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How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:30

Members of the Missouri National Guard stand watch outside a command post near a protest Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard — and still the violence erupts nightly in the town of Ferguson, Missouri.


Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:20

Mideast Syria JournalistBAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media sites.


Scientists warn Florida governor of threat from climate change

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:18
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Five climate scientists warned Florida Governor Rick Scott in a meeting on Tuesday that a steadily rising ocean was a major threat to the state's future, urging it to become a leader in developing solar energy and other clean power sources. The Republican governor, who disputed the human impact on climate change in his 2010 campaign, agreed recently to meet with the scientists after his main Democratic challenger for re-election this year, former Governor Charlie Crist, proclaimed himself a firm believer in global warming. “I’m inherently an optimist,” said David Hastings, a professor of marine science and chemistry at Eckerd College on Florida's west coast. I’m concerned he might not do anything.” The scientists said they hoped Scott would respond to the Obama administration's proposal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 38 percent in Florida by 2030.

Mississippi man shot after cross burning in yard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:09

This Aug. 15, 2014, booking photo released by the Smith County Sheriff's Department shows Jeff Daniels, 37, who was arrested Friday, Aug. 15, in Raleigh, Miss., and booked with aggravated assault in connection with an alleged confrontation with his mother's boyfriend in a rural community outside of Raleigh, the county seat. Craig Wilson was allegedly beaten and shot two weeks after calling authorities to report a cross burning in his yard, and investigators are trying to determine whether the attack was prompted by people being upset that the man was visited by his mixed-race grandchildren. (AP Photo/Smith County Sheriff's Department)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff says a man was beaten and shot two weeks after calling authorities to report a cross burning in his yard, and investigators are trying to determine whether the attack was prompted by people being upset that the man was visited by his mixed-race grandchildren.


Man who killed woman on porch sued for millions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:09
DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch is being sued for more than $10 million.

Islamic State says another U.S. journalist's fate depends on Obama

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:02
Islamic State militants claimed in a video on Tuesday to be holding U.S. "The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," said a masked man in the video posted on social media sites, speaking English with a British accent as he held a prisoner the video named as Steven Sotloff. The video could not immediately be verified.

Ferguson arrests include at least 10 journalists

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:02

Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is arrested while covering demonstrators Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called in the National Guard Monday after police again used tear gas to quell protesters in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)NEW YORK (AP) — A photographer for the Getty agency and two German reporters were among the latest journalists arrested while covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.


Helicopter crash kills Alabama Power worker, pilot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:02
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Power says a utility worker and a pilot have been killed in a helicopter crash.

Eagles preview food menu at the Linc

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:02

Eagles preview food menu at the LincEagles fans, if your eyes are bigger than your stomachs, get a load of this spread!


Indicted Texas Governor Perry has fingerprints, mug shot taken

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:58
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power. This indictment is fundamentally a political act that seeks to achieve at the courthouse what could not be achieved at the ballot box," Perry said after finishing the 15-minute processing at the Travis County criminal justice center, a short walk away from the governor's mansion. The indictment has cast a shadow over a presidential run for Perry, who has ranked near the bottom of possible Republican candidates. Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state, over his veto of funding for a state ethics watchdog that has investigated prominent Texas Republicans.

Teens arrested in plot after Web activities eyed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:57
SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday.

Defense: Ex-governor's wife took credit for loans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:56

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, tries to move through the throng of media as he and his attorney, John Brownlee, left, arrive at federal court in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. McDonnell is presenting the second day of his defense on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell's wife sent text messages claiming exclusive credit for securing loans from a Virginia businessman whose largesse toward the couple is at the heart of their public corruption trial, according to evidence presented Tuesday.


VIDEO: Philadelphia Eagles take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:55

 Philadelphia Eagles take ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeThe Philadelphia Eagles got soaked for a cause!


School cheers for Taney Dragons' Mo'ne Davis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:53

School cheers for Taney Dragons' Mo'ne DavisLike everybody else, we are fascinated to find out more about this young lady who has captured the imagination of so many folks who've watched her on TV.


FBI probing reported theft of 1.2 billion Internet credentials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:52
Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a report by a U.S. Hold Security of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, disclosed earlier this month that it had discovered the credentials, collected over several years from approximately 420,000 websites and other servers. "The FBI is investigating the recently reported incident involving the potential compromise of numerous user names and passwords, and will provide additional information as the nature and scope of the incident becomes clearer," agency spokesman Josh Campbell said on Tuesday via email. Hold Security said on Aug. 5 that it obtained the credentials from a criminal gang that it has dubbed CyberVor, which focuses on stealing login credentials.

Dilworth Park to open on September 4th

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:49

Dilworth Park to open on September 4thThe multi-million dollar transformation of Dilworth Plaza into a public park will be complete in a matter of weeks.


Man sought in police killing returned to Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:46
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man wanted for allegedly killing a police officer in Mexico a decade ago has been returned to that country from the U.S.

Sister of ex-Virginia governor testifies in his defense

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:45
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The youngest sister of former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell testified in his fraud and bribery trial on Tuesday that the governor's wife was "manipulative, unpredictable and can be deceptive." Maureen C. McDonnell, testifying for the defense, reinforced a defense contention that her brother's marriage was crumbling and that he could not have conspired with his wife, also named Maureen, to take loans and gifts from a businessman in exchange for favors from the governor to help his company. McDonnell and his wife face a 14-count indictment alleging they took gifts and loans totaling more than $165,000 from Jonnie Williams Sr., the head of dietary supplement company Star Scientific, in exchange for promoting his main product, the dietary supplement Anatabloc.

Two dead in helicopter crash in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:44
(Reuters) - Two people died when a helicopter crashed on Tuesday during a flight to inspect power lines in rural western Alabama, authorities said. The helicopter was being used to monitor high-voltage power lines in a remote area about 30 miles west of Birmingham when it crashed, killing both the pilot and a worker for Alabama Power Co , authorities said. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive at the scene on Wednesday to conduct an investigation into the cause of the incident, said Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lieutenant Andy Norris. The helicopter, a McDonnell Douglas 369E, was owned by RotorWorks, a Georgia-based contracting firm that also employed the pilot, he said.

Police: St. Louis officers kill knife-wielding man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:39
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A large crowd, some chanting "Hands up, don't shoot," gathered Tuesday at the site where St. Louis police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man after a reported convenience store robbery.