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Firefighters gain ground on Oregon blaze

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 13:08

This Aug. 2, 2014 satellite image provided by NASA shows a view from space of several fires burning in northern California and southern Oregon. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured the image. Red outlines show where high surface temperatures are associated with active burning. Authorities said Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, the wildfire burning in Oregon's wind-swept Columbia River Gorge has destroyed a home, damaged two others and is threatening 740 more. All graphic material is in the original image from the source. The horizontal line in the upper third of the photo is the Oregon-California border. (AP Photo/NASA)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Fire officials were upbeat Friday about their progress in fighting a wildfire in Oregon's wind-swept Columbia River Gorge that destroyed one home, damaged two others and threatened more than 700 residences.


Wind, rain eases as tropical storm passes Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:56

Surfers and body boarders wait for waves at Sandy Beach Park in Honolulu on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Tropical Storm Iselle is causing higher-than-normal waves in parts of the island of Oahu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — As the first tropical storm to hit Hawaii in 22 years passed by the islands, some coffee farmers on the Big Island navigated flooded roads to assess damage to their crops Friday while residents and tourists wandered the beaches of Oahu and surfers took to the waves as wind and rain let up.


Charges in Jim Brady's homicide could prove tough

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:50

FILE - This March 30, 2011, file photo shows former White House press secretary James Brady, left, who was left paralyzed in the Reagan assassination attempt, looking at his wife Sarah Brady, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington marking the 30th anniversary of the shooting. This week's death of former White House press secretary James Brady, who survived a gunshot wound to the head in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has been ruled a homicide, District of Columbia police said Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to bring a case against John Hinckley Jr. in the homicide of former White House press secretary James Brady could prove difficult for prosecutors, given the three decades that have passed since he was shot in an assassination try on Ronald Reagan and because a jury ruled that Hinckley was insane when he opened fire, an attorney and law professor said.


Bears beat Eagles 34-28 in preseason opener

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:35

Bears beat Eagles 34-28 in preseason openerThe Chicago Bears beat the Philadelphia Eagles 34-28 on Friday night in their preseason opener.


Former Manson Family killer Bruce Davis is rejected for parole

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:24
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Manson Family member Bruce Davis, who was sentenced to life in prison for two 1969 murders but was granted parole this year, was ordered on Friday to remain behind bars by California Governor Jerry Brown who rejected the decision to free him. Davis has been serving a life sentence in a California state prison since his 1972 conviction for the murders of music teacher Gary Hinman, who was stabbed to death in July 1969, and stunt man Donald "Shorty" Shea, who was killed the following month. "Therefore, I reverse the decision to parole Davis." Davis did not take part in the most infamous murders committed by the followers of Charles Manson, the Tate-LaBianca slayings. Actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski, was stabbed 16 times by members of the cult in the early morning hours of Aug. 9, 1969.

30th Street Station renamed for late congressman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:18

30th Street Station renamed for late congressmanWith the stroke of a pen, 30th Street Station has been renamed to honor a trailblazing figure in Philadelphia politics - the late Congressman William H. Gray III.


US bombs militants in Iraq as crisis worsens

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:14

US bombs militants in Iraq as crisis worsensThe U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis.


3 people shocked at Center City pool

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:14

3 people shocked at Center City poolThree children were shocked at a pool in Center City Philadelphia on Friday afternoon.


Suspect held on $2M bail in Center City pet-sitter attack

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:13

Suspect held on $2M bail in Center City pet-sitter attackPolice say the suspect behind an attack on a Center City pet-sitter is behind bars and being held on $2 million bail.


Ex-Microsoft manager: 2 years for insider trading

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:12
SEATTLE (AP) — A former senior Microsoft manager who pleaded guilty to feeding inside information to a stock trader was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for insider trading.

Governor denies parole to Manson follower Davis

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:07

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows Bruce Davis. California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday Aug. 8, 2014, reversed a parole board and denied the release of Davis, a former Charles Manson follower who has served more than 40 years in prison. Davis was convicted with Manson and others in the murders of a musician and a stuntman during a killing spree in the late 1960s. (AP Photo/California Department Of Corrections, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown reversed a parole board and denied on Friday the release of a former Charles Manson follower who served more than 43 years in prison.


