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Mourners urge black Americans to take action

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:46
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — recalling him as a "gentle giant," aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college.

Man wanted for impersonating cop in Trenton sex assault arrested

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:45

Man wanted for impersonating cop in Trenton sex assault arrestedPolice have arrested the man who they say posed as an officer and sexually assaulted a store clerk in Trenton, New Jersey.


Man stricken with ALS suspected of killing 2 women

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:43

In this Aug. 22, 2014 photo emergency personnel transport Andy Steele, a recently retired Dane County sheriff's deputy, from his hom in Fitchburg, Wis. Authorities said Steele, 39, has been arrested in the fatal shooting of his wife, Ashlee Steele, 39, and sister-in-law, Kacee Tollesfsbol, 38, who were found shot dead in the Steele home. Charges are expected early this week, according to police. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When Andrew Steele retired as a sheriff's deputy, his career cut short by the advance of ALS, he had no bigger cheerleader than his wife. Ashlee Steele spearheaded a drive to raise $75,000 for his medical care, and her Facebook feed is filled with the shrieks and laughter of the cold-water challenges the couple's family and friends were eager to accept.


Judge dismisses lawsuit over U.S. businessman's Bahamas copter crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:42
Soffer, husband of supermodel Elle Macpherson and part owner of Miami Beach's famed Fontainebleau Hotel, was on board the helicopter when it went down near an exclusive resort on Great Guana Cay in the Abacos island chain. The lawsuit, which was filed this year by the widow of Lance Valdez, the man killed in the crash, alleged Soffer had illegally taken the controls of the aircraft at the time of the accident, something the businessman repeatedly denied.

Police: Mortar round caused deadly plant blast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:24

Emergency workers head in to Totall Metal Recycling in Granite City, Ill., Monday morning, Aug. 25, 2014, following an explosion at the recycling plant. Police say two people are dead and more are injured after an explosion. Officials fear more explosions, perhaps from live ammunition rounds. (AP Photo/Belleville News-Democrat, Derik Holtmann)GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — A mortar round exploded Monday at a suburban St. Louis metal recycling plant that does business with the military, killing two people.


California wine country quake losses seen in the billions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:24

Frames lay in a pile at a framing business damaged by Sunday's magnitude 6.0 earthquake in NapaBy Christina Farr and Robin Respaut NAPA Calif. (Reuters) - The strong earthquake that jolted residents of California's historic Napa Valley wine country out of their beds in the wee hours on Sunday caused insured property losses likely to run in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but the region's economic losses will be several times that amount, experts said on Monday. The magnitude 6.0 quake, the biggest to hit California's Bay Area in 25 years, struck before dawn on Sunday near Napa, injuring more than 200 people and damaging dozens of buildings in the picturesque community northeast of San Francisco. At least 49 buildings in Napa, a town of 77,000 residents, were "red-tagged" as unsafe to enter, including the Napa Senior Center and the local courthouse, and that figure was expected to rise as additional structures were inspected, officials said. The quake struck just as the grape-harvesting season is getting under way in Napa County, a significant wine-producing area that generates thousands of jobs in the region.


Judge orders FBI to investigate witness tampering

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:15

Utah lawyer Jesse Trentadue looks down before speaking with the media outside of federal court Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Salt Lake City. A federal judge has ordered the FBI to scrutinize allegations one of its agents pressured a witness not to testify in a trial about videos related to the Oklahoma City bombing. Trentadue claims the FBI urged a former government operative not to testify, which the agency calls baseless. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)A federal judge has ordered the FBI to scrutinize allegations that the agency pressured a witness not to testify in a trial about videos related to the Oklahoma City bombing.


Kindergartner missing for hours before family told

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:13

This undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows 21-year-old Christina Regusters. The trial of Regusters, charged with abducting a kindergartner from her Philadelphia classroom and sexually assaulting her, is being delayed amid jury problems. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A kindergartner abducted from her school was missing for six hours before her family learned she was gone, witnesses testified Monday as a young woman's kidnapping and sexual assault trial opened.


Amazon to buy video game streaming platform Twitch

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:11
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.

