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You too can be a Broadway producer with just $10K

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:37

FILE - This 1950 file photo originally released by MGM shows Gene Kelly, right, and Frank Sinatra in a scene from "On the Town." The lead producers behind the 1940s song-and-dance Broadway revival of “On the Town” are offering accredited folk an opportunity to invest in the production for as little as $10,000. "On the Town," which was last on Broadway in 1998, features the songs "New York, New York," "I Can Cook Too," "Lonely Town," and "Some Other Time." (AP Photo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The lead producers behind the 1940s song-and-dance Broadway revival of "On the Town" are offering a modern twist for its financing: accredited folk can buy a part of it for as little as $10,000.


Court: Transgender man can keep pursuing divorce

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:33
PHOENIX (AP) — A transgender man in Arizona who gave birth to three children after beginning to change from female to male can continue to pursue a divorce, a state appeals court said Wednesday in reversing a judge who refused to end the marriage.

Mississippi seeks new ruling on abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:31
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges.

More water headed to struggling Lake Mead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:30

In this July 16, 2014 photo, what was once the Echo Bay Marina sits high and dry next to Lake Mead in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. A 14-year drought has caused the water level in Lake Mead to shrink to its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s. (AP Photo/John Locher)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — One of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system that is struggling to serve the booming Southwest will get more water this year, but that won't be enough to pull Lake Mead back from near-record lows.


Man arrested with dying immigrants in trunk weeps in San Diego court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:28
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A 41-year-old man who was arrested after border officials found two dying Mexican men in the trunk of his car at the U.S.-Mexican border wept in court on Wednesday as he was arraigned on a federal smuggling charge. Nicholas George Zakov appeared distraught as his court-appointed attorney entered a plea of innocent on his behalf during a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in San Diego. Following the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Wheat said federal investigators were still probing the incident and plan to take the evidence, including the as-yet unfinished autopsy results, to a grand jury for an indictment in the next week.

Washington gets dust storm in Western weather swap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:27

Firefighters arrive to rescue stranded motorists as heavy rains caused flash flooding, stranding cars Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Laveen, Ariz. Authorities say at least six people have been rescued from vehicles that were stuck in flooded streets in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Storms in the Western U.S. have created an odd coincidence and something of a weather swap in Arizona and Washington.


Woman accused of killing daughter smiles, winks at judge in hearing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:26

Woman accused of killing daughter smiles, winks at judge in hearingA woman accused of killing her 2-year-old child before trying to slit her teenage daughter's throat has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.


Woman accused of killing daughter smiles, winks at judge at hearing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:23

Woman accused of killing daughter smiles, winks at judge in hearingA woman accused of killing her 2-year-old child before trying to slit her teenage daughter's throat has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.


Ohio State band director received positive review

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:23

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters leads the band in "Carmen Ohio" following a NCAA football game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State officials say there is no recent record of campus police attending an annual ritual where marching band members entered Ohio Stadium in their underwear. The Midnight Ramps were cited in an investigation into the band's "sexualized culture" that resulted in Waters’ July 24 firing. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's fired marching band director was lauded for "courageous" efforts to address attitudes surrounding the band's traditions seven weeks before he was fired, according to records the university released Wednesday.


Woman accused of killing daughter smiles, winks at judge during hearing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:19

Woman accused of killing daughter smiles, winks at judge in hearingA woman accused of killing her 2-year-old child before trying to slit her teenage daughter's throat has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.


Ex-doctor pleads guilty in overdose deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:09

William Valuck, right, a former pain management doctor, is pictured in a courtroom in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, after he pleaded guilty to eight counts of second-degree murder in connection to the drug overdose deaths of several patients, under a deal with Oklahoma County prosecutors, who agreed to drop dozens of drug charges. The deal calls for the 71-year-old Valuck to spend eight years in prison. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma doctor pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges on Wednesday in connection with the drug overdose deaths of several patients.


FBI agent testifies about ex-governor's debts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:06

FBI specialist David Hulser, right, leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 after testifying in the corruption trial of former Gov. Robert McDonnell and former first lady Maureen McDonnell. (AP Photo/The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Joe Mahoney)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were swamped with heavy credit card debt and money-losing real estate investments when they turned to a wealthy businessman for financial help, an FBI agent testified Wednesday.


Police chief says officer in Missouri shooting was injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:05
By Nick Carey and Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager last weekend in Ferguson, Missouri, was injured in the incident that has sparked racially charged protests, the city's police chief said on Wednesday. Police Chief Thomas Jackson told a news conference the unidentified officer was treated at a hospital for swelling on the side of his face, one of the few details released about events surrounding the Saturday night shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. In protests on Wednesday in the St. Louis suburb, about 150 demonstrators marched chanting "hands up, don't shoot" and carried signs including "Mike did not have to die." A handful of police in riot gear were in place at the end of the march.

Oklahoma ex-doctor pleads guilty to deaths from over-prescribed pills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:03
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A former Oklahoma City doctor pleaded guilty in Oklahoma County District Court on Wednesday to over-prescribing medication that led to the deaths of eight people. William Martin Valuck, 72, will serve eight years in prison for eight counts of second-degree murder, according to court documents. The doctor had been working out of an office in Oklahoma City and surrendered his license to practice medicine in December as authorities were closing in on him after a year-long investigation, Oklahoma authorities said. Valuck was previously convicted in 2001 and sentenced to 70 months in prison on charges of money laundering and defrauding investors, according to Oklahoma court documents.

Maryland trooper stops man from jumping off bridge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 06:05
PORT DEPOSIT, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say a trooper saved the life of a man who appeared about to jump off a 90-foot bridge.

Mexico: State firm gets 83 percent of oil reserves

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 06:01
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-owned oil company will retain rights to exploit 83 percent of the country's proven and probable reserves under the newly enacted opening of the energy business, although the company will form alliances with private firms in some of those fields, the government announced Wednesday.

Light rain helps fight some Northwest wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:59

A massive, dramatic dust storm moves toward a barn near Harrington Wash., Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014. More often associated with the Southwest the dust storm blew through Eastern Washington and north Idaho on Tuesday evening in advance of thunderstorms, lightning and rain. (AP Photo/Lacey Hirst)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Light rain and cooler temperatures Wednesday helped dampen explosive wildfires in Northern California and southwestern Oregon that were threatening more than 1,000 scattered rural homes.


Ship strikes tanker, barge docked on Miss. River

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:56
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a ship lost power and steering and collided with another ship and a barge docked on the Mississippi River near New Orleans.

No new cases for arrested Alabama federal judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:54

This photo provided Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, shows U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller after his arrest on a misdemeanor battery charge in Atlanta. Fuller, known for sentencing a former Alabama governor to prison in a corruption case, was released from an Atlanta jail Monday after he was accused of hitting his wife when she accused him of infidelity. Atlanta police arrested Fuller early Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Atlanta after responding to a complaint from his wife, Kelli Fuller. (AP Photo/Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)ATLANTA (AP) — The wife of a federal judge told emergency dispatchers that she was being beaten and needed an ambulance before authorities arrested her husband and charged him with battery.


W-I-N-N-E-R! Oregon man crowned Scrabble champ

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:50

Conrad Bassett-Bouchard opens with the word "zilch" during the championship round Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at the 25th National Scrabble Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Conrad went on to win the title. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Conrad Bassett-Bouchard started his championship Scrabble game Wednesday with the word "zilch" and finished with the opposite — the $10,000 prize and the title of national Scrabble champion.