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Man jailed in Detroit mob beating needed father -judge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:40

Family members of Steve Utash watch from the back of the courtroom during the preliminary examination of co-defendants Latrez Cummings , James Davis and Wonzy Saffold in the beating of motorist Steve Utash after he accidentally struck and injured a child w(Reuters) - A judge on Thursday told a man who pleaded guilty to being part of a mob assault on a motorist in Detroit that he had needed a father "to beat the hell out of you" and then sentenced the defendant to six months in jail. Latrez Cummings, 19, was the last of four defendants who pleaded guilty in Wayne County Circuit Court as adults to assaulting motorist Steven Utash, who had accidentally struck a child on April 2. Judge James Callahan sentenced Cummings to three years probation, the first six months of it to be served in jail, citing in part a lack of a father's presence. Cummings had told the judge his father was not in his life.


Elaine Stritch, brash stage performer, dies at 89

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:39

Elaine Stritch, brash stage performer, dies at 89Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a theatrical icon, has died, according to Brigade Marketing. She was 89.


Medical helicopter crashes in New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:38

In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo provided by The Guadalupe County Communicator, New Mexico State Police personnel climb a rocky mesa to look at the wreckage of a medical transport helicopter that crashed early Thursday morning, July 17, 2014, several miles north of Newkirk, N.M. (AP Photo/M.E. Sprengelmeyer, the Guadalupe County Communicator) NO SALES MAGS OUT NO ARCHIVENEWKIRK, N.M. (AP) — A medical helicopter flying to pick up a patient crashed into an eastern New Mexico mesa early Thursday, bursting into flames and killing all three crew members on board, authorities said.


Swimmer reports shark bite off Hawaii coast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:35
HONOLULU (AP) — Maui officials say a 61-year-old man was taken to a hospital after telling them he had been bitten by a shark.

Trooper pleads guilty in theft from dying motorist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:33

In this Dec. 17, 2012 photo, Connecticut State Police Trooper Aaron Huntsman, left, stands with attorney Ryan McGuigan in Bridgeport, Conn., Superior Court, charged with stealing cash and jewelry from a dying accident victim. Huntsman entered a guilty plea Wednesday, July 16, 2014. He faces 18 months in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 3. (AP Photo/Connecticut Post, B.K. Angeletti) MANDATORY CREDIT: CONNECTICUT POST/B.K. ANGELETTI. NO SALES.BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state trooper has pleaded guilty to charges he stole cash and jewelry from a dying accident victim.


Police: Bank robbery suspects intended to kill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:32

This Thursday, July 17, 2014 booking photo provided by the Stockton Police Department shows Jaime Ramos, 19, who was booked on suspicion of homicide, kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder in a Stockton, Calif. bank robbery that led to a high speed chase. Two other suspects were killed and two of the hostages were wounded during the ensuing chase. The third hostage, who police believe was used as a human shield, was found dead in the SUV after the shootout.. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Police in California say the suspects who robbed a bank and took three people hostage also intended to kill people.


Eclectic mix of donors in race to succeed Cantor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — The race to succeed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has attracted donations from Sarah Palin and Emmy-winning TV producer Jonathan Littman, as both Republican and Democratic candidates reap the benefits of Cantor's upset loss in last month's GOP primary.

22 bodies counted at Ukraine plane crash site

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:29

 295 on Malaysia plane shot downA Ukrainian official tells the AP a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country.


Attorney: Detroit boy who went missing doing well

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:29
DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer for a 12-year-old Detroit boy who was found in the basement of his home says the child is doing well living with his mother, while his father and stepmother deny any abuse and demand a jury trial in their fight for custody.

Buckyball magnetic toys recalled, ending legal fight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:06
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Magnetic toys called Buckyballs, which can be swallowed and have been blamed for numerous injuries, are being recalled at the end of a years-long legal fight, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday. Millions of the loose, high-powered rare earth magnets were sold as toys and desktop accessories. Under a settlement accord, owners of Buckyballs and similar Buckycubes can obtain refunds through a trust overseen by the CPSC, the agency said in a statement. Craig Zucker, co-founder of the former distributor of Buckyballs, Maxfield and Oberton Holdings, will fund the trust.

Man arrested after Seattle deadly boat collision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 02:00

30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014, on the western shores of Lake Washington in Seattle, Wash. At least four people involved in the crash were pulled from the water. Three people were listed in critical condition and transported to Harborview Medical Center, and a fourth victim died at the scene. Seattle police spokesman Drew Fowler says the operators of both boats are being investigated for boating under the influence. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)SEATTLE (AP) — The driver of a motorboat has been arrested after a deadly collision with a sailboat that killed a young woman and injured two others on Seattle's Lake Washington, police said Thursday.


Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs, signals new path

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:50

MicrosoftLOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.


EPA: Duke finishes cleaning large pockets of coal ash from river after spill at NC plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:47
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — EPA: Duke finishes cleaning large pockets of coal ash from river after spill at NC plant.

Police end search for girl after finding body

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:39
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Police in coastal Mississippi say they have called off the search for a missing 5-year-old girl after finding a young girl's body in an abandoned mobile home.

New Jersey police officer killed in crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:38

This June 11, 2014 image provided by the Waldwick Police Department shows Waldwick, N.J. police officer Christopher Goodell during a ceremony honoring him for his DWI efforts. Authorities say the experienced police officer in northern New Jersey has died early Thursday July 17, 2014 after a tractor-trailer rear-ended his unmarked police car while he was operating radar to look for speeders on Route 17. Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell was 32 years old. (AP Photo/Waldwick Police Department)WALDWICK, N.J. (AP) — A police officer checking for speeders in an unmarked car was killed when a tractor-trailer rear-ended him in northern New Jersey early Thursday morning, making him the second New Jersey officer to die in the line of duty this week.


Both sides in Ukraine deny shooting down plane

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:31

22 bodies counted at Ukraine plane crash siteA Ukrainian official tells the AP a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country.


Obama hits road for transportation funding push

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:31

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, left, next to Biden's wife Hallie Biden, far left, and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell as he arrives at New Castle Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Del., Thursday, July 17, 2014, en route to Wilmington where he is expected to visit the site of the damaged I-495 bridge in Wilmington to speak about transportation and infrastructure. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — With federal transportation funding about to run dry, President Barack Obama is taking steps to boost the flow of private dollars into public works projects.


Transgender sibling of NBA player found slain in Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:29
(Reuters) - A transgender woman whose brother is an National Basketball Association player has been found slain in a Baltimore alley, police said on Thursday. The body of Mia Henderson, 26, who was born as Kevin Long, was found shortly before 6 a.m. on Wednesday, the victim of "severe trauma," police spokesman Lieutenant Eric Kowalczyk said. Henderson's brother, Reggie Bullock, was a first-round draft pick last year for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. Gone but not forgotten.” Henderson's is the second killing of a transgender person this summer in Baltimore.

Ukraine military: Malaysia flight shot down by Russian missile

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:25

22 bodies counted at Ukraine plane crash siteA Ukrainian official tells the AP a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country.


Largest US insurer's move signals industry shift

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:24

FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, file photo, shows a portion of The UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka, Minn. UnitedHealth Group reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)The nation's largest health insurer expects to play a much bigger role in the health care overhaul next year, as the federal law shifts from raising giant questions for the sector to offering growth opportunities.