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Man accused of killing 7 people in New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 20:07

This Thursday, July 9, 2015 booking photo provided by the Union County Prosecutor's Office shows Todd West, of Elizabeth, N.J. West killed seven people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including his cousin, between May and July, authorities said. (AP Photo/Union County Prosecutor's Office)A man killed seven people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over a seven-week period during shooting rampages in which at least some victims may have been targeted at random, authorities said Thursday.

One man’s trash is another man’s tourist destination in New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 20:06
Bright colored kayaks bobbed around the rotted hull of a World War II submarine chaser that was rusted into a ghostly shell and lapped by water as salty as tears. The kayaks paddled by tourists then glided a few feet away to a decayed, partly submerged ferry, part of the "Graveyard of Ships" tour, which winds through a marine salvage yard in New York City that is the final resting place for dozens of working boats and military vessels. "These sites are often appreciated for their authenticity or novelty value as a contemporary ruin," said Karl Kullmann, who teaches landscape architecture, environmental planning and urban design at the University of California at Berkeley.

13-year-old boy arrested in fatal shooting in Milwaukee

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 20:03
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say they have arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection to the shooting death of another boy of the same age.

Ohio judge takes over weddings after gay couple turned away

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 19:56
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — After a municipal court judge in Toledo refused to perform a same-sex wedding this week, the presiding judge says she will now perform all marriages in her courtroom.

11-year-old charged in baby's beating death won't face trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 19:52
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An 11-year-old girl charged with murder in the fatal beating of a 2-month-old girl in February is not competent to stand trial, an Ohio judge ruled Thursday.

School to pay $4.5M settlement to bullied Jewish students

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 19:42
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge approved a $4.5 million settlement between an upstate New York school district and five Jewish students who say they endured years of abuse by classmates who made Holocaust jokes toward them and drew swastikas in hallways and lockers.

First electric planes fly over English Channel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 19:35

Pilot Didier Esteyne, left, raises his arms after crossing the Channel with his European planemaker Airbus E-Fan prototyp, at the Calais Airport, Friday, July 10, 2015. Airbus flew its electric plane across the English Channel for the first time Friday, hours after a French pilot made a similar voyage in his electric plane — journeys seen as a symbolically important step toward making electronic flight viable in the long term. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)CALAIS, France (AP) — Airbus flew its electric plane across the English Channel for the first time Friday — hours after an independent French pilot made a similar voyage, beating the aeronautics giant in this symbolically important step toward making electronic flight viable in the long term.

Latino leader urges more businesses to cut ties from Trump

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 19:06

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he arrives at a house party in Bedford, N.H. Alex Nogales, president of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, said Thursday, July 9, 2015, that more organizations need to follow the example of NBC and cut business ties with Trump. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — The head of a Latino civil rights group called on more organizations to follow NBC's example and cut business ties with Donald Trump.

Exclusive: With feds slow to act, states target e-cigarette sales to minors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 18:29

E-cigarettes hang displayed in a tobacco shop in New YorkFrustrated by the slow pace of federal action, state attorneys general are waging their own campaigns against the sale and advertising of e-cigarettes to minors. More than a dozen AGs, including those in New York, California, Indiana and Ohio, are using new state and local laws - some of which they helped craft - to put pressure on the industry at all levels, from neighborhood vape shops to big tobacco companies like Altria Group and Reynolds American Inc . “The key is to avoid another generation being addicted to nicotine,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in an interview.

Police: Death of baby left inside SUV most likely accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 18:22
LAUDERHILL, Fla. (AP) — Police in South Florida say the death of an 11-month-old baby left inside a sport utility vehicle parked outside an apartment near Fort Lauderdale most likely was a horrific accident.

Winds tear roof off Pa. elementary school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 18:05

Winds tear roof off Pa. elementary schoolThe roof of an elementary school in Hamburg, Berks County was torn off as severe storms hit the area in Thursday night

Memphis Zoo reports small monkey escaped enclosure

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 18:03
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Workers are trying to catch a small, "very spirited" monkey that escaped its enclosure at the Memphis Zoo.

Monkey at Memphis Zoo escapes enclosure, eludes capture

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 17:48
The three-year-old Sulawesi macaque named Zimm scaled the wall of her exhibit on Thursday, got through an opening and then took off running through the garden, zoo officials said. "As we were looking at the primates, lo, and behold, a little monkey ran right in front of us," zoo visitor Kimberly Cross told WMC-TV. Zoo officials believe Zimm is still on the premises and hiding in a drain pipe.

China's Tencent says former executive in graft case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 17:18
BEIJING (AP) — Tencent Inc., operator of the popular WeChat social media service and China's most valuable tech company, said Friday the former general manager of its video unit and other employees have been detained in a corruption case.

Minnesota banks on higher taxes, minimum wage as script for growth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 16:05
By Howard Schneider MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - It is too early to tell how a recent round of tax hikes and a minimum wage increase will play out in Minnesota, a state where liberal and conservative forces have often swapped control and policies. Instead, Democratic Governor Mark Dayton's Minnesota could become a touchstone in the national debate over how to bolster the middle class - an example of how solid growth and low unemployment can coexist with some of the highest income and corporate tax rates in the country. Born into family wealth but a left-leaning Democrat by temperament, Dayton said in an interview that, to him, one fix for income inequality was pretty obvious: take some from the better off and spread it around.

Critics say Senate bill would weaken rental car, rail safety

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 15:45

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., stops to talk to media as he walks to a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — A transportation bill introduced by a Senate committee chairman would allow car rental companies to rent recalled vehicles that haven't been repaired and eliminate any hard deadline for railroads to start using long-sought technology that automatically stops trains to prevent crashes, safety advocates say.

New Jersey man charged with killing seven in two states

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 15:26
Todd West, 22, of Elizabeth, New Jersey was arrested this week in Pennsylvania, where he is charged with killing two people in Allentown and one in Easton, officials said. The violence began in New Jersey on May 18, when West is accused of killing his cousin, Michael Thompkins, in Elizabeth, the Union County Prosecutor's office said in a news release on Thursday. On June 25, West shot four people across the city of Elizabeth, about 20 miles from New York City, prosecutors said.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 15:05
"Such incompetence is inexcusable." — Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, about Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta and her top aides after the U.S. government disclosed that highly sensitive data was hacked from more than 21 million people.

Theater shooting defense attorneys wrapping up Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 14:23

FILE - In this July 23, 2012, file photo, James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in 2012, sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. The relationship Arlene and Robert Holmes had with their son James had been strained since he was a young boy. After he left for graduate school, their communication was mostly confined to terse emails. Holmes told a psychiatrist years after his gunshots killed 12 people and injured 70 in a crowded Colorado movie theater that he doesn’t like to talk with people, even his mother and father. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes are expected to wrap up their case Friday, and jurors could start deliberating next week on the central question in the trial: Whether Holmes was legally sane when he unleashed the attack that left 12 dead and 70 injured.

NYC celebrates Women's World Cup winners with parade

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 14:22

FILE - In this July 5, 2015 file photo, confetti floats down as the United States Women's National Team women celebrate with their trophy after beating Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, Canada. On Friday July 10, 2015, in New York, the team will make their way through swirling ticker tape up Broadway's Canyon of Heroes to a ceremony at City Hall, where they will be the first national team since 1984 and the first all-female team ever to be honored with the iconic parade. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Lower Manhattan will be swirling with confetti as thousands attend a parade celebrating the win by U.S. women's soccer team at the Women's World Cup.