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French president quizzed over domestic failures

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:59

French President Francois Hollande waits for questions during a press conference at the Elysee Palace, Thursday, Sept.18, 2014. Hollande said he agreed to Iraq's request for air support at a meeting of his top defense and security advisers earlier Thursday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande sought Thursday to stake out a forceful position on international affairs, even as his failures on the domestic stage continue to mount.


Rochester, N.Y., store manager pleads not guilty to aiding Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:58

Mufid Elfgeeh in Monroe County Sheriff's Office photoNEW YORK (Reuters) - A convenience store manager from western New York accused of trying to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group pleaded not guilty in federal court on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said. Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, was indicted on seven counts earlier this week, with charges ranging from helping people to travel to Syria to fight for Islamic State, which has seized swaths of Iraq and Syria, to plotting to murder American soldiers. ...


Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen out for period of time

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:57

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen out for period of timePhiladelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will not play for a period of time due to blood clots in his lower right leg and in both lungs, the team announced Thursday afternoon.


Group aims to redo neglected site on National Mall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:45

This artist rendering provided by the Trust for the National Mall shows Constitution Gardens as it would be redesigned. After holding a design competition to improve spaces on the mall in 2011, the nonprofit Trust for the National Mall selected the little-known Constitution Gardens for a major rehabilitation over the next five years, officials with the group told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Trust for the National Mall)WASHINGTON (AP) — Lakeside gardens, model boats and fine dining overlooking the nation's monuments could one day redefine a site on the National Mall that has languished for years with fetid water, dying fish and crumbling walkways.


Police: Cardinals RB Dwyer head-butted wife for refusing sex

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:33

 Cardinals RB Dwyer head-butted wife for refusing sexArizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday.


U.S. court rules Navy wrongfully monitored computers in child porn probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:31
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court has thrown out evidence against a Washington state man charged with possession of child pornography, saying his conviction revealed that naval intelligence agents were improperly peering into both civilian and military computers. In a strongly worded decision made available electronically on Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. ...

CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:25

Kroger Pharmacist Ralph Winston removes air bubbles from a flu vaccineWASHINGTON (AP) — It's time for flu vaccine again and while it's important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.


Judge doubts Oklahoma ready for Nov. 13 execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:24
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge said Thursday he is concerned Oklahoma will not be able to implement new guidelines and training for executions before three inmates are scheduled to die this fall.

New evacuations ordered as California wildfire doubles in size

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:22
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More residents of Northern California mountain communities were told to leave their homes on Thursday after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size overnight, scorching more than 100 square miles of drought-parched timber and brush. Nearly 3,700 firefighters struggled to stop the forward march of the King Fire, the largest and most dangerous of 11 major wildfires raging across California, but had managed to cut containment lines around just 5 percent of the flames as of Thursday morning, officials said. ...

Range Resources to pay $4M drilling waste fine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:20
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Energy company Range Resources has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for problems at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste. It's the largest penalty the state has ever imposed on the shale gas industry.

Popular Venezuelan cartoonist fired over drawing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:17

A political cartoon by Rayma Suprani using the signature of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, bottom, reads in Spanish "Health," top, and "Health in Venezuela," bottom, appears on the Sept. 17 opinion page of El Universal newspaper in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The award-winning 19-year veteran of El Universal says she lost her job over her representation of the late Hugo Chavez's iconic signature as a flat-lined heartbeat to dramatize Venezuela's health care crisis. Her ouster has alarmed press freedom advocates who say once-independent media are seeing criticism of the socialist government snuffed out. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A popular cartoonist said she lost her job over her representation of the late Hugo Chavez's iconic signature as a flat-lined heartbeat to dramatize Venezuela's health care crisis.


Tropical storm spares Arizona's metro areas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:15

Mesa residents, reflected in a truck window, take free sandbags to protect their homes, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz. Phoenix area residents are filling sandbags in anticipation for the remnants of Category 3 Hurricane Odille which decimated Mexico's Baja California. (AP Photo/Matt York)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A tropical weather system that sent Arizona residents frantically stocking up on sandbags spared the state's metro areas of any major rainfall, and residents went about their business Thursday amid dry streets and sunny skies.


Detroit policeman's negligence led to girl's death: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:10
By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Prosecutors told a Detroit jury on Thursday that a police officer's willful negligence led to the 2010 shooting death of a sleeping 7-year-old girl during a raid - a case that has sparked concerns about use of police force. In opening statements in the retrial of Joseph Weekley, who is accused of involuntary manslaughter and negligent use of a firearm in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, his attorney said his gun went off when the child's grandmother grabbed it. ...

Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to life

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:07

Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to lifeA newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their "permanent removal" from society is appropriate.


California triples tax breaks for film production

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:06

California Governor Jerry Brown gestures during a news conference at Memoria y Tolerancia museum in Mexico CityBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Thursday tripling California's tax breaks for entertainment companies doing business in Hollywood's home state, in an effort to stop production moving elsewhere. Aimed at luring production back to California even as other states offer tax breaks of their own, the bill, signed at a famed movie house from Hollywood's heyday, won approval just days after Nevada persuaded electric car maker Tesla Motors to build a massive battery factory near Reno with $1.3 billion in tax credits and other incentives. ...


Maui girl dies in locked car with no door handles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:05
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui police say a 4-year-old girl has died after she apparently accidentally locked herself inside a car with no inside door handles.

Man charged with arson in Northern California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:01

A firefighter battling the King Fire sprays water on a backfire in Fresh Pond, California(Reuters) - Authorities in Northern California have charged a man with arson in the so-called King Fire, the largest and most dangerous of nearly a dozen major wildfires raging across the state, court documents showed on Thursday. In a criminal complaint filed by prosecutors in El Dorado County, Wayne Allen Huntsman is accused of "willfully and maliciously" setting fire to forest land on or about Sept. 13 in the area of Pollock Pines. ...


Police: Cardinals RB Dwyer head-butted wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 03:00

 Cardinals RB Dwyer head-butted wife for refusing sexArizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday.


Pakistani woman embraced by Islamic State seeks to drop U.S. legal appeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 02:54

A supporter of the Islamist political party Jamaat-e-Islami holds up an image of Aafia Siddiqui amidst a demonstration in front of parliament in IslamabadBy David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistan-born neuroscientist has become a rallying cry for militant groups demanding her release from a U.S. prison. But in a little-noticed move she is trying to abandon her legal fight for freedom, saying the U.S. court system is unjust. Islamic militants in Syria, Algeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan have made Aafia Siddiqui's release a condition for freeing certain foreign hostages. Islamic State, for example, proposed swapping American journalist James Foley for her, but he was executed after their demands, which also included an end to U.S. ...


Teacher hurt in crash blames rancher in standoff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 02:43
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas schoolteacher is blaming Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy for her injuries after her car was totaled in a crash with a Bundy cow not far from the site where Bundy supporters and federal officials came to an armed standoff.