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Russia's UN draft on MH17 crash doesn't call for tribunal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:18
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia on Monday introduced a U.N. resolution demanding that those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last year be brought to justice — but eliminating the international tribunal that the five countries investigating the crash are seeking to prosecute the perpetrators.

Mom charged with DUI after crash in drive-thru; toddler in car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:15

Mom charged with DUI after crash in drive-thru; toddler in carA Delaware County mother is facing a number of charges, accused of driving while under the influence of drugs while her toddler was in the car.


Tennessee rampage suspect went to Qatar in 2014: sources

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:11

FBI agents work the scene at the Armed Forces Career Center in ChattanoogaThe man suspected of killing five members of the U.S. military in Tennessee last week was in Qatar at least once during a 2014 trip to the Middle East, according to two U.S. government sources who said reasons for the stopover were still unknown. U.S. investigators are trying to piece together Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez's travels to the region to see if he was radicalized by a militant group such as Islamic State. On a seven-month trip to visit family in Jordan, it is uncertain how long he may have spent in the Qatari capital, a political crossroads in the region.


Clinton's capital gains tax plan aims at long-term investment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:10

Hillary Clinton speaks during the Arkansas Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson Dinner 2015 in Little RockU.S. presidential contender Hillary Clinton's proposed plan to overhaul capital gains taxes aims to foster long-term growth by taxing some short-term investments at higher rates, an aide for her campaign said on Monday. Although details of the plan have yet to be finalized, it would create a sliding rate scale based on the length of an investment, rather than treating all assets held over a year as "long term," an aide with the Democratic candidate's campaign said. Under her proposal, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, profits made by an individual selling an investment held for less than a year would continue to be taxed at regular income rates, which can rise to 39.6 percent for top earners, the Journal said.


Bridge collapse closes key highway in California near Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:09

Handout photo of emergency personnel tending to the victim of a car that fell into a collapsed section of a bridge on the eastbound Interstate 10 freeway west of Desert Center, CaliforniaA stretch of cross-country Interstate 10 will remain closed indefinitely in Southern California near the Arizona border after a bridge was washed out during a severe weekend storm, state transportation officials said on Monday. The eastbound span of the bridge, carrying I-10 over a wash through the Coachella Valley, about 40 miles west of Arizona, gave way on Sunday afternoon, choking traffic along a major truck route, the California Department of Transportation said. The westbound portion of the highway was closed as well because of heavy rains that had undermined the bridge's ground support, department spokeswoman Terri Kasinga said.


SpaceX says 2-foot strut snapped, brought down rocket

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:08

FILE - In this June 28, 2015, file photo, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft breaks apart shortly after liftoff from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX suspects the steel strut snapped inside its rocket and led to last month's launch accident. The company's founder and chief executive, Elon Musk, said Monday, July 20 that these struts had flown many times before without any problem. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX suspects a 2-foot steel strut snapped inside its rocket and led to last month's launch accident.


Thousands of athletes prepare for Special Olympics this week

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:06

Debi Anderson, LA2015 Board Member and Special Olympics Athlete, left, jokes with Olympic Gold medalist Rafer Johnson, as he recalls the first Special Olympics World Games he attended, the first one ever held, at Chicago's Soldier Field in July 1968, during a news conference in Los Angeles Monday, July 20, 2015. The opening ceremony for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 will take place Saturday, July 25, 2015, in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first Special Olympics World Games drew about a thousand U.S. and Canadian competitors to Chicago for an event designed to celebrate athletes with intellectual disabilities.


Oregon resident worked as woman, collected disability as man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:03
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon resident who transitioned to a woman more than three decades ago continued collecting Social Security disability checks under her male identity, fraudulently raking in $250,000.

Teacher among those to testify on behalf of theater shooter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:58
DENVER (AP) — A fifth-grade teacher of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes described him as a pleasant, productive student, providing an early glimpse of how defense attorneys will try to save his life.

Planned Parenthood says video part of decadelong harassment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — Planned Parenthood told Congress Monday that a secretly recorded video released last week by an anti-abortion group is fraudulent and part of a years-long pattern of illegal harassment aimed at prohibiting abortion.

Lawsuit: captive Miami orca violates Endangered Species Act

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:49

FILE - In this 2010, file photo provided by the Miami Seaquarium, the orca whale known as Lolita is in her pool at the facility in Miami. A lawsuit filed Monday, July 20, 2015, by animal rights groups claims the orca held in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium attraction is a violation of the Endangered Species Act. (Miami Seaquarium via AP, File)MIAMI (AP) — An orca's decades-long captivity at the Miami Seaquarium attraction amounts to a violation of the Endangered Species Act requiring the animal's release, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by animal rights activists.


Washington state woman kills husband, infant son; wounds self: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:48
A Washington state woman who said she shot dead her husband and infant son and then wounded herself is likely to be charged with first-degree murder, police said on Monday. A real estate agent in Bellingham, about 90 miles north of Seattle, heard a woman screaming for help on Sunday and called police, Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeffrey Parks said. Erin Agren, 43, told responders that several days earlier she had shot her infant son and husband while they were lying in bed and then later turned the gun on herself, inflicting a wound to her shoulder, Parks said.

Ambulance carrying patient crashes, overturns in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:47

Ambulance carrying patient crashes, overturns in North PhiladelphiaPolice say a total of eight people were taken to area hospitals after an ambulance carrying a patient crashed and overturned in North Philadelphia.


Swimmer who drowned in Delaware River near Burlington ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:47

Swimmer who drowned in Delaware River near Burlington ID'dThe swimmer who drowned in the Delaware River near Burlington, New Jersey over the weekend has been identified.


Menendez assails feds in filings over corruption indictment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:46
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sen. Robert Menendez launched a wide-ranging attack on the corruption charges against him Monday, accusing Justice Department prosecutors of misconduct and setting the stage for what is likely to be a confrontational and heated court fight.

Two Gawker editors resign over objections to story's removal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:41
Tommy Craggs, executive editor of Gawker Media, and Max Read, editor-in-chief of Gawker.com, told staff and management in memos published on Gawker that the story's removal violated editorial independence. The story posted Thursday night unleashed a wave of criticism that Gawker, the popular website about Manhattan media news and gossip, had overstepped the bounds of decency by reporting on the activities of a private citizen.

Earthquake centered in northern Oklahoma rattles state

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:39
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A magnitude 4.4 earthquake centered in northern Oklahoma has shaken the state, with reports of it being felt hundreds of miles away.

Appeals court: Immigration detainers require probable cause

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:37
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An appeals court has ruled that federal immigration authorities need probable cause to issue an immigration detainer, a decision that comes amid a national debate over immigration enforcement that was sparked by a deadly shooting in San Francisco.

Police: Ex-NFL player's mistress kills his wife then self

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:34
ATLANTA (AP) — A former NFL player's mistress, apparently jealous that he was taking his wife on a trip to Las Vegas, drove to his home near Atlanta, kidnapped her romantic rival and led officers on a chase into Alabama before killing the wife and herself, police said.

Dutch-Turkish man appears in U.S. court on terrorism charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:32
A Dutch-Turkish national accused of raising funds and recruiting in Europe for an Islamist militant group active in Afghanistan has been extradited to the United States and charged with terrorism offenses, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday. Irfan Demirtas, 56, accused of providing support for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, appeared in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia on Monday, the Justice Department said in a statement. Demirtas, also known as Nasrullah, was arrested in Germany in January on a warrant and extradited to the United States on Friday, the statement said.