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CEO: Rivers to quit Clippers if Sterling stays

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:51

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. The future of the Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday, July 21, 2014, in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)Los Angeles Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he'll quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.

Denver agrees to pay $3.3M to settle abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:47
DENVER (AP) — Denver officials have reached a deal to pay $3.3 million to settle a federal jail-abuse lawsuit filed by a former inmate who said a deputy ignored his blood-curdling screams while a group of fellow inmates brutally beat him and scalded his genitals with hot water.

Vigil, march for NY man who died in police custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:46
NEW YORK (AP) — Family, friends and community leaders are holding a vigil and demanding justice for a Staten Island man who died in New York police custody.

Obama administration to unveil stricter fuel regulations for trains: WSJ

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:34
(Reuters) - The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce new regulations related to more stringent safety standards on trains carrying flammable fuels on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported citing a source on Capitol Hill familiar with the process. Reuters had earlier reported that the Obama administration was due to unveil a suite of safety reforms that would rewrite standards conceived long before the rise of the shale oil renaissance. The rules are expected to be announced on Wednesday morning by U.S. ...

Cause of fire at Williston company unknown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:30

Smoke rises from the site of a fire in an industrial area of Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Authorities have set up an evacuation zone within a half-mile radius of Red River Supply, the site of the fire. No injuries were immediately reported. Red River Supply provides services to oil companies working in North Dakota's oil patch. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — More than half a day after an industrial fire broke out in the North Dakota oil patch town of Williston, authorities still were unable to say what caused the massive blaze.

Ukraine crisis hits home for West Chester University student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:30

Ukraine crisis hits home for West Chester University studentThe crisis in Ukraine has hit close to home for a West Chester University student.

Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:27

A view of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse that houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Washington. Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

Judge ponders overturning state gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:25

Attorney Mari Newman, center, talks with members of the media, as she stands with her plaintiffs and their supporters following a court hearing on sam sex marriage at the Federal District Court, in Denver, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Gay couples seeking to strike Colorado's same-sex marriage ban urged a federal judge Tuesday to overturn the law immediately and reject the state's request to stay a ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the matter. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Gay couples seeking to strike Colorado's same-sex marriage ban urged a federal judge Tuesday to overturn the law immediately and reject the state's request to stay a ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the matter.

Texas woman found guilty of starving stepson to death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:25
Elizabeth Ramsey, 33, faces up to 99 years in prison for her role in the 2011 death of Johnathan Ramsey. Her husband and the boy’s father, Aaron Ramsey, was sentenced to life in prison last year in the boy’s death. Ramsey's lawyers had asked jurors to find her guilty of a lesser charge, arguing that Aaron Ramsey was the instigator and she was forced to participate in the crime. "Aaron Ramsey is a monster, but the one thing that defense counsel continues to leave out is that his wife, Elizabeth Ramsey, is also a monster," prosecutor Jason Fine told jurors, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Big California raid targets marijuana grown on tribal land

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:23
By Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California authorities have launched a major raid to seize marijuana grown on and around a Northern California Indian reservation, joining with tribal authorities to combat illegal grow operations on native lands, authorities said on Tuesday. “They’re going to be there for a while,” Lieutenant Steve Knight, spokesman of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said of the dozens of agents participating in the operation in Humboldt County, a remote, mountainous part California that is all too familiar with illegal marijuana growers. Officials complain that large-scale illegal marijuana crops near the Yurok reservation have harmed fish and other wildlife in the area, and have compounded with California’s severe drought to cause creeks and springs that feed the Klamath River to dry up.

Maryland church built in 1773 ravaged by fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:20

Firefighters from 4 counties and two states battle the fire at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Hebron, Md., Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The church built in 1773 was on the National Register of Historic Places. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Todd Dudek) NO SALESHEBRON, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a 241-year-old church on the National Register of Historic Places has been ravaged by fire in Maryland.

Government drafting birth control accommodation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.

Oklahoma teen accused of sexually abusing children in Kenya

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:16
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma teenager is charged with traveling to Kenya to sexually abuse children at a missionary children's home in the East African country, prosecutors said on Tuesday. According to records released by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, Matthew Lane Durham, 19, volunteered at the Upendo Children's Home in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, which helps care for neglected and disabled children. According to the criminal affidavit, from April to June of 2014, Durham allegedly engaged in sexual acts with multiple children, male and female, aged between 4 and 10-years-old. A live-in caretaker at the facility, which was set up by an Edmond citizen who immigrated to the United States from Kenya, said that, when asked, the children said Durham either touched them sexually or told them to touch themselves while he watched.

Board puts soda tax before San Francisco voters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:09
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco lawmakers narrowly agreed Tuesday to place a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks on the November ballot, a move that promises to turn the election into an expensive fight between the beverage industry and public health advocates.

Trial date stands in Colorado theater shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:02

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with the July 2012 Aurora shootings that killed 12 people and injured 70. Sunday, July 20, 2014 marks 2 years since theater massacre. Holmes' trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8, 2014 after three postponements. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case pleaded Tuesday for more time so they can interview a psychiatrist who conducted the first sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes, but a judge stuck by a Dec. 8 trial date.

Police: Warrington man charged with rape, assault

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:59

 Warrington man charged with rape, assaultA man from Warrington, Pa. has been arrested and charged with the rape of one girl and the assault of another.

UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:55

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, shakes hands with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah upon his arrival in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The two men were set to hold a joint news conference regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."

U.S. Supreme Court lifts stay of execution for Arizona inmate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:48
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday vacated a stay of execution for an Arizona inmate who had sued the state demanding more information about the drugs that will be used in the lethal injection procedure he faces. Joseph Wood is one of six death row inmates who sued Arizona last month arguing that secrecy surrounding lethal-injection drugs used in botched executions in Ohio and Oklahoma violated their constitutional rights. He is set to executed at 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday inside the state prison complex in Florence, about 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Phoenix, officials at Arizona's Department of Corrections said.

Microsoft CEO sees 'bold' plan as 4Q tops Street

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:42

This photo taken July 3, 2014 shows the Microsoft Corp. logo outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft reports quarterly earnings on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo Ted S. Warren)REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units — Nokia phones and Bing search — would become profitable in 2016.

Sleep in train station, go to jail under San Francisco crackdown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:41
By Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Transit police on San Francisco's BART commuter rail line on Tuesday stepped up efforts to discourage homeless people from sleeping in stations, issuing warnings that could eventually lead to a trip to jail. The crackdown by the Bay Area Rapid Transit police started with verbal warnings to people sleeping in the hallway corners of Powell Street train station downtown, the first step in a widening campaign that will eventually include all stations. "We felt we had a duty to protect our patrons and provide them safe passageway in case of an emergency," said BART spokesman Jeff Jennings. "If something happens, we want the people to be able to get up and move with the crowd and not trip folks." The campaign comes as San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the United States, wrestles with a nearly intractable problem of homelessness that has filled shelters to overflowing and left a meager amount of publicly subsidized housing available to the poor and mentally ill.