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Homeowner convicted of killing woman on porch

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

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.


Florida lawmakers propose minor changes to congressional maps

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:27
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida lawmakers proposed on Thursday new congressional maps that made minimal changes to the boundaries a judge had found unconstitutional, in a ruling that raised the possibility of election delays in upcoming midterm races. Legislators reconvened for a hastily called special session under court orders to submit new boundaries for two of the state’s 27 U.S. congressional districts. Leaders opened with a proposal offering mostly minor tweaks to the boundaries rejected last month by Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis, who found the Republican-controlled Legislature had improperly rigged the maps to protect the party's majority in Washington. In question are the districts represented by north Florida Democrat Corrine Brown and Orlando-area Republican Daniel Webster, which were found to violate a voter-approved mandate that prohibited legislators from protecting incumbents.

Western farmers take hit from Russia food ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian diners will not be able to find creamy Dutch cheeses or juicy Polish apples in the grocery store or cook up chicken from the United States — the result of a Russian ban on most food imports from the West.

Del. officials find remains of 9 Jonestown victims

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

Del. officials find remains of 9 Jonestown victimsPolice say the cremated remains of nine victims of a 1978 mass cult suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, have turned up in a former funeral home in Delaware.


Chemicals found in New Castle water wells

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:22

Chemicals found in New Castle water wellsThere are new concerns over the drinking water in New Castle, Delaware after testing revealed traces of toxic chemicals in the city's well lines.


Poultry firms: Russia ban has little impact on US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:20
Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.

County Fair-goers: We were fed pot-laced chocolate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:19
DENVER (AP) — Three people say they were drugged after eating a chocolate bar that wasn't supposed to have marijuana in it at the Denver County Fair's new pot pavilion, and one of them has filed a lawsuit alleging the vendor was negligent.

Additional reward offered in Pennypack Park murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:19

Additional reward offered in Pennypack Park murderAs the investigation into the murder of a mother of two in Pennypack Park continues, an additional reward has been offered for the arrest of a suspect.


Sen. Walsh drops out of race amid plagiarism probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:18

This Tuesday, June 3, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., leaves the Capitol in Washington. A campaign spokeswoman says Walsh is taking personal time at his Helena home but declined to answer questions about whether he plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race amid allegations that he plagiarized a research paper. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,File)U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a 2007 research project he wrote for a master's degree, a Democrat close to the former National Guard commander's campaign said Thursday.


Additional reward offered in Pennypack Pack murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:17

Additional reward offered in Pennypack Park murderAs the investigation into the murder of a mother of two in Pennypack Park continues, an additional reward has been offered for the arrest of a suspect.


What's behind Hawaii's twin storms: Mostly luck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:11

This Aug. 5, 2014 satellite image provided by NASA shows two tropical Pacific Ocean hurricanes - Iselle at center and Julio at right - bearing down on Hawaii, top left. Hurricane Iselle is expected to reach Hawaii Thursday night, Aug. 7, 2014. Tracking close behind it is Hurricane Julio, which strengthened early Thursday into a Category 2 storm. (AP Photo/NASA)WASHINGTON (AP) — All sorts of weather factors came together for Hawaii's twin hurricane threat: stuck currents, an oddball brewing El Nino, slightly warmer water but mostly just bad luck.


U.S. Army ends questioning of ex-POW Bergdahl on capture by Taliban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:04

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The military completed its questioning of freed U.S. prisoner of war Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl on Thursday and a U.S. Army general must now recommend whether he should face charges over the circumstances that led to his capture by the Taliban. Bergdahl, who was released in May after five years of captivity in a controversial prisoner swap, was read his rights under military law, notifying him that he is a potential defendant in a criminal case. The questioning was "cordial" over two days by Major General Kenneth Dahl, who will now make a recommendation to the Pentagon on what punishment, if any, Bergdahl should face, Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, said in an interview.


Michigan porch shooter found guilty of second-degree murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:01

Theodore Wafer sits in the court room during his arraignment in Detroit, MichiganBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A white suburban Detroit homeowner was found guilty on Thursday of second-degree murder in the shooting of an unarmed black teen on his porch in a case that set off protests and fanned racial tensions. Theodore Wafer, 55, sat stone-faced, staring straight ahead as the jury delivered its verdict after less than two full days of deliberations. The airport maintenance worker faces up to life in prison for killing Renisha McBride, 19, with a shotgun blast through his locked screen door after he was awakened in the early hours of Nov. 2 by repeated, violent knocking on his door. Although the killing sparked protests in Dearborn Heights and comparisons to the 2012 Florida shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was also unarmed, race played little role in the 11-day trial.


Ohio official: Man shot at Wal-Mart had air rifle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:53
CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who was fatally shot by police in a Wal-Mart store in a Dayton suburb after officers say he waved a weapon at customers was carrying an air rifle, Ohio's attorney general said Thursday.

Correction: Teen Detained-No Fly List story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:52
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) — ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) — In a story July 18 about the U.S. government's no-fly list, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the government added more than 1.5 million names to the list in the last five years. The National Counterterrorism Center says the list has grown from about 550,000 people in March 2010 to 1.1 million people at the end of 2013. There have been 1.5 million nominations to the list, which can include both new names and updates or changes to existing names.

Husband of US Ebola patient surprised by critics

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:39
ATLANTA (AP) — The husband of the second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola and returned to the U.S. said he is astonished at the reactions of people who are critical of the couple for putting themselves in danger.

Thousands of stranded fish rescued in dry Nevada

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:21

Nevada Department of Wildlife volunteer coordinator Kim Toulouse holds one of the large fish salvaged from the Verdi Ditch just west of Reno on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. The 30-inch-long rainbow trout estimated to weigh about 10 pounds was among about 6,000 fish volunteers removed from irrigation ditches that have been cut off from Truckee River water supplies due to lingering drought. (AP Photo/Nevada Department of Wildlife)RENO, Nev. (AP) — Volunteers joined Nevada wildlife officials this week in a rescue mission to save thousands of stranded trout and other fish from irrigation ditches that have been cut off from Truckee River water supplies due to drought in the Reno area.


Former Marine paddles away 2 tours in Afghanistan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:17

Joshua Ploetz, a former Marine, canoes in the Mississippi River near Venice, La., Sunday, July 27, 2014. Ploetz, who has been dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, canoed the entire Mississippi River. The trip to the mouth of the river at the Gulf of Mexico would take 69 days, about 50 of them spent paddling. But Ploetz said he needed every inch of the more than 2,500-mile river to paddle away the demons of the war, or at least calm them a bit. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)VENICE, La. (AP) — Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz.


Detroit mayor announces water bill collection plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:08

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan speaks to the media during a news conference on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 in Detroit. Duggan announced the city will offer affordable payment plans to many delinquent customers. Detroit shut off water service to around 17,000 to 18,000 residential customers, about 10 percent of the roughly 170,000 total. About 60 percent to 70 percent have been restored, and officials said restorations continue. Shutoffs have been halted until Aug. 25. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Todd McInturf) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — Facing international criticism for mass water shutoffs aimed at resolving millions of dollars' worth of unpaid bills, Detroit's mayor announced Thursday the bankrupt city will offer affordable, consistent payment plans and financial assistance to many delinquent customers.


Florida boy killed by 2 family pit bulls

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 05:07
FANNING SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old north Florida boy is dead after two family pit bulls attacked him outside his home.