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Michael Jackson's Neverland estate being considered for sale

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:59

Michael Jackson fans take photos outside Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, CaliforniaLate pop singer Michael Jackson's Neverland estate is being considered for sale, a spokesman for the company controlling the property said on Friday. Owen Blicksilver, spokesman for investment firm Colony Capital LLC, said the company will make a decision soon as to whether it will place Jackson's estate near the central Californian coast on the market. Jackson, who died in June 2009 at age 50 from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol, had handed over the title on his Neverland ranch in 2008 to Colony Capital, which held his $23 million loan on the property. At the time of the deal, Colony Capital said the firm had been planning to spruce up the ranch and sell it for an estimated $70 million to $80 million or more if Jackson was able to revitalize his career.

Ex-banker sentenced in NY insider trading case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:58
NEW YORK (AP) — A former investment banker who admitted making trades based on inside information to cover child support was sentenced on Friday on securities fraud charges to 2 1/2 years in prison.

NKorea seeks UN meeting on US-SKorea drills

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:53
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea said Friday it has asked for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting to protest upcoming U.S.-South Korean military exercises, warning the drills increase the danger of war on the Korean peninsula.

San Francisco transit vehicles involved in crashes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:51
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twenty people were taken to hospitals Friday, one with serious injuries, after two separate crashes involving San Francisco transit vehicles just minutes apart, fire officials said.

Lab who walked 30 miles back home adopted

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:50
SEDAN, Kan. (AP) — An aging black Labrador retriever who walked 30 miles back to a Kansas family who didn't want her took a private jet to her new home with a Florida heiress.

U.S. Senate report to suggest harsh CIA interrogations were unnecessary: officials

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:49
Foreshadowing the impending release of a report expected to suggest that the "enhanced" techniques were unnecessary and also to accuse some CIA officers of misleading Congress about the effectiveness of the program, President Barack Obama said on Friday that the CIA "tortured some folks." He had banned the practices soon after taking office in 2009. Officials said the Senate Intelligence Committee was unlikely to release the report to the public without some additional review. The voluminous report does not state that the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" - which included measures such as "waterboarding," or simulated drowning, on captured al Qaeda militants - produced no information of value whatsoever, the officials said. The report will criticize some CIA officials by name, the officials said.

California killer given additional death sentences

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:41

Serial killer Chester Turner sits in court Friday Aug. 1, 2014 in Los Angeles. Turner one of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given an additional death sentence Friday. Turner, who was already on death row for murdering 10 women, was sentenced for four more murders. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut )LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chester D. Turner is no stranger to murder or the punishment that comes with it. He squeezed the life out of more than a dozen women during a decade of terror, and two juries decided he should die for his crimes.

Virginia ex-governor's corruption trial jury sees racy email

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:37

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The federal jury hearing the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell on Friday saw a racy email his wife sent to a businessman, a communication defense attorneys said was proof that the two were having an affair. Lawyers for McDonnell's wife, Maureen, said at the start of the trial that the couple's marriage had been unraveling at the time they accepted gifts from a businessman they said Maureen McDonnell had a "crush" on. Maureen McDonnell's attorney on Friday showed the jury at U.S. District Court in Richmond an email his client sent to Williams on Aug. 23, 2011, the day an earthquake rocked the U.S. East Coast. Defense attorneys tried to distance the former governor from Williams, saying the interaction was primarily between the businessman and Maureen McDonnell.

Suspect dead after woman alerts police to home invasion in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:27

Suspect dead after woman alerts police to home invasion in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice say a woman inside a Northeast Philadelphia home was able to signal to an officer at the door that something was terribly wrong. The officer went inside and confronted two burglars.

Last ex-city official sentenced in corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:26
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The last of seven former city officials involved in a multimillion-dollar corruption case in the tiny Los Angeles suburb of Bell, California, was sentenced Friday to a year in jail, most of which he has already served.

Utility to pay Tennessee coal ash victims $27.8M

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:23
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest public utility has agreed to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge, 2008 spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge that drew national attention to coal ash and its toxic contaminants.

2 Ebola victims to be treated at Atlanta hospital

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:19
ATLANTA (AP) — Two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa will be treated at a specialized unit of an Atlanta hospital.

Police chokehold said to cause NYC man's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:17

FILE- In this undated family file photo provided by the National Action Network, Saturday, July 19, 2014, Eric Garner is shown. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner after it was determined that a choke hold police used while trying to arrest him in July 2014, caused his death. (AP Photo/Family photo via National Action Network, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City medical examiner ruled Friday that a police officer's chokehold caused the death of a man whose videotaped arrest and final pleas of "I can't breathe!" sparked outrage and led to the announcement of a complete overhaul of use-of-force training for the nation's largest police force.

Dogs that killed Michigan man will be euthanized

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:09
LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A couple charged with second-degree murder after their two dogs fatally mauled a Michigan jogger agreed Friday to give up ownership of the animals and have them euthanized.

Bomb squad called after device found in Cherry Hill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 06:07

Bomb squad called after device found in Cherry HillThe Bomb Squad was called after a device was found on a walking trail in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Death of New York man a homicide caused by police choke hold -autopsy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:59

Esaw Garner is shown during the funeral for her husband Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The death of a man during an arrest last month in New York City was caused by a choke hold by a police officer, the chief medical examiner's office said on Friday, declaring the death a homicide. Eric Garner's dying moments as he struggled for breath on a Staten Island sidewalk after police arrested him for peddling untaxed cigarettes on July 17 were captured in bystanders' videos, and prompted outrage and questions about police tactics. The autopsy results released on Friday appear to settle any remaining doubts the police officer's choke hold helped kill him. The city's police force has been banned from using the maneuver for more than 20 years, and the city has said it is investigating why the practice appears to persist.

States try to land Tesla despite Nevada groundwork

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:58
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A sprawling industrial park near Reno has become the focus of Tesla's unusually secretive site selection process for its $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork there is no guarantee that the plant and its 6,500 jobs are coming.

US job growth eases but tops 200K for a 6th month

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:44

In this June 23, 2014 photo, job seekers wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The government issues the July jobs report on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)WASHINGTON (AP) — A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion.

Floor of UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion to be replaced after water main break

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:40

Workers try to clear water from the floor of Pauley Pavillion on the UCLA campus from a broken thirty inch water mainBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wooden floor of UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, will be replaced after it was flooded this week when a major water main broke, the school's athletic director said on Friday. The large pipe under Sunset Boulevard, just north of the University of California at Los Angeles, ruptured under nearby Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday, spouting a 40-foot geyser and sending some 20 million gallons of water across the north end of campus. The flood swamped campus athletic fields, underground parking garages and several buildings, including Pauley Pavilion, the arena built in 1965 which has become famous as home to the university's basketball teams. Most of those facilities were back to normal, athletic director Dan Guerrero said in an Internet message to students on Friday, but Pauley Pavilion's entire wooden floor would be replaced with a new "state of the art" court.

1 dead after crash on Route 40 in Bear, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 05:37

1 dead after crash on Route 40 in Bear, Del.One person is dead after a crash on Route 40 in Bear, Delaware.