michael Porter, 27, the former softball coach at Ridgeland High School in suburban Jackson, and his wife, Blair, 26, who taught at a nearby middle school, have each been indicted on one count of sexual battery of a child, Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said. The alleged incidents, which were reported to police by the now 16-year-old girl's mother, took place between October 2013 and April 2014, according to the indictment, which said both of the defendants engaged in oral sex with the girl. Michael Porter's bond was set at $25,000, while Blair Porter's bond was set at one-fifth that amount because she is pregnant, Guest said.

As deaths rise, no end seen to Israeli offensive

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:42

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the defense ministry in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on Friday, July 11, 2014. Netanyahu said he will not cave in to international pressure to stop a military offensive in the Gaza Strip. He told a news conference Friday that Israel will continue its offensive until rocket fire out of Gaza is halted. (AP photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool)JERUSALEM (AP) — Asserting it has broad international support for a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, Israel is showing no signs of ending the operation, vowing to press on until there is a halt to rocket attacks from the seaside territory.


Actor skateboarding cross-country due in NYC soon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:41
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kevin Kreider hasn't been skateboarding long, but that didn't stop him from attempting a cross-country trek.

Fire crews battling clutter along with the flames

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:39

Firefighters and others line the street as a fire truck bearing the body of Lt. Gordon Ambelas leaves the funeral service in the borough of Staten Island, Thursday, July 10, 2014, in New York. Ambelas died Saturday night, July 5, searching for victims in a burning, cluttered Brooklyn high-rise apartment building. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Another danger lurked as fire and smoke swept through the upper floors of a Brooklyn public-housing high-rise: junk.


House chairman: $3.7B border request 'too much'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:38

Marchers held signs as they made their way to Department of Homeland Security offices, protesting immigration policies Thursday, July 10, 2014, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/El Paso Times, Victor Calzada)WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money.


Guilty plea in FBI chat room terror case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:36
MIAMI (AP) — One of two men charged in an FBI online chat room sting operation has pleaded guilty to terrorism-support charges.

Who is Matt Bendik?? Sudden death of 'Glee' star's boyfriend raises questions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:28

Who is Matt Bendik?? Sudden death of 'Glee' star's boyfriend raises questionsTragedy strikes the popular musical series once again.


Bail granted to ex-cop in movie theater shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:22
DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has ruled that the former police captain charged in a fatal movie theater shooting should be released with bail set at $150,000.

Ex-Bush lawyer convicted of trying to kill wife

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:22

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2010, file photo, John Michael Farren of New Canaan, Conn, is arraigned in state Superior Court in Norwalk, Conn. Farren, former White House lawyer in both Bush administrations was convicted Friday, July 11, 2014, of attempted murder and other charges in the beating of his wife at their Connecticut home four years ago. (AP Photo/The Stamford Advocate, Kerry Sherck, File) MANDATORY CREDITA former White House lawyer in both Bush administrations was convicted Friday of attempted murder and other charges in the beating of his wife at their Connecticut home four years ago.


House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:22

Marchers held signs as they made their way to Department of Homeland Security offices, protesting immigration policies Thursday, July 10, 2014, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/El Paso Times, Victor Calzada)WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money.


California high court softens 'three strikes' law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:21
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California's highest court has softened implementation of the state's "three-strikes-and-you're-out" criminal sentencing law, marking the second time the rules for identifying and imprisoning career criminals have been loosened in recent years. "The voting public would reasonably have understood the 'Three Strikes' baseball metaphor to mean that a person would have three chances - three swings of the bat if you will - before the harshest penalty could be imposed," Associate Justice Kathryn Werdegar wrote in the court's opinion, released late on Thursday.

Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:18

FEDS SUING AMAZONAmazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The news sent shares of the nation's largest e-commerce ...


Florida's political landscape upended with ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:17
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's political landscape is being upended by a landmark legal ruling that one legal expert says could influence the way other states draw their congressional districts.

Drought drawing bears near people at Lake Tahoe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:16

A brown bearRENO, Nev. (AP) — Long accustomed to dealing with bad news "garbage" bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started calling "drought" bears.


Bus carrying Chinese tourists crashes in Wyoming

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:16

This Thursday, July 10, 2014 photo provided by the Grand Teton National Park shows a bus that flipped on its side in Grand Teton National Park. Officials say about two dozen people were taken to a hospital after a bus flipped on its side. Authorities say no other vehicles were involved. It wasn't clear who owned the bus or whether it was on a tour. (AP Photo/Michael Nash, Grand Teton National Park)GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A bus carrying Chinese tourists flipped on its side on a busy highway in Grand Teton National Park, and eight of the people on board remained hospitalized Friday, officials said.


Infant among those hurt in Southampton, NJ crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:15

Infant among those hurt in Southampton, NJ crashAn infant was among those injured in a multiple vehicle accident in Southampton, Burlington County Friday afternoon.


John Seigenthaler, Tennessee journalist, dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:11

Obit SeigenthalerNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Seigenthaler, the journalist who edited The Tennessean newspaper, helped shape USA Today and worked for civil rights during the John F. Kennedy administration, died Friday at his Nashville home at age 86, his son said.


Ex-city official in California sentenced to one year in jail in corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:08

Five former Bell City elected officials were found guilty of stealing public money by paying themselves extraordinary salaries, in a Los Angeles Superior courtroomA former elected official from the scandal-plagued California city of Bell was sentenced on Friday to one year in jail for inflating his salary by sitting on bogus boards, prosecutors said. George Mirabal is the first of five former city council members from Bell, a working class municipality of about 35,000 residents near Los Angeles, to be sentenced in the case. The five ex-officials were convicted last year of five counts of misappropriation of public funds and acquitted of five other counts of the same charge. The case stemmed from a scandal that began with revelations in 2010 that the Bell city manager, Robert Rizzo, was paid a salary of $787,000 - or nearly twice that of President Barack Obama.


Texas shooting suspect collapses twice in court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:06
HOUSTON (AP) — A man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, after forcing his way into their suburban Houston home collapsed in court twice Friday as a prosecutor read out details of the crime.