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California man pleads not guilty to killing family of four

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:06

Family members of Joseph McStay leave the courtroom after Charles "Chase" Merritt was in the courtroom for arraignment proceedings for the murder of the McStay family in Victorville, CaliforniaBy Dana Feldman VICTORVILLE Calif. (Reuters) - An ex-convict pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to four counts of murder in the slayings of a couple and their two young sons whose skeletal remains were found buried last year in the California desert. The suspect, Charles "Chase" Merritt, 57, has been described by police as a former business associate of the father, Joseph McStay, who was reported missing with his wife and two boys in February 2010 from the family's Southern California home. ...

Dad accused of chaining son enters plea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:03
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah father accused of chaining his 7-year-old son to a bed while the man was at work would not serve any jail time under a plea deal awaiting final approval by a judge.

Police: Toddler drowns in Millville, New Jersey daycare's fish pond

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:59

 Toddler drowns in Millville, New Jersey daycare's fish pondA toddler drowned in a backyard fish pond at a daycare in Millville, New Jersey on Tuesday morning, police say.

VW policy welcomes labor activity at Tenn. plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:52

FILE - In this June 12, 2013, file photo, workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. UAW officials in a letter to plant workers on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, said a upcoming policy change by Volkswagen will clear the way to for the union to gain its first recognition agreement with a foreign automaker in the South. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — By giving labor groups more access to its lone U.S. plant in Tennessee, Volkswagen signaled Wednesday that it won't follow the lead of other foreign-owned automakers in the South in seeking to tamp down union activity.

Connecticut father arraigned on homicide charge in son's hot car death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:52
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut man was arraigned on Wednesday on a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of his 15-month-old son who was left alone in a car for hours on a hot July afternoon while his father was at work. Kyle Seitz, 36, was released by Superior Court Judge Dan Shaban but ordered to remain in Connecticut until his next court date on Nov. 21. He had surrendered to Ridgefield police on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. ...

Pentagon Number two urges end to U.S. defense cut 'madness'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:51

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work answers a fustian from a journalist during a press conference after meeting with Japanese counterpart Ryota Takeda at Defense Ministry in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday appealed to lawmakers to "stop the madness" of across-the-board Pentagon spending cuts, saying they threaten U.S. military readiness and technological dominance at a time of rising global challenges. Work, addressing a think-tank defense conference, said unless Congress gave the Pentagon greater budgetary stability and certainty, it ran the risk of fielding a military that was "increasingly misaligned with the strategic environment. ...

Suspect in Philippines deaths: Extradition coming

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:51
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former U.S. Marine accused of killing a couple in the Philippines said Wednesday his extradition is looming and he looks forward to finally fighting the charges.

Stockton College buying former Showboat casino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:43

Stockton College buying former Showboat casinoA former Atlantic City Boardwalk casino will find new life as a satellite campus for a southern New Jersey college.

NY prosecutor to fund rape kit testing nationally

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:42

Actress Mariska Hargitay, left, hugs rape victim and founder of Natasha's Justice Project, Natasha Alexenko, during a news conference in which Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced that he pledged as much as $35 million to help eliminate a backlog of untested rape kits nationwide that has long troubled authorities, victims and lawmakers, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) — Evidence from up to 70,000 rape cases nationwide will get long-awaited DNA testing, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced Wednesday as he pledged as much as $35 million to help eliminate a backlog that has long troubled authorities, victims and lawmakers.

Cosmic 1st: European spacecraft lands on comet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:41

 European spacecraft lands on cometHundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet - an audacious first designed to answer big questions about the universe.

U.S. nurses hold strikes, protests over Ebola measures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:40

A nurse leaving the night shift picks up a sign to join a protest for improved Ebola safeguards, as part of a nationwide action, in Los AngelesBy Curtis Skinner and Kia Johnson SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of nurses across the United States staged protest rallies and strikes on Wednesday over what they say is insufficient protection for health workers dealing with patients possibly stricken with the deadly Ebola virus. California-based National Nurses United had expected about 100,000 nurses nationwide to participate in the protest, but officials from the union could not say on Wednesday afternoon how many people took part. ...

New Jersey college buys Atlantic City's closed Showboat casino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:39

A man tries to peek into the closed Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic CityBy Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A college in southern New Jersey has announced plans to buy the shuttered Showboat Atlantic City casino resort from Caesars Entertainment Corp and turn the property into a branch campus. The company announced Wednesday that Richard Stockton College, located just outside Atlantic City, had signed a letter of intent to buy the 1.4 million square foot building, which held 1,329 hotel rooms and sits on 28 beachfront acres. Terms of the deal, which is subject to due diligence checks, were not disclosed. ...

Coast Guard calls off ocean search for California guardsman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:38
(Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard has called off a search for an off-duty member of the California Air National Guard who was swept into the ocean while he was fishing near Monterey, officials said on Wednesday. The guardsman, whose name has not been released, was hit by a wave and carried out into the water on Tuesday morning at Garrapata State Beach about 90 miles south of San Francisco, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement. A Coast Guard spokesman said the search, which involved a 47-foot life boat and a helicopter, lasted about seven hours before it was called off on Tuesday evening. ...

Prosecutors in Jodi Arias sentencing retrial deny pornography deleted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:38

Jodi Arias speaks to defense attorney Jennifer Willmott in the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona prosecutors on Wednesday denied claims by lawyers for convicted murderer Jodi Arias, who accused the state of deleting thousands of pornographic files from the victim's computer. Arias was found guilty last year of murdering her former boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008, but the jury deadlocked over what punishment to give her. A new jury was impaneled last month to decide whether or not she should be executed. ...

School district scraps religious names on calendar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:30
Presented with the opportunity to recognize a Muslim holiday on the school calendar for the first time, leaders of Maryland's largest school district went a different direction: They removed all mention of religious holidays from the calendar.

Monsanto to pay Pacific Northwest wheat farmers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:29
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat.

AP PHOTOS: A look at Veterans Day around the US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:26

Street performer John Casey, wearing silver paint as part of his act as "The Silver Cowboy of Nashville," watches the Veterans Day parade pass by Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)In small communities and large cities alike, people gathered Tuesday to honor those who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

Dangling workers rescued from World Trade Center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:21
Two window washers were trapped on a dangling scaffold nearly 70 stories up the new 1 World Trade Center tower for nearly two hours on Wednesday before firefighters sawed through a thick double-paned window ...

Not-guilty plea in California desert graves case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:21
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he beat to death a family of four, then buried the bodies in the desert.

Turkish protesters rough up US sailors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:18

Turkish protesters rough up US sailorsAnti-American protesters shouting "Yankee, go home!" roughed up three U.S. Navy sailors Wednesday in Istanbul near where their warship was docked on an inlet of the Bosphorus Strait in the Black Sea.