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Tortoises in controversial art exhibit removed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:40
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Three tortoises wearing iPads for a controversial Aspen, Colorado, art exhibit have been removed at a veterinarian's request because of wet, cool weather.

Police: Plane stowaway arrested at Phoenix airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:38

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, Marilyn Jean Hartman appears in court in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, Hartman, 62, accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights and sentenced to jail for one incident in California, was been arrested at a Phoenix airport on suspicion of criminal trespass. Police are requesting a mental health evaluation for Hartman, who was recently ordered to spend 117 days in jail for violating probation by returning to Los Angeles International Airport. She served a fraction of her sentence and was released because of overcrowding. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Brittany Murray, File)PHOENIX (AP) — A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights without a ticket and sentenced to jail for returning to a Los Angeles airport in violation of her probation was arrested Tuesday after being recognized loitering at a Phoenix airport, police said.


Quake is major test for hard-luck California city

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:32

Contractors pull loose bricks from the roof of an earthquake damaged 36,000 square foot former boat shop on Mare Island Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Vallejo, Calif. The building dates from 1904 and was used by the Navy. The bayside city that twice was briefly the capital of California sustained more than $5 million in damage and dozens of injuries. It was the latest blow to a town that has weathered years of bankruptcy and is now beset by gangs and crime. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.


3 struck by vehicle near Allentown Fair

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:23

3 struck by vehicle near Allentown FairTwo children and their grandfather are injured after being struck by a vehicle near the Great Allentown Fair.


Detroit resumes water shutoffs for unpaid bills

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:17

Detroit water activists Petty, Dziubek and Novak stand outside City Hall to protest against the increase in water shutoffs for residential customers with unpaid bills during a rally in DetroitBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Controversial water shutoffs in Detroit resumed on Tuesday after a month-long moratorium to allow delinquent customers to catch up with past-due bills, city officials said. During the moratorium, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department was returned to city control after nearly a year of oversight under the state-appointed emergency financial manager. More than 25,000 customers are enrolled in at least one of the authority's payment plans, up from 17,000 when the moratorium began, the water department said in a statement. A city "water fair" on Saturday to help people avoid shutoffs by enrolling in a payment plan drew more than 1,300 people, according to the department.


Ferguson shooting protests move to St. Louis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:09

A group of protesters march from City Hall to the federal courthouse a few blocks away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in St. Louis. About 100 protesters marched as they continue to press for broader reforms to local and federal law enforcement following the shooting death of Michael Brown by police. They were calling attention not only to Brown's death but also the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Kajieme Powell by St. Louis police 10 days later. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protests over the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in suburban St. Louis migrated to the city Tuesday as demonstrators pressed for broad reforms to local and federal law enforcement — including the revival of a proposed civilian police oversight board.


Archive of pre-Holocaust Jewish images digitized

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:08

In this circa 1937-38 photo provided by the International Center of Photography, an emigration applicant meets with a representative of the Hilfsverein der Deutschen Juden (Aid Society of German Jews) on Ludendorffstrasse in the Schoeneberg area of Berlin. This image is part of a large archive of Roman Vishniac’s work that the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has begun to digitally share with the International Center of Photography. Vishniac was a Russian-born Jew who immigrated to Berlin in 1920. As an avid photographer, he documented the ominous rise of Nazi power and its effect on everyday Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe. (AP Photo/International Center of Photography, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Roman Vishniac) MANDATORY CREDIT: INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY, UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM, ROMAN VISHNIACNEW YORK (AP) — A vast archive of photographs of pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish life is being made available to the public and researchers.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:05

A Palestinian gives sweet to supporters as they celebrate the cease-fire between Palestinians and Israelis at the main road in Gaza, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Feds: Report shows progress in tribal prosecutions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:01
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal attorneys say an updated report released Tuesday on investigations and prosecutions on tribal lands shows continued improvement since a 5-year-old study that criticized the Department of Justice for turning its back on reservation crime.

Four family members drown in Oregon lake

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:48
(Reuters) - Four members of a family, including two children, have drowned at an Oregon lake, in an unusual occurrence that may have started with one person getting into trouble in the water and other members of the family wading in, authorities said on Tuesday. On Monday evening, passers-by found the body of a 3-year-old boy in Henry Hagg Lake, about 25 miles east of Portland, said Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sergeant Bob Ray. On Tuesday, divers found the bodies of three of the boy's family members, Ray said. Police identified the dead family members as Jeremy Scholl, 3, his mother Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacau, 25, her brother Michael Garcia-Ixtacau, 13, and Jova Ixtacau-Castano, 42, who was the mother of Gabriela and Michael.

Detroit funeral held for Cardinal Edmund Szoka

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:46

Cardinal Adam Maida, left, watches as Archbishop Vigneron prays over the casket as Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron presides over the "Reception of the Body" of Cardinal Edmund Szoka, who died this week at 86, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit, on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. The ceremony proceeded Szoka's visitation. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Brandy Baker)DETROIT (AP) — Catholic leaders and faithful packed the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit on Tuesday for the funeral of Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican.


