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Nebraska lieutenant governor steps down after protection order

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:07
(Reuters) - Nebraska's lieutenant governor resigned on Tuesday and withdrew from the Nov. 4 election, a day after a judge entered a protection order against him in a family dispute. Lavon Heidemann, who was the running mate of Republican candidate for governor Pete Ricketts, said his decision was the best thing for his family and the state. Heidemann himself had been a replacement for former Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy, who resigned in February 2013 after an Omaha World-Herald newspaper investigation raised questions about improper cell phone calls to women. Heidemann was accused of grabbing his sister's wrist during a family dispute and an order of protection was entered on Monday.

Shooting at Iowa courthouse leaves one dead, one injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:05
(Reuters) - One man was killed and another injured in a shooting and scuffle at an eastern Iowa courthouse on Tuesday, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Francis "Gus" Glaser, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, was attending the weekly meeting of the county board of supervisors when he took out a gun and shot at another person who was leaving the meeting, the sheriff's office said. The courthouse was closed for the rest of the day while the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was looking into the incident.

San Francisco looks to car-share to reduce city vehicle fleet

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:03

A commuter heads to an awaiting car following the work day in San FranciscoBy Aaron Mendelson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco city employees could soon be zipping around the city’s famous hills in car-share vehicles, rather than city-owned cars, under a proposal introduced in the city’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. If approved by the board, San Francisco would join a handful of U.S. “Anytime we can reduce our carbon footprint and potentially realize savings as a city, we should pursue those ideas aggressively,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the ordinance along with Supervisor John Avalos. The ordinance, which could go into effect as soon as December, would require a 25 percent reduction in the city's roughly 1,500-vehicle fleet every three years, leading to the elimination of non-essential vehicles within 12 years. Fire trucks and police cars, among others deemed essential, would be exempted from the plan.


2 injured in fiery Burlington County crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:03

2 injured in fiery Burlington County crashTwo people are hospitalized after a fiery accident in Southampton, Burlington County.


Elderly couple die, Kansas City crime spree death toll hits five

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:03
(Reuters) - A husband and wife critically injured last week during a crime spree in a normally tranquil Kansas City neighborhood have died, raising the death toll from the attacks to five, prosecutors said on Tuesday. George Taylor, 80, and Ann Taylor, 86, were beaten and three other people were shot dead a week ago in the Woodbridge neighborhood near a country club. Brandon Howell, 34, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and prosecutors are considering additional charges after the deaths of George and Ann Taylor, the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.

Detroit, counties reach deal over water, sewer authority

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:01
By Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit reached a deal with three Michigan counties over regional water and sewer services that could eliminate one roadblock to federal court approval of the city's plan to adjust its debt and exit bankruptcy, officials announced on Tuesday. The deal with Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties creates a regional water and sewer authority, but allows Detroit to maintain control of its local system, Mayor Mike Duggan said at a news conference. "There has been 40 years of conflict between the city and the suburbs over the Detroit water and sewer system, and what you have today is a pretty remarkable accomplishment," Duggan said. The future of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department has been a big hole in the city's plan to adjust $18 billion of debt and exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy.

12-year-old in wheelchair robbed, 2 young suspects sought

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:01

12-year-old in wheelchair robbed, 2 young suspects soughtPolice are seeking two young suspects in the assault and robbery of a 12-year-old boy in a wheelchair.


Minnesota ex-nurse convicted again of assisting Briton's suicide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:59
By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A former nurse in Minnesota was convicted on Tuesday for a second time of intentionally assisting in the suicide of a British man who hanged himself and of attempting to assist the suicide of a Canadian woman who died after jumping into a river. In a written decision, Rice County Judge Thomas Neuville found there was significant evidence William Melchert-Dinkel assisted Mark Drybrough, 32, in his 2005 suicide in Coventry, England, even though he had not provided physical assistance. The judge also found that Melchert-Dinkel, 52, tried to help Nadia Kajouji, 18, of Ottawa, with a suicide, although his encouragement and instruction on how to hang herself were not a direct cause of her 2008 death. Both Drybrough and Kajouji chatted online or exchanged emails with Melchert-Dinkel days before killing themselves, according to court papers.

Did Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy leave burger joint a tiny tip?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:55

Did Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy leave burger joint a tiny tip?A Philadelphia burger joint posted an image that, it says, shows a tiny tip left by Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.


School library named after fallen officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:53

School library named after fallen officerA Catholic school in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section has a new library thanks to a fund honoring a fallen policeman.


