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Trial in Colorado theater shootings delayed again

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:09

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. The trial in the Colorado theater shootings was delayed again Wednesday, July 9, 2014, because the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes will take more time than expected. The trial had been scheduled to start with jury selection on Oct. 14. Samour said he had no choice but to grant the extension. He said he would set a new trial date at hearing on July 22, two years and two days after the shootings.(AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)DENVER (AP) — The trial in the Colorado theater shootings was delayed again Wednesday because the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes will take more time than expected.


Storm leaves 244,000 in dark, shuts Buckeye pipeline in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:07
(Reuters) - Over 244,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states remained without power on Wednesday after severe thunderstorms rolled through the region overnight. Buckeye Partners LP, a U.S. petroleum pipeline operator, said in a notice to shippers that its Laurel refined products pipeline from Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, was shut due to a power failure. Officials at Buckeye were not immediately available for comment. Exelon Corp's PECO utility in the Philadelphia area said it expected to restore power to the Buckeye pipeline in about three hours. ...

Tips for preventing child deaths in hot cars

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:06
More than three dozen children die of hyperthermia in cars annually in the United States, and since 1998 more than 500 children have died in hot cars. Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees, and car interiors can reach well over 110 degrees even when the outside temperature is in the 60s.

Attorneys in theater shooting weigh defense

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:59
DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a retired Tampa police captain accused of killing a man in a movie theater said Wednesday that Florida's "stand your ground" defense might be used at trial next year.

Juvenile is suspect in major California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:54
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Investigators have identified a juvenile as a suspect for intentionally starting a wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes near San Diego in May.

Verdict reached in suit over Giants fan beating

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:50
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A verdict has been reached in a negligence lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt stemming from the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan in 2011.

Rift over religious exemption in anti-bias order

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:49

FILE - In this July 2, 2014 file photo, members of a conservative group pray outside the Miami courthouse during the court hearing on gay marriage. Many religious leaders and conservative groups want President Obama to exempt religious organizations from an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gays in hiring. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring.


Kentucky effort to resume executions hits snag

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:41
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's efforts to resume executions appeared to hit a snag Wednesday after a judge said he was concerned that officials want to use the same method that led to an execution that took 26 minutes in neighboring Ohio.

Consumer Reports: For now, don't spray sunscreen on kids

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:41

 For now, don't spray sunscreen on kidsConsumer Reports is warning people to not use spray sunscreen on children, for now.


Police: Substitute teacher had sex with 2 students

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:40
NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school substitute English teacher has been charged with having sex with two 18-year-old students days before they graduated.

Consumer Reports: Don't spray sunscreen on kids

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:38

 For now, don't spray sunscreen on kidsConsumer Reports is warning people to not use spray sunscreen on children, for now.


NY lawmakers set to clamp down on Times Square's caped crusaders

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:29

Men dressed as Santa Mickey Mouse and Elmo take a break and talk in Times Square in New YorkCartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Spider-man have been adored by generations of children, but their costumed counterparts who roam New York City's Times Square are more a public nuisance, New York City lawmakers said on Wednesday. Indeed, tighter restrictions are likely ahead for the people who don the oversized costumes and pose for pictures with tourists for a fee, City Council members said at a meeting of the Times Square Alliance. The unlicensed workers, who are under scrutiny in the wake of unsavory incidents with tourists, can be very aggressive, said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. City lawmakers have said that dressing up in a costume in Times Square could be protected under the constitutional right to freedom of speech.


Groups: Immigrant minors lack legal representation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:29
SEATTLE (AP) — A coalition of U.S. immigrant rights advocacy groups is suing the federal government over the fact that few minors have legal representation during deportation proceedings.

Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin gets 10 years in corruption case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:23

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin leaves the courthouse in New OrleansBy Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison for corruption during the critical years of rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. Nagin, 58, stirred national controversy with his erratic behavior after Katrina breached floodwalls and inundated New Orleans in 2005, killing at least 1,500 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless. Citing Nagin's devotion to family and commitment to helping New Orleans, U.S. District Judge Helen Ginger Berrigan said a shorter prison term than that recommended under federal sentencing guidelines was warranted. Berrigan also ordered Nagin, who prosecutors say accepted bribes valued at over $500,000, to pay about $84,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.


Senate confirms head of US Humanities Endowment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm the former president of Colby College as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Saltwater pipeline leaks on ND Indian reservation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:20
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Officials are trying to contain what they're calling a substantial leak from a saltwater pipeline on an Indian reservation in North Dakota.

Buckled foundation blamed for Cobbs Creek collapse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:13

Buckled foundation blamed for Cobbs Creek collapseInvestigators say a foundation that buckled led to the partial collapse of two homes in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia.


Judge delays trial in Colorado movie theater massacre case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:09

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado judge on Wednesday delayed the planned trial in October of accused movie theater gunman James Holmes to allow more time to conduct a second sanity review. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in 2012. "The Court has little choice but to grant the examiner's request," Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour said in an order.


Police: Thieves strike twice at Exton T.J. Maxx

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:59

 Thieves strike twice at Exton T.J. MaxxThe West Whiteland Township Police Department is investigating two thefts that occurred on separate dates at the TJ Maxx store in Exton.


'American Sniper' widow: husband planned to donate book proceeds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:56
By Todd Melby ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - The widow of a late Navy SEAL accused of defaming former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura testified on Wednesday in a federal trial that her husband was a humble man who planned to give away proceeds from a best-selling book. At the heart of the trial is whether Ventura and Chris Kyle, who was killed in 2013 at a Texas shooting range by a troubled Iraq war veteran, got into an altercation after a chance encounter at a California bar in October 2006. When asked Wednesday by Ventura's attorney whether Kyle's story about the confrontation was true, Kyle's widow, Taya Kyle, replied: "My husband doesn't lie." They also planned to give away the proceeds from Kyle's best-selling 2012 book, "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," she said. "We are trying to find the right places and not just throw it away," Taya Kyle said, adding that her husband did not display the medals he received and kept the descriptions of his deeds tucked in a notebook.