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Alaska governor wraps up hard week in politics

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 08:30
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has had far better weeks than this one, full of political distractions that no candidate wants two months before voters head to the polls.

HIV-positive Cleveland priest pleads guilty to soliciting sex in park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 08:28
(Reuters) - An HIV-positive Cleveland priest on Friday pleaded guilty to attempting to solicit sex from a ranger in a city park, according to court and police records. James McGonegal, 69, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of soliciting after a positive HIV test and misdemeanors charges of public indecency and abusing harmful intoxicants in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, online court records showed. Judge Stuart Friedman ordered McGonegal to participate in an early intervention program and to perform 50 hours of community service. The judge also banned McGonegal from Cleveland Metroparks property, court records said.

New York county official confirms two deaths in crashed plane

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 08:25
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York county official confirmed that Larry and Jane Glazer were killed in a plane crash near Jamaica earlier on Friday after the small aircraft had gone unresponsive. Maggie Brooks, the Monroe County executive, said she would speak about the couple's death at a press conference on Friday. (Reporting by Jonathan Allen)

Unresponsive, private U.S. plane crashes off coast of Jamaica

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 08:25
By Aileen Torres-Bennett and Horace Helps KINGSTON (Reuters) - A small U.S. A New York county official said that Larry Glazer, a real-estate executive from Rochester in New York, and his wife, Jane Glazer, were aboard the plane. The United States Coast Guard also joined the search with an HC-130 Hercules airplane and a helicopter, as well as a Coast Guard Cutter en route. The pilot stopped responding to radio calls about an hour after take-off from Greater Rochester International Airport in New York and was headed to Naples Municipal Airport in Florida, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Police: 8-year-old missing Arizona girl strangled

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 08:23

FILE-This undated file photo provided by the Bullhead City Police Department shows Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella, an 8-year-old Bullhead City, Ariz., girl who was reported missing on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Authorities say Grogan-Cannella reported missing from her Arizona home had been strangled. The Mohave County medical examiner released the manner of death for Grogan-Cannella on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Bullhead City Police Department,File)BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — An 8-year-old girl reported missing from her Arizona home was strangled, authorities said Friday as they continued to investigate the case.


Sotloff lauded at Florida service as journalist committed to truth

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

Cousins of slain U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff leave Temple Beth Am, where a memorial service was held in Pinecrest, FloridaBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Nearly 1,000 people including relatives, friends and prominent Florida politicians attended a memorial service on Friday for Steven Sotloff, who was killed by Islamic State militants, recalling him as a journalist committed to revealing the truth. "I'm so proud of my son for living his dream," Sotloff's mother, Shirley, told those in attendance at the Jewish Temple Beth Am. The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday showing the killing of Sotloff, the second American journalist it has beheaded in its confrontation with the United States over American air strikes in Iraq on the militant group's forces. Speakers at the two-hour memorial service recalled Sotloff as a man who displayed empathy and courage.


Kansas Sen. Roberts shakes up campaign team

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:58

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts speaks in Overland Park, Kan., after defeating tea party-backed Milton Wolf's primary challenge. Roberts campaign said Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 that his executive campaign manager stepped down and his re-election campaign is being overhauled as the Kansas race becomes an unexpected battleground in the fight for control of the Senate. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedell, File)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has shaken up his struggling re-election team in Kansas, replacing a longtime confidante as campaign manager and getting help from national operatives in a race that's suddenly a battleground in the fight for Senate control.


Minkoff moves into 3D prints, wearable technology

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:42

The Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — How's this for a young fashionista's dream accessory: A studded bracelet that also serves as a phone charger?


Mom accused of dumping baby in trash charged

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:36
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman accused of dumping her newborn in the trash in an attempt to hide her pregnancy from her parents has been charged with attempted murder, Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill said Friday.

Mexico: $9.2B airport won't damage environment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:28
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Building a $9.2 billion airport in the capital will help rehabilitate the surrounding area and it will not negatively impact the environment, as critics are charging, a top Mexican official said Friday.

