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Man sent to California from Czech Republic on kidnap, torture charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:25
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man accused of abducting a medical pot shop owner and joining others in torturing the man and severing his penis has been extradited to California from the Czech Republic to face charges, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Hossein Nayeri, 35, fled from the United States to Iran after the 2012 kidnapping and torture of the cannabis dispensary owner, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. ...

Boeing, SpaceX win contracts to build 'space taxis' for NASA

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:15
By Irene Klotz and Andrea Shalal CAPE CANAVERAL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides, officials said on Tuesday. The U.S. space agency also considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp, but opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and California's SpaceX with contracts valued at a combined $6.8 billion to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules. Boeing was awarded $4. ...

Franklin Mills changes name to Philadelphia Mills

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:10

Franklin Mills changes name to Philadelphia MillsIn a flash, Franklin Mills has changed its name to Philadelphia Mills.


Ex-police chief gets 10 years in kidnap-kill case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:10
NEW YORK (AP) — The former police chief at a Massachusetts veterans hospital was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum 10 years in prison in a kidnap-murder case that resulted from the prosecution of a cannibalism case against a New York City police officer.

PHOTOS: Franklin Mills becomes Philadelphia Mills

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:10

Franklin Mills changes name to Philadelphia MillsFranklin Mills, the 25-year-old outlet mall in Northeast Philadelphia, is getting an upgrade and a new name - Philadelphia Mills.


Braves' new stadium has a name _ SunTrust Park

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:08

This artist rendering provided by the Atlanta Braves shows the team's proposed new ballpark and mixed-use development design in Cobb County, Ga. The Braves are still more than two years away from moving into their new suburban ballpark. They already know what it will be called. At a groundbreaking celebration Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 the Braves announced a naming rights deal with Georgia's largest bank that will result in the 41,500-seat stadium being known as SunTrust Park. (AP Photo/Atlanta Braves)ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves are still more than two years away from moving into their new suburban ballpark.


Miley Cyrus date barely makes court appearance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:04

Miley Cyrus date barely makes court appearanceDALLAS, Ore. (AP) — The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards arrived 45 minutes late for his arraignment Tuesday on a charge that he violated his probation in Oregon.


UN leader begins term during period of 'tumult'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:02
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Sam Kutesa began his first day as president of the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday by describing the current year as "tumultuous" and the year ahead as "momentous" for the United Nations as it marks its 70th anniversary.

APNewsBreak: Chicago DEA chief heading to DC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:01

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 file photo, Jack Riley, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Chicago, stands in his downtown office. Riley who has been outspoken about the growing influence of Mexican cartels in the American heartland is leaving Chicago to take one of the agency's top posts in Washington, D.C. Riley has been named as the DEA's new chief of operations and will be responsible for overseeing all agency law enforcement within the United States and internationally. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Chicago division, who has drawn attention to the growing influence of Mexican cartels in the American heartland, is leaving to take one of the agency's top posts in Washington, D.C., a DEA official said Tuesday.


Boise State decides to change event policies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:56
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State University officials say they will change their on-campus event policies after private legal organizations said the school violated the First Amendment by charging a student organization security fees for a gun-rights event.

Sheriff: Deputies visited victim before 4 slain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:53
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Days before Megan Brown's body was found in a field with her slain parents and new boyfriend, deputies had responded to the family's rented waterfront home to investigate a report of domestic violence.

Man drives across U.S., confesses to 1997 homicide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:47

Police mug shot of Matthew Gibson, who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after driving from North Carolina to Arizona to turn himself in to face charges that a prosecutor said wouldn't have come without the 55-year-old's surrender.A cold case homicide has been solved after a man, apparently racked with guilt, drove across the country to confess killing an Arizona woman with a flashlight more than 15 years ago.


Woman in wildfire's path lost almost everything

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:46

Kate Stonecypher, 22, walks through the burned remains of her home, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, that was destroyed by the Boles Fire, in Weed, Calif. The fire swept through the area Monday destroying more than 100 buildings, including two churches and burning more than 300 acres. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)WEED, Calif. (AP) — Kate Stonecypher awoke Monday and thought about wearing boots to work but decided on sneakers instead.


UN brokers agreement to start Gaza rebuilding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:41
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has brokered an agreement to enable the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, giving a lead role to the Palestinian Authority while involving the private sector, the U.N.'s top Mideast envoy said Tuesday.

American Airlines' ticket, gate agents vote to unionize

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:40
By Jeffrey Dastin (Reuters) - Passenger service agents at American Airlines backed union representation for the first time in their history on Tuesday, with about 86 percent of members voting in favor of collective bargaining, the union said. The vote affects about 14,500 agents who work at both American and US Airways. ...

Fmr. Lenape Middle School band teacher accused of sex with student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:38

Fmr. Lenape Middle School band teacher accused of sex with studentA former middle school band teacher has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old student.


More than 30 cattle die after Idaho big rig crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:36
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in southwest Idaho say 33 cattle worth about $30,000 died after a tractor-trailer flipped onto its side.

Police resume search for missing Virginia student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:29

This image provided by the Charlottesville Police Department shows missing 18-year-old University of Virginia student, Hanna Elizabeth Graham, in a surveillance photo Saturday Sept. 13, 2014 in Charlottesville, Va. Police continue the search around the University Tuesday for the missing student. (AP Photo/Charlottesville Police Department)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police adjusted their search area Tuesday for a missing University of Virginia student, at least the fourth young woman to go missing in the area in the past five years.


Man accused of repeatedly stabbing women is sentenced in New York

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:28
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 61-year-old man with a long history of attacking women was sentenced in suburban New York on Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison for the stabbing death of his girlfriend. Judge Barbara Zambelli told Lucius Crawford that he "has had a lifetime of committing crimes against women" and handed down the maximum sentence. "My job, my duty, my responsibility here, it seems to me, is to keep him in prison for the rest of his natural life so that he can never harm another woman," she said at Crawford's sentencing in Westchester County Court in White Plains, New York. ...

Former police officer gets 10 years in NYC kidnap fetish case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:24
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former police chief of a federal veterans hospital was sentenced in New York on Tuesday to 10 years in prison for his role in conspiring to torture, rape and kill women, a plot that grew out of Internet fetish forums he visited. Richard Meltz, 66, pleaded guilty in January to being involved in two conspiracies to kidnap and kill women with two other men that he had met through online message boards that indulge violent sexual fetishes. ...