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Traps set after reports of giant snake on New Jersey's Lake Hopatcong

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:17
(Reuters) - In a scene that could open the film "Snakes on a Jet Ski," New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 20-foot-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong. Tales of the giant snake brought the state Department of Environmental Protection to the fresh water lake in northern New Jersey - the state's largest at 4 square miles (10 square km) - but the mystery has only deepened, DEP spokesman Bob Considine said on Monday. "One person says it's a boa constrictor, another says it's an anaconda," Considine said. "We don't have any confirmation of this snake at all." While a pet owner with a permit is allowed to keep a boa constrictor in New Jersey, anacondas are prohibited, Considine said.Initial reports of the creature surfaced more than a week ago when a resident of the lake popular with motor boat enthusiasts and jet skiers said he saw the snake under a dock at his boathouse.

New Mexico teens charged with beating two homeless men to death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:15
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Prosecutors have charged three New Mexico teens with murder for allegedly beating to death two homeless men whose bodies were so badly disfigured they have yet to be identified, police and the Albuquerque District Attorney's Office said. Kayla Anderson, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, said Alex Rios, aged 18, as well as a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old were arrested on Saturday and appeared in state court on Monday charged with open counts of first degree murder. According to a criminal complaint filed by police, the two younger teens live across the street from the vacant lot on Albuquerque's west side where the killings took place. The complaint filed by Detective Geoffrey Stone says the 16-year-old admitted to officers he and the other two defendants had beaten more than 50 people in random attacks over the past year, but that he said they went too far in the latest assault.

Yahoo buying app and analytics company Flurry

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:09
NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo is buying Flurry Inc., a startup that helps other programmers build better mobile applications and craft marketing campaigns for smartphones and tablets.

Park to update goat plan after fatal 2010 attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:06
SEATTLE (AP) — Four years after a mountain goat fatally gored a hiker in Olympic National Park, officials are looking at ways to manage the goats to protect public safety and the environment.

Texas man arrested for posing as veterinarian

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:41
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A 26-year-old Houston man has been arrested for practicing veterinary medicine without a license after he dispensed medicine and performed makeshift treatments on at least 50 animals, police said on Monday. Wilfredo Gutierrez, who worked as a technician at a veterinary clinic, supplemented his income by posing as a licensed vet. Pet owners "really believed that he was a veterinarian,” said Suzanne Hollifield of the Houston Police Department's Animal Cruelty Squad. A lawyer for Gutierrez was not immediately available for comment.

Nazi war crimes suspect, 89, hospitalized in US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:41
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Nazi war crimes suspect accused of aiding in the killings of 216,000 Jewish people at a death camp and now awaiting an extradition hearing has been hospitalized.

Widow: Jury sent tobacco company a $23B message

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:41

 Jury sent tobacco company a $23B messageA Florida widow awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband on Monday called the massive verdict a message to Big Tobacco, even though she likely won't see much if any of the money. ...


U.S. court denies bid to reconsider stay of Arizona execution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:37
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday rejected a bid by Arizona to remove a block that stops the state executing a double murderer until he is provided with more information about the drugs to be used to put him to death. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the state's request for the full court to review the case of Joseph Wood, who had been slated to be executed on Wednesday for killing his ex-girlfriend and her father in 1989 at an automotive body shop in Tucson. On Saturday a three-member panel of the court put the execution on hold, saying Wood was entitled to the information about the lethal injection procedure and had raised "serious questions" that his rights were being violated. In a 2-1 decision, the panel said the 55-year-old Wood could suffer "irreparable harm" if the information were not disclosed by the state about the drugs to be used and the qualifications of the medical staff to be involved.     A spokeswoman for Arizona's attorney general said the state planned to file an application later on Monday with U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt to lift the stay.

U.N. calls for probe of plane downed over Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:35

Members of the security council, including Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, vote on a resolution concerning access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during a security council meeting at United Nations headquarters, Monday, July 21, 2014. The resolution was adopted by a unanimous vote.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding international access to the site of the downed plane in Ukraine and an end to military activities around the area, following intense pressure on a reluctant Russia to support the measure.