Puerto Rico turnaround boss targets 'fair plan' for utility

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:24
The new turnaround chief of Puerto Rico's power authority said on Friday she was targeting a "fair plan" in the restructuring of PREPA, with all options on the table but said it was too early to say if job cuts or a privatization would be part of the overhaul. "We have an opportunity here to really transform PREPA for the benefit of all the people of Puerto Rico and the creditors," said Lisa Donahue, in her first interview since being appointed PREPA's restructuring officer on Thursday. Donahue said no options were off the table as to how to restructure the utility's $9 billion debt, but when asked if PREPA could end up being privatized, she said, "It’s far too early to speculate on what the plan will look like." "We’re going to have to look at and understand the impact of all options," Donahue said, when asked about the potential for job cuts, price hikes or privatization.

Koch group cancels October ad time in Oregon race

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:21
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The political group linked to the conservative Koch brothers has canceled television ad time reserved in October for the race between Sen. Jeff Merkley and Republican challenger Monica Wehby.

Horses died from dehydration, not gunshot wounds

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:18

Unified police search a field in Magna, Utah, where at least nine horse were found to be abandoned without water, Friday, July 18, 2014. Many of them died before help could reach them. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Scott Sommerdorf)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Davis County authorities say four thoroughbred horses found dead earlier this summer died from dehydration and not, as previously believed, gunshot wounds.


'Bernie' victim's family fights for voice in court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:18

FILE - In this May 6, 2014 file photo, Bernie Tiede walks into a court before a hearing granting his release at the Panola County court house in Carthage, Texas. When the East Texas mortician who inspired the movie "Bernie" was let out of prison, family members of the elderly woman he killed found out about his release from reporters. Now, they're fighting to have their protests heard inside a courtroom. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)DALLAS (AP) — When the East Texas mortician who inspired the movie "Bernie" was let out of prison, family members of the elderly woman he killed found out about his release from reporters. Now, they're fighting to have their protests heard inside a courtroom.


Durbin: Pentagon should review police gear program

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:15

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014 file photo, a police tactical team moves in to disperse a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. that was sparked after Michael Brown, an unarmed black man was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill. on Friday asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to review a program that provides high-powered rifles and other surplus military equipment to civilian police departments across the country. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's No. 2 Democrat on Friday asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to review a program that provides high-powered rifles and other surplus military equipment to civilian police departments across the country.


Walmart introduces new dress code, employees must buy own clothes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:13

Walmart introduces new dress code, employees must buy own clothesWalmart says its employees will have to purchase clothing required under a new dress code at their own expense, something many employees say they can't afford.


Stand Up To Cancer TONIGHT on 6abc

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:10

Stand Up To Cancer TONIGHT on 6abcThe stars will shine again tonight to put the spotlight on cancer at the "Stand Up To Cancer" telethon on 6abc.


Philly teachers get resourceful amid budget cuts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:07

Philly teachers get resourceful amid budget cutsThousands of Philadelphia students return to school Monday and their teachers are hard at work preparing for the new school year, despite dire budget cuts.


Diverted flight carrying Americans takes off from Iran

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:03
A chartered aircraft carrying about 100 U.S. "It ... has taken off," the official said of the Fly Dubai aircraft. The plane had left Bagram airbase in Afghanistan several hours late, but failed to update its flight plan, the official said. As a result, Iranian officials first asked it to turn around and then to land when told it did not have enough fuel to return to Afghanistan, the official said.

Unresponsive, private U.S. plane crashes off coast of Jamaica

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:02

Map PlaneA small U.S. private plane with an unresponsive pilot crashed off the east coast of Jamaica on Friday after veering far off its course toward southwest Florida and triggering a U.S. security alert that prompted a fighter jet escort. A New York county official said that Larry Glazer, a real-estate executive from Rochester in New York, and his wife, Jane Glazer, were aboard the plane. The United States Coast Guard also joined the search with an HC-130 Hercules airplane and a helicopter, as well as a Coast Guard Cutter en route. The pilot stopped responding to radio calls about an hour after take-off from Greater Rochester International Airport in New York and was headed to Naples Municipal Airport in Florida, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said.