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FBI briefing contract removes reference to 'tonality' of news coverage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 23:52
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has removed a reference to the "tonality" of news coverage from a solicitation for a contractor to summarize news reports about the agency. The FBI had sought to hire a contractor who would grade news reports and brief staff on whether press coverage was favorable. The amended version also removed requirements that the contractor record such details as date of the coverage and the overall impact of news coverage. "This news briefing service shall be broad in scope, comprehensive in nature, and shall allow FBI executives and other employees to keep current on media coverage of the FBI," the contracting document said.

PHOTOS: Mother killed, Amber Alert issued in Drexel Hill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 23:43

 Mother killed, Amber Alert issued in Drexel HillAuthorities issued an Amber Alert after a 31-year-old woman was murdered and her husband fled with the couple's 2 young sons.


Body of US general arrives at Dover Air Force Base

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 23:40

In this March 3, 2011 photo provided by the U.S. Army, Brig. Gen. Harold Greene, right, speaks beside Gen. Ann Dunwoody at the Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass. Maj. Gen. Greene, the two-star Army general who on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, became the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in either of America's post-9/11 wars, was an engineer who rose through the ranks as an expert in developing and fielding the Army's war materiel. He was on his first deployment to a war zone.(AP Photo/U.S. Army, David Kamm)DOVER, Del. (AP) — The body of a two-star general killed in an Afghan "insider attack" has arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.


Chief admits involvement in LAPD horse deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 23:27
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has acknowledged his involvement in the department's $6,000 purchase of a horse from his daughter.

17-year-old charged with murder in motel tub death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 23:05

This booking photo provided by the Houston Police Department shows Carlos Mercado. Mercado has been charged with murder in the slaying of a 35-year-old man whose beaten and stabbed body was found in a Houston motel bathtub. (AP Photo/Houston Police Department)HOUSTON (AP) — A teenager has been charged with murder in the slaying of a 35-year-old man whose beaten and stabbed body was found in a Houston motel bathtub.


Hawaii airline cancels inter-island flights

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 22:55

This image provided by NOAA taken Thursday Aug. 7, 2014 at 2 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Iselle, left and Hurricane Julio. Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't _ and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years. The center of Hurricane Iselle is expected to pass very near or over the Big Island Thursday night and just south of the smaller islands Friday. Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours however Iselle is still expected to be near hurricane strength as it impacts the Big Island. (AP Photo/NOAA)HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii inter-island commuter airline has canceled flights ahead of hurricanes bearing down on the state.


Golfers charged with fighting after arguing rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 22:54
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Two golfers have been charged with assault after they came to blows while arguing about the rules at a Pennsylvania course, and one of them allegedly hit the other in the head with a 3-wood, police said.

LA porn permits fall but films keep being produced

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 22:50

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2002 file photo, adult actors Dasha and Eric Masterson prepare for a scene for the Vivid Video adult film "The Alley," in Chatsworth, a part of the San Fernando Valley within Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County, for years the Porn Capital of the Country, records reveal only 20 permits to make adult films have been acquired in 2014 so far. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — It has been known as the nation's porn capital for years, but if recent film-permit records are to be believed, fewer than three adult movies a month are being made in Los Angeles County this year.


Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.14 percent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 22:37

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.14 percentWASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but remained near their lows for the year.


Police: Apparent slaying suspect dead; 2 boys safe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 22:30

Investigators work the scene of a homicide ThursdayDREXEL HILL, Pa. (AP) — Two children taken from a Philadelphia-area home after a woman was slain 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.


Correction: Child Stabbed-Playground story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 22:29
KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — In stories Aug. 5 and 6 about the stabbing death of a 9-year-old boy, The Associated Press, relying on information from Kentwood police, misspelled the victim's middle name. His name was Michael Connor Verkerke, not Michael Conner Verkerke.

NY racing chief meets goals, gets $250K bonus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 22:10
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The head of the New York Racing Association is getting a $250,000 bonus a year after taking over the state-controlled operator of three thoroughbred tracks.

Poland speeds up arms deal citing Ukraine conflict

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:50
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's defense ministry says it is accelerating the tender process for its acquisition of new combat helicopters due to the armed conflict in neighboring Ukraine.

New Jersey officer probed for criticizing Obama

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:48
HELMETTA, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer is under investigation after he was videotaped making comments about President Barack Obama and the Constitution.

Officials: Woman sneaked onto flight after 3 tries

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:47

This combination of four 2014 booking photos released by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office shows Marilyn Hartman. Federal law enforcement officials say Hartman tried at least three times to breach airport security before she was able to get through a checkpoint without a boarding pass at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman who took a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles without a ticket tried at least three times that day to breach airport security before she managed to board the plane, federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday.


US jobless aid applications fell to 289,000

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:44

In this photo taken Wednesday, July 16, 2014, job seekers check out the opportunities at a Hiring Fair For Veterans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, as jobless claims remain at relatively low levels that point toward stronger economic growth.


Jury resumes deliberations in porch shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:42

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) — Jurors have returned for their first full day of deliberations in the trial of a Detroit-area man who argued self-defense in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman on his porch.


Relative: Boy voiced love after playground attack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:27

a vigil for Michael Connor Verkerke, 9KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A relative says some of the last words from a 9-year-old boy who died after being stabbed on a Michigan playground were about how much he loved his family.


Judges weigh gay marriage cases from 4 states

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:26

Hundreds of gay marriage supporters rally on Fountain Square, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati. Three judges of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati are set to hear arguments Wednesday in six gay marriage fights from four states, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) — Judges Martha Craig Daughtrey and Deborah L. Cook made it clear fairly quickly they stood on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage debate. Their colleague, Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, however, gave fewer hints as to where he may come down when the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decides the fate of gay marriage bans in four states.


Bumpy road to Grand Canyon Skywalk now paved

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:26

FILE - In this March 20, 2007 file photo, people walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. A ceremony is planned Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 to mark completion of a newly-paved road which leads to the Skywalk. Known as the Diamond Bar Road, the once rugged, nine-mile washboard road cost more than $30 million to finish and came after years of legal battles with a local dude rancher. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Getting to the Grand Canyon Skywalk used to include a teeth-chattering drive over a washboard road fraught with dips and twists.