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Defense attorney says slain father believed in zombies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:56
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A defense attorney says the father of Eldon Gale Samuel III believed zombies were real and would one day come after his family, and he instilled that fear in his sons.

Louisiana theater shooter thanked accused church attacker in journals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:56

Investigators stand outside a movie theatre where a man shot and killed filmgoers Thursday night in Lafayette, LouisianaThe man who killed two moviegoers and wounded nine in a Louisiana theater shooting last summer left behind notebooks in which he ranted against the United States and thanked Dylann Roof, the man accused of a church shooting in South Carolina, according to records released on Wednesday. The rambling writings by John Russell Houser, 59, who shot himself to death moments after his deadly July 2015 rampage at a Lafayette, Louisiana, showing of "Trainwreck," included references to the movie and his own death, according to records released by Lafayette police. Houser had frequently railed against the U.S. government online and expressed an affinity for white supremacist ideology.

Correction: Deadly Wreck-Affluenza story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:54

Tonya Couch, front right, heads to the defense table before her bond reduction hearing Monday, Jan 11, 2016, in court in Fort Worth, Texas. Couch, the mother of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense for a deadly wreck, could soon leave jail after a judge on Monday sharply reduced her bond. (David Kent/Star-Telegram via AP, Pool)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — In a story Jan. 11 about bond being reduced for Tonya Couch, The Associated Press reported erroneously that her son is contesting his extradition from Mexico. Ethan Couch is contesting his deportation from Mexico.

Fire crews respond to oil rig fire in Oklahoma

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:50
CHICKASHA, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters in Oklahoma are battling a fire on an oil rig.

Patty Hearst prosecutor James Browning dies at 83 in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:48

FILE - In this April 15, 1974 file photo, U.S. Attorney James L. Browning Jr., holds a bank surveillance photo which the FBI said resembled Patricia Hearst in San Francisco, Calif. Browning, who led the prosecution of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst during a sensational 1976 trial, died Tuesday , Jan. 12, 2016, in Arizona, according to his brother, David Browning. He was 83. (AP Photo,File)PHOENIX (AP) — The lead prosecutor in the case that sent newspaper heiress Patty Hearst to jail in what was then one of the most sensational trials in U.S. history has died in Arizona. He was 83.

Standoff ends, driver held in Texas stolen truck incident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:42
GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas standoff involving a stolen 18-wheeler has safely ended with the driver captured.

Philadelphia police warn public of abduction scam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:40

Philadelphia police warn public of abduction scamPhiladelphia police are warning people to be extra cautious when answering the phone after a man reportedly got a call from a stranger who claimed they kidnapped his wife.

Head of U.S. sugar group resigns amid crackdown on sweetener

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:30
The head of the main U.S. sugar marketing lobby has stepped down after nearly 13 years, leaving the powerful industry group at a time of growing public concern about the health effects of excessive consumption of sweeteners. Andrew Briscoe III resigned on Friday from his post as president and chief executive officer of the Sugar Association, the chief Washington group that defends sugar marketing, according to a note sent to industry members seen by Reuters on Wednesday. The 73-year-old association has promoted its vice president of scientific affairs Courtney Gaine to take the helm on an interim basis.

Lawmaker: School shootings have made teachers 1st responders

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:17
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — School shootings have turned teachers into first responders, and they deserve the same death benefits given to police officers and firefighters, a state lawmaker said Wednesday.

Q&A: A look at the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:16

Staff Sgt. William Phillips, with the Michigan National Guard, assists a resident at a water distribution center Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at a fire station in Flint, Mich. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder activated the National Guard late Tuesday to help deliver water to residents dealing with a drinking water crisis that began months ago. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)DETROIT (AP) — The city of Flint, Michigan, is getting heavy state and national attention and much-needed assistance as it deals with a drinking water crisis that began after officials switched water source in 2014 while under state financial management, and the tap water became contaminated with lead.

Day care teacher convicted of cruelty in 'baby fight club'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:14
MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia day care teacher who turned her classroom into what a prosecutor called a "baby fight club" has been convicted on more than a dozen criminal charges.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:13
U.S. stocks plunged Wednesday, bringing the Standard & Poor's 500 index down 10 percent from its November peak. The last time the market had a plunge that big, known as a "correction" on Wall Street, was last August. Energy and consumer stocks bore the brunt of the selling. Netflix and Amazon, the market's two biggest winners last year, also fell sharply.

Family: Constable who shot girl not to blame for her death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:12
DUNCANNON, Pa. (AP) — The family of a 12-year-old girl accidentally shot by a constable serving eviction papers does not blame the law officer for her death or have "any hard feelings toward him," a member of the girl's extended family said Wednesday.

Boiler room explosion at Philadelphia school, 1 injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 05:59

Boiler room explosion at Philadelphia school, 1 injuredA West Oak lane elementary school will be closed for the next two days following an explosion that critically injured a maintenance worker.

Legionnaires' spike in Michigan county dealing with water crisis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 05:55

Michigan National Guard Staff Sergeant William Phillips assists a Flint resident with bottled water at a fire station in Flint,Genesee County, which includes Flint, had 87 cases of Legionnaires' from June 2014 to November 2015. "That just adds to the disaster we already are facing with respect to elevated lead levels," Governor Rick Snyder said. About half the cases were connected to Flint water and half were not, according to Nick Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

North Korea says nuclear test shows it could 'wipe out' US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 05:50

In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, North Koreans watch a news broadcast on a video screen outside Pyongyang Railway Station in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea said Wednesday it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test, a defiant and surprising move that, if confirmed, would put Pyongyang a big step closer toward improving its still-limited nuclear arsenal. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea's U.N. mission claimed Wednesday that its successful nuclear bomb test showed that it could now "wipe out" the United States, as the U.N. Security Council grappled with a response to the underground blast.

Subtropical Storm Alex forms far out in Atlantic

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 05:39
MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say a rare, out-of-season subtropical storm has formed far out in the Atlantic Ocean and could threaten the Azores in the coming days.

Probe: Exxon deficiencies found in California refinery blast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 05:34

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2015 file photo, a vehicle is covered in ash after an explosion in a processing facility at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif. Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board are expected to discuss the refinery explosion and other safety issues on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 as they present a report on the Feb. 18 blast that injured four contractors and coated neighboring homes and cars with white ash. (Brad Graverson/The Daily Breeze via AP) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITREDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An explosion at an ExxonMobil oil refinery in California last year could have been prevented if managers had taken into account aging safety equipment and shut down a key, spark-generating part of the refinery before attempting repairs elsewhere, federal investigators said Wednesday.

The Latest: Family doesn't blame constable in girl's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 05:33
DUNCANNON, Pa. (AP) — The latest in the killing of a 12-year-old by a constable serving eviction papers to her father (all times are local):

U.S. targets money laundering in all-cash home sales in Miami, Manhattan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 05:21
The United States is hunting down international criminals who launder money through real estate deals, with the Treasury Department ordering title insurance companies to report the identities of people paying cash for high-end properties in Miami and Manhattan. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, an arm of the U.S. Treasury, said on Wednesday it is concerned that individuals buy residential real estate in cash through shell companies to hide their assets and veil their identities. "We are seeking to understand the risk that corrupt foreign officials, or transnational criminals, may be using premium U.S. real estate to secretly invest millions in dirty money,” FinCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery said in a statement.