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Ousted official accuses Border Patrol of cover-up

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Border Patrol official who was removed from his position in June is accusing the agency of covering up "highly suspect" deaths in clashes along the southern border.

Arches, Canyonlands national parks ban drones

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:18
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Drones are now officially banned in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah.

Skateboard-style move in car leads to fatal crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:13
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A driver was attempting a skateboard-style maneuver in his car when he crashed in Washington state, killing his friend who was a passenger, prosecutors said.

PNB letter removal hits snag in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:12

PNB letter removal hits snag in Center CityThe task of removing the iconic PNB letters from Philadelphia's skyline began Sunday, but will not end in the same day as planned.


Ex-officer pleads not guilty in suitcase slaying

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:11

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2014 file photo Steven Zelich appears in court in Kenosha, Wis. The former police officer pleaded not guilty Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in the death of Jenny Gamez, a 19-year-old college student from Oregon, one of two women whose bodies were found hidden in suitcases left along a rural Wisconsin highway. (AP Photo/Kenosha News, Sean Krajacic, File)KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A former police officer pleaded not guilty Monday in the death of one of two women whose bodies were found hidden in suitcases left along a rural Wisconsin highway.


1 arrested in assault of park ranger in Philadelphia's Love Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:11

1 arrested in assault of park ranger in Philadelphia's Love ParkPhiladelphia police say they have made an arrest in the brutal beating of city park ranger in Love Park.


Lawyer: Autopsy shows unarmed teen repeatedly shot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:10

 Autopsy shows unarmed teen repeatedly shotA Missouri teenager fatally shot by police suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or while his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday.


Red panda dies after brain disorder at Smithsonian

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:06

Shama, a female red panda, is seen in an undated photo provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo. On Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, Sharma, 7, was euthanized at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. after suffering brain swelling associated with a microscopic parasite. (AP Photo/Smithsonian's National Zoo)FRONT ROYAL, Va. (AP) — The National Zoo says a female red panda has been euthanized at a conservation center in Virginia after suffering brain swelling associated with a microscopic parasite.


Colorado mother pleads guilty in son's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:01
DENVER (AP) — A Routt County woman accused of killing her 9-year-old son in a murder-suicide attempt has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Ex-Guatemalan drug kingpin pleads guilty to U.S. charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:01
(Reuters) - The patriarch of a Guatemalan family linked by authorities to Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiring to import more than 450 kilograms (992 pounds) of Colombian cocaine into the United States. Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, 75, had his plea entered by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. The defendant had been arrested in April 2011 by Guatemalan authorities, and extradited to the United States in March. ...

Teen hiker rescued from crevice in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:54

In this photo provided by the Poudre Fire Authority, search and rescue teams prepare to load a rescued hiker onto a medical evacuation helicopter Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, after a 16-year-old hiker fell and spent about three hours in a crevice near a popular hiking trail in northern Colorado. More than 40 people worked to pull the girl from the crevice on Horsetooth Rock in the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space on Monday. (AP Photo/Poudre Fire Authority)FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A hiker is recovering after falling and spending about three hours in a crevice near a popular hiking trail in northern Colorado.


New Orleans police chief announces retirement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:52

FILE - In this Monday, May 13, 2013, file photo, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas announces the issuance of an arrest warrant in connection with a shooting, during a news conference in front of police headquarters, in New Orleans. On Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, Serpas said he is leaving after four years on the job. Serpas has come under fire from officers upset by changes to rules for off-duty work and to disciplinary policies that sent scores of officers out of the department. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The police chief in New Orleans is retiring, four years after he took over the scandal-plagued agency.


Stranded ship drifts; crewman buried at sea

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:49
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The crewman who died in a fire aboard a chemical tanker that's adrift off the Oregon coast has been buried at sea.

McCain campaigns in New Hampshire for Scott Brown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:41

Former New Hampshire presidential primary winner, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Az., right, speaks as former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts Scott Brown listens during a town hall meeting Monday Aug. 18, 2014 in Derry, N.H. McCain is supporting Brown's bid for a U.S. Senate seat from New Hampshire where he moved to. He's in a primary contest against former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith and former state Sen. Jim Rubens. The winner of the Sept. 9 primary will face Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)DERRY, N.H. (AP) — Senate hopeful Scott Brown again got help from a former Republican presidential nominee, as Sen. John McCain spoke to a crowd of GOP faithful at a town hall meeting Monday.


Man gets 15 years in attack on prosecutor's office

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:40
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Alan Leroy McVay hoped to delay the three-year burglary sentence he was facing last year. His idea was to destroy the records of his case by detonating a 7-gallon propane tank hurled through the window of the prosecutor's office.

Judge approves merger of Corcoran Gallery of Art

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:39

Judge approves merger of Corcoran Gallery of ArtWASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation's oldest museums and its art college will be allowed to merge with two larger institutions, effectively dissolving one of the few independent art galleries in the nation's capital, a judge ruled Monday.


Mexico to offer $4.9 billion in electric projects

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:29
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico says it expects to put out for bid $4.9 billion in electrical generation and natural gas pipeline projects as part of the opening of the nation's state-run energy sector.

Landing-gear alert forces flight back to Phoenix

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:21
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a possible hydraulic issue forced a Delta Air Lines flight carrying 160 travelers from Arizona to Minnesota to return to the Phoenix airport.

Second pot shop opens in Seattle amid slow start to legal sales

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:05
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle's second retail marijuana store opened on Monday to a long line of customers, more than a month after Washington became the second U.S. Herbal Nation, a 750-square-foot store in the suburb of Bothell, said it waited an extra month to open to ensure it could save up enough marijuana products to meet demand. The first Seattle store, Cannabis City, opened on July 8 when legal sales took effect, but shut its doors three days later because it ran out of stock. Cannabis City said on its website Monday that it was still out of marijuana inventory and was only selling paraphernalia.

New Orleans police superintendent steps down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 04:03
New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas announced his retirement on Monday, bringing to a close a four-year tenure marked by a drop in murders, a reduction in the number of officers on patrol and federal demands to reform the department. Serpas, who first joined the department as a beat cop in 1980, said during a news conference announcing his departure that he was leaving the organization better than when he took the helm in 2010. "Together Mayor (Mitch) Landrieu and I, and the brave men and women of this police department, have laid a strong foundation for the future, a future that will be good for the people of New Orleans," Serpas said. The department is operating under a federal consent decree dating back to 2012 aimed at changing a pattern of police misconduct ranging from discriminatory searches to the use of excessive force.