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Washington authorities say body found appears to be that of missing 6-year-old Jenise Wright

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:44
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington authorities say body found appears to be that of missing 6-year-old Jenise Wright .

APNewsBreak: Tribe wants fee on wasted natural gas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:39
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Tribal leaders on an American Indian reservation in the heart of North Dakota's booming oil patch are proposing fees for companies that burn and waste natural gas.

Flow of child immigrants slows along Texas border

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:37

This Aug. 4, 2014 photo shows Eneyda Alvarez of Honduras peeling a mango while her son Antony plays at the Senda de Vida migrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico. Alvarez hopes to join the thousands of families _ mothers or fathers with young children _ who have crossed the Rio Grande into the U.S. United States. (AP Photo/Christopher Sherman)McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Fewer unaccompanied immigrant children are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, allowing the federal government to close the temporary shelters that it hurriedly opened to handle the surge, authorities say.


Star witness in Illinois double-murder trial recounts robbery plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:35
By Dawn Reiss JOLIET Ill. (Reuters) - The star witness in the trial of a grisly double murder that shocked veteran police officers in the Chicago suburb of Joliet testified on Thursday how she and her friends planned to rob their two male victims. Alisa Massaro, 20, who has pleaded guilty to lesser charges of concealing a homicide and robbery, testified for the prosecution in the trial of her former friend, Bethany McKee, also 20, who is charged with first-degree murder. The victims, Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22, were robbed of $120 and strangled to death in a duplex in Joliet on January 9, 2013. Joshua Miner, 26, and Adam Landerman, 21, are also charged in the murders but will be tried separately.

Obama administration setting up group on experimental Ebola drugs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:31
By David Morgan and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Obama administration is forming a special Ebola working group to consider setting policy for the potential use of experimental drugs to help the hundreds infected by the deadly disease in West Africa, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The group is being formed under Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services, an administration official said. Ebola has claimed at least 932 lives, according to the WHO. The U.S. group will include scientists and officials from such agencies as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

4 charged in 'Grandparent Scam' targeting seniors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:28

4 charged in 'Grandparent Scam' targeting seniorsA grand jury investigation has led to charges against four people allegedly involved in a scheme that stole thousands of dollars from elderly victims throughout the country.


Homeowner convicted of killing woman on porch

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:27

Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during the seventh day of testimony for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Detroit. He said he feared for his life when he fired at McBride on his porch in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Wafer is charged with second-degree murder and could be sentenced to up to life in prison with the chance for parole, if he's convicted. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who insisted he killed an unarmed woman on his porch in self-defense was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday after the jury rejected his tearful claim that he fired through a screen door in the wee hours because he feared his life was at risk.


Florida lawmakers propose minor changes to congressional maps

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:27
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida lawmakers proposed on Thursday new congressional maps that made minimal changes to the boundaries a judge had found unconstitutional, in a ruling that raised the possibility of election delays in upcoming midterm races. Legislators reconvened for a hastily called special session under court orders to submit new boundaries for two of the state’s 27 U.S. congressional districts. Leaders opened with a proposal offering mostly minor tweaks to the boundaries rejected last month by Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis, who found the Republican-controlled Legislature had improperly rigged the maps to protect the party's majority in Washington. In question are the districts represented by north Florida Democrat Corrine Brown and Orlando-area Republican Daniel Webster, which were found to violate a voter-approved mandate that prohibited legislators from protecting incumbents.

Western farmers take hit from Russia food ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian diners will not be able to find creamy Dutch cheeses or juicy Polish apples in the grocery store or cook up chicken from the United States — the result of a Russian ban on most food imports from the West.

Del. officials find remains of 9 Jonestown victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:26

Del. officials find remains of 9 Jonestown victimsPolice say the cremated remains of nine victims of a 1978 mass cult suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, have turned up in a former funeral home in Delaware.


Chemicals found in New Castle water wells

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:22

Chemicals found in New Castle water wellsThere are new concerns over the drinking water in New Castle, Delaware after testing revealed traces of toxic chemicals in the city's well lines.


Poultry firms: Russia ban has little impact on US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:20
Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.

County Fair-goers: We were fed pot-laced chocolate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:19
DENVER (AP) — Three people say they were drugged after eating a chocolate bar that wasn't supposed to have marijuana in it at the Denver County Fair's new pot pavilion, and one of them has filed a lawsuit alleging the vendor was negligent.

Additional reward offered in Pennypack Park murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:19

Additional reward offered in Pennypack Park murderAs the investigation into the murder of a mother of two in Pennypack Park continues, an additional reward has been offered for the arrest of a suspect.


Sen. Walsh drops out of race amid plagiarism probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:18

This Tuesday, June 3, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., leaves the Capitol in Washington. A campaign spokeswoman says Walsh is taking personal time at his Helena home but declined to answer questions about whether he plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race amid allegations that he plagiarized a research paper. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,File)U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a 2007 research project he wrote for a master's degree, a Democrat close to the former National Guard commander's campaign said Thursday.


Additional reward offered in Pennypack Pack murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:17

Additional reward offered in Pennypack Park murderAs the investigation into the murder of a mother of two in Pennypack Park continues, an additional reward has been offered for the arrest of a suspect.


What's behind Hawaii's twin storms: Mostly luck

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

This Aug. 5, 2014 satellite image provided by NASA shows two tropical Pacific Ocean hurricanes - Iselle at center and Julio at right - bearing down on Hawaii, top left. Hurricane Iselle is expected to reach Hawaii Thursday night, Aug. 7, 2014. Tracking close behind it is Hurricane Julio, which strengthened early Thursday into a Category 2 storm. (AP Photo/NASA)WASHINGTON (AP) — All sorts of weather factors came together for Hawaii's twin hurricane threat: stuck currents, an oddball brewing El Nino, slightly warmer water but mostly just bad luck.


U.S. Army ends questioning of ex-POW Bergdahl on capture by Taliban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:04

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The military completed its questioning of freed U.S. prisoner of war Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl on Thursday and a U.S. Army general must now recommend whether he should face charges over the circumstances that led to his capture by the Taliban. Bergdahl, who was released in May after five years of captivity in a controversial prisoner swap, was read his rights under military law, notifying him that he is a potential defendant in a criminal case. The questioning was "cordial" over two days by Major General Kenneth Dahl, who will now make a recommendation to the Pentagon on what punishment, if any, Bergdahl should face, Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, said in an interview.


Michigan porch shooter found guilty of second-degree murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:01

Theodore Wafer sits in the court room during his arraignment in Detroit, MichiganBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A white suburban Detroit homeowner was found guilty on Thursday of second-degree murder in the shooting of an unarmed black teen on his porch in a case that set off protests and fanned racial tensions. Theodore Wafer, 55, sat stone-faced, staring straight ahead as the jury delivered its verdict after less than two full days of deliberations. The airport maintenance worker faces up to life in prison for killing Renisha McBride, 19, with a shotgun blast through his locked screen door after he was awakened in the early hours of Nov. 2 by repeated, violent knocking on his door. Although the killing sparked protests in Dearborn Heights and comparisons to the 2012 Florida shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was also unarmed, race played little role in the 11-day trial.


Ohio official: Man shot at Wal-Mart had air rifle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:53
CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who was fatally shot by police in a Wal-Mart store in a Dayton suburb after officers say he waved a weapon at customers was carrying an air rifle, Ohio's attorney general said Thursday.