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New York man accused of online death threats against Obama, Cuomo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:20
(Reuters) - An upstate New York man was accused on Tuesday of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and other political leaders just days after he was arraigned on charges that he had made previous online death threats against them, authorities said. Brandon Correa, 30, of Rochester, faces a seven-count indictment charging him with threatening the president, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, according to a statement by the office of William Hochul, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York.

US sends 130 more troops to Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — Another 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain.

Pipeline explodes in Rusk County, Texas: website

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:18
(Reuters) - A 12-inch pipeline exploded in Rusk County, Texas, on Tuesday, news website said. According to the Texas Railroad Commission, the majority of the pipelines in the area carry natural gas, the report said, adding the scene was about 12 miles (19 km) southeast of Henderson.

Documents detail death of infant at Oregon motel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:16
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Notes left by a mother accused of drowning her infant daughter and cutting the throat of her teenager recounted the attack and said the "baby didn't suffer as she fell asleep in the water," according to an arrest warrant affidavit unsealed on Tuesday.

Family: Missouri shooting victim had eerie dream

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:09

Eric Davis, a cousin of Michael Brown, speaks during an interview Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Racial tensions have run high in in the predominantly black city of Ferguson, where crowds have looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted police after following the shooting death by police of Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed black man. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Relatives of a Missouri teenager who was fatally shot by a policeman say he had an eerie dream shortly before his death.

Officials: US to send 130 more advisers to Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is sending 130 more military advisers to northern Iraq to help local forces in their escalating fight against Islamic militants, officials said Tuesday.

Ohio animal park worker killed in horse cart crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:08
BERLIN, Ohio (AP) — A horse-drawn wagon has run over an animal park worker in Ohio's Amish country and crashed, killing the worker and injuring nine passengers.

Missouri shooting victim called quiet, respectful

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:04
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown Sr. stood alone in the center of the narrow street where the blood of his namesake son still stained the gray pavement, two days after the 18-year-old was shot dead by a police officer. He straightened a waist-high wooden cross and re-lit the candles erected as part of a makeshift memorial.

Gunman hunted in New Mexico looks to have killed himself: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:00
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Police in Albuquerque say a man who was being hunted on suspicion of shooting to death one woman and injuring three others was found dead on Tuesday, apparently after taking his own life with a handgun. Officers had warned members of the public to be on the lookout for 47-year-old Marcos Delgado after the shooting rampage on Friday lunchtime at a downtown industrial park in New Mexico's biggest city. Officer Tanner Tixia of the Albuquerque Police Department said in a statement that Delgado had been spotted late on Monday night traveling in an SUV with two other people.

Obama signs disaster declaration for wildfire-scorched Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:57

U.S. President Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq from his vacation home at Martha's Vineyard, MassachusettsBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday approved federal disaster aid for wildfire-scorched Washington state, as the U.S. West Coast struggles with a near-record fire season that experts say will likely worsen in the coming weeks. The declaration allows federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in parts of Washington that were affected by wildfires between July 9 and Aug. 5. The order did not approve a request for individual assistance to affected homeowners in central Washington, a decision Governor Jay Inslee said he would appeal. The West Coast fire season, which runs from May to October, is on track to break records for both the number of blazes and acres burned, according to fire teams.

Official: Robin Williams hanged himself with belt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:57

FILE - This March 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Robin Williams speaking at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Matt Damon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Struggling with depression, Robin Williams tried to cut his wrist and hanged himself with a belt in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home, officials said Tuesday.

Cuomo invited to visit Palestinians on Israel trip

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:54
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday invited New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top state legislators who are heading to Israel this week to visit the Palestinian territories and experience "all sides of the conflict, not just one."

White House loosens restrictions on lobbyists

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:51

U.S. President Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq from his vacation home at Martha's Vineyard, MassachusettsBy Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is loosening restrictions on lobbyists who want to serve on federal advisory boards, a White House official said on Tuesday, a setback to the president's efforts to tamp down special interest influence in Washington. Obama came to office pledging to curtail the sway of lobbyists and banned lobbyists from serving on such panels, which guide government policy on a range of topics ranging from cancer to towing safety. A spokesperson for the White House Office of Management and Budget said the administration was revising its earlier guidance on lobbyists serving on federal advisory panels to clarify that lobbyists may now serve on such panels when they are representing the views of a particular group.

Flooding slows production at Detroit automakers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:46
DETROIT (AP) — Record-setting rainfall in the Detroit area has slowed vehicle production, automakers said Tuesday.

California man pleads not guilty in 2013 wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:41
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man charged with setting one of the largest wildfires in the Sierra Nevada's recorded history says he's not guilty.

EXCLUSIVE: Firefighters in fatal Gesner Street blaze that killed 4 children speak to Action News

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:39

 Firefighters in fatal Gesner Street blaze that killed 4 children speak to Action NewsThey were the first, first responders. They agreed to tell Action News their story from that awful morning.

Illinois woman faces murder charge after planning robbery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:36
By Dawn Reiss JOLIET Ill. (Reuters) - An Illinois woman who helped plan a robbery that led to a double murder and who spent the stolen cash on cigarettes should be found guilty of murder, the prosecution said on Tuesday in closing arguments at a trial in the Chicago suburb of Joliet. Bethany McKee, 20, is on trial for first-degree murder in the killings of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22, who were robbed of $120 and strangled in a duplex in Joliet on Jan. 9, 2013. During the six-day trial, Alisa Massaro, also 20 and a former friend of McKee, told the judge that both women were part of a plan to lure Rankins to a night of drinking and then rob him, but that they weren't in the room when the victims were killed. Massaro is serving a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to lesser charges of robbery and concealing a homicide.

Faulty fire engine caused Montana crash that killed six

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:34
(Reuters) - A crash that killed a fire chief and a family of five in Montana was caused by a mechanical failure that caused the fire chief to lose control of the recently repaired fire engine he was driving, the Montana Highway Patrol said on Tuesday. The June 20 crash near the state capital of Helena claimed the lives of Todd Rummel, 44, the new chief of the volunteer fire department in Three Forks, Montana, as well as Matthew Boegli, his wife Crystal Ross, and their three young children. An investigation by the state Highway Patrol showed the accident was caused by a failure in the 2002 International fire truck's drivetrain, which delivers power to its wheels, Montana Highway Patrol Deputy Chief Greg Watson said in a statement.

Murder convict drops effort to skip his sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:31

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 17, 2014, file photo, Seth Mazzaglia gets ready to leave the courtroom during his trial in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H. Mazzaglia was convicted on June 27 of first-degree murder and other felonies in the death of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Mass. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)DOVER, N.H. (AP) — A man who was convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student and said he didn't want to listen to the victim's family "yell and whine" at his sentencing hearing about what a monster he is has dropped his bid to skip the hearing.

Nevada manhunt on for professional fighter accused of severely beating two

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:29
By Alexia Shurmur LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Las Vegas police were searching on Tuesday for a professional mixed martial artist whose ex-girlfriend says he broke her nose and facial bones and ruptured her liver when he beat her and a friend last week. Jonathan Koppenhaver, known as "War Machine" from his time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is the prime suspect in the Aug. 8 assault, according to an arrest warrant issued by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Monday. Police have not released the names of the two victims, but Koppenhaver's ex-girlfriend, porn actress Christy Mack, posted a description of the dispute and several photos of her injuries on her Twitter account. In her description, Mack said Koppenhaver entered her Las Vegas home around 4 a.m. while Mack was with a friend, and immediately attacked the pair.