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Infamous speed trap town investigated over tickets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:19

In this Aug. 29, 2014 photo, drivers enter the town of Waldo, Fla., where motorists can encounter many different speed limits in a roughly two-mile drive. The AAA auto club named the tiny town between Jacksonville and Gainesville one of only two “traffic traps” nationwide. The other town is nearby Lawtey. Now Waldo is facing a scandal over its traffic tickets. (AP Photo/Jason Dearen)WALDO, Fla. (AP) — The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55 mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again and eventually, 35 mph.

Family of girl who killed instructor devastated

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:13
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A lawyer for the parents of the 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi says that the family is devastated.

Teen soccer player on life support after Hamilton Twp. crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:11

Teen soccer player on life support after Hamilton Twp. crashAuthorities say a teenage soccer player who was seriously injured in a multi-vehicle crash in Hamilton Township, New Jersey remains on life support.

Woman sentenced in silicone injection case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:06

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Tracey Lynn Garner looks back during her trial in Jackson, Miss. Garner, convicted of killing a Georgia woman through illicit silicone buttocks injections, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman convicted of killing a Georgia woman through illicit silicone buttocks injections has been sentenced to life in prison.

Double mastectomy doesn't boost survival for most

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:06
CHICAGO (AP) — Removing both breasts to treat cancer affecting only one side doesn't boost survival chances for most women, compared with surgery that removes just the tumor, a large study suggests. The results raise concerns about riskier, potentially unnecessary operations that increasing numbers of women are choosing.

US strike targets leader of Somali extremist group

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:04
A U.S. airstrike in Somalia killed at least six members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, possibly including its leader who was in a car that was hit.

Mexico plans $9.2B airport project for capital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:03

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto gives his second state-of-the-nation address inside the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Enrique Pena Nieto announced the construction of a new international airport for Mexico City on Tuesday, saying it will quadruple the capacity of the current one.

New England's tallest lighthouse sells for $78,000

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:02
YORK, Maine (AP) — New England's tallest lighthouse has been sold for $78,000.

U.S. missionary doctor in Liberia tests positive for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 03:54
(Reuters) - An American doctor working in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus after working with obstetrics patients at a missionary hospital in Monrovia, the Christian organization SIM USA said on Tuesday. The North Carolina-based group did not identify the doctor, who had not been treating the Ebola patients hospitalized in isolation on the missionary's sprawling campus. "The doctor is doing well and is in good spirits," SIM USA said in a statement. The worst Ebola outbreak in history has infected more than 3,000 people and killed some 1,550 since it was first detected early this year in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization.

U.S. Navy delays start of bidding for unmanned carrier-based drone

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 03:53
Navy, concerned about the affordability of a new carrier-based unmanned spy plane, has delayed this month's planned kickoff of the competition to build it, officials said on Tuesday. They said the Navy will wait to seek proposals for the contract until after the Pentagon conducts a broad review this fall of intelligence and surveillance programs. Navy officials had hoped to release a final request for proposals for the UCLASS this month, after a meeting of Pentagon officials on Sept. 10. Jamie Cosgrove, spokeswoman for the Navy's unmanned aviation programs, said decisions about the competition for the UCLASS program will be made after a review that will be done "in conjunction with the normal budget review process this fall." Cosgrove had no immediate comment on when the request for proposals could be released.

Arizona death row inmate charged with murder in 1991 Utah killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 03:53
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - An Arizona death row inmate is facing a Utah murder charge after investigators used fingerprints found on Lego toys and DNA evidence to link him to a 23-year-old cold-case homicide, authorities said on Tuesday. Lucille Johnson, 78, was last seen sweeping the porch of her Salt Lake City-area home on Feb. 1, 1991. Authorities finally linked the long-unsolved killing to Arizona inmate John Edward Sansing, according to charging documents filed last week in Salt Lake City district court. Utah prosecutors charged Sansing, 47, with one count of first-degree felony murder in connection with Johnson’s death, although Arizona law enforcement officials could not immediately say on Tuesday whether he had been formally notified of the charge.

