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Approaching hurricanes hit Hawaii tourism industry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 05:17

Shoppers lift cases of bottled water in preparation for a hurricane and tropical storm heading toward Hawaii at the Iwilei Costco in Honolulu on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Two big storms so close together is rare in the eastern Pacific. Hurricane Iselle could make landfall by Friday and Tropical Storm Julio could hit two or three days later, weather officials said. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)HONOLULU (AP) — Washington state couple Tracy Black and Chris Kreifels are used to rainy weather, but they weren't expecting hurricane conditions for their destination wedding in Hawaii.

Florida man charged with animal torture in slaughterhouse sting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 05:16
(Reuters) - A Florida man was arrested and charged with 30 counts of animal cruelty at a Miami-area slaughterhouse where pigs were shot, stabbed and boiled alive, officials said on Wednesday. His arrest followed an undercover investigation late last year by Animal Recovery Mission, an animal welfare group, at the illegal slaughterhouse on a rural farm near the Florida Everglades. Videotapes by the group allegedly showed Yurianne Hervis-Gonzalez, 33, bashing the pigs with a mallet to prepare them for slaughter and thrusting live animals into boiling water, according to an arrest report from the Miami-Dade Police Department. "He was the main killer," said Richard Couto, Animal Recovery Mission's founder, calling Hervis-Gonzalez the most violent animal killer in the United States.

Detroit-area porch shooting case goes to jury

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 05:15

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 homeowner who opened his front door and blasted an unarmed woman on his porch should have called 911 instead of becoming "judge, jury and executioner," a prosecutor said Wednesday in urging jurors to convict him of second-degree murder.

Maine mom sentenced to six months for driving 123 mph with kids in car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 05:14
By Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM Maine (Reuters) - A 26-year-old Maine mother has been sentenced to six months in prison for driving 123 miles per hour (198 kph) with her two children in the car, weeks after being arrested a second time and charged with drunken driving with a child in the backseat. In April, Cheryl Gilson, of Cornish, Maine, was headed north on the Interstate 95 near Portland with her two children, ages 3 and 5, state police said, when they clocked her traveling at about twice the posted speed limit.

Hawaii braces for Hurricane Iselle, with Julio right behind

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 05:12

Hawaii residents line up to fill their propane tanks at a local hardware store as a hurricane and a tropical storm approach the Hawaiian islands, in Mililani, Hawaii.By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - Hurricane Iselle barreled west across the Pacific Ocean toward the Hawaiian Islands on Wednesday, where officials warned residents and tourists of possible flooding and mudslides and ordered schools closed. The storm was about 700 miles (1,130 km) east of Hilo, on the Island of Hawaii, at 7 a.m. Hawaiian Standard Time on Wednesday and heading west-northwest at 15 miles per hour (24 km per hour) with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (137 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center. Iselle was expected to weaken into a tropical storm before reaching the islands sometime on Friday morning but forecasters said it could still bring high winds and 10-to-15-foot (three-to-4.5-meter) surf to the tourist haven. If the hurricane makes a direct hit over the Big Island, how much of a blocking effect that has we don't know," said Ray Tanabe, acting director for the National Weather Service in the pacific region.

Judge considers moving evidence in kidnapping case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 05:10

Nathaniel Kibby listens during a court hearing Wednesday Aug. 6, 2014, is Ossipee, N.H. Kibby is charged with kidnapping 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez as she walked home from high school. Abigail, now 15, returned home last month. (AP Photo/Conway Daily Sun, Jamie Gemmiti, Pool)OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday said she would rule as soon as possible on whether to move evidence including the trailer home of a man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl who returned home after nine months.

Judges weigh 4 states' gay marriage cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 05:06

Hundreds of gay marriage supporters rally on Fountain Square, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. Three judges of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati are set to hear arguments Wednesday in six gay marriage fights from four states, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court judge hearing arguments in six gay marriage fights in a landmark hearing Wednesday expressed deep skepticism about whether the courts are the ideal setting for such major change, saying that the best way to win the hearts and minds of Americans on the issue would be the democratic process.

Oklahoma gay marriage case appealed to high court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 05:05
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

Lovebirds in Arizona died from parrot fever

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 05:05
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Nearly two dozen lovebirds found dead in a Scottsdale yard died from a disease known as parrot fever, Arizona wildlife officials said Wednesday.

2 shot, wounded near Musikfest in Bethlehem

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 05:00

2 shot, wounded near Musikfest in BethlehemAs many as 10 people were taken into custody following a shootout near Musikfest in Bethlehem on Tuesday night.

