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Man uses "blowtorch" to kill spider, sets house on fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:42

Man uses "blowtorch" to kill spider, sets house on fireSeattle fire officials say a man trying to kill a spider caused a $60,000 fire using "a self-made blowtorch."


City in Fla. pays $25,000 for bra shaking search

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:33
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city has paid a $25,000 settlement to a woman ordered to shake out her bra during a traffic stop.

New York's MTA, unions to continue talks Thursday to avert strike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:31

Long Island Rail Road union representatives speak to the press after meetings with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New YorkBy Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and unions representing 5,400 workers on the Long Island Rail Road will continue talks to avert a strike that would cripple the nation's largest commuter railway, both sides said on Wednesday. We're committed," Anthony Simon, spokesman for the eight-union coalition, told reporters. A strike would leave some 300,000 daily weekday commuters from New York City's suburbs on Long Island scrambling for alternative transport. Commuters at Mineola, one of the railway's busier stops in Long Island, said they were already making contingency plans should the strike go ahead.


At least 2 dead after California bank robbery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:22
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Police say at least two people are dead and two others are hospitalized after a bank robbery and high-speed chase in Central California.

Missouri executes former drug dealer John Middleton for killing 3 people in 1995

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:20
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri executes former drug dealer John Middleton for killing 3 people in 1995.

Supreme Court declines to halt Missouri execution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:17

FILE - In this 2007 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is John Middleton. Middleton is scheduled to die for the 1995 murder of Alfred Pinegar, a suspected drug snitch in rural Missouri. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to halt a Missouri execution, and the state was moving forward to plans to carry it out.


Source: Finding pregnant Maui woman's jawbone aided murder charge against ex-boyfriend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:12
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Source: Finding pregnant Maui woman's jawbone aided murder charge against ex-boyfriend.

Couple sought in North Carolina theft of $10,000 dinosaur replica

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:06
By Marti Maguire RALEIGH N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina police said on Wednesday they were looking for a man and woman caught on video pilfering a duck-billed dinosaur replica valued at $10,000 from a state science museum. The pair, believed to be in their 20s, committed a felony on Monday when they took the roughly foot-long model of a baby Edmontosaurus from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, state police said. A police spokesman said divulging what was stolen in the prior heist might harm the investigation, but noted that item was valued at less than $1,000.  The replica swiped from the science museum, which is known for its dinosaur collection, was one of two hatchlings set in a nest among bits of shell and other eggs. Museum security officers noticed the empty nest on a routine patrol Tuesday morning, museum spokesman Jonathan Pishney said.

Funeral held for six killed in Texas family shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:05

Three caskets are lined up and about to be put into hearses after the funeral service for members of the Stay family at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Spring, TexasBy Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of mourners heard relatives share pleasant memories on Wednesday at the funeral of six family members, including four children, who were shot dead execution-style in their suburban Houston home last week. Those killed were Stephen Stay, 39, his wife Katie, 33, and their children Bryan, 13, Emily, 9, Rebecca, 7, and Zach, 4. "Please bless us that we will know the good that comes out of this seemingly senseless tragedy," Roger Lyon, the father of Katie, said in the invocation held at a Mormon chapel. Police said Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, entered the Stay house on July 10 posing as a delivery man and searching for his former wife, Katie's sister.


Funeral held for 6 slain family members in Texas (PHOTOS)

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:59

Funeral held for 6 slain family members in Texas (PHOTOS)Six white caskets containing the bodies of a suburban Houston couple and four of their five children were wheeled into a church for funeral services Wednesday, not far from where the family was gunned down at their home a week ago.


Trying gene therapy to create biological pacemaker

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:55

 Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker, by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induce a steady heartbeat. The study, published Wednesday, is one step toward developing an alternative to electronic pacemakers that are implanted into 300,000 Americans a year."There are people who desperately need a pacemaker but can't get one safely," said Marban, who led the work. "This development heralds a new era of gene therapy" that one day might offer them an option. (AP Photo/Eric Myer, Cedars-Sinia)WASHINGTON (AP) — No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat.