Missing New Hampshire teen home after 9 months

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:35

Missing New Hampshire Teen's Letter MysteryA 15-year-old New Hampshire girl who disappeared while on her way home from school nine months ago is safely home with her family, the state attorney general said Monday.


New York City settles inmate death lawsuit for $2.75 million

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:34
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a jail inmate who claimed guards beat him to death. A spokesman for the city's Law Department on Monday confirmed the settlement with the estate of Ronald Spear, 52, who died in December 2012 at the city's Rikers Island jail. In a federal lawsuit filed last year in Manhattan, Spear's father claimed his son was assaulted for complaining that his medical care at the jail was inadequate. In March, an officer was charged with depriving a mentally ill inmate of medical aid after the inmate swallowed a corrosive disinfectant.

Seaside Heights carousel going up for auction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:34

Seaside Heights carousel going up for auctionThe 82-year-old carousel on the Seaside Heights boardwalk survived Superstorm Sandy and a devastating fire, but it may not survive changing economics.


Jury selection starts for Michigan man accused of killing black teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:32

Theodore Wafer sits in the back of the court room before his arraignment in Detroit, Michigan(Reuters) - Jury selection began on Monday for a white suburban Detroit homeowner charged with killing a black teenager with a shotgun blast to the face after she knocked on his door seeking help early one November morning. Theodore Wafer, 55, faces a second-degree murder charge and up to life in prison for the killing of Renisha McBride, 19, on his front porch. The racially charged case has sparked protests in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, and comparisons to the 2012 shooting death of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. McBride had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit for driving in Michigan when she died and had crashed a car hours before, according to witnesses who testified for prosecutors at the preliminary examination.


Suspect in Irish soldiers' deaths arrested in US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:32
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Federal agents have arrested a man who the Irish government says is a suspect in the abduction, torture and killing of two Irish soldiers serving as United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon 34 years ago.

$5M bond set for teens in homeless beating deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:26

Bedding, clothing and broken glass litter a homeless encampment in Albuquerque, Monday, July 21, 2014, where three teenagers are accused of fatally beating two homeless men. The teens, aged 15, 16 and 18, have been charged with open counts of murder in the Friday night killings. (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinder blocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.


Americans from Texas, California killed in Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:23

This 2012 photo provided by Rabbi Asher Hecht, shows Nissim Sean Carmeli, left, with Hecht in Jerusalem. The Israel Defense Forces said Sunday, July 20, 2014, in a statement that Carmeli was killed in combat in the Gaza Strip. Carmeli was from South Padre Island, Texas, said Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Southwest Maya Kadosh. (AP Photo/Rabbi Asher Hecht via Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley)Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America and had a passion for Israel.


Stretch of Pa. Turnpike goes to 70 mph Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:22

Stretch of Pa. Turnpike goes to 70 mph WednesdayThe speed limit is going up on parts of the Pennsylvania Turnpike this week.


Park to review goat policy after fatal 2010 attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:22
SEATTLE (AP) — Four years after a mountain goat fatally gored a hiker in Olympic National Park, officials are looking at ways to manage mountain goats to protect public safety and the environment.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater in Longport, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:19

Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater in Longport, NJThe Coast Guard has suspended its search for a boater who went missing after an accident near Longport, New Jersey


Death of baby killed by dog is ruled an accident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:16

In this Sunday, July 20, 2014 photo, a Montgomery County Animal Resource Center officer places a dog into a vehicle in Dayton, Ohio. Police in Dayton say the dog attacked and killed a 7-month-old boy. Police tell The Dayton Daily News that the baby's step-grandmother was watching the infant for the day when her dog attacked and killed him Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/The Dayton Daily News, Andy Sedlak) LOCAL PRINT OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WKEF-TV OUT; WRGT-TV OUT; WDTN-TV OUTDAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The death of a 7-month-old Indiana boy who was attacked and killed by a dog in Ohio has been ruled an accident.