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Dad Charged With Toddler's Hot Car Death Was Sexting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 04:24
The Georgia dad charged with killing his toddler son by leaving the boy in a hot car all day was exchanging graphic texts with a woman and a teenage girl in the hours before he found the boy dead, a detective testified today at a court hearing today.The..

June jobs report shows US recovery is accelerating

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 04:21

the Cleveland Career Fair in Independence, OhioWASHINGTON (AP) — A surprisingly robust job market is energizing the 5-year-old U.S. recovery and driving the economy closer to full health.


Attorney: Dad left toddler in car by accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 04:18

Justin Ross Harris, right, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, arrives for his bond hearing at Cobb County Magistrate Court Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. Harris is currently being held without bond on a child cruelty charge and a murder charge. (AP Photo/David Goldman)MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A defense attorney says a Georgia man had no intention of leaving his toddler son inside a hot SUV for hours, killing the boy.


Detective: Women in suitcases died after rough sex

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 04:16

Steven Zelich appears in a Walworth County courtroom for his preliminary hearing Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Elkhorn, Wis. The former police officer has been charged with hiding a corpse in Walworth County after the bodies of two woman were found stuffed in suitcases deposited along a rural road in Wisconsin. A detective testified Thursday that Zelich said he killed the women during separate meetings at hotels to have rough sex. The judge Zelich held for trial on the hiding a corpse charges. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)ELKHORN, Wis. (AP) — A former police officer charged with dumping two bodies hidden in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin highway said he killed the women during separate meetings at hotels to have rough sex, a detective testified Thursday.


Exclusive: Motiva Port Arthur refinery reaches throughput milestone - sources

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 04:11
Two years ago, around the time of its opening ceremony,it was predicted the Port Arthur, Texas plant of Motiva Enterprises [MOTIV.UL] would slowly gain efficiencies and by now would be routinely running 630,000 to 660,000 barrels per day (bpd). The 2.5 percent increase in crude oil intake one day in late June, trumpeted in a company email, showed the continuing impacts of a troubled start-up after the expansion, the sources said. A Motiva official declined to comment. The U.S. Energy Information Administration late last month said the Port Arthur refinery should be able to run at 620,000 barrels per stream day in 2014, the maximum amount a plant can process under optimal operating conditions.

Idaho woman delivers baby while driving to doctor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 04:10
HEYBURN, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho woman gave birth while driving to a doctor appointment and delivered her daughter by herself.

Police: Body found in Ocean City, N.J. believed to be missing teen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:58

 Body found in Ocean City, N.J. believed to be missing teenA body discovered in Ocean City, N.J. is believed to be that of a teenager who went missing in the water earlier in the week.


Bus driver charged in girl's street crossing death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:53
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah bus driver is facing misdemeanor charges after a 10-year-old girl was fatally injured after stepping off his bus in April.

Police release man questioned in New Orleans shootout

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:48

Justin Odom, 20, is pictured in this undated handout photoAuthorities set free a 20-year-old man on Thursday after questioning him about a weekend shootout on New Orleans' Bourbon Street that left one person dead and nine others wounded. Justin Odom was released a day after turning himself in to police in nearby Gretna, hours after being announced as a person of interest in the shootings, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said. "At this time we are still investigating what his involvement may be," said New Orleans police spokeswoman Hilal Williams.      Odom was released by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, which had arrested and held him overnight on outstanding traffic and shoplifting-related warrants after New Orleans homicide detectives questioned him on Wednesday with his lawyer present. Odom's release came shortly after New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu identified the woman who died from her wounds on Wednesday as 21-year-old Brittany Thomas of Hammond, Louisiana.


Army issues 'worst-case' scenarios for reductions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:47
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Army bases and surrounding communities across the country would lose up to 80 percent of their military and civilian workforces if maximum cuts in both budget and force size go into effect at the end of the decade, according to worst-case scenario projections.

US laboratory admits violating nuke-waste permit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:34
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory says it made mistakes in packaging the waste that has been linked to a radiation leak at the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

Man charged in 2 Delaware bank robberies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:33

Man charged in 2 Delaware bank robberiesDelaware State Police have arrested a man they say robbed the M&T Bank in New Castle twice in the spring.


Authorities ID Bourbon Street shooting victim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:32

This photo released Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by New Orleans Police shows Justin Odom, named as a person of interest who is being sought in connection with a Sunday morning shooting on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, which left ten people wounded, two seriously. (AP Photo/New Orleans Police)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The 21-year-old who died after being shot on Bourbon Street over the weekend was a sunny, hard-working woman who kept in touch for years with the school where she got her high-school equivalency diploma, an official there said.


One dead, three badly hurt in Texas school fireworks explosion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:16
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - One person was killed and three others severely injured when a truck trailer carrying fireworks for a Fourth of July celebration at a central Texas high school exploded on Thursday as workers prepared the show, a fire official said. The person who was killed had experience handling fireworks and was licensed, said Marcus Nettleton of the Comanche Volunteer Fire Department.

AP NewsBreak: Senator questions Hanford legal fees

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:14
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Private contractors for the U.S. Department of Energy have spent at least $3.5 million in legal expenses to battle two critics of a massive construction project at the nation's most polluted nuclear site, according to a letter obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

Rhode Island governor signs minimum wage increase

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:14
(Reuters) - Rhode Island's Democratic governor, Lincoln Chafee, has signed a bill to increase the state's minimum wage by $1, to $9 an hour, his office said on Thursday, following similar moves by neighboring New England states. The hike, which will take effect next year, comes as Democrats across the country have made raising the minimum wage a key priority ahead of November's elections, saying wages for millions of Americans have not kept pace with the rising cost of living. "Our entire economy suffers when the middle class and low-wage earners can’t make ends meet," Rhode Island state Representative David Bennett, a Democrat who sponsored the bill, said in a statement. "This raise will provide some measure of assistance for those struggling at the low end of the pay scale." Rhode Island joins nine other states and the District of Columbia, including neighboring Connecticut and Vermont, in passing state minimum wage increases during the 2014 legislative session, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

5 Things to Know: The fireworks at 'Kaboom Town'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:09

Eight inch firework shells labeled with dangerous explosives warning labels lie side-by-side before PyroShows technicians place them into mortars, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Addison, Texas, in preparation for the Kaboom Town fireworks show, on July 3. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ADDISON, Texas (AP) — Fireworks technician Chad Stanley doesn't even need to press the "fire" button on the computer controlling Kaboom Town — one of the nation's biggest Fourth of July weekend fireworks shows. Months of planning mean Stanley and other pyrotechnic specialists merely sit back and watch the precisely programmed show along with the other half-million or so people who set up in parks, yards and parking lots in Addison, Texas, to take in the nearly 30-year-old extravaganza, scheduled for Thursday night.


Boy hit in Arizona target-shooting accident dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 03:07
(Reuters) - A 9-year-old boy who was shot in the neck by a bullet ricochet while target shooting in the Arizona desert died on Thursday of his wounds, authorities said. The boy had been airlifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital after being hit a ricocheted handgun round early on Wednesday in the accident west of Phoenix, sheriff's deputies said. Christopher Hegstrom, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, said he was pronounced dead on Thursday. Authorities say the boy was target shooting with a group that included two adults and his sister at about 5 a.m. local time, and that it not immediately clear who fired the shot that injured him.

U.S. war hero Louis Zamperini, inspiration for 'Unbroken,' dead at 97

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 02:59
By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Louis Zamperini, an American prisoner of war in World War Two and Olympic runner whose life inspired the book and upcoming feature film "Unbroken," has died at age 97. Zamperini died after a 40-day bout with pneumonia, his family said on Thursday in a statement released by Universal Pictures, the studio behind the film. "It is a loss impossible to describe," said Angelina Jolie, who is directing the film. We will miss him terribly." The film, which is to open Dec. 25, is based on the best-selling 2010 book "Unbroken" by author Laura Hillenbrand on the life of Zamperini, particularly the harrowing time he spent as a prisoner of war under the Japanese.

Detective: Dad showed no emotion after boy died

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 02:58

Justin Ross Harris, center, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, arrives for his bond hearing at Cobb County Magistrate Court Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. Harris is currently being held without bond on a child cruelty charge and a murder charge. (AP Photo/David Goldman)MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A detective says a Georgia man charged with murder in his young son's death had looked at websites that advocated for not having children before the toddler died inside a hot SUV.