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'Free the weed': Scenes from Washington pot sales

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:26

Julian Rodriguez, right, of Everson, Wash., holds his two-gram packet of recreational marijuana outside Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales. At left is Tom Beckley, the owner of the store. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)As employees worked frantically to prepare the shelves and assess their inventory at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham, Washington, 22-year-old Zoe Wainwright was among the dozens in line early Tuesday waiting for legal marijuana sales to begin.


Jury in NY acquits ex-hedge fund founder's brother

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

Rengan Rajaratnam, left, exits Manhattan federal court in New York with his attorney Daniel Gitner Tuesday, July 8, 2014 after he was acquitted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Prosecutors had alleged that Rajaratnam, 43, joined with his brother, Raj Rajaratnam, to cheat in the stock market in 2008 on the securities of two technology companies. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of an imprisoned ex-billionaire hedge fund founder was acquitted of conspiracy on Tuesday, handing Manhattan prosecutors their first loss after dozens of insider trading convictions in prosecutions that relied heavily on wiretaps and the testimony of those who pleaded guilty.


Iraq says 'terrorists' seize chemical weapons site

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:11
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iraq said the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents.

Obama urgently asks $3.7 billion for border crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:09

FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo, immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally stand in line for tickets at the bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas. Tackling what he has called a humanitarian crisis, President Barack Obama on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 asked Congress for $3.7 billion to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border, straining immigration resources and causing a political firestorm in Washington. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama appealed to Congress on Tuesday for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with the immigration crisis on the nation's southern border, where unaccompanied children have been showing up by the thousands in a human drama that's causing a political storm in Washington and beyond.


NY jury acquits ex-hedge fund founder's brother

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:08

Rengan Rajaratnam, left, exits Manhattan federal court in New York with his attorney Daniel Gitner Tuesday, July 8, 2014 after he was acquitted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Prosecutors had alleged that Rajaratnam, 43, joined with his brother, Raj Rajaratnam, to cheat in the stock market in 2008 on the securities of two technology companies. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of an imprisoned ex-billionaire hedge fund founder has been acquitted of conspiracy.


Sterling appears in court for Clippers sale trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:08

Shelly Sterling, the wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse for a trial over the $2 billion Los Angeles Clippers sale on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling, fighting his wife's planned $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, arrived in court Tuesday to give testimony but sat stolidly as a psychiatrist testified that he's mentally incapable of handling financial affairs.


American women targeted as Malaysia becomes Internet scam haven: U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:08
By Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Hundreds of American women are being ensnared by Internet scammers based in Malaysia, with some losing over a quarter of a million dollars, as the country becomes an epicenter for online crime perpetrated by Africans, U.S. officials say. The mostly Nigerian conmen, who enter Malaysia on student visas, take advantage of the country's good Internet infrastructure to prey on lonely, middle-aged women, wooing them on dating websites before swindling their savings, they said. The scams are more sophisticated than most Nigeria-based operations - which most Internet users have experienced at some time either via email or advertising - helped by Malaysia's advanced banking system, which allows perpetrators to quickly set up accounts and receive international transfers. U.S. officials say Malaysian police lack the resources and expertise to tackle the problem and have yet to launch a single prosecution of a case involving a U.S. victim.

New NYC jails boss, overseers clash over solitary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:07
NEW YORK (AP) — The newly appointed commissioner of New York City's jail system violated city law by sending as many as 47 mentally ill inmates into 23-hour confinement without first getting approval from mental health clinicians, a city oversight board said Tuesday.

Judge halts mental exam in Wisconsin stabbing case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:03
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A judge on Tuesday halted his previous order that one of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to curry favor with a fictional character undergo an insanity exam.

No new hearings for Michigan juvenile lifers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:58
DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of Michigan prisoners automatically sentenced to life behind bars for murder as teens aren't entitled to a new day in court, the state Supreme Court said Tuesday in a major decision that blocks one route to possible release but won't be the final word.

4 DEA employees encountered man forgotten in cell

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:55
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A government investigation has found that four U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration employees saw or heard a handcuffed college student while he was held in a San Diego cell for five days without food or water.

Labor dispute briefly shuts LA, Long Beach ports

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:54
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of dockworkers briefly walked off their jobs Tuesday at the massive ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, disrupting the movement of international cargo before a mediator ordered them back.

4 DEA employees encountered man forgotten in cell

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:54
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A government investigation has found that four U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration employees saw or heard a handcuffed college student while he was held in a San Diego cell for five days without food or water.

Charges: Russian stole data from restaurants, zoo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:52
SEATTLE (AP) — A Russian man recently arrested on bank fraud and other charges hacked into computers at restaurants in Western Washington, hundreds of other retail businesses, and even the Phoenix Zoo, U.S. authorities allege.

Colorado clerk: gay marriage bans unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:40
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A county clerk in Colorado says she cannot deny gay couples their fundamental right to wed, according to court documents filed ahead of a hearing in a lawsuit by the state's attorney general to stop her issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Emboldened by a regional appeals court ruling on June 25 that found in favor of gay nuptials in neighboring Utah, Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall has given out more than 100 licenses, saying same-sex couples in Colorado have waited long enough. In the court documents made public on Tuesday, she argued through a county attorney that gay couples have been stigmatized and made to feel inferior by the state's gay marriage ban. "Clerk Hall concluded that if she were to deny marriage licenses to applicants based solely on their sex, she would be denying their fundamental rights under the United States Constitution," deputy county attorney David Hughes wrote.

Colorado clerk: gay marriage bans unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:40
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A county clerk in Colorado says she cannot deny gay couples their fundamental right to wed, according to court documents filed ahead of a hearing in a lawsuit by the state's attorney general to stop her issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Emboldened by a regional appeals court ruling on June 25 that found in favor of gay nuptials in neighboring Utah, Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall has given out more than 100 licenses, saying same-sex couples in Colorado have waited long enough. In the court documents made public on Tuesday, she argued through a county attorney that gay couples have been stigmatized and made to feel inferior by the state's gay marriage ban. "Clerk Hall concluded that if she were to deny marriage licenses to applicants based solely on their sex, she would be denying their fundamental rights under the United States Constitution," deputy county attorney David Hughes wrote.

Sterling appears in court at Clippers sale trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:38

Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse with her attorney Pierce O' Donnell, Monday, July 7, 2014. With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on Shelly Sterling had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling has arrived in court to give testimony in a lawsuit over the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.


Sterling appears in court at Clippers sale trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:38

Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse with her attorney Pierce O' Donnell, Monday, July 7, 2014. With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on Shelly Sterling had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling has arrived in court to give testimony in a lawsuit over the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.


Doctor: Ohio infant to recover from firework burns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:36
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A doctor says an Ohio infant burned by a neighbor's fireworks is expected to make a full recovery.

Doctor: Ohio infant to recover from firework burns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:36
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A doctor says an Ohio infant burned by a neighbor's fireworks is expected to make a full recovery.