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Texas starts National Guard deployment at border with Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:56
By Jon Herskovitz and Jim Forsyth AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas has started deploying up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border, with the aim of combating crime in a region flooded by illegal immigration, law enforcement officials said on Thursday. Border sheriff's have been informed about the deployment and the first Texas National Guard troops have taken positions in places such as towers used for monitoring, a deputy with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's office said. Neither the Texas National Guard nor Texas Governor Rick Perry's office were immediately available for comment.

Hawaii judge upholds timing of makeup primary

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:56

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Democrat, from Hawaii's 1st district, talks to former Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano, right, at her campaign headquarters Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Honolulu. Hanabusa is locked in a tight race with incumbent Sen. Brian Schatz in the state's Primary Election. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii judge upheld the timing of a makeup primary election Thursday for more than 8,000 voters on the Big Island despite a last-minute challenge from a Senate candidate who said residents should have more time to recover from a tropical storm that damaged the area.

Missouri Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:55

Missouri Highway Patrol seizes control of FergusonThe Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes.

Six months in jail for teen who stole from car in Paul Walker crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:49
A teenager who stole a rooftop panel from the wrecked Porsche of actor Paul Walker, soon after the "Fast and Furious" star was killed in a crash, was sentenced on Thursday to six months in jail, a spokesman for prosecutors said. Jameson Brooks Witty, 18, who is one of two people arrested for taking the car part, pleaded guilty this month to grand theft of property, destroying evidence and obstructing a peace officer, said a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. A Los Angeles County judge on Thursday sentenced Witty to six months in county jail and three years of probation, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office. The death of Walker in a fiery one-car crash in Santa Clarita, California, 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Los Angeles, forced a temporary halt to production of the seventh film in the multibillion-dollar "Fast and Furious" action film franchise.

Single mom nearly evicted from apartment over son's mistake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:28

Single mom nearly evicted from apartment over son's mistakeA single mom was trying to right her child's wrong, but before she had a chance, she got an eviction notice

Detroit City Council approves bonds to pay bankruptcy settlements

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:27
(Reuters) - The Detroit City Council on Thursday approved four bond issues to raise cash to pay settlements with some city creditors, according to the city clerk's office, offering a glimpse at how Detroit intends to finance its exit from the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy.

Widow: Robin Williams was in early stages of Parkinson's disease

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:27

 Robin Williams was in early stages of Parkinson's diseaseRobin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease and was sober at the time of his suicide, his wife said Thursday.

Loan payment delayed for Puerto Rico power company

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 08:24
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's financially struggling public power company won a big reprieve Thursday, announcing that creditors agreed to postpone payment of $671 million worth of bank loans until next year.

Synthetic drug seller gets 17½ years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:57

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2011, file photo, Jim Carlson, owner of Last Place On Earth, a head shop that openly sold synthetic drugs, holds a bag of "No Name" synthetic drugs in his store in Duluth, Minn. Carlson is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Prosecutors are seeking a 20-year sentence against Carlson, who was convicted on 51 felony counts last October. (AP Photo/Paul M. Walsh,File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The owner of a now-closed Minnesota head shop was sentenced to 17½ years in prison Thursday for selling synthetic drugs in a case that prosecutors said should remove any doubts that substances sold under such names as "incense," ''spice" and "bath salts" are illegal.

A look at who's in charge of Ferguson security

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:55
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Racial unrest has gripped the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson since Saturday, when 18-year-old Michael Brown — black and unarmed — was shot to death by a white police officer in the city where two-thirds of the 21,000 residents are black and all but three officers on the police force are white. Police response to protests since then has drawn strong criticism, and Missouri's governor on Thursday announced the state would take over overseeing the security. Here is a look at some of the key players in the investigation and the security in the city:

Some polygamous families face eviction over fees

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:48

FILE-This Aug. 2006 file photo shows Warren Jeffs is led by guards into a courtroom in Las Vegas on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. Officials are moving forward with plans to evict families in 14 homes in Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border as authorities attempt to crack down on families who have failed to pay occupancy fees for years. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch,File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Fourteen families who live in a community once controlled by polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs could be evicted from their homes on the Utah-Arizona border in the coming weeks if they don't begin paying a $100-a-month fee to authorities appointed to oversee their property.

New Orleans clears out homeless camp of 160 people

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:40

Rose Frazier, who is homeless and lives with up to 150 others under the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass, sits among her possessions in New Orleans, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The city’s health department put up notices Monday giving the estimated 150 homeless people 72 hours to leave the area, citing health hazards. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — City workers wearing gloves — and a few in face masks — threw sofas, armchairs and quilts into garbage trucks Thursday, clearing out a homeless encampment of about 160 people. Officials said it attracted rats and called it a public health hazard.

