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Founder of Maine elephant refuge trampled to death by elephant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:09
(Reuters) - The founder of a Maine sanctuary for old and injured elephants was trampled to death by one of the elephants under his care, the company, Hope Elephants, and local media said on Tuesday. Jim Laurita, 56, was found dead inside the animals' enclosure at his Hope Elephant facility in Hope, Maine, on Tuesday, the Bangor Daily News reported. The Maine medical examiner's office said Laurita died of asphyxiation after his chest was crushed and that his death was accidental, the Daily News said. ...

Massachusetts, Rhode Island Democrats nominate women for governor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:56

A woman arriving at a polling station walks past an enlarged copy of the democratic primary ballot in primary election day in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Democrats in Massachusetts and Rhode Island picked female candidates to represent their party in November gubernatorial elections, setting the stage for either state to possibly elect its first woman governor. In New Hampshire and Delaware, voters picked Republican challengers to Democratic incumbents in the U.S. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Rhode Island state Treasurer Gina Raimondo won competitive primaries, with Coakley going on to face Republican businessman Charlie Baker and Raimondo up against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung. They don't." Some Massachusetts Democrats had expressed wariness about Coakley's chances in November after her stunning 2010 loss to Scott Brown in a race to fill the U.S.


Memorial held for slain Philadelphia grad student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:45

Memorial held for slain Philadelphia grad studentIt was a standing room only crowd at the Art Institute of Philadelphia to honor the memory of 23-year-old grad student Laura Araujo.


AccuWeather: Sunshine Returns Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:41

 Sunshine Returns WednesdayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a midweek warmup followed by storms.


Police: Church burglars found in ductwork

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:38

 Church burglars found in ductworkWilmington police say church burglary suspects were going after a higher power, meaning the copper wiring on the roof.


Trump casinos file for bankruptcy; Taj Mahal may close

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:36

Trump casinos file for bankruptcy; Taj Mahal may closeTrump Entertainment Resorts filed for bankruptcy Tuesday and threatened to shut down the Taj Mahal Casino Resort, which would make it the fifth Atlantic City casino to close this year.


Atlantic City police shoot and kill armed man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:34

Atlantic City police shoot and kill armed manThe Atlantic County prosecutor has confirmed that police officers shot and killed a man in Atlantic City Tuesday afternoon.


DA: Bodies of 5 missing S.C. children found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:30

This Sunday, Sept. 6, 2014 photo made available by the Smith County Sheriff's Office shows Timothy Ray Jones Jr. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, authorities said the father of five children whose bodies were found in Alabama has been charged with child neglect and that other charges are pending. (AP Photo/Smith County Sheriff's Office)A district attorney says the bodies of five children missing from South Carolina have been found in rural Alabama. The children's father is in custody.


Ferguson reforms met with rancor at city meeting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:12
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Efforts by city leaders in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer to repair the local government's fractured relationship with its residents got off to a rocky start Tuesday at the first public meeting of elected officials since Michael Brown's death.

Detroit, key bankruptcy plan opponent reach deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:51

Detroit, key bankruptcy plan opponent reach dealDETROIT (AP) — Detroit has reached a tentative deal to pay a key creditor 26 cents on the dollar and offer it valuable leases, a move that that could clear the biggest hurdle in the city's plan to reduce its debts and emerge from bankruptcy protection.


News Guide: Highlights of primary elections

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:48

Scott Brown, a former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, greets volunteers at his campaign headquarters Tuesday Sept. 9, 2014, in Manchester, N.H. Brown moved to New Hampshire and is seeking the Republican party nomination for U.S. Senate hoping to unseat Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.


Police: Teenager jumps on train to elude officers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:48

 Teenager jumps on trains to elude officersA bizarre police chase on SEPTA's Market-Frankford El ended with a suspect trying to elude police by jumping on top of trains.


Cougar that injured boy in California tracked for third day

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:31
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Game wardens and hounds combed steep, wooded canyons and ravines for a third day near California's Silicon Valley on Tuesday, searching for a mountain lion that injured a 6-year-old boy, but the cat has so far evaded trackers, wildlife officials said. The boy was hiking a trail with family and friends on Sunday in a densely wooded preserve adjacent to a winery, just west of the town of Cupertino, when the mountain lion pounced on him and tried to drag the child away, his parents told officials. Kirsten Macintyre, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the boy has since been released and was home with his family, who officials have not publicly identified. A team of sheriff's deputies, game wardens and a tracker with dogs immediately mounted a search for the lion, which resumed after daybreak on Monday and was extended into Tuesday with the addition of a second tracking crew, Macintyre said.

#WhyIStayed: Ways victims react to domestic violence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:26

#WhyIStayed: Ways victims react to domestic violenceIt's a personal encounter that has become very public, but it's not an isolated problem.


Buffett lends Rosa Parks archive to US library

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of items from civil rights icon Rosa Parks that were long kept hidden away in a New York warehouse will have a new home at the Library of Congress for the next 10 years.

Live traps set for mountain lion that attacked boy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:58
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wildlife crews in Northern California added an extra live trap Tuesday in their ongoing search to catch a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy.

Sheriff, slain Tenn. woman's family address media

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:53

A poster offering a reward for information in the disappearance of Holly Bobo is displayed in a store window in Parsons, Tenn., on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. The remains of Bobo, a nursing student who has been missing since April 2011, were found Sunday not far from her home in Parsons, according to officials. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dense woods where the remains of a Tennessee woman were discovered by two hunters had been searched by air and ground when she vanished three years ago but no signs of the nursing student were found, a sheriff said Tuesday.


Security clearance contractor to lose gov't work

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor that was targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company officials said Tuesday. The computer network intrusion compromised the personal files of as many as 25,000 government workers.

Venezuela inflation rises to 63 percent in August

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:49
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's central bank has announced that the South American country's inflation rate is continuing its upward march.

DA: Bodies of 5 missing S.C. children found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:48

This Sunday, Sept. 6, 2014 photo made available by the Smith County Sheriff's Office shows Timothy Ray Jones Jr. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, authorities said the father of five children whose bodies were found in Alabama has been charged with child neglect and that other charges are pending. (AP Photo/Smith County Sheriff's Office)A district attorney says the bodies of five children missing from South Carolina have been found in rural Alabama. The children's father is in custody.