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Thieves steal air conditioners from rural Tennessee churches

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:37
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Thieves have been stealing central air conditioning units from rural Tennessee churches during a scorching summer heat wave, and they'll face hell fire for eternity if they're not caught here on earth, a church official said on Tuesday. He's the almighty," said Bill Casteel, an elder at Union Grove Church of Christ in Cleveland in southeast Tennessee. Three units, worth $9,000, were stolen from Casteel's church, said Bob Gault, spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office. Other units worth thousands of dollars each were taken from Cedar Springs Baptist Church and Thompson Springs Baptist Church in the same town.

Fmr. youth coach sentenced for child rape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:37

Fmr. youth coach sentenced for child rapeA former youth football coach and convicted child rapist will spend the next 18 to 40 years in prison.


San Antonio makes history as it names black woman mayor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:35
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - San Antonio's city council elected Ivy Taylor the new mayor of the seventh most populous U.S. city, making the Yale graduate the first African American to hold the post. Taylor, 44, a housing executive in San Antonio before being elected to City Council in 2009, succeeds Julian Castro, who resigned on Tuesday to take a cabinet post in the Obama administration heading the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "I'm certainly excited to represent the ladies," she said. "I hope to inspire other young ladies to think about all of the things that they can do." The city charter calls for a mayor to be appointed from among the 10 sitting city council members when the elected mayor resigns. Taylor will serve as mayor until the next municipal elections in May 2015. Unlike other major Texas cities, San Antonio does not have a large population of African Americans, who make up 6.9 percent of the city of about 1.4 million, according to the 2010 Census.

At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:33

In this 1930s photo provided by the Hendrickson family, Richard Hendrickson leans into the wind as a storm hits a Long Island, N.Y. beach. Hendrickson, who started recording temperatures when Herbert Hoover was in the White House, is being honored as the longest serving volunteer weather data collector for the National Weather Service for his 84 years of collecting information from his farm on eastern Long Island. (AP Photo/Hendrickson Family)It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White House in 1930.


Homeless slayings underscore dangers on the street

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:32
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque underscores the vulnerability of transients, who prosecutors and police said Tuesday are often victimized but rarely report the crimes.

Louisiana Gov. Jindal sued over Common Core

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:30
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.

Father: Son, 11, saved life of own alleged rapist

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:29

 Son, 11, saved life of own alleged rapistA Daytona Beach father beat an 18-year-old man unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his 11-year-old son early Friday morning, police said.


Judge spins rhymes in puppy-napping case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:25
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man accused of stealing an English bulldog puppy at gunpoint was convicted of the crime by a judge who left him with a rhyme.

Philly man and accused Nazi guard gets bail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:25

Philly man and accused Nazi guard gets bailAn 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect who was jailed while awaiting extradition to Germany has been granted bail after being hospitalized.


NY judge orders 24-7 Argentina debt talks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:22
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday ordered around-the-clock negotiations aimed at averting a second debt default by Argentina in 13 years, saying a default would hurt "real people."

Towns struggle with debate over immigrant services

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:00

Lucy Francis, of Lynn, Mass., center, displays a placard and chants slogans during a rally, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, on the steps of City Hall, in Lynn, Mass., held to protest what organizers describe as the scapegoating of immigrants for problems in the city. The mayor of Lynn and education officials complain their schools are being overwhelmed by young Guatemalans who speak neither English or Spanish as their first language. (AP Photo)LYNN, Mass. (AP) — The debate over unaccompanied Central American young people entering the country illegally is roiling at least one Massachusetts community.


Couple marries in Omaha's largest cemetery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:57

In a July 19, 2014 photo, Oliver Bonham-Carter and Janyl Jumadinova hold their wedding ceremony at the chapel at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha, Neb. the bride is from Kyrgyzstan and holds a firm belief in spirits. Some of the groom's ancestors are buried in the cemetery. The couple married earlier this year in a small ceremony in Pennsylvania, but wanted to hold another ceremony so friends and family could bear witness. (AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald/Matt Miller)  MAGS OUT TV OUT US ONLYOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska couple chose an unusual venue for their wedding: the largest cemetery in Omaha.


Autistic twin men locked up in Maryland home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:53
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A Maryland couple is accused of keeping their autistic, 22-year-old twin sons locked in a basement room at night with no furniture and a tiny window for light.

Paterno's son and other ex-coach sue Penn State for lost careers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:48

Penn State's offensive line and tight ends coach Bill Kenney walks on the sideline against Houston in the TicketCity Bowl football game in DallasBy David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Two former assistant football coaches at Penn State University, including the son of disgraced former head coach Joe Paterno, are suing the school for actions they say wrecked their careers in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal. Jay Paterno, who was quarterbacks coach for 12 seasons under his father, and Bill Kenney, the former offensive coach, were both fired in January 2012 by Bill O'Brien, the coach who replaced the elder Paterno. "The terminations ... had the effect of branding and stigmatizing plaintiffs as participants in the (Jerry) Sandusky scandal, and, by so doing, maligned plaintiff's heretofore stellar reputations," lawyers for the two men said in their complaint, filed on Monday in federal court in Philadelphia.


Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:46

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Kerry has returned to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel. (AP Photo/Pool)CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence.


Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:44

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, July 14, to Sunday, July 20:


Ohio woman has long road ahead after rock attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:42

This undated photo provided by Randy Budd shows his wife, Sharon Budd, a middle school language arts teacher. On July 10, 2014, a football-sized rock thrown from an interstate overpass in central Pennsylvania shattered her skull, but after nearly two weeks, including a surgery lasting more than 13 hours that involved removing damaged parts of her brain, doctors are cautiously optimistic. (AP Photo/Randy Budd)DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass in Pennsylvania had shattered Sharon Budd's skull — to keep her alive.


Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:36

FILE - This May 18, 2013 file photo shows Hannah Hooper, left, and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove performing as part of Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Grouplove's, “Ways to Go,” was the most viral track on Spotify, from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP, file)The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, July 14 to Sunday, July 20 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.


Police: Man leaves mom, 98, in truck at casino

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:34
HANOVER, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland say a North Carolina man left a vulnerable person sitting in his truck in a casino parking garage for nearly five hours: his 98-year-old mother.

Ohio man sentenced to 30 years for enslaving woman, child

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 03:31
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND Ohio (Reuters) - An Ohio man convicted of enslaving a mentally disabled woman and her young daughter for nearly two years was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison Tuesday, according to a federal prosecutor's office. Jordie Callahan, 27, was convicted in March of conspiracy, forced labor and acquiring a controlled substance by deception. Prosecutors had recommended Callahan and Jessica Hunt, his co-defendant girlfriend also convicted in March, spend the rest of their lives in prison. Callahan threatened to kill the woman only identified in court as “S.E.” if she did not engage in sex acts with him and he used threats to the victim’s daughter to maintain control over her, according to court documents filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio.