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Arctic drilling support vessel heading to Oregon for repair

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:45
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Shell oil company will send a damaged ship carrying equipment required for Arctic offshore oil drilling from Alaska back to the West Coast for repairs.

Missouri inmate presses federal appeals to halt execution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:38

This Dec. 1, 2013 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows David Zink, who was convicted of abducting and killing 19-year-old Amanda Morton in 2001. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri inmate who killed a 19-year-old woman in 2001 after sexually assaulting her and tying her to a cemetery tree pressed appeals with two federal courts Monday, a day before his scheduled execution by lethal injection.


4 killed in apparent drag race; driver charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:36

Skid marks are seen on Monday July 13, 2015 near a stand of trees where witnesses say a car ran off the road and killed several bystanders during what authorities say was an illegal drag race in Middlesex, N.C. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)MIDDLESEX, N.C. (AP) — A man who was illegally drag racing has been charged with second-degree murder after he careened into spectators gathered late at night on the shoulder of a country road, police said, killing four people and injuring others in a chaotic and bloody scene.


Popular Center City restaurant Tria robbed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:35

Popular Center City restaurant Tria robbedPolice are looking for the two men who robbed the popular Center City restaurant Tria early Monday morning.


Judge: Don't release Charleston shooting info until hearing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:33
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge has ordered the temporary halt of information in the case of a man charged in the shooting deaths of nine black church parishioners.

Police: Florida officer fatally shot man who punched him

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:29
PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — Police say an officer fatally shot a man who punched him in the face during a confrontation in South Florida.

Pricey successor overtakes $1,000-per-pill hepatitis C drug

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:16

This photo taken Thursday, July 9, 2015, is the headquarters of Gilead Sciences in Foster City, Calif. Harvoni, the newest pill from California-based Gilead Sciences, accounted for more than three-fourths of the prescriptions filled for hepatitis-C drugs in the first three months of this year, according to IMS Health. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)WASHINGTON (AP) — The $1,000 pill for a liver-wasting viral infection that made headlines last year is no longer the favorite of patients and doctors.


Threats force Satan statue unveiling to secret Detroit venue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:14

FILE - This July 6, 2015 file photo provided by The Satanic Temple shows the sculpture an 8½-foot-tall bronze monument featuring Satan was cast from in New York. A group plans to unveil the 1½-ton Baphomet, which shows Satan with horns, hooves, wings and a beard flanked by two young children, at a private event in Detroit. The Satanic Temple says it advocates the separation of church and state. (The Satanic Temple via AP, File)DETROIT (AP) — An 8½-foot-tall bronze monument featuring a goat-headed Satan will be unveiled at a secret, ticketed event in Detroit after the owner of a popular restaurant and entertainment complex backed out and opponents issued threats, organizers said.


Sentencing delayed for violent Mexican drug cartel associate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:13
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Sentencing has been postponed for the cousin of one of the world's most notorious drug lords.

A look at insanity law at heart of theater shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:11

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2015 file photo, a view of the jury box inside Courtroom 201, where closing arguments in the trial of Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes are to take place on July 14, 2015, at the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial soon will retreat into the largest jury room in the courthouse to determine whether Holmes was legally insane at the time of the killing spree. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, pool, file)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors in the Colorado movie theater shooting trial must decide whether James Holmes met the state's legal definition of insanity when he opened fire on a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora.


Archbishop: School that fired gay teacher showed 'character'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:07
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Roman Catholic school officials who fired a married gay teacher are not seeking controversy but showed "character and common sense" by following church teachings, Philadelphia's archbishop said Monday.

NAACP calls for probe of North Charleston Police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:07
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — NAACP leaders have joined the call for a federal investigation of the North Charleston Police Department, echoing what local activists have been seeking since the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white officer.

After all is said in theater attack trial, was Holmes sane?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 04:06

FILE - In this July 23, 2012 file photo, James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in Aurora, Colo., in July 2012, sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case soon will retreat into the largest jury room in the courthouse to determine whether Holmes was legally insane at the time of the killing spree. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post, Pool via AP)DENVER (AP) — They saw more than 1,500 photographs. They heard more than 250 witnesses. They listened to 10 psychiatrists. They handled three guns.


Illinois comptroller says state worker paychecks processed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 03:55
State workers in Illinois will get their paychecks on time and in full this week even as the Democrat-controlled legislature and Republican governor remain at odds over a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger announced on Monday that her office has processed payroll for Wednesday's pay day. The move came after a St. Clair County Circuit Court judge gave Munger the green light last week to pay all state workers.

Mom sentenced in chase where police fired at van of kids

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 03:36

Oriana Farrell, right leaves court in Taos, N.M. on Monday, July 13, 2015. Farrell, accused of child abuse and fleeing police after a chaotic 2013 traffic stop in which a New Mexico officer shot at her minivan full of children, was sentenced Monday to six months of unsupervised probation. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A woman accused of child abuse and fleeing from police after a chaotic 2013 traffic stop in which a New Mexico officer shot at her minivan full of children was sentenced Monday to six months of probation.


Firefighters gain ground on Washington state wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 03:36
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Firefighters gained more ground on Monday against a lightning-sparked wildfire raging for a fourth day in north-central Washington state that continued to threaten about two dozen homes, though officials said they hoped to lift evacuation orders later in the day. The so-called Douglas County Complex blaze has charred some 22,000 acres (90 square km) since erupting on Friday in grass- and brush-covered hills some 20 miles (32 km) east of Wenatchee, fire command spokesman Jeff Sevigney said. Hundreds of firefighters backed by water-dropping aircraft were battling to keep the blaze in check.

Tractor trailer jumps guardrail in I-295 crash in Westville

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 03:34

Tractor trailer jumps guardrail in I-295 crash in WestvilleA tractor trailer jumped a guardrail and nearly plummeted off an overpass in Gloucester County Monday afternoon.


Chicago-area zoo investigates deaths of 54 stingrays

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 03:26

Handout photo of stingrays swimming in a shallow pool at the Brookfield ZooBy Suzannah Gonzales CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Brookfield Zoo near Chicago is investigating what caused all 54 of its stingrays to die, a zoo spokeswoman said on Monday. Four southern stingrays and 50 cownose rays died on Friday after the oxygen level dropped in the exhibit habitat, the zoo said in a statement. "We are devastated by the tragic loss of these animals," Bill Zeigler, senior vice president of animal programs for the Chicago Zoological Society, which operates the zoo in Brookfield, Illinois, said in the statement.


Former Air Force One pilot for LBJ dies in Texas at 90

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 03:13

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2010 file photo, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jim Cross stands on the steps of a JetStar that he flew for Lyndon B. Johnson, in Austin, Texas. Cross died Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Gatesville, Texas. He was 90. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Larry Kolvoord, File)GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) — A military pilot who was an aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson and flew Air Force One has died in Texas.


Prosecutors' in-house investigators behind NY criminal cases

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 02:46

In this June 9, 2015 photo, Joe Ponzi, former chief of the Brooklyn District Attorney Investigators, poses in front of Brooklyn's Borough Hall in New York. In his 36 years on the job, Ponzi oversaw some of the borough’s most famed cases, including the indictment of two sitting state supreme court judges. A famed polygraph expert, Ponzi is credited with gaining the confession of a conspirator who proved key in the prosecutions against the so-called Mafia Cops. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Years ago as a young prosecutor, Preet Bharara was driving in New York City's Little Italy with a dogged investigator named Ken McCabe, who suddenly recognized some mobsters, rolled down his window and surprised them by addressing them by their Mafia nicknames.