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Hackerspaces help techies turn ideas into reality

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:28

People work on computers at a communal workbench at HeatSync Labs in Phoenix, in this photo made Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores offers a space where inventors and tinkerers can work on projects and share ideas. (AP Photo/Emaun Kashfi)MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape.


Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:20

Jet crash in Deerfield, VADEERFIELD, Va. (AP) — An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.


Accused Montana killer found mentally unfit to stand trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:12
A tribal member accused of fatally shooting his grandmother and two others on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana in 2011 was declared by a federal judge on Wednesday to be mentally incompetent to stand trial.   Sheldon Bernard Chase, 25, should be hospitalized in “a suitable facility” until a future court hearing determines whether he should be committed by civil proceedings to a psychiatric institution, U.S. District Judge Susan Watters said in her written order.   The ruling came hours after a hearing in Billings during which a government psychologist presented Watters with what she described as undisputed evidence that Chase was unfit to understand the proceedings against him or assist in his own defense.   Chase was accused of gunning down his cousin's boyfriend, 20-year-old Reuben Jefferson, as the two were fighting, then shooting and killing his cousin, Levon Driftwood, 21, and his grandmother, Gloria Sarah Goes Ahead Cummins, 80.

One Midwest High School, Two American Terrorists

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:06
With the news that an American was among those killed recently while fighting on the side of the terror group ISIS in Syria came the revelation that he was classmates and close friends with another young U.S. citizen who died in battle alongside a diffe..

Police: Diplomat accused of beating; no charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — The ambassador of Equatorial Guinea is suspected of beating his daughter with a wooden chair leg but won't be arrested because he has diplomatic immunity, police said Wednesday.

Equatorial Guinea envoy in U.S. suspected of beating daughter: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:02
Equatorial Guinea's ambassador to the United States is suspected of beating his daughter with a wooden chair leg, leaving her hospitalized, but he was not arrested because he has diplomatic immunity, police said on Wednesday. Police in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Virginia, responded on Monday to a 911 call of a "malicious wounding" at the ambassador's diplomatic residence, and found a juvenile with a large laceration to her head and other injuries, said Arlington Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The diplomatic residence is home to Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue, the ambassador from Equatorial Guinea, a Central African country of about 740,000 people, according to the embassy website.

Sister of accused Boston marathon bombers arrested after bomb threat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:46

Lawyers For Accused Boston Bomber Due In Court On ThursdayThe sister of the accused Boston Marathon bombers was arrested in New York City for threatening a woman over the phone, saying she could "put a bomb on you," police said on Wednesday. Aliana Tsarnaev, 23, sister of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was facing charges of aggravated harassment, a New York City Police Department spokesman said. Tsarnaev, of North Bergen, New Jersey, was accused of calling a woman in New York City's Harlem neighborhood and telling her "I have people that can go over there and put a bomb on you," the spokesman said. Her brothers are accused of killing three people and wounding more than 260 after detonating pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.


Court overturns convictions in Amish hair attacks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:42

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 file photo, Sam Mullet stands in front of his Bergholz, Ohio, home. An appeals court on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati sided with arguments brought by attorneys for the Amish, who were convicted two years ago in five attacks in Ohio Amish communities in 2011. The attacks were in apparent retaliation against Amish who had defied or denounced the authoritarian style of leader Mullet. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — Personal conflict, not religion, was the driving motive behind beard- and hair-cutting attacks targeting Amish, an appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in overturning the hate-crime convictions of 16 men and women.


5-pound Pomeranian is world's fastest on 2 feet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:35

In this Oct. 4, 2013 photo provided by Guinness World Records, Jiff, a 4-year-old Pomeranian, walks on his two front legs on the floor in his Los Angeles home. Jiff blazed into the 60th edition of the Guinness World Records book due out Sept. 10, 2014 after running 10 meters (9.1 yards) on his hind legs in 6.56 seconds and 5 meters (4.55 yards) on his front paws in 7.76 seconds. (AP Photo/Guinness World Records, Kevin Scott Ramos) NO SALES NO ARCHIVING ONE-TIME USE ONLYLOS ANGELES (AP) — Jiff was already cute, lovable and talented. Now he's proven he's speedy too.


