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More arrests in Atlantic City casino heist; Delaware trooper shot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 02:56
(Reuters) - Three more people have been arrested for the armed robbery of Caesars Atlantic City casino after a confrontation in which a Delaware trooper was shot, New Jersey State Police said on Thursday. Authorities said two masked men entered Caesars Atlantic City and robbed security personnel at gunpoint of two plastic boxes full of cash. The latest suspects arrested were identified as the accused driver of the getaway car, Nathaniel Greenlee, 21, of Bear, Delaware, and an accused passenger, Donovan Jackson, 20, of Wilmington, Delaware. Also arrested was Myles Coleman, 23, of Atlantic City, accused of receiving stolen property immediately after the robbery.

8 arrested in daring New Jersey casino heist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 02:20

8 arrested in daring New Jersey casino heistA recently fired casino security guard used his knowledge of when and where large sums of money would change hands to help plan and pull off a daring robbery that netted more than $180,000, authorities said Thursday.


Colorado Powerball winner claims $90M prize

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 02:20
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A tow truck driver from a small western Colorado city claimed his $90 million Powerball jackpot and told reporters he has been waking up and feeling like his win wasn't real.

PHOTOS: Suspects in Caesars Atlantic City heist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 02:19

 Suspects in Caesars Atlantic City heistPolice have released photos of some of the suspects charged in a brazen heist at an Atlantic City casino.


California women call police over cat's furry fury

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 02:19
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Two San Diego County women had to get help from police after being trapped in a bedroom by a family cat that a neighbor calls "a ball of fury."

GE in talks to sell historic appliance division

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 02:16
NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division as part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and more profitable industrial equipment.

New Hampshire man sentenced to life for killing teen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 02:12
By Ted Siefer DOVER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire man found guilty of murdering a 19-year-old college student was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday following wrenching statements from the victim's family, who called him a "monster." Seth Mazzaglia, 32, received a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for first degree murder involving a sexual assault. A jury found Mazzaglia guilty last month of the October 2012 murder of Elizabeth Marriott, then a student at the University of New Hampshire. "You stole her from us," Melissa Marriott, the mother of the victim, told Mazzaglia in a quavering voice. "Lizzi was so happy to be studying at UNH ... Lizzi's future was so bright, and now it's gone." Mazzaglia, who did not take the stand during his trial, sat expressionless during much of the hearing, but made a brief statement to proclaim his innocence.

Overheated boy dies at Florida high school football camp

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 02:10
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of a 14-year-old high school boy who collapsed during the first full day of a pre-season football practice camp. William Shogran Jr. of Sebastian River High School, who was wearing shoulder pads and other equipment, said on Wednesday he did not feel well and walked to the sidelines where he told a coach he was dizzy, according to a report from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. "I got a football player at the camp who suffered from heat ... We’ve got water on him trying to cool him off,” a coach told the 911 operator during an 11 a.m. emergency call. Shogran vomited and was lethargic and unresponsive by the time an emergency rescue team arrived at the practice field at Camp Blanding, southwest of Jacksonville, the report said.

Rain, cooler temperatures ease wildfire threat in U.S. Northwest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 02:07
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Lower temperatures and scattered rain brought a reprieve Thursday to the wildfire-scorched U.S. Northwest, where firefighters said they hoped to regain control of blazes that had flared during extreme heat this week. Four major fires in Oregon were fully contained early Thursday and mandatory evacuations have been lifted statewide, said Carol Connolly, spokeswoman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. "We got over 6,000 lightning strikes in the past 24 hours," Connolly said. "But temperatures are a little cooler than they have been, and most fires received a little precipitation over the last day." The Rowena Fire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, which threatened hundreds of homes and prompted a highway closure and evacuations, is now 100 percent contained, officials said.

Officials seek Justice probe into chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:53

Members of Congress, Yvette Clarke, far left, Hakeem Jeffries, second from left, and Gregory Meeks, center, hold a press conference outside police headquarters on Thursday Aug. 14, 2014 in New York. Members of New York's congressional delegation are asking the Justice Department to formally investigate last month's police custody death of Eric Garner and the law enforcement strategy known as "broken windows." The strategy is based on the idea that fighting smaller crimes like drinking in public discourages more dangerous behavior. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)Members of New York's congressional delegation are asking the Justice Department to formally investigate the police custody death of Eric Garner and the law enforcement strategy known as broken windows.


Obama speaks to presidents of Liberia, Sierre Leone about Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:48
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama spoke about the Ebola virus outbreak with the presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone on Thursday, the White House said. Obama held separate calls with Liberia's Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Sierra Leone's Ernest Bai Koroma about the epidemic, which has killed more than 1,000 people, mostly in those two countries and Guinea. (Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Bill Trott)

U.S. sovereign group's leader convicted of selling fake IDs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:47
A federal jury in Virginia has found an Ohio man who led an anti-government group guilty of selling fake diplomatic IDs to help group members avoid arrest or paying taxes and debts, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria. James McBride, 60, the leader of the sovereign citizen group Divine Province, contended that the U.S. government was a "municipal corporation" that did not have authority over the group's members, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a statement late on Wednesday. A U.S. District Court jury in Alexandria, Virginia, found McBride guilty on Wednesday of conspiracy, causing the impersonation of a diplomat and producing false identification documents, the U.S. attorney's statement said. Divine Province earned close to $500,000 from the sales, according to the U.S. attorney's statement.

Obama says time for healing, transparency in Missouri shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:45

U.S. President Obama speaks about Iraq and also the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri on Martha's VineyardBy Jeff Mason and Daniel Lovering EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called for peace on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer and urged authorities to be transparent in their investigation. Now is the time for peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson," Obama told reporters on Martha's Vineyard, where he is vacationing with his family. "Now is the time for an open and transparent process to see that justice is done." Protesters have gathered every night in Ferguson, the mostly black suburb of St. Louis, since Michael Brown was fatally shot on Saturday during what authorities said was a struggle over a gun in a police car. "We lost a young man, Michael Brown, in heart-breaking and tragic circumstances.


Central America braces for drought-linked food crisis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:39
By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Low rainfall linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon has led to drought in parts of Central America, causing widespread damage to crops, shortages and rising prices of food, and worsening hunger among the region’s poor. An unusually hot season and extended dry spells have brought drought to areas in eastern and western Guatemala and El Salvador, southern Honduras and northern and central Nicaragua, destroying swathes of bean and maize crops, the region’s staple foods, and putting pressure on subsistence farmers and food prices. “Extremely poor households across large areas of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador will experience a rapid deterioration in their food security in early 2015.

Excavation under way at Kentucky ark attraction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:34
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Workers are clearing land in northern Kentucky to build a long-stalled tourist attraction featuring Noah's Ark.

Obama: FBI, DOJ to investigate Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:32

 FBI, DOJ to investigate Ferguson shootingPolice used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel crowds who threw Molotov cocktails during another violent night on the streets of a St. Louis suburb in the wake of the shooting of the unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown.


'Butler' director Daniels faces $25 million suit by hip-hop mogul

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:24

Director Daniels arrives at the Annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards in HollywoodDirector Lee Daniels is facing a $25 million lawsuit over claims he failed to pay back hip-hop mogul-turned-fashion entrepreneur Damon Dash, or give him production credits, after Dash invested millions of dollars in his projects. Dash claims he helped fund the production of several films and television projects, including "The Butler," "Precious" and "The Paperboy." Daniels "attempt(ed) to deprive (Dash) of the monetary benefits and producer and executive producer credits owed to Mr. Dash as per the parties’ agreements," the summons said. Dash is seeking $25 million in damages from Daniels and $1 million from producer Simone Sheffield, who is credited as a co-producer in several of Daniels's films, according to the Internet Movie Database. Dash's attorney, Natraj Bhushan, said he would file a more detailed complaint once the summons was served, and that Daniels and Sheffield had a chance to respond to the claims.


Obama calls for peace, transparency in Missouri after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:17
U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called for peace on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer and urged authorities to be transparent in their investigation. Now is the time for peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson," Obama told reporters on Martha's Vineyard, where he is vacationing with his family.

Tsarnaev lawyers say November trial date too soon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:16
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Thursday they likely won't be ready for a planned Nov. 3 trial date.

Philadelphia police seek killer of man shot outside peace concert

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:16
Philadelphia police on Thursday hunted for the shooter of a man slain outside a concert held to promote peace in the streets of the violence-plagued Pennsylvania city. The victim was shot outside the city's Dell Music Center on Wednesday evening and pronounced dead of his injuries at a nearby hospital, police said. The rap and hip-hop music concert, "Philly Support Philly: Peace on the Streets," was staged to help promote peace in the city. "The people who put on these concerts are well intentioned," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told reporters following the fatal shooting.