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Dog killed in Florida found with note: 'WE BEAT IT 2 Death lol! :) HAHAHA!'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:43
The Pomeranian was found at the back of a home in the small southeast Florida city of Pembroke Pines, police said in a statement. The Pembroke Pines Police Department said the dog-beating appeared to be an isolated incident and there was no evidence to suggest other animals in the area were in danger. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported that the dog, named Foxx, scampered down the stairs of the family's condo on Friday evening to relieve itself on the lawn behind their building, but did not return.

Correction: Killings by Police-Football Player story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:39

This photo provided by the Arlington Police Department shows police officer Brad Miller. Police has identified Taylor as the officer in suburban Dallas, who shot and killed Christian Taylor, a Angelo State University football player during a struggle after the unarmed 19-year-old crashed a car through the front window of a car dealership, authorities said Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. (Arlington Police Department via AP)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — In a story Aug. 9 about the fatal shooting of a Texas college football player, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the FBI had joined the investigation. Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said he asked the FBI to investigate but the agency did not say it would do so.

Authorities identify woman killed in Parkesburg fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:38

Unattended cooking possible cause of fatal Parkesburg fireA house fire in Parkesburg, Chester County claimed the life of a wheelchair-dependent woman.

The Latest: EPA chief to visit areas affected by mine spill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:38

In a Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 photo, environmental restoration employees work at a temporary water treatment holding facility at the Gold King Mine north of Silverton, Colo. Local officials in towns downstream from where millions of gallons of mine waste spilled into the San Juan River are demanding answers about possible long-term threats to the water supply. The 3 million gallons of mine waste included high concentrations of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals. Workers with the EPA accidentally unleashed the spill Wednesday as they inspected the abandoned mine site. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times via AP)DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the Colorado mine spill (all times local):

New Hampshire to make criminals face victims' families at sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:33

Democratic New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan celebrates her re-election with her husband Tom at her side at her election night rally in ManchesterNew Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan on Tuesday signed a law that requires convicted criminals to appear in court at sentencing when victims’ families and friends are given the opportunity to express their pain. In the end, convicted murderer Seth Mazzaglia, 33, dropped the request and attended the sentencing, where family members of his victim, Elizabeth "Lizzy" Marriott, expressed profound grief and anger toward him.

Similarities between MLK's dream speeches

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:28
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963, he drew heavily on a speech he gave eight months earlier in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Some similarities:

Psychology professor testifies about police officer at trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:24
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The latest on the trial of a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man seeking help after a crash in September 2013 (all times local):

Congresswoman says she'll return to court over district map

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:21
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida congresswoman says she will return to federal court to try to block changes to her congressional district.

Hurricane Hilda expected to lose steam as it nears Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:21
HONOLULU (AP) — Hilda is holding on to its hurricane status with wind speeds around 85 miles per hour, but the cyclone is expected to lose steam and become a tropical storm before it arrives in the Hawaiian Islands.

Police cleared in death of man on scooter waving pellet gun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:13
PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) — The police killing of a 77-year-old Pennsylvania man waving a realistic-looking pellet gun while on a motorized scooter has been ruled "suicide via police officer."

Oklahoma ex-councilman arrested for witness intimidation in theft case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:11
A former Oklahoma town trustee accused of using inmates to steal copper from the city's tornado warning sirens was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of trying to intimidate witnesses from testifying against him in the case, police said. James Smith 66, a former town trustee for Luther, was arrested in June for hiring inmates to steal copper from the tornado sirens, leaving a twister-prone area without a working warning system, Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said. Smith now faces two counts of attempting to prevent witnesses from giving testimony, according to Oklahoma County court records and police.

Delaware County man among 9 indicted in $100M international Wall Street hacking bust

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:07

Delaware County man among 9 indicted in $100M international Wall Street hacking bustA Delaware County money manager is one of several people charged in a unique insider trading scheme, tied to international hackers.

Ex-Penn State officials move to avoid Sandusky-related trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:06

File photo Graham Spanier and Tim Curley in State CollegeThree former Penn State officials urged a state appeals court on Tuesday to dismiss charges they tried to hamper an investigation of the child molestation case against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and then lied about it to a grand jury. Lawyers for former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former athletic director Timothy Curley and former university vice president Gary Schultz told a three-judge Superior Court panel that the case hinged on the role of then-university lawyer Cynthia Baldwin.

AccuWeather: Scattered Afternoon Storms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:04

 Scattered Afternoon StormsMeteorologist Karen Rogers says after morning showers move through, watch for a gusty thunderstorm later today.

Illinois man pleads guilty to terrorism charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:02
CHICAGO (AP) — A man from suburban Chicago changed his plea to guilty Tuesday on a terrorism charge that he tried to join an al-Qaida-affiliated group fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

EPA chief: Colorado mine spill 'pains me'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 05:01

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks at a Resources for the Future policy leadership forum, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Washington. McCarthy spoke about the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and the recent Colorado mine spill. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday her department takes full responsibility for spilling 3 million gallons of mining waste that turned a southwest Colorado river an unnatural shade of orange, adding it "pains me to no end."

Pacific Northwest cities enact voluntary water reductions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:57
SEATTLE (AP) — Normally rainy cities in Washington state took the unusual step on Tuesday of asking residents and businesses to voluntarily cut back their water use by 10 percent, in response to unusually hot and dry weather.

Family shocked by drive-by shooting, lack of help for victim

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:54

Family shocked by drive-by shooting, lack of help for victimAs investigators search for the gunman who wounded a woman in a drive-by shooting in Delaware County, the victim's family is speaking out.

Eagles QB Sam Bradford open to idea of pope blessing his knees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:52
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, who has twice torn his left ACL, says he's open to getting his knees blessed by Pope Francis as proposed by an online petition.

Aide to Attorney General Kathleen Kane pleads not guilty to email snooping

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:51

Aide to Attorney General Kathleen Kane pleads not guilty to email snoopingA driver for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has pleaded not guilty in an alleged email snooping scheme intended to help his boss keep tabs on a grand jury investigation.