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Missouri shooting victim called quiet, respectful

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:04
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown Sr. stood alone in the center of the narrow street where the blood of his namesake son still stained the gray pavement, two days after the 18-year-old was shot dead by a police officer. He straightened a waist-high wooden cross and re-lit the candles erected as part of a makeshift memorial.

Gunman hunted in New Mexico looks to have killed himself: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:00
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Police in Albuquerque say a man who was being hunted on suspicion of shooting to death one woman and injuring three others was found dead on Tuesday, apparently after taking his own life with a handgun. Officers had warned members of the public to be on the lookout for 47-year-old Marcos Delgado after the shooting rampage on Friday lunchtime at a downtown industrial park in New Mexico's biggest city. Officer Tanner Tixia of the Albuquerque Police Department said in a statement that Delgado had been spotted late on Monday night traveling in an SUV with two other people.

Obama signs disaster declaration for wildfire-scorched Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:57

U.S. President Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq from his vacation home at Martha's Vineyard, MassachusettsBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday approved federal disaster aid for wildfire-scorched Washington state, as the U.S. West Coast struggles with a near-record fire season that experts say will likely worsen in the coming weeks. The declaration allows federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in parts of Washington that were affected by wildfires between July 9 and Aug. 5. The order did not approve a request for individual assistance to affected homeowners in central Washington, a decision Governor Jay Inslee said he would appeal. The West Coast fire season, which runs from May to October, is on track to break records for both the number of blazes and acres burned, according to fire teams.

Official: Robin Williams hanged himself with belt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:57

FILE - This March 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Robin Williams speaking at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Matt Damon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Struggling with depression, Robin Williams tried to cut his wrist and hanged himself with a belt in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home, officials said Tuesday.

Cuomo invited to visit Palestinians on Israel trip

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:54
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday invited New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top state legislators who are heading to Israel this week to visit the Palestinian territories and experience "all sides of the conflict, not just one."

White House loosens restrictions on lobbyists

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:51

U.S. President Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq from his vacation home at Martha's Vineyard, MassachusettsBy Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is loosening restrictions on lobbyists who want to serve on federal advisory boards, a White House official said on Tuesday, a setback to the president's efforts to tamp down special interest influence in Washington. Obama came to office pledging to curtail the sway of lobbyists and banned lobbyists from serving on such panels, which guide government policy on a range of topics ranging from cancer to towing safety. A spokesperson for the White House Office of Management and Budget said the administration was revising its earlier guidance on lobbyists serving on federal advisory panels to clarify that lobbyists may now serve on such panels when they are representing the views of a particular group.

Flooding slows production at Detroit automakers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:46
DETROIT (AP) — Record-setting rainfall in the Detroit area has slowed vehicle production, automakers said Tuesday.

California man pleads not guilty in 2013 wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:41
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man charged with setting one of the largest wildfires in the Sierra Nevada's recorded history says he's not guilty.

EXCLUSIVE: Firefighters in fatal Gesner Street blaze that killed 4 children speak to Action News

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:39

 Firefighters in fatal Gesner Street blaze that killed 4 children speak to Action NewsThey were the first, first responders. They agreed to tell Action News their story from that awful morning.

Illinois woman faces murder charge after planning robbery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:36
By Dawn Reiss JOLIET Ill. (Reuters) - An Illinois woman who helped plan a robbery that led to a double murder and who spent the stolen cash on cigarettes should be found guilty of murder, the prosecution said on Tuesday in closing arguments at a trial in the Chicago suburb of Joliet. Bethany McKee, 20, is on trial for first-degree murder in the killings of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22, who were robbed of $120 and strangled in a duplex in Joliet on Jan. 9, 2013. During the six-day trial, Alisa Massaro, also 20 and a former friend of McKee, told the judge that both women were part of a plan to lure Rankins to a night of drinking and then rob him, but that they weren't in the room when the victims were killed. Massaro is serving a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to lesser charges of robbery and concealing a homicide.

