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Israel pushes in Gaza, expanding ground operation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 08:03

Israel pushes in Gaza, expanding ground operationIsraeli troops pushed into Gaza Friday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks, as the prime minister ordered the military to prepare for a "significantly" wider campaign.


Top Colorado Court halts Denver gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:49
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Denver County clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the state's ban against the unions remains in place.

Texas mortuary owners charged with abuse of corpse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:47

This undated booking photo provided by the Fort Worth Police Department shows Rachel Hardy-Johnson. North Texas police filed charges Friday, July 18, 2014, against Hardy-Johnson, one of the owners of a funeral home where eight decaying bodies were discovered earlier this week. Fort Worth police Sgt. Raymond Bush said Hardy-Johnson was arrested and charged with seven counts of abuse of a corpse. (AP Photo/Fort Worth Police Department)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas police have filed criminal charges against two owners of a funeral home where eight decaying bodies were discovered earlier this week.


Oregon contractor pleads guilty to defrauding US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:44
An Oregon defense contractor has pleaded guilty to selling $10 million worth of phony parts for attack helicopters and military vehicles to the U.S. government, including a locknut that secures the rotor on the Kiowa attack helicopter.

Parents of former POW Bergdahl strained by his silence: friend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:44

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyBy Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Freed war prisoner Bowe Bergdahl has not yet reached out to his parents who campaigned hard for his freedom and who hold out hope he will eventually contact them once fully recovered from trauma inflicted by his Taliban captors, a family friend said on Friday. Stefanie O'Neill, who is in regular contact with Bergdahl's mother, said the U.S. soldier's parents were strained both by their son's silence since his May 31 release and because of death threats being investigated by the FBI. “Bob and Jani are under more strain than ever, but they are trying to be patient,” O'Neill said of the couple, who continuously pressed their son's case with the Obama administration. O'Neill, whose friendship with Bergdahl's mother was forged by a rally she helped organize last year in the family's Idaho hometown, said Jani Bergdahl has sought to put on a brave front.


Philadelphia mosque leaders try to cut off man's hand -police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:40

Philadelphia Police Department photo of Merv Mitchell, also known as Mabul ShoatzBy Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Two men described as leaders of a Philadelphia mosque were accused of trying to cut off the hand of a suspected thief, whose wrist was sliced so deeply it required hospital treatment, police said on Friday. The officials, described in police reports as the mosque's imam and amir, dragged the victim to the rear of the mosque, and attempted to chop off his hand with a machete, according to a police statement.  He sustained a severe laceration to his right wrist, and was transported to a nearby hospital by medics. Officers served a search warrant on Thursday on the mosque, located in a house in the city's Overbrook section, where they arrested Merv Mitchell, also known as Mabul Shoatz.


Texas search group says it will resume drone use

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:25
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation said it will resume using drones in its work after a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that a warning the group received to stop using them didn't have any legal consequences.

U.S. steps up deportation of Central American child migrants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:23
By Gabriel Stargardter SAN PEDRO SULA Honduras (Reuters) - More than 40 Central American children were expelled from the United States on flights to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on Friday, as the U.S. government stepped up its deportation of illegal child migrants. Thirty-three minors aged 6 months to 15 years along with 26 mothers landed on a U.S. flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the city with the world's highest murder rate. There, the first lady of the country, Ana Garcia de Hernandez, met them and immediately expressed concern. Friday's flights were the second lot after an initial group of deported children and women arrived in Honduras on Monday.

U.S. steps up deportation of Central American child migrants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:23
By Gabriel Stargardter SAN PEDRO SULA Honduras (Reuters) - More than 40 Central American children were expelled from the United States on flights to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on Friday, as the U.S. government stepped up its deportation of illegal child migrants. Thirty-three minors aged 6 months to 15 years along with 26 mothers landed on a U.S. flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the city with the world's highest murder rate. There, the first lady of the country, Ana Garcia de Hernandez, met them and immediately expressed concern. Friday's flights were the second lot after an initial group of deported children and women arrived in Honduras on Monday.

Court orders Denver to stop issuing gay marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:20

Two men, both wearing signs that read "he's the groom", hold hands shortly after midnight after getting a civil union when Colorado's civil union law went into effect in DenverBy Daniel Wallis and Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado's Supreme Court ordered the Denver County clerk on Friday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending the resolution of an appeal by the state's attorney general. The court ruling did not cover clerks in two other counties, Boulder and Pueblo, who have also been giving the permits to gay couples who they say have waited long enough. ...


