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Teacher among those to testify on behalf of theater shooter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:58
DENVER (AP) — A fifth-grade teacher of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes described him as a pleasant, productive student, providing an early glimpse of how defense attorneys will try to save his life.

Planned Parenthood says video part of decadelong harassment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — Planned Parenthood told Congress Monday that a secretly recorded video released last week by an anti-abortion group is fraudulent and part of a years-long pattern of illegal harassment aimed at prohibiting abortion.

Lawsuit: captive Miami orca violates Endangered Species Act

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:49

FILE - In this 2010, file photo provided by the Miami Seaquarium, the orca whale known as Lolita is in her pool at the facility in Miami. A lawsuit filed Monday, July 20, 2015, by animal rights groups claims the orca held in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium attraction is a violation of the Endangered Species Act. (Miami Seaquarium via AP, File)MIAMI (AP) — An orca's decades-long captivity at the Miami Seaquarium attraction amounts to a violation of the Endangered Species Act requiring the animal's release, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by animal rights activists.

Washington state woman kills husband, infant son; wounds self: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:48
A Washington state woman who said she shot dead her husband and infant son and then wounded herself is likely to be charged with first-degree murder, police said on Monday. A real estate agent in Bellingham, about 90 miles north of Seattle, heard a woman screaming for help on Sunday and called police, Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeffrey Parks said. Erin Agren, 43, told responders that several days earlier she had shot her infant son and husband while they were lying in bed and then later turned the gun on herself, inflicting a wound to her shoulder, Parks said.

Ambulance carrying patient crashes, overturns in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:47

Ambulance carrying patient crashes, overturns in North PhiladelphiaPolice say a total of eight people were taken to area hospitals after an ambulance carrying a patient crashed and overturned in North Philadelphia.

Swimmer who drowned in Delaware River near Burlington ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:47

Swimmer who drowned in Delaware River near Burlington ID'dThe swimmer who drowned in the Delaware River near Burlington, New Jersey over the weekend has been identified.

Menendez assails feds in filings over corruption indictment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:46
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sen. Robert Menendez launched a wide-ranging attack on the corruption charges against him Monday, accusing Justice Department prosecutors of misconduct and setting the stage for what is likely to be a confrontational and heated court fight.

Two Gawker editors resign over objections to story's removal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:41
Tommy Craggs, executive editor of Gawker Media, and Max Read, editor-in-chief of, told staff and management in memos published on Gawker that the story's removal violated editorial independence. The story posted Thursday night unleashed a wave of criticism that Gawker, the popular website about Manhattan media news and gossip, had overstepped the bounds of decency by reporting on the activities of a private citizen.

Earthquake centered in northern Oklahoma rattles state

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:39
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A magnitude 4.4 earthquake centered in northern Oklahoma has shaken the state, with reports of it being felt hundreds of miles away.

Appeals court: Immigration detainers require probable cause

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:37
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An appeals court has ruled that federal immigration authorities need probable cause to issue an immigration detainer, a decision that comes amid a national debate over immigration enforcement that was sparked by a deadly shooting in San Francisco.

Police: Ex-NFL player's mistress kills his wife then self

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:34
ATLANTA (AP) — A former NFL player's mistress, apparently jealous that he was taking his wife on a trip to Las Vegas, drove to his home near Atlanta, kidnapped her romantic rival and led officers on a chase into Alabama before killing the wife and herself, police said.

Dutch-Turkish man appears in U.S. court on terrorism charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:32
A Dutch-Turkish national accused of raising funds and recruiting in Europe for an Islamist militant group active in Afghanistan has been extradited to the United States and charged with terrorism offenses, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday. Irfan Demirtas, 56, accused of providing support for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, appeared in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia on Monday, the Justice Department said in a statement. Demirtas, also known as Nasrullah, was arrested in Germany in January on a warrant and extradited to the United States on Friday, the statement said.

UN endorses Iran nuclear deal with 6 world powers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:31

Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, speaks after a vote in the Security Council at U.N. headquarters, Monday, July 20, 2015. The U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and adopted a series of measures leading to the end of U.N. sanctions that have hurt the Iranian economy. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously endorsed the landmark deal to rein in Iran's nuclear program and authorized measures leading to the end of U.N. sanctions, but also approved a provision that would automatically reinstate the harsh measures if Tehran reneges on its promises.

Air Force: F-15 pilot in Va. forest crash was incapacitated

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:09
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A decorated combat veteran who died in an F-15 crash in the George Washington National Forest in Virginia was incapacitated and unable to eject, according to an Air Force investigation released Monday.

Three U.S. Navy admirals censured in bribery scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:05
The U.S. Navy censured three admirals in connection with a bribery scandal involving a Singapore company that held more than $200 million in contracts to clean and supply ships from the Seventh Fleet, Navy officials confirmed on Monday. Admirals Michael Miller and Terry Kraft were allowed to retire as admirals, while Admiral David Pimpo retired on July 1 at the demoted rank of captain, according to a Navy document dated July 17. The censures were issued in January, but were revealed last week in response to Freedom of Information Act requests from the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper.

6 potential grand jurors in Tulsa sheriff's probe excused

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 05:01

FILE - In this July 13, 2015 file photo, Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz listens to proceedings of a county commissioners meeting in Tulsa, Okla. The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday, July 16, 2015 refused to delay a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa sheriff's office after a former volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed and restrained man in April, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Six potential grand jurors called to investigate an Oklahoma sheriff and his agency were excused Monday by a judge after they expressed concerns they couldn't serve on the panel for personal reasons.

Clinton to propose increasing capital gains taxes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 04:58

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Democratic Party of Arkansas Jefferson Jackson dinner in North Little Rock, Ark., Saturday, July 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton plans later this week to propose raising capital gains taxes for some investors, pivoting from a 2008 pledge not to increase the rate beyond 20 percent. The policy is part of a larger effort by her campaign to encourage greater focus on longer-term economic growth rather than more immediate gains for investors_a priority for the liberal Democrats she'll need in 2016.

Pennsylvania officials probe man's weekend death by rattlesnake bite

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 04:57
Pennsylvania officials on Monday were investigating the weekend death of a man killed by a rattlesnake bite at his family's vacation home in the state's rural northwest. Russell Davis, 39, was bitten on the ankle by a timber rattlesnake shortly before midnight on Saturday, said Don Logan, manager of Bennett's Valley Ambulance Service, which transported the man to a hospital. Logan said that Davis, after being bitten, walked back to the cabin, located in Elk County, telling his girlfriend she had to take him to the hospital.

Prosecutors seek death penalty for mom accused of throwing baby from bridge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 04:52

Prosecutors seek death penalty for mom accused of throwing baby from bridgeLehigh County prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against a woman accused of throwing her baby to his death.

Upgraded charges weighed in fatal limo crash on Long Island

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 04:49

In this photo taken Monday, July 20, 2015, in Peconic, N.Y., Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, right, speaks at a news conference to discuss a fatal limousine accident two days earlier that left four women dead and four others seriously injured while leaving Long Island's wine country region. Looking on is Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)PECONIC, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators are weighing whether to upgrade charges against the driver of a pickup truck that slammed into a limousine in Long Island wine country over the weekend, leaving four women dead and four others with serious injuries, a prosecutor said Monday.