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Ex-boss says longtime fugitive became a good man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:53

FILE - In this April 14, 2014 file photo provided by the Black Hawk County Jail in Waterloo, Iowa, is convicted armed robber Ronald Dwaine Carnes who eluded authorities for 41 years after escaping from a North Carolina prison. Carnes' former boss says he is a hardworking subordinate, friend and wants people to know he's is a good man who’s been out of trouble for decades. (AP Photo/Black Hawk County Jail, File)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Before learning his friend was really Ronald Carnes, an armed robber who escaped from a North Carolina prison in 1973, Seattle businessman Carl Bryant knew him as Louie Vance, a trusted worker and confidant whom he had over for holidays and birthdays.

Health aide testifies in former Va. governor trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:53
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia health official testified Tuesday that she met with the wealthy nutritional supplements executive who lavished former Gov. Bob McDonnell with in gifts and loans, but nothing came of the meeting.

Five-year-old Minnesota 'mayor' loses bid for third term

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:49
(Reuters) - Robert Tufts lost election for a third term as honorary mayor of an unofficial northern Minnesota town but he took the defeat in stride and is looking forward to kindergarten, his mother said on Tuesday. Robert, who is 5 years old, did not campaign this year for mayor of Dorset, which picks an honorary leader in a drawing each August during its Taste of Dorset festival, Emma Tufts said. "He understood but as with anyone, still hoped he would win." Robert, who lives near Dorset and had won the mayoral drawing the previous two years, pulled the name of his successor, Eric Mueller, 16, of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, from a big barrel on Sunday, said Kathy Schmidt, president of Dorset's business association. Dorset, which has a population of about 22 and is approximately 160 miles north of Minneapolis, allows anyone to run for its unofficial mayor.

Smoke reported on United flight to Pittsburgh

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:46
IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) — A United Airlines maintenance team is trying to determine what caused a report of smoke aboard a flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Pittsburgh.

Nixon tapes released on resignation's anniversary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:44

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 1974 file photo, Richard Nixon waves goodbye with a salute to his staff members outside the White House as he boards a helicopter and e resigns the presidency on Aug. 9, 1974. He was the first president in American history to resign the nation's highest office. (AP Photo, File)YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Almost a decade after Richard Nixon resigned, the disgraced former president sat down with his one-time aide and told the tale of his fall from grace in his own words.

Mom, 2 kids not breathing when pulled from pool

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:43
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mother and two of her children were hospitalized in grave condition Tuesday after she jumped in to a motel pool in Hollywood to help the struggling kids and all three were pulled from the water by a passer-by who learned CPR just last week, authorities said.

Jodi Arias to represent self at penalty trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:40

FILE - This Jan. 9, 2013 file photo shows Jodi Arias appearing for her trial in Maricopa County Superior court in Phoenix. A judge has ruled, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, that Arias can represent herself in the upcoming penalty phase of her murder trial. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias bathed in the spotlight soon after her arrest for the killing of her ex-boyfriend, and she remained there for years, offering jailhouse interviews, using Twitter from behind bars and spending 18 days on the witness stand during her murder trial.

2nd American aid worker with Ebola at US hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:36

An ambulance transporting Nancy Writebol, an American missionary stricken with Ebola, arrives at Emory University Hospital, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Atlanta. Writebol is expected to be admitted to Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, where she will join another U.S. aid worker, Dr. Kent Brantly, in a special isolation unit. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — The second American aid worker who was recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa has arrived at an Atlanta hospital for treatment.

Police: Boy, 9, dies after Mich. playground stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:34

 Boy, 9, dies after Mich. playground stabbingA hearing is scheduled for a 12-year-old boy suspected in the fatal stabbing of a 9-year-old boy at a Michigan playground.

Fleas overrun western New York courthouse, force shutdown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:31
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A flea infestation forced a courthouse in western New York state to shut its doors for the second straight day on Tuesday, officials said. It was unclear how the courthouse became overrun by fleas, Nisbett said. Flea poison fumes would likely clear by Wednesday morning, making it safe to use the building again, Nesbitt said, noting that the final decision on when to reopen lay with court officials. A statement on the New York courts website said that Orleans County Court matters scheduled during the closure would be diverted to a nearby Village of Albion office building.

