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Yellowstone may use helicopter to search for crashed drone

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:29
Yellowstone National Park may use a helicopter to search for a drone that a tourist crashed into a famous hot spring, amid concerns the device may harm a geothermal feature that is a top draw for visitors, a park official said on Friday. Although the National Park Service two months ago banned the use of unmanned aircraft, officials at parks in Western states are reporting a rise in the number of the camera-equipped devices buzzing wildlife and tourists and crashing into the scenery. Yellowstone rangers have been unable to find the drone that sank in Grand Prismatic Spring on Saturday, and park managers are considering a helicopter flyover of the 370-foot diameter spring, park spokesman Al Nash said. It remained unclear Friday if the drone would affect the prized hot spring, which is more than 120 feet deep and known for the brilliant colors caused by bacteria and minerals in the water.

NCAA says disagrees with U.S. court ruling on athlete pay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:27
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The National Collegiate Athletics Association disagrees with a U.S. judge's ruling allowing colleges to share some revenue with athletes. "We note that the court's decision sets limits on that compensation," NCAA Chief Legal Officer Donald Remy said in a statement, adding that "the NCAA is committed to fully supporting student-athletes." (Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Texas family sues DirecTV over sex offender who came to their home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:27
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Dallas family has sued satellite television provider DirecTV after a man making a service call at their home was found to be a registered sex offender who took photos of their 12-year-old daughter, their lawyer said on Friday. DirecTV said the man had absolutely no affiliation with the company and was brought to the house by a contractor, who has since been fired for violating company policy, spokeswoman Jade Ekstedt said in an email. Wahren Scott Massey, 48, was arrested as a result of the August 2012 incident. The family said in court documents Massey went into a room where their daughter, who was 12 at the time, was alone.

Democrats search for replacement in US Senate race

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:21

In this Thursday, March 27, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., speaks on the National Mall in Washington. Walsh says he is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a college research paper. Walsh said in a statement Thursday he’ll leave the race but keep the seat he was appointed to until his term ends in January 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak,File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Democrats were casting about Friday for a last-minute U.S. Senate candidate to take on Republican Rep. Steve Daines, after their hopes to hold the seat in November suffered a huge blow with the withdrawal of incumbent Sen. John Walsh amid plagiarism allegations.

Coal group: No doubts about McConnell's support

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:20
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A trade group representing Kentucky's coal industry defended Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell on Friday after a published report said his wife is a board member of an organization that has spent $50 million to close coal-fired power plants.

WWII veteran who found Hitler's top hat dies at 88

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:16
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Richard Marowitz was just a day removed from witnessing the horrors of Dachau when he found a top hat on a shelf in a closet in Adolf Hitler's Munich apartment.

Texas boy, 8, shot in face by seven-year-old cousin handling gun: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:15
An 8-year-old Texas boy was in intensive care on Friday after being shot in the face a day earlier by his 7-year-old cousin when the two were playing with a loaded pistol, police said. Police in Texas City, about 40 miles southeast of Houston, said the two boys were left unsupervized with a 9-year-old boy in an apartment. "The child is not in danger of dying, but he’s still listed as critical," Texas City Police Captain Joe Stanton said.

Two killed in botched robbery of marijuana grow in California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:14
By Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Seven robbers invaded a Central California house used by pot growers and engaged the occupants in a gun battle that killed two of the attackers, while some of their accomplices briefly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl, police said on Friday. Authorities have arrested three of the suspected robbers from the attack on the home on Thursday in a rural farming community near Fresno, and police said they are investigating whether to bring charges against the marijuana growers. The robbery illustrates the dangers associated with large-scale marijuana operations, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims told a news conference. Medical marijuana is allowed in California, but authorities said it was not immediately clear if the house was used to grow pot for that market.

Cash-stuffed bra lands Florida woman in trouble at airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:11
Victoria Faren, 78, is being asked to forfeit about $40,000 in cash she hid in her clothing and carry-on baggage while trying to board a flight from Detroit to the Philippines in April. Customs officers got suspicious when Faren first declared having $200 in cash but later said the amount was $1,200, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court on Friday.