Faulty fire engine caused Montana crash that killed six

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:34
(Reuters) - A crash that killed a fire chief and a family of five in Montana was caused by a mechanical failure that caused the fire chief to lose control of the recently repaired fire engine he was driving, the Montana Highway Patrol said on Tuesday. The June 20 crash near the state capital of Helena claimed the lives of Todd Rummel, 44, the new chief of the volunteer fire department in Three Forks, Montana, as well as Matthew Boegli, his wife Crystal Ross, and their three young children. An investigation by the state Highway Patrol showed the accident was caused by a failure in the 2002 International fire truck's drivetrain, which delivers power to its wheels, Montana Highway Patrol Deputy Chief Greg Watson said in a statement.

Murder convict drops effort to skip his sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:31

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 17, 2014, file photo, Seth Mazzaglia gets ready to leave the courtroom during his trial in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H. Mazzaglia was convicted on June 27 of first-degree murder and other felonies in the death of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Mass. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)DOVER, N.H. (AP) — A man who was convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student and said he didn't want to listen to the victim's family "yell and whine" at his sentencing hearing about what a monster he is has dropped his bid to skip the hearing.

Nevada manhunt on for professional fighter accused of severely beating two

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:29
By Alexia Shurmur LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Las Vegas police were searching on Tuesday for a professional mixed martial artist whose ex-girlfriend says he broke her nose and facial bones and ruptured her liver when he beat her and a friend last week. Jonathan Koppenhaver, known as "War Machine" from his time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is the prime suspect in the Aug. 8 assault, according to an arrest warrant issued by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Monday. Police have not released the names of the two victims, but Koppenhaver's ex-girlfriend, porn actress Christy Mack, posted a description of the dispute and several photos of her injuries on her Twitter account. In her description, Mack said Koppenhaver entered her Las Vegas home around 4 a.m. while Mack was with a friend, and immediately attacked the pair.

Taney Dragons buzzing on social media

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:29

Taney Dragons buzzing on social mediaBuzz over the Taney Dragons is roaring all across our region.

Guide to developments in St. Louis police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:23

Protestor Boss Bastain of St. Louis locks arms with others as they confront Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers in front of the Ferguson police station on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Marchers are entering a third day of protests against Sunday's police shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — After an unarmed black teenager was shot by a police officer, a St. Louis suburb endured two nights of violence sparked by racial tensions. Here's a look at the key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed:

US judge opens civil rights case of NC sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:22

Terry JohnsonWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — In the opening day of a case accusing a North Carolina sheriff of racial profiling, two retired supervising deputies testified Tuesday that their former boss told officers to take Hispanic motorists to jail over traffic violations, rather than issuing citations.

Second night of rioting after killing of black Missouri teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:20
By Jason McLure and Carey Gillam FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas after rioting broke out for a second night in Ferguson, Missouri, despite calls on Monday for calm from the mother of a black teenager who was shot to death by police at the weekend. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said officers were focused on dispersing the crowd, which was smaller than the night before, but were making arrests and reported being fired on at some locations. Michael Brown, 18, was shot to death in Ferguson, a mostly black St Louis suburb, on Saturday afternoon after what police said was a struggle with a gun in a police car.

Mother smiles through hearing on child's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:19
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A woman accused of killing her infant daughter before trying to slit her teenage daughter's throat has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.

U.S. denies protections for wolverines, outrages conservationists

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:16
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - U.S. wildlife managers on Tuesday denied federal protections for rare wolverines, outraging conservationists but pleasing Western states that opposed adding the reclusive but feisty member of the weasel family to the endangered and threatened species list. Last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed applying Endangered Species Act safeguards for the estimated 300 wolverines left in the Lower 48 states, most of which inhabit the high country of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The service had said global warming was reducing mountain snows the animals use to dig dens and store food. "After carefully considering the best available science, the Service has determined that the effects of climate change are not likely to place the wolverine in danger of extinction now or in the foreseeable future," Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Gavin Shire said in a statement.

New road makes trip to Grand Canyon Skywalk faster

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:10

CORRECTS RESERVATION LOCATION TO NORTHWEST ARIZONA- This undated photo provided by Fann Contracting, Inc. shows a newly-paved stretch of road leading to the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in northwestern Arizona. Known as the Diamond Bar Road, the once rugged, nine-mile washboard road now is completely paved after years of battles that included a dude rancher charging tourists to cross his property. A ceremony is planned Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 to mark completion of the project. (AP Photo/Fann Contracting, Inc.)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Officials from the Hualapai Tribe gathered Tuesday for a ceremonial grand opening of a road that had been a major headache for tourists headed to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.