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Defense testimony starts in corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor, wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:42

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The defense in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, began on Monday with testimony intended to show the couple's marriage was so broken they could not have conspired to illegally take gifts and loans. Janet Kelly, secretary of the commonwealth in McDonnell’s cabinet, said the former first lady was known for being a difficult person. ”She would freak out on little things and take it out on other people when she was upset.” Referring to a letter of complaint from the staff at governor’s mansion about the former first lady’s treatment of them, Kelly said she came to believe that Maureen McDonnell was “pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility.” The McDonnells face a 14-count indictment alleging they took gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams Sr., the head of dietary supplement company Star Scientific, in exchange for promoting his main product, anti-inflammatory Anatabloc.


Republican-turned-independent former Senator Jeffords dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:41

SENATOR JEFFORDS ANNOUNCES HE WILL LEAVE REPUBLICAN PARTY.By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - James Jeffords, a soft-spoken Vermonter whose defection from the Republican Party in 2001 created an unprecedented power shift in the U.S. Senate and gave Democrats control of the chamber for 18 months, died on Monday at age 80, his former aide said. Jeffords had been in declining health and died at a military retirement home in Washington, the aide, Diane Derby, said. A funeral is being planned in his hometown of Rutland, Vermont, she added. Jeffords was a New England moderate who found himself out of step with his increasingly conservative colleagues when he rocked American politics on May 24, 2001, by announcing he was leaving President George W. Bush's Republican Party, tipping the divided Senate.


Photo released of Dell Music Center shooting suspect; $20K reward offered

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:38

Photo released of Dell Music Center shooting suspect; $20K reward offeredPolice are looking to identify the suspect wanted in connection with the murder of a man outside a peace concert at Philadelphia's Dell Music Center Wednesday night.


Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:18

James JeffordsMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80.


Obama to speak about Iraq, Ferguson at 4 p.m.: White House

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will speak about developments in Iraq and civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT), the White House said on Monday. (Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Eric Walsh)

Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:17

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, left, shakes hands with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after a press conference inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Monday Aug. 18, 2014, where Assange confirmed he "will be leaving the embassy soon". The Australian Assange fled to the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012 to escape extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over allegations of sex crimes. (AP Photo / John Stillwell, POOL)LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved.


Husband of U.S. missionary with Ebola visits her after quarantine ends

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:06
WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The husband of an American missionary stricken with Ebola has finished a health monitoring period without showing signs of the disease and was able to visit his wife at the Atlanta hospital where she is being treated, a missionary group said on Monday. David Writebol was temporarily quarantined in North Carolina as a precaution after returning last week from Liberia, where he and his wife, Nancy, served as missionaries for SIM USA before she was infected with the deadly virus. In a statement released by the Christian missionary group, David Writebol said the couple prayed together over an intercom during an emotional reunion on Sunday after he was cleared to travel to Emory University Hospital.

U.S. farmers fight poisonous wheat fungus with cleaning, waiting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 03:05

A combine drives through stalks of soft red winter wheat during the harvest on a farm in Dixon, IllinoisBy Meredith Davis CHICAGO (Reuters) - Dave Wiechert of Nashville, Illinois, does good business most years cleaning seed for farmers in preparation for planting season. The "head scab" fungus can produce vomitoxin, a chemical that is poisonous to humans and livestock when consumed at high levels.


Weekend shootings in NYC leave two dead, 21 injured

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:50
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people were killed and 21 injured in more than a dozen separate shootings in New York City over the weekend, police said on Monday. The gun violence, scattered around four New York boroughs, is part of a recent increase in shooting incidents in the city despite a sharp decline in crime over the past two decades. The fatal gunshots took place just before 3 a.m. on Sunday, when an unidentified assailant opened fire on 21-year-old Kenny Jimenez and 29-year-old Francisco Mercedez outside of a deli in northern Manhattan, according to the New York Police Department. All told, there were eight shootings occurred in the city on Sunday, including two in the borough of Brooklyn, police said.

Weekend shootings in NYC leave two dead, 21 injured

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:50
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people were killed and 21 injured in more than a dozen separate shootings in New York City over the weekend, police said on Monday. The gun violence, scattered around four New York boroughs, is part of a recent increase in shooting incidents in the city despite a sharp decline in crime over the past two decades. The fatal gunshots took place just before 3 a.m. on Sunday, when an unidentified assailant opened fire on 21-year-old Kenny Jimenez and 29-year-old Francisco Mercedez outside of a deli in northern Manhattan, according to the New York Police Department. All told, there were eight shootings occurred in the city on Sunday, including two in the borough of Brooklyn, police said.

Government wants to make cars talk to each other

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:46

FILE - This May 22, 2012 file photo shows a demonstration of a side mirror warning signal in a Ford Taurus at an automobile testing area in Oxon Hill, Md. The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions. A research report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the technology could eventually prevent 592,000 left-turn and intersection crashes a year, saving 1,083 lives. The agency said it will begin drafting rules to require the technology in new vehicles. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.


The latest harrowing images of the Ferguson protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:39

The latest harrowing images of the Ferguson protestsThe situation in Ferguson, Missouri has grown even worse.


The latest harrowing images of the Ferguson protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:39

The latest harrowing images of the Ferguson protestsThe situation in Ferguson, Missouri has grown even worse.


1 arrested in assault of park ranger in Philadelphia's Love Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:34

1 arrested in assault of park ranger in Philadelphia's Love ParkPhiladelphia police say they have made an arrest in the brutal beating of city park ranger in Love Park.


NYC's Met opera reaches deals with 2 unions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:33

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2014, file photo, pedestrians walk in front of the Metropolitan Opera house at New York's Lincoln Center. New York's Metropolitan Opera has reached tentative labor deals with two of its largest unions while negotiations continue with 10 more unions in hopes of averting a lockout, the federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announced early Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Metropolitan Opera reached tentative labor deals with two of its largest unions early Monday while negotiations continued with 10 more unions in hopes of averting a lockout.


NYC's Met opera reaches deals with 2 unions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:33

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2014, file photo, pedestrians walk in front of the Metropolitan Opera house at New York's Lincoln Center. New York's Metropolitan Opera has reached tentative labor deals with two of its largest unions while negotiations continue with 10 more unions in hopes of averting a lockout, the federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announced early Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Metropolitan Opera reached tentative labor deals with two of its largest unions early Monday while negotiations continued with 10 more unions in hopes of averting a lockout.


1 arrested in assault on park ranger in Philadelphia's Love Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:33

1 arrested in assault of park ranger in Philadelphia's Love ParkPhiladelphia police say they have made an arrest in the brutal beating of city park ranger in Love Park.


1 arrested in assault on park ranger in Philadelphia's Love Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:33

1 arrested in assault of park ranger in Philadelphia's Love ParkPhiladelphia police say they have made an arrest in the brutal beating of city park ranger in Love Park.


PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in gas blast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:30
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.

Woman charged in Philly school abduction rejects deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:20

Woman charged in Philly school abduction rejects dealA woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old from a Philadelphia classroom and sexually assaulting the girl has rejected a plea offer.