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Detroit retirees vote in favor of pension cuts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:38

FILE - In a May 30, 2014 file photo, Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr speaks with reporters after addressing the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, Mich. In the little more than a year since Orr made Detroit the largest U.S. city to seek bankruptcy protection, it has experienced a wide range of improvements that will factor into Judge Steven Rhodes' decisions during next month's bankruptcy trial. A major piece of the bankruptcy puzzle could fall into place Monday, July 21, 2014, with the expected release of the results of a vote by creditors, including more than 30,000 retired and current city workers, on whether to accept millions of dollars in cuts. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)DETROIT (AP) — Workers and retirees approved pension cuts in Detroit's bankruptcy by a landslide, the city reported Monday, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal insolvency in U.S. history.

Southwest retains low rankings in child welfare

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:28
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Southwest continues to earn dismal marks for child well-being, with New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada ranking in the bottom five of an annual national report card on education, health care and poverty.

Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:27

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. The future of the Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday, July 21, 2014, in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

Millionaire Robert Durst arrested after allegedly exposing himself, urinating in public

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:31

Millionaire Robert Durst arrested after allegedly exposing himself, urinating in publicEyewitness News has learned that multi-millionaire and one-time-accused-killer Robert Durst has been arrested again. Durst is accused of urinating on candy at a southwest Houston drug store

Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:29

A Malaysian investigator takes a black box from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as it is handed over from Donetsk People's Republic officials to Malaysian representatives in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Man arrested in chase that left girl fatally shot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:26

Christina Harris of Leavenworth, Kan., whose 5-year-old daughter Cadence Harris was fatally shot after a high-speed police chase Friday night, speaks with reporters Monday, July 21, 2014 after Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens announced that the girl's alleged abductor was arrested on six charges, including first-degree felony murder. (AP Photo/Bill Draper)LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — An eastern Kansas man was arrested late Monday afternoon on suspicion of first-degree felony murder and five other charges related to an abduction, police chase and fatal shooting of a 5-year-old girl three days earlier.

Hours separate deadly Arizona plane crashes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:14

In this July 20, 2014 photo provided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety shows the wreckage of a single-engine Cessna smoldering after crashing in rugged terrain just south of Interstate 15 near the Arizona-Utah border in Mohave County, Ariz. The Federal Aviation Administration says it is unsure of the flight plan for the single-engine Cessna. Firefighters were working Monday to extinguish the 25-acre fire sparked by the crash. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Public Safety)SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — Two teenage brothers from Utah were among six people who died in two fiery, small plane crashes in northern Arizona over the weekend, authorities said.

Philadelphia Eagles player arrested in shoving of Arizona officer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:10
A Philadelphia Eagles football player was arrested in Arizona on suspicion of felony aggravated assault for allegedly pushing a police officer probing a bar fight, authorities said on Monday. Keelan Johnson, 24, was booked into jail early on Saturday and later released after the skirmish at a bar on Mill Avenue, an entertainment district near Arizona State University in Tempe. Johnson, an Eagles safety who played college football for Arizona State, is accused by Tempe police of assault and resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, according to court records. Johnson was signed to the Eagles' practice squad before the start of the 2013 season.

Wisconsin train crash hurts 2 people, spills fuel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:06

30 a.m. Monday, Slinger Fire Chief Rick Hanke said. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)SLINGER, Wis. (AP) — A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in southeastern Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of fuel that prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes.

Friends: Man in NYC chokehold case 'gentle giant'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:54

This undated family photo provided by the National Action Network, Saturday, July 19, 2014, shows Eric Garner. Garner was confronted by police trying to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk, authorities said. The 6-foot-3, 350-pound Garner became irate, denying the charges and refusing to be handcuffed before one of the officers placed him in what Police Commissioner William Bratton said appeared to be a chokehold, according to partial video of the encounter obtained by the New York Daily News. (AP Photo/Family photo via National Action Network)NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Garner was a familiar figure on the streets near Staten Island's ferry docks: to his friends, a congenial giant with a generous gesture or a calming word; to police, a persistent face of the small-time crime of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