New York's Evans Bank accused of denying loans to African-Americans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 03:51
New York state's attorney general on Tuesday accused regional bank Evans Bancorp of illegally discriminating against African-Americans in Buffalo by denying them mortgages. According to the lawsuit, Evans Bank deliberately disqualified African-Americans from its mortgage products regardless of their creditworthiness, a practice known as redlining. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the bank produced maps outlining its "Trade Area" that excluded all of the predominantly African-American neighborhoods on the eastern side of Buffalo, one of the most racially segregated cities in the United States. Of the 1,114 residential mortgage applications received by the bank from the Buffalo area between 2009 and 2012, only four were from applicants who described themselves as African-American, the lawsuit said, a far lower rate than any other bank with an office in the city.

Ex-Mamtek CEO pleads guilty to theft, fraud

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 03:51
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — The man who persuaded a rural Missouri town and the state to invest millions in bonds and incentives for an artificial sweetener plant that never materialized pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felony charges.

Florida judge in Casey Anthony trial returns to private practice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 03:50
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla (Reuters) - The Florida judge who presided over the Casey Anthony murder trial in 2011 started a new job as a personal injury lawyer on Tuesday, two days after he retired from the bench. Belvin Perry Jr. was praised widely for his calm and even-handed management of the Orlando trial televised worldwide in which Anthony was acquitted of killing her 2year-old daughter, Caylee, whose body was found duct-taped and dumped in woods near their home. Perry created a set of procedures to handle crowds of media, spectators, tourists and protesters that has been replicated for high-profile cases, including in the 2013 Florida trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. At his news conference, Perry said he had wanted to be a personal injury lawyer when he graduated from law school but that fate led him first to become a prosecutor and then a judge.

Police investigating shooting in Torresdale

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 03:44

9-year-old suffers head wound in Tacony shootingPhiladelphia police are on the scene of shooting in the city's Torresdale section.

South Carolina boy sues over makeup removal for driver's license photo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 03:43
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - The mother of a South Carolina teenager who says he was ordered to remove his makeup for his driver's license photograph filed suit on Tuesday against the state's Department of Motor Vehicles on civil rights grounds.    The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Chase Culpepper, 16, who regularly wears makeup and women's clothing, pits transgender rights against the state's ability to determine when a person's appearance has been altered to the point of misrepresentation in an official photo ID. The suit, which alleges discrimination based on sex stereotypes, was filed in federal court in South Carolina by the New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund.     "I love my son just the way he is," Teresa Culpepper, who is suing on behalf of her son, said in a statement.

Six Cubans land in Texas after drifting across Gulf of Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 03:42
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Six men who identified themselves as Cubans have landed on a Texas coastal island after the engine failed on their boat, causing it to drift for more than two weeks across the Gulf of Mexico before reaching shore, authorities said on Tuesday. The men told authorities they were trying to land in Cancun, Mexico about 260 miles (420 km) away and to the west from their launch point in Nueva Gerona, Cuba, but landed on South Padre Island in south Texas, about 950 miles away (1,500 km). "They were elated when they found out they were in the U.S.," said Horacio Zamora, head of the Cameron County, Texas parks department. The men told authorities that they had been adrift since Aug. 15, when their boat's engine failed.

Irish tax haul jumps, signals kinder 2015 budget

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 03:13
Ireland's tax collections are beating targets and have put the country on course to achieve normal deficit levels after six years of austerity, the government announced Tuesday. Finance Minister Michael ...

Christie to Mexico on trade mission, 2016 politics

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 03:11

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walks along a boardwalk after a town hall meeting in Ocean City, N.J. Christie is heading to Mexico officially for a trade mission typical of any governor. But Christie is a potential GOP presidential candidate with little foreign policy expertise, a lot of swagger and much to learn about international diplomacy. He is one of several potential White House hopefuls burnishing their foreign policy credentials for any possible general election matchup against Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, a former secretary of state. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Mexico on Wednesday, officially on a trade mission for his state. But the trip also serves as schooling for Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate with a lot of swagger but little foreign policy experience.

Flight diverted, woman removed over seat dispute

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 03:04
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A combative woman upset over a reclining seat was removed from a flight to Florida, airport officials said Tuesday, but the woman told authorities she was not aggressive — just upset over the recent death of her two dogs.