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Sharpton: Ferguson shooting is 'defining moment'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 06:14
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton called the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in suburban St. Louis a "defining moment for this country."

Federal autopsy ordered for teen shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 05:40

Protesters gesture as they stand in a street in defiance of a midnight curfew in FergusonBy Ellen Wulfhorst FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal autopsy of a teenager shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, seeking to assure the family and community there will be a thorough investigation into a death that has sparked days of racially charged protests. Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was shot by white police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. The police department in the St. Louis suburb has come under strong criticism for both the death of an unarmed man and its handling of the aftermath. Seven protesters were arrested early on Sunday after Missouri Governor Jay Nixon imposed an overnight curfew aimed at quelling protests and looting.


Maryland man killed after shooting and stabbing daughter, police say

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 05:14
A Maryland man shot and stabbed his 3-year-old daughter to death before dying himself in a gunfight with police, authorities in Prince George's County near Washington, D.C., said on Sunday. Frederick Roy Miller, 38, allegedly shot and wounded the girl's maternal grandfather and great-grandmother on Saturday while attempting to kidnap his daughter. Five Prince George's county police officers and one Maryland state trooper fired shots at Miller, who was killed at the scene. The office of the Chief Medical Examiner said it appeared Miller stabbed and shot his daughter.

Mexican billionaire offers advice for Latinos

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 05:00

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim speaks during news conference at the Soumaya museum in Mexico City. Slim is scheduled to give the closing speech on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at the annual conference of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Increasing workers' earning power and offering Latino-owned companies easier access to funding that can be used for growth and expansion can help improve the social and economic status of Latinos in the U.S. and throughout Latin America, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim told a group of religious and community leaders Sunday.


Taney Dragons win 4-0 in debut game of Little League World Series

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 04:58

Taney Dragons win 4-0 in debut game of Little League World SeriesPhiladelphia's Taney Dragons beat Tennessee 4-0 on Friday in their first game of the Little League World Series.


Taney Dragons ready for game 2 in Little League World Series

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 04:58

Taney Dragons ready for round 2 of Little League World SeriesPhiladelphia's Taney Dragons are preparing for their second game in their quest to bring home the Little League World Series title.


Skateboarder attacks ranger at Philly's Love Park

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 04:50
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police are investigating a cellphone video that shows a skateboarder attacking a city park ranger while others stand by laughing after they were told to stop skateboarding in Love Park, an internationally renowned shredding spot.

Two dead, two hurt in Arkansas freight train collision

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 04:14
(Reuters) - Two people were killed and two were injured in northern Arkansas early on Sunday when two Union Pacific freight trains carrying toxic substances collided, Arkansas State Police said. Union Pacific officials declined to comment on Sunday afternoon, referring questions to the National Transportation Safety Board officials expected to take over the investigation. About 500 people were briefly evacuated from nearby homes while the trains burned, said Kendell Snyder, spokesman for the Arkansas Office of Emergency Management.

Confessed hit man hired by rabbi set for release

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 04:11

FILE - In this file photo of Oct. 25, 2001, Paul Michael Daniels testifies in Camden, N.J., using his hand to illustrate where he struck Carol Neulander, wife of New Jersey rabbi Fred Neulander, on the head with a lead pipe. Daniels, a confessed hit man who was one of two people paid to kill the rabbi's wife in 1994 on orders from her husband, is scheduled to be released from prison one day before the 20th anniversary of the victim's death. Neulander was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence in prison. (AP Photo/Camden Courier-Post, Tina Markoe Kinslow, Pool, File)CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — A confessed hit man who was one of two people paid to kill a New Jersey rabbi's wife in 1994 is scheduled to be released from prison one day before the 20th anniversary of the victim's death.


6 hurt in Salt Lake City nightclub shooting

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 03:54
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police are looking for a gunman who opened fire at a crowded nightclub in downtown Salt Lake City, shooting six people.

Bourbon production reaches high point since '70s

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 03:30

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 8, 2009, file photo, a bottle of Maker's Mark bourbon is dipped in red wax during a tour of the distillery in Loretto, Ky. Kentucky bourbon makers have stashed away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation due to resurgent demand for the venerable brown spirit. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation.


Experienced skydiver from Boston dies during jump

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 03:22
PEPPERELL, Mass. (AP) — Police say an experienced Boston skydiver has died during a jump, and it's unclear whether his equipment malfunctioned.

More charges planned against Amish-kidnap suspects

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 03:01

A pair of investigators walk on the property of Stephen Howells II and Nicole F. Vaisey, in Hermon, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Vaisey and Howells were arrested Friday on charges of first-degree kidnapping with the intent to physically harm or sexually abuse the victims. (AP Photo/Watertown Daily Times, Melanie Kimber Lago) MANDATORY CREDIT, SYRACUSE OUTCANTON, N.Y. (AP) — More charges are expected soon against a northern New York couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters and sexually abusing them, a prosecutor said Sunday.


Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 02:33

 Ebola fears rise as clinic is lootedLiberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses.


Haves, have-nots divided by apartment poor doors

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 02:11

In this Aug. 5, 2014 photo, Jean Green Dorsey walks outside the building on New York City’s Upper West Side where she has lived since 1972. Dorsey has a rent stabilized unit in a building that also houses market rate residents. As a rent stabilized tenant, Dorsey is not allowed to use the new gym that market rate residents use for free, even if she paid for the privilege. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — One new Manhattan skyscraper will greet residents of pricey condos with a lobby in front, while renters of affordable apartments that got the developer government incentives must use a separate side entrance — a so-called poor door.


Maryland casino hosting Atlantic City job fair

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 02:09

Maryland casino hosting Atlantic City job fairA Maryland casino is returning to Atlantic City to host a two-day job fair this week as thousands of workers in the city prepare to be laid off.


California vintage car auctions: It's not all million-dollar autos

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 01:57

Jay Leno rides a 1930 Bohmerland motorcycle around the grounds during the Concours d'Elegance at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble BeachBy Paul Ingrassia MONTEREY Calif. (Reuters) - The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for $38.1 million last Thursday got the headlines. Or the classic 1951 "bullet-nose" Studebaker that went for even less - just $4,000. By comparison, the 1962 Chrysler Imperial equipped with "triple cigarette lighters" cost a fortune: all of $9,500. At the high end are the Bonhams auction at the posh Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley (aka "the Quail") and the Gooding auction at Pebble Beach, where the suggested bidding range for a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 (a "poor" cousin of the $38 million prize) was $4.5 million to $6 million.


Peek into brain shows how kids learn math skills

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 01:54

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, third grade teacher Melissa Grieshober teaches a math lesson at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del. Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math.


Trial of Texas father raises legal, moral issues

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 01:30

This undated photo provide by the Barajas family shows from left, Cindy Barajas, Jenessah Barajas, Caleb Barajas, David Barajas and David Barajas Jr. Caleb and David Jr. were killed during a Dec. 7, 2012, accident near their home in Alvin, Texas, as the boys and their father were pushing their truck on a rural road after it had broken down. Authorities say 20-year-old Jose Banda was intoxicated when he slammed his vehicle into the truck, killing the brothers. The boys’ father was charged with fatally shooting Banda minutes after the accident. His trial is set to begin Monday, Aug 18. (AP Photo/Courtesy Barajas Family)ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — David Barajas denies killing a drunk driver in a fit of rage after his two sons were fatally struck in 2012 on a rural road in Southeast Texas.


Abducted Amish girls were sexually abused by captors: New York Times

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 01:23

St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office photo of Stephen Howells(Reuters) - Two young Amish sisters whose abduction touched off a frantic search in northern New York were sexually abused by their captors, the New York Times reported. The girls, aged 12 and 7, were kidnapped on Wednesday from a family farm stand some 10 miles (16 km) from New York's border with Canada and released Thursday. Police have charged two suspects, Stephen Howells II, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, with two counts each of first-degree kidnapping. In remarks to the New York Times late on Saturday, St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said the girls had suffered sexual abuse during their captivity at Howells' home in Hermon, New York.