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American killed in Syria a journalist at heart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:54

In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley responds to questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a journalist at heart, once saying he'd cover local news if it meant doing the job he loved.


Lawyers for Colorado theater gunman: police lied about media leaks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:52

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes said on Tuesday two homicide detectives may have perjured themselves when they denied leaking to Fox News details of his plan for the massacre, court documents show. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for the California native if he is convicted of the July 2012 rampage in Aurora, which killed 12 moviegoers and wounded 70 others during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." Holmes' lawyers concede he was the sole gunman, but say that the 26-year-old graduate student from the University of Colorado was in the throes of a psychotic episode at the time. The defense team wants the judge to order a probe to trace the source of the Fox News story, which ran five days after the shooting. Citing two unnamed law enforcement officials, it said Holmes sent a psychiatrist a notebook detailing his plans.


Accused bitcoin exchanger loses bid to narrow criminal charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:50

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) coin is seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in ParisBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Florida man accused of engaging in a scheme to sell more than $1 million in bitcoins to users of the illicit online marketplace Silk Road on Tuesday lost a bid to narrow his criminal case. Robert Faiella, 54, who prosecutors say was an underground exchanger of bitcoins, had urged a New York federal judge to dismiss one of two counts against him, operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, because bitcoins are not money. District Judge Jed Rakoff rejected that argument, saying bitcoins "clearly qualifies as 'money' or 'funds,'" under dictionary definitions, a position supported by legislative history in interpreting the law. The judge also rejected Faiella's arguments that his activities on Silk Road did not constitute "transmitting" money under federal law, saying that in sending customer funds to the website, he transferred the money to others for a profit.


Prosecutor: Gunman, others dead after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:50

Investigators leave the scene of a drive-by shooting Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at Bastendorf Beach, Ore. Authorities said a gunman shot five vehicles in a parking lot, killing a Michigan man as he slept, then shot and killed himself. The gunman may also have "done harm" to his father, whose vehicle was found at another rural location in Coos County. The investigation was slowed by the discovery of explosives in the gunman's vehicle. (AP Photo/KCBY, Angelica Carrillo)COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A gunman lured his father to a remote Oregon campsite and killed him, then drove to a beach where he shot five cars in a parking lot, killing a Michigan camper who was sleeping in his vehicle, a prosecutor said Tuesday. The gunman then killed himself.


Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:39

Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power chargesGov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."


SUV plunges into Cobbs Creek in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:36

SUV plunges into Cobbs Creek in Southwest PhiladelphiaOne person was rescued after their vehicle plunged into Cobbs Creek in Southwest Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon.


1 dead, 2 injured in Huntingdon Valley crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:24

1 dead, 2 injured in Huntingdon Valley crashOne person is dead and two others are injured after an accident in Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery County.


Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:22

A structure burns along Highway 41 in Oakhurst, Calif., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. One of several wildfires burning across California prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Eric Paul Zamora)OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes.


Prison company pays $8 million in back wages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:06
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's largest private prison company, Corrections Corp. of America, has paid more than $8 million in back wages and benefits to current and former employees guarding federal inmates at a prison in California City, officials with the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday.

Motorcyclist, teenage pedestrian injured in Gloucester City

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:59

Motorcyclist, teenage pedestrian injured in Gloucester CityTwo people are hospitalized after a crash in Camden County.


Mother mourns U.S. journalist purportedly beheaded by Sunni militants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:52
The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives. "He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person," Diane Foley said in a post on a website set up by the Foley family. James Foley was abducted in Syria in November 2012 while reporting on the conflict there for GlobalPost. A video released on Tuesday by Islamic State, an al-Qaeda offshoot that has overrun large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria, appeared to show Foley being beheaded.

Life sentence upheld for U.S. Marine who killed prostitute

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:49
Marine Corps Pacific commander has approved the life sentence recommended by a court martial for a former U.S. Marine who murdered a Las Vegas prostitute in Hawaii, a spokesman said Tuesday. The military court found Nathaniel Cosby, a former Master Sergeant, guilty in April of murdering Ivanice "Ivy" Harris, 29, who was last seen alive outside a Waikiki bar on May 16, 2013. A social media page set up by friends after she disappeared identified Harris as a Las Vegas prostitute who was visiting Hawaii.

Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:39

In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley responds to questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)By Alexander Dziadosz and Oliver Holmes BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media websites.


PHOTOS: Fatal crash in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:36

 Fatal crash in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.One person was killed and another critically injured in an accident in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.


Man falls to his death just hours after his girlfriend agreed to marry him

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:18

Man falls to his death just hours after his girlfriend agreed to marry himA yoga instructor fell to his death while he scaled rocks during a climb in Yosemite National Park on Saturday, just after his girlfriend had his accepted his marriage proposal.


Ferguson residents try to get on with life after days of protest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:14
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Banners flutter along the main street of downtown Ferguson but instead of the protest signs that read "Hands Up Don't' Shoot," these are ads for everyday events like a local farmers market and a church fish fry. With nightly protests and police lobbing tear gas along West Florissant Avenue, locals in the small Missouri town of just 6 square miles (16 square km) are trying to get on with their normal lives. "Things are so disruptive." "I'm wishing it would all go away, but then I have to catch myself because a young man is dead and another man is being held up to all kinds of scrutiny." In the warren of residential streets lined with small single-story brick houses nearest to West Florissant, residents said they are growing exasperated by the violence and its fallout. You have to give the police time to do their job right." Waiting to get her car repaired in downtown Ferguson, 81-year-old Helen Robinson fretted that she couldn't make her regular drive down West Florissant, a major thoroughfare.

As Missouri violence flares, fingers point to outsiders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:14
By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - As darkness fell on Ferguson, Missouri, the crowd of several hundred people protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen quickly and radically changed. By the end of another night of violence, dozens of people had been arrested, marking the latest outbreak of rancor in the St. Louis suburb where calls for peaceful protests have been overshadowed by episodes of looting, arson and clashes with police over the last 10 days. Civil rights leaders and police - at odds over much of what has occurred in this small, mostly black St. Louis suburb - agree on at least one hypothesis: Many of the perpetrators are not local residents. After Monday's violence, 56 people were arrested overnight, most on a charge of failure to disperse, according to the St. Louis County Justice Services Center.

Lawyer: Man shot trespasser he thought pointed gun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:02
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 73-year-old former schoolteacher facing a murder charge in the death of an unarmed trespasser should have his $2 million bail reduced dramatically because he poses no flight risk and opened fire in self-defense when he thought the man pointed a gun at him, his new defense attorney said.

Two suspected bank robbers lead police on wild chase in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:59
By Richard Weizel WESTPORT Conn. (Reuters) - Two Connecticut men suspected of robbing a bank led police on a wild car and foot chase on Tuesday before being arrested, authorities said. Jermaine Cowan, 35, and Carmello DeKane, 30, face charges including second-degree robbery after holding up a bank in Westport, according to authorities. Police said the suspects then fled in a car, driving the wrong way down Merritt Parkway.

Singer Ray J denies crimes at Beverly Hills hotel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:49

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2014 file photo, Ray J attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Sparkle" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, the singer pleaded not guilty to groping a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel bar and resisting arrest afterward. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Singer Ray J has pleaded not guilty to groping a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel bar and resisting arrest afterward.