Driver gets probation in crash that electrocuted 2

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:54
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was sentenced to three years of probation Wednesday for a car wreck that led to the electrocution of two people who rushed to help him, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Studies see new risks for cholesterol drug niacin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:53

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 15, 2013, file photo, a pharmacist works at his desk located next to the prescription pick up counter in New York. New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health. Some prominent doctors say the drug now seems too risky for routine use.


Colorado judge proposes new trial date for accused theater gunman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:52

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado judge overseeing the murder case against accused theater gunman James Holmes proposed on Wednesday that jury selection begin in December for the trial that has already been postponed three times, a court filing shows. In a notice to prosecutors and public defenders, Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour said he will ask both sides to accept Dec. 8 as the day jury selection will start for Holmes, who is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder.


Museum raises $80M toward Detroit bankruptcy deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:48

The Honorable Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen, U.S. Eastern District Court, speaks to representatives from various Michigan corporations and individuals attending a press conference at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Mich., Wednesday, July 16, 2014 . The Detroit Institute of Arts says it has pledges for about 80 percent of the $100 million it promised toward an effort involving the state of Michigan and major foundations to prevent the sale of art and soften cuts to city retirees during Detroit's bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Todd McInturf) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts says it has pledges for about 80 percent of the $100 million it promised toward an effort involving the state of Michigan and major foundations to prevent the sale of art and soften cuts to city retirees during Detroit's bankruptcy.


New York's MTA, unions to continue talks Thursday to avert strike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:46

Long Island Rail Road union representatives speak to the press after meetings with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New YorkBy Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and unions representing 5,400 workers on the Long Island Rail Road will continue talks to avert a strike that may affect hundreds of thousands of commuters, both sides said on Wednesday. A strike would leave some 300,000 daily commuters from New York City's suburbs on Long Island scrambling for alternative transport." We will all be here and we will have communications back and forth all night long. A coalition of eight unions negotiating for workers have balked at a requirement that future workers would have to make steeper payments for their benefits, saying it would create an unfair two-tier system among the LIRR's employees. The two sides met in offices near Times Square on Wednesday afternoon after talks broke down on Monday with a possible strike set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.


Talks resuming Thursday in NY rail labor dispute

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:44

Anthony Simon, left, lead union negotiator for Long Island Rail Road Union, speaks during a news conference accompanied by union representative Dean Devita, right, in New York on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 after Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an appeal Wednesday morning for the sides to resume negotiating. MTA and union officials said they agreed to resume negotiating. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Talks aimed at averting a strike at the nation's largest commuter railroad are continuing.


Lawyer: Don't prejudge woman in son's poison death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:38

This undated file photo provided by the Westchester County District Attorney’s office shows Lacey Spears, who was indicted June 17, 2014, in White Plains, N.Y., on charges of depraved murder and manslaughter in the death of her son, 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears. The 26-year-old woman, who documented her young son's persistent illness on social media, was charged with killing him by poisoning him in January with sodium while sharing her son's hospital room at Nyack Hospital in Rockland County. (AP Photo/Westchester County District Attorney, File)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A lawyer asked the public Wednesday not to rush to judgment in the case of a young mother accused of killing her 5-year-old son by poisoning him with salt, but he offered no details in her defense.


Ex-SEAL testifies that he saw Ventura punched

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:32
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former U.S. Navy SEAL testified Wednesday that he saw military sniper Chris Kyle punch former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in a bar in 2006, providing the most complete account yet backing the version told by Kyle in his best-selling autobiography.

Ex-prosecutor asks for pardon in fatal GM crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:30
HOUSTON (AP) — A former Texas prosecutor has asked the state to pardon a woman who pleaded guilty in a 2004 car crash that killed her fiance, saying she now believes the accident was caused by a faulty General Motors ignition switch.