Challenges to gay marriage bans: Where they stand

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 04:56
State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since last summer, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them, and a federal Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will hear arguments Wednesday on cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

Fifty stranded passengers rescued after Dallas zoo ride stalls

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 04:54
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A passenger monorail at the Dallas Zoo stalled on Wednesday after an electrical power surge, stranding about 50 passengers who had to get off the train using ladders, officials said. The monorail will stay closed until at least Friday to assess the damage caused by the power surge, zoo spokeswoman Laurie Holloway said. "It stopped in a shady area, right in front of our new baby eland, so the guests at least got the best look at the baby that anyone has," Holloway said.This is the third malfunction in recent years to stall the ride while carrying passengers.

Brush fire spurs evacuations as warnings issued in Pacific Northwest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 04:50
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A growing Oregon brush fire that ballooned to 200 acres on Wednesday triggered the evacuation of seven rural homes, as blazes elsewhere in the state forced ranchers to relocate cattle and threatened to drive more people from their homes. The so-called Rowena fire, which erupted on Tuesday in the Columbia River Gorge in northern Oregon, was threatening 70 homes by mid-morning. In addition to prompting the evacuation of seven homes, the fire also forced the closure of a section of U.S. Highway 30.    The National Weather Service issued a "red flag warning" for northeast Oregon and southeast Washington state on Wednesday, indicating new wildfires are likely to spark and spread quickly in the region. In Oregon alone, firefighters are battling a dozen wildfires across 90,000 acres, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.

Murder or mistake? Michigan porch shooting trial goes to jury

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 04:50

Theodore Wafer sits in the court room during his arraignment in Detroit, MichiganBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit jury on Wednesday began deliberations to decide whether the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white suburban homeowner was murder or a fear-driven mistake. A prosecutor in the trial of Theodore Wafer, 55, said the airport maintenance worker handled his shotgun "like a toy" when he shot through a screen door and killed Renisha McBride, 19, last November. McBride had been drinking and smoking marijuana before getting into an early morning car crash, and knocked on the door of Wafer's Dearborn Heights home looking for help. The Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun used by Wafer "is a dangerous weapon and the way he handled it - he handled it like a toy, and as a result a 19-year-old is dead," Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney Patrick Muscat told jurors during closing arguments.

Hawaii residents stock up ahead of 2 hurricanes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 04:44

Shoppers prepare for a hurricane and tropical storm heading toward HawaiiHONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii residents furiously stocked up on essentials as two hurricanes churned toward the islands, prompting flash flood warnings, closing schools and disrupting travel plans across the islands.

Geese stuck in drought-depleted California pond are rescued

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 04:44
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A group of about 50 flightless geese stranded at a California pond became easy prey for foxes and coyotes when drought conditions dried their watery home, but they have been rescued and sent to new homes, organizers of the effort said on Wednesday. The geese, whose desiccated pond was between an interstate highway and a row of industrial buildings, were in desperate straights in the town of Woodland near Sacramento, said Jennifer Gordon, director of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. A small group of domesticated geese were abandoned at the pond about 20 years ago, and their numbers grew over time through inbreeding, which burdened the animals with some health problems, said Woodland Public Works Director Greg Meyer, whose department was involved in the rescue. California's 3-year-old drought, in addition to robbing the geese of their sanctuary, has dried up lakes and rivers in many parts of the state, as well as heightening the wildfire risk and depleting reservoirs.

PHOTOS: Adam Joseph welcomes baby boy!

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 04:37

 Adam Joseph welcomes baby boy!The Action News family keeps growing! Check out Adam Joseph's baby boy, Jacob!

Ohio inmates dump lunch in protest after maggots found on food line

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 04:37
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A thousand inmates at an Ohio women's prison dumped their lunch trays in protest after word spread that maggots had been found on a serving line, a prisons spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Inmates at the prison in Marysville northwest of Columbus staged the protest after finding the maggots and notifying staff, dumping their food into trash bins, spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said. It was the second complaint about maggots at the prison, which houses about 2,500 women, and one of several incidents around Ohio prisons reported over the last year. Maggots were also found on Tuesday near a serving line at the Trumbull Correctional Institute near Warren.

Del. State Trooper shot, protected by body armor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 04:25

Del. State Trooper shot, protected by body armorA state trooper who was shot in Bear, Delaware, walked away with minor injuries thanks to the protection of his bullet proof vest.

Trooper shot while executing search warrant in Bear, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 04:21

Del. State Trooper shot, protected by body armorA state trooper who was shot in Bear, Delaware, walked away with minor injuries thanks to the protection of his bullet proof vest.