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Married nearly 62 years, couple dies 4 hours apart

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:13

In this July, 2014 photo provided by their granddaughter Melissa Stone, Don Simpson, 90, and his wife Maxine, 87, share time together in Sloan's home in Bakersfield, Calif. The couple, married 62 years, died four hours apart July 21, 2014, while lying next to each other, their family said. (AP Photo/Melissa SloanBAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — After nearly 62 years of marriage, little separated Don and Maxine Simpson — not even death.


Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of 3-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:37

Suspected gunman arrested in fatal shooting of 3-year-oldPolice have arrested the suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old girl in Philadelphia's Grays Ferry section.


APNewsBreak: Historic deal for Corps dam pollution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:15

FILE - This Oct. 24, 2006 file photo shows the Ice Harbor dam on the Snake River in Pasco, Wash. For the first time in its history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking legal settlement that could have broad implications for the Corps' hundreds of dams nationwide. The Corps announced in a settlement on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, that it will immediately notify the conservation group that filed the lawsuit of any oil spills among its eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon and Washington. (AP Photo/Jackie Johnston,File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For the first time in its history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking legal settlement that could have broad implications for the Corps' hundreds of dams nationwide.


Lawmaker pleads to misdemeanor; faced 17 felonies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 09:18

Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford, left, listens as his attorney Thomas Durkin speaks with reporters at the federal building Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Chicago after a court hearing where Ford pleaded guilty to misdemeanor tax fraud. The Chicago Democrat pleaded guilty to one count of delivering a false federal income tax return for 2007 as part of a plea deal. Prosecutors alleged that Ford made false statements to a bank to get a $500,000 increase on a line of credit starting as early as 2005. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker who faced nearly 20 felony bank-fraud charges that could have landed him in prison for decades pleaded guilty Monday to a single misdemeanor tax charge for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,782.


Police: Bottle bomb thrown at historic Germantown home built in 1774

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 09:13

 Bottle bomb thrown at historic Germantown home built in 1774Philadelphia police are searching for the person who tossed a soda bottle bomb at a historic house in Germantown.


Police: TV show reminded man that girl was in car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 09:11

This image provided by the Sedgwick County Jail shows Seth Jackson, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 10-month-old foster daughter who he left in a hot car on July 24 in Wichita, Kansas. (AP Photo/Sedgwick County Jail)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A child crying on the television show "Game of Thrones" jogged a foster parent's memory that he had left a 10-month-old girl inside a sweltering car while he and his partner smoked marijuana at their house, a police affidavit released Monday says.


Scrabblers rejoice: 5,000 new words are on the way

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 08:41

 Fifth Edition." The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, out Aug. 11 from Merriam-Webster, has 5,000 new words. (AP Photo/Merriam-Webster)NEW YORK (AP) — To Scrabble fanatics, big gifts sometimes come in small packages.


Crews suspend search for man near grounded boat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 08:28
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Crews suspended an hourslong air and sea search for a captain who may have abandoned his fishing boat early Monday when it got stranded off a popular San Francisco beach.

Jodi Arias to represent self in Arizona death penalty sentencing retrial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 08:27

Jodi Arias talks with her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix ArizonaBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge agreed on Monday to allow convicted murder Jodi Arias to represent herself during a sentencing retrial to determine if she will face the death penalty for killing her ex-boyfriend in 2008, a court spokesman said.     Judge Sherry Stephens granted the request by Arias during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court, allowing her to act as her own lawyer when the retrial begins in September, said spokesman Vincent Funari.     Stephens issued the ruling from the bench after cautioning the former California waitress that she felt it would not be in her best interest to take over from her current attorneys, Funari said.     Arias was convicted last year of murdering Travis Alexander in his Phoenix-area home six years ago in what authorities said was a bloody crime scene. He was found slumped in his shower, stabbed multiple times, his throat slashed and shot in the head.     The same jury that convicted Arias in a high-profile trial that was live-streamed on the Internet to tens of thousands of viewers found her eligible for the death penalty, but deadlocked on whether she should actually be put to death.     The sentencing phase retrial will see a new jury impaneled next month to weigh her fate, but will not be broadcast live.


Porch killing defendant: 'I wasn't going to cower'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 08:20

 'I wasn't going to cower'A suburban Detroit man said Monday that he was afraid when someone showed up on his porch before dawn one morning last year and started banging on his doors, but he wasn't going to be a victim in his own home.


Jodi Arias to represent herself at execution trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 08:18

FILE - This Jan. 9, 2013 file photo shows Jodi Arias appearing for her trial in Maricopa County Superior court in Phoenix. A judge has ruled, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, that Arias can represent herself in the upcoming penalty phase of her murder trial. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)PHOENIX (AP) — A judge ruled Monday that Jodi Arias can represent herself in the upcoming penalty phase of her murder trial, where jurors will decide whether she is put to death for killing her ex-boyfriend.


Presbyterian church in Arizona offers sanctuary to undocumented migrant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 08:13
By Brad Poole TUCSON Ariz. (Reuters) - For the second time since May, an Arizona Presbyterian church with a long history of sheltering Central American refugees is offering sanctuary to an undocumented immigrant who faces deportation, its pastor said on Monday. Tucson's Southside Presbyterian Church will protect local housekeeper Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto unless Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) stalls or cancels her deportation by Friday, when she is due to be returned to her native Mexico, said Pastor Alison Harrington. She has no criminal history," Harrington said. Her husband and children, who are also undocumented, are not targeted for deportation, Harrington said.

DOJ: NYC's Rikers Island breaches rights of young inmates

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 08:09

Barbed wire fences surround a building on Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New YorkNew York City's Department of Correction routinely violates the constitutional rights of male teenagers at the Rikers Island jail complex by tolerating a "culture of violence" that permits the savage beating of young inmates, according to a federal report released on Monday. The 79-page report, prepared by the U.S. Justice Department, describes a fearful and brutalized environment in which correction officers regularly batter young men, sometimes after they are handcuffed and dragged out of sight of surveillance cameras. At a press conference, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called Rikers, one of the country's largest jail complexes, "a place where brute force is the first impulse rather than the last resort." In one case a year ago, a team of correction officers kicked and punched four teenaged inmates and hit them with radios, batons and broomsticks even though they were in handcuffs, the report said. Although Bharara's team only focused on adolescent inmates, the report said there were indications conditions were similar in the general population.


US officials return ancient coins to Greeks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:58

 a silver stater of Locri Opunti, circa 369-338 BC; a silver stater of Dikaia, Thrace, circa 515-480 BC; a silver didrachm of Euboia, circa 375-357 BC; and two silver staters of Thebes, Boeotia, circa 395-338 BC. The coins were part of a case against noted Rhode Island hand surgeon and coin aficionado Dr. Arnold-Peter Weiss, whose January 2012 arrest during a coin auction at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel roiled the numismatic world. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Five ancient coins were returned to the Greek government Monday after a prominent collector from Rhode Island was prosecuted in a New York case that roiled the numismatic world.


Ex-Va. governor's confidant testifies at trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:52
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's closest confidants made it clear in testimony Monday that he doesn't have much regard for McDonnell's wife or the wealthy businessman who, according to prosecutors, bought their influence to benefit the nutritional supplements company he headed.

Woman accused of killing 1 daughter, cutting other

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:52

Jessica Smith is arraigned via a video feed from the Clatsop County Jail in Astoria, Ore., on murder and other charges at the Clatsop County courthouse on Monday Aug. 4, 2014. Smith, who is going through a divorce and custody battle, is accused of killing her two-year-old daughter and attempting to kill her 13-year-old daughter. The children were found Friday, Aug. 1, in a hotel room at Cannon Beach, Ore. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Stephanie Yao Long)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman going through a divorce and custody battle is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter and severely cutting her teenage daughter at a popular inn on the northern Oregon coast, a crime that shocked tourists and residents.


SpaceX to build rocket launch site in South Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:52
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — SpaceX will build the world's first commercial site for orbital rocket launches in the southernmost tip of Texas.

Governor makes Newtown response a campaign issue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:38

FILE - In this April 4, 2013, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, center, signs legislation at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., that includes new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, a response to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. Surrounding him are Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, left, Neil Heslin, second left, father of shooting victim Jesse Lewis, and Nicole Hockley, right, mother of shooting victim Dylan. Malloy is making a campaign issue of his handling of the Newtown shooting. Nicole Hockley appears in his television ad released Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, crediting the Democrat with having, “the courage and conviction to stand up and do the right thing. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is making a campaign issue of his handling of the 2012 mass school shooting in Newtown, using it as he seeks a second term to highlight his leadership during difficult times.


Official: Anthrax found in bison, no food concern

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:34

FILE - This Sept. 23, 2012 file photo shows bison in a state park in South Dakota. The year’s first case of animal anthrax in South Dakota has been confirmed in a bison herd in the state, home to the second-most cattle ranches in the country. But experts say there is little need to be alarmed because most livestock is vaccinated and the threat to humans is minimal in the U.S. thanks to meat-quality inspections and ranchers adept at dealing with the bacteria. (AP Photo/Amber Hunt, File)PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The year's first case of animal anthrax in South Dakota has been confirmed in a bison herd in the northern part of the state, which is home to the most domesticated bison on ranches in the country. But experts say there is little need to be alarmed because the threat to humans is minimal in the U.S. and most livestock are vaccinated.


Porch killing defendant: 'I wasn't going to cower'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:29

 Witness Testifies (ABC News)A suburban Detroit man has testified that he was afraid when a woman showed up on his porch before dawn one morning last year, but that he refused to be a victim in his own home.