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Review: 'Life of Crime' misses Leonard's rhythm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:07

This image released by Roadside Attractions shows John Hawkes, left, and Jennifer Aniston in a scene from "Life of Crime." (AP Photo/Roadside Attractions, Barry Wetcher)Some may pine for George Clooney's chin or Scarlett Johansson's lips, but no body part should be more envied than Elmore Leonard's ear.

Drug-tainted dollar bills spark bank investigation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:00
MONTE VISTA, Colo. (AP) — A Monte Vista bank teller who reported tingly, numb fingers after accepting some wet dollar bills has prompted a federal investigation.

Blade from power saw impales Houston worker

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:57
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston construction worker has been hospitalized after he was impaled in the chest by a circular blade that became detached from a power saw.

Freed US reporter's Dad praises son's noble cause

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:53
JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, France (AP) — The overjoyed father of the American journalist freed by Islamic militants said Monday that his son and others who venture into dangerous lands like Syria deserve praise for wanting to "bear witness ... tell the truth about what's going on."

Sony network hacked, exec's flight diverted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:53
DALLAS (AP) — Hackers attacked Sony's PlayStation Network and apparently disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane.

Prosecutors argue against moving Tsarnaev trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:50
BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are disputing arguments from lawyers for marathon bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) that he cannot receive a fair trial in Boston.

Top architect Hadid's defamation lawsuit prompts retraction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:50

File photo of architect Zaha Hadid posing for photographs with her Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) medal at Buckingham Palace in LondonBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A well-known architecture critic has retracted a portion of a recent book review that Pritzker prize-winning-architect Zaha Hadid claimed in a lawsuit had defamed her. Hadid sued Martin Filler and the New York Review of Books last Thursday in New York state court, claiming that Filler's June 5 review improperly called her reputation into question and falsely implied her indifference to alleged difficult working conditions of migrant workers on big Middle East construction projects. The Iraqi-born Hadid, who is a British citizen, objected in particular to a passage that she said was taken out of context, in which Filler said she showed no concern for an "estimated one thousand laborers who have perished" while building the Al Wakrah stadium she designed for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Van forces horse-drawn buggy to stop in robbery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:49
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Police say someone forced an Amish horse and buggy off a central Pennsylvania road to pull an armed robbery.

Red carpet fashion at the 66th Emmy Awards

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:46

Red carpet fashion at the 66th Emmy AwardsAmazing dresses and tuxedos line up the Emmys red carpet.

Oregon teenager's drone worried firefighting crews

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:31
BEND, Ore. (AP) — It cost a Bend teenager about $800 in revenue from chores, yard work and birthday gifts to buy a miniature aircraft and a camera he sent aloft to capture video of a forest fire this summer that was threatening the western edge of the city.

U.S. inspector wanted reactor shut on quake fears: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:31

Diablo Canyon nuclear plant quake study rejected by California Coastal CommissionA federal nuclear inspector urged U.S. Michael Peck's call to close the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County was in a report he made to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2013, the AP reported on Monday, a day after a strong earthquake shook California's Napa Valley region.

Judge says California gun waiting time not for all buyers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:29
District Judge Anthony Ishii in Fresno, California, wrote that the waiting period did not make sense for people who have a gun and passed a background check before the 10-day period was up. The ruling did not apply to first-time gun buyers. A spokesman for California Attorney General Kamala Harris said the office is reviewing the ruling. In a statement, lead plaintiff Jeff Silvester called the ruling "a great win for Second Amendment civil rights." Two gun owners, along with two advocacy groups, sued over the California regulations in 2011, and a trial was held before Ishii earlier this year.

Rapper arrested for firearms in shooting probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:26
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert in Silicon Valley, authorities said.

Woman, 75, gets life for killing husband in Wyoming 40 years ago

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:21

FILE - In this April 9, 2014 file photo, Alice Uden listens to the judge during jury selection in her murder trial at the Laramie County District Court in Cheyenne, Wyo. On Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, a judge in Cheyenne is scheduled to sentence Alice Uden, who killed her husband with a bullet to the head in the mid-1970s. The 75-year-old faces at least 20 years in prison but could get up to a life sentence. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Miranda Grubbs, File)An elderly Missouri woman convicted of killing her husband four decades ago and burying his body in an abandoned Wyoming gold mine was sentenced to life in prison by a Wyoming judge on Monday, a prosecutor said. Laramie County District Attorney Scott Homar had sought a minimum of 20 years in prison for Alice Uden, 75, of Chadwick, Missouri, while her lawyer argued for a suspended sentence that would see her get probation. Uden, who ultimately remarried and was living quietly in Missouri when she was arrested a year ago, was found guilty in May of second-degree murder in the shooting death in Wyoming in 1974 or 1975 of Ronald Holtz. She was arrested alongside her second husband, Gerald Uden, who was himself convicted last year of the 1980 killing of his ex-wife and her two young sons, and sentenced to life in prison.

U.S. seeks life in prison for bin Laden son-in-law Abu Ghaith

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:17

An artist sketch shows Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a militant who appeared in videos as a spokesman for al Qaeda after the September 11, 2001 attacks, appearing at the U.S. District Court in ManhattanBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States on Monday said Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, should spend the rest of his life in prison following his conviction on terrorism-related charges. Abu Ghaith, 48, had been convicted in March by a Manhattan federal jury for conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists, and providing such support. In a court filing, prosecutors portrayed Abu Ghaith as a charismatic mouthpiece for al Qaeda after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks who recorded inflammatory videos to recruit new members, and said the defendant showed no remorse and lied at his trial. Prosecutors also rejected arguments by defense lawyers, who seek a 15-year prison term, that Abu Ghaith did not knowingly plot to murder Americans, and that his speeches amounted to mere "whistling past the graveyard" because al Qaeda was already reeling.

Slain Missouri teen remembered with calls for peace, justice

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:15
By Edward McAllister and Nick Carey ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Family and supporters of Michael Brown on Monday celebrated the life of the black teenager slain by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in a music-filled funeral service ringing with calls for peace and police reforms. Brown's body lay in a black and gold casket at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, topped with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap he was wearing when he was killed on Aug. 9. People jammed inside the modern red-brick church and gathered outside on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in St. Louis for the celebration, a markedly different scene from the violent protests that rocked the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after the police shooting of the unarmed 18-year-old Brown. "It was real spiritual," said Mike Montgomery, a black city employee who said he took the day off from work to attend.

Ex-Va. governor faces questions from prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:07

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, is swarmed by media as arrives at Federal Court with his daughter Cailin Young, left of McDonnell, in Richmond, Va., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Prosecutors are expected to cross-examine the former governor during his corruption trial Monday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell faced sharp questions Monday from prosecutors about his personal finances, his interactions with a wealthy businessman and what the government claims were his attempts to conceal those details.

A Florida first: Crocodile attacks couple during late-night dip

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:05
Lisset Rendon, 23, was bitten in her left shoulder before she could struggle out of the crocodile's jaws, after she and Alejandro Jimenez, 26, jumped into a canal, Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “They started swimming and apparently at some point they came face-to-face with a nine-foot crocodile,” Pino said. Though Florida is well known for incidents involving its large alligator population, American crocodiles number less than 2,000 and live mostly in the southeastern region near the Everglades. Another couple in an unconfirmed 2011 attack claimed a crocodile flipped their kayak as they paddled through the Florida Keys.

Oklahoma City police dog dies of stab wounds: media reports

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:04
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma City police dog stabbed multiple times died on Monday as a result of wounds it incurred while trying to subdue a suspect who led police on a high-speed car chase and then was shot dead by an officer, local media quoted police as saying. When the driver began running along a service road, the Oklahoma City K9 officer released his police dog, which chased and caught the suspect, who took out a knife and started stabbing the animal, Oklahoma City Police Captain Dexter Nelson said. The officer, identified as 13-year-veteran Ryan Stark, then fatally shot the man.

Phillies' Jerome Williams pitching with a purpose

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:00

Phillies' Jerome Williams pitching with a purposeEvery time Phillies pitcher Jerome Williams takes the mound, he makes a pitch to honor his mom.