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In New Orleans, a 10-year sentence for Ray Nagin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:18

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leaves federal court, with his wife, Seletha Nagin, left, after being sentenced in New Orleans, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor, including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. He was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin's support for various projects. The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — He entered New Orleans City Hall as a cool and confident self-styled reformer, won fame there as a passionate, if profane, critic of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and exited under suspicion.


US unemployment aid applications fall to 304,000

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:18

FILE - This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department reports the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years.


Funeral set for Ohio priest convicted of murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:16
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A full funeral mass is planned for Friday for a Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun in northwest Ohio in 1980.

House side of US Capitol closed because of industrial spill; hazardous material team on site

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — House side of US Capitol closed because of industrial spill; hazardous material team on site.

Grandma sentenced after toddler drinks meth tea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:53
IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — A woman whose 2-year-old granddaughter drank methamphetamine-laced tea has pleaded guilty to child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.

US, China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:48

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with China's President Xi Jinping, right, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files.


Officers questioning man in Guard armory shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:43
LOBELVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A person of interest was being questioned Thursday after the fatal shooting of a longtime member of the National Guard at an armory that is usually locked, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Lockheed says F-35 investments will save $1.8 billion by 2019

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:36
Industry investment of $170 million over the next two years is expected to result in savings of $1.8 billion on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 program manager Lorraine Martin told reporters on Thursday. The Pentagon announced the "Blueprint for Affordability" initiative earlier, noting that Lockheed, the prime contractor for the program, and two main subcontractors, Northrop Grumman Corp and Britain's BAE Systems Plc, would recoup their investment and any profit only after the cost reductions were realized.

Factbox: Engine fire triggers new turbulence for Lockheed's F-35 jet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:30
Borne of the last downturn in U.S. military spending in the 1990s, Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was intended as a quick and affordable way for the United States and its allies to replace thousands of aging F-16s and other warplanes while avoiding the pitfalls of earlier programs. Following is a list of expected purchases of the F-35, according to data provided by Lockheed, the prime contractor for the program, and defense officials in the United States and other purchasing countries. Lockheed is developing three models of the plane for the U.S. military and eight partner countries that helped fund the plane's development - Britain, Australia, Italy, Turkey, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Canada. South Korea, Japan and Israel have also placed orders for the jet.

Shots fired on Passyunk Ave. Bridge in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:29

Shots fired on Passyunk Ave. Bridge in South PhiladelphiaPolice say shots were fired from a car on the westbound Passyunk Avenue Bridge in South Philadelphia early Thursday morning.


Celebrity dermatologist charged in drug scheme

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:25
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City dermatologist has been arrested and charged with writing fake prescriptions for painkillers using her patients' names and filling them.

Several unaccounted for after Mass. apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:50
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say several people are unaccounted for after an early morning fire in a Massachusetts apartment building.

China, US closer on North Korea, climate change

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:47

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with China's President Xi Jinping, right, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States on Thursday promised closer cooperation on climate change and North Korea, although China warned the U.S. not to take sides on its maritime disputes with Asian neighbors.


Kerry cites frank cyberhacking talks with China

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:46

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the Strategic Dialogue expanded meeting with Chinese officials including Wan Gang, Chinese Minister of Science and Technology during the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue held at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States on Thursday promised closer cooperation on climate change and North Korea, although China warned the U.S. not to take sides on its maritime disputes with Asian neighbors.


1 dead in Tennessee armory shooting; 1 in custody

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:41
LOBELVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says officers are questioning a person of interest in a fatal shooting at a National Guard armory.

Engine fire triggers new turbulence for Lockheed's F-35 jet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:37

An F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter takes off on a training sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, FloridaBy Andrea Shalal RAF FAIRFORD England (Reuters) - Borne of the last downturn in U.S. military spending in the 1990s, Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was intended as a quick and affordable way for the United States and its allies to replace thousands of aging F-16s and other warplanes while avoiding the pitfalls of earlier programs. Nearly two decades and a $166 billion jump in projected costs later, the world's largest arms program was poised for a high-profile international debut at two British air shows when the Pratt & Whitney engine on one of the jets broke apart and caught fire during a takeoff from a Florida air base. The latest engine issue came weeks after an in-flight oil leak that sparked a brief grounding in June, but U.S. officials remain hopeful the jet will at least fly at the bigger of the two UK events - the Farnborough Airshow that starts on July 14. Lockheed‘s F-35 program manager Lorraine Martin told reporters that the planes would miss the first day of the Royal International Air Tattoo air show, but could still arrive in time to fly at the event, which continues through July 12.


1 dead after car and pickup truck collide in New Castle Co.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:29

1 dead after car and pickup truck collide in New Castle Co.Police say one person is dead after a car and pickup truck collided in Brandywine Hundred, Delaware late Wednesday night.


Cleanup from fatal storms begins in Eastern states

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:01

People sort through debris of a destroyed house after Tuesday night's storm, on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Smithfield, N.Y. The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado destroyed the homes in upstate New York where four people were killed. Barbara Watson, the meteorologist leading the agency's survey team says that the violent winds Tuesday were at least 100 mph and reached undetermined higher speeds to cause the damage they're seeing in Smithfield. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of this rural central New York town on Wednesday picked through debris from homes battered by a deadly tornado, and utility crews worked to restore power in several Eastern states hit by severe storms.


Cleanup of ND pipeline spill could last weeks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:29

Miranda Jones, vice president of environmental safety and regulatory at Crestwood Midstream Partners, and Tex Hall, chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, pose for a photo near the site of a pipeline spill near Mandaree, N.D., Wednesday, July 9, 2014. A pipeline owned by a Crestwood subsidiary leaked around 1 million gallons of saltwater. Some of that liquid entered a bay that leads to a lake that is used for drinking water by the Three Affiliated Tribes. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Company and tribal officials say a pipeline on North Dakota's Fort Berthold Indian reservation has leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater, with some of the fluid finding its way to a bay that leads to a lake that provides drinking water for the reservation.


Samsung faces fresh child labor claim in China

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:00
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant.