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Mayor of Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens shot dead

Yahoo! National News - 15 hours 45 min ago

A police vehicle and residents are seen at the crime scene where mayor of Bell Gardens, California Daniel Crespo was shot, at a condo in Bell Gardens, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The mayor of a small Los Angeles suburb was shot dead by his wife on Tuesday but the woman was released without charge after being detained, the county sheriff's department said. The shooting at Bell Gardens stemmed from an afternoon quarrel between the mayor, Daniel Crespo, 45, and his wife, Levette, 43, that escalated when their 19-year-old son, Daniel Jr., intervened, sheriff's spokeswoman Crystal Hernandez said. ...


Saudi overhaul reshapes Islam's holiest city Mecca

Yahoo! National News - 15 hours 52 min ago

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 1954 file photo, Muslims visit the Kaaba, the Sacred House of Allah, during a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. As Muslims from around the world stream into Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage this week, they come to a city undergoing the biggest transformation in its history. (AP Photo, File)MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store. At that time, Mecca was so small, pilgrims could sit at the cube-shaped Kaaba and look out at the serene desert mountains where the Prophet Muhammad once walked.


Forensics at center of missing U.Va. student case

Yahoo! National News - 15 hours 56 min ago

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Virginia State Police, missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, of Roanoke County, Va., is shown. Police say the investigation into the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has turned up a lead in Harrington's 2009 disappearance and death. (AP Photo/Virginia State Police, File)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Morgan Harrington's parents were so convinced that a serial offender was responsible for their daughter's killing in 2009, they started a nonprofit foundation aimed at protecting other young women.


Myanmar awards first licenses to foreign banks

Yahoo! National News - 16 hours 11 min ago
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar awarded licenses Wednesday to the first foreign banks allowed to operate in the country in a half-century.

App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

Yahoo! National News - 17 hours 23 min ago

In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, Aiden Crott, 7, center, helps Daniel Hernadez, 5, with his ScratchJr iPad program while Talia Levitt, 7, right, works with hers at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School in Medford, Mass. Researchers created the app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.


Pennsylvania trooper shot dead during gun training

Yahoo! National News - 17 hours 26 min ago
(Reuters) - The Pennsylvania State Police said a trooper was accidentally shot dead late on Tuesday during a training exercise at a facility outside Philadelphia. Trooper David Kedra, 26, was shot in the chest at the Montgomery County Public Safety complex in Conshohocken in the late afternoon local time, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said in a statement. Kedra, a state police member since 2012, is the 96th state police officer to be killed in the line of duty in the department's history, Noonan said. He is at least the second trooper shot dead in September. ...

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - 17 hours 40 min ago
"I think it is a critical question. Real universal suffrage doesn't just mean the act of voting; it means a proper choice." — British Prime Minister David Cameron, suggesting it is essential that Hong Kong's people have a genuine right to choose their top leader.

Judge to sentence man in tree-lighting terror case

Yahoo! National News - 17 hours 49 min ago

FILE - A Nov. 27, 2010, file photo provided by the Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff's Office, shows Mohamed Mohamud. Nearly four years after 19-year-old Mohamud showed up at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., and triggered what turned out to be a fake bomb provided by the FBI, he is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mohamed Mohamud, the young Somali American convicted of trying to bomb Portland's downtown square while it was filled with holiday cheer, will learn Wednesday if he gets to leave prison before he's an old man.


Judge to sentence man in tree-lighting terror case

Yahoo! National News - 17 hours 49 min ago

FILE - A Nov. 27, 2010, file photo provided by the Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff's Office, shows Mohamed Mohamud. Nearly four years after 19-year-old Mohamud showed up at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., and triggered what turned out to be a fake bomb provided by the FBI, he is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mohamed Mohamud, the young Somali American convicted of trying to bomb Portland's downtown square while it was filled with holiday cheer, will learn Wednesday if he gets to leave prison before he's an old man.


Moet bets on bubbly in China with sparkling winery

Yahoo! National News - 18 hours 1 min ago
YONGNING COUNTY, China (AP) — France's Moet Hennessy is betting on China's taste for bubbly with the launch of sales this month by the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine.

Wife of slain Los Angeles-area mayor released

Yahoo! National News - 18 hours 7 min ago

A police officer stands by the scene of a shooting in Bell Gardens, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Authorities say Mayor Daniel Crespo, of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens, has been shot to death and his wife is in custody. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)BELL GARDENS, Calif. (AP) — The wife suspected of shooting and killing the mayor of a Los Angeles County city has been released after hours of questioning, authorities said.


Algeria's ailing president absent amid crises

Yahoo! National News - 18 hours 20 min ago

FILE - This Thursday, April 17, 2014, file photo shows President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, centre, in a wheelchair, waving as he leaves after voting in the presidential elections in Algiers. The absence of ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the aftermath of the kidnap and murder of a French hiker has re-ignited the debate over his fitness to rule this oil-rich North African nation that is a key ally in the fight against terror. Despite suffering from a stroke last year and being largely absent from the election campaign, Bouteflika still won a fourth term in April but has been barely seen since. . (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub, File)ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The silence of Algeria's ailing president since the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker by Islamic State-inspired militants has ignited new concerns over his health and whether he's fit to rule the oil-rich North African nation — or indeed whether he's still doing so.


Algeria's ailing president absent amid crises

Yahoo! National News - 18 hours 20 min ago

FILE - This Thursday, April 17, 2014, file photo shows President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, centre, in a wheelchair, waving as he leaves after voting in the presidential elections in Algiers. The absence of ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the aftermath of the kidnap and murder of a French hiker has re-ignited the debate over his fitness to rule this oil-rich North African nation that is a key ally in the fight against terror. Despite suffering from a stroke last year and being largely absent from the election campaign, Bouteflika still won a fourth term in April but has been barely seen since. . (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub, File)ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The silence of Algeria's ailing president since the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker by Islamic State-inspired militants has ignited new concerns over his health and whether he's fit to rule the oil-rich North African nation — or indeed whether he's still doing so.


Police chief: Officer's comments 'unacceptable'

Yahoo! National News - 18 hours 31 min ago

FILE - In this file photo taken from a video shot March 16, 2014, James Boyd, 38, left, is shown during a standoff with officers in the Sandia foothills in Albuquerque, N.M., before police fatally shot him. An Albuquerque police officer's comments and behavior before a fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," the city's police chief said Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. In an interview with The Associated Press, Chief Gorden Eden said officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used profanity to describe a 38-year-old mentally ill homeless man. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Police Department, File )ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer's comments before a March fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," said the city's police chief.


Police chief: Officer's comments 'unacceptable'

Yahoo! National News - 18 hours 31 min ago

FILE - In this file photo taken from a video shot March 16, 2014, James Boyd, 38, left, is shown during a standoff with officers in the Sandia foothills in Albuquerque, N.M., before police fatally shot him. An Albuquerque police officer's comments and behavior before a fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," the city's police chief said Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. In an interview with The Associated Press, Chief Gorden Eden said officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used profanity to describe a 38-year-old mentally ill homeless man. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Police Department, File )ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer's comments before a March fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," said the city's police chief.


After bombs found, police say Frein making errors

Yahoo! National News - 18 hours 32 min ago

Lt. Col. George Bivens points to images of the pipe bombs that police say were left by trooper ambush suspect Eric Frein in the Pennsylvania woods, at a news conference in Blooming Grove Pa., Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. The bombs were not deployed, but they were fully functional and could have been set off by either a trip wire or a fuse, Bivens said. In background is John Brosnan, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia office. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — The discovery of two powerful pipe bombs during a massive manhunt in the Pennsylvania woods indicates the fugitive wanted in an ambush on state troopers is stressed out and making mistakes, authorities said as they repeated a call for him to surrender.


Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job

Yahoo! National News - 18 hours 38 min ago

Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired by the Dish Network after failing a drug test more than four years ago, right, waits for the proceedings to begin with his mother, Donna Scharfenberg, at the Colorado Supreme Court in Denver on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Coats' case highlights the clash between state laws that are increasingly accepting of marijuana use and employers' drug-free policies that won't tolerate it. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Kathryn Scott Osler, Pool)DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.


App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

Yahoo! National News - 18 hours 41 min ago

In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, Aiden Crott, 7, center, helps Daniel Hernadez, 5, with his ScratchJr iPad program while Talia Levitt, 7, right, works with hers at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School in Medford, Mass. Researchers created the app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Researchers in Massachusetts have created an app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners.


App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

Yahoo! National News - 18 hours 41 min ago

In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, Aiden Crott, 7, center, helps Daniel Hernadez, 5, with his ScratchJr iPad program while Talia Levitt, 7, right, works with hers at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School in Medford, Mass. Researchers created the app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Researchers in Massachusetts have created an app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners.


Small countries struggle to be heard at the UN

Yahoo! National News - 18 hours 49 min ago

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, file photo, Gambia's President Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters. Gambia accused European countries of "racist and inhuman behavior" for deliberately causing boats carrying black African migrants to sink. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Honduras, terrorized by drug gangs, railed against the world for ignoring the violence and lack of jobs that sends thousands of young Central Americans fleeing north to the United States.