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New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping teen appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:53

Nathaniel Kibby is seen in an undated photo released by the New Hampshire Attorney General's officeBy Ted Siefer CONWAY N.H. (Reuters) - A 34-year-old-man appeared in court on Tuesday charged with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenager who mysteriously reappeared last week in the small mountain town of Conway after nine months. A judge ordered Nathaniel Kibby held on $1 million cash bail on a charge of felony kidnapping. The hearing at Conway District Court marked the first public appearance by Abigail Hernandez since her return a week ago, with no explanation offered for how she left her captor. Prosecutors and law enforcement officials refused to answer questions about how Hernandez was able to return to Conway or the circumstances of her confinement, citing an ongoing criminal investigation.

San Francisco political adviser pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:51
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California political consultant charged with bribery, racketeering and other counts in a sweeping indictment that also names a state senator and an alleged gang leader has pleaded not guilty.

U.S., Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:50

US President Barack Obama speaks on foreign policy at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 16, 2014President Barack Obama has announced new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move by the U.S. to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels.

Vegas illegal betting suspects freed from custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:49
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A wealthy Malaysian businessman who was charged in a World Cup betting scheme has been let out of jail after his poker-star friends posted his bail and immigration officials cleared his release.

Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:49

FILE - In this July 23, 2014, file photo, Taya Kyle, the widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, arrives at U.S. District Court wearing dog tags around her neck in St. Paul, Minn. Jurors in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle have gone home for the night Monday, July 28, 2014, but will return Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGAZINEES OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

Adolescent stow-away found dead on U.S. military plane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:44
The U.S. military has found the body of an adolescent male trapped in a compartment above the landing gear of a C-130 aircraft following a trip to Africa, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The Pentagon said the body was found at Ramstein Air Base in Germany during a routine post-flight maintenance inspection on Sunday. "At this point, it is unknown where or when the deceased entered the landing gear wheel well," Kirby said, describing the apparent stow-away as "an adolescent black male, possibly of African origin." As concerns swell over an outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in several African countries, the military also confirmed that the body was tested for communicable diseases.

Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:37

FILE - This Jan. 18, 2010 file photo shows steaks and other beef products displayed for sale at a grocery store in McLean, Va. A federal appeals court upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

Police: Suspect paid prostitutes in Bellagio cash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:36
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man accused of robbing a Bellagio casino cashier of $43,500 at gunpoint later paid prostitutes at another hotel near the Strip with money still bound in Bellagio wrappers, Las Vegas police said Tuesday.

Police: Man dead after carjacking, home invasions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:35
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say a suspect is dead and multiple people were wounded in a Las Vegas crime spree that included a carjacking and two home invasions.

Expert: No accident with gun in porch shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:20

Theodore Wafer pauses at the end of Day 3 of his trial, Monday, July 28, 2014, Detroit, Mich. Wafer is the Dearborn Heights homeowner charged in the shooting death of Renisha McBride. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — An expert says the shotgun used to kill a young woman on a porch in suburban Detroit wasn't accidentally fired by the homeowner.

Alabama man pleads not guilty in kitten killings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:17
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man accused of killing kittens he found on a website pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty Tuesday and received a court-appointed lawyer to defend him during a trial set for later this year.

What FedEx knew of online pharmacies is key issue in drug case: judge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:17

FedEx delivery truck is seen in San Diego, CaliforniaBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. judge overseeing a criminal drug prosecution against FedEx Corp said one of the core issues will be what FedEx executives knew about illegal online pharmacies whose packages it shipped. At a hearing on Tuesday in San Francisco federal court, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer also said he would like the complex case to proceed to trial quickly. FedEx was indicted earlier this month on 15 criminal counts, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Instead of stopping the conduct, FedEx devised policies so it could continue, the filing said.

Poor employee training blamed for 2012 New Jersey Conrail derailment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:16
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Federal investigators on Tuesday blamed inadequate employee training at Conrail for a November 2012 freight train derailment and toxic spill in southern New Jersey that sickened residents and forced hundreds to flee the area. Four tank cars tumbled into the Mantua Creek in Paulsboro, New Jersey, where the train had crossed a pivoting bridge designed to swing open for boat traffic. The bridge displayed a red signal, but a Conrail conductor wrongly determined that locks on the bridge rails were engaged and got permission to cross, investigators said. National Transportation Safety Board investigators said Conrail relied on “on-the-job training” to teach conductors how to inspect locks on the bridge and that the conductor had never done such an inspection before.

Three of four Ethiopian athletes missing after U.S. track meet located

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:15
Three Ethiopian athletes who came to the United States for a track meet in Oregon and then failed to fly home with their teammates have been located and are safe after disappearing in a possible asylum bid, local officials said on Tuesday. The four athletes were reported missing on Saturday from University of Oregon in Eugene, where they were competing in the International Association of Athletics Federations World Junior Championships. Police launched a missing persons investigation, and three of the athletes were found staying with acquaintances on Monday in Beaverton, about 106 miles (170 km) away, said University of Oregon spokeswoman Julie Brown. The rest of the Ethiopian team left Eugene on Monday en route to their home country, McIver said.

Man convicted of murder in fatal sauce pan beating

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:04
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who said he was high on drugs and hearing voices when he fatally beat an elderly man with a sauce pan has been convicted of murder.

New Hampshire man held on $1M in teen's kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:59

Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. stands during his arraignment at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping a teenage girl nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail Tuesday as the girl watched from the front row of the courtroom.

Judge delays his ruling against DC handgun ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge who struck down the District of Columbia's ban on carrying handguns outside the home has stopped his ruling from going into effect for about three months so city lawmakers can respond with new legislation.

NYC teen pleads guilty in crash that killed 4 pals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:56

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2012 file photo, a wrecked car is loaded onto a flatbed truck on the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead, N.Y., after four people died in an early-morning accident. Joseph Beer, a New York City teenager who admitted being high on marijuana and speeding when he slammed into a tree, was convicted of four counts of vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of his friends, returns to court on Tuesday July 29, 2014 to hear if a prosecutor will retry him on aggravated vehicular homicide charges. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A teenager who admitted smoking marijuana and speeding before crashing into a tree on a Long Island highway in 2012, killing four of his friends and splitting his new car in half, could spend as little as four years in prison following a plea deal reached Tuesday.

Peace camp in US unites Israeli, Palestinian teens

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:56

FILE- In this June 24, 2009 file photo, Seeds of Peace campers from several countries sing the camp song at a flag-raising ceremony in Otisfield, Maine. The lakeside camp was built on the notion that person-to-person contact would cement relationships, which would in turn slowly lead to broader societal change. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)It's no surprise Noa Epstein worries about the safety of her husband, a reservist in the Israeli army called to duty as war smolders in the Gaza Strip. But, still carrying memories of a transformative summer camp experience nearly two decades ago, she knows there is another side to the conflict, and she is filled with concern for the Palestinians too.

US appeals panel strikes down Miss. abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 02:54
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that a Mississippi law that would close the state's only abortion clinic is unconstitutional.