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Cargo ship rescues three on sailboat stranded off Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:24

This Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the 42-foot sailboat Walkabout caught in Hurricane Julio, about 400 miles northeast of Oahu, Hawaii. Walkabout is disabled and taking on water with three people aboard. The Coast Guard is coordinating the rescue of the boat. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)A container ship's crew was working on Monday to rescue three people aboard a disabled sailboat that took on water when it got caught in Hurricane Julio and encountered 30-foot waves hundreds of miles from Hawaii, a U.S. Coast Guard official said. The crew of the cargo vessel Manukai was trying to help the three people on the 42-foot sailboat get onto a life raft, said a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman, Petty Officer Melissa McKenzie. This follows previous rescue attempts that failed because of rough weather in the area about 415 miles northeast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, McKenzie said. The crew of the sailboat, which is named the Walkabout, sent out a distress signal on Sunday morning as Hurricane Julio moved across the Pacific Ocean near the Hawaiian archipelago, according to the Coast Guard.


Actor Robin Williams found dead at age 63

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:21

Comedian Robin Williams dead at 63Actor Robin Williams has died at the age of 63.


California bill would require anti-theft 'kill switches' on smartphones

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:16
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - All smartphones sold in California would have to come with a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen under a bill passed by the legislature on Monday, the latest effort to stem an epidemic of phone theft in the most populous U.S. state. The bill would be the strongest effort yet by a U.S. state to fight smartphone theft, which accounts for more than half of all crimes in several of the state's large cities, including San Francisco and Oakland. “Our goal is to swiftly take the wind out of the sails of thieves who have made the theft of smartphones one of the most prevalent street crimes in California’s biggest cities,” said Democratic Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco, the bill's author. The measure, which now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for his signature, requires all smartphones sold in California after July 2015 to come pre-equipped with technology allowing them to be shut down remotely in the event of theft.

Former state AG testifies in ex-Va. governor trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:13

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, is surrounded by media as he walks to the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va. on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, as his corruption trial enters its third week. McDonnell and his wife are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the former CEO of a nutritional supplements company in exchange for promoting his products. They could face decades in prison if convicted. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The wealthy businessman who lavished former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife with thousands of dollars in gifts and loans said repeatedly that the couple supported his company and its signature product, former state Attorney General Jerry Kilgore testified Monday.


Trial set for ex-BP executive in oil disaster

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:10
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A trial is expected to begin the week of March 9 for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Robin Williams found dead at age 63

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:07

Comedian Robin Williams dead at 63Actor Robin Williams was found dead at the age of 63, sister station KGO has confirmed.


Chief: Police killed California robbery hostage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:06

In this undated file photo released by the Singh family shows Misty Holt Singh, who was taken hostage and killed in Stockton, Calif., on July 16, 2014, following a bank robbery and gun battle. Police say the hostage who died during a bank robbery and chase in Northern California was killed by police, not the suspects. Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, that the results of a preliminary ballistics report show that Stockton police fired the bullet or bullets that killed 41-year-old Misty Holt-Singh. (AP Photo/Singh Family, File)The hostage who died during a bank robbery and chase in Northern California was killed by police, not the suspects, authorities said Monday.


Probe faults pilots and controller for 2013 Alaska crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:05
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A cargo plane's crash into a mountainside in southwest Alaska last year was caused by failure to maintain a safe altitude, which was the fault of an air traffic controller and the two pilots who died in the accident, federal regulators said on Monday. The Alaska Central Express Air Cargo crashed on March 8, 2013, after striking a "rock outcrop protruding from the snow" outside Dillingham, the plane's destination, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The crash took the lives of pilot Jeff Day, 38, and his co-pilot, 21-year-old Neil Jensen. Meanwhile, the air traffic controller's instructions were "ambiguous," the report said, and failed to specify what segment of the approach could be done at 2,000 feet.

Lawyer: Teenager 'executed' by Missouri police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:05
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The attorney for the parents of an unarmed black teenager fatally shot by police in suburban St. Louis says he was "executed in broad daylight."

A look at town where police shot unarmed teenager

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:04

Marcelle Stewart, left, confronts police officers during a march and rally in downtown Ferguson, Mo., Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The group marched along the closed street, rallying in front of the town's police headquarters to protest the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officers. Brown, who was killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb, was shot Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, and died following the confrontation with police. Stewart said she was attending the rally because her son-in-law Jason Moore died after being shot with a taser by police. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Tensions were high Monday in parts of suburban St. Louis after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man led to overnight looting, vandalism and dozens of arrests. A closer look at the community of Ferguson, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed:


Missionaries return to US and Ebola quarantine

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:04
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Three missionaries who worked with patients infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia are back in the United States and feeling upbeat after their trans-Atlantic charter flight, the head of the North Carolina-based mission hosting them said Monday.

Jet stowaway to undergo mental health exam

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who was ordered to stay away from Los Angeles International Airport after she flew from San Jose without a ticket will undergo a mental health exam.

Police: Man killed in New Orleans was targeted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:00
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Investigators believe drugs were the motive behind a drive-by shooting that killed a man and a teenager and wounded five other people, New Orleans' police chief said Monday.

Death penalty decision on LAX gunman due in fall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 06:57

FILE - This photo provided by the FBI shows Paul Ciancia, 23. Ciancia, charged with fatally shooting a Transportation Security Administration screener and wounding three other people at Los Angeles International Airport, Nov. 1, 2013. Federal prosecutors likely will decide by mid-November whether they will seek to execute Ciancia, charged in a deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/FBI, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors expect to decide by mid-November whether they will seek to execute the man charged in a deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport.


Police: 6 killed in Houston-area police chase

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 06:57

A firefighter works at the scene of an accident with multiple fatalities early Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 in in League City, Texas. Authorities say six people have been killed, including a family of four, when an SUV speeding from police struck another vehicle southeast of Houston. (AP Photo/The Galveston County Daily News, Kevin M. Cox)LEAGUE CITY, Texas (AP) — A family of four were among six people killed Sunday when a motorist seen driving erratically southeast of Houston fled from police and drove through a stop sign before striking another vehicle, police said.


Phila. team headed to Little League World Series

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 06:50

Phila. team headed to Little League World SeriesThe Taney Dragons, from Philadelphia, are headed to the Little League World Series following an impressive victory.


Grain dust causes explosion in northeastern Illinois

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 06:50
(Reuters) - A grain dust explosion on Monday damaged a storage bin and injured one person at a Heritage FS Grain Elevator in St. Anne, Illinois, police said. The explosion occurred around 2 p.m. CDT (1900 GMT) as a truck driver dumped grain into a pit. The injured driver was taken to a hospital, said Steve Abrassart, St. Anne police chief. The explosion was confined to the grain pit and did not go into any of the grain storage bins, he said.

Firm halting sales of dietary supplement Anatabloc

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 06:44
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The dietary supplement maker at the center of a federal trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife is halting sales of its product called Anatabloc.

Records: 6-year-old died of blunt-force trauma

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 06:38

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the FBI shows Jenise Wright. Authorities say a 17-year-old has been arrested in the death and sexual assault of Wright, a 6-year-old girl whose body was found near the mobile home park she vanished from last weekend. (AP Photo/FBI, File)PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — Prosecutors in Kitsap County expect to charge a 17-year-old boy as an adult for the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old Washington state girl.


SEPTA employee struck by train in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 06:37

SEPTA employee struck by train in Center CityA SEPTA employee was struck by a train in Center City, officials say.