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Jay-Z fan charged with biting off fingertip

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:36
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Diego man has pleaded not guilty to biting off a man's fingertip during a Jay-Z and Beyonce concert at Pasadena's Rose Bowl.

1-month-old left in hot car dies in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:35
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Two parents have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of their month-old child, who died after being left in a hot car for two hours.

Trial begins in train-truck crash that killed 6

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:34
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers defending a Nevada trucking firm being sued for negligence in a fiery 2011 crash with an Amtrak train told jurors Tuesday that Union Pacific Railroad officials manipulated or destroyed evidence that would have proved a malfunctioning crossing gate and signal lights were responsible for the deaths of the truck driver and five people on board the California Zephyr.

Ex-McDonnell aide testifies of concerns over Rolex

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:32
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An aide who dispensed legal and policy advice to former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Tuesday that he and other administration officials worried about the propriety of a product launch event at the governor's mansion and about a Rolex watch that McDonnell received from his wife through a wealthy benefactor.

3 killed in shooting outside Indiana business

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:30

Police move the body of one of the victims to a van following a shooting in the parking lot of Jordan Manufacturing, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Monticello, Ind. A northern Indiana sheriff says three people are dead following a shooting outside a furniture plant. (AP Photo/Journal & Courier, John Terhune)MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — Three people were found dead Tuesday in a shooting at a parking lot outside northern Indiana furniture plant, a sheriff said.

Jordan circulates revised UN resolution on Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:30
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jordan circulated a revised U.N. resolution Tuesday calling for a permanent cease-fire in Gaza and condemning "all violence and hostilities against civilians."

Havana assails U.S. program to recruit young Cuban dissenters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:29
Cuba on Tuesday demanded the United States halt what it called subversive acts against the communist-ruled island, saying a recent report that Washington recruited young Latin Americans to promote dissent in Cuba confirmed a longstanding policy of destabilization. The statement, issued by Josefina Vidal, Cuba's chief foreign ministry official for U.S. relations, came in response to an Associated Press report on Sunday that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) sent emissaries to Cuba to foment opposition. "These facts confirm that the U.S. government has not ceased its hostile and meddling plans against Cuba," Vidal said. The Associated Press, citing USAID documents and interviews, said the U.S. agency sent young people from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru to Cuba under the guise of carrying out social programs when in reality their main goal was to find and encourage anti-government activists.

Searchers comb Washington woods in search of missing six-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:29
Searchers combed through the woods near a Washington state trailer park on Tuesday for a 6-year-old girl last seen in her bedroom on Saturday evening and reported missing when she failed to show up for dinner a day later, officials said. Janise Wright had gone to bed on Saturday in her family home in Bremerton, on the Kitsap Peninsula west of Seattle, and was not seen at all by family members the next day, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.

NY judge warily lets $285M Citigroup deal proceed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:28
NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan judge begrudgingly approved a long-delayed $285 million settlement between Citigroup Inc. and government regulators Tuesday over toxic mortgage securities, but not without a parting shot at the appeals court that forced his hand.

Popular, snakelike 'Cobra' rock formation beheaded in Utah

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:28
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A red rock pinnacle popular with climbers and named for its snakelike shape has been beheaded in the Utah desert, federal land managers said on Tuesday. The Cobra was one of dozens of rock formations in the Fisher Towers region of the Colorado River Special Recreation area near Moab, about 400 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. A popular attraction for rock climbers, the Cobra was a thin spire standing that some 50-feet high and affixed with a wide, flat cap rock. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is investigating what happened, and early reports suggest heavy thunderstorms that moved through the region over the past week could be to blame, agency spokeswoman Megan Crandall said.

Landslide hits Utah neighborhood, destroys home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:20

A man looks at a home destroyed by a landslide in a hillside community of North Salt Lake, Utah, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. One home was destroyed and 27 others were evacuated after a landslide early Tuesday struck an upscale suburban Salt Lake City community, where officials had worried for nearly a year about cracked soil on the hillside above the houses. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) — A landslide struck an upscale suburban Salt Lake City community on Tuesday, destroying a home and forcing evacuations as a rain-soaked hillside tumbled from above.

Florida same-sex marriage ban declared unconstitutional in fourth ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:17
A south Florida judge on Tuesday became the fourth in recent weeks to strike down the state's same-sex marriage ban, in a case involving the estate of a gay man who owned property in Florida. Frank Bangor, who lived in Pennsylvania before his death in March, left his estate to the man that he married in Delaware. This included property in south Florida's Palm Beach County. The ruling did not include an order for Palm Beach County officials to begin issuing marriage licenses, according to Equality Florida, a gay rights advocacy organization.

Obama seeks executive ways to limit tax inversions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, officials said Tuesday.

U.S. Army to start questioning ex-POW Bergdahl Wednesday: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:09

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The U.S. military plans to start questioning freed U.S. prisoner-of-war Bowe Bergdahl from Wednesday on the circumstances that led to his 2009 capture in Afghanistan by the Taliban, Bergdahl's lawyer said on Tuesday. Bergdahl, an Army sergeant, will be questioned by investigating officer Major General Kenneth R. Dahl at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where Bergdahl has been stationed for the past several weeks. "He is looking forward to having all of this over and done with, and being able to move on to the next chapter of his life," lawyer Eugene Fidell said. Fidell declined to speculate on what Bergdahl will say to the general but said his client will cooperate.

Boy dies after playground stabbing by 12-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:08

Kentwood police investigate a stabbing that occurred in a playground in Pinebrook Village, in Kentwood, Mich., on Aug. 4, 2014. Police say a 12-year-old boy has stabbed a 9-year-old boy at the playground in western Michigan, sending the child to a hospital. Police also didn't immediately release detail on the condition of the wounded child. The older boy was taken into custody for questioning by police. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Joel Bissell) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUTKENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy repeatedly stabbed by a 12-year-old at a Michigan playground ran screaming to his home and collapsed bleeding on his porch before dying at a hospital a short time later, witnesses and police said Tuesday.

Barges may sail down Mississippi by weekend

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:06
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Federal officials hope a massive effort to remove silt and sand deposits from the bed of the Mississippi River in Minnesota will have cleared a path for hundreds of tied-up barges carrying millions of dollars in cargo to resume their trips downstream over the weekend.

Arkansas woman charged in son's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:03
DANVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman has been charged in her 10-month-old son's death after investigators say she and her husband took him into a rugged part of the Ouachita (WAH'-shih-taw) Mountains while having drug-induced hallucinations.

NM teens indicted in homeless men killings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:02
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three teenagers arrested for the brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque have been indicted on first-degree murder, aggravated assault and numerous other charges.

Son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy arrested on probation violation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:02

Rancher Bundy stands near a metal gate on his ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada(Reuters) - The son of a Nevada rancher who was at the center of an armed standoff with federal agents in a dispute over cattle grazing rights has been arrested on a probation violation, Las Vegas police said on Tuesday. Cliven Lance Bundy was taken into custody at a home in Las Vegas without incident on Monday on outstanding warrants for contempt and violating the terms of his probation, police spokesman Larry Hadfield said in a statement. Bundy, the son of rancher Cliven Bundy, was sentenced to five years probation last year after pleading guilty to theft of a firearm and burglary.

Wildlife refuges phasing out GMO crops, pesticides

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:56
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — National wildlife refuges around the country are phasing out genetically modified crops and a class of pesticides related to nicotine in programs meant to provide food for wildlife.