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Fireworks reports checked in deadly apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:33

In this photo provided by Kevin Moav, fire engulfs the top floors of a three-story apartment and business building Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Lowell, Mass. Officials confirmed that seven people died in the fast-moving pre-dawn fire. (AP Photo/Kevin Moav)LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors.


Arizona inmate's bid to postpone execution denied

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:32
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday denied an Arizona death-row inmate's request to postpone his July 23 execution until officials reveal details about the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death.

Measles cases hit 18-year high in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:32
(Reuters) - Washington state health officials reported on Thursday the highest number of measles cases since 1996 and urged residents to seek vaccinations against the preventable disease during the state's third outbreak of the virus this year. Washington has been hit with 27 cases of measles so far in 2014, up from five last year, and more than were reported in the state during the past five years combined, said Kelly Stowe, spokeswoman for the Washington State Department of Health. ...

Florida executes man for 1994 rape, murder of girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:22

Death row inmate Eddie Wayne Davis is seen in an undated picture from the Florida Department of CorrectionsFlorida has executed a man for the 1994 rape and slaying of an 11-year-old girl.


Police: Another body part found on Long Island

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:14
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Police are investigating another body part found in a Long Island town.

Georgia man charged with murder in son's car-seat death fired from job

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:14
A spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based home improvement chain confirmed that Justin Ross Harris, 33, of Marietta, Georgia, had been terminated from the company, which had employed him as a computer specialist.

U.S. defense chief voices confidence in grounded F-35 fleet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:46

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gestures as he speaks during a media briefing at the Pentagon in WashingtonBy David Alexander EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told military fliers on Thursday the stealthy F-35 attack plane had "issues" but was still "the future for our fighter aircraft" despite a fire that grounded the fleet and jeopardized its international debut in Britain.    In a visit to the Florida base where the blaze occurred in late June, Hagel spoke with F-35 pilots and maintenance workers about the Lockheed Martin aircraft but was not able to say whether the planes would be cleared to resume flight in time to participate in air shows in Britain. Key F-35 contractors are Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp and BAE Systems Plc. Hagel, speaking in front of a pair of the F-35s, said the pilots and maintainers voiced "tremendous confidence" in the so-called fifth-generation aircraft, which has stealthy radar-evading technology and a suite of integrated sensors that digest and feed information to the pilot through a special helmet.    "Some of the pilots told me it was the best aircraft that they had ever flown and some said it was the easiest and simplest aircraft they'd ever flown," Hagel said.    "I was particularly happy to hear that because I believe this aircraft is the future for our fighter aircraft for our services," he said.


Retrial of federal agent begins in Hawaii killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:41
HONOLULU (AP) — The attorney for a federal agent charged with murder in Hawaii told jurors Thursday that the defendant acted in line with his law-enforcement training when he shot and killed a man inside a fast-food restaurant in 2011.

LA Clippers trial put on hold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:38

Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald SterlingLOS ANGELES (AP) — A trial that could determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers has been put on hold until after a deadline to conclude a $2 billion sale — but that expiration date could be extended.


Police arrest man accused of kicking police horse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:36

This undated image provided by the Portland Police department shows Olin, a police horse involved in a kicking incident, Wednesday July 9, 2014 in Portland, Ore. Police say they have arrested a 29-year-old man accused of running up to Olin and uttering a "karate-like battle cry" and delivering what a spokesman calls "a jumping, double kick" to the horse's right thigh. Police say the horse was unfazed and unhurt. (AP Photo/Portland Police Department)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Portland, Oregon, say they have arrested a 29-year-old man accused of running up to a police horse, uttering a "karate-like battle cry" and delivering what a spokesman calls "a jumping, double kick" to the horse's right thigh.


Two California men indicted on mink farm sabotage charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:31
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two Los Angeles-area activists accused of sabotaging an Illinois mink farm and freeing 2,000 of the weasel-like animals from captivity there have been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy and interstate travel to interfere with an animal enterprise. The two-count indictment returned earlier this week by a federal grand jury in Chicago was unsealed on Thursday after one of the defendants, Tyler Lang, 25, was arrested in El Segundo, California, near Los Angeles International Airport. His co-defendant, Kevin Johnson, 27, also known as Kevin Olliff, was already in Illinois state custody, serving a sentence for possession of burglary tools that authorities say he intended to use to break into a fox farm. Both men are due to be arraigned in federal court in Chicago on July 29.

