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Arias to represent herself at death penalty trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:14

FILE - This Jan. 9, 2013 file photo shows Jodi Arias appearing for her trial in Maricopa County Superior court in Phoenix. A judge has denied a motion from Arias' defense team to have the death penalty removed as a sentencing option. In court documents filed Friday, May 30, 2014, Judge Sherry Stephens says Arias' attorneys showed no evidence that banning a defense aide from making jail visits last March prejudiced the murder case. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)A judge has ruled that Jodi Arias can represent herself in the upcoming penalty phase of her murder trial.

More charges expected in suitcase deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:12
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A former police officer suspected in the deaths of two women whose bodies were found stuffed in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin road returns to court to face more charges.

Star witness ends testimony in Virginia ex-governor's corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:02

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The star witness for the prosecution in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife completed four days of testimony on Monday by detailing financial help he said he had given the couple. At the start of the trial's second week, Jonnie Williams testified that he looked at his relationship with McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, not as friendship but as business. McDonnell and his wife are charged with 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting $165,000 in gifts and loans in exchange for supporting Williams' former company, a dietary supplement maker now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals. "Was it business to have the governor call your father on his 80th birthday?" asked Henry Asbill, McDonnell's attorney, as he grilled Williams over his meetings with the governor and his immunity agreement.

Colorado Democrats avoid fracking fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:53

Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper, right, listens as U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., takes questions during a news conference about fracking, at the Capitol, in Denver, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. During the news conference Hickenlooper announced the creation of a task force charged with crafting recommendations to help minimize land use conflicts that can occur when siting oil and gas facilities near homes, schools, businesses and recreational areas. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Colorado Democrats avoided a politically costly fight over oil and gas drilling after a quid pro quo deal pitched by the state's fracking-friendly governor prompted groups to drop their dueling ballot proposals.

Colorado girl, three, shot by 5-year-old boy wielding handgun

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:51
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 3-year-old Colorado girl was shot and critically wounded by a 5-year-old boy on Monday with a handgun belonging to her mother's boyfriend, police said. Pueblo police said in a statement that a 9-year-old boy was playing with a handgun in the backyard of a home in the morning when he gave the firearm to the 5-year-old, who pointed it at the girl and fired, striking her once. The bullet entered and exited the toddler's body without breaking any bones, police said. She was airlifted to a Colorado Springs hospital where she was listed in critical but stable condition after having surgery, they added.

Hurricane Bertha unlikely to make landfall in US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:31

A woman looks over the seaside wall of the 16th century Spanish fort El Morro, under cloudy skies in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Bertha pushed just south of Puerto Rico on Saturday as it unleashed heavy rains and strong winds across the region. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Bertha was churning northward far from land, posing no direct threat to the U.S. East Coast, and was expected to weaken Tuesday.

White supremacist gets life in prison after U.S. West Coast killing spree

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:15

David (Joey) Joseph Pedersen, 31 is shown in this undated police mug shot released to ReutersBy Teresa Carson PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A white supremacist convicted of killing two people during a bloody three-state road trip on the U.S. West Coast was sentenced on Monday to two life sentences by a federal judge in Portland, Oregon, the Justice Department said. David Joseph "Joey" Pedersen, 34, was sentenced to the concurrent jail terms without the possibility of parole by U.S. District Judge Ancer Haggerty for the 2011 deaths, the Justice Department said in a statement. Pedersen is already serving life in prison in Washington state after he pleaded guilty in 2012 to first-degree murder for the shooting death of his father and the stabbing death of his stepmother in Everett, north of Seattle. Those were the first in a series of killings during a 10-day rampage by Pedersen and his girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, that included robberies and carjackings before the pair were arrested in 2011 in northern California, the Justice Department said.

Xiaomi beats Samsung in Chinese smartphone market

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:50

Apple Fans Are Going Bonkers Because A Chinese Startup Appears To Be Copying Everything Apple DoesSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Xiaomi, a Chinese handset maker little known in the West, overtook tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. to become China's top-selling smartphone brand in the second quarter, a market research company said Tuesday.

