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Washington ferry with hundreds aboard loses power

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:55
SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state ferry lost power on the ferry system's busiest route Tuesday, stranding hundreds of passengers in the Puget Sound until the vessel could be towed to the dock.

Former Virginia governor's marriage in spotlight at corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:52

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondFormer Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife were barely on speaking terms when they accepted $165,000 in gifts and loans from a vitamin company executive, defense attorneys said on Tuesday at the start of the pair's corruption trial. Federal prosecutors described Robert and Maureen McDonnell as conspiring to take gifts from Jonnie Williams, the chief executive of Star Scientific Inc, in exchange for promoting his products. "At the time of this supposed conspiracy, the McDonnells' marriage had broken down and they were barely on speaking terms," defense attorney William Burck said.

Food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:50
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed as part of a company's $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC related to the network's coverage of a meat product derided as "pink slime."

East Texas marijuana fields valued at $175 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:40
GOODRICH, Texas (AP) — Authorities in East Texas said Tuesday that they have cleared more than two dozen marijuana fields that were discovered over the weekend in the woods and which contained about 100,000 plants worth an estimated $175 million.

Tuberculosis patient who refused treatment arrested in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:36
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Northern California man who refused treatment and disappeared after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis has been arrested and admitted to a local hospital under guard, law enforcement and local health officials said on Tuesday. Eduardo Rosas Cruz, 25, was ordered to remain isolated in a hotel room in Stockton, some 40 miles northeast of Sacramento, and take medication for tuberculosis in March after he was determined to have the infectious lung disease, San Joaquin County Public Health Services spokeswoman Krista Dommer said. After Cruz violated those orders by leaving the hotel, authorities concerned about spread of the contagious disease issued a public health safety warrant for his arrest, Dommer said. Cruz was taken into custody on Monday night during a traffic stop in the community of Lamont, California, about 15 miles north of Bakersfield, Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said.

Appeals court rules Mississippi abortion law unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:35
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - A Mississippi law that would shut down the state's only abortion clinic, forcing women to go outside the state for the procedure, is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. Upholding a lower court's preliminary injunction against the law, a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision that the law would place an undue burden on a woman's right to seek an abortion. The law, passed in 2012, required doctors at the state's sole abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, a standard the clinic could not meet. Backers of the law argued that it would not stop women from seeking an abortion in a neighboring state, but the judges ruled that Mississippi couldn't rely on other states to uphold its constitutional duties.

UCLA flooded by broken water main; people stranded

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:32
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A broken water main near the UCLA campus is spewing water into the air, and stranding cars and people in underground parking structures.

Minnesota woman who lost husband to Ebola urges aid to fight virus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:16

SIM missionary Nancy Writebol and her husband David are pictured in this undated handout photoBy Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Minnesota wife of a Liberian-American man who died last week in Nigeria from the Ebola virus said on Tuesday she wants to use his memory to spur efforts to fight the disease, which has also infected two U.S. relief workers in Liberia. Decontee Sawyer, a 34-year-old counselor for sexual assault victims and mother of three small girls, said Minneapolis' large and tight-knit Liberian community has woken up to the problem of Ebola after her husband's death. Patrick Sawyer, 40, who died on Friday in Lagos, was the first recorded case of Ebola in Nigeria. "We want to encourage all Liberians and friends of Liberians to donate money or protective gear and send it to these groups that are already at the forefront in fighting Ebola," Sawyer told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Vending firm ex-official sentenced in Pepsi scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:15
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former official of a New Jersey-based vending company has been sentenced to prison time for his role in a scheme that defrauded the Pepsi Bottling Group of $2.9 million over a 10-year period.

Girl dies after being hit by plane on Florida beach

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:14

First responders respond at the scene of a single engine Piper Cherokee plane crash in this photo provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office in Caspersen Beach in VeniceThe 9-year-old girl, who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a Florida beach and killed her father, also has died from her injuries, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said on Tuesday. Oceana Irizarry and her family were walking on Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday when the pilot of a single-engine Piper plane alerted the local municipal airport that he was going to make an emergency landing on the beach. Oceana's father, Army Sergeant 1st Class Ommy Irizarry, 36, who was stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia, died on Sunday after being hit by the plane as it came down. Oceana was airlifted in critical condition to a children's hospital in St. Petersburg, where she died.

