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NY judge dismisses suit over 'Deep Throat' film

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:50
NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan judge has found a lot of differences between the porn classic "Deep Throat" and last year's Hollywood-produced biography of the world's first major porn star.

Surf's up: Hurricane Marie sends big waves to Southern California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:49
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Waves up to 15 feet (4.5 meters) high generated by a Pacific Ocean hurricane will hammer Southern California beaches in coming days, creating dangerous conditions for beachgoers and threatening coastal flooding, meteorologists said on Tuesday. Hurricane Marie, a Category 2 storm located about 550 miles southwest of Mexico's Baja California, will generate the big swells even though it is moving away from the U.S. West Coast, said National Weather Service weather specialist Stuart Ceto. ...

Man in wheelchair begging for money fatally shot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:49
MIAMI (AP) — A man in a wheelchair begging for money at a busy Miami intersection was fatally shot and police were questioning a suspect who led them on a high-speed interstate chase before crashing his car.

Darby Library, oldest in nation, on verge of closure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:34

Darby Library, oldest in nation, on verge of closureMoney woes may soon force the nation's oldest library to close - the Darby Free Library in Delaware County.

USC to vet football player's rescue story after doubts: coach

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:30
The University of Southern California plans to vet the story of how one of its football players injured himself rescuing a young nephew from a swimming pool after it received calls questioning the account, head coach Steve Sarkisian said on Tuesday. Josh Shaw, a senior defensive back and team captain, said he suffered two high ankle sprains on Saturday after leaping from a second-floor balcony at an apartment complex in Palmdale, California, to help a 7-year-old nephew who was distressed in a swimming pool. "Within the last few hours or so, we've gotten a few phone calls contradicting what Josh said occurred Saturday night, so we're going to continue to vet," Sarkisian told reporters. Shaw, 22, has been hailed by the university and media for his heroism after his story was published on the USC football team's website on Monday.

Impasse over Kurdish tanker near Texas to drag on, more tussles likely: source

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:29

The oil tanker United Kalavyrta, carrying a cargo of Kurdish crude oil, approaches Galveston, TexasBy Terry Wade HOUSTON (Reuters) - A tanker loaded with $100 million of Kurdish crude oil cannot be delivered in Texas soon because of risks for buyers as Iraq mulls further legal challenges, so a month-long standoff will drag on, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday. Buyers of Kurdish crude could face lawsuits from Baghdad if the oil moves close to U.S. "Right now they don't really have a way to get the oil onshore." Despite the court's ruling, cargo handling companies and a would-be buyer balked at bringing the oil ashore on Tuesday. In another sign of possible delays, not one cargo handling company stepped forward to say it would transfer oil from the United Kalavrvta tanker to smaller ships that can fit into the port of Galveston, the U.S.

With Lady Luck no longer at its side, Revel casino details closure plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:23
As hopes for a last-minute buyer dim, Atlantic City's Revel casino has laid out its closure plans, from disposing of opened bottles of alcohol to cashing unredeemed poker chips. The plans detailed in court documents mark the end of a $2.4 billion hotel-casino that was hailed by state leaders including Governor Chris Christie as a model for reviving the New Jersey seaside city when it opened in 2012.

Father of student: fatal flight was to see sights

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:23

Investigators look at the wreckage of a plane resting on the side of a road, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Richmond Heights, Ohio. The Cessna 172R crashed and burst into flames just after takeoff Monday from Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, Ohio, outside of Cleveland, killing all four people on board, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Monday, killing four college students who were taking a sightseeing flight around Cleveland after their first day of classes.

Ex-federal official convicted in child porn case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:22
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal jury in Omaha has convicted a former acting director of cyber security at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of several child pornography counts.

Off-duty Longport police officer killed in motorcycle crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:19

Off-duty Longport police officer killed in motorcycle crashLongport police are mourning the death of Sergeant Charles Adams, a 21-year veteran of their department who was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a SUV.

