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A look at small businesses 1 year after Napa Quake

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 08:47

A look at small businesses 1 year after Napa QuakeWhen that 6.0 magnitude quake hit Napa this time last year, it didn't just rattle people and crumple buildings. It tested the small business owners in this community.


Heroes who foiled train gunman scheduled for rest, college

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 08:42

CORRECTS SADLER’S SCHOOL TO SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY, INSTEAD OF SACRAMENTO UNIVERSITY - From left, French President Francois Hollande, U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Ore., Alek Skarlatos, U.S. Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University in California, pose for photographers as they leave the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, after Hollande awarded the three men with the French Legion of Honor on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The the American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium on Friday, Aug. 21. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — So what do you do when a trip on a high-speed train in Europe suddenly turns you and your buddies into international heroes?


Theater victim's granddad questions motive of holdout juror

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 08:13

James Holmes appears in court for the sentencing phase in his trial, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Victims and their families were given the opportunity to speak about the shooting and its effects on their lives. Holmes was convicted Aug. 7 of murdering 12 people when he opened fire on a crowded movie theater in 2012. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The grandfather of the youngest victim in the Colorado theater shootings suggested Monday that one juror might have improperly blocked the death penalty for James Holmes by being untruthful about her beliefs, drawing a forceful rebuke from the judge.


10-year-old boy missing in Utah forest found alive

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 08:08
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 10-year-old boy who disappeared while hiking with family in eastern Utah has been found alive more than 24 hours after he got lost while looking for mushrooms near a remote mountain lake, authorities said Monday.

Pennsylvania attorney general ordered to face perjury trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 08:03

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane congratulates Governor Wolf following his inauguration ceremony in HarrisburgBy David DeKok NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's attorney general, accused of illegally leaking grand jury information to embarrass a political foe and then lying about it, was ordered on Monday to stand trial on perjury, obstruction of justice and other corruption charges. Capping a five-hour preliminary hearing in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom, a judge ruled that prosecutors had presented sufficient evidence establishing a "prima facie" case against the state's top law enforcement officer, Kathleen Kane.


Ferguson municipal judge announces sweeping changes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 08:02
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson's new municipal judge ordered massive changes Monday in the city's much-criticized municipal court, a move he said is aimed at restoring confidence in the system and easing the burden on needy defendants.

Former Alamo custodians granted temporary access to library

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:54
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A group that served as guardians of the Alamo for more than a century has obtained a court order temporarily stopping a Texas state agency headed by George P. Bush from keeping the group away from a collection of artifacts and books at the historic site.

Woman to be tried in death of newborn found in office desk

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:53

In this undated booking photo released by the Redford Township, Mich., Police Department, Kimberly Pappas, 26, is shown. The Detroit-area woman accused of giving birth at work and hiding the boy in a plastic bag in a desk drawer was ordered Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, to stand trial on murder and child abuse charges. (Redford Township Police Department via AP)REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area woman accused of giving birth at work and hiding the boy in a plastic bag in a desk drawer has been ordered to stand trial on murder and child abuse charges.


California priest gets prison in sexual abuse during flight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:29
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California-based Catholic priest was sentenced Monday to six months in prison followed by six months of home confinement for groping a sleeping woman seated next to him on an airliner.

Judge overhauls troubled Ferguson, Missouri, court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:21
Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin, appointed in June, ordered that all arrest warrants issued in the city before Dec. 31, 2014 be withdrawn. Defendants will receive new court dates along with options for disposing of their cases, such as payment plans or community service. The changes come five months after the U.S. Department of Justice strongly criticized city leaders in its report, saying the police force and court worked together to exploit people in order to raise revenue.

New England prep school rape defendant had list of targets: friend

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:20

A sign marks the entrance to St. Paul's School in ConcordFriends of a former student at an elite New Hampshire prep school who is on trial for allegedly raping a younger student described in court testimony on Monday a young man who had made a list of girls he wanted to have sex with before graduation. Prosecutors have said Owen Labrie, now 19, took a 15-year-old girl to the roof of a campus building before sexually assaulting her in a machine room at St. Paul's School in May 2014, shortly before graduation.


1 person killed, police officer wounded in Alabama gunfight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:19
CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a police chase involving a stolen truck in northern Alabama led to a gunfight that left a suspect dead and an officer wounded.

The Latest: Theater shooting testimony resumes Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:16

FILE - In this June 4, 2013 file photo, Aurora theater mass shooter James Holmes, who was convicted on July 16, 2015, appears in court, in Centennial, Colo. At least 100 victims and witnesses of Holmes’ deadly attack are expected to testify about the crime’s profound and continuing impact on their lives during a formal sentencing hearing starting Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):


Attempted murder, rape warrants issued for man after arrest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:13

This booking photo released Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, by the Scioto County Jail in Portsmouth, Ohio, shows Kevin Blakemore, 21, arrested Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in Pike County, Ohio, on escape and theft charges. Massachusetts authorities said Blakemore began a crime spree on in Boxborough, Mass., Thursday when Massachusetts authorities say he allegedly stabbed a relative a male relative, assaulted a woman, and forced both into a car that he drove to Ohio. (Scioto County Jail via AP)CINCINNATI (AP) — A man arrested in Ohio on suspicion of stabbing his brother and raping a woman is wanted in Massachusetts on charges including attempted murder, rape, assault, and kidnapping, authorities said Monday.


New documents raise more questions about Colorado mine spill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:07

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015 file photo, water flows through a series of retention ponds built to contain and filter out heavy metals and chemicals from the Gold King mine chemical accident, in the spillway about 1/4 mile downstream from the mine, outside Silverton, Colo. Internal documents released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, Aug. 21, show managers at the EPA were aware of the potential for a catastrophic "blowout" at an abandoned mine that could release "large volumes" of wastewater laced with toxic heavy metals. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)Documents released by U.S. officials have revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency knew of the potential for a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine more than a year before a government cleanup team accidentally triggered such a release earlier this month.


Oil-covered beach near Santa Barbara, California, reopens

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:07
SUMMERLAND, Calif. (AP) — Santa Barbara County, California, officials say a popular beach has reopened.

Heroes who thwarted France train attack to get California parade

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:06

French President Francois Hollande poses with British businessman Chris Norman, US student Anthony Sadler, US Airman First Class Spencer Stone and US National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in ParisThree young men who disarmed a gunman on a high-speed train bound for Paris will get a heroes' welcome in their hometown in California, the mayor of Sacramento said on Monday. "Big news!" Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson tweeted. The state capital will strike up the bands for student Anthony Sadler, 22, Spencer Stone, a 23-year-old U.S. airman, and National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, 22.


Overtime for work on phones? Judge to decide in Chicago case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:04
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge is set to decide whether Chicago police officers should have received overtime pay for answering work-related calls and emails after hours, a case that could help clarify what it means for an employee to be off the clock in the age of smartphones.

Judge dismisses suit claiming bourbon was falsely advertised

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:03

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2014, file photo, Jim Beam bottles line the counter at the Jim Beam visitors’ center at Clermont, Ky. Spirits company Beam Suntory won another legal round, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in fighting off lawsuits accusing its classic Kentucky bourbon brands of false advertising for claiming the products are handcrafted. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner, File)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Spirits company Beam Suntory has won another round in fighting off lawsuits accusing its classic Kentucky bourbon brands of false advertising for claiming the products are handcrafted.


Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane held for trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 06:52

Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane held for trialPennsylvania Attorney General, Kathleen Kane has been ordered to stand trial on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.