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Montana ex-governor says he won't run for Senate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:37

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines arrives for a meeting in Helena Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 after learning Sen. John Walsh, his opponent in the race for U.S. Senate, was dropping his campaign for office. Daines said he respected Walsh’s decision before heading into a discussion on the agriculture industry with farmers and ranchers at the Montana Stock Growers Association. (AP Photo/Lisa Baumann)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says he won't run for U.S. Senate after Sen. John Walsh dropped his election campaign Thursday.


AP PHOTOS: Play eases trauma for Gaza children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:33

Volunteer Nisreen Shawa, 25, centre, leads a play session with displaced Palestinian children at a U.N. school where they had sought refuge along with their families during the war, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Taking advantage of the continuing ceasefire, volunteers from the local non-profit NGO 'Tomooh' (Ambition), arranged a special play session for children to try and lessen the stress they've been enduring after the weeks of conflict. In the playground the children got a chance to sing and play group games under the caring eye of volunteers. They hope that their efforts will lessen the damage of the traumatic recent weeks events, or at least help them forget for a short while. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's fragile ceasefire is allowing children to play, and overcome some of the trauma of four weeks of war.


Embattled NCAA lets richest colleges play their own game

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

NCAA President Emmert speaks during news conference at NCAA headquarters in IndianapolisU.S. college sports took a first step in addressing broad criticism about treatment of student-athletes with a vote Thursday to grant some autonomy to rich athletic conferences, a tacit acknowledgement of their unrivaled economic clout. The new structure among the five biggest conferences hands them broader authority to set their own rules and could potentially pave the way for the 65 universities to offer compensation to student-athletes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I board of directors approved the measure that would let the so-called power five - the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference - self-govern in areas such as scholarships, insurance and travel for athletes' families. The conferences and the NCAA have faced legal, political and public pressure to share its billions in revenue they generate from amateur athletes and guarantee them stronger benefits.


FDA lifts hold on experimental Ebola drug

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.

'Lonely' serial stowaway arrested again at LAX

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:25

'Lonely' serial stowaway arrested again at LAXA Northern California woman who repeatedly tries to board flights without a boarding pass has been arrested again at LAX.


Body found in Washington state appears to be of missing child

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:23
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 Saturday evening 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. After four days of searching led by local law enforcement, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said a child's body had been found in the woods near the Wrights' home on Thursday afternoon and "appears to be that of Jenise." The medical examiner will identify the body, said Kitsap County public communications manager Doug Bear. No arrests have been made and authorities were planning a news conference later on Thursday, Bear said.

Miles away and years on, Cambodians relish verdict

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:19

Cambodian former Khmer Rouge survivors, Soum Rithy, left, and Chum Mey, right, embrace each other after the verdicts were announced, at the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Three and a half decades after the genocidal rule of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge ended, the tribunal on Thursday sentenced two top leaders of the former regime to life in prison on war crimes charges for their roles during the country's 1970s terror. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Sophany Bay saw her two young daughters and son die at the hands of the infamous Khmer Rouge in Cambodia after the family was forced from their home and she was sent to toil in the fields under the movement's reign of terror.


Florida woman charged in NJ in son's 1990s slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:13

This Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 photo released by the Martin County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office shows Michelle Lodzinski. Lodzinski was arrested Wednesday in the death of her 5-year-old son, who was reported missing from a carnival in New Jersey in 1991, but authorities are not saying what led them to file charges. (AP Photo/Martin County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office)STUART, Fla. (AP) — More than two decades after she reported her 5-year-old son missing from a carnival in New Jersey, a woman investigators say they long considered a suspect was arrested on the day that Timothy Wiltsey would have turned 29.


No trouble between Virginia ex-governor, wife says corruption trial witness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:10

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen had a loving relationship and there was no trouble between them, a prosecution witness in the couple's federal corruption trial testified on Thursday. The testimony by Sarah Scarbrough, former director of the governor's mansion, countered defense arguments that the McDonnells' marriage was so frayed that they could not have conspired to take $165,000 in loans and gifts from a Virginia businessman. Scarbrough, a friend of one of the McDonnell's daughters, described the couple's relationship as "loving" and said they frequently kissed and hugged in public. The McDonnells face 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting the gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. in exchange for supporting his former company, a dietary supplement maker now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. Scarbrough testified that Maureen McDonnell was angry when she learned that Scarbrough was keeping a record of gifts to the first lady.


Authorities say body appears to be missing girl

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

Jenise Paulette WrightSEATTLE (AP) — Washington authorities said a body found Thursday appears to be that of missing 6-year-old Jenise Wright, who disappeared from her home over the weekend.


Normally sunny Hawaii braces for hurricane double punch

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

The U.S. Navy Sea based X Band radar leaves Pearl Harbor as a hurricane and a tropical storm approach the Hawaiian islands, in HonoluluBy Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - Hawaii braced for a one-two punch from a pair of major storms barreling toward the archipelago on Thursday, with Hurricane Iselle leading the way with high winds and heavy surf as Hurricane Julio gathered steam behind it, U.S. officials said. Iselle, a Category 1 hurricane with maximum winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph) , was about 175 miles (280 km) east of the Big Island by noon local time and was forecast to make landfall on Thursday night before passing south of the state's smaller islands on Friday. As residents and tourists alike braced for Iselle to make landfall, Hurricane Julio was gaining momentum further east, and was expected to pass near Hawaii's islands by late Saturday or early Sunday, said Ray Tanabe, acting director of the National Weather Service in the Pacific region. The rare threat of back-to-back hurricanes sent Hawaii residents scrambling to stock up on supplies as state officials warned of the potential for flash floods, mudslides and power outages in the normally calm tourist haven.


Va. health director skeptical of Jonnie Williams

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:00

Former Mansion Director Sarah Scarbrough leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, after testifying in the trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and secret loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his dietary supplement products. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley) MAGS OUTRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's health secretary testified Thursday that he was deeply skeptical of the medical claims made by former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams about his tobacco-based dietary supplement, but that he met with Williams anyway because then-Gov. Bob McDonnell asked him to.


Police: Slaying suspect dead; 2 boys found safe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:59

The slain body of Christina Belajonas is carried from a residence Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Drexel Hill, Pa. Belajonas lived with her sons, 5-year-old Robert and 4-year-old Christopher, according to Superintendent Michael Chitwood of Upper Darby police. The two children taken from the Philadelphia-area home after she was killed were found safe in New York City early Thursday, and a man in a vehicle that was sought by police was found dead, authorities said. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)DREXEL HILL, Pa. (AP) — Two children taken from a Philadelphia-area home after their mother was slain were found safe in New York City early Thursday, and their father, a suspect in the killing, was later found dead, authorities said.


Married Oklahoma police officers accused of killing daughter's boyfriend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:58
Two married Tulsa police officers are being held in jail in connection with the alleged murder of their daughter's boyfriend, officials said on Thursday. Shannon Kepler, 54, is in the Tulsa County jail accused of first degree murder in the fatal shooting of Jeremy Lake, the 19-year-old boyfriend of the Keplers' daughter, Lisa Kepler, according to police and jail records. His wife, Gina Kepler, 48, is being held as an accessory after the fact. "This is absolutely unfortunate and we are sad for the family of the victim and the Keplers," public information officer Jillian Roberson of the Tulsa Police Department said on Thursday.

Man guilty of murder in Michigan porch shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:53

Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during the seventh day of testimony for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Detroit. He said he feared for his life when he fired at McBride on his porch in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Wafer is charged with second-degree murder and could be sentenced to up to life in prison with the chance for parole, if he's convicted. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who insisted he killed an unarmed woman on his porch in self-defense was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday after the jury rejected his tearful claim that he fired through a screen door in the wee hours because he feared his life was at risk.


Mom, grandparents of starved boy held for trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:52

Mary C. Rader, left, and her mother, Deana Beighly, are lead from the courthouse to an awaiting police vehicle on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. in Mercer, Pa. Rader is the mother of an 8-year-old boy who police say nearly starved. The boy was removed from his home in June when a neighbor noticed his "skeletal" appearance. Rader, her mother and the boy's step-grandfather, Dennis Beighley, have all been ordered to stand trial on charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)MERCER, Pa. (AP) — The mother and maternal grandparents of an 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy doctors said "looked like a Holocaust survivor" were ordered on Thursday to stand trial on attempted murder and other charges for allegedly denying the boy food regularly and hiding him from public view.


1st set of remains ID'd from Florida reform school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:52

Ovell Krell, sister of George Owen Smith, the first victim positively identified from one of the 55 unmarked graves the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla., smiles as she listens during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. University researchers will exhume Smith's remains and return them to his family. Smith was 14 when he was sent to the school in 1940, and was never seen alive by his family again. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In December 1940, Owen Smith's mother wrote the superintendent of the then-Florida Industrial School for Boys about the welfare of her 14-year-old son, who had been sent there months earlier for being with a friend in a stolen car.


Woman charged in son's 1991 death after NJ carnival

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:50

Woman charged in son's 1991 death after NJ carnivalA Florida woman was arrested in the death of her 5-year-old son in 1991.


Police officer recorded criticizing Obama resigns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:50
HELMETTA, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey police officer who was videotaped making disparaging comments about President Barack Obama and the Constitution has resigned.

New Mexico grants short amnesty to people owing child support

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:48
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has granted an amnesty until Aug. 29 to parents who face arrest after falling behind with child support payments, but warned that a crackdown will begin next month targeting those who do not pay up. Under the scheme, non-custodial parents with an outstanding warrant for unpaid child support can pay a bond this month to cancel outstanding bench warrants, with no fear of detention, Martinez said in a statement late Wednesday. "New Mexico is committed to providing as many tools as possible to help parents support their children emotionally and financially," the governor said. The state's Department of Human Services website currently lists 662 individuals with arrest warrants totaling $1,812,258 in bonds and $20,297,592 in outstanding child support.