Judge convicts ex-nurse of assisting suicide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:53

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014 file photo William Melchert-Dinkel, right, and his attorney Terry Watkins leave court in Faribault, Minn. Melchert-Dinkel, a former nurse, who admitted going online and encouraging people to kill themselves, was convicted Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 of assisting in the suicide of of Mark Drybrough, 32, of Coventry, England, and attempting to assist on the suicide of Nadia Kajouji, 18, of Brampton, Ontario. (AP Photo/Faribault Daily News, Chris Houck, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An ex-nurse who admitted going online and encouraging people to kill themselves was convicted Tuesday of assisting the suicide of an English man and attempting to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman, following a legal battle that has spanned more than four years and led to the reversal of part of a Minnesota law that outlaws the practice.


Utah's Zion National Park reopens after flooding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:49
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Zion National Park has reopened after closing for several hours when heavy rain and a surging river made park routes impassable.

U.S. states probe Home Depot breach, senators seek FTC investigation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:45

A shopping cart is seen in a Home Depot location in NilesBy Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two senators asked the federal government to investigate a data breach on the payment-card processing systems of Home Depot Inc and five U.S. The retailer has yet to say what was stolen, though experts fear the attackers may have gotten away with more than 40 million payment cards, which would exceed the number taken in last year’s unprecedented attack on Target Corp . Home Depot said customers who shopped at its stores as far back as April were exposed, meaning the breach extended for more than four months including the busy summer season. The increased government scrutiny could be another sign of trouble for Home Depot, even though it has yet to determine the full scope of the breach, analysts warned.


Gay activists: Include us in St. Patrick's parade

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:42
Gay activists who have been pushing to join New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade since the 1990s called on organizers Tuesday to include them, not just a group for gay NBC employees. Members of a group ...

Court voids much of $180 million award over ConAgra silo fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:38
A federal appeals court on Tuesday said ConAgra Foods Inc was not liable for a 2010 fire and explosion at an Illinois flour mill that burned three workers, and overturned much of a nearly $180 million jury award against the packaged foods company and a contractor. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said a lower court judge should have granted judgment as a matter of law to ConAgra, whose products include Chef Boyardee pasta, Hunt's ketchup and Peter Pan peanut butter. ConAgra had hired West Side Salvage Inc to help save the contents of a wheat pellet silo at a facility in Chester, Illinois, located about 60 miles south of St. Louis. According to court papers, the silo had been smoldering for several weeks before it exploded on April 27, 2010, injuring Justin Becker, who was employed by West Side, and John Jentz and Robert Schmidt, who were employed by a subcontractor.

Elderly couple beaten in Kansas City attacks die

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:38
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An elderly couple severely beaten in their Kansas City home, allegedly by a man also accused of fatally shooting three of their neighbors, died Tuesday after being taken off life support, relatives and hospital officials said.

New York man pleads guilty to trying to join al Qaeda

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:37
A New York man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to attempting to join the militant group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, considered to be one of the most active wings of the network, prosecutors said. Marcos Alonso Zea, 26, was arrested last October at his Long Island home in a joint investigation by local and federal authorities, several months after attempting to traveling to Yemen. Zea previously pleaded not guilty to charges that included trying to materially aid al Qaeda, but changed his plea as part of a deal that would sentence him to up to 25 years in prison, said Zugiel Soto, spokeswoman for the U.S. Prosecutors said Zea attempted to fly from New York to Yemen in January 2012, but was intercepted by British customs officials while changing planes and returned to the United States.

Proposed UN resolution targets foreign fighters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:37
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed U.N. resolution which the U.S. hopes will be unanimously approved at a meeting chaired by President Barack Obama later this month would require all countries to prevent the recruitment and transport of would-be foreign fighters preparing to join terrorist groups.

Professor seeks reinstatement after losing job over Gaza tweets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:36
A professor who lost a promised job over his tweets on the recent seven-week Israel-Palestine war demanded on Tuesday that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) reinstate him, citing free speech and academic freedom. The termination of Salaita in August, two weeks before he was to start teaching, has ignited debate and protests at UIUC and other universities over academic freedom and politics. Salaita tweeted heavily during the war, including this message on Aug. 1: "Supporters of #Israel should be forced--A Clockwork Orange style--to view pics of smiling children who were killed on endless repeat. On Tuesday, a number of UIUC students walked out of classes to listen to Salaita's first public comments since the university rescinded his appointment to the department of American Indian Studies.

Latest NYC condo amenity: $1 million parking spot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:33
NEW YORK (AP) — A condo development in New York City's pricy SoHo neighborhood is charging for a parking spot as much as it would cost to buy a nice house in Dallas or Seattle — $1 million.