Gaza dead tops 85 as Israel presses its offensive

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:22

Gaza dead tops 85 as Israel presses its offensiveThe Al Haj family never heard it coming: An Israeli missile smashed into their home in the middle of the night, destroying the structure and killing eight relatives in a matter of seconds.


Border Patrol halts immigrant flights to San Diego

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:08
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol said Thursday it has stopped transporting Central American children and families to San Diego after they are arrested in South Texas, halting the short-lived experiment that sparked a backlash in one city when protesters blocked a road and forced the rerouting of busloads of immigrants.

Sponsor of Earhart search wants suit to continue

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:06

FILE - In this undated file photo, Amelia Earhart, the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by plane sits on top of a plane. A Wyoming man who paid $1 million to sponsor a search for Amelia Earhart's missing airplane is asking a federal judge not to dismiss his fraud lawsuit against expedition organizers. Tim Mellon says the Pennsylvania-based International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery and its executive director actually found Earhart's plane in 2010. Mellon, son of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon, claims the group kept the discovery secret it could keep seeking funds. (AP Photo,File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man who paid $1 million to sponsor a search for Amelia Earhart's missing airplane is asking a federal judge not to dismiss his fraud lawsuit against expedition organizers.


Detroit boy was abused, harshly disciplined: state petition

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:49
A 12-year-old Detroit boy found in his basement 11 days after being reported missing was ordered by his father to do heavy workouts twice a day and was beaten with plastic piping, according to court documents. Charlie Bothuell V's workouts, in the morning and evening, included 100 push-ups, 200 sit-ups, 100 jumping jacks, 25 arm curls on each arm with 25-pound weights and thousands of revolutions on an elliptical trainer, the court documents said. "Charlie V reports having to complete the entire workout 'in under an hour or I would have to do it again,'" a petition filed in juvenile court by a state agency said. Bouthell told investigator he could not finish the workouts sometimes because he was in pain from being struck on the feet with the PVC pipe, the petition said.

California man gets 15 year sentence in China spying case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:46
By Dan Levine OAKLAND Calif. (Reuters) - A California businessman was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday for stealing DuPont trade secrets to help a state-owned Chinese company develop a white pigment used in a wide range of products. A jury found Walter Liew guilty earlier this year on over 20 criminal counts, including conspiracy to commit economic espionage and trade secret theft. Attorneys for Liew, 56, argued he should receive a maximum of eight years. Prosecutors also charged Pangang Group, a steel manufacturer in Sichuan province, in the Liew case, but that indictment stalled after a U.S. judge ruled that prosecutors' attempts to notify the Chinese company of the charges were legally insufficient.

Man charged with killing six members of same Texas family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:40
By Daniel Kramer SPRING Texas (Reuters) - A man accused of fatally shooting four children ages 4 to 14 and their parents after entering their suburban Houston home disguised as a FedEx delivery man while looking for his former wife was charged with capital murder on Thursday. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, went to the home searching for his former wife, who is related to the victims, and held the children at gunpoint until their parents returned, authorities said. He then brought all seven family members into a room and shot them, killing all except a teenage girl, authorities said. "I've not personally in 40 years seen a tragedy in one family this horrific," Harris County Constable Ron Hickman told reporters.

Police seize Michigan exotic animals after escape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:40

In a photo released by the Detroit Zoo, a fennec fox is seen in a garage in Warren, Mich., where animal control officers discovered it and other exotic mammals Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Police have seized a number of exotic animals including ring-tailed lemurs after one of the rare mammals - a coat was spotted roaming in a neighborhood. The Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak said Thursday that it's caring for the 30 animals rescued the previous day in Warren. (AP Photo/Detroit Zoo) NO SALESROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo said Thursday that it was caring for 30 animals, including lemurs and other exotic species, which were rescued from "deplorable" conditions inside the garage of a suburban Detroit home.


Suspect in Texas shooting that left 6 dead ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:40

Suspect in Texas shooting that left 6 dead ID'dThe suspect in a shooting near Houston, Texas on Wednesday that left six people dead -- including four children -- has been identified.


Slain Houston family's loved ones release statement on tragedy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:37

Slain Houston family's loved ones release statement on tragedyThe following is a statement by Roger Lyon, father of Katie Stay. She and her husband were among six people shot to death Wednesday at a home in suburban Houston.