NYC woman finds wedding dress lost after Sandy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:13
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who thought she had lost her wedding dress when Superstorm Sandy destroyed her local dry cleaner got an unexpected anniversary gift — her gown, safe and sound.

U.S. charges Canadian antiques dealer with smuggling wildlife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:03
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - An antiques dealer in British Columbia was indicted by a U.S. grand jury on Tuesday for smuggling into Canada more than $500,000 of wildlife items, including rhinoceros horns and sculptures made from elephant ivory and coral, U.S. prosecutors said. Xiao Ju "Tony" Guan, 39, was accused of buying the goods through a Manhattan-based online auction house, and with the help of others smuggling them out of the United States. Prosecutors said Guan would sometimes mail items directly to Canada with false paperwork and without the required declarations. On other occasions, he would allegedly ship the items to Point Roberts, Washington, less than a mile from the border, use mislabeled boxes to deceive customs and border protection agents, and then take smuggled items to his business in Richmond, British Columbia, near Vancouver.

Woman forgives husband who left son in hot car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:02
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman whose 15-month-old son died this month after her husband left him in a car on a hot day said Tuesday he's an amazing father and she forgives him.

Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:02

FILE - In this June 18, 2014, file photo, detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say U.S. law should be changed so they can be sent home quickly, without a deportation hearing. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds two-thirds of Americans now say illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country, up 14 points since May and on par with concern about the issue in May 2010, when Arizona's passage of a strict anti-immigration measure brought the issue to national prominence. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)McALLEN, Texas (AP) — For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say U.S. law should be changed so they can be sent home quickly, without a deportation hearing.

California lifeguard injured by lightning improves

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:01

Lifeguards assist a person who was in the water Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, after authorities said lightning struck 14 people, leaving two critically injured, as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California. (AP Photo/Steve Christensen)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An off-duty lifeguard who was critically injured during a rare lightning strike at Los Angeles' Venice Beach is said to be improving steadily.

Pennsylvania sued by US over police fitness tests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:55
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The federal government sued Pennsylvania on Tuesday over physical fitness tests given to applicants for state trooper positions, seeking a stop to a practice that it said illegally discriminates against women.

Expert testimony on Michigan porch shooting sheds light on gun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:53

Theodore Wafer stands in the courtroom during his arraignment in DetroitBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A state firearms expert gave testimony on Tuesday that potentially challenged a statement by a white suburban Detroit homeowner that he shot dead a black teenager when his shotgun accidentally discharged. Theodore Wafer, 55, has been charged with second degree murder for shooting Renisha McBride, 19, on the porch of his Dearborn Heights home after she knocked on the door seeking help one morning last November. Wafer told police after the shooting that he believed McBride was breaking into his home and his shotgun went off accidentally, blasting through his screen door. Shawn Kolonich, a forensic firearms expert for the Michigan State Police, told a court in Detroit he had tested Wafer's Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun and it worked properly.

APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:52
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh because the Montana Democrat is a member of Congress, the college's provost said Tuesday.

Naked woman slashes three during Pittsburgh-area street fight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:51
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Pennsylvania authorities were searching on Tuesday for a woman who, apparently nude, stabbed and slashed other women in a street fight at a public housing complex outside of Pittsburgh. The brawl on Monday was captured on cell phones and security cameras, showing the woman wielding a knife and wounding three people, two seriously, according to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Housing Authority Police Chief Mike Vogel. The woman, identified as La Keysh Collins, 41, of Pittsburgh, appeared to be nude, but Vogel said it was unclear whether she joined the melee clothed or naked.

Husband arrested in death of NBA player's aunt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:50

This undated photo released by the Sacramento Police Department shows Michael Williams. Police say they have arrested Williams, a man wanted in the slaying of the aunt of Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes. (AP Photo/Sacramento Police Department)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police say they have arrested a man wanted in the slaying of the aunt of Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes.