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Arizona braces for possible repeat of powerful storms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 02:32

Hurricane Odile is pictured off the west coast of the United States as it approaches the Baja Peninsula in this September 14, 2014 NASA handout satellite imageBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona residents braced for another wave of heavy rains and flooding on Tuesday as the remnants of Hurricane Odile began to sweep into the desert state. With cloudy skies above, locals began filling sandbags at fire stations and trying to shore up their homes, just eight days after powerful storms battered the southwestern state and dumped record rainfall on the Phoenix and Tucson areas. Last week's downpour turned sections of major freeways into lakes, overflowed from creeks and canals and killed two women swept away by floodwaters. ...


Virginia sues 13 banks for $1 billion over alleged mortgage bond fraud

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 02:29
By Gary Robertson and Aruna Viswanatha RICHMOND Va./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The state of Virginia said on Tuesday that it sued units of Citigroup Inc, Deutsche Bank AG and 11 other banks, accusing them of defrauding the state's retirement fund by selling it shoddy mortgage bonds in the run-up to the recent financial crisis. The lawsuit seeks $1.15 billion in damages from the banks, who allegedly misled the Virginia Retirement System about the quality of loans in investments purchased between 2004 and 2010. ...

Russian billionaire placed under house arrest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 02:21

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, chairs a meeting in the Kremlin with Vladimir Yevtushenko, second left, in Moscow, Russia. Russia’s top investigative agency says it has filed money-laundering charges against a billionaire tycoon. The Investigative Committee said Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014, that Vladimir Yevtushenkov, the head of Sistema holding company, has been placed under house arrest. The committee said the 66-year old Yevtushenkov is suspected of involvement in a money-laundering scheme involving oil assets in the Russian province of Bashkiria. (AP Photo/ITAR-TASS, Alexei Panov, Presidential Press Service, File)MOSCOW (AP) — A billionaire Russian tycoon was placed under house arrest Tuesday on money-laundering charges, the nation's top investigative agency said.


Police say suspect in barracks ambush a survivalist who expressed desire to commit mass murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 02:19
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Police say suspect in barracks ambush a survivalist who expressed desire to commit mass murder.

Nearly 40 empty train cars derail in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 02:14
(Reuters) - Nearly 40 empty train cars derailed in southern Arizona late on Monday but no one was hurt, a spokesman for Union Pacific said. The three-locomotive train was hauling 107 cars to Los Angeles from Houston when the accident happened near Picacho Peak in Pinal County, spokesman Mark Davis said by email on Tuesday. The cause of the derailment is under investigation, Davis added. Thirty-nine rail cars carrying empty ocean-going containers were derailed, Davis said. ...

NY boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 02:11

Jojo John arrives to the Rockland County Courthouse for sentencing in New City, N.Y., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. John was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars for crashing a powerboat into a barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail.


San Francisco trying shaming for quake safety

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:56
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is trying shaming to make its buildings safer for shaking.

Governor signs first California groundwater rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:55
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will no longer be the only western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.

Boat driver get two years jail in NY crash that killed bride, best man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:50
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A speedboat driver in the 2013 crash that killed a bride-to-be and a best man on New York's Hudson River was sentenced on Tuesday to two years in jail after a plea deal to avoid prison time, prosecutors said. The sentence was handed down several months after Jojo John, 36, pleaded guilty in June to two counts of manslaughter. John had initially faced a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison for multiple crimes including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. ...

Program that accepted Rice rare in domestic cases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:49

FILE - In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during a news conference in Owings Mills, Md. The offender-rehabilitation program that former Ravens player Rice entered after knocking Janay unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator is rarely used in domestic assault cases. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The offender-rehabilitation program former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice entered after knocking his fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator is rarely used in domestic assault cases — but whether that means he got special treatment depends who you ask.


Worker stole $30K of copper wire from Delaware power plant, police say

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:44

Worker stole $30K of copper wire from Delaware power plant, police sayPolice in Dover say a man has been arrested for stealing about 1,000 feet of heavy-duty copper wire from a city power plant.


Worker stole $30K of copper wire in Delaware, police say

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:40

Worker stole $30K of copper wire from Delaware power plant, police sayPolice in Dover say a man has been arrested for stealing about 1,000 feet of heavy-duty copper wire from a city power plant.


Donald Trump tweets he may buy back casinos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:34

Donald Trump tweets he may buy back casinosDonald Trump, who no longer owns but whose name still adorns one closed Atlantic City casino and another troubled casino, says he may buy back in.


Judge changes but won't lift Ga. man's banishment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:28
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who fired a gun at a home and was later banished from most of the state can live with his mother, but is not allowed out of the county, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Warrant issued in shooting of pregnant woman, baby

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:26

In this undated photo provided by Judith Luckangelo, 25-year-old Megan Doto is show in Philadelphia. Police say on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, a bullet struck and killed the 25-year-old Doto, who was eight months pregnant. Doto died less than two hours later. Her child died early Monday at Temple University Hospital. A $40,000 reward is being offered in the deaths of a Luckangelo and her child. Philadelphia Homicide Capt. James Clark says a man dressed in black fired more than 10 shots at a car a block away Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Judith Luckangelo)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities in Philadelphia are seeking a 26-year-old man in the shooting death of a pregnant woman and her baby.


Children's respiratory illness spreads to a dozen U.S. states: CDC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:08
By Letitia Stein (Reuters) - A serious respiratory illness sickening U.S. children has spread to 12 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, as it predicted that more states will report cases in coming weeks. The growing list of states with confirmed cases now includes Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, the CDC said. ...

Spaceport delays prompt some impatience in New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:01

Spaceport America's Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Building is seen near Truth or Consequences, New MexicoBy Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Delays in the launch of the first space flights by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic from a base in New Mexico have drawn criticism from a county commissioner in the south of the state. The inaugural flight had been expected to take place this year, carrying Branson from Spaceport America's 12,000-foot (3.6 km) runway in Sierra County to suborbital space about 65 miles (100 km) above Earth. ...


Woman who made kids drink bleach pleads insanity

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:55
BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman accused of trying to kill her children by forcing them to drink bleach has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Peterson faced accusation in 2013

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:54
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, already facing felony charges in Texas for child abuse, was accused in a separate incident involving another son who is 4 years old, KHOU-TV in Houston has reported.

AccuWeather: Afternoon Sun today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:50

 Afternoon Sun todayMeteorologist David Murphy says Wednesday is Sun-day.