One dead, three injured in lunch-hour shooting in downtown Albuquerque

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:04
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Albuquerque police on Friday were hunting for a 47-year-old gunman alleged to have shot four women, one of them fatally, in a downtown industrial park before fleeing in a car, officials said. Police were releasing few details about the lunch-hour shooting, but Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman Ferris Simmons said the suspected gunman, identified as Marcos Delgado, of Albuquerque, fled the scene in a black Dodge Charger and should be considered armed and dangerous. "Our hearts are broken," Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry told Reuters by phone. Witness Kara Camacho, who works across the street, told the Albuquerque Journal newspaper she rushed outside after hearing a burst of gunfire to see four people slumped over inside a green sedan as the Charger zoomed away.

Reagan aide Jim Brady's death ruled homicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 11:26

FILE - This Jan. 6, 1981 file photo shows James Brady, selected by president-elect Ronald Reagan to become his press secretary, talking to reporters after the announcement was made in Washington. Brady, the affable, witty press secretary who survived a devastating head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and undertook a personal crusade for gun control, died Monday. He was 73. (AP Photo/Walt Zebowski, File)A spokeswoman says a Virginia medical examiner has notified police that this week's death of former White House press secretary James Brady has been ruled a homicide.


Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 11:08

FILE - In this April 3, 1995 photo, UCLA's Ed O'Bannon celebrates after his team won the championship NCAA game against Arkansas in Seattle. A federal judge has ruled that the NCAA can't stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)College football and basketball players could be in line for paydays worth thousands of dollars once they leave school after a landmark ruling Friday that may change the way the NCAA does business.


Oracle sues Oregon over health insurance exchange

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:59
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oracle Corp. has sued the state of Oregon in a fight over the state's health insurance exchange, saying government officials are using the technology company's software despite $23 million in disputed bills.

Man shot in the chest in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:37

Man shot in the chest in WilmingtonPolice are investigating a shooting that critically injured a man in Wilmington.


Reagan aide Jim Brady's death ruled homicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:36

Reagan aide Jim Brady's death ruled homicideA spokeswoman says a Virginia medical examiner has notified police that this week's death of former White House press secretary James Brady has been ruled a homicide


Things to know about NCAA antitrust ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:35

FILE - In this March 26, 2014, file photo, Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson dribbles past the NCAA logo during practice at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Anaheim, Calif. A federal judge ruled that the NCAA can't stop players from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses, striking down NCAA regulations that prohibit them from getting anything other than scholarships and the cost of attendance at schools. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, Calif., ruled in favor Friday, Aug. 8, of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA's regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)A federal judge has ruled that some college athletes can receive payments when they leave school for the rights to their names, images and likenesses, opening the door for them to get a fraction of the billions of dollars generated by collegiate athletics. The decision comes after a lawsuit launched by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, who was upset because his image was used in a video game, but he wasn't paid.


Police commissioner: NYC mayor is 'very pro-cop'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:21

FILE- In this July 31, 2014 file photo provided by the New York City Mayoral Photography Office, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, is seated between New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, left, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, during a round table discussion convened to ease tensions over the July 17, police involved death of Eric Garner. In an interview with The Associated Press, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said he wanted to counter "some of the misimpressions and some of the momentum that's been gained by self-serving interests" in the wake of the videotaped death last month of Garner. (AP Photo/New York City Mayoral Photography Office, Bob Bennett, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The city's top law enforcement official went on a media blitz Friday to deny that the chokehold death of a black suspect shows that police are singling out minorities in a crackdown on minor offenses and to insist that Mayor Bill de Blasio is "very pro-cop."


Online suicides case back in lower court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:16

William Melchert-Dinkel, right, and his attorney Terry Watkins leave court Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Faribault, Minn. Minnesota prosecutors argued Friday that Melchert-Dinkel, a former nurse, should be convicted of assisting suicide for sending emails and other online communications in which he urged two people to kill themselves and gave them information on how to do it. The court earlier this year reversed Melchert-Dinkel's previous conviction of encouraging suicides saying the state's law against it was too broad. (AP Photo/Faribault Daily News, Chris Houck)FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors argued Friday that an ex-nurse should be convicted of assisting suicide for going online and urging two people to kill themselves, but a defense attorney said there's no evidence to prove that William Melchert-Dinkel's Internet chats led directly to their deaths.