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Judge denies class action status in Paulsboro leak case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:22

Judge denies class action status in Paulsboro leak caseA federal judge has denied class-action status to those suing a rail company and others over a 2012 train derailment that leaked a hazardous gas into the air in New Jersey.

Convicted Arizona killer Jodi Arias wins delay in penalty phase retrial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:15

Jodi Arias looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Willmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in PhoenixConvicted killer Jodi Arias, who could face the death penalty for the murder of her ex-boyfriend at his Phoenix area home more than six years ago, won a three-week delay on Wednesday in the retrial of the penalty phase of the case. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens granted a request by Arias, who is acting as her own attorney in the penalty phase retrial, to push back jury selection until Sept. 29, according to a court spokeswoman.    Arias, 34, asked for the delay from Sept. 8 because of problems meeting with a potential witness, the spokeswoman said. The judge’s decision came after a closed-door hearing on Wednesday morning and was announced later by the court.     A state jury convicted Arias in May 2013 of killing Travis Alexander in a headline-grabbing case that was broadcast live on the Internet and attracted thousands of avid trial watchers nationwide.

Wisconsin priest punished for celebrating Mass with woman dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:00
A Wisconsin Jesuit who was punished by Catholic Church authorities for celebrating Mass with a woman priest in violation of Church rules has died at the age of 94, his nephew said on Wednesday. Rev. Bill Brennan, a Milwaukee-area peace activist who had done missionary work in Central America, died of natural causes earlier this month, according to his nephew Timothy Brennan. Bill Brennan celebrated Mass in late 2012 with Janice Sevre-Duszynska of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. Though Brennan remained Jesuit and could hear confessions with other Jesuits, he was no longer able to celebrate Mass or other sacraments publicly under his Church sanction.

Review: Video blackouts impede baseball online

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:54

 Video blackouts impede baseball onlineLA PORTE, Ind. (AP) — Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought.

Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:51

People watch a fire burning from the Highway 41 overlook on the way north into Oakhurst, Calif., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. The fire is burning north of the community. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Eric Paul Zamora)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.

Bighorn sheep escapes canal in California desert

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:50

This Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 photo provided by Riverside County Animal Control shows a bighorn sheep stuck in a canal near the Arnold Palmer course at the PGA West Country Club in La Qunita, Calif. Peninsula bighorn sheep, an endangered species, often roam onto golf courses to graze on soft grass. Animal Control Officer Kyle Stephens said the animal appeared lethargic and he could see hoof marks where the sheep had tried to pull himself out, but algae or moss made the sloped surface too slick to climb. Stephens used his control stick to loop one of the sheep’s horns and pulled the animal out. Its gender wasn't noted. (AP Photo/Riverside County Animal Control, Kyle Stephens)LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — A bighorn sheep is back in the hills of Riverside County after being rescued from a golf-course canal in the desert near Palm Springs.

Remembering James Foley, the journalist

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:48

Remembering James Foley, the journalist"It's part of the problem with the conflicts. We're not close enough to it and if reporters, if we don't try and get really close to what these guys... we don't understand the world essentially," said Foley.

Pennsylvania psychologist charged with sexual assault

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:47
(Reuters) - A Pennsylvania psychologist was arrested on charges of sexual assault for treating patients with a special brand of "touching therapy" he practiced, the state attorney general said on Wednesday. Dr. Richard Lenhart, 53, of State College, Pennsylvania, sexually assaulted two female patients at his private practice under the guise of treatment and then billed insurers as if he had provided legitimate services, prosecutors said. The therapy allegedly included stroking, sexual contact and rubbing of genitals," according to a news release from state Attorney General Kathleen Kane. From 2008 to 2011, Lenhart submitted nearly 700 insurance claims seeking a total of more than $71,500 in reimbursement, falsely indicating he was rendering proper treatment, the attorney general’s office said.

