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Ship strikes tanker, barge docked on Miss. River

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:56
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a ship lost power and steering and collided with another ship and a barge docked on the Mississippi River near New Orleans.

No new cases for arrested Alabama federal judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:54

This photo provided Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, shows U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller after his arrest on a misdemeanor battery charge in Atlanta. Fuller, known for sentencing a former Alabama governor to prison in a corruption case, was released from an Atlanta jail Monday after he was accused of hitting his wife when she accused him of infidelity. Atlanta police arrested Fuller early Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Atlanta after responding to a complaint from his wife, Kelli Fuller. (AP Photo/Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)ATLANTA (AP) — The wife of a federal judge told emergency dispatchers that she was being beaten and needed an ambulance before authorities arrested her husband and charged him with battery.

W-I-N-N-E-R! Oregon man crowned Scrabble champ

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:50

Conrad Bassett-Bouchard opens with the word "zilch" during the championship round Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at the 25th National Scrabble Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Conrad went on to win the title. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Conrad Bassett-Bouchard started his championship Scrabble game Wednesday with the word "zilch" and finished with the opposite — the $10,000 prize and the title of national Scrabble champion.

Hundreds attend hearing on Alaska mine proposal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:45
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Hundreds of people turned out in Anchorage to comment on a proposal that would severely restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper mine in the Bristol Bay region.

Texas shuts company for running online high school 'diploma mill'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:45
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas has won court approval to close a Houston-based company the state said ran a fraudulent online program that offered high school diplomas for a flat fee and no course work, state officials said on Wednesday. Last week, a district judge ordered the company known as Lincoln Academy to stop accepting students, shut down its website and social media pages and phase out operations, the attorney general's office said. Lincoln Academy, described as "a diploma mill" by the state, claimed its program was nationally accredited and its diplomas were accepted by colleges, employers and the U.S. military, the office said."In the end, consumers pay hundreds of dollars for a worthless piece of paper that provides none of the promised benefits of a legitimate high school education," the state said in its lawsuit. Fort Worth resident Chelsea Moon, 25, enrolled in the program in June and was told she needed to complete a course before graduating, but that turned out to be only a test.

Man's trial starts in Michigan dismemberment case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:40

FILE- In an Aug. 20, 2012 file photo, Roger Bowling, right, is escorted into a courtroom by police and detectives for a preliminary examination at the 24th District Court in Allen Park, Mich. Jury selection is getting underway in the trial of Bowling is charged with killing a couple and dumping their body parts in the Detroit River. Bowling is charged in the deaths of 32-year-old Danielle Greenway and 42-year-old Chris Hall, who were killed in 2012 at their home in Allen Park. Trial is starting Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, with jury selection in Wayne County court. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Daniel Mears_File)DETROIT (AP) — The trial has started for a man accused of killing a Detroit-area couple and dumping their body parts into the Detroit River.

Philadelphia carjacking suspect seeks forgiveness; 4 dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:39

Philadelphia carjacking suspect seeks forgiveness; 4 deadA teen carjacking suspect says he hopes for forgiveness for the July crash that killed a Philadelphia woman and her three children.

5 shot in New Castle County, Del. within an hour

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:37

5 shot in New Castle County, Del. within an hourPolice say five people were shot in New Castle County, Delaware within an hour Tuesday night.

2 found dead in car trunk at San Diego crossing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:34
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities on Wednesday filed smuggling charges against the driver of a car carrying two Mexican men found dead inside the trunk after it was inspected at a San Diego border crossing.

October court date set for Pittsburgh-area teen accused in stabbings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:33
Alex Hribal of Murraysville, Pennsylvania, is accused of entering Franklin Regional High School and wielding two kitchen knives, stabbing students and staff in his wake. Hribal has been held at the Westmoreland County juvenile detention facility since he was arrested at the school on April 9, according to his lawyer, Patrick Thomassey. His court date has been set for Oct. 6 at the Westmoreland County Courthouse, the lawyer said.

Hearing rescheduled for 2 charged in boy's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:31
DETROIT (AP) — A preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for a man and a teenager charged in the death of an 8-year-old boy who was shot while sleeping inside his Detroit home.

Lawyers: Teen suffered 'numerous' acts of violence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:31

FILE - Nathaniel Kibby listens during a court hearing in this Aug. 6, 2014 file photo, is Ossipee, N.H. Kibby is charged with kidnapping 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez as she walked home from high school. Lawyers representing the New Hampshire teenager who returned home nine months after she vanished on the way home from school put out a statement Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014 saying she "suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence." (AP Photo/Conway Daily Sun, Jamie Gemmiti, Pool, File)CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire teenager who returned nine months after she vanished on the way home from school was violently abducted by a stranger and "suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence" for many months, her lawyers said in a statement.

Man indicted for bomb hoax at Louisiana university

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:25
A 30-year-old man has been charged in connection with a bomb hoax last month at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette that forced an evacuation of the campus and triggered a large-scale police response, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Devin Haywood, a Louisiana resident who is not a student at the school, was also indicted on one count of bank robbery, stemming from an incident prosecutors say took place on the same day of the threat in Lafayette, 120 miles (193 km) west of New Orleans. The two charges carry maximum sentences of 10 and 20 years in federal prison respectively, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Lafayette.

Study questions need for most people to cut salt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:21

Study questions need for most people to cut saltA large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK for heart health — and too little may be as bad as too much. The findings came under immediate attack by other scientists.

Minnesota man arrested for 1983 murder in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:20
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A Minnesota man has been arrested for the murder of a Texas businessman in a cold case that had gone unsolved for 31 years, authorities said on Wednesday. Robert Otteson, 53, of Lakeville, Minnesota was arrested on Tuesday for the murder of Francisco Narvaez, 42, who was found stabbed to death in a motel room in Denton, Texas, north of Dallas on Sept. 30, 1983, the Denton Police Department said. Denton police spokesman Ryan Grelle said he could not release information on what led investigators to Otteson.

Stanford professor 1st woman to win top math prize

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:15

This undated photo provided by Professor Maryam Mirzakhani via Stanford shows her on the university's campus. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, the Iranian-born Stanford University professor became the first woman to win math’s highest honor, the Fields Medal. The prize is awarded every four years to mathematicians 40 years old or younger. It was established in 1936. (AP Photo/Maryam Mirzakhani via Stanford)WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iranian-born Stanford University professor is the first woman to win math's highest honor, the Fields Medal.

Guantanamo judge rules 9/11 suspect should be tried with others

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:06
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE Md. (Reuters) - A military judge ruled on Wednesday that one of the men accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States must at least temporarily rejoin the other four defendants in a single trial despite concerns about his mental health. Judge Army Colonel James Pohl ordered Ramzi Binalshibh removed from the joint trial in July after his disruptions in court and complaints about what his attorney called “noise and vibrations” at his cell at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, raised concern about his mental competence. U.S. Justice Department prosecutors say Binalshibh, a 42-year-old Yemeni, might be delusional but still is competent to stand trial. “Having it done one time for all remains the best answer for all right now,” prosecutor Clay Trivett said in a pretrial hearing.

Flooding triggers evacuations in South Jersey communities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:05

Flooding triggers evacuations in South Jersey communitiesOvernight flooding has led to evacuations in at least two South Jersey communities.

Jewish groups accuse UN chief of being one-sided

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:04
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leaders of major Jewish organizations on Wednesday accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of being one-sided in his handling of the crisis in Gaza.

Gay marriages could begin by next week in Va.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:03
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Same-sex couples could begin marrying as early as next week in Virginia after a federal appeals court refused Wednesday to delay its ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.