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Two killed in botched robbery of marijuana grow in California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:14
By Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Seven robbers invaded a Central California house used by pot growers and engaged the occupants in a gun battle that killed two of the attackers, while some of their accomplices briefly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl, police said on Friday. Authorities have arrested three of the suspected robbers from the attack on the home on Thursday in a rural farming community near Fresno, and police said they are investigating whether to bring charges against the marijuana growers. The robbery illustrates the dangers associated with large-scale marijuana operations, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims told a news conference. Medical marijuana is allowed in California, but authorities said it was not immediately clear if the house was used to grow pot for that market.

Cash-stuffed bra lands Florida woman in trouble at airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:11
Victoria Faren, 78, is being asked to forfeit about $40,000 in cash she hid in her clothing and carry-on baggage while trying to board a flight from Detroit to the Philippines in April. Customs officers got suspicious when Faren first declared having $200 in cash but later said the amount was $1,200, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court on Friday.

US judge threatens to find Argentina in contempt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:09
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge threatened to hold Argentina in contempt of court Friday for continuing to make "false and misleading" statements about its financial crisis, though he quickly added he most desires a peaceful negotiated end to a long-running debt dispute.

Judge rejects $324.5M settlement of tech wage case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:01
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block their top employees from getting better job offers.

U.S. judge declines to stop North Carolina's election law changes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:55
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge refused on Friday to halt North Carolina's overhauled election law ahead of the midterm vote this November, allowing the provisions, decried by critics as discriminatory, to remain in effect - at least temporarily. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled that opponents who sued to block the law had failed to show they were likely to suffer irreparable harm if the sweeping changes stayed in place until a trial set for July 2015. Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department and civil rights groups argued at a hearing in Winston-Salem last month that a preliminary injunction was needed to protect African Americans and young voters from having their ballot access unreasonably restricted or denied. The state's Republican-led legislature in 2013 shortened North Carolina's early voting period by seven days, ended same-day registration, banned provisional ballots cast outside the correct precinct from being counted and ended a program allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote.

El Salvador robbery suspect arrested in California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:52
REDWOOD CITY, California (AP) — Authorities in California say they've arrested a man who's wanted in El Salvador for his alleged involvement with a gang that hijacked military and police arms shipments and used them to rob banks.

Death of Reagan press secretary James Brady ruled a homicide: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:48

Former White House Press Secretary James Brady gives a thumbs-up to everyone as he visits the White House press briefing room in Washington in this file photoBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia medical examiner has ruled the death of former White House press secretary James Brady a homicide resulting from the 1981 assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan, a Washington police spokesman said on Friday. Police are investigating Brady's death on Monday as a homicide because of the ruling, Officer Hugh Carew said. Brady, then Reagan's press secretary, was shot in the head by John Hinckley during the assassination attempt against Reagan in 1981.

Center of Iselle lashes Hawaii's Big Island with wind, rain

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:45
The center of Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday, bringing strong winds and heavy rain, knocking down trees and causing power outages ahead of a more powerful storm gathering strength behind it. While Iselle weakened into a tropical storm before reaching the islands, it was being closely followed by Julio, a Category 3 hurricane set to reach the area as early as Sunday morning - although the latest forecasts showed it tracking just north of the archipelago. As Iselle bore down, more than 1,200 people flocked to evacuation shelters across the Big Island, according to County of Hawaii Civil Defense, as heavy rains and strong winds pummeled eastern areas of the island from Puna to Hilo.

Rare California redwood saved from ax is replanted

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:45
COTATI, Calif. (AP) — A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city has been safely replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

Phila. team a step closer to Little League World Series

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:43

Phila. team a step closer to Little League World SeriesThe Taney Dragons, a baseball team from Philadelphia, is now one step closer to going to the Little League World Series.

Sheriff: Suspect in girl's death likely got muddy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:27

Jenise Paulette WrightSEATTLE (AP) — The person who might be responsible for a 6-year-old Washington girl's death would have been "covered in mud" afterward, and authorities on Friday asked the public to report anyone who fit that description over the weekend.

Feds: East Texas man's murky death tied to drugs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:26

This undated file handout photo provided by the Wright Family shows Alfred Wright of Jasper, Texas. Officials on Friday Aug. 8, 2014, announced the indictment of Shane Dewayne Hadnot for selling drugs resulting in the death of Wright. (AP Photo/The Wright Family, File)DALLAS (AP) — Almost a year after Alfred Wright left his pickup at an East Texas grocery store and disappeared into the woods, authorities have charged a man for selling the drugs they say caused his death.

US cool to Argentina world court bid over default

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — An attempt by Argentina to sue the U.S. in the world court appears unlikely to get off the ground.

Mother of Tioga carjacking crash victims dies; suspects face 4th murder charge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:20

Mother of Tioga carjacking crash victims dies; suspects face 4th murder chargeKeisha Williams died Thursday night. The suspects charged in the case now each face a 4th murder charge.

Detroit bankruptcy judge sees good, bad and ugly in bus tour

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:19
By Peter Suciu DETROIT (Reuters) - The federal judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy case took a three-hour bus tour on Friday to view various aspects of the troubled city, from notorious blighted areas to bright spots such as the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit had argued the tour would provide important evidence for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes of the challenges facing the city as it seeks approval for its plan to adjust $18 billion of debt and exit the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. A confirmation hearing on the bankruptcy is scheduled to start on Aug. 21. ...

US warns Russia against intervention in Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:18

A local woman works on her window after shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. At least three civilians have been killed and another 10 wounded in overnight shelling of the main rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine besieged by government forces, officials said. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States warned Russia on Friday that any further intervention in Ukraine, including under the pretense of delivering humanitarian aid, would be viewed as "an invasion of Ukraine."

Past doesn't haunt DesJarlais in rural Tenn.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:12

REMOVES REFERENCE TO DESJARLAIS WINNING, AS THE RACE IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL BY THE AP - Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., speaks to supporters, late Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in South Pittsburg, Tenn. The race is too close to call between DesJarlais and state Sen. Jim Tracy in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District primary, with only a handful of votes separating the two. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)WINCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Well-known details about U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais — including that he once urged a mistress to seek an abortion and held a gun in his mouth for hours outside his ex-wife's room — didn't deter Republican primary voters from giving him a possible shot at a third term.

Utah developer seeks help for family in landslide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:11

A home is destroyed following a landslide inNorth Salt Lake, UtahNORTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) — An official with the development firm that built an upscale home destroyed in Utah's recent landslide made a tearful plea for donations Friday as part of a plan to help the displaced family.

Judge rules Ten Commandments monument must go

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:10

File- This March 13, 2014, file photo shows the Bloomfield Ten Commandments monument at Bloomfield City Hall in Bloomfield, N.M. A federal judge on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, ruled that the city must remove the monument. Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker said in his ruling in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that the monument amounts to government speech and has the "principal effect of endorsing religion." (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Jon Austria)BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall.

Atlanta confronts tuberculosis outbreak in homeless shelters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:09
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Three homeless people in Atlanta have died of tuberculosis infections as Georgia public health officials work to contain an outbreak affecting shelters, state authorities said on Friday. The outbreak has infected 47 people, including two volunteers, linked to four shelters in Atlanta's Fulton County, said Nancy Nydam, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Public Health. An isolated case is also being monitored in Vance, Alabama, where health officials on Friday screened auto workers for the disease after an employee at a Mercedes-Benz plant tested positive.