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The Latest: Colorado shooter's father noticed changes in son

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 07:24

In this image taken from Colorado Judicial Department video, Robert Holmes, center top, the father of James Holmes, who is pictured at top left in light-colored shirt, is sworn in by Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr., far right, before giving testimony during the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):


ESPN: Phillies trade Jonathan Papelbon to Nationals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 07:18

Phillies trade Jonathan Papelbon to NationalsThe Philadelphia Phillies have traded closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals in exchange for a minor league pitcher, according to ESPN.


Man, mom accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, their baby

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 07:15

Yolanda Gilreath, 51, center, is escorted into the Nassau County police headquarters in Mineola N.Y., Tuesday, July 28, 2015, after she and her son Malachi Blaylock, 20, were arrested on charges they kidnapped Blaylock's former girlfriend and their baby and kept them captive for several days on Long Island. Police said the 20-year-old woman was lured by a text message from Gilreath, the child's grandmother, saying she wanted to see the child. When the woman arrived, police said Blaylock grabbed the child and kept the woman captive, and beat her repeatedly for five days, until she was able to call for help. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A man and his mother have been charged with kidnapping his former girlfriend and their infant son and holding them captive for five days, stabbing and beating her before she escaped, police said Tuesday.


American accused of killing Zimbabwe's popular Cecil the lion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 07:09
Wildlife officials on Tuesday accused an American hunter of killing Cecil, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death. The lion was lured out of Hwange National Park using a bait and was shot by Walter James Palmer, Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF), told reporters. LionAid, a conservation group, said Cecil was wounded with a bow and arrow, and not shot dead until 40 hours later.

U.S. defense secretary to advise senior leaders on budget

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 07:03
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to meet with senior military leaders on Thursday to map out his budget priorities for the coming year, the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer said on Tuesday. "It's going to be a chance for the secretary to meet with all the leadership from the co-coms (combatant commands) and the services and talk about some of the choices that we're facing on the budget," Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told reporters at an industry conference. Carter's Senior Leadership Council includes the combatant commanders, the military service chiefs and other top Defense Department officials.

US military chief: World risks becoming immune to crises

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 07:01
NEW YORK (AP) — The top U.S. military official warned Tuesday that the world risks becoming immune to the suffering caused by escalating global security threats.

Fires in U.S. West threaten thousands of structures

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:56

Handout photo of the Reynolds Fire burning in Glacier National ParkFires burning in drought-parched California on Tuesday menaced thousands of structures as firefighters struggled to corral the blazes there and elsewhere in the U.S. West, authorities said. The so-called Lowell Fire north of the state capital, Sacramento, has injured four of the 2,277 firefighters battling it, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire). One firefighter was hospitalized with serious burns, CalFire said.


Spaceship pilot describes harrowing free fall after breakup

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just to stay conscious.

Minnesota man accused in illegal killing of African lion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:47

Minnesota man accused in illegal killing of African lionAn avid Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn't aware of the animal's status "until the end of the hunt."


Part of Pentagon email network taken down over suspicious activity

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:47
An unclassified email network used by Army General Martin Dempsey and other members of the U.S. military's Joint Staff has been taken off line because of suspicious activity, a Pentagon spokeswoman said on Tuesday. "We continue to identify and mitigate cybersecurity risks across our networks," Henderson said.

Chester County nurse arrested for stealing morphine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:35

Chester County nurse arrested for stealing morphineA Chester County nurse has been arrested for stealing morphine and other drugs from the nursing home where she worked.


Police: Man who led cops on 2 hour chase stole underwear

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:34

 Man who led cops on 2 hour chase stole underwearInvestigators said on Tuesday that the man who led police officers from multiple agencies on a two hour pursuit that spanned two states was wanted for stealing underwear.


Twitter 2Q revenue grows sharply but user growth stays slow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:32

The logo for Twitter adorns a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Twitter surprised investors with a strong earnings report Tuesday even as the company searches for a permanent CEO and faces ongoing challenges growing its user base. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter failed to add users at a quick enough pace for investors in the second quarter even as revenue grew sharply, feeding concerns about whether it can ever become a mass-market service like Facebook or Google.


Family of late black golf great accused of $1 million theft

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:22

FILE-In this Nov. 13, 2014 file photo former PGA golfer Charlie Sifford sits in the dining room in his home in Brecksville, Ohio. Authorities say the son and ex-daughter-in-law of the late black golfing pioneer Sifford have been indicted on charges related to the theft of more than $1 million from him. Craig and Sandra Sifford were charged Tuesday, July 28, 2015 with theft, money laundering and unauthorized use of property. Both are 48. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office says they spent Sifford's money on travel, dining, clothes, jewelry and landscaping. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — The son and ex-daughter-in-law of late black golf pioneer Charlie Sifford were indicted Tuesday on charges they stole more than $1 million from him.


FDA approves stomach-filling balloon for weight loss

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved an inflatable medical balloon that aids weight loss by filling up space in the stomach.

Father of Colorado movie gunman pleads with jury for his life

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:21
The father of the Colorado movie massacre gunman pleaded on Tuesday for his son's life, showing the jury photos of family vacations during the days when he said James Holmes was "a really excellent kid" who is mentally ill and not to blame for his July 2012 rampage. Bob Holmes, who with his wife Arlene has attended the proceedings on the outskirts of Denver almost every day since they began in late April, made his long-anticipated appearance on the witness stand during the trial's punishment phase. Arlene Holmes was expected to testify next.

Authorities: California teen accused of killing 8-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:21

Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel gestures during a news conference, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Santa Cruz, Calif. The search for missing 8-year-old girl Madyson Middleton came to a tragic end after police found a body inside a trash bin at a Northern California complex where she was last seen riding her scooter. A teenage boy, who lives in the complex was arrested around the same time the body was found and is being questioned on suspicion of homicide. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy lured an 8-year-old girl into his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the housing complex for artists where they lived, authorities said Tuesday.


Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:17

FILE - In this March 16, 2011, file photo, exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal in Thompsons, Texas. A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.


Obama administration to allow prisoners access to college grants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:16
U.S prisoners will soon be eligible for federal grants to take college courses online, a Justice Department official said on Tuesday. The Justice Department and the Department of Education will announce on Friday a limited pilot program for incarcerated Americans to apply for federal Pell grants. The program builds on efforts from the White House to provide pathways out of prison by reducing sentences and giving second chances to those who have served time.

Dozens of brilliant bronze works on display at Getty Museum

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:15

 Bronze Sculpture of Hellenistic World" exhibit in Los Angeles. The exhibit brings together more than 50 bronzes from the Hellenistic period that extended from about 323 to 31 B.C. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's almost as if the dozens of exquisitely detailed, often perfectly intact bronze sculptures on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum disappeared into an ancient witness-protection program — and decided to stay there for thousands of years.