Chicken cutlets recalled over listeria concerns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:25

Chicken cutlets recalled over listeria concernsA New Jersey company is recalling more than 8,300 pounds of chicken cutlets because of possible listeria contamination.


USC's Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:52

USC's Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescueSouthern California cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.


Suspected Los Angeles serial killer ordered held without bond

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:52
By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A suspected serial killer linked to a spate of apparently random Los Angeles-area shootings, four of them fatal, made his first court appearance on Wednesday and was ordered held without bond until an arraignment set for next month. Alexander Hernandez, 34, said little during the brief proceeding before a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, except to reply: "Yes, sir," and "Yes," when asked if he understood his rights in having the arraignment postponed until Sept. 17.

'Cops' crew member killed in Omaha police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:46

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer speaks in front of images from security video and an enlargement of an airsoft pistol used in the robbery of a Wendy's restaurant on Tuesday, during a news conference at police headquarters in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Bryce Dion, a sound technician with the “Cops” television show who was embedded with Omaha police, was killed on Tuesday during an armed robbery at a Wendy's fast-food restaurant. The armed robber was shot and died as well. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show "Cops" as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday.


Parents: Mom didn't understand abandoning baby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:46

This undated photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff shows Alicia Marie Englert, 23, who was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 on suspicion of attempted murder. The Utah woman accused of dumping her day-old baby in a neighbor's trash can told police she was afraid to tell her parents about the pregnancy and hoped the newborn's death would solve her problems. The newborn baby girl is expected to be in critical condition for several days. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff)KEARNS, Utah (AP) — A newborn girl was fighting for her life a day after Utah police say her mother dumped her in a neighbor's trash can, an act the woman's parents said Wednesday that she didn't fully comprehend.


U.S. judge signals he may order more Abu Ghraib photos released

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:37

DETAINEE GESTURES TOWARD U.S. SOLDIER THROUGH BARS OF HIS CELL AT ABU GHRAIB PRISON OUTSIDE BAGHDAD.By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge signaled on Wednesday he may order the U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York ruled the U.S. Department of Defense had failed to show why releasing the photographs would endanger the lives of American soldiers and workers abroad. He also said former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apparently had not considered each individual photograph before determining in late 2012 that all of them should remain secret.


AP PHOTOS: Storm-roiled waves hit beach towns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:34

Surf watchers are splashed at the pier in Malibu, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Massive waves turned into floodwaters Wednesday along the Southern California shore as Hurricane Marie stirred up the surf from afar.


Dad acquitted in slaying of driver who killed sons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:27

David Barajas stands between his wife Cindy and his attorney Sam Cammack after a jury acquitted him of murder at the Brazoria County Courthouse on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, Angleton, Texas. Barajas was accused of fatally shooting Jose Banda in December 2012 near Alvin, minutes after Banda hit a truck Barajas and his two sons were pushing after it ran out of gas. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed. He could have been sentenced to up to life in prison, if he had been convicted. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — A southeast Texas man says that despite his acquittal Wednesday for the shooting death of the drunken driver who caused a crash that killed his two sons, there are no winners.


Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:26
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

RV outside family courts offers child support help

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:22

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, Project Child Support founder Kai Patterson, center, invites Joseph Tobio, right, to discuss his case with an attorney after Tobio had a panic attack leaving Essex County Family Courthouse in Newark, N.J. Project Child Support is a new program that offers low-cost legal advice to parents from a refurbished RV parked outside courthouses in New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Forget going to the food truck for lunch. Now you can get free legal advice on collecting child support from a nonprofit on wheels.


Dogs get blues when youngsters go back to school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:18

This Aug. 19, 2014 photo provided by Jill Williams shows kindergartner Harry Williams, 7, with his dogs Flora and Gandalf on his way to the bus stop on first day of school in Kanab, Utah. For millions of dogs across the country, summer is gone and so are their best buddies. Most dogs object for a while but eventually adjust to the new hours. But millions of others will feel abandoned, panicky, sad and unable to cope as they look for ways to lash out. (AP Photo/Jill Williams)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer.