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Preliminary hearings begin in Pier 14 murder case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 08:41

Preliminary hearings begin in Pier 14 murder casePreliminary hearings began Tuesday in the Pier 14 shooting death of Kate Steinle, a murder that's become a national story because her accused killer is an undocumented immigrant.


Gov. Jerry Brown to sign bill for exit exam reprieve

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 08:27

Gov. Jerry Brown to sign bill for exit exam reprieveGov. Jerry Brown said he will sign a bill to rescue nearly 5,000 high school students who couldn't graduate this year because the state canceled a required exit exam.


Man shot in head in Germantown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 08:23

Man shot in head in GermantownPhiladelphia police are investigating a shooting in the city's Germantown section.


Army awards tactical vehicle contract to Wisconsin firm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 08:00

Oshkosh JLTV military vehicle is shown in Oshkosh, WisconsinOSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. won a major contract Tuesday to build a new combat vehicle to replace a large share of the U.S. military's Humvee troop carriers.


Steelers sign Michael Vick to 1-year contract

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:54

Steelers sign Michael Vick to 1-year contractThe Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to a 1-year contract, the team announced Tuesday night.


Ex-Vegas firefighter cast as mastermind in wife slaying case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:54

A photo of Shauna Tiaffay, right, is displayed on a screen over the shoulder of George Tiaffay in court Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Las Vegas. George Tiaffay is accused of hiring a homeless man to kill his wife Shauna Tiaffay nearly three years ago. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A prosecutor alleged Tuesday that George Miguel Tiaffay befriended, supplied and promised to pay a homeless handyman who bludgeoned his casino cocktail server wife to death with a claw hammer a few weeks after the couple filed for divorce.


Maryland moves last inmates from decrepit Baltimore jail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:49

FILE - In this July 30, 2015, file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at Baltimore City Detention Center in Baltimore, to announce his plan to immediately shut down the jail. Maryland moved the last inmates out of the dangerously decrepit men's section of the detention center on Tuesday, Aug. 25, state officials said, completing the closure of the notorious facility. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland moved the last inmates out of the dangerously decrepit men's section of the Baltimore City Detention Center on Tuesday, state officials said, completing the closure of the notorious facility.


State, environmentalists clash over $225M Exxon settlement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:48
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — After originally seeking $8.9 billion, New Jersey's $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil over dozens of polluted sites is a reasonable compromise considering the substantial legal risks the state faced, a judge ruled Tuesday in approving a deal that Gov. Chris Christie's administration called historic and opponents called a sell-out.

The Latest: Official: Teacher did 'miraculous job'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:45

Parents of children from Philip Barbour High School in Philippi, W.v.,walk to the school to meet up with their children that were evacuated after a "hostage-like" situation occurred in the cafeteria of the school, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says a suspect was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon at Philip Barbour High School. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/Ben Queen)PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) — The latest in the arrest of a suspect after a report of a gun at a West Virginia high school (all times local):


Caltrain reaches record ridership surpassing 58,000 daily commuters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:43

Caltrain reaches record ridership surpassing 58,000 daily commutersCaltrain is seeing a record number of riders. In fact, during the 2015 fiscal year, the transportation agency reported carrying the most passengers in history.


Los Angeles city leaders approve ride-hailing pickups at airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:35
Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to let ride-hailing services such as uberX and Lyft pick up passengers at the city's international airport, which will become the largest U.S. air hub to allow the practice. The 9-6 vote affirmed an action in June by members of the local airport commission, aides to council members said. Some City Council members had expressed concerns about that decision and opened a review process.

2 bears who caused trouble at Grand Teton at Dakota zoo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:21
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A zoo in southeast South Dakota has taken in two black bears that caused some trouble at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Investigator says suspect admitted to San Francisco shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:21

FILE - In this July 6, 2015 file photo, Father Cameron Faller, right, and Julio Escobar, of Restorative Justice Ministry, conduct a vigil for Kathryn Steinle on Pier 14 in San Francisco. A San Francisco judge is set to hear evidence in a shooting at a city pier that became a flash point in the national immigration debate because the suspect was released from jail despite a request from federal immigration authorities to keep him locked up. Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez is due in court on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to try him on a murder charge in the July slaying of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle. Sanchez has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The murder suspect at the center of a national immigration debate admitted to shooting and killing a young San Francisco woman out for an evening stroll with her father, a homicide investigator testified Tuesday.


The Latest: Louisiana governor to attend trooper's funeral

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:13

This photo released by the Louisiana State Police shows Kevin Daigle, 54, of Lake Charles, La. A Louisiana state trooper was shot in the head and critically injured Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, during a struggle with a man whose pickup truck had run into a ditch after being reported as driving erratically, Louisiana State Police said. Col. Michael Edmonson, head of state police, said the arrested man. Col. Mike Edmonson, head of the Louisiana State Police, says 43-year-old Senior Trooper Steven Vincent died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at a hospital in Lake Charles, La. (Louisiana State Police via AP)LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The latest in the case of a man accused of killing a Louisiana State Police trooper (all times local):


Palestinians, Vatican could raise UN flags before pope visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:07

FFILE - In this Sept. 18, 2007 file photo, the flags of member nations fly outside of the United Nations headquarters. In a move likely to upset Israel's government, the Palestinians and the Vatican are seeking to raise their flags at the U.N., just in time for Pope Francis' visit in September 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a move likely to upset Israel's government, the Palestinians and the Vatican are seeking to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters — just in time for Pope Francis' visit next month.


Judge orders temporary halt to Mississippi executions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:06
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the state of Mississippi from using two drugs in executions, shutting down the death penalty in the state for now.

White supremacist on trial says he spared woman who was not Jewish

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:03

Frazier Glenn Cross appears in court on murder charges in Olathe, KansasA white supremacist charged with fatally shooting three people outside two Jewish centers in Kansas last year told a witness at his trial on Tuesday that he decided against shooting her after she told him she was not a Jew. Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan who is representing himself at the trial, questioned witness Maggie Hunker about her testimony that she saw Cross shoot a woman in a Jewish retirement home parking lot before he turned his shotgun on her. Hunker said Cross asked: "Are you a Jew?" She responded that she was not and he put the gun away and drove off, Hunker testified.


Deputies fatally shoot armed man during disturbance call

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:02
THONOTOSASSA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say Florida deputies fatally shot a suspect who pointed a gun at them.

Minnesota women convicted of aiding Somali group lose U.S. appeal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 06:54
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis rejected the argument by Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan that U.S. District Judge Michael Davis in Minneapolis should have recused himself from their trial after making statements that they said equated fundamentalist Islam with terrorism. Ali, 39, and Hassan, 68, from Rochester, Minnesota, were convicted in October 2011 of conspiring to provide material support to al Shabaab, after claiming they were trying to raise funds to help the poor.

U.S. arrests CEO, employees of largest online male escort service

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 06:54

Law enforcement officers take evidence from the Manhattan offices of Rentboy.com in New YorkU.S. authorities on Tuesday announced the arrests of the chief executive officer and six employees of Rentboy.com for promoting prostitution through what prosecutors described as the largest online male escort service. Rentboy.com CEO Jeffrey Hurant and the employees were charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, as authorities moved to seize bank accounts holding $1.4 million and the website's domain name. During a midday operation, U.S. Homeland Security Department agents along with members of the New York Police Department could be seen carrying computers and boxes labeled evidence out of Rentboy.com's Manhattan offices.