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Police seek mystery pair in selfies after burglary

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:47
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Would burglars be dumb enough to post selfies on their victim's cloud account?

Casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:43

Members of the congregation react to a preacher's sermon during a prayer service Wednesday Aug. 20, 2014 in Atlantic City N.J. for the nearly 8,000 casino workers who will lose their jobs in the next few weeks. Revel, the Showboat and Trump Plaza are all shutting down by mid-September. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — They've turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon. Now, hundreds of soon-to-be unemployed dealers, cocktail servers and hotel workers are turning to what many say could be their last, best chance.


NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:36
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants.

Argentina defends plan to pay creditors outside US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:19

Argentina defends plan to pay creditors outside USBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said Wednesday as he defended a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month.


CEO: Kidnappers threatened Foley's life last week

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:14

GlobalPost President and CEO Philip Balboni reacts as he speaks during a news conference in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, one day after a video was released showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants in Iraq. Balboni said the news service received an email "full of rage" last week in which Foley's captors threatened to kill him. Balboni said the White House was aware of the threat, but no negotiations took place. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — The chief executive officer of a Boston-based news organization says James Foley's kidnappers last week threatened to kill him in response to U.S. bombings in Iraq.


Father's claims he didn't kill driver get boost

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:14

David Barajas leaves the courtroom during a break in his murder trial Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Angleton, Texas. Barajas is accused of fatally shooting Jose Banda in December 2012 minutes after Banda plowed into a vehicle that Barajas and his two sons had been pushing on a rural road. Both of his sons were killed. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — A Texas father's claims he did not fatally shoot a drunken driver who caused an accident that killed his two sons seemed to be bolstered Wednesday by testimony from prosecution witnesses.


Parents demand federal probe in NY police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:12

Constance Malcom wipes away tears as she listens during a press conference, Wednesday Aug. 20, 2014 in New York. Malcom and Frank Graham, the parents of Ramarley Graham, 18, shot to death by a New York City police officer in 2012, are demanding a federal civil rights probe. A police officer was indicted on manslaughter charges in the summer of 2012, but a judge tossed out the case, saying state prosecutors had improperly instructed grand jurors. A second state grand jury decided not to indict the officer. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of a black 18-year-old man shot to death by a white New York City police officer in 2012 led several dozen supporters on a short march to a Manhattan prosecutor's office Wednesday to demand a federal civil rights probe.


U.S. attorney general visits Missouri town for meetings on fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:08

Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant in FlorrissantAttorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 11 nights of racially charged unrest. Holder, the first African-American to head the Justice Department, met with students and then community leaders at a community college during a visit to Ferguson for a briefing on a Justice Department investigation into the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.


Panel OKs state librarian despite initial concerns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:05

Greg Lucas, Gov. Jerry Brown's nomination for state librarian, responds to a question during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Rules Committee, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. Lucas, the son of former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas, is a former journalist with no formal training as a librarian. The committee approved Lucas' nomination on a 5-0 vote, sending it to the full Senate.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The son of a former California Supreme Court justice won approval Wednesday from a state Senate panel as the new state librarian after initial concerns that he had never worked in the field and had no formal training as a librarian when he was nominated.


Panel OKs state librarian despite initial concerns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:05

Greg Lucas, Gov. Jerry Brown's nomination for state librarian, responds to a question during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Rules Committee, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. Lucas, the son of former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas, is a former journalist with no formal training as a librarian. The committee approved Lucas' nomination on a 5-0 vote, sending it to the full Senate.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The son of a former California Supreme Court justice won approval Wednesday from a state Senate panel as the new state librarian after initial concerns that he had never worked in the field and had no formal training as a librarian when he was nominated.


Slain American journalist remembered as driven

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:02

After speaking with U.S. President Barack Obama by phone, John and Diane Foley talk to reporters, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, outside their home in Rochester, N.H. Their son James Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — In 2011, just after James Foley was released from the Libyan prison where he'd been held for six weeks, he acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world's most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death.


Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:00

A vehicle sits atop debris where flash flood waters pushed it after rising waters overran Skunk Creek after strong storms moved through, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in New River, Ariz., just northwest of Phoenix. Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of Phoenix.


