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Prominent Washington rabbi pleads not guilty to voyeurism charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A prominent Washington rabbi who police allege installed a video camera in a ritual bathing area pleaded not guilty to a voyeurism charge on Wednesday, according to court documents. Rabbi Barry Freundel, 62, was arrested by police on Tuesday at his home in the U.S. capital's upscale Georgetown neighborhood, a few blocks from his modern Orthodox synagogue, Kesher Israel Congregation. Freundel pleaded not guilty in District of Columbia Superior Court to voyeurism, a misdemeanor. ...

Golf course sued over property damage from California wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:09

A burned-out hillside is shown where the Poinsettia Fire began and moved westward in Carlsbad CaliforniaBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - About a dozen Southern California residents whose property or possessions were destroyed in a wildfire earlier this year have sued a neighboring golf course they blame for triggering the blaze through the neglect of fire hazards at the resort. The so-called Poinsettia blaze, which erupted on May 14, blackened 400 acres in and around the coastal town of Carlsbad, north of San Diego, leaving 18 condominiums, five houses and two commercial buildings in ruins. ...

Kidnapping gang's leader gets 12 life terms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:08

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2009, file photo, Juan Francisco Estrada-Gonzalez is brought into the courtroom by San Diego Sheriff's deputies during his arraignment hearing on murder charges in San Diego Superior Court in San Diego. Estrada-Gonzalez and 16 other alleged members of a group of Mexican drug traffickers were indicted in the murders of nine people in the San Diego area. Estrada-Gonzalez was sentenced in San Diego County to nine life terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, ending the longest criminal trial in county history, lasting 15 months including jury selection. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — The convicted leader of a Mexican drug gang that killed and kidnapped people in Southern California has been sentenced to a dozen life sentences without chance of parole.

Top U.S. Marine says F-35s July due date still 'doable'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:00

Commandant of the U.S. Marines Corps, General Amos attends the largest "Beating Retreat" military pageant at the Horse Guards Parade in LondonBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps said on Wednesday it is sticking to a July 2015 target to declare an initial squadron of 10 new Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets ready for combat use, but said it would not be devastated if the date slipped to August. "It's too soon to flinch," outgoing Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos said in an interview at his Pentagon office, when asked if the Marines would miss their target date for declaring an initial operational capability (IOC). "It's a tight timeline, but I think it's doable," he said. "But I'm a realist. ...

FBI: Body exhumed is not most wanted fugitive

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:39
BALTIMORE (AP) — An unidentified body exhumed in Alabama is not the man accused of using a sledgehammer to kill his family in Maryland in 1976, the FBI said Wednesday.

Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:27
(Reuters) - Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed nearly 4,500 people. Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms that a previously unidentified hemorrhagic fever, which killed more than 50 people, is Ebola. March 30: Liberia reports two Ebola cases; suspected cases are reported in Sierra Leone. April 1: Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns the epidemic's spread is "unprecedented. ...

Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down state's voter ID law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:22
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - The Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a state law requiring voters to present government-issued photo identification before being allowed to cast a ballot, saying the measure ran counter to the state's constitution. The ruling, effective immediately, came less than three weeks before the November election in which Arkansas Democrats are struggling to retain a seat in the U.S. Senate as well as the governorship. Early voting in Arkansas begins on Monday. ...

Man charged with Boston Common stabbing held

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:21
BOSTON (AP) — The homeless man charged with stabbing two park rangers on Boston Common was held Wednesday on $1 million bail at his arraignment, where his lawyer said he struggles with mental illness.

Man charged with 4 murders in western Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:20

This photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Leon Means. Means was charged Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, with killing four women in western Michigan — two this week and his wife and her mother after a prison escape in 1989. (AP Photo/Michigan Department of Corrections)MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — An ex-convict was charged Wednesday with killing four women in western Michigan — two this week and his wife and her mother after a prison escape in 1989.

Court battle over giant emerald nears resolution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:19
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An incredible hulk of an emerald weighing 840 pounds was hauled out of a Brazilian mine more than a decade ago and began a global odyssey that ended in Los Angeles Superior Court, where a fight over its ownership is nearing resolution.

Legislator who foiled robbery credits his gun

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:16

This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus shows Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie county. Harrisburg, Pa. police said, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, that Bizzarro and Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna County, were walking to their residence after a late dinner late Tuesday when two men accosted them and demanded their wallets. Police say one of the two would-be robbers was armed, and that shots were exchanged. It remained unclear who fired first and how many shots were fired. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus )HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state lawmaker who got into a shootout with a 15-year-old boy who was trying to rob him near Pennsylvania's Capitol said Wednesday the experience proves the value of packing a gun.

U.S. appeals court strikes down Arizona bail law for immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:09
By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - A federal appeals court struck down an Arizona law on Wednesday that denied bail to some immigrants who are in the United States illegally and charged with serious felonies, saying it violated constitutional due process protections. In a review, an 11-member panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision and agreed with a couple who filed a class action complaint in 2008 against defendants including Maricopa County and its controversial sheriff, Joe Arpaio. ...

Texas abortion clinics reopen after court reprieve

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:08
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas abortion clinics that closed under tough new restrictions began reopening Wednesday after winning a reprieve at the U.S. Supreme Court, but the facilities were scheduling women with uncertainty and skeleton staffs.

Oklahoma teenager killed family over money, authorities say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:08
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A teenager has told investigators he killed his parents and his 17-year-old sister in their southern Oklahoma home in a dispute over money and in hopes he would get the family inheritance, authorities said on Wednesday. Alan Hruby, 19, who was charged on Wednesday with three counts of first-degree murder, believed he would be the sole beneficiary of the inheritance if he was the only family member left alive, Duncan District Attorney Jason Hicks said. Hicks said the death penalty would be considered for Hruby. ...

Abandoned mines spill orange sludge in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:04

This undated photo shows orange sludge leaking from the Trench Camp Mine near Patagonia, Ariz. Heavy rain from Hurricane Odile has caused the two abandoned mines to spill orange sludge into waterways that lead to the popular Patagonia Lake in southern Arizona. (AP Photo/Arizona Republic, Gooch Goodwin)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A popular tourist attraction in southern Arizona is at risk of being contaminated with orange and brown sludge that spilled from two abandoned mines near Patagonia.

Man attacked by pit bulls in California dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:04
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A Central California man has died after he and his 77-year-old mother were mauled by a pack of pit bulls owned by his neighbors, sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

Tesla's USA Parkway gets OK from Nevada agency

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:02
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada transportation officials are expediting plans to connect Interstate 80 east of Reno to U.S. Highway 50 with the USA Parkway that was part of the deal that landed Tesla's $5 billion battery plant for the area.

New investigation opened into '7th Heaven' actor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:55

FILE - This July 1, 2008 file photo shows actor Stephen Collins posing for a picture outside of the Shubert Theatre in New York. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department says it is investigating allegations that former “7th Heaven” star Collins exposed himself to a teenage girl in the early 1980s. The department states in a news release issued Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, that the alleged victim reported the incident to investigators on Oct. 9, two days after New York authorities acknowledged they had an open molestation inquiry on Collins. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran television actor Stephen Collins is being investigated by Los Angeles sheriff's detectives after a woman reported the former "7th Heaven" star exposed himself to her in the early 1980s.

Colombian drug boss pleads guilty to U.S. conspiracy charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:53

Suspected Colombian drug trafficker Salomon Camacho Mora (C) is escorted during his extradition to United States in CaracasBy Nate Raymond (Reuters) - A Colombian drug lord known as "Papa Grande," deported from Venezuela in 2010 to face U.S. charges, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiring to traffic cocaine into the United States. Salomon Camacho Mora, 70, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to one conspiracy count, more than four years after he was captured in Venezuela, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced. Camacho at the time had a $5 million price on his head, a sum that would typically be only offered by the United States for major traffickers or senior cartel leaders. ...

Health clinics in Philadelphia on alert for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:48

Health clinics in Philadelphia on alert for EbolaHealth clinics in Philadelphia are on high alert and are being advised to take precautions amid news of the spread of Ebola to health care workers in Dallas.