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Texas search group says it will resume drone use

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:25
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation said it will resume using drones in its work after a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that a warning the group received to stop using them didn't have any legal consequences.

U.S. steps up deportation of Central American child migrants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:23
By Gabriel Stargardter SAN PEDRO SULA Honduras (Reuters) - More than 40 Central American children were expelled from the United States on flights to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on Friday, as the U.S. government stepped up its deportation of illegal child migrants. Thirty-three minors aged 6 months to 15 years along with 26 mothers landed on a U.S. flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the city with the world's highest murder rate. There, the first lady of the country, Ana Garcia de Hernandez, met them and immediately expressed concern. Friday's flights were the second lot after an initial group of deported children and women arrived in Honduras on Monday.

U.S. steps up deportation of Central American child migrants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:23
By Gabriel Stargardter SAN PEDRO SULA Honduras (Reuters) - More than 40 Central American children were expelled from the United States on flights to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on Friday, as the U.S. government stepped up its deportation of illegal child migrants. Thirty-three minors aged 6 months to 15 years along with 26 mothers landed on a U.S. flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the city with the world's highest murder rate. There, the first lady of the country, Ana Garcia de Hernandez, met them and immediately expressed concern. Friday's flights were the second lot after an initial group of deported children and women arrived in Honduras on Monday.

Court orders Denver to stop issuing gay marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:20

Two men, both wearing signs that read "he's the groom", hold hands shortly after midnight after getting a civil union when Colorado's civil union law went into effect in DenverBy Daniel Wallis and Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado's Supreme Court ordered the Denver County clerk on Friday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending the resolution of an appeal by the state's attorney general. The court ruling did not cover clerks in two other counties, Boulder and Pueblo, who have also been giving the permits to gay couples who they say have waited long enough. ...


New York mayor delays Italy trip by a day after backlash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:16

New York City mayor de Blasio speaks about the city's emergency preparedness for a summer storm bearing down on New York, at an official weigh in for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at City Hall in New YorkNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will delay a 10-day trip to Italy by a day after a wave of criticism over taking the longest holiday outside the city by a mayor in over a decade. De Blasio, a liberal who won November elections by a landslide, and his family were due to leave for Italy on Friday. His press secretary Phil Walzak said they would postpone their departure to Saturday so he could handle pressing city business. De Blasio has not been treated particularly kindly by the city's feisty tabloid press, especially with respect to his vacation plans in the wake of labor negotiations that threatened to affect tens of thousands of commuters.


New York mayor delays Italy trip by a day after backlash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:16

New York City mayor de Blasio speaks about the city's emergency preparedness for a summer storm bearing down on New York, at an official weigh in for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at City Hall in New YorkNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will delay a 10-day trip to Italy by a day after a wave of criticism over taking the longest holiday outside the city by a mayor in over a decade. De Blasio, a liberal who won November elections by a landslide, and his family were due to leave for Italy on Friday. His press secretary Phil Walzak said they would postpone their departure to Saturday so he could handle pressing city business. De Blasio has not been treated particularly kindly by the city's feisty tabloid press, especially with respect to his vacation plans in the wake of labor negotiations that threatened to affect tens of thousands of commuters.


Credible probe sought in downing of Malaysian jet

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:14

A woman walks past a body covered with a plastic sheet near the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane.


Names of bank robbers killed in shootout released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:04

This Wednesday July 16, 2014 image provided by the Stockton Police Department shows a condolence letter written for Misty Holt-Singh, who was married with children, one of the victims of a bank robbery Wednesday July 16, 2014 in Stockton, Calif. Three bank robbers took three women hostage as they made a getaway and waged a high-speed gunbattle with police that left three people dead and cars and homes riddled with bullets, authorities said. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)Authorities have released the names of two bank robbers killed during a gun battle with police in the Northern California city of Stockton.


Names of bank robbers killed in shootout released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:04

This Wednesday July 16, 2014 image provided by the Stockton Police Department shows a condolence letter written for Misty Holt-Singh, who was married with children, one of the victims of a bank robbery Wednesday July 16, 2014 in Stockton, Calif. Three bank robbers took three women hostage as they made a getaway and waged a high-speed gunbattle with police that left three people dead and cars and homes riddled with bullets, authorities said. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)Authorities have released the names of two bank robbers killed during a gun battle with police in the Northern California city of Stockton.


Local Ukrainian-Americans to hold peace rally

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:03

Local Ukrainian-Americans to hold peace rallyRoughly 100 Ukrainians are flocking to the Ben Franklin Parkway to pay their respects to those killed in the downed Malaysian plane disaster.