Businesses: Quake cleanup shouldn't deter tourists

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:03
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Businesses in California's wine capital on Monday mopped up thousands of dollars in high-end vintages, swept glass from ghostly downtown streets ordinarily bustling with tourists and rushed to reopen in advance of the summer's last holiday weekend, following a severe earthquake that damaged wineries, historic buildings and hotels.

Quake in California's wine country injures dozens

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:59

Quake in California's wine country injures dozensA powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region.


Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:59

FILE - In this May 17, 2013, photo, Niki Quasney, left, talks about her ongoing battle with ovarian cancer as her partner, Amy Sandler, and daughter stand nearby at their home in Munster, Ind. Quasney receives treatment at hospitals in neighboring Illinois because she and Sandler, who wed last year in Massachusetts, fear that a private hospital near their Indiana home might not allow them to be together should Quasney suffer a medical emergency because of the state’s marriage ban. (AP Photo/The Times, Kyle Telechan, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately.


Colorado theater attack lawyers argue fingerprints

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:46
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Crime analysts testified Monday about how they matched fingerprint evidence in the Colorado theater shooting investigation but provided little new information about the 2012 massacre that left 12 people dead and 70 wounded.

U.S. court overturns law limiting biotech crops on Hawaiian island

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:44
A group of global biotech crop companies won a court victory on Monday that blocks enactment of a law passed last year limiting the planting of biotech crops and use of pesticides on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. District Court in Hawaii ruled that the law passed in November by local leaders on the island was invalid because it was pre-empted by Hawaii state law. The Kauai law required large agricultural companies to disclose pesticide use and genetically modified (GMO) crop plantings while establishing buffer zones around schools, homes and hospitals to protect people from exposure to pesticides used on the crops.

N.J. teacher, 98, in court to fight 1950 conviction in spy case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:42
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than six decades ago, Miriam Moskowitz stood in New York federal court and was convicted of lying to a grand jury investigating a Cold War atomic espionage case. On Monday, the 98-year-old Moskowitz returned to court for the first time since then, this time to ask a federal judge to erase her conviction and remedy what she says was a McCarthy-era injustice. "It would be a historical acknowledgement that the period itself was so bad for the country," she said following the brief appearance in New York before U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who set a November hearing date to consider the request.

Plane returns to MIA after mechanical problems

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:42
MIAMI (AP) — A plane heading to Barbados had to return to Miami International Airport after experience mechanical problems shortly after takeoff.

Soldier dies after shooting herself in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:41

Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons speaks during a news conference at the base in Fort Lee, Va., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. A female soldier with a gun inside a key building at the Army base turned the weapon on herself, causing an injury, but didn't wound any others as the heavily trafficked base temporarily went on lockdown Monday morning. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)An enraged soldier barricaded herself inside a major command's headquarters and shot herself in the head Monday after throwing objects around the office as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, the Army said. She died later in the day.


Burglar shot, killed by neighbors watching over home in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:41

Burglar shot, killed by neighbors watching over home in TexasA husband and wife shot and killed a burglar who broke into their neighbor's home


Arkansas police chief resigns after calling reporter 'smelly'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:39
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - The chief of the Jonesboro, Arkansas police resigned on Monday, three days after being suspended by the mayor for making derogatory comments on Facebook about a local news reporter he called "smelly" and a backer of marijuana smoking. Mike Yates, chief of police in Jonesboro, about 135 miles (220 kms) northeast of Little Rock, said he was stepping down to take responsibility for his mistakes. The reporter, Sunshine Crump, who resigned from the Jonesboro Sun last week after complaining she no longer felt safe, will rejoin the newspaper, its editor said. "You're never happy about someone losing their job but I really couldn't see him returning in his role as police chief," Mosesso said of Yates.

Trial opens for woman in child kidnap-assault case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:26

Trial opens for woman in child kidnap-assault caseA child who authorities say was abducted from her kindergarten classroom and sexually assaulted during a 19-hour ordeal believes her attacker was a man, but prosecutors call the young woman who went on trial Monday the lone attacker.