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Jury: NJ man killed ex-wife, put pig mask on her

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:58

 NJ man killed ex-wife, put pig mask on herA New Jersey man has been convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.


Jury: Man stabbed ex 84 times, put pig mask on her

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:57

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office shows Anthony Novellino. Jurors in Morris County on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 convicted Novellino, 66, of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask in 2010. He faces at least 30 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 12. (AP Photo/Morris County Prosecutor's Office)MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A man was convicted Wednesday of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.


Envoy urges UN to demand halt to Iraq extremists

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:57

This Tuesday, July 22, 2014 photo shows a motorist passing by a flag of the Islamic State group in central Rawah, 175 miles (281 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, nearly six weeks since a Sunni militant blitz led by the Islamic State extremist group seized large swaths of northern and western Iraq. (AP Photo)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy in Iraq urged the Security Council on Wednesday to demand that the Islamic State extremist group stop all hostilities and atrocities.


N.J. man guilty of murdering 'messy' ex-wife found wearing pig mask

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:50
By Bruce Konviser MORRISTOWN N.J. (Reuters) - A jury convicted a New Jersey man on Wednesday of murdering his ex-wife, who he called a messy housekeeper and whose body was found stabbed 84 times and wearing a pig mask. Jurors deliberated less than five hours before reaching their verdict in the trial of Anthony Novellino, 67, who prosecutors said used an 8-inch kitchen knife to slay Judith Novellino, 62, in June 2010. As the jury forewoman read the verdict in Morris County Superior Court, Novellino sat impassively. Judith Novellino was killed in her former home in Denville, New Jersey, when she came back to retrieve some of her belongings soon after they divorced.

Arizona high court allows execution to proceed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:48

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Wood, who is seeking a reprieve from execution. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — The highest courts in Arizona and the nation have cleared the way for the state to carry out its third execution in the last year Wednesday, following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.


Gunmaker Beretta to shut Maryland plant, blames state gun law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:45

Two Beretta guns are pictured during the International Guns Exhibition in NurembergBy John Clarke ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - Gunmaker Beretta USA Corp is moving its manufacturing business from Maryland to Tennessee because of Maryland's strict new firearms law, the company said. The Italian-owned company will shut down its manufacturing plant at Accokeek, Maryland, and move to a new one it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee.


U.S. boosts Iraq surveillance flights to 50 daily from one monthly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:42
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has boosted the number of surveillance flights over Iraq to nearly 50 a day from one a month as it faces Sunni Islamist militants who control swaths of Iraqi territory, a top State Department official said on Wednesday. "The formal request from the Iraqis for direct U.S. air support did not come in a formal way until May," McGurk said, which was too late to keep the Islamic State militants from overrunning Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. The U.S. priority, he said, has been to "enable" the Iraqis to stop the insurgents on its own, using hellfire missiles, aircraft and the ramped up surveillance.

With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:38

David Perdue waves to supporters after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Perdue defeated Rep. Jack Kingston. (AP Photo)ATLANTA (AP) — Within hours of David Perdue's GOP Senate nomination, the real battle began with supporters of the new Republican nominee and Democrat Michelle Nunn launching attack ads in a general election matchup that will help settle control of the Senate.


Arizona high court allows execution to proceed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:38

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, allowed the Arizona executionof Wood to go forward amid a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs in the country. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's highest court is allowing the execution of a condemned inmate to proceed after considering a last-minute appeal that put his lethal injection on hold.


Tennessee man accused of threatening to kill Obama

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:37

This booking photo provided by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Dept. shows Jimmie Johnson Jr. Johnson is accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and others, according to an affidavit filed by prosecutors in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, July 18, 2014. According to the affidavit, Johnson called the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security three times July 11 and again July 12, leaving profanity-filled voicemail messages, including threats against Obama and others. (AP Photo/ Metropolitan Nashville Police Dept.)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man left profanity-filled voicemails with Tennessee's homeland security office threatening to kill President Barack Obama and other officials, saying in one that he would "light Nashville up," according to court documents.


Bourbon St. shooting suspect appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:35
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A newly hired lawyer for the only suspect arrested in a deadly gunfight on New Orleans' Bourbon Street said Wednesday he believes video evidence will clear his client.

Arizona top court allows murderer's execution to proceed after considering last-minute appeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:35
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona top court allows murderer's execution to proceed after considering last-minute appeal.

Official: Williston air quality OK after fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:34

Smoke rises from the site of a fire in an industrial area of Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Authorities have set up an evacuation zone within a half-mile radius of Red River Supply, the site of the fire. No injuries were immediately reported. Red River Supply provides services to oil companies working in North Dakota's oil patch. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Air quality tests at the site of an industrial fire in Williston showed levels "that would not raise concern," North Dakota Department of Health Air Quality Division director Terry O'Clair said Wednesday.


Head of troubled CDC anthrax lab has resigned

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:34

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Michael Farrell head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax, resigned an agency spokesman said Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Farrell was reassigned following an incident last month at an Atlanta lab that handles bioterrorism agents. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the government lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday.


Arkansas military base on lockdown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:28
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock Air Force Base went on lockdown Wednesday amid reports of a suspicious person, though military officials have offered few details about the incident.

Navajo Nation leader denounces homeless killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:15
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The president of the Navajo Nation on Wednesday denounced the killing of two homeless men who he said were members of the tribe and called for a meeting with Albuquerque officials about the attack.

Six indicted in New York for involvement in StubHub cyber fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:12

An eBay logo is projected onto white boxes in this illustration picture taken in WarsawNew York (Reuters) - Six people were indicted in New York for involvement in a global cybercrime ring that took over more than 1,000 accounts of eBay Inc's StubHub online ticket reselling service, according to a statement released by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. Cybercriminals are believed to have defrauded StubHub of $1 million, the statement said, citing City of London Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard. (Reporting by Karen Freifeld in New York. Writing by Jim Finkle in Boston; Editing by Chris Reese)


47 confirmed dead in Taiwan plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:09

47 confirmed dead in Taiwan plane crashA plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and Taiwan's transportation minister is telling ABC News that 47 people on board have been killed.


Factbox: Reaction to U.S. proposals on oil, ethanol transport by rail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:02
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for carrying crude oil and ethanol by rail after a series of accidents in the past year.[ID:nL2N0PY11N] The following is reaction to the proposed rules: American Petroleum Institute, whose more than 600 members produce, process and distribute oil and natural gas: “The government can and should take steps to ensure greater safety without stalling the energy renaissance that is creating good jobs, growing our economy and improving America’s energy security. As the regulatory process moves forward, we will continue to work collaboratively with the rail industry, regulators and local first responders toward our goal of zero incidents,” API President and Chief Executive Jack Gerard said in a statement. U.S. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, who has pressed regulators to make tank cars safer: “We appreciate that DOT has issued its proposal for rail tank cars today that appears to be comprehensive and deals with prevention, mitigation and response.

U.S. DOT says staggered phase out for older oil tank cars

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 02:02
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Transportation proposes phasing out older DOT-111 railcars for shipping highly flammable crude oils, known as packing group 1, within 2 years, an aide to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on Wednesday. Older DOT-111 cars would be phased out for the less flammable crudes in packing groups two and three over three and five years respectively, the aide said. (Reporting by Timothy Gardner, writing by Edward McAllister)