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4 teens charged with murder in USC student's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:57

George He, left, and Sean Kong, right, both friends of the father of slain Chinese student Xinran Ji, read a statement from the family on behalf of his parents, as they are still in China unable to get a U.S. travel visa, at Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Four teens are charged with murder in the fatal beating of a University of Southern California graduate student with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his off-campus apartment after meeting with a study group. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four teens were charged Tuesday with murder in the beating of a University of Southern California graduate student with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his off-campus apartment after meeting with a study group.


Bellagio robbery suspect is convict from Kansas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:50

In this photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Scott A. Carmitchel, 34, is pictured in this Clark County jail booking photo taken Saturday, July 26, 2014, after his arrest on charges in connection with the armed robbery of $43,500 from the Bellagio casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas police said in releasing the photo on Tuesday that Carmitchel--who also goes by Carmitchell--was combative and uncooperative during the booking process so they had to hold his head steady for the photograph. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Review-Journal)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The suspect arrested in an armed robbery at the Bellagio casino was identified late Tuesday as a Kansas man with a criminal record who allegedly celebrated after the heist with prostitutes and a spending spree on the Las Vegas Strip.


Parents of slain USC student urge security boost

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:38

George He, left, and Sean Kong, right, both friends of the father of slain Chinese student Xinran Ji, read a statement from the family on behalf of his parents, as they are still in China unable to get a U.S. travel visa, at Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Four teens are charged with murder in the fatal beating of a University of Southern California graduate student with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his off-campus apartment after meeting with a study group. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The parents of a University of Southern California graduate student who was beaten to death on his walk home say they are concerned about other students and hope the university increases security.


Broken water main floods UCLA; people rescued

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:34

Water shoots in the air from a broken 30-inch water main under Sunset Boulevard, uphill from UCLA in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The resulting flood inundated several areas of UCLA, including Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, a parking structure and several other building. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, forced the rescue of people trapped in underground parking garages and covered some of the best-known parts of campus in water, including the school's famed basketball arena.


Tobacco tax law cost U.S. billions in revenue: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:34

People smoke during a break outside an office building in midtown New YorkBy Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 2009 law that raised federal taxes to discourage smoking cost the U.S. government billions of dollars in lost revenue as manufacturers relabeled products and consumers shifted to cheaper pipe tobacco and large cigars, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report released on Tuesday. The GAO estimated $2.6 billion to $3.7 billion in lost revenue from April 2009 to February 2014 as manufacturers exploited loopholes in the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act which raised taxes for smoking-tobacco products. "Each of the three tobacco manufacturers that agreed to speak with us explained that their companies switched from selling higher-taxed roll-your-own tobacco to lower-taxed pipe tobacco to stay competitive," the congressional watchdog agency said in the report, which was the focus of a Senate hearing on Tuesday. Showing a third sample, he pointed out that a label saying "all-natural pipe tobacco" covered up a statement that the bag "makes approximately 500 cigarettes." "Everyone knows this is cigarette tobacco," Bernstein said.


Man wrongly imprisoned seeks millions from state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:10

In this Aug. 19, 2009, file photo, a smiling Kenneth Ireland leaves Superior Court in New Haven, Conn., after all charges were dropped against him in connection with the rape and murder of Barbara Pelkey. New DNA evidence proved he did not commit the crimes. Ireland filed a wrongful imprisonment claim against the state seeking up to $8 million, and a hearing begins Tuesday, July 29, 2014, to determine how much he should be compensated. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man cleared of murder and rape charges after being locked up for two decades made an emotional appeal for millions of dollars in compensation on Tuesday, telling the state claims commissioner about the fear he endured in prison.


Most Americans see unaccompanied immigrant kids as refugees: poll

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:10

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, in Brownsville(Reuters) - Some 70 percent of Americans think the United States should provide temporary support and housing for unaccompanied Central American minors who illegally cross into the country while their cases undergo review, according to a poll released on Tuesday. Across political leanings and religious backgrounds, most Americans believe the recent influx of immigrant children should be treated like refugees if authorities think they cannot be returned home safely rather than face immediate deportation, according to the poll by the Public Religion Research Institute. The findings come as the United States struggles to cope with a mounting influx of newcomers, mostly from crime-plagued Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Democrats and youth were most compassionate toward the immigrant children, with roughly 80 percent of both groups saying the government should support them until their cases are fully reviewed.


Parents: Didn't suspect kidnapped boy's aunt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:10
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The parents of a baby boy who was taken from a Wisconsin home and later found in sub-zero temperatures testified Tuesday they trusted the relative now accused of abducting him so much that they initially didn't suspect her.

Wilmington mayor's veto stands, firefighter positions saved

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:05

Wilmington mayor's veto stands, firefighter positions savedIt took less than five minutes.


Police investigating suspicious device discover alleged marijuana growing operation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:03

Police investigating suspicious device discover alleged marijuana growing operationPhiladelphia police investigating a suspicious device discovered an alleged marijuana growing operation in the Spring Garden section of the city.


Motion filed to dismiss penis amputation suit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:00
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An attorney for two Alabama doctors accused in a lawsuit of amputating a man's penis in what was supposed to have been a routine circumcision filed a motion Tuesday seeking to dismiss the claims.

Top Colorado court halts gay marriages in Boulder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:57

UTAH GAY MARRIAGE TO SCOTUSColorado's Supreme Court ordered Boulder County to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while an appeal from the state attorney general is heard.


Trash truck overturns on top of minivan in Bristol Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:43

Trash truck overturns on top of minivan in Bristol Twp.A trash truck overturned onto a minivan in Bristol Township, Bucks County, injuring three people.


Searchers find bodies of Arkansas man, infant son

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:38
DANVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A four-day search for an Arkansas man and his 10-month-old son came to a grim end Tuesday as authorities discovered their bodies in a remote area of the Ouachita Mountains, authorities said Tuesday.

4 charged with murder in death of USC student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:31

Suspects arrested in fatal attack on USC studentFour teens were charged Tuesday with murder in the fatal beating of a University of Southern California graduate student with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his off-campus apartment after meeting with a study group.


Bellagio robbery suspect faces court Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:23
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The suspect arrested in an armed robbery at the Bellagio casino and accused of celebrating after the heist with prostitutes and a spending spree on the Las Vegas Strip will appear in court Wednesday.

Man claims tampering in case over bombing videos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:23

Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue holds a photograph of his holds a photograph of his dead brother showing his bruises and injuries during an interview Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Trentadue's quest to explain his brother’s mysterious jail cell death has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Trentadue's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the federal government goes to trial Monday, July 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawyer suing the FBI over his public records request for surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing said Tuesday that one of his witnesses backed out after being visited by government officials last week.


Broken water main floods UCLA; drivers rescued

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:18

Broken water main floods UCLA; people rescuedA broken water main near the UCLA campus spewed water some 30 feet in the air Tuesday.


PG&E charged with obstruction in San Bruno natgas blast probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:11
(Reuters) - A federal grand jury for the Northern District of California charged PG&E Corp on Tuesday alleging it obstructed the investigation of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the deadly San Bruno natural gas explosion in 2010. The indictment alleges that the company provided the NTSB with a version of a policy outlining the way in which PG&E addressed manufacturing threats on its gas pipelines during the investigation that was later withdrawn. The National Transportation Safety Board later blamed the utility's lax approach to pipeline safety and weak oversight by state and federal regulators.

U.S. sues Pennsylvania state police, alleging sex discrimination

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:10
(Reuters) - The federal government sued Pennsylvania and its state police force on Tuesday, alleging that physical fitness tests required of prospective state troopers discriminated against women, court documents showed. The suit, filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in federal court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, said the tests evaluated skills state troopers did not need to perform their jobs and kept dozens of otherwise qualified women from being hired. The Pennsylvania State Police began mandating the tests for prospective entry-level state troopers in 2003, measuring how well applicants could complete various physical tasks like a 300-metre (330-yard) run and pushups.