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Colorado lawsuit alleges cannabis overdose from fairground candy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 16:06
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado man overdosed on the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana after eating chocolate bars obtained from a fairground vendor promoting the drug but whose products should have been cannabis-free, court documents showed. Colorado last year became the first U.S. state to begin the regulated sale to adults of marijuana for recreational use. This year's County Fair in the state capital Denver included exhibitors selling marijuana-themed merchandise and other products at a "Pot Pavilion", where Jordan Coombs said he was given the confections. In a negligence lawsuit filed in state court on Thursday, Coombs said he was hospitalized after ingesting the chocolate, which was handed out by staff at an exhibition booth for LivWell, a Denver-based marijuana retailer.

Jury rejects self-defense in porch shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 15:33

Monica McBride, mother of Renisha McBride, cries during the reading of verdict of guilty of of second-degree murder and manslaughter for Theodore Wafer, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 in Detroit. Walter Ray Simmons, Renisha's father, is at right. Wafer, 55, shot Renisha McBride through a screen door on Nov. 2, hours after she crashed into a parked car a half-mile from his house. The jury convicted Wafer of second-degree murder and manslaughter after deliberating for about eight hours over two days. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who said he fatally shot an unarmed woman on his porch out of fear prompted by early morning pounding on his doors faces up to life in prison after jurors rejected his claim of self-defense.


Hawaii bracing as hurricane draws closer to island

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 14:41
HONOLULU (AP) — Barely holding on to hurricane strength, Iselle's outer edges brought rain and wind to Hawaii on Thursday as it approached landfall, poised to become the first hurricane or tropical storm to hit the island chain in 22 years and whose path another hurricane closely followed.

Sen. Lamar Alexander fends off tea party in Tenn.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 14:29

Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Lamar AlexanderNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Lamar Alexander became the latest U.S. senator to fend off a tea party challenge in a primary race Thursday, defeating a state lawmaker who had used a familiar tactic in trying to cast him as an out of touch insider.


Criminal probe now the focus in young girl's case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 14:09

Jenise Paulette WrightSEATTLE (AP) — Now that authorities believe they have found the body of a 6-year-old Washington girl who vanished from her home last weekend, they are focusing on a criminal investigation of the death.


Criminal probe now the focus in Wash. girl's case

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

Jenise Paulette WrightSEATTLE (AP) — Now that authorities believe they have found the body of a 6-year-old Washington girl who vanished from her home last weekend, they are focusing on a criminal investigation of the death.


WTO upholds 'rare earth' ruling against China

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:50
BERLIN (AP) — The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated trade rules with restrictions on the export of "rare earths," the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars and other high-tech products.

Senator Alexander defeats Tea Party challenge in Tennessee primary

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:45

U.S. Senator Alexander interacts with supporters as he campaigns in Dickson, TennesseeBy Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander on Thursday earned the Republican spot on the November general election ballot after defeating a state representative with Tea Party support in Tennessee's primary. In front of supporters, Alexander declared victory over state Representative Joe Carr, his closest competitor, who had Tea Party backing, and five other conservatives, calling on his opponents to join in supporting his bid for reelection. "I want to take Tennessee's get-it-done kind of leadership, put it in the United States Senate and move our country in a different direction," he said, during his victory speech. Although Senate Republican incumbents like Alexander have fared well this primary season, the defeat of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in June at the hands of a Tea Party candidate shook the Washington and Republican establishments.


Storm impact on Hawaii election, tourists, transit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:32

Staff members of the Royal Kona Resort in Kailua, Hawaii take down umbrellas as the resort prepares for Hurricane Iselle on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Hurricane Iselle is expected to arrive on the Big Island on Thursday evening, bringing heavy rains, winds gusting up to 85 mph and flooding in some areas. Weather officials changed their outlook on the system Wednesday after seeing it get a little stronger, giving it enough oomph to stay a hurricane as it reaches landfall. (AP Photo/Chris Stewart)HONOLULU (AP) — Residents and tourists in Hawaii are bracing for two major storms swirling toward the island chain. Hurricane Iselle is expected to hit the Big Island late Thursday evening or early Friday morning, canceling flights and shaking up the final days of campaigns before the state's primary election. Hurricane Julio is following in the Pacific, having strengthened into a Category 3 storm but forecast to pass just north of the islands sometime Sunday morning.