NY doctor: 'Odds are' patient doesn't have Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:47

 'Odds are' patient doesn't have EbolaA man who recently visited West Africa and had a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms was placed in isolation at a New York hospital on Monday and was being tested for possible Ebola but likely didn't have it, health officials said.

Hurricane Bertha expected to weaken on Tuesday: NHC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:42
(Reuters) - Bertha, the second hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season, is expected to weaken on Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Monday. The hurricane is located about 490 miles (790 km) west of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour), NHC said. "Bertha will pass about midway between the U.S. east coast and Bermuda on Tuesday." (Reporting by Debasis Mohapatra in Bangalore;

Plane leaves Liberia with 2nd American with Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:42

Plane leaves Liberia with 2nd American with EbolaA special plane transporting the second American infected with Ebola has left Liberia's capital en route to Atlanta.

Sinking feeling for Southwest Philadelphia homeowners

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:37

Sinking feeling for Southwest Philadelphia homeownersThere's a house in Southwest Philadelphia that could actually be sinking, and it might be just one of many.

Man shot and killed in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:36

Man shot and killed in West PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating a fatal shooting of a man in West Philadelphia Monday afternoon.

Vigil held for slain Upper Darby mother, ex-boyfriend named 'person of interest'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:34

Vigil held for slain Upper Darby mother, ex-boyfriend named 'person of interest'They crowded onto Emerson Avenue in Upper Darby Monday night and stood in front of the home where 38-year-old Masako Griffin was murdered.

Wash. ferry tip hasn't led to missing Oregon woman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:31
FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — The San Juan County, Washington, sheriff's office says it is working with the local community and the Washington State Ferries system but so far has been unable to confirm a report that a missing Dundee, Oregon, woman might be in the San Juan Islands of northwest Washington.

Sacramento news anchor to be arraigned in high-end shoplifting case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:28
A Sacramento-area television news anchor charged with grand theft and burglary over the alleged theft of Coach wallets from an outlet store will be arraigned later this month, court documents showed on Monday. Sabrina Rodriguez was charged last week in connection with a 2013 incident in which merchandise was stolen from a store in the Sacramento suburb of Folsom, Rodriguez' station, Fox40, said on its website. Rodriguez will be arraigned on three felony charges including conspiracy on August 29, according to case information obtained from the Sacramento Superior Court. Rodriguez turned herself in last Thursday, more than a year after a warrant was issued for her arrest in the case, said Jason Browning, a spokesman for Folsom Police.

House collapses at scene of Camden car crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:28

House collapses in Camden, police investigateAuthorities responding to a car crash in Camden ended up being on the scene of a house collapse, as well.

Jim Brady dies: Reagan aide, gun control advocate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:24

FILE - This Feb. 11, 2000 file photo shows former White House press secretary for President Reagan James Brady, left, in a group photo following a dedication ceremony for the new James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. From left are, Brady, presidential press secretaries Joe Lockhart (Clinton), Jerald terHorst (Ford), Larry Speakes (Reagan), Mike McCurry (Clinton) and Pierre Salinger (Kennedy). A Brady family spokeswoman says Brady has died at 73. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A major trait that endeared Jim Brady to the Washington press corps was his sense of humor, especially when he made fun of his own boss.

House collapses in Camden, police investigate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:22

House collapses in Camden, police investigateAuthorities responded to a house collapse late Monday night in Camden.

Groups: US political effort in Cuba hurts aid work

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:19

In this July 11, 2014, photo, Manuel Barbosa, 25, shows a tattoo of his “Revolution” cultural group during an interview with The Associated Press in Santa Clara, Cuba. Fernando Murillo contacted Barbosa, a founder of the group, while working on a clandestine operation by the Obama administration that dispatched Latin American youth to Cuba under the cover of health and civic programs to provoke unrest. Barbosa said he was initially open to collaboration with the foreigners but was never told they were working for the U.S. "They presented themselves as a non-governmental organization," Barbosa said. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. program in Cuba that secretly used an HIV-prevention workshop for political activism was assailed Monday by international public health officials and members of Congress who declared that such clandestine efforts put health programs at risk around the world.