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Obama Authorizes Air Strikes, Humanitarian Aid Mission in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:42
The United States is sending cargo planes to drop pallets of humanitarian aid and supplies to stranded Iraqi citizens threatened by the militant Islamic group ISIS, the White House announced today.

Stock exchange says Malaysia Airlines shares suspended ahead of an announcement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:33
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Stock exchange says Malaysia Airlines shares suspended ahead of an announcement.

Sen. Alexander faces tea party-styled challengers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:28

Gov. Bill Haslam, left, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander react to remarks by U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. during a get out the vote rally Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. Alexander is being challenged by state Rep. Joe Carr and Memphis radio station owner George Flinn for his senate seat. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Paul Efird)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, a 40-year veteran of Tennessee politics, is facing a challenge Thursday from two tea party-styled candidates who have tried to cast him as out of touch with the state's increasingly conservative electorate.


US Launches Humanitarian Airdrop Mission in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:16
The United States is sending cargo planes to drop pallets of humanitarian aid and supplies to stranded Iraqi citizens threatened by the militant Islamic group ISIS, the White House announced today.

Arkansas woman pleads not guilty in mountain death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:16

In this police booking photo provided by the Yell County Sheriff's Department in Danville, Ark., Brooke Sueann Floyd poses for a photo, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2014. Floyd, whose husband and son were found dead in the Ouachita Mountains, has been charged with felony manslaughter. (AP Photo/Yell County Sheriffs Department)DANVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in connection with the death of her 10-month old son after the boy and her husband were found dead in the Ouachita Mountains after a four-day search.


Outer edge of hurricane brings rain to Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:07

Workers at the Menehune Water Company load five gallon bottles of water into a customer's truck, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Aiea, Hawaii. Hawaii is bracing for two back to back hurricanes, Iselle and Julio, which are on course to hit the Islands. Bottles of water are quickly disappearing off shelves in Hawaii causing many people to line up for several hours to purchase water directly from the company. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — Barely holding on to hurricane strength, Iselle's outer edges brought rain and wind to Hawaii on Thursday afternoon 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.


Marathon suspect makes new push to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:00
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have made a second push to move his trial out of Boston, arguing that he cannot get a fair trial there because of the emotional impact of the deadly attack.

San Francisco man gets prison for insider deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:56
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Francisco man was sentenced Thursday to three months in federal prison for using insider information five years ago to profit off The Walt Disney Co.'s $4 billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment.

Body found in Washington state appears to be of missing child

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:42
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The body of a child found on Thursday near a Washington state mobile home park appears to be that of a 6-year-old girl last seen on Saturday and reported missing when she failed to turn up for dinner the following night, authorities said. Jenise Wright had gone to bed on Saturday in her family home near Bremerton, on the Kitsap Peninsula across the Puget Sound from Seattle, and was not seen by family members the next day, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office. Her parents notified police after she missed Sunday dinner, telling the sheriff's office that they had not initially been alarmed because she would often wander alone around the mobile home park where the family lived, checking in every few hours. After four days of searching led by local law enforcement, the Kitsap County Sheriff's office said on Thursday they had found a body that "appears to be that of Jenise." FBI investigators using sniffer dogs found the body in a wooded area "in close proximity" to the mobile home park, Kitsap County Sheriff Deputy spokesman Scott Wilson told a news conference.

Another suspect charged in border agent's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:36
TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — A seventh suspect in the 2010 killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent has been charged in the slaying that is at the center of a scandal over a botched U.S. gun-smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Cabin stowaway re-arrested at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:29
A woman who sneaked aboard a commercial flight at the San Jose International Airport without a ticket this week and flew to Southern California was re-arrested on Thursday after she turned up at Los Angeles International Airport, police said. Marilyn Jean Hartman, 62, was spotted by officers wandering through terminals at the Los Angeles airport in what police described as "a scouting mission," a day after a judge ordered her to stay away from the airfield, Los Angeles airport police said in a statement. Hartman had pleaded no contest on Wednesday to a misdemeanor stowaway charge following her arrest on Monday for illegally boarding a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles.

Judge OKs bail in Philadelphia police indictment

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

Philadelphia police officer Brian Reynolds walks from the Federal Building Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Philadelphia. A U.S. trial judge has upheld rulings that grant house arrest for the Philadelphia police officer charged with robbing and beating drug suspects. An indictment last week accuses a group officers of beating drug suspects as they stole more than $500,000 in cash and cocaine. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has upheld rulings that grant house arrest to four of six Philadelphia police officers charged with robbing, beating and kidnapping drug suspects.


Sen. John Walsh leaves race amid plagiarism probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:20

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) — Montana U.S. Sen. John Walsh dropped his election campaign Thursday amid allegations he plagiarized large portions of a 2007 research project, leaving fellow Democrats to scramble for a replacement with the election less than three months away.


San Francisco man gets jail for insider trading

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:13
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Francisco man has been sentenced to three months in federal prison for using insider information to profit off The Walt Disney Co.'s $4 billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment.

More airlines cancel Hawaii flights as storm looms

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

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) — More airlines are canceling flights as a hurricane pushed closer to Hawaii and a second major tropical storm loomed behind it.


Fewer Colorado teens think pot harmful, use down since legalization

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:10
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The number of Colorado high school students who believe marijuana is harmful has fallen since the state legalized recreational pot, while teen use of the drug has declined slightly during the same time, health officials said on Thursday. Colorado and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize the possession and use of recreational marijuana by adults in ballot measures approved by voters in 2012. Retail marijuana stores opened in Colorado on Jan. 1 and in Washington last month. The survey found that one in five students admitted using marijuana within the last 30 days, down from 22 percent of those surveyed in 2011. One-third said they have tried pot.

Judge tosses suit claiming botched circumcision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 08:09
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge threw out a lawsuit filed by an Alabama man who claims a botched circumcision resulted in the amputation of his penis, ruling Thursday that the complaint wasn't specific under state malpractice law.

Lawsuit tossed in Albuquerque lawyer's 2010 death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:57
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by the daughter and sister of a late civil rights attorney against the Albuquerque Police Department and city officials was dismissed Tuesday after a judge ruled investigators did not violate the lawyer's constitutional rights.

NYC jails contractor cited, fined $71K over safety

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:41
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal labor officials have cited the private company contracted to provide health services to New York City inmates, proposing $71,000 in fines for workplace safety violations.

Teens hijack Baltimore school bus, hit driver with fire extinguisher

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:40
By John Clarke BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Three teenagers were arrested on Thursday after assaulting a Baltimore school bus driver with a fire extinguisher and trash can, then hijacking the bus for a joy ride, police and local media said. A group of teens boarded the parked school bus in downtown Baltimore around 2:30 pm EDT Thursday, police said, attacking the driver, who managed to get away. "I was trying to get away from them because they were beating me so hard with a fire extinguisher," bus driver Joirilus Pierre told WBAL, a Baltimore NBC affiliate.