FDA warns of fraudulent Ebola drug claims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:39
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it has become aware of products being sold online that fraudulently claim to prevent or treat Ebola. The FDA's warning comes on the heels of comments by Nigeria's top health official, Onyebuchi Chukwu, who reportedly said earlier Thursday that eight Ebola patients in Lagos, the country's capital, will receive an experimental treatment called nano-silver. Erica Jefferson, a spokeswoman for the FDA, said she could not provide any information about the product referenced by the Nigerians. The FDA did not specify any products in its warning.

Slain US general buried with honors at Arlington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:37

Retired Col. Susan Myers, right, stands with her daughter Amelia Greene and salutes as the casket of her husband, Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, is carried by an honor guard during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery, on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Arlington, Va. Greene was killed when a gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier turned on ISAF troops, wounding about 15 including a German general and two Afghan generals. He is the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in America's post-9/11 wars. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The highest-ranking U.S. military officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War was buried with full honors Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony attended by his family and platoons of fellow warriors.

Son of rancher Cliven Bundy is released from jail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:33
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The 34-year-old son of a Nevada rancher who hosted armed protesters against federal agents in a cattle-roundup dispute in April is being released from jail in a separate case stemming from his felony conviction on burglary and weapon charges.

Chemical-filled tea burns woman at Utah restaurant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:25

Attorney Paxton Guymon holds a photograph of Jim and Jan Harding during a news conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Jan Harding, 67, is in critical condition at a Salt Lake City hospital's burn unit, unable to talk and fighting for her life, Guymon said. She drank sweet tea containing a toxic cleaning chemical, severely burning her mouth and throat at a Utah restaurant after an employee mistook the substance for sugar and mixed it into a dispenser, Guymon said. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jan Harding and her husband had just arrived at a Utah restaurant for a relaxing lunch with friends when she filled her cup with sweet tea from a self-serve beverage station.

Missouri takes control of security away from Ferguson police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:24

An explosive device deployed by police flies in the air as police and protesters clash Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with people lobbing molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)By Nick Carey FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri's governor moved on Thursday to calm days of racially charged protests over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, naming an African-American captain of the Highway Patrol to oversee security in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Captain Ron Johnson, who grew up in Ferguson, told reporters he would take a new approach after complaints that police have used heavy-handed tactics, arresting dozens of protesters and using teargas and pepper pellets to break up crowds. Ferguson, a mostly black town of 21,000 with a predominantly white police force that has been accused of racial profiling in the past, was bracing for a fifth straight night of protests on Thursday after a police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown last weekend. Since Sunday, there have been peaceful vigils and demonstrations - with hundreds of protesters holding their hands in the air and chanting "hands up, don't shoot" - as well as episodes of looting, vandalism and violence.

Fired Ohio State band director asks for job back

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:20

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters leads the band in "Carmen Ohio" following a NCAA football game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State officials say there is no recent record of campus police attending an annual ritual where marching band members entered Ohio Stadium in their underwear. The Midnight Ramps were cited in an investigation into the band's "sexualized culture" that resulted in Waters’ July 24 firing. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fired director of Ohio State's marching band requested his job back on Thursday, citing what he called flaws in a university investigation and a positive performance review weeks before he was terminated.

Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:17

This undated family photo provided by the Brown Family and held by Michael Brown Sr., shows Michael Brown Sr., at right, his son, Michael Brown, top left, and a young child. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — After an unarmed black teenager was shot by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, the city north of downtown St. Louis has been the scene of violent protests. Here's a look at the key elements of the shooting and the unrest that's followed:

Washington state school officials criticize federal 'failing' status

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:17
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Superintendents from 28 Washington state school districts have begun sending letters to parents that criticize the classification of many schools in the state as failing under federal standards, education officials said on Thursday. A large number of schools in Washington's 295 districts this year will receive a failing grade under the federal No Child Left Behind education law, which ties U.S. funding to students' performance on standardized tests and penalizes schools for low performance. In April, Washington became the first state to lose a waiver exempting it from some of the law's requirements after its state legislature declined to link student test scores to teacher evaluations. Though the list of schools to be classified as failing by the U.S. Department of Education will not be released until Aug. 27, superintendents in the Puget Sound area, which includes Seattle and Tacoma, this week began informing parents via mail of some schools' failing status.