Hurricane Cristobal moving away from U.S., but rip currents likely

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:44

Tropical Storm Cristobal is seen in a NASA Goes Satellite infrared imageHurricane Cristobal continued to turn to the northeast on Tuesday, moving away from the Bahamas and the U.S. East Coast, but is still likely to cause dangerous coastal conditions, the National Hurricane Center said. Centered about 435 miles (700 km) west-southwest of Bermuda, Cristobal was moving at 15 mph (24 kph) and had strengthened slightly, with winds reaching 80 miles per hour (130 km per hour), the NHC added. The center of Cristobal is expected to pass northwest of Bermuda on Wednesday, causing tropical storm conditions on the British territory about 640 miles (1,030 km) off the coast of North Carolina.


Seventh-day Adventist church sued over allegations of abuse in youth program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:44
By Lee van der Voo PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Two men who say they were molested in the 1970s by a youth group leader in Oregon sued the Seventh-day Adventist church for $13.5 million on Tuesday, saying it had appointed a known pedophile to head the program and failed to remove him despite abuse allegations. The lawsuit said that church officials appointed Leslie Bovee in 1972 to lead a Seventh-day Adventist youth group in Veneta, Oregon, even though they knew he had previously served two years in prison for molesting three boys. Then in 1975, he was charged with sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy, but continued to lead the local Pathfinders group until he denounced his religious beliefs in 1979, the suit stated. "This is a situation where they knew this guy had abused kids and they didn't just let him in the church, they put him in charge of the youth program," said attorney Peter Janci, one of two attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

Ohio teenager found guilty of two 'knockout game' robberies of $10

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:40
An Ohio teenager was found guilty after he pleaded no contest on Tuesday to two "knockout game" robberies in which he and two teenage accomplices stole a total of $10, prosecutors said. Deontae Howard, 17, faces up to 16 years in prison when he is sentenced on two felony robbery convictions for attacks in Dayton, Ohio, court documents showed. Prosecutors said Howard and two accomplices approached a victim in March from behind and punched him in the head. He tried to flee, but they chased him down and struck him in the head again and stole his wallet, which held $3, said Greg Flannagan, spokesman for the Montgomery County prosecutor.

Mississippi woman stands trial in fatal buttocks injection case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:29
By Therese Apel JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - A Mississippi woman accused of administering an unlicensed silicone buttocks injection to a patient who later died should be convicted of murder, prosecutors told jurors in a trial that commenced on Tuesday. Tracey Lynn Garner, 54, faces a charge of depraved-heart murder in the 2012 death of Karima Gordon, 37, in a case prosecutors say stems from a desire to make money. Garner faces a separate trial in the death of Marilyn Hale, an Alabama woman who authorities say died under similar circumstances two years earlier. Angelina Barber, a friend who accompanied Gordon to receive her injection, testified that Gordon fell ill almost immediately after the procedure.

Suspect in L.A. killings charged with two other shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:26
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of committing three apparently random shotgun slayings within a single hour on Sunday was formally charged on Tuesday with two other shootings, one of them fatal, police and prosecutors said. Alexander Hernandez, 34, was first identified as a suspect by animal cruelty investigators in connection with the fatal shootings of two dogs on Saturday near his home in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, police said. Los Angeles Police Department Commander Andrew Smith said evidence in the animal cruelty case led homicide detectives to suspect Hernandez in the deaths of two women and a man who were gunned down in quick succession on Sunday.

Some HealthCare.gov contractors see contract values rise: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:21

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustrationBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three firms involved in the troubled Obamacare website HealthCare.gov have seen their contract values exceed initial estimates by more than a quarter-billion dollars, including the lead IT contractor at the time of the site's botched rollout, government data shows. Department of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) estimates the original value of 60 information technology (IT) contracts related to the Obamacare federal marketplace at $1.7 billion. The OIG report did not specify a total dollar value.


Kentucky leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:14

FILE - In this March 5, 2012, file photo, snow falls on West Liberty, Ky., as the town of 3,400 prepares to clean up from Friday's devastating tornado. Judge-Executive Tim Conley, who lead the reconstruction after the tornado, received $120,000 to $200,000 to steer work to a contractor in a scheme that started three years before the tornado and continued while the town struggled to rebuild, prosecutors said. Conley could spend years in prison. (AP Photo/John Flavell, File)WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) — Circular saws squealed and construction workers hammered away on buildings, part of this Appalachian area's painstaking recovery from a deadly 2012 tornado.


House fire kills 9 dogs, injures 2 firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:10
CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — A fire at a New Jersey home apparently operating without licenses as a pet-sitting business has killed at least nine dogs and injured two firefighters.

Miley Cyrus' date wanted by Oregon police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:06

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Miley Cyrus, front, hugs Jesse Helt, right, at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The young homeless man who accompanied Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon. Helt gained worldwide attention Sunday when Cyrus let him accept her award for video of the year. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.