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Ohio man sentenced to 30 years for enslaving woman, child

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:31
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND Ohio (Reuters) - An Ohio man convicted of enslaving a mentally disabled woman and her young daughter for nearly two years was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison Tuesday, according to a federal prosecutor's office. Jordie Callahan, 27, was convicted in March of conspiracy, forced labor and acquiring a controlled substance by deception. Prosecutors had recommended Callahan and Jessica Hunt, his co-defendant girlfriend also convicted in March, spend the rest of their lives in prison. Callahan threatened to kill the woman only identified in court as “S.E.” if she did not engage in sex acts with him and he used threats to the victim’s daughter to maintain control over her, according to court documents filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio.

Hospitalized Nazi guard suspect, 89, gets bail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:28
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect who was jailed while awaiting extradition to Germany has been granted bail after being hospitalized.

Donut capers stymie police in Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:28
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Police in a Portland suburb have a sticky situation on their hands: for more than a month, mysterious vandals have been smearing pastries on cars, depositing donuts in lawns and leaving cakes strewn about the streets. According to Hillsboro police, the baked-goods bandits first struck on June 1, smearing a maple bar across a car windshield. In the weeks since, the pastry perpetrators have occasionally turned to healthier fare, leaving yogurt, bread and potato salad on vehicles and in driveways, although most of the incidents have involved sweets, said police spokesman Lieutenant Mike Rouches.

Teen mother of newborn buried in NC yard arrested

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:28
LOUISBURG, N.C (AP) — A North Carolina teenager whose newborn baby died and was buried in her family's suburban yard faces a felony charge of concealing the birth.

Parched Texas town turns to sewage water to keep city flush with water

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:21
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - When the going got tough due one of with worst droughts in a century, the parched Texas city of Wichita Falls got going with its program to recycle sewage water for drinking. The city this month opened the spigots on a $13 million system that mixes 5 million gallons a day of treated waste water with area lake water to keep drinking water flowing for its 105,000 residents. "Everyone I know is buying bottled water," said Ronna Prickett, co-owner of Polka-Dot Penguin gift shop. "People at the city have been telling us to have faith in the system but there is a stigma attached." The reservoirs that serve Wichita Falls, about 100 miles northwest of Dallas, have dropped below 25 percent of their capacity and are expected to run dry in two years.

Teens could be tried as adults in homeless deaths

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:15
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A prosecutor says she expects three teens accused in the brutal slayings of two homeless men in New Mexico to be tried together as adults.

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State Building investors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:09

The Empire State Building is pictured through a rain-splattered window in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars by the real estate magnates who took the iconic skyscraper public last October. In a decision made public on Monday, Justice O. Peter Sherwood of the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan said the investors waived their right to sue Peter Malkin and his son Anthony when they agreed in May 2013 to settle earlier claims over the building's fate for $55 million. The December 2013 lawsuit accused the Malkins of acting in bad faith before the IPO by aborting a "bidding war" for the property, spurning all-cash offers of up to $2.3 billion for the building and $1.4 billion for Empire State Building Associates LLC ("ESBA"), which held the title and master lease. Instead, the plaintiffs, suing on behalf of more than 2,800 ESBA investors, said the Malkins tried to inflate the value of 17 lesser properties they controlled by packaging them and the building into Empire State Realty Trust Inc, a real estate investment trust.


Woman sexually assaulted at Logan Square fountain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:55

Woman sexually assaulted at Logan Square fountainPhiladelphia police say a man is in custody after sexually assaulting a woman at the fountain at Logan Square.


Detroit workers, retirees give bankruptcy plan a boost

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:54

'Detroit' is seen on the top of an iron man-hole cover on a street in DetroitDetroit will head into the critical phase of its historic bankruptcy case next month with the backing of an overwhelming majority of its active and retired workers and with opposition from a small, hard-core group of hold-out creditors. It puts U.S. Judge Steven Rhodes in a position to impose the plan to adjust $18 billion in debt on objecting creditors or for the city to settle with those creditors. "The judge can cram down the dissenters upon a showing that the plan does not discriminate unfairly against them, and is fair and equitable to them," Laura Bartell, a law professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, said on Tuesday. City workers and retirees would see smaller pension reductions under the so-called grand bargain, which taps $466 million pledged by philanthropic foundations and the Detroit Institute of Arts over 20 years and $195 million from the state of Michigan to ease pension cuts and save art work from being sold to pay city creditors.


Cause of Williston fire unknown, flights canceled

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:54

Smoke rises from the site of a fire in an industrial area of Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Authorities have set up an evacuation zone within a half-mile radius of Red River Supply, the site of the fire. No injuries were immediately reported. Red River Supply provides services to oil companies working in North Dakota's oil patch. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A massive fire at an oil supply company was burning itself out Tuesday afternoon, 12 hours after it began in an industrial part of the western North Dakota oil patch town of Williston.


Police: Warrington man rape, assaulting girls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:51

 Warrington man rape, assaulting girlsA man from Warrington, Pa. has been arrested and charged with the rape of one girl and the assault of another.


Southwest, South score low on child welfare index

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:49
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several states in the Deep South and Southwest have earned dismal scores on an annual child welfare index that cited poverty and single-parent house households as worrisome trends that must be turned around for things to improve.

7th death blamed on 2013 Philly building collapse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:48
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of a truck driver who died of heart disease weeks after he survived a deadly building collapse in Philadelphia filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday linking his death to the catastrophe.

Police: Warrington man raped two girls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:47

 Warrington man rape, assaulting girlsA man from Warrington, Pa. has been arrested and charged with the rape of two girls.


US job-training review emphasizes data, employers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:37

President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, right, speaks before signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, bipartisan job-training legislation which aims to help job seekers gain valuable employment skills, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. economy adds new jobs, Americans must have the skills to fill those jobs, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.


Lawsuit filed against Gov. Jindal over Common Core

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:23
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards are suing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.

Ohio man accused of enslaving woman gets 30 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:21

FILE - This undated file photo released by the Ashland County Sheriff's Office shows Jordie L. Callahan. A jury there found Callahan guilty of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and a drug charge in March. His sentencing is Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Ashland County Sheriffs Office, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man convicted along with his girlfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison.


Explosion levels home in Central Texas; 3 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:13

Debris is seen in a tree after a home exploded, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Willis, Texas. Three adults were flown by LifeFlight medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center. Details of their injuries were not released, but they were in critical condition, said Jason Oliphant, chief of Montgomery County Emergency Services District No. 1. Oliphant said the home was totally destroyed and small fires burned after the explosion, and it was unclear what sparked the blast. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)WILLIS, Texas (AP) — Officials say an explosion that destroyed a house in Central Texas resonated for miles, and yet three occupants survived the blast.


Black colleges face hard choices on $25M Koch gift

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:12

FILE - In this June 5, 2014 file photo, Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund, is interviewed in Washington. The United Negro College Fund announced a $25 million grant from Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation, a large donation from the conservative powerhouse Koch name that Democrats have sought to vilify heading into the 2014 mid-term elections. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters.


Hunt on for possible anaconda in New Jersey lake

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:12
JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) — Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake — possibly an anaconda — slithering through New Jersey's largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water.