New York mayor delays Italy trip by a day after backlash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:16

New York City mayor de Blasio speaks about the city's emergency preparedness for a summer storm bearing down on New York, at an official weigh in for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at City Hall in New YorkNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will delay a 10-day trip to Italy by a day after a wave of criticism over taking the longest holiday outside the city by a mayor in over a decade. De Blasio, a liberal who won November elections by a landslide, and his family were due to leave for Italy on Friday. His press secretary Phil Walzak said they would postpone their departure to Saturday so he could handle pressing city business. De Blasio has not been treated particularly kindly by the city's feisty tabloid press, especially with respect to his vacation plans in the wake of labor negotiations that threatened to affect tens of thousands of commuters.


New York mayor delays Italy trip by a day after backlash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:16

New York City mayor de Blasio speaks about the city's emergency preparedness for a summer storm bearing down on New York, at an official weigh in for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at City Hall in New YorkNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will delay a 10-day trip to Italy by a day after a wave of criticism over taking the longest holiday outside the city by a mayor in over a decade. De Blasio, a liberal who won November elections by a landslide, and his family were due to leave for Italy on Friday. His press secretary Phil Walzak said they would postpone their departure to Saturday so he could handle pressing city business. De Blasio has not been treated particularly kindly by the city's feisty tabloid press, especially with respect to his vacation plans in the wake of labor negotiations that threatened to affect tens of thousands of commuters.


Credible probe sought in downing of Malaysian jet

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:14

A woman walks past a body covered with a plastic sheet near the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane.


Names of bank robbers killed in shootout released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:04

This Wednesday July 16, 2014 image provided by the Stockton Police Department shows a condolence letter written for Misty Holt-Singh, who was married with children, one of the victims of a bank robbery Wednesday July 16, 2014 in Stockton, Calif. Three bank robbers took three women hostage as they made a getaway and waged a high-speed gunbattle with police that left three people dead and cars and homes riddled with bullets, authorities said. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)Authorities have released the names of two bank robbers killed during a gun battle with police in the Northern California city of Stockton.


Names of bank robbers killed in shootout released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:04

This Wednesday July 16, 2014 image provided by the Stockton Police Department shows a condolence letter written for Misty Holt-Singh, who was married with children, one of the victims of a bank robbery Wednesday July 16, 2014 in Stockton, Calif. Three bank robbers took three women hostage as they made a getaway and waged a high-speed gunbattle with police that left three people dead and cars and homes riddled with bullets, authorities said. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)Authorities have released the names of two bank robbers killed during a gun battle with police in the Northern California city of Stockton.


Local Ukrainian-Americans to hold peace rally

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:03

Local Ukrainian-Americans to hold peace rallyRoughly 100 Ukrainians are flocking to the Ben Franklin Parkway to pay their respects to those killed in the downed Malaysian plane disaster.


Local Ukrainian-Americans to hold peace rally

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:03

Local Ukrainian-Americans to hold peace rallyRoughly 100 Ukrainians are flocking to the Ben Franklin Parkway to pay their respects to those killed in the downed Malaysian plane disaster.


New York City mayor delays start of Italy vacation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:00
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has postponed his much-discussed family vacation to Italy by a day.

Accused Nazi camp guard tells U.S. court his service was involuntary

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:58
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - An 89-year-old man wanted in Germany for working as a concentration camp guard during World War Two said in court filings on Friday that he should not be deported because his service in the Waffen SS was involuntary. "What can be said with certainty is that Mr. Breyer is not a war criminal,” lawyers for Johann Breyer said in documents in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. The legal papers were filed ahead of a July 24 court hearing to determine if Breyer, a retired tool-and-die maker who emigrated to Philadelphia in 1952, should be extradited to Germany.

Accused Nazi camp guard tells U.S. court his service was involuntary

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:58
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - An 89-year-old man wanted in Germany for working as a concentration camp guard during World War Two said in court filings on Friday that he should not be deported because his service in the Waffen SS was involuntary. "What can be said with certainty is that Mr. Breyer is not a war criminal,” lawyers for Johann Breyer said in documents in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. The legal papers were filed ahead of a July 24 court hearing to determine if Breyer, a retired tool-and-die maker who emigrated to Philadelphia in 1952, should be extradited to Germany.