Baby dies, mother in critical after stabbing attack near Sacramento

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:32
A six-month old baby died and his mother was in critical condition after a family member stabbed them both on Thursday in a Sacramento suburb, police said. The 20-year-old alleged assailant, the woman's nephew, was shot by police and also died, Folsom police spokesman Andrew Bates said. The baby's mother is in intensive care, in critical condition, at a local hospital, he said.

Asian stocks mostly down on Ukraine, Iraq jitters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:16

Traders Thomas Kay, left, and Frederick Reimer work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher after Europe's main two central banks decided to keep interest rates on hold. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks sank Friday as jitters over the crises in Iraq and Ukraine escalated but Chinese stocks rose after trade figures showed surprisingly strong growth in exports.


Evacuated after Oregon fire, some residents return

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

A helicopter drops water on the Rowena fire in Oregon amid high winds and dry conditions on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. The Rowena fire began in brush Tuesday night. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Stuart Tomlinson)Some of the hundreds of people forced to flee a wind-driven wildfire in Oregon's Columbia Gorge east of Portland were allowed to return Thursday and were happy to find their houses intact, even where flames had come as close as 30 feet.


'Immigration doctor' convicted of sexually assaulting nine-year-old Colorado girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:10
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado man who posed as an immigration doctor to gain access to the home of a Vietnamese family was convicted on Thursday of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl inside the residence, prosecutors said. Kenneth Dean Lee, 57, was found guilty of sexual assault of a child, kidnapping, burglary, criminal impersonation and other charges after a three-day jury trial, Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler said.

Walsh departure leaves Democrats to scramble

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:09

In this Thursday, March 27, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., speaks on the National Mall in Washington. Walsh says he is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a college research paper. Walsh said in a statement Thursday he’ll leave the race but keep the seat he was appointed to until his term ends in January 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak,File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democrats will be hard-pressed in quickly finding a strong candidate for Montana's U.S. Senate election after incumbent John Walsh's abrupt withdrawal from the campaign in a plagiarism controversy.


2 killed in robbery of California marijuana grow

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:06
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The robbery of a Central California house with a marijuana-growing operation triggered a fierce gunbattle in which two suspects were killed and a 15-year-old girl was used as a human shield by fleeing robbers, authorities said Thursday.

30 19th century test coins sold at auction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:53

This image provided by Heritage Auctions shows one of the historic experimental coins from the collection of the late Texas businessman and philanthropist Harry W. Bass, Jr. that will be offered by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 World's Fair of Money on Aug. 7, 2014 near Chicago. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)DALLAS (AP) — Thirty coins stamped by the U.S. Mint in the 19th century to test designs and metals have sold at auction for more than a half-million dollars.


Undocumented Mexican migrant takes refuge in Arizona church

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:46
By Brad Poole TUCSON Ariz. (Reuters) - Surrounded by about 50 well-wishers, including representatives from a dozen southern Arizona congregations, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico and longtime Tucson resident took refuge on Thursday in a church that offered her sanctuary. "I don’t want to leave here," Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto told the gathering through an interpreter. My children are here, and we’re going to keep on until we achieve victory," Loreto is due to be deported on Friday, but she will remain protected by Southside Presbyterian Church until Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offers her a reprieve, said Pastor Alison Harrington. "We are standing between Rosa and an unjust system," Harrington said.

Hurricane Julio strengthens into Category 3 storm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:43

Crowds line up inside the departures terminal at the Honolulu International Airport in Honolulu on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. With Iselle, Hawaii is expected to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years. Tracking close behind it is Hurricane Julio. Hawaiian Airlines announced Thursday they are waiving change fees for passengers trying to leave before the hurricanes hit the islands. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Julio has strengthened into a Category 3 storm as it spins toward Hawaii, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.


Hawaiian refineries preparing for oncoming storms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:24
Hawaii's only two refineries on Thursday were preparing for a pair of hurricanes approaching the archipelago, spokesmen for the companies said. They joined Hawaiians bracing for Hurricane Iselle, which was slated to make landfall on Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday night before passing south of the other islands on Friday. Behind Iselle was Hurricane Julio, forecast to pass just north of the Big Island on Sunday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Par Petroleum Corp and Chevron Corp each were securing their plants on the island of Oahu.

Man, 19, shot and killed in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:18

Man, 19, shot and killed in North PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating a homicide after a man was found shot multiple times in a car in North Philadelphia.