Local Ukrainian-Americans to hold peace rally

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:03

Local Ukrainian-Americans to hold peace rallyRoughly 100 Ukrainians are flocking to the Ben Franklin Parkway to pay their respects to those killed in the downed Malaysian plane disaster.


New York City mayor delays start of Italy vacation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:00
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has postponed his much-discussed family vacation to Italy by a day.

Accused Nazi camp guard tells U.S. court his service was involuntary

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:58
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - An 89-year-old man wanted in Germany for working as a concentration camp guard during World War Two said in court filings on Friday that he should not be deported because his service in the Waffen SS was involuntary. "What can be said with certainty is that Mr. Breyer is not a war criminal,” lawyers for Johann Breyer said in documents in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. The legal papers were filed ahead of a July 24 court hearing to determine if Breyer, a retired tool-and-die maker who emigrated to Philadelphia in 1952, should be extradited to Germany.

Accused Nazi camp guard tells U.S. court his service was involuntary

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:58
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - An 89-year-old man wanted in Germany for working as a concentration camp guard during World War Two said in court filings on Friday that he should not be deported because his service in the Waffen SS was involuntary. "What can be said with certainty is that Mr. Breyer is not a war criminal,” lawyers for Johann Breyer said in documents in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. The legal papers were filed ahead of a July 24 court hearing to determine if Breyer, a retired tool-and-die maker who emigrated to Philadelphia in 1952, should be extradited to Germany.

NYC doctor convicted of manslaughter for illegal prescriptions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:56
By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City pain management doctor was convicted on Friday of manslaughter and other charges for selling narcotics prescriptions to 20 patients, including two who fatally overdosed. A jury in Manhattan Supreme Court found Stan Li, 60, guilty on nearly 200 criminal counts, including manslaughter, grand larceny and drug trafficking, the New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Bridget Brennan, said in a statement. The prosecutor's office said Li would see as many as 100 patients a day, many of whom would line up waiting for his clinic to open in hopes of buying prescriptions for drugs like oxycodone, Vicodin, Valium and Xanax. One patient, Michael Cornetta, continued to get prescriptions from Li for more than a year, despite being treated in the emergency room twice for overdoses.

NYC doctor convicted of manslaughter for illegal prescriptions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:56
By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City pain management doctor was convicted on Friday of manslaughter and other charges for selling narcotics prescriptions to 20 patients, including two who fatally overdosed. A jury in Manhattan Supreme Court found Stan Li, 60, guilty on nearly 200 criminal counts, including manslaughter, grand larceny and drug trafficking, the New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Bridget Brennan, said in a statement. The prosecutor's office said Li would see as many as 100 patients a day, many of whom would line up waiting for his clinic to open in hopes of buying prescriptions for drugs like oxycodone, Vicodin, Valium and Xanax. One patient, Michael Cornetta, continued to get prescriptions from Li for more than a year, despite being treated in the emergency room twice for overdoses.

Testimony ends in Jesse Ventura defamation trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:55
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Attorneys for both sides rested their cases Friday in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

Same-sex marriage in limbo in Florida after judge strikes ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:54

Gibbons and Vargas of Oakland Park participate in the Decision Day Celebration Rally at the Pride Center, in Wilton ManorsBy Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Wedding bells may not be ringing anytime soon for gay couples in Florida, as conservatives vowed on Friday to fight a circuit judge's landmark ruling to strike down the state's same-sex marriage ban, a rising political issue for the fall elections. Gay couples began making plans to get married in Monroe County when Judge Luis Garcia ruled on Thursday that local clerks could begin issuing marriage licenses next Tuesday. Now that may not happen because Florida's Republican attorney general, Pam Bondi, announced the same day that she was appealing the decision, forcing a stay on same-sex marriages. "We’re taking it minute by minute," said Aaron Huntsman, the gay plaintiff in the case, along with his partner, William Lee Jones.


Prosecutors say Blagojevich lawyers misread ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:50

FILE - In this March 15, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves as he departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges. Blagojevich's lawyers submitted an additional argument on why an appeals court in Chicago should overturn the imprisoned former governor's convictions Wednesday July, 16, 2014 in Chicago. The two-page filing with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals refers to an April Supreme Court decision striking down laws that restrict aggregate limits on campaign contributions. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors responded Friday to a new argument in Rod Blagojevich's appeal, saying the imprisoned ex-governor's lawyers misrepresented a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a separate campaign-finance case.


Local golf pro preps for PGA Championship

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 06:45

Local golf pro preps for PGA ChampionshipA local golf pro is preparing to play in the PGA Championship, golf's final major of the season.