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Lightning starts dozens of new fires in Northwest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:39
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Lightning has started dozens of new wildfires in the Northwest, forcing incident commanders to juggle crews and equipment Tuesday as a new round of storms approached.

Tentative deal in Northwest grain terminal dispute

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:39
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A bitter and occasionally violent two-year labor dispute at Northwest grain terminals ended with a tentative deal reached in the middle of the night.

Probe into death involving NASCAR's Stewart to last two more weeks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:35

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart, of the number 14 car, speaks with crew members in the garage during practice for the Daytona 500 qualifying at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach(Reuters) - The investigation into the death of a race car driver in an incident involving NASCAR driver Tony Stewart at a New York race track over the weekend will last at least another two weeks, authorities said Tuesday. Stewart, 43, bumped cars with Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race last Saturday at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York. With the yellow caution flag out and Stewart continuing to race, Ward got out of his car and, while in the middle of the track, pointed at the three-time NASCAR champion.


Federal judge upholds Maryland gun-control law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:32
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday upheld a Maryland ban on 45 assault weapons and a limit on gun magazines to 10 rounds, two key parts of a sweeping gun-control law that were challenged shortly before the law went into effect last year.

States get $28M in grants to defray AP exam costs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department said Tuesday that it was awarding $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students.

Portland bridge for sale, if you have somewhere to put it

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:25
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - If you have somewhere to put it, local officials in Portland, Oregon, are offering a decrepit 1,100-foot-long (335-meter-long)steel bridge at a knock-down price. The Sellwood Bridge comes with a paved road, sidewalks and railings, but none of the support beams that currently hold it aloft above the Willamette River, according to a for-sale notice that will run in newspapers on Wednesday. Mike Pullen, spokesman for Multnomah County, said potential buyers will be asked to prove that they have somewhere to keep the bridge, funds to move it, as well as a plan to relocate it without its lead paint contaminating the environment. Construction crews moved the Sellwood Bridge 60 feet (18 meters) last year to make way for a replacement that is slated to be complete in early 2016.

Federal jury to decide fate of Miami-area mayor in corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:24
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami federal jury began deliberations on Tuesday to decide the fate of a Miami-area mayor accused of accepting thousands of dollars from FBI agents during an undercover sting operation. Former Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi, 51, was arrested last August and pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit extortion and four counts of attempted extortion. In closing statements on Tuesday, prosecutors attempted to paint Pizzi as a corrupt politician who took envelopes of cash in backroom deals in exchange for awarding city contracts to FBI agents posing as representatives of a Chicago consulting firm. Federal prosecutors charged that Pizzi accepted $750 in campaign contributions and three cash payments of $1,000 to $3,000 each from early 2012 to mid-2013 for his support.

Judge: Teen to be tried as adult in teacher death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:19
BOSTON (AP) — A teenager accused of raping and killing his math teacher on high school grounds lost his bid Tuesday to be tried as a minor.

Rescue crews free entangled leatherback turtle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:18
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Rescuers have come to the aid of a large leatherback turtle entangled in fishing gear off the southern New Jersey coast.

Atlantic City's Revel Casino to close in September

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:18

Atlantic City's Revel Casino to close in SeptemberAtlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel says it will shut down in September after failing to find a buyer in bankruptcy court.


Student's killer halts effort to skip sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:18

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) — The man convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student in 2012 has withdrawn his motion to skip his sentencing hearing.


International banks struggling to cut Argentina debt deal: sources

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:15

Attorney Carmine Boccuzzi, lead lawyer representing Argentina in its ongoing debt talks, arrives at federal court for a hearing in New YorkBy Joan Magee NEW YORK (Reuters) - International banks are struggling to reach a deal to buy a chunk of Argentine sovereign debt held by New York hedge funds suing the country, sources close to the negotiations said on Tuesday. Citigroup , Deutsche Bank , HSBC and JP Morgan entered into talks with the funds to help Argentina swiftly exit its second default in just over a decade, which occurred as a result of a drawn-out legal battle with the holdout creditors. Sources told Thomson Reuters IFR that the banks last week offered the holdout hedge funds 40 cents on the dollar for the roughly $1.66 billion of bonds, including interest, and raised the offer to 50 cents on Monday. The hedge funds, led by Elliott Management Corp and Aurelius Capital Ltd, originally bought the bonds on the cheap during and after the country's 2001-2002 economic crash and are demanding payment at face value.


Sex case nets former bank exec 10 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:14

Sex case nets former bank exec 10 years in prisonA former Bank of America vice president has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl.


Los Angeles police chief gets second 5-year term

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

FILE - This Feb. 4, 2014 file photo shows Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck speaks at a news conference at LAPD headquarters in Los Angeles. Beck on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 was reappointed to a second five-year term by the department’s civilian oversight commission. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck was reappointed Tuesday to a second five-year term despite concerns about the LAPD's disciplinary policies and openness with information.


Victims of alleged Harrah's assaults file lawsuits

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

Victims of alleged Harrah's assaults file lawsuitsSurveillance video allegedly shows staff at Harrah's Atlantic City beating, stomping, and manhandling patrons. Now, those victims want those guards to pay.


A look at other racially charged killings in US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:59

FILE - In this July 19, 2014 file photo Esaw Garner, center, wife of Eric Garner, breaks down in the arms of Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Rev. Rev. Al Sharpton, right, during a rally in New York. The shooting of an unarmed black teen by Ferguson, Mo., police over the weekend has drawn comparisons to high-profile racially charged deaths of black men and teens around the country. Garner died following a racially-charged incident that included amateur video, one showing an officer putting the 350-pound asthmatic in a choke hold after he refused to be handcuffed. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)CHICAGO (AP) — In the wake of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen in suburban St. Louis, civil-rights groups and a lawyer for the teen's family have compared Michael Brown's death to other racially charged killings of black men. Here's a look at some prominent examples:


Heavy Michigan rains close GM tech center, affect other automakers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:58
Heavy rains in southeast Michigan hit the operations of U.S. automakers in the region, including forcing the closure of General Motors Co's technical center outside Detroit. Detroit city officials said Monday night's heavy rainfall was the most rain the city had seen in almost nine decades. "In the short amount of time it came down ... it did a lot of shutdown to the whole metro area," said Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, according to a video clip on WXYZ Detroit. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said that the volume of rain - over 5 inches in some areas - overwhelmed sewer systems, causing widespread flooding.

Rebuilt Moore school brings changes, reminders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:56

Construction continues on the exterior of the new Plaza Towers elementary school in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Plaza Towers Elementary School was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 20, 2013, killing seven students. A memorial at the entrance, dedicated to the seven students who were killed, is expected to be completed in the fall. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Students heading back to class next week at the rebuilt Plaza Towers Elementary in Oklahoma will see new fixtures as well as reminders of the resiliency the school and community showed after a tornado killed seven students last year.


Rebuilt Moore school brings changes, reminders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:56

Construction continues on the exterior of the new Plaza Towers elementary school in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Plaza Towers Elementary School was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 20, 2013, killing seven students. A memorial at the entrance, dedicated to the seven students who were killed, is expected to be completed in the fall. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Students heading back to class next week at the rebuilt Plaza Towers Elementary in Oklahoma will see new fixtures as well as reminders of the resiliency the school and community showed after a tornado killed seven students last year.


Attorney: Manning not receiving hormone therapy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:47

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick.The American Civil Liberties Union and an attorney said Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 that convicted national security leaker Manning isn't receiving medical treatment for her gender identity condition at the military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as previously approved by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning isn't receiving medical treatment for her gender identity condition as previously approved by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the American Civil Liberties Union and Manning's attorney said Tuesday.