Serial stabbing suspect sues to be sent to Israel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:17

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2010 file photo, Elias Abuelazam is escorted by authorities after arriving on a flight in Flint, Mich. Abuelazam, serving a life sentence for murder in a series of stabbings in the Flint area is suing to be deported to Israel, his home country. Elias Abuelazam says he committed attempted murder there in 2009 and is willing to stand trial and be sent to prison. His lawsuit against the federal government has been transferred to Washington from a federal court in Grand Rapids. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — A man serving a life sentence for murder in a series of stabbings in Michigan is suing to try to be sent to Israel, his native country.

Suspect in L.A. killings investigated for ties to other shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:14
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 is also under investigation for possible ties to several other shootings in recent months, police said on Tuesday. 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 Hernandez after two women and a man were gunned down in quick succession on Sunday. Hernandez was arrested that evening.

Couple plead guilty in man's Craigslist killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:13
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A newlywed couple charged in the stabbing death of a stranger they lured through a Craigslist ad offering companionship pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and face mandatory sentences of life without parole.

Harrisburg, Penn. treasurer allegedly embezzled from nonprofit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:09
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - The treasurer of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's capital city which nearly went bankrupt three years ago, on Tuesday was accused by prosecutors of embezzling from a nonprofit organization he ran. John Campbell, 26, who was elected in 2011, was charged with felony theft and fraudulent conduct for allegedly stealing nearly $8,500 from Historic Harrisburg Association, where he was executive director until April and which did business with the city. Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico said Campbell was expected to surrender in a few days. Mayor Eric Papenfuse said that he expects Campbell to resign as city treasurer soon.

ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 05:42
A third American hostage held by ISIS has been identified as a 26-year-old American woman who was kidnapped a year ago while doing humanitarian relief work in Syria. The terror group is demanding $6.6 million and the release of U.S. prisoners for the li..

Doctor describes girl's injuries after abduction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 05:41
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 5-year-old girl abducted from her Philadelphia classroom suffered severe physical injuries from a sexual assault that required surgery, a doctor testified Tuesday.

California quake warning system delayed by lack of funding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 05:36
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A system to provide early warnings of earthquakes such as the one which shook California's wine country this week is planned and ready to go, but two years after the scientific work finished, the funding is still being lined up. California passed a law last year to start the system, but did not appropriate the money needed to build it. A system to cover California, Washington and Oregon would cost $38 million, according to the U.S.

Kansas lawyer is 'go to guy' in battle against Obama on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 05:34
By Mica Rosenberg and Jeff Mason NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As President Barack Obama prepares to announce major immigration policy changes, conservative attorney Kris Kobach is fighting a case in federal court he says has the potential to “torpedo” the president’s plans. Kobach, the Republican secretary of state of Kansas, is an architect of laws in several states to combat illegal immigration. He is also the most prominent figure among a small group of lawyers working to punch legal holes in Obama's immigration policies.     Obama has pledged to act alone in the face of congressional inaction on immigration reform, and an announcement could come in early September. Immigration advocates close to the White House are pressing for work permits and relief from deportation for up to 5 million people.     While opponents can't craft a legal strategy until Obama lays out the specifics of his plan, Kobach is likely to be at the forefront of any battle.     "I think anybody inclined to challenge (Obama’s action) would either already know, or would ask around and find out, that Kobach is one of the main go-to guys," said Michael Jung, a private lawyer in Dallas who has worked with Kobach.

2 suspects ID'd in attacks on seniors in Philly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 05:34

2 suspects ID'd in attacks on seniors in PhillyPhiladelphia police have identified two suspects wanted for a series of attacks on seniors.

White House honor comes as vet's business totters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 05:34
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — After a decade of being fired or quitting jobs in his struggle to adjust to civilian life, former Marine Corps sniper Matt Victoriano started his own coffee shop, vowing to employ struggling vets like himself.