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Grizzly bears kill more Montana livestock than in all 2014

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 06:23

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, a grizzly bear walks through a back country campsite in Montana's Glacier National Park. Growing numbers of grizzly bears venturing further east from the Rocky Mountains are attacking more Montana cattle and sheep. The state's livestock loss program has reimbursed ranchers for 42 animals killed by grizzlies so far this year eight more than in all of 2014. (Doug Kelley/The Spokesman-Review via AP) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITHELENA, Mont. (AP) — Growing numbers of grizzly bears venturing east from the Rocky Mountains are attacking more domestic cattle and sheep.

US pursues new UN sanctions on South Sudan as deal unsigned

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 06:21

South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar, center, shakes hands with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, center-right wearing a black hat, after lengthy peace negotiations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. South Sudan's President Salva Kiir refused to sign a peace agreement Monday with rebel forces, saying he needs 15 days before he will sign, although rebel leader Riek Machar had signed the accord before Kiir refused. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has begun talks at the United Nations to sanction South Sudan if its government doesn't sign a peace deal with rebels within 15 days and all sides in the conflict don't promptly implement a cease-fire, President Barack Obama's national security adviser said Tuesday.

Truck crashes into Washington fisheries pond; 4 dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 06:17
TULALIP, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a pickup truck drove off a roadway, over a concrete embankment and into a fisheries pond in western Washington state, killing the driver and all three passengers.

Officials promise to work together on Hudson River tunnel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 06:15

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrives for a meeting with state and federal transportation officials, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Newark, N.J., to discuss plans to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. The meeting at Sen. Cory Booker's office in Newark includes the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie, New Jersey's two U.S. senators and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx vowed Tuesday to work together to obtain federal money for a $14 billion rail tunnel under the Hudson River — though New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's absence highlighted the challenge of bringing together the many parties involved in the complicated project.

Former Tuskegee Airman, 93, is robbed, then carjacked

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 06:12
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 93-year-old veteran who was part of the famed Tuskegee Airmen was the victim of crimes twice within a few minutes in St. Louis, being robbed and then having his car stolen.

Seminarians excited for Pope Francis' stay next month

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 06:11

Seminarians excited for Pope Francis' stay next monthWhen Pope Francis comes to our region next month, he will rest his head at the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, and some of the people most excited about the pontiff's stay are the new students who just moved into the seminary dorms.

Congressman Fattah: I'm innocent of racketeering charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 06:06

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., arrives at the federal courthouse, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Philadelphia. Fattah has been indicted on charges he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, in his first court appearance on federal racketeering charges, proclaimed his innocence Tuesday and accused the Department of Justice of making his family and friends collateral damage.

Pennsylvania man charged in 35-year-old double murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 06:03
The suspect, Abraham Cruz, 54, was charged after investigators interviewed his uncle, who was sentenced for the crime last year, according to court documents. Cruz was 18 when he and his uncle Erasmo Cruz, then 25, broke into the home near Gettysburg of the uncle's ex-girlfriend Deborah Patterson, 17, according to the court papers. The house was set ablaze and Patterson was shot and killed along with her mother, Nancy Patterson, 41, when they tried to escape, according to the criminal complaint.

Investigation: Bales showed signs of potential violence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:56

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2011 image provided by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS), Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, 1st platoon sergeant, Blackhorse Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division participates in an exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. A U.S. military investigation into Bales shooting rampage in Afghanistan concludes that there were advance warnings that he was capable of unwarranted violence, but not that he would commit a large-scale atrocity like the slaughtering of 16 Afghan civilians, including seven children. (DVIDS/Spc. Ryan Hallock via AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A soldier convicted two years ago of one of the worst American atrocities of the war in Afghanistan had exhibited warning signs of unwarranted violent behavior, but none that indicated he was capable of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians, including seven children, and burning some of their bodies, according to a military investigation report released Tuesday.

New Mexico police officers ordered to stand trial for murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:56

Defense attorney Luis Robles, left, talks to former Albuquerque detective Keith Sandy, center, and Albuquerque officer Dominique Perez, right, during a preliminary hearing in Albuquerque, N.M. on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. A judge is listening to testimony and will decide if Sandy and Perez should stand trial for the fatal shooting of a homeless man in 2014. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge ruled Tuesday that two police officers must stand trial on murder charges in the on-duty shooting of a homeless man whose killing was caught on video and sparked national outrage while fueling reforms at the Albuquerque Police Department.

Ex-security officer charged with cooking meth at U.S. government lab

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:54
A former security officer at a federal laboratory in Maryland was charged on Tuesday with trying to make methamphetamine there, and his lawyer said he was expected to plead guilty. The suspect, Christopher Bartley, 41, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, faces one count in U.S. District Court of attempting to make the drug at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), also in Gaithersburg.

Records: Men linked to militia accused in smuggling rip-off

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:52
PHOENIX (AP) — Three men affiliated with an Arizona militia group were charged in federal court with trying to replicate a tactic long used by smugglers: Stealing drugs from people who have already transported them across the Mexico border.

WW II fighter ace Fritz Payne dies; fought at Guadalcanal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:52
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Frederick R. "Fritz" Payne, a World War II fighter ace who left his mark on aviation and wartime history by shooting down six Japanese warplanes during the Battle of Guadalcanal, a bloody, months-long confrontation that helped change the course of the war, has died at age 104.

Former Georgia officers charged with murder in death of man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:42
ATLANTA (AP) — A grand jury indicted two former Atlanta-area police officers on murder charges after prosecutors said they used stun guns on a man while his hands were cuffed behind his back.

Charleston schools ban Confederate flag, other districts hesitate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:41
Students returning to school in South Carolina's Charleston County may not wear T-shirts, belt buckles or other apparel displaying the Confederate battle flag, a divisive symbol of the South’s pro-slavery legacy to many, officials said on Tuesday. The ban in the district, where nine black churchgoers were shot dead earlier this summer, runs counter to policies at other schools across the U.S. South requiring them to defer to the free speech rights of students. A district outside Nashville, Tennessee, for example, said it could do nothing about a parent's complaint last week about the Confederate battle flags flying from student vehicles in a high school parking lot.

Man charged in 1980 slaying of Pennsylvania mother, daughter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:38

Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Jonathan Mays, left, and Adams County District Attorney Shawn C. Wager speak during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Gettysburg, Pa., regarding two counts of criminal homicide filed against 54-year-old Abraham Cruz Jr. in connection with the Aug. 30, 1980, deaths of a mother and her daughter. Prosecutors say Cruz shot and killed 17-year-old Deborah Patterson and her mother, Nancy Patterson, during an early morning burglary at their home in Freedom Township, Adams County, near Gettysburg. (Shane Dunlap/The Evening Sun via AP) MANDATORY CREDITGETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man has been charged in a 35-year-old murder case in southern Pennsylvania, accused of killing a mother and her teenage daughter during an early morning burglary at their home, authorities said Tuesday.

Clinton endorsed by 2 ex-South Carolina governors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:38

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in North Las Vegas, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)ATLANTA (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is getting endorsements from two former Democratic governors in the early-voting state of South Carolina, including one who helped lead President Barack Obama's first campaign.

Raging U.S. wildfires burn homes, force evacuations, kill horses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:23

Smoke rises from the TePee Springs fire in the Payette National Forest near Riggins, IdahoBy David Ryder and Laura Zuckerman CHELAN, Wash./SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Dozens of wildfires burning across the drought-parched U.S. Northwest on Tuesday have destroyed scores of structures, sparked evacuation orders for thousands of people, and killed at least 27 wild horses. More than 100 homes have been destroyed since Friday in Washington state, Idaho and Oregon, authorities said. About 200 U.S. soldiers have been called in to reinforce civilian firefighters battling almost 90 blazes that have blackened more than 1 million acres (400,000 hectares) across the country's arid West.

Suspect in fatal Seattle-area shooting spree held on $5 million bond

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:22
Nathen Ryan Terault, 34, was charged on Monday with first-degree murder, robbery and a dozen counts of assault, among other crimes, Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist's office said in a statement. Lindquist's office said the episode began when officers tried to pull over Terault for speeding on Aug. 11. It said he eventually ditched his car near the home of 71-year-old Richard Johnson, about 40 miles south of Seattle, and shot the man twice, killing him.

Campers killed by tree limb in Yosemite were teenage boys

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 05:21
TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — Two young campers killed by a falling tree limb in Yosemite National Park have been identified as 14-year-old boys from Orange County in Southern California.