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Fireworks reports checked in deadly apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:36

In this photo provided by Kevin Moav, fire engulfs the top floors of a three-story apartment and business building Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Lowell, Mass. Officials confirmed that seven people died in the fast-moving pre-dawn fire. (AP Photo/Kevin Moav)LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A fast-moving fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors.


VIDEO: Ocean City dealing with flooding

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:34

 Ocean City dealing with floodingParts of the Jersey Shore are dealing with some flooding.


Parts of US Capitol closed after asbestos accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:34

A hallway is closed on the House side on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 10, 2014, because of an industrial spill involving ongoing asbestos abatement work. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours.


Louisiana ruling on confession rankles Catholics

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:33
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Catholics are decrying a recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision that reaches into the most sanctified of church places, the confessional booth.

911 dispatcher: Call for help involved her son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:31
MARYSVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A 911 dispatcher in California was startled when a caller turned out to be her fiancee reporting their infant son was choking.

Russia-born student pleads guilty to making bombs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:28

FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Altoona (Pa.) Police Dept. shows Vladislav Miftakhov. Miftakhov, a Russian-born college student pleaded guilty Thursday, July 10, 2014 to a charge of building bombs without a federal license in his off-campus apartment in central Pennsylvania. Miftakhov, 18, was a Penn State-Altoona student from San Carlos, California, when he was arrested Jan. 24. (AP Photo/Altoona (Pa.) Police Dept.)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Russian-born college student pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of building bombs without a federal license in his off-campus apartment in central Pennsylvania.


UN names 3rd point man in Syrian war

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:25

FILE - In this March 22, 2013, file photo, Staffan De Mistura, Italy's then-foreign ministry undersecretary, speaks during a news conference in New Delhi, India. Mistura has been chosen by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international point man on Syria, diplomats said Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Staffan de Mistura, who has held top U.N. positions in Iraq and Afghanistan, on Thursday inherited the mandate to try to end Syria's three-year-old conflict, a goal that eluded his two predecessors.


Top Connecticut court hears death penalty appeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:15
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) - Attorneys for a Connecticut drug lord sentenced to die for ordering the 1999 murders of a mother and her 8-year-old appealed to the state Supreme Court on Thursday to sentence him instead to life in prison in light of the state's death penalty repeal. The outcome of the case could influence the future of 10 other men sentenced to die in Connecticut before the repeal became law in 2012. The man who was the subject of Thursday's arguments, Russell Peeler Jr., was sentenced to death in 2007 for ordering his brother Adrian to kill Karen Clarke and her 8-year-old son, Leroy "B.J." Brown. Before the killings, prosecutors were planning to have the boy testify against Russell Peeler for the 1998 murder of Clarke’s boyfriend, whom they alleged was also Peeler’s drug rival for the prosperous Bridgeport drug trade.

Police back off on plan to take explicit photo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:14
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia on Thursday backed off efforts to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old to prove a sexting case against him.

Colorado judge backs county clerk over gay marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:13
By Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A state judge in Colorado on Thursday backed a county clerk who has issued more than 100 marriage licenses to gay couples, and another county clerk in Denver said she would begin issuing the permits. In a second day of victories for supporters of gay marriage in Colorado, a judge rejected a motion by the state's attorney general seeking to stop Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall from handing out more licenses.

Thousands appear for NYC firefighter's funeral

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:09

Nanette Ambelas, third from right, holds the hands of her children, Gabriella, 7, second from right, and Giovanna, 5, while the coffin of her husband, Lt. Gordon Ambelas, is lifted onto a fire truck during his funeral in the borough of Staten Island, Thursday, July 10, 2014, in New York. Ambelas died Saturday night, July 5, searching for victims in a burning, cluttered Brooklyn high-rise apartment building. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of uniformed firefighters from across the country gathered Thursday for the funeral of a fireman labeled "a true hero" by the mayor.


Remington to replace triggers on some rifles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:08
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The gun manufacturer Remington Arms Co. will replace trigger mechanisms on Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles, or provide some compensation to buyers, as part of a settlement of class-action lawsuits, the company said Thursday.

Lightning blamed for Galloway Twp. fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:03

Lightning blamed for Galloway Twp. firePeople living in one Atlantic County neighborhood say a lightning strike set two homes on fire.


U.S. judge sentences man to 15 years in China spying case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:02
By Dan Levine OAKLAND Calif. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge sentenced a California businessman to 15 years in prison on Thursday for stealing DuPont trade secrets to help a state-owned Chinese company develop a white pigment used in a wide range of products. A jury found Walter Liew guilty earlier this year on over 20 criminal counts, including conspiracy to commit economic espionage and trade secret theft. Attorneys for Liew argued he should receive a maximum sentence of eight years. At Thursday's sentencing, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said Liew, a U.S. citizen, "turned against his adopted country for greed." At his trial, U.S. prosecutors said Liew paid former DuPont employees to reveal trade secrets that would help China's Pangang Group develop a white pigment called chloride-route titanium dioxide, also known as TiO2.

New judge for Guantanamo trial in USS Cole attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:01
MIAMI (AP) — A prominent U.S. military judge has removed himself from the death penalty trial at Guantanamo Bay for the prisoner accused of orchestrating the deadly attack on the USS Cole.

New judge for Guantanamo trial in USS Cole attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:01
MIAMI (AP) — A prominent U.S. military judge has removed himself from the death penalty trial at Guantanamo Bay for the prisoner accused of orchestrating the deadly attack on the USS Cole.

Judge orders former New Hampshire cop in hit-and-run back to jail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:59
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A former New Hampshire police officer released from prison in June after serving only 72 days of a year-long sentence for a felony hit-and-run conviction was ordered back to jail on Thursday. The officer, Stephen Coco, was accused of running down two teenagers while driving an unmarked police vehicle in March 2013, when he was a Manchester police detective. Coco was sentenced to a year in jail earlier this year, after Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson rejected a plea deal that would have reduced the charges to misdemeanors.

Judge orders former New Hampshire cop in hit-and-run back to jail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:59
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A former New Hampshire police officer released from prison in June after serving only 72 days of a year-long sentence for a felony hit-and-run conviction was ordered back to jail on Thursday. The officer, Stephen Coco, was accused of running down two teenagers while driving an unmarked police vehicle in March 2013, when he was a Manchester police detective. Coco was sentenced to a year in jail earlier this year, after Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson rejected a plea deal that would have reduced the charges to misdemeanors.

Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost emails

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:56

FILE - This March 5, 2014 file photo shows former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal judge is ordering the IRS to explain _ under oath _ how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the tax agency a month to submit the explanation in writing. Sullivan issued the order Thursday as part of a freedom of information lawsuit by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group. The IRS says it lost the emails in 2011 when Lois Lerner’s computer crashed. At the time, Lerner headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.


California man sentenced to 15 years for espionage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:54

File - In this March 8, 2012, file photo, Robert Maegerle, left, walks out of a federal courthouse with attorney Jerome Froelich Jr. in San Francisco. Maegerle, a retired DuPont engineer, was convicted of economic espionage charges along with chemical engineer Walter Liew in March. Liew is facing more than 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Thursday, July 10, 2014, for a rare economic espionage conviction for selling technology for a white pigment to China. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28 million after his rare economic-espionage conviction for selling China the technology that creates a white pigment.