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Detroit boy, 11, charged in shooting death of 3-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:06
Prosecutors said that while visiting his father's house, the 11-year-old took a handgun from a bedroom closet and threw it out of a bedroom window into the backyard. The boy then retrieved the gun and entered a car parked in the backyard, prosecutors said in a statement.

Last Madoff defendant gets 6 months in prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:01
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge sentenced the last defendant in the Bernard Madoff case on Wednesday to six months in prison, marking the end of a prosecution that lasted more than six years and dispelled claims by the disgraced financier that he acted alone in pulling off his epic Ponzi scheme that bilked investors of billions.

Diplomat: US-Russia agree to act on Syria chemical attacks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:01
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Russia have reached agreement on a draft United Nations resolution aimed at identifying the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria so they can be brought to justice, two Security Council diplomats said Wednesday.

Bondsmen mistakenly storm Phoenix police chief's home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
PHOENIX (AP) — Nearly a dozen bondsmen looking for a fugitive in Phoenix ended up at the home of the city's top cop, police said Wednesday.

Pentagon's new blood-tracking system is a bust

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:59

U.S. MAJ. David R. King MD, Chief of Surgical Services of 125 BSB Forward Surgical Team Task Force Mustang, controls his patience after he operated on him in Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar provinceBy Scot J. Paltrow NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Defense Department system for tracking and helping speed blood supplies to combat field hospitals does not work, threatening to cause blood shortages for wounded soldiers, according to a Defense Department Inspector General report. The Theater Blood Application, introduced in 2011, is now in use at more than 249 sites, Defense Health Agency spokesman Kevin Dwyer said.

Judge orders Texas to recognize spouse on same-sex death certificate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:56
A U.S. judge on Wednesday ordered Texas officials to recognize on a state death certificate the surviving spouse in a same-sex marriage whose husband died earlier this year. The case comes as states such as Texas, which had barred same-sex marriage, grapple with changes brought by the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that made gay marriage legal in the United States. Texas, where Republican leaders have tried to push back against gay marriage, had balked at recognizing John Stone-Hoskins as the surviving spouse on the death certificate of James Stone-Hoskins, according to court documents.

Real estate heir Durst's weapons trial postponed to January

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:55
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has postponed real estate heir Robert Durst's trial until next year.

Coal protesters, firm still battle over song lyrics in suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:54
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The lyrics of a more than 40-year-old strip-mining protest song still amount to fighting words in Wyoming, where a lawsuit pits environmentalists against one of the nation's largest coal mining companies.

SEC requires companies to reveal CEO-vs-worker pay gap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:54

FILE - This June 19, 2015 file photo shows the seal of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at SEC headquarters, in Washington. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 voted to order most public companies to disclose the ratio between their chief executives' annual compensation and median, or midpoint, employee pay. The new rule will take effect starting in 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have approved a long-delayed rule requiring companies to reveal the pay gap between CEOs and their employees.

Texas AG faces contempt hearing over gay marriage rights

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:49
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton must explain why he should not be held in contempt for enforcing state laws that impede gay marriage rights after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision, a federal judge ordered Wednesday.

1 man charged after report of shooting on National Mall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:45

Members of the U.S. Park Police investigates the site of a reported shooting near the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. U.S. Park Police say they believe someone fired shots from a vehicle on the National Mall, a broad expanse of parkland in the heart of the U.S. capital. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Park Police say a man has been charged after a gun was fired inside a car on the National Mall.

Sheriff: Man arrested for noises near Camp Shelby; still investigating whether it was gunfire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:42
NEW AUGUSTA, Miss. (AP) — Sheriff: Man arrested for noises near Camp Shelby; still investigating whether it was gunfire.

Mother of youngest theater victim: 'I don't know who I am'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:38

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2015, file photo, Ian Sullivan holds up a collage memorializing his late 6-year-old daughter Veronica, who was killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theatre massacre, at Sullivan's home in Evergreen, Colo. Veronica was the youngest person killed in the attack. Her mother, Ashley Moser, thought she was taking her daughter to a cartoon movie and worried that Veronica would be frightened when she realized it was an action movie, friends said. Moser testified that she stood up to take her daughter out of the theater when the shooting started, but Veronica’s hand slipped out of hers. Moser said she then felt a pain in her chest and fell, unable to move. Moser was left paralyzed and suffered a miscarriage. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado movie theater massacre robbed Ashley Moser of her 6-year-old daughter, her unborn child and even her identity.

Suspected Gunman Killed at Tennessee Movie Theater

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:37
Police confirmed a suspect had died.

2 injured in school bus crash in Bordentown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:36

2 injured in school bus crash in BordentownTwo people were hospitalized after a crash involving two school buses in Bordentown, New Jersey.

Victim's daughter says family 'broken' by Colorado movie gunman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:34
The teenage daughter of a Colorado movie rampage victim broke down repeatedly on Wednesday as she described how she saw her father murdered beside her, and told jurors how her family was "broken" by James Holmes' 2012 massacre. "I'm a mess up here," Cierra Cowden sobbed on the witness stand. The jury has heard from more than a dozen victims in two days of testimony in the penalty phase of Holmes' trial.

Arkansas AG: Unclear whether JPs must officiate gay weddings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:25
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — It's unclear whether courts would require a justice of the peace to officiate over a same-sex wedding, even though clerks are required to issue licenses to gay couples, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Wednesday.

Clerk sues Kentucky governor over gay marriage directive

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:23
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky clerk, sued for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has filed her own lawsuit against the governor, claiming he trampled her religious freedom by telling all clerks that they must either issue licenses or resign.

Alaska woman in good condition after bear mauling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:19
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two employees of an Alaska backcountry lodge startled an adult grizzly bear while running on a trail in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. The bear stepped out of thick brush and mauled one woman while the other ran for help.

Ohio proposal seeks to drug test some welfare applicants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 06:12
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Welfare applicants in Ohio would be screened and tested for illegal drugs under a bill introduced Wednesday in the state legislature.