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Two killed in Yosemite when tree limb falls on tent

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:18
Two minors were killed in Yosemite National Park early on Friday when an oak tree limb fell on the tent where they were sleeping, a park spokesman said. Park rangers responded to the scene of the accident, at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, but both minors were deceased, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. Yosemite declined to release the names, ages or place of residence of the victims but said the incident was under investigation.

Alabama bigamist and wife face 11 capital murder charges in fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:16
If convicted, Christopher Henderson, 40, and Rhonda Carlson, 42, will face either life in prison or the death penalty. The Aug. 4 fire killed Kristen Henderson, 35, and her unborn child, as well as her 8-year-old son from another relationship and her mother, 67. The fire happened at a home in Maysville, Alabama, west of Huntsville, police said.

University of Cincinnati police resume off-campus patrols, but no traffic stops

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:11
What is different now under what is called an interim patrol plan, however, is university officers will not be allowed to make traffic stops, abiding by a recent Cincinnati City Council decision, the university said in a statement. On July 19, Raymond Tensing, a white university police officer, shot Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black man, in the head during a traffic stop off campus.

Cost of hunt for escaped NY killers topped $1 million a day

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:08

FILE- In this June 15, 2015, file photo a guard house spans the walls of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. Inmates who knew the two convicted killers who escaped from the maximum-security prison in northern New York reported beatings by guards trying to determine where the pair went, according to a legal services group. Prisoners' Legal Services of New York has received several complaints from inmates on that Clinton Correctional Facility honor block, who were later moved to other prisons, managing attorney James Bogin said Tuesday, Aug. 11. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Payroll records suggest the hunt for two escaped killers in northern New York cost more than $1 million a day, with overtime alone for state troopers and corrections officers $22 million higher than last year.


Texas judge sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating gun laws

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 03:03
A former Texas county judge was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in a federal prison for illegally dealing in firearms and making false statements to government agents about the weapons, some of which were smuggled into Mexico, prosecutors said. Tim Wright, 70, had entered a plea bargain with prosecutors earlier this year and will be placed on supervised release for three years once he completes his prison sentence, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said.

UN rights experts to Iran: Immediately release US reporter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:30
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. human rights experts on Friday called on Iran to immediately release a Washington Post reporter who has been detained for more than a year on charges including espionage and distributing propaganda against the Islamic Republic. A verdict on Jason Rezaian's case could come as early as next week.

Off-duty California deputy dies during lake rescue attempt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:29
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Struggling against winds up to 40 mph, an off-duty California sheriff's deputy died trying to save a friend in deep water during an outing on Lake Tahoe, authorities said Friday.

Ferguson defends interim chief after concerns raised

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:17

FILE - In this July 22, 2015 file photo, Andre Anderson speaks during a news conference in Ferguson, Missouri, announcing him as the interim Police Chief. Officials with the city of Ferguson on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 defended Anderson after an online report that he was suspended three times from the Glendale, Arizona, Police Department during a period of less than one year in the late 1990s. Personnel records obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request also reported that Anderson was served with an order of protection in 1996 by a woman who claimed he struck her in the face. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson city officials on Friday defended interim Police Chief Andre Anderson after an online report raised concerns about his record as an officer in Glendale, Arizona.


No problems with Ohio roller coaster that fatally struck man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:17

FILE - In this July 2, 2014, file photo, Matt Ouimet, chief executive of Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., greets a guest at Cedar Point amusement park, in Sandusky, Ohio. A man who entered a restricted area at the amusement park to look for a lost cellphone has been struck by a roller coaster and killed Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/John Seewer, File)SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A safety inspection found no major problems with a roller coaster that struck and killed a man who entered a restricted area to look for a lost cellphone at Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park, a spokesman said Friday.


Iowa duo sentenced for sex trafficking, torture in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:01
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Iowa residents were sentenced to decades in prison Friday for forcing a young woman into prostitution and torturing her, leaving her with physical and psychological scars that a judge said might never heal.

Teacher struck, killed by roller coaster at Ohio theme park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 02:01

Teacher struck, killed by roller coaster at Ohio theme parkA safety inspection found no major problems with a roller coaster that struck and killed a man who entered a restricted area to look for a lost cellphone at Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park, a spokesman said Friday.


VIDEO: Dancing man swipes purse from Center City restaurant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:58

 Dancing man swipes purse from Center City restaurantPhiladelphia police are searching for a thief who stole a purse from a Center City restaurant last month.


New York becomes most populous state to ban powdered alcohol

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:55
New York on Friday became the most populous U.S. state to ban the sale of powdered alcohol, a controversial just-add-water beverage that opponents say will lead to a rise in underage drinking and abuses. "For every substance or drug that has been abused by people in our communities, we often look back and ask ourselves if there is anything we could have done differently to prevent a wave of addiction from reaching the point of no return," said state Senator Joseph Griffo, who sponsored the New York legislation. Arizona-based Lipsmark LLC, the company approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to sell the drink, called Palcohol, argues that its product is safer than liquid alcohol.

Washington state gets failing grade on school funding

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:51

The Washington state Capitol is seen through the columns of the state Supreme Court on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. The court has issued sanctions of $100,000 a day against the state for its lack of progress on a plan to full fund basic education. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is being fined $100,000 a day by the state Supreme Court because justices say lawmakers have failed to adequately pay to educate the state's 1 million school children.


Firefighters contain half of wildfire near California wine region

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:50

Smoke rises from charred trees are seen along Highway 20 during the Rocky Fire near Lower Lake, CaliforniaBy Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Firefighters battling a raging California wildfire near the state's celebrated wine region turned a corner by Friday as they managed to draw containment lines around half of the blaze ravaging drought-parched brush and dry timber. The 24,555-acre Jerusalem Fire broke out Sunday afternoon in rural ranch land north of Napa County's wine-producing region, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The flames spread rapidly, and while it grew by several hundred acres overnight, firefighters have now contained 52 percent of the flames, according to Cal Fire, as the department is known.


Kentucky high school football player dies after equipment hits him

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:48
A 17-year-old high school football player in western Kentucky was killed when a heavy piece of metal equipment struck him, police said on Friday. Jayvon Quarles was helping move the football equipment for the Hopkinsville High School team on Thursday afternoon, when it fell and struck him, Hopkinsville, police said. Quarles was taken to the Jennie Stuart Medical Center in the city 70 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The Latest: Woman says she filmed officer, handcuffed teen

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:24
MIAMI (AP) — The latest on an internal affairs investigation of a Miami police officer; video shot by a bystander shows him jumping on top of a handcuffed teenager in the back of a patrol car (all times local):

Mom arrested in Toms River for DWI after crash; child in car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:19

Mom arrested in Toms River for DWI after crash; child in carPolice say a mother was arrested in Toms River, New Jersey for DWI after she crashed her car with her 6-year-old son inside.


American flag raised over US Embassy in Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:17

American flag raised over US Embassy in CubaThe Stars and Stripes rose Friday over the newly opened U.S. Embassy for the first time in 54 years, making a symbolically charged victory lap for the Obama administration's new policy of engagement with Cuba.


Eagles QB Sam Bradford won't play against the Colts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 01:15

Eagles QB Sam Bradford won't play against the Colts on SundayEagles quarterback Sam Bradford won't play in Sunday's exhibition opener against the Indianapolis Colts.