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Woman treads water for 3 hours in Lake Mead storm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:07
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Henderson woman who became separated from her family and jet ski when a sudden storm whipped up 8-foot-tall swells on Lake Mead treaded water for more than three hours before she was rescued Tuesday, National Parks Service officials said.

1 year later, no new abortion rules in N. Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:05
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Abortion rights advocates in North Carolina say they are in the dark about new rules required by a year-old law that they fear could effectively shut down many of the state's clinics.

House Republicans seek CDC documents on anthrax scare

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:01

The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in AtlantaCongressional Republicans asked the Obama administration on Wednesday to provide documents related to last month's anthrax scare at a U.S. lab facility, where more than 80 people were initially feared to be exposed to the deadly pathogen. In a series of letters, top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked for the results of several Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab inspections and audits of potential weaknesses in biosecurity protocols dating back to October 2007. "How many suspected exposures to select agents and/or toxins have been reported at CDC since October 2007? How many actual exposures have been reported," said the July 9 letter to CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden signed by three Republican panel members including Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan.


Probation for official who stole $460K in quarters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:52

Thomas Rica, a former employee of the Village of Ridgewood, N.J., appears for his sentencing Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Hackensack, N.J. Rica, who admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters over two years, has been spared a prison term. A judge instead sentenced Rica to five years of probation. (AP Photo/Northjersey.com, Carmine Glasso, Pool)HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — The former public works inspector for a northern New Jersey town who admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters over two years has been spared a prison term.


Hanford workers test thousands of air samples

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:44
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem, Hanford officials said Wednesday.

Judge declares mistrial in 'Thunder' shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:41
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the case of a Las Vegas man accused of firing a gun backstage and trying to steal costumes and props from the "Thunder From Down Under" male revue.

Police: Upper Darby bedroom intruder arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:40

 Upper Darby bedroom intruder arrestedPolice say they have arrested the man who was allegedly found sneaking in to women's bedrooms in Upper Darby.


Texas robbery suspect sets himself on fire, then is shot by police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:39
Police in a Dallas suburb shot a suspected burglar after he poured a flammable material on his clothing and set himself on fire on Wednesday outside a chicken wing restaurant, a city official said. Three officers also suffered severe burns including one who had to be airlifted to a hospital for emergency care, said Corky Brown, a spokesman for Cedar Hill, the suburb southwest of Dallas where the incident took place. The suspect, who was brandishing a bottle of what appeared to be gasoline, entered the restaurant and then quickly exited engulfed in flames, witness Robert Gonzales told Dallas broadcaster WFAA.

Woman, 92, assaulted in Cobbs Creek home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:39

Woman, 92, assaulted in Cobbs Creek home invasionPolice are looking for two suspects after a 92-year-old woman was assaulted during a home invasion in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia.


New York police see risks with drones' popularity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:36

FILE - This March 12, 2014, file photo shows a drone flown by Brian Wilson, landing after flying over the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. Even though it's illegal to fly the devices just about anywhere in New York City without permission, the incidents and breathtaking videos of Manhattan's steel-and-glass canyons and sweeping skyline photos suggest that the restrictions are being widely flouted. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — One private drone crash-landed in midtown Manhattan. Another caused alarm by hovering over Times Square amid tight security during Super Bowl week. Most recently, authorities say, another had a close brush with a police helicopter near the George Washington Bridge.


Threatened chicken delays Texas spaceflight plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:32
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — The mating habits of a threatened species of chicken have postponed a West Texas city's plans for spaceflight.

Slain sniper author didn't fear Ventura lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:30

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, right, made his way back into Warren E. Burger Federal Building during the first day of jury selection in a defamation lawsuit, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. Ventura filed the defamation lawsuit against the Chris Kyle estate, claiming that Kyle's account of a bar fight in a book he wrote was false. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jurors in Jesse Ventura's defamation case on Wednesday watched video testimony from a slain military sniper, who said he didn't fear being sued for claiming in his autobiography that he had punched the former Minnesota governor inside a bar.


Exclusive: U.S. grills suspects in new strategy to build bank laundering cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:28
By Brett Wolf ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors are using a new tactic to crack down on banks that fail to fight money laundering: systematically asking suspects in a wide range of criminal cases to help them follow the money back to their bankers. The efforts are paying off in probes of banks and other financial institutions now filling the prosecution pipeline, according to Jonathan Lopez, who last month left his post as deputy chief of the Justice Department’s Money Laundering and Bank Integrity Unit (MLBIU). "Asking criminals the simple question 'Who is moving your money?' can lead the Department of Justice to a financial institution's doorstep," said Lopez, who declined to identify specific targets. The four-year-old MLBIU, which includes a dozen prosecutors, is responsible for insuring that financial institutions adhere to U.S. laws including the main U.S. anti-money laundering law, the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).

Hagel says nuclear operation has drifted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:26

FILE - This July 3, 2014 file photo shows Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaking at the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Hagel told naval submariners on Wednesday that the U.S. has let its focus on the military’s nuclear responsibilities drift a bit, but two reviews are wrapping up and he will be looking at recommendations to strengthen the health of the force. Speaking at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Hagel said more attention must be paid to the nuclear forces as key to national security. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)KINGS BAY, Georgia (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told naval submariners on Wednesday that the U.S. has let its focus on the military's nuclear responsibilities drift a bit, but two reviews are wrapping up and he will be looking at recommendations to strengthen the health of the force.


Car ends up in pond in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:16

Car ends up in pond in DelawareDelaware State Police are investigating an accident in which a car was driven into a retention pond.


Nuclear plant tests thousands of air samples

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:15
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Officials say about 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem.

Police: Suspected carjacker crashes into DART bus in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:12

 Suspected carjacker crashes into DART bus in WilmingtonPolice say a suspected carjacker crashed into a DART bus in Wilmington, Delaware Wednesday morning.


Florida cat owners call 911 after Russian blue 'freaked out'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:01

Kush the cat is seen in a cage at the local police station in DeLand, Florida in this handout picture from the DeLand Police DepartmentBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Florida (Reuters) - Kush the cat was quarantined in central Florida after her owner called 911 over the weekend for help, saying the ferocious feline had her trapped in her home. She’s got us trapped in our bedroom,” Teresa Gregory, 50, told the emergency police dispatcher, according to the record of the call.


Judge: Colorado gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:57
DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado has struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

Colorado judge strikes down state's gay marriage ban but puts ruling on hold

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:55
DENVER (AP) — Colorado judge strikes down state's gay marriage ban but puts ruling on hold.