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Police back off on plan to take explicit photo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:14
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia on Thursday backed off efforts to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old to prove a sexting case against him.

Colorado judge backs county clerk over gay marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:13
By Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A state judge in Colorado on Thursday backed a county clerk who has issued more than 100 marriage licenses to gay couples, and another county clerk in Denver said she would begin issuing the permits. In a second day of victories for supporters of gay marriage in Colorado, a judge rejected a motion by the state's attorney general seeking to stop Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall from handing out more licenses.

Thousands appear for NYC firefighter's funeral

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:09

Nanette Ambelas, third from right, holds the hands of her children, Gabriella, 7, second from right, and Giovanna, 5, while the coffin of her husband, Lt. Gordon Ambelas, is lifted onto a fire truck during his funeral in the borough of Staten Island, Thursday, July 10, 2014, in New York. Ambelas died Saturday night, July 5, searching for victims in a burning, cluttered Brooklyn high-rise apartment building. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of uniformed firefighters from across the country gathered Thursday for the funeral of a fireman labeled "a true hero" by the mayor.


Remington to replace triggers on some rifles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:08
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The gun manufacturer Remington Arms Co. will replace trigger mechanisms on Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles, or provide some compensation to buyers, as part of a settlement of class-action lawsuits, the company said Thursday.

Lightning blamed for Galloway Twp. fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:03

Lightning blamed for Galloway Twp. firePeople living in one Atlantic County neighborhood say a lightning strike set two homes on fire.


U.S. judge sentences man to 15 years in China spying case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:02
By Dan Levine OAKLAND Calif. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge sentenced a California businessman 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 argued he should receive a maximum sentence of eight years. At Thursday's sentencing, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said Liew, a U.S. citizen, "turned against his adopted country for greed." At his trial, U.S. prosecutors said Liew paid former DuPont employees to reveal trade secrets that would help China's Pangang Group develop a white pigment called chloride-route titanium dioxide, also known as TiO2.

New judge for Guantanamo trial in USS Cole attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:01
MIAMI (AP) — A prominent U.S. military judge has removed himself from the death penalty trial at Guantanamo Bay for the prisoner accused of orchestrating the deadly attack on the USS Cole.

New judge for Guantanamo trial in USS Cole attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:01
MIAMI (AP) — A prominent U.S. military judge has removed himself from the death penalty trial at Guantanamo Bay for the prisoner accused of orchestrating the deadly attack on the USS Cole.

Judge orders former New Hampshire cop in hit-and-run back to jail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:59
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A former New Hampshire police officer released from prison in June after serving only 72 days of a year-long sentence for a felony hit-and-run conviction was ordered back to jail on Thursday. The officer, Stephen Coco, was accused of running down two teenagers while driving an unmarked police vehicle in March 2013, when he was a Manchester police detective. Coco was sentenced to a year in jail earlier this year, after Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson rejected a plea deal that would have reduced the charges to misdemeanors.

Judge orders former New Hampshire cop in hit-and-run back to jail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:59
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A former New Hampshire police officer released from prison in June after serving only 72 days of a year-long sentence for a felony hit-and-run conviction was ordered back to jail on Thursday. The officer, Stephen Coco, was accused of running down two teenagers while driving an unmarked police vehicle in March 2013, when he was a Manchester police detective. Coco was sentenced to a year in jail earlier this year, after Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson rejected a plea deal that would have reduced the charges to misdemeanors.

Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost emails

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:56

FILE - This March 5, 2014 file photo shows former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal judge is ordering the IRS to explain _ under oath _ how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the tax agency a month to submit the explanation in writing. Sullivan issued the order Thursday as part of a freedom of information lawsuit by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group. The IRS says it lost the emails in 2011 when Lois Lerner’s computer crashed. At the time, Lerner headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.


California man sentenced to 15 years for espionage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:54

File - In this March 8, 2012, file photo, Robert Maegerle, left, walks out of a federal courthouse with attorney Jerome Froelich Jr. in San Francisco. Maegerle, a retired DuPont engineer, was convicted of economic espionage charges along with chemical engineer Walter Liew in March. Liew is facing more than 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Thursday, July 10, 2014, for a rare economic espionage conviction for selling technology for a white pigment to China. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28 million after his rare economic-espionage conviction for selling China the technology that creates a white pigment.


Some in GOP worried over Fla. governor's missteps

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:51

FILE- In this April 29, 2014 file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to members of the media after a ceremony during which he presented "Governor's Veterans Service Award," medals to veterans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Gov. Scott’s campaign for re-election is hitting Democratic rival Charlie Crist with a barrage of attacks but his campaign team has also committed a series of blunders this year. (AP Photo, File)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Scott is a multimillionaire and flies in a private jet, yet his campaign decided to criticize Democratic challenger Charlie Crist as an elitist for wearing a Rolex watch.


UN names 3rd point man in Syrian war

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:50
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Staffan de Mistura, who has held top U.N. positions in Iraq and Afghanistan, on Thursday inherited the mandate to try to end Syria's three-year-old conflict, a goal that eluded his two predecessors.

California ends fiscal year with cash for first time in seven years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:47
California has ended its fiscal year with cash left over in its general fund for the first time since 2007. State Controller John Chiang said on Thursday that California wrapped up June with a positive cash balance of $1.9 billion.

California ends fiscal year with cash for first time in seven years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:47
California has ended its fiscal year with cash left over in its general fund for the first time since 2007. State Controller John Chiang said on Thursday that California wrapped up June with a positive cash balance of $1.9 billion.

Iowa flooding 911 call: 'A boy went in the sewer'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:38

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Blake family shows Logan Blake, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Police have released the audio of a 911 call on June 30, 2014, that sparked an intense search for Blake and another Iowa teenager who were swept through an open storm drain during a flash flood, killing Blake. A female motorist flagged down by a friend of Blake called 911 on the evening of June 30 to report that “a boy went in the sewer.” (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Logan Blake family, File))CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A passing motorist tells authorities a "boy went in the sewer" and "his mother is yelling for him" during a 911 call that prompted a frantic search for two Iowa teenagers swept into an open storm drain during a flash flood. One died and the other survived.


Iowa flooding 911 call: 'A boy went in the sewer'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:38

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Blake family shows Logan Blake, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Police have released the audio of a 911 call on June 30, 2014, that sparked an intense search for Blake and another Iowa teenager who were swept through an open storm drain during a flash flood, killing Blake. A female motorist flagged down by a friend of Blake called 911 on the evening of June 30 to report that “a boy went in the sewer.” (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Logan Blake family, File))CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A passing motorist tells authorities a "boy went in the sewer" and "his mother is yelling for him" during a 911 call that prompted a frantic search for two Iowa teenagers swept into an open storm drain during a flash flood. One died and the other survived.


UAW: 'Consensus' reached with Volkswagen on union

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:37

FILE - In this June 12, 2013 file photo, workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The United Auto Workers unions announced on Thursday, July 10, 2014, that it is forming a local chapter in Chattanooga, and that it expects Volkswagen to recognize it once it signs up a "substantial" number of workers at the plant.(AP Photo/ Erik Schelzig, file)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — United Auto Workers leaders said Thursday they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.


California man gets 15-year prison sentence for economic-espionage conviction involving China

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:35
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — California man gets 15-year prison sentence for economic-espionage conviction involving China.