Suspect charged over fatal California bank robbery shootout

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:39

Handout photo released by the Stockton Police Department shows Jaime Ramos, who has been charged with homicide, kidnapping, robbery, and attempted murderBy Jennifer Baires STOCKTON Calif. (Reuters) - A suspect in a California bank heist in which heavily armed robbers took hostages and engaged police in a running gun battle during a high-speed chase last week was charged with murder on Monday for the deaths of a hostage and two suspected fellow robbers. Jaime Ramos, 19, is the sole surviving suspect from Wednesday's robbery of the Bank of the West in the Northern California city of Stockton. Two other suspects died during the ensuing police chase and shootout. Police say Ramos and the other suspects, 27-year-old Alex Gregory Martinez and 30-year-old Gilbert Renteria Jr., were dropped off in front of the bank on Wednesday, and were later spotted exiting with three female hostages held at gunpoint.

Texas governor to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to border

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:34

Texas Governor Perry awaits the arrival of U.S. President Obama in DallasBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Monday he planned to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security during an influx of illegal immigration by children, a move that could increase pressure on President Barack Obama. Perry, seen as a possible Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race, said the guard troops were needed because the flood of children crossing from Mexico had pushed federal border protection to its limits. "The price of inaction is too high for Texas to pay," Perry told a news conference. The governor's announcement came just days before Obama plans to meet with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on Friday to discuss cooperation dealing with the flow of child migrants from Central America.

Cause of deaths in FedEx truck-bus crash released

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:23
WILLOWS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have released the cause of death for nine of the 10 victims of a Northern California crash between a charter bus full of students and a FedEx tractor-trailer.

Ex-soldier undecided on murder-conviction appeal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:10
HONOLULU (AP) — Lawyers for a former Hawaii-based soldier who avoided a death sentence for his 5-year-old daughter's killing want him to consult with an appellate attorney before deciding whether to appeal his murder conviction.

Freight train kills 2 men in Upper Milford Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:08

Freight train kills 2 men in Upper Milford Twp.Authorities say that two young men are dead in eastern Pennsylvania after being struck by a freight train while crossing railroad tracks.

Box office top 20: 'Apes' holds reign with $36.3M

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:06
NEW YORK (AP) — "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," maintained its box office rule with $36.3 million over the weekend, according to final studio figures Monday.

Activists say arrests made in protest at Utah tar sands mine project

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:02
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Sheriff's deputies in Utah arrested nearly two dozen environmental protesters who chained themselves to fences and construction equipment on Monday at a tar sands mining project in the remote Book Cliffs mountains, an activist group said. The Tar Sands Resistance group said about 80 activists set up a "blockade" at the PR Springs mine to highlight what it said would be huge environmental damage if it goes ahead. "These projects do nothing but devastate the land and pollute the water and air," said TSR spokeswoman Jessica Lee, adding that Monday's action followed years of protests, lawsuits and other attempts to stop the work. The mine, about 180 miles (290 km) southeast of Salt Lake City, is operated by Calgary-based U.S. Oil Sands [USO.V].

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:02

Flares of a military jet fall near a piece of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove eastern Ukraine Monday, July 21, 2014. Four days after Flight 17 was shot out of the sky, international investigators still have had only limited access to the crash site, hindered by pro-Russia fighters who control the verdant territory in eastern Ukraine. Outrage over the delays and the possible tampering of evidence at the site was building worldwide, especially in the Netherlands, where most of the victims were from. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

Alaska Army National Guard soldier attacked by bear near base

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:43
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - An Alaska Army National Guard soldier was attacked by a brown bear while training in the woods near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, the second bear attack on a soldier from the base in two months, officials said on Monday. Sergeant Lucas Wendeborn suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the attack on Sunday morning while he was participating in a navigation exercise, Command Sergeant Major Alan Feaster of the Alaska Army National Guard said in a written statement. Wendeborn, 26, had been wading through dense woods when he encountered the bear and two cubs, Feaster said in the statement.

Judge won't lift Fla. Keys gay marriage stay

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:43
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional refused Monday to allow gay couples to begin marrying in Monroe County, citing a pending appeal by the state attorney general.