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Teens could be tried as adults in homeless deaths

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:15
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A prosecutor says she expects three teens accused in the brutal slayings of two homeless men in New Mexico to be tried together as adults.

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State Building investors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:09

The Empire State Building is pictured through a rain-splattered window in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars by the real estate magnates who took the iconic skyscraper public last October. In a decision made public on Monday, Justice O. Peter Sherwood of the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan said the investors waived their right to sue Peter Malkin and his son Anthony when they agreed in May 2013 to settle earlier claims over the building's fate for $55 million. The December 2013 lawsuit accused the Malkins of acting in bad faith before the IPO by aborting a "bidding war" for the property, spurning all-cash offers of up to $2.3 billion for the building and $1.4 billion for Empire State Building Associates LLC ("ESBA"), which held the title and master lease. Instead, the plaintiffs, suing on behalf of more than 2,800 ESBA investors, said the Malkins tried to inflate the value of 17 lesser properties they controlled by packaging them and the building into Empire State Realty Trust Inc, a real estate investment trust.

Woman sexually assaulted at Logan Square fountain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:55

Woman sexually assaulted at Logan Square fountainPhiladelphia police say a man is in custody after sexually assaulting a woman at the fountain at Logan Square.

Detroit workers, retirees give bankruptcy plan a boost

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:54

'Detroit' is seen on the top of an iron man-hole cover on a street in DetroitDetroit will head into the critical phase of its historic bankruptcy case next month with the backing of an overwhelming majority of its active and retired workers and with opposition from a small, hard-core group of hold-out creditors. It puts U.S. Judge Steven Rhodes in a position to impose the plan to adjust $18 billion in debt on objecting creditors or for the city to settle with those creditors. "The judge can cram down the dissenters upon a showing that the plan does not discriminate unfairly against them, and is fair and equitable to them," Laura Bartell, a law professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, said on Tuesday. City workers and retirees would see smaller pension reductions under the so-called grand bargain, which taps $466 million pledged by philanthropic foundations and the Detroit Institute of Arts over 20 years and $195 million from the state of Michigan to ease pension cuts and save art work from being sold to pay city creditors.

Cause of Williston fire unknown, flights canceled

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:54

Smoke rises from the site of a fire in an industrial area of Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Authorities have set up an evacuation zone within a half-mile radius of Red River Supply, the site of the fire. No injuries were immediately reported. Red River Supply provides services to oil companies working in North Dakota's oil patch. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A massive fire at an oil supply company was burning itself out Tuesday afternoon, 12 hours after it began in an industrial part of the western North Dakota oil patch town of Williston.

Police: Warrington man rape, assaulting girls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:51

 Warrington man rape, assaulting girlsA man from Warrington, Pa. has been arrested and charged with the rape of one girl and the assault of another.

Southwest, South score low on child welfare index

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:49
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several states in the Deep South and Southwest have earned dismal scores on an annual child welfare index that cited poverty and single-parent house households as worrisome trends that must be turned around for things to improve.

7th death blamed on 2013 Philly building collapse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:48
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of a truck driver who died of heart disease weeks after he survived a deadly building collapse in Philadelphia filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday linking his death to the catastrophe.

Police: Warrington man raped two girls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:47

 Warrington man rape, assaulting girlsA man from Warrington, Pa. has been arrested and charged with the rape of two girls.

US job-training review emphasizes data, employers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:37

President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, right, speaks before signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, bipartisan job-training legislation which aims to help job seekers gain valuable employment skills, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. economy adds new jobs, Americans must have the skills to fill those jobs, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

Lawsuit filed against Gov. Jindal over Common Core

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:23
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards are suing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.

Ohio man accused of enslaving woman gets 30 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:21

FILE - This undated file photo released by the Ashland County Sheriff's Office shows Jordie L. Callahan. A jury there found Callahan guilty of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and a drug charge in March. His sentencing is Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Ashland County Sheriffs Office, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man convicted along with his girlfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison.

Explosion levels home in Central Texas; 3 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:13

Debris is seen in a tree after a home exploded, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Willis, Texas. Three adults were flown by LifeFlight medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center. Details of their injuries were not released, but they were in critical condition, said Jason Oliphant, chief of Montgomery County Emergency Services District No. 1. Oliphant said the home was totally destroyed and small fires burned after the explosion, and it was unclear what sparked the blast. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)WILLIS, Texas (AP) — Officials say an explosion that destroyed a house in Central Texas resonated for miles, and yet three occupants survived the blast.

Black colleges face hard choices on $25M Koch gift

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:12

FILE - In this June 5, 2014 file photo, Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund, is interviewed in Washington. The United Negro College Fund announced a $25 million grant from Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation, a large donation from the conservative powerhouse Koch name that Democrats have sought to vilify heading into the 2014 mid-term elections. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters.

Hunt on for possible anaconda in New Jersey lake

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:12
JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) — Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake — possibly an anaconda — slithering through New Jersey's largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water.

To fight crime, Chicago tries wiping away arrests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:06

In this July 15, 2014 photo, Mariama Bangura, 17, poses for a portrait on the Northwest side of Chicago. Bangura, 17, was arrested last year after she was accused of threatening a teacher. Though she was never charged, she worries that the incident could sink her adult ambitions. Chicago lawmakers, desperate to curb gun violence in their city, are giving tens of thousands of teens a better chance to find work or get into college, rather than letting a minor episode with police possibly doom them to a life on the gang-dominated streets of some of the city’s most troubled neighborhoods. A law recently passed by the state Legislature made Illinois one of the few states to automatically expunge the criminal records of juveniles who were arrested but never charged. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Desperate to curb the gun violence wracking their city, Chicago lawmakers are leading the way toward a counterintuitive idea — fighting crime by making it easier for young people to wipe away minor arrest records.

Cause of Williston fire unknown, flights cancelled

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:05

CORRECTION TO REMOVE REFERENCE THAT POLICE ATTRIBUTED THEM TO BARRELS - A fire burns at Red River Supply, an oil supply company, in an industrial part of Williston, N.D., in the early hours of Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The site is near three oil companies and a rail line, just east of Williston's downtown. Explosions could be seen and heard at the scene, but it wasn't immediately clear what caught on fire. No injuries were immediately reported. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)A massive fire was still burning Tuesday afternoon 12 hours after it began at an oil supply company in an industrial part of the western North Dakota oil patch town of Williston.

Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:56

David Vernon, 18, takes a break while reading on his porch in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, July 21, 2014. Both Republicans and Democrats are seeking voters like Vernon, a self-described moderate and an avid social media user who says he has seen a steady increase in tweets from both parties aimed at attracting younger African-American voters to get involved in political campaigns. (AP Photo)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Working-class whites are no longer a majority of Ohio's eligible voters, a historic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that has political parties pledging more outreach to a broader coalition of demographic groups.

Taping of James Holmes sanity exam mulled in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:55

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with the July 2012 Aurora shootings that killed 12 people and injured 70. Sunday, July 20, 2014 marks 2 years since theater massacre. Holmes' trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8, 2014 after three postponements. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A judge in the Colorado theater shooting cases says he will rule this week on whether a doctor will be allowed to videotape the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes.

Chinese woman in seed corn case released on bond

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:54
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Chinese woman charged as part of what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is free on bond after a judge said she is a flight risk but can be closely monitored until trial.