US judge threatens to find Argentina in contempt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:09
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge threatened to hold Argentina in contempt of court Friday for continuing to make "false and misleading" statements about its financial crisis, though he quickly added he most desires a peaceful negotiated end to a long-running debt dispute.

Judge rejects $324.5M settlement of tech wage case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:01
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block their top employees from getting better job offers.

U.S. judge declines to stop North Carolina's election law changes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:55
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge refused on Friday to halt North Carolina's overhauled election law ahead of the midterm vote this November, allowing the provisions, decried by critics as discriminatory, to remain in effect - at least temporarily. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled that opponents who sued to block the law had failed to show they were likely to suffer irreparable harm if the sweeping changes stayed in place until a trial set for July 2015. Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department and civil rights groups argued at a hearing in Winston-Salem last month that a preliminary injunction was needed to protect African Americans and young voters from having their ballot access unreasonably restricted or denied. The state's Republican-led legislature in 2013 shortened North Carolina's early voting period by seven days, ended same-day registration, banned provisional ballots cast outside the correct precinct from being counted and ended a program allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote.

El Salvador robbery suspect arrested in California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:52
REDWOOD CITY, California (AP) — Authorities in California say they've arrested a man who's wanted in El Salvador for his alleged involvement with a gang that hijacked military and police arms shipments and used them to rob banks.

Death of Reagan press secretary James Brady ruled a homicide: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:48

Former White House Press Secretary James Brady gives a thumbs-up to everyone as he visits the White House press briefing room in Washington in this file photoBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia medical examiner has ruled the death of former White House press secretary James Brady a homicide resulting from the 1981 assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan, a Washington police spokesman said on Friday. Police are investigating Brady's death on Monday as a homicide because of the ruling, Officer Hugh Carew said. Brady, then Reagan's press secretary, was shot in the head by John Hinckley during the assassination attempt against Reagan in 1981.

Center of Iselle lashes Hawaii's Big Island with wind, rain

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:45
The center of Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday, bringing strong winds and heavy rain, knocking down trees and causing power outages ahead of a more powerful storm gathering strength behind it. While Iselle weakened into a tropical storm before reaching the islands, it was being closely followed by Julio, a Category 3 hurricane set to reach the area as early as Sunday morning - although the latest forecasts showed it tracking just north of the archipelago. As Iselle bore down, more than 1,200 people flocked to evacuation shelters across the Big Island, according to County of Hawaii Civil Defense, as heavy rains and strong winds pummeled eastern areas of the island from Puna to Hilo.

Rare California redwood saved from ax is replanted

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:45
COTATI, Calif. (AP) — A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city has been safely replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

Phila. team a step closer to Little League World Series

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:43

Phila. team a step closer to Little League World SeriesThe Taney Dragons, a baseball team from Philadelphia, is now one step closer to going to the Little League World Series.

Sheriff: Suspect in girl's death likely got muddy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:27

Jenise Paulette WrightSEATTLE (AP) — The person who might be responsible for a 6-year-old Washington girl's death would have been "covered in mud" afterward, and authorities on Friday asked the public to report anyone who fit that description over the weekend.

Feds: East Texas man's murky death tied to drugs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:26

This undated file handout photo provided by the Wright Family shows Alfred Wright of Jasper, Texas. Officials on Friday Aug. 8, 2014, announced the indictment of Shane Dewayne Hadnot for selling drugs resulting in the death of Wright. (AP Photo/The Wright Family, File)DALLAS (AP) — Almost a year after Alfred Wright left his pickup at an East Texas grocery store and disappeared into the woods, authorities have charged a man for selling the drugs they say caused his death.

US cool to Argentina world court bid over default

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — An attempt by Argentina to sue the U.S. in the world court appears unlikely to get off the ground.