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U.S. charges Canadian antiques dealer with smuggling wildlife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:03
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - An antiques dealer in British Columbia was indicted by a U.S. grand jury on Tuesday for smuggling into Canada more than $500,000 of wildlife items, including rhinoceros horns and sculptures made from elephant ivory and coral, U.S. prosecutors said. Xiao Ju "Tony" Guan, 39, was accused of buying the goods through a Manhattan-based online auction house, and with the help of others smuggling them out of the United States. Prosecutors said Guan would sometimes mail items directly to Canada with false paperwork and without the required declarations. On other occasions, he would allegedly ship the items to Point Roberts, Washington, less than a mile from the border, use mislabeled boxes to deceive customs and border protection agents, and then take smuggled items to his business in Richmond, British Columbia, near Vancouver.

Woman forgives husband who left son in hot car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:02
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman whose 15-month-old son died this month after her husband left him in a car on a hot day said Tuesday he's an amazing father and she forgives him.

Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

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

FILE - In this June 18, 2014, file photo, detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say U.S. law should be changed so they can be sent home quickly, without a deportation hearing. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds two-thirds of Americans now say illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country, up 14 points since May and on par with concern about the issue in May 2010, when Arizona's passage of a strict anti-immigration measure brought the issue to national prominence. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)McALLEN, Texas (AP) — For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say U.S. law should be changed so they can be sent home quickly, without a deportation hearing.


California lifeguard injured by lightning improves

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:01

Lifeguards assist a person who was in the water Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, after authorities said lightning struck 14 people, leaving two critically injured, as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California. (AP Photo/Steve Christensen)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An off-duty lifeguard who was critically injured during a rare lightning strike at Los Angeles' Venice Beach is said to be improving steadily.


Pennsylvania sued by US over police fitness tests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:55
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The federal government sued Pennsylvania on Tuesday over physical fitness tests given to applicants for state trooper positions, seeking a stop to a practice that it said illegally discriminates against women.

Expert testimony on Michigan porch shooting sheds light on gun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:53

Theodore Wafer stands in the courtroom during his arraignment in DetroitBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A state firearms expert gave testimony on Tuesday that potentially challenged a statement by a white suburban Detroit homeowner that he shot dead a black teenager when his shotgun accidentally discharged. Theodore Wafer, 55, has been charged with second degree murder for shooting Renisha McBride, 19, on the porch of his Dearborn Heights home after she knocked on the door seeking help one morning last November. Wafer told police after the shooting that he believed McBride was breaking into his home and his shotgun went off accidentally, blasting through his screen door. Shawn Kolonich, a forensic firearms expert for the Michigan State Police, told a court in Detroit he had tested Wafer's Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun and it worked properly.


APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:52
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh because the Montana Democrat is a member of Congress, the college's provost said Tuesday.

Naked woman slashes three during Pittsburgh-area street fight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:51
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Pennsylvania authorities were searching on Tuesday for a woman who, apparently nude, stabbed and slashed other women in a street fight at a public housing complex outside of Pittsburgh. The brawl on Monday was captured on cell phones and security cameras, showing the woman wielding a knife and wounding three people, two seriously, according to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Housing Authority Police Chief Mike Vogel. The woman, identified as La Keysh Collins, 41, of Pittsburgh, appeared to be nude, but Vogel said it was unclear whether she joined the melee clothed or naked.

Husband arrested in death of NBA player's aunt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:50

This undated photo released by the Sacramento Police Department shows Michael Williams. Police say they have arrested Williams, a man wanted in the slaying of the aunt of Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes. (AP Photo/Sacramento Police Department)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police say they have arrested a man wanted in the slaying of the aunt of Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes.


Review: Boseman drips with charisma as James Brown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:49

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from "Get On Up." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)There's a delicious moment in "Get On Up," Tate Taylor's new James Brown biopic, when Brown — played by Chadwick Boseman, in a thrillingly magnetic performance — is about to appear on the T.A.M.I. Show, a multi-act concert filmed in 1964.


$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:47

This undated handout photo provided by Gilead Sciences shows the Hepatitis-C medication Sovaldi. A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. In less than six months, prescriptions for Sovaldi have eclipsed all other hepatitis-C pills combined, according to new data from IMS Health. (AP Photo/Gilead Sciences)WASHINGTON (AP) — The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.


Colorado court tells county to stop issuing gay marriage permits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:46
By Daniel Wallis and Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado's top court ordered the Boulder County Clerk on Tuesday to stop giving out marriage licenses to gay couples while it considers an appeal by the state's attorney-general who says a ban on same-sex nuptials remains in force. The clerk, Hillary Hall, has issued 202 of the permits since late last month when a federal appeals court ruled in favor of gay marriage in conservative, neighboring Utah. ...

U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:45

CIA InvestigationsSenator Patrick Leahy introduced legislation on Tuesday to ban the U.S. government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can seek in any particular search. The bill, which has White House backing, goes further than a version passed in May by the U.S. House of Representatives in reducing bulk collection and immediately drew warmer response from privacy advocates and technology companies. Revelations last year by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden prompted President Barack Obama to ask Congress in January to rein in the bulk collection and storage of records of millions of U.S. domestic telephone calls.


20 years later, Megan Kanka's legacy lives on

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:40

20 years later, Megan Kanka's legacy lives onIt was 20 years ago - July 29, 1994 - that 7-year-old Megan Kanka went missing from her neighborhood in Hamilton Township, Mercer County.


U.S. Oak Ridge lab to Southern employees: 'Y'all talk just fine'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:40
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Hey y'all, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee said on Tuesday it will not try to get Southerners on its staff to disguise their distinctive drawls. Some Southern-born employees at Oak Ridge objected to a "Southern Accent Reduction" training program, and the national science and energy laboratory, which employs more than 4,000 people in eastern Tennessee, backed down. "Given the number of staff here who have Southern accents, this was clearly not received well," said David Keim, communications director for the lab. The class, which was to meet for 90 minutes a week for six weeks in August and September, was advertised as being designed to "give employees a more-neutral American accent, and be remembered for what you say and not how you say it." The announcement for the class was sent out early last week, but withdrawn within hours, Keim told Reuters.

Man dies after Las Vegas carjacking, home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:38

Las Vegas police Sgt. John Sheahan speaks to the media at the scene of a home invasion and shooting in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Erik Verduzco)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say a man has died after he was shot in his home during a Las Vegas crime spree that included a carjacking and two home invasions. One of the suspects is also dead.


Argentina officials arrive for debt deadline talks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:36

Mediator Daniel Pollack arrives for a meeting in New York, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Argentina's government says it will make another effort to make a deal with U.S. creditors ahead of a looming deadline that risks sending the country into its second default in 13 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Argentina's finance secretary arrived Tuesday for talks aimed at avoiding that country's second default in 13 years, though it was unclear whether meetings with a mediator offered any real chance at a deal.


Officials: Indiana sheriff gave prostitute uniform

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:35
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana sheriff accused of patronizing a prostitute gave the woman a deputy's badge and uniform so she could get hotel discounts, then later encouraged her to get rid of the evidence, authorities said Tuesday.

US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:34

President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, as he announces new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy.


NCAA to settle head injury suit with $70 million fund

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:31
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The NCAA has agreed to settle a head injury lawsuit by providing $70 million for concussion testing and diagnosis of student athletes in a move to change the way colleges address sports safety, according to court documents filed on Tuesday. The class-action agreement, if approved by a federal judge and class members, would apply to student athletes in all sports who played at schools regulated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at any time in the past and up to 50 years into the future. The proposed NCAA settlement comes about three weeks after a federal judge's preliminary approval of an open-ended settlement between the National Football League and thousands of former players. While the money in the NFL settlement was intended to resolve all of the personal injury claims for the plaintiffs' out of pocket damages, Tuesday's proposed NCAA settlement was designed to pay only for research and a medical monitoring program.