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Holmes' lawyers dispute that victims were misled

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:41
DENVER (AP) — Lawyers for the man charged with the Colorado theater shootings are disputing prosecutors' allegations that a representative of the defense team acted improperly.

Boat fire spreads to homes in Egg Harbor Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:34

Boat fire spreads to homes in Egg Harbor Twp.Flames broke out on a boat in Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County and spread to two homes.

Tennessee man wins $153.5 million in state's largest lottery jackpot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:27
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A self-employed Tennessee man on Thursday claimed a cool $153.5 million cash prize after winning the largest Powerball prize in state history. Roy Cockrum of Knoxville matched all six numbers in the Tennessee Powerball on June 11 to win the $259.8 million grand prize. The 58-year-old chose the $153.5 lump sum rather than a series of payments, the Tennessee Lottery said in a statement. Cockrum said in the statement that when he realized he had won the jackpot, it "literally knocked me to my knees." Cockrum then said a little prayer, picked himself up, put the winning ticket in his wallet and went to pick up his mother.

Oklahoma police arrest rape suspect left in a coma after car crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:21
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Tulsa Police have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of the sexual assault of eight women after finding the man in a weekend car crash that put him into a coma, police officials said on Thursday. Desmond Campbell, who is in critical condition at a Tulsa hospital, has been charged with seven sexual assaults, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan told a news conference. Police were investigating his possible involvement in an eighth sexual assault, he said A police source told the Tulsa World newspaper that DNA evidence was found implicating Campbell. They went to investigate, seeing him as a suspect in a series of sexual assaults.

College presidents say no to unions for athletes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:15

FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Northwestern football players walk between their locker room and McGaw Hall, where voting is taking place on the student athlete union question in Evanston, Ill. A national organization representing college and university presidents is disputing a federal ruling that students who receive college athletic scholarships are essentially employees of their schools and thus entitled to join unions and exercise collective-bargaining rights. Student-athletes participate for their own benefit; they do not render services for compensation, said the 1,800 member American Council on Education. Ahead of a midnight deadline, the council filed a 30-page friend-of-the court brief taking strong issue with the ruling earlier this year by a National Labor Relations Board regional director that allows college athletes at Northwestern University to unionize.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Northwestern University on Thursday urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship football players to unionize, holding up the football program as exemplifying the university's integration of athletics and education.

AP NewsBreak: Raid at pot club raises questions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:13

This Wednesday, July 2, 2014 photo shows Maryjane's 420 Shop & Cannabis Social Lounge in Denver. A police raid at the Amsterdam-style cannabis lounge has triggered a debate over where adults can smoke pot in a state that allows recreational marijuana consumption _ but not in public. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)DENVER (AP) — A police raid at an Amsterdam-style cannabis lounge in Denver has triggered a debate over where adults can smoke pot in a state that allows recreational marijuana consumption — but not in public.

Suspected Seattle killer may have met victims through gay social app

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:10
By Jimmy Lovaas SEATTLE (Reuters) - A man suspected of killing two gay men in Seattle last month may have targeted his victims using a social networking app geared toward gay men and police are investigating their deaths as a possible hate crime, authorities said on Thursday. Seattle police said the suspect, 30-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown, remains at large. He is charged with aggravated first-degree murder for the deaths of Ahmed Said, 27, and Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, who were found shot to death on June 1. A friend of the victims told investigators he had spent the evening with Said and Anderson-Young at a popular gay pub in Seattle and that Said had plans to meet someone outside the pub later in the evening.

1 killed, 3 injured in Texas fireworks explosion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:10

This photo from video provided by WFAA-TV in Dallas shows the aftermath of a fireworks explosion in Comanche, Texas, Thursday, July 3, 2014. A trailer loaded with fireworks exploded near a Texas high school, killing one person and injuring three other people who were setting up for a Fourth of July show. It's unclear what triggered the explosion, which occurred near a baseball field adjacent to the high school in Comanche, about 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth. The trailer was hooked to a pickup truck.(AP Photo/WFAA-TV) TELEVISION OUTCOMANCHE, Texas (AP) — A trailer loaded with fireworks exploded Thursday near a Texas high school, killing one person and injuring three other people who were setting up for a Fourth of July show, authorities said.

4 protesters get $185,000 over convention arrests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:06
NEW YORK (AP) — Four people arrested at a protest march during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City have been awarded $185,000. Theirs was the first trial stemming from lawsuits over convention-related arrests.

Dead South Carolina teen's family skeptical of police suicide probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:06
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - Civil rights advocates and the family of a 19-year-old former Army recruit fatally shot during a June 20 encounter with a South Carolina police officer are questioning the claim by law enforcement that his death appears to have been a suicide. The officer is on paid leave as the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigates the shooting of Denzel Curnell in Charleston, who died after a gunshot wound in the head. They described the case as a "possible suicide," saying there was no evidence that the officer, Jamal Medlin, fired a weapon. They are pushing for the release of footage from surveillance cameras that might have recorded the incident at an apartment complex and for the coroner's report, said Charleston attorney Andrew Savage, who is representing Curnell's family.

AP PHOTOS: Group offers yoga in face of violence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:05

In this June 24, 2014, Karl Mables, left, takes part in a yoga class sponsored by a local non-profit group called 'I Grow Chicago' along the often violent streets of Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. But threats are never far away. During the classes, a large man stands guard over the students, just in case any gang members should pass by. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)The streets of one of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods might seem an unlikely site for a yoga class. But nonprofit group I Grow Chicago is offering the class in hopes that slow movements, deep breathing and meditative focus will help people turn away from violence as a go-to solution to conflicts.

Phones, shoes to face scrutiny as airport security tightened: U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:05

Police officers patrol at a security gate inside the main terminal of Frankfurt AirportBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Airlines with direct flights to the United States have been told to tighten screening of mobile phones and shoes in response to intelligence reports of increased threats from al Qaeda-affiliated militant groups, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials singled out smartphones including iPhones made by Apple Inc and Galaxy phones made by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for extra security checks on U.S.-bound direct flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. U.S. security officials said they fear bombmakers from the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have figured out how to turn the phones into explosive devices that can avoid detection. Airlines or airport operators that fail to strengthen security could face bans on flights entering the United States, the officials said.

Hurricane Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:45

Hurricane Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East CoastA strengthening Hurricane Arthur forced thousands of vacationers on the North Carolina coast to abandon their Independence Day plans while cities farther up the East Coast rescheduled fireworks displays threatened by rain from the storm.

American flags stolen from streets in Doylestown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:40

American flags stolen from streets in DoylestownPolice in Bucks County are trying to track down the person responsible for stealing several American flags that lined the streets of downtown Doylestown.

Son surrenders after mom found dead in freezer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:37

Son surrenders after mom found dead in freezerThe son of a woman who was found dead inside a basement freezer in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia has surrendered to police.

Welcome America: Singer Ariana Grande drops out

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:36

 Singer Ariana Grande drops outCity officials have confirmed that singer Ariana Grande will no longer be performing at Wawa Welcome America's Party on the Parkway.

Waitresses at Colorado eatery carry loaded guns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:31

A sign on the front door of Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo., June 23, 2014, welcomes sidearms. A western Colorado restaurant doesn’t just allow open gun carrying. Its waitresses carry loaded weapons right on their hips. At Shooters Grill in Rifle, open display of firearms is encouraged. A sign on the front door reads, “Guns are welcome on premises. Please keep all weapons holstered, unless the need arises. In such cases, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.” The restaurant also hosts concealed carry training that qualifies customers for Colorado and Utah permits. The $75 price tag includes dinner. (AP Photo/Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Christopher Mullen)RIFLE, Colo. (AP) — Many stores and restaurants are telling people not to bring their guns inside, but one western Colorado restaurant not only embraces the practice of packing heat, it encourages its customers to carry openly — and its waitresses do, too.

New Jersey asks judge to block ocean blasting plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:25
BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental officials went to federal court Thursday trying to block a federally approved research plan that involved blasting the ocean floor off New Jersey with loud sound waves.

Georgia man charged with murder of son in hot car to remain jailed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:21
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A suburban Atlanta man who prosecutors said intentionally left his 22-month-old son strapped inside a hot car to die because he wanted to live a child-free life will remain jailed pending his trial, a judge ruled on Thursday. Magistrate Judge Frank Cox also found probable cause for murder and child cruelty charges against Justin Ross Harris, 33, of Marietta, Georgia, after hearing evidence that he exchanged nude photographs with women other than his wife while he was at work and his son was dying in the car on June 18. He had done Internet research on living child-free and how to survive in prison before leaving son Cooper Harris in his sport utility vehicle for seven hours on a hot day, said Cobb County Police Detective Phil Stoddard. Defense attorney Maddox Kilgore accused prosecutors of trying to publicly shame Harris with tawdry testimony.

VIDEO: Pre-holiday festivities in Ocean City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:21

 Pre-holiday festivities in Ocean CityThough the forecast going into the Fourth of July could be rainy, plenty of people took advantage of the holiday weekend in Ocean City.