Alaska voters narrowly backing tax cut for oil industry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:00
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Alaskan voters appear to have narrowly upheld a new law that cut taxes on oil production and is worth up to $1 billion a year for companies such as ConocoPhillips, BP Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp, according to results available on Wednesday. With 98 percent of voting precincts reporting from Tuesday's primary, those favoring the lower taxes held a four-point lead, according to unofficial returns posted by the Alaska Division of Elections. Upholding the eight-month-old tax cut ushered in by Governor Sean Parnell means the state would not revert back to the system implemented by his old boss, Sarah Palin, who raised taxes in 2007. Results will not be certified until Sept. 2, said state elections director Gail Fenumiai, who added that nearly 14,600 absentee and early voting ballots needed to be counted over the next 10 days to see whether the repeal effort failed.

Alaska voters narrowly backing tax cut for oil industry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:00
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Alaskan voters appear to have narrowly upheld a new law that cut taxes on oil production and is worth up to $1 billion a year for companies such as ConocoPhillips, BP Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp, according to results available on Wednesday. With 98 percent of voting precincts reporting from Tuesday's primary, those favoring the lower taxes held a four-point lead, according to unofficial returns posted by the Alaska Division of Elections. Upholding the eight-month-old tax cut ushered in by Governor Sean Parnell means the state would not revert back to the system implemented by his old boss, Sarah Palin, who raised taxes in 2007. Results will not be certified until Sept. 2, said state elections director Gail Fenumiai, who added that nearly 14,600 absentee and early voting ballots needed to be counted over the next 10 days to see whether the repeal effort failed.

U.S. military tried, but failed to rescue journalist Foley, other hostages

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:51

U.S. journalist James Foley arrives, after being released by the Libyan government, at Rixos hotel in TripoliThe unsuccessful rescue operation "involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL," the Pentagon said in a statement, using a different name for the militant group. "Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location." President Barack Obama authorized the mission "earlier this summer," Lisa Monaco, Obama's top counter terrorism aide, said in a separate statement. Foley, 40, was executed by an Islamic State militant in a video that surfaced on the Internet on Tuesday.


Photographer sues Bieber over Hawaii altercation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:45

FILE - This May 11, 2014 file photo shows singer Justin Bieber, second from right, watching the Los Angeles Clippers play the Oklahoma City Thunder with his mother Pattie Mallette, second from left, in the first half of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Los Angeles. Photographer Aja Oxman sued Bieber and his bodyguard Dwayne Patterson for assault and intentional infliction of emotion distress in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 20, over an altercation last year on Hawaii's Shipwreck Beach. The lawsuit states Patterson injured Oxman while trying to forcibly retrieve a camera memory card after Bieber spotted the photographer snapping photographs of him leaping off a cliff into the ocean. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A photographer sued Justin Bieber and one of his bodyguards Wednesday for assault and infliction of emotional distress over an altercation on Hawaiian beach late last year.


UN Council members reject NKorea meeting request

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:44
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — United Nations Security Council members are rejecting North Korea's request for a meeting to protest joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

Ex-governor at corruption trial: Wife grew anxious

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:43

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, arrives at federal court with his attorney, Henry Asbill, left, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Richmond, Va. The defense continues to present its case in McDonnell's corruption case. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that his gubernatorial victory was just hours old when he got the first glimpse of growing anxiety in his wife. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the governor's mansion and seeking counseling.


Oklahoma Catholic bishop sues over planned black mass

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:41
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma’s Catholic Archbishop filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to halt the use of what he said were stolen communion wafers destined for a satanic black mass ceremony to be held next month in Oklahoma City. The lawsuit filed in Oklahoma County District Court claims the black mass is a deliberate attack on the Catholic Mass as well as the foundational beliefs of all Christians. "I have taken a legal step to combat this blasphemous and obscene inversion of the Catholic Mass,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said in the lawsuit.

CHP says officer may face serious beating charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:37

FILE - This Aug. 10, 2014 file photo shows Marlene Pinnock during an interview in Los Angeles. Pinnock, 51, was recorded on video being punched by a California Highway Patrol officer on a Los Angeles freeway on July 1. The CHP announced Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, that it has forwarded its investigation into the beating of Pinnock to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, and the probe outlines "potentially serious charges'' against the officer. (AP Photo/John Hopper, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the district attorney.