MLB online chief optimistic on relaxing blackouts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:46

FILE- In this Sept. 15, 2011, file photo, Bob Bowman, chief executive of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, speaks at the annual APME meeting in Denver. An easing of blackout restrictions on Major League Baseball games online could come as early the 2015 season, according to Bowman. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)NEW YORK (AP) — An easing of blackout restrictions on Major League Baseball games online could come as early as next season, according to the head of baseball's online business.

UK launches hunt for man with British accent on beheading video

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:44
By William James and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - British authorities launched a hunt on Wednesday for a man with an English accent who appeared in an Islamic State (IS) video purporting to show what Prime Minister David Cameron called the "barbaric and brutal" beheading of an American journalist. A masked IS jihadist, dressed in black, who stood next to a kneeling James Foley in the video released online spoke with what sounded like a London accent. The case had echoes of the brutal 2013 murder of British soldier Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death in a London street in broad daylight by two British Muslim converts, and of beheadings staged in the early years of the U.S.

Sept. trial likely for Miss. election challenge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:44

Mark Garriga, left, and Phil Abernethy, co-counsel representing U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., listen to instructions from Judge Hollis McGehee during a status conference Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Laurel, Miss., on the lawsuit filed by State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, to overturn results of a Republican primary for U.S. Senate. McDaniel filed the lawsuit last week, challenging his loss to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 24 GOP primary. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A judge presiding over a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff says he intends to finish the case before the November general election.

Holder in Ferguson: 'Change is coming' after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:32

 'Change is coming' after shootingU.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting with college students as part of his trip to Missouri stemming from a white police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Couple charged in multiple NJ bank, store robberies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:27

Couple charged in multiple NJ bank, store robberiesA Mulica Hill, NJ couple has been arrested for multiple robberies throughout South Jersey.

US warns travelers of canceled Venezuela flights

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:17

US warns travelers of canceled Venezuela flightsCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Come to Venezuela and you might get a longer trip than you bargained for.

Islamic State opens new anti-U.S. front with beheading video

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:08
On Tuesday night, Islamic State released a video of its fighters beheading James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago. The black-clad executioner, who spoke English with a British accent, also produced another American journalist and said his fate depends on President Barack Obama's next move.

Revel shutdown OK'd as prayer service nears

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:52

Revel shutdown OK'd as prayer service nearsHours before hundreds of workers were to hold a prayer rally as three casinos are set to close, New Jersey officials issued a final closure order for another one.

Obama: U.S. will be relentless with Islamic State after beheading

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:49

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement from Martha's Vineyard, MassachusettsBy Steve Holland and Elizabeth Barber EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed that the United States will not be swayed from airstrikes against Islamic State after the group beheaded an American journalist, an act he said is proof that the militants stand for no religion. Obama's response to the execution of James Foley marked his strongest condemnation yet of Islamic State militants, and he gave no sign of a pause in U.S. Obama's remarks, to reporters covering his vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard, came shortly after the White House announced that a video showing the beheading of Foley had been authenticated by the U.S. The United States has launched dozens of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in order to protect the religious minority Yazidis in Iraq and prevent the takeover of the Mosul Dam out of concern that a breach in the structure could end up flooding Baghdad, where the U.S.

France seeks international meeting to tackle Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:43
By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Wednesday it wanted to bring together Arab states, Iran and the main world powers to coordinate a comprehensive response against Islamic State insurgents who control large parts of Syria and Iraq. Speaking in an interview with Le Monde French President Francois Hollande did not say when such a meeting could be held or who would be invited but said a global strategy was needed to combat the insurgents. "We have to come up with a global strategy to fight this group, which is structured, has significant financing, very sophisticated weapons and threatens countries like Iraq, Syria and Lebanon," he said. The Islamic State has captured swathes of northern Iraq since June, executing non-Sunni Muslim captives and minorities, displacing tens of thousands of people and drawing the first U.S.

Arrested US judge embarrassed, entering treatment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:43
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama federal judge charged with domestic violence following his arrest in Atlanta is embarrassed and entering a treatment program, one of his attorneys said Wednesday.

George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:41

In this image from video posted on Facebook, courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush, in Kennebunkport, Maine. The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. (AP Photo/Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Center)KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.