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Police: Texas soldier beat daughter to death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:22
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Fort Bliss soldier was charged with capital murder after he fatally beat his 2-year-old daughter with a belt because she soiled her diaper, according to West Texas police.

US spacecraft enters Mars orbit, India probe next

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:20

In this artist concept provided by NASA, the MAVEN spacecraft approaches Mars on a mission to study its upper atmosphere. Late Sunday night, Sept. 21, 2014,NASA's Maven spacecraft entered orbit around Mars for an unprecedented study of the red planet's atmosphere following a 442 million-mile journey that began nearly a year ago. (AP Photo/NASA)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Next up, India. With NASA's Maven spacecraft safely in orbit around Mars, the spotlight shifts to India's first mission to the red planet.

Destructive California wildfire burns on as weather heats up

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:17

A downed power line burned by the King Fire is seen in White Meadows, northeast of Sacramento, CaliforniaBy Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - Crews fighting a California wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and charred 28 square miles of forest land have made progress, but officials said on Monday the return of high temperatures and low humidity could fuel a new flare-up. The so-called King Fire, which broke out on Sept. 13, was burning through drought-parched timber and brush in the popular El Dorado National Forest and Tahoe National Forest, areas northeast of Sacramento. No residents have been hurt, said fire service spokesman Tom Piranio, but 2,800 people had been evacuated. ...

Judge upholds video limits in Jodi Arias trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:15

FILE - This Jan. 9, 2013 file photo shows Jodi Arias appearing for her trial in Maricopa County Superior court in Phoenix. A judge has ruled, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, that Arias can represent herself in the upcoming penalty phase of her murder trial. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)A judge Monday refused to lift restrictions on camera coverage of the penalty phase of Jodi Arias' retrial.

Officials catch cougar roaming Utah neighborhoods

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:12
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A young mountain lion was let go back into the wild Monday a day after roaming into a Salt Lake City neighborhood and forcing dozens of families to stay inside their homes for nearly five hours.

More Americans see influence of religion waning: poll

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:09

People watch the skyline of Manhattan from Hoboken, New Jersey, while the Empire State Building is seen lit up in blue to mark World Autism Day in New YorkBy Mary Wisniewski (Reuters) - Nearly three-quarters of the public think religion is losing influence in American life and a growing number want religion to play more of a role in politics, according to a poll released on Monday. The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues has gone up 6 percentage points since the 2010 midterm elections, to 49 percent from 43 percent, the Pew Research Center survey found. ...

Police search apartment of man seen with missing Virginia student

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:08

Handout of Jesse Leroy Matthew wanted in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hanna Graham(Reuters) - Police searching for a missing University of Virginia student issued a wanted poster for a man in the case on Monday and searched his apartment, a city spokeswoman said. Charlottesville officers executed a search warrant on the apartment of Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr, 32, but the results have not been released, spokeswoman Miriam Dickler said. It was the second time police had searched Matthew's apartment since the disappearance of Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore from Alexandria, Virginia, early on Sept. 13. Matthew was the last person known to have seen Graham. ...

Missing Afghan soldiers found trying to cross U.S.-Canada border: official

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:04

Afghan Soldiers Go Missing In Massachusetts After Mall TripBOSTON (Reuters) - Three Afghan National Army soldiers who did not return to a training exercise at U.S. military base in Massachusetts were found trying to cross the Canadian border, a Massachusetts State Police official said on Monday. The men presented themselves at a border crossing near Niagara Falls, New York, said David Procopio, a spokesman with the Massachusetts State Police. "We were notified this morning by federal law enforcement that the three missing soldiers had been located at a border checkpoint by Niagara Falls and were being interviewed by federal authorities," Procopio ...

Indiana man dies trying rim-to-rim hike at Grand Canyon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:03
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A 46-year-old Indiana man collapsed and died while trying to hike rim-to-rim with his two brothers at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, a park official said on Monday. Michael Sperry, of Valparaiso, was pronounced dead at the scene about half a mile below Ribbon Falls on the popular North Kaibab Trail late on Friday afternoon, park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge said in a statement. Sperry was on an extended day hike with his brothers when he collapsed and immediately lost consciousness as witnesses began efforts to resuscitate him, park officials said. ...

New York man sent to prison for causing death of 13 pit bulls

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:02
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suburban New York man who admitted causing the death of 13 pit bulls he trained to fight was sentenced on Monday to up to three years in prison, officials said. Anthony Reddick, 53, also will be prohibited from owning any animals for 15 years, according to the office of Nassau County, New York District Attorney Kathleen Rice. A garage fire in February at a Freeport, New York building where Reddick lived killed 13 dogs that were bred and trained for fighting, Rice's office said. ...

Warrant issued for heir who missed NYC court date

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:58
NEW YORK (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor in Texas a decade ago, because he failed to show up for a New York City court appearance.

2nd trial begins for man accused of killing teen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:52
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in the second trial of a Florida man accused of killing a Georgia teenager during an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store.

Traffickers sold tacos with a 'side of meth': Colorado prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:49
DENVER (Reuters) - Authorities in Colorado broke up a drug trafficking ring and seized 55 pounds of methamphetamine, ending what prosecutors said on Monday was an audacious network that involved a food truck selling tacos "with a side of meth." The state's Attorney General John Suthers said a five-week operation using five wiretaps led to one of the biggest meth busts in Colorado history, and to the dismantling of a group that was importing the drug from Mexico via California. "The brazenness of this ring was astounding. ...

FBI watching some Americans who returned from Syria conflict

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:47
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the 100 Americans who went to Syria and Iraq to join up with radical groups like Islamic State have returned to the United States, U.S. officials said on Monday, amid fears that such foreign fighters could pose a security threat at home. The officials, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to the United Nations General Assembly this week, did not provide a specific number of Americans who had returned. For weeks U.S. ...

Prosecutor to drop all Seattle marijuana tickets

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:47
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's elected prosecutor said Monday he's dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the legal pot law.

Study links changing winds to warming in Pacific

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:40

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2008, file photo, sea birds rest on a rock off Cape Meares, Ore. A new study released Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, finds that warming temperatures in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of North America over the past century closely follow natural changes in the wind, not the increases in greenhouse gases related to global warming. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File)A new study released Monday found that warming temperatures in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of North America over the past century closely followed natural changes in the wind, not increases in greenhouse gases related to global warming.

Dolls, games, pots, pans up for toy hall of fame

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:39

My Little Pony toys are on display at a Toys R Us store on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Colonie, N.Y. My Little Pony is among the 12 finalists for induction this year into the National Toy Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Pots and pans and paper airplanes are among the 12 finalists for induction this year into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Lawyer: Mom in hot car death case passed polygraph

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:39
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia woman whose husband is charged with murder in the death of their toddler son in a hot vehicle passed a polygraph test in which she was asked about whether she knew her husband would leave the child in the vehicle, her lawyer said Monday.

Ice in Arctic seas shrinks to 6th-lowest recorded

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:34
NEW YORK (AP) — Ice in Arctic seas shrank this summer to the sixth lowest level in 36 years of monitoring.

Hate crime alleged in assault on disabled man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 03:32
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Attorney General has brought new charges against three teens in an assault on a man with a mental disability. A video of the incident had been posted online.