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FDA approves stomach-filling balloon for weight loss

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved an inflatable medical balloon that aids weight loss by filling up space in the stomach.

Father of Colorado movie gunman pleads with jury for his life

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:21
The father of the Colorado movie massacre gunman pleaded on Tuesday for his son's life, showing the jury photos of family vacations during the days when he said James Holmes was "a really excellent kid" who is mentally ill and not to blame for his July 2012 rampage. Bob Holmes, who with his wife Arlene has attended the proceedings on the outskirts of Denver almost every day since they began in late April, made his long-anticipated appearance on the witness stand during the trial's punishment phase. Arlene Holmes was expected to testify next.

Authorities: California teen accused of killing 8-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:21

Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel gestures during a news conference, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Santa Cruz, Calif. The search for missing 8-year-old girl Madyson Middleton came to a tragic end after police found a body inside a trash bin at a Northern California complex where she was last seen riding her scooter. A teenage boy, who lives in the complex was arrested around the same time the body was found and is being questioned on suspicion of homicide. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy lured an 8-year-old girl into his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the housing complex for artists where they lived, authorities said Tuesday.


Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:17

FILE - In this March 16, 2011, file photo, exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal in Thompsons, Texas. A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.


Obama administration to allow prisoners access to college grants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:16
U.S prisoners will soon be eligible for federal grants to take college courses online, a Justice Department official said on Tuesday. The Justice Department and the Department of Education will announce on Friday a limited pilot program for incarcerated Americans to apply for federal Pell grants. The program builds on efforts from the White House to provide pathways out of prison by reducing sentences and giving second chances to those who have served time.

Dozens of brilliant bronze works on display at Getty Museum

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:15

 Bronze Sculpture of Hellenistic World" exhibit in Los Angeles. The exhibit brings together more than 50 bronzes from the Hellenistic period that extended from about 323 to 31 B.C. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's almost as if the dozens of exquisitely detailed, often perfectly intact bronze sculptures on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum disappeared into an ancient witness-protection program — and decided to stay there for thousands of years.


Baptists, rights group both slam Boy Scouts over gay leader move

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:07
A decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay leaders was met with indignation by the largest U.S. Protestant group on Tuesday along with criticism from a leading gay rights group that the move did not go far enough. About 70 percent of the roughly 100,000 U.S. Boy Scout units are sponsored by religious institutions, and many said the Monday decision runs counter to the moral standards set by the 105-year-old youth organization.

City will release 911 call in attack on Oklahoma family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:07

FILE - In this July 23, 2015 file photo, an investigator walks past a tarp covering a body in the front yard of a house in Broken Arrow, Okla. The Oklahoma medical examiner's office says, Monday, July 27, 2015, all five members of a Broken Arrow family killed last week died from multiple sharp-force injuries, and police have said two knives and a small hatchet were found at the scene. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma city reversed course Tuesday and said it would release a recording of the 911 call made from a Broken Arrow home where a couple and three of their children were stabbed to death last week.


After videos, Senate Republicans target Planned Parenthood vote

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:05

The Planned Parenthood logo is pictured outside a clinic in BostonBy Richard Cowan and Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans are planning a vote in coming days on legislation to cut $500 million in annual federal funding for Planned Parenthood, reigniting a fight in Congress over abortion that has long been dormant. For years a target of conservatives, Planned Parenthood has come under increasing scrutiny recently due to secretly recorded videos about its role in supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research. Anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress on Tuesday released the third of a series of videos that it says prove Planned Parenthood staff sell fetal material from abortions for profit.


NTSB: Company should have prepared for human error

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:04

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2014 file photo, wreckage lies near the site where a Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket, SpaceShipTwo, exploded and crashed in Mojave, Calif. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet July 28 to determine what likely caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The developer of the commercial spacecraft that broke apart during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against human error, specifically the co-pilot unlocking a braking system too quickly and triggering the accident that killed him, federal investigators said Tuesday.


Court documents: Injured boy, 7, was monitored by a camera

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:04
HARDWICK, Mass. (AP) — Newly released court documents say a 7-year-old Massachusetts boy hospitalized after allegedly being abused and isolated by his father had an alarm on his bedroom door and was monitored by a camera his father could access from a cellphone.

ESPN: Phillies close to trading Papelbon to Nationals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:03

 Phillies close to trading Papelbon to NationalsThe Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals are at the finish line on a deal that will send pitcher Jonathan Papelbon to Washington in exchange for a minor league pitcher, sources told ESPN's Jim Bowden on Tuesday.


Florida man, convicted of murder at age 12, released 16 years on

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:00
A Florida man who was called the nation's youngest convicted murderer at age 12 walked out of prison on Tuesday morning after serving almost 16 years behind bars. Curtis Jones, 29, completed his sentence at the medium security South Bay Correctional Institution in South Florida, according to records in the state Department of Corrections. The newspaper said Jones became the nation's youngest convicted murderer when he and Catherine entered guilty pleas in a deal to spare them potential life sentences.

U.S. Army lab faulted over lax anthrax procedure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:53
Techniques used by a U.S. Army laboratory in Utah failed to neutralize live anthrax spores on many occasions over more than a decade and the lab should have realized the procedure was inadequate, a top health official told lawmakers on Tuesday. Despite warning signs, the lab, at the Dugway Proving Ground, persisted with the same process for inactivating anthrax samples for researchers, resulting in the unintentional shipment of live spores of the deadly bacteria to 192 labs in the United States and abroad, officials said. "This hearing is astounding, honestly," Representative Larry Bucshon, a heart surgeon, told witnesses during testimony on an investigation into the shipments.

New Jersey state troopers getting body cameras under new policy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:49

New Jersey state troopers getting body cameras under new policyNew Jersey is buying 1,000 body cameras to equip all its state troopers and also announcing policies for local police on how the technology should be used.


U.S. military sees more use of laser, microwave weapons

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:45
The U.S. military has made strides in developing lasers, microwaves and other directed energy weapons, and could soon use them more widely, top armed forces officials and U.S. lawmakers told an industry conference on Tuesday. The officials described weapons that are in various stages of development and testing by the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army, but said more work was needed to scale up the technology for larger weapons, develop tactics for their use, and ensure sufficient funding. "Directed energy brings the dawn of an entirely new era in defense," Lieutenant General William Etter, Commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, told a conference hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment.

Lottery to be held for regional rail passes for papal visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:40
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Special rail passes to be used by commuters during Pope Francis' visit to the city in September will be sold via an online lottery, officials announced Tuesday, a week after overwhelming demand forced a halt to sales.

Texas county releases video to dispel rumors over woman's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:36

Sharon Cooper, sister of Sandra Bland, kneels over the burial plot of her sister Sandra Bland during the funeral in the Chicago suburb of Willow SpringsThe hacker group Anonymous has tried to take down county websites, and some local officials have received death threats, Waller County Judge Trey Duhon told a news conference. "This is Sandra Bland. This video has not been altered or doctored in any way.


New York prison worker pleads guilty in escape of 2 killers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:30

Joyce Mitchell is escorted out of the court house after pleading guilty at Clinton County Court, in Plattsburgh, New YorkPLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A prison worker who was "in over her head" with two inmates convicted of murder tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of aiding them by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and spent three weeks on the run.


Judge throws out drunken driving charge against lawmaker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 05:29
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has thrown out a drunken driving case against state Democratic Rep. Bill Beck on the basis that the police officer did not have reasonable suspicion to pull him over.