Michigan porch shooting suspect admits he intended to shoot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:30

Theodore Wafer sits in the court room during his arraignment in Detroit, MichiganTheodore Wafer, 55, is accused of shooting Renisha McBride, 19, in the face through a screen door in Dearborn Heights when she knocked on his door looking for help after an early morning accident last November. Taking the stand in his racially charged second-degree murder trial, Wafer said he "shot in fear" when he saw a figure coming to his door. Wafer wept during his testimony on Monday, saying he regretted killing the unarmed McBride but that the violent knocking on his front and side doors made him think someone was trying to break into his house. Wafer has testified that he couldn't find his cell phone to call police, and went to the door with his shotgun.

Food fight in Kansas primary part of Election Day in four states

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:29
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - Kansas voters will get to weigh in Tuesday on a Republican food fight in a congressional primary and decide a close contest between a veteran U.S. senator and a physician who has family ties to President Barack Obama. As four U.S. states hold primaries on Tuesday, one Kansas race drawing national attention is for the state's 4th Congressional District, where food labeling has become an issue in Republican Todd Tiarht's challenge to incumbent U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo. "Tiahrt appears to be running a 'scorched earth' policy of attacking many traditional Republican donors and supporters in an effort to paint himself as a populist," said Michael Smith, political science professor at Emporia State University. Also in Kansas, Republican Senator Pat Roberts finds his 47-year career in Congress in jeopardy as polls show conservative "Tea Party" challenger Milton Wolf, a doctor who says he wants to "save the Republic," closing in.

U.S. court approves $27.8 million deal for toxic Tennessee spill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:28
A federal judge in Tennessee has approved a $27.8 million settlement from the Tennessee Valley Authority to more than 800 people affected by a 2008 accident that unleashed a wave of toxic coal sludge, plaintiffs’ lawyers said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan on Monday signed off on the deal, which resolves 63 lawsuits brought by residents and property owners in eastern Tennessee who said they were affected by the spill at the TVA’s coal-powered Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, Tennessee. More than a billion gallons of coal ash were spilled, plaintiffs' lawyers said.

Diet supplement is focus of Virginia ex-governor's corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:28

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - A top Virginia health adviser testified on Tuesday at the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell that she discussed a dietary supplement at the center of the trial with McDonnell's wife and the supplement's maker. The aide, Molly Huffstetler, said that no action resulted from the August 2011 meeting she had with McDonnell's wife, Maureen, and businessman Jonnie Williams to discuss Williams's dietary supplement, Anatabloc, and its benefits. Huffstetler testified in U.S. District Court that Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources William Hazel told her to meet the first lady and Williams.

Glance: percentage of uninsured in 2013, 2014

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at the percentage of people without health insurance in each state in 2013 and midyear 2014:

Poll: Obama health law is a tale of 2 Americas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:05

FILE - This March 1, 2014 file photo shows part of the website for, seen in Washington. President Barack Obama’s health care law has become a tale of two Americas. States that fully embraced the law’s coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in the share of their residents who remain uninsured, according to an extensive new poll released Tuesday. States whose leaders still object to “Obamacare” are seeing much less change. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, cumulatively based on tens of thousands of interviews, found a drop of 4 percentage points in the share of uninsured residents for states that adopted the law’s Medicaid expansion and either built or helped run their own online insurance markets. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law has become a tale of two Americas.

Landslide destroys 1 Utah home; others evacuated

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:05

A home is damaged by a mudslide, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in North Salt Lake, Utah. The home crumbled after rain-saturated soil from the hill above started piling up behind it at around 6 a.m. Tuesday. No injuries have been reported. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Ravell Call) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUTNORTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) — North Salt Lake officials say more than 20 homes have been evacuated following an early morning landslide that destroyed one hillside home.

Son of Pennsylvania Congressman Fattah charged with fraud

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 01:01
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The son of a Philadelphia congressman turned himself in to federal authorities Tuesday to face charges that he defrauded banks, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the city's cash-strapped school district. Chaka Fattah Jr., son of 10-term U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah, received eight loans totaling $141,000 from five banks to pay for expenses associated with a business he ran, according to court documents. When banks came to collect in 2010, prosecutors contend that Fattah Jr. lied to them and to the Small Business Administration, which insured the loans.

American aid worker diagnosed with Ebola wheeled from ambulance to hospital on stretcher

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 00:58
ATLANTA (AP) — American aid worker diagnosed with Ebola wheeled from ambulance to hospital on stretcher.

Second American aid worker diagnosed with Ebola arrives at Atlanta hospital for treatment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 00:55
ATLANTA (AP) — Second American aid worker diagnosed with Ebola arrives at Atlanta hospital for treatment.