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Mother of boys found in squalid Denver home pleads guilty to child abuse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 05:22
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The mother of four young boys who were found inside a squalid Denver home suffering from malnutrition and unable to speak except by grunts pleaded guilty on Friday to felony child abuse, prosecutors said. Lorinda Bailey, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse, and in exchange prosecutors dropped six other child abuse counts, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office. Bailey and her common-law husband, Wayne Sperling, 66, were arrested in October and charged with abusing their sons, aged 2, 4, 5 and 6, after police found them living amid animal waste in an east Denver apartment teeming with flies. According to an affidavit filed by Denver police in support of the couple's arrest, law enforcement were alerted to the situation when Bailey took the 2-year-old to an emergency room after he suffered a head laceration.

Former candidate for governor arrested in shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 05:21

This undated photo released by the Fresno County Sheriff's Office shows Tye "Glenn" Champ. Champ, who ran for governor of California earlier this year, has been arrested on suspicion of shooting his neighbor in the stomach and killing a horse, officials said Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Fresno County Sheriff's Office)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man who ran an unlikely campaign for governor of California earlier this year has been arrested on suspicion of shooting his neighbor in the stomach and killing a horse, officials said Friday.


Pentagon: New round of airstrikes near Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 05:18

 New round of airstrikes near IraqThe U.S. launched two more airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Friday, hitting a vehicle convoy and two mortar positions, the Pentagon said.


Oklahoma says bodies found in lake solve decades-old disappearance cases

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 05:10
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Authorities on Friday released the names of two of the six people whose bodies were discovered in two cars in an Oklahoma lake by police testing sonar equipment, ending decades-old disappearance cases. The bodies were of Jimmy Allen Williams, 16, who went missing in 1970 and Cleburn Hammack, 42, who went missing in 1969, the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's office said. The bodies were pulled out from two cars, a 1952 Chevrolet and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, discovered in western Oklahoma's Foss Lake in September. Williams, Thomas Michael Rios, 18, and Leah Gail Johnson, 18, were last seen in Williams' Camaro on their way to a football game in Elk City on Nov. 20, 1970, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

Police examine suspect's motives in baby killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 05:08
FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of fatally stabbing his infant cousin and critically wounding his aunt before being shot and killed by a police officer in Northern California might have wanted to die at the hands of police, authorities said Friday.

Reward up to $51K in Pennypack Park murder case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 05:01

Reward up to $51K in Pennypack Park murder caseA total of $51,000 in reward money is now being offered in connection with the murder of a mother of two in Pennypack Park.


Woman found after overnight search, details scarce

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:58
BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old Michigan woman who went missing after reporting she'd stopped to check on a person lying in a roadside ditch has been found alive in suburban Detroit.

Former executive testifies in ex-Va. gov trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:50
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A wealthy businessman who showered former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife with thousands of dollars in gifts and loans made a major error in judgment, one of his associates said Friday.

Federal government says Virginia schools restrained, isolated students

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:40
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education has concluded that two Virginia public schools denied the right of education to emotionally disabled students after discovering teachers had frequently secluded and restrained them. The department wrote in a July 29 letter of findings that it had entered an accord with the two public schools in Prince William County, PACE East and PACE West, to correct the problems. The schools are for students with serious emotional and behavioral problems. According to the letter from the department's Office for Civil Rights, school employees in some cases physically forced students to lie face down on the floor or put them into solitary padded areas.

US doctor, aid worker appear to be improving

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:33
ATLANTA (AP) — An American doctor infected with Ebola while working in Liberia indicated Friday he's getting stronger every day, and the husband of a second aid worker with the deadly virus said his wife also seems to be improving.

Man pleads not guilty to abuse at Kenya orphanage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:30
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma teen has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya.

US stocks gain on signs of easing Ukraine tension

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:25

FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011 photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 as investors weigh gains in productivity against worsening geopolitical concerns. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing higher as investors were relieved by reports of easing tensions between Ukraine and Russia.


Yazidis' mix of beliefs misunderstood, maligned

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:22
The Yazidis are a small, misunderstood and long-persecuted religious sect rooted in the town of Sinjar, in northern Iraq, and in parts of Syria and Turkey.

Train derailment near casino in Bethlehem

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:22

Train derailment near casino in BethlehemOfficials in the Lehigh Valley are investigating a train derailment near a casino in Bethlehem.


Growing wildfire threatens hundreds more homes in Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:21
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A fast-spreading wildfire threatened 740 dwellings in northern Oregon on Friday after destroying a home and five other buildings overnight in what officials said could be one of the state's worst blazes for years. About 600 households have already been evacuated from the path of the so-called Rowena Fire, which has almost doubled in size since Thursday and is burning to around 3,400 acres in the scenic Columbia River Gorge. In Oregon alone some 4,600 firefighters are battling a dozen blazes across more than 105,000 acres of forests and grasslands. "This is shaping up to be one of the more active fire seasons we think we will see in decades," Alisa Cour, a spokeswoman for crews fighting the Rowena Fire, said on Friday.

Mother of 3 kids killed in Philly carjacking dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:11

FILE - In this July 25, 2014, file photo, an investigator examines a heavily damaged SUV before it is towed from the scene of a fatal accident in north Philadelphia. The mother of three children killed when the SUV that police said was carjacked and crashed into a group on a north Philadelphia corner last month has died, officials said Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mother of three children killed when a carjacked sport utility vehicle crashed into a group selling fruit on a street corner for a church fundraiser has died, officials said Friday.


US reviewing ivory rule after bagpipes are seized

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:09
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review its rules about ivory imports after two New Hampshire teenagers' bagpipes were seized at the Canadian border, a spokesman said Friday.

A Q&A on changes coming to FICO credit scores

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:08
NEW YORK (AP) — There are changes coming to FICO, a broadly used credit score, that may mean higher credit scores for many consumers. Banks, credit card issuers, auto lenders and other businesses use those scores to decide whether to lend to consumers and how much interest to charge them. A higher score could get you better terms on loans for cars and homes.

Hawaiian refineries running as Iselle brings wind, rain

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 04:05
(Reuters) - Hawaii's two refineries continued operating on Friday as Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on the archipelago's Big Island, the companies said. The refineries on the island of Oahu, about 187 miles (300 km) northwest of the Big Island, were monitoring weather conditions and taking precautions. "We are continuing to operate the refinery at moderate throughput," said Lance Tanaka, spokesman for Par Petroleum Corp's 94,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery in Kapolei near Honolulu, the larger of the two plants. Chevron Corp said it would adjust operations at its 54,000-bpd Honolulu plant accordingly if necessary.

Destructive Oregon wildfire threatens homes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 03:45

This Aug. 2, 2014 satellite image provided by NASA shows a view from space of several fires burning in northern California and southern Oregon. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured the image. Red outlines show where high surface temperatures are associated with active burning. Authorities said Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, the wildfire burning in Oregon's wind-swept Columbia River Gorge has destroyed a home, damaged two others and is threatening 740 more. All graphic material is in the original image from the source. The horizontal line in the upper third of the photo is the Oregon-California border. (AP Photo/NASA)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say the wildfire burning in Oregon's wind-swept Columbia River Gorge has destroyed a home, damaged two others and is threatening 740 more.