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Self-defense disputed at close of Florida trial over loud music shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:17

Defendant Michael Dunn in court on day two of his first-degree murder trial in JacksonvilleBy Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - A middle-aged white man on trial for murder in the shooting death of a black teenager during a dispute about loud music told a Florida jury on Tuesday he thought his life was in danger and showed little remorse as he described pulling the trigger. "I meant to pull it 50 times if that’s what it took to save my life," said Michael Dunn, 47, a software engineer who is being retried for first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. "I deliberately defended myself. There was nothing accidental about it," Dunn added. ...

Tennessee may appeal order to disclose names of execution team

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:16
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Tennessee's attorney general is considering appealing a court ruling requiring the state to disclose the names of doctors, pharmacists and others involved in executions to attorneys representing 11 death row inmates, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The death row inmates are challenging the secrecy of the lethal injection process as well as Tennessee's plan to use its electric chair as a backup method if it cannot obtain the drugs necessary to perform lethal injections. ...

Texas woman sentenced to 60 years in 'black widow' murder case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:15

Michele Williams is pictured in Fort Worth, Texas in this undated handout photoBy Marice Richter FORT WORTH Texas (Reuters) - A Texas woman dubbed a "black widow" was sentenced on Tuesday to 60 years in prison after her conviction on murder and evidence tampering in the shooting death of her husband in what prosecutors said was a plot to collect insurance money. Michele Williams, 45, was sentenced to concurrent sentences of 60 years in prison on her murder conviction and 10 years for evidence tampering. She had been accused of cleaning and moving a .45-caliber handgun used in the October 2011 shooting. ...

California governor signs 'gun violence restraining order' law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:09

California Governor Brown waits to speak at a news conference at the Cal OES State Operations Center in MatherBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - People who fear a close relative may commit gun violence will be able to petition a judge to temporarily remove the person's firearms in California, under a bill signed into law on Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. The legislation - the first such measure in the United States - was introduced after police in Isla Vista near Santa Barbara said they were unable to confiscate weapons from a man who later went on a rampage and killed six people, despite concern from his family. ...

State trooper injured in accidental shooting at Conshohocken firing range

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:56

State trooper dies after accidental shooting at Conshohocken firing rangeA Pennsylvania state trooper was injured in an accidental shooting at a county owned firing range in Conshohocken.

California Will Allow Family Members to Seek Seizure of Guns

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:55
The police and family members will be able to seek court orders authorizing the taking of firearms from people deemed dangerous.

Assad loyalists concerned by rise of Syria paramilitaries

BBC World News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:54
Assad loyalists concerned by rise of Syria paramilitaries
Categories: BBC World News

Seahawk Garry Gilliam ready to catch in a pinch

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:50
With Zach Miller out for a few weeks, Seattle's tight end options are now Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet, the other two tight ends on the roster.

Gonzaga pays $400K in Everett student's death

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:50
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New School Evaluations Will Lower Test Scores’ Influence

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:49
New York City’s assessments of schools will replace single-letter grades with more complex reports that Chancellor Carmen Fariña called “more transparent.”

Administration urges rejection of Brewer's appeal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:47
PHOENIX (AP) — The Obama administration has urged a court to reject Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's appeal of a ruling that blocks the state from denying driver's licenses to young immigrants who have avoided deportation under a change ordered by the president.

REI revamping online store

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:47
Shoppers’ rapid embrace of online retail is pushing REI to overhaul its online presence, as it seeks to translate onto a screen what makes it unique — a compelling, informative in-store experience for outdoors enthusiasts. A new design is expected in the first half of 2015.

2 sue Jehovah's Witnesses congregation, say abused

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:46
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Two adult sisters filed suit Tuesday against a Jehovah's Witness congregation in Vermont, saying they were molested by a minister when they were minor children and the church did nothing to protect them.

12th Fan of the Week: Bremerton's Lilly Cox loves Richard Sherman, 12th Pony

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:46
%%%811b1f24bce480f2952681adc68d2d59%%%The Seattle Times will highlight a 12th Fan of the Week throughout the season. Each fan will predict the outcome of the next Seahawks game against a Seattle celebrity and Times reporters and columnists.
Categories: Sports Center

Profile: Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg

BBC World News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:42
Norway's master of surprises takes the helm
Categories: BBC World News

As Wild Horses Overrun the West, Ranchers Fear Land Will Be Gobbled Up

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:41
There are now twice as many wild horses in the West as federal land managers say the land can sustain, and the system for keeping them under control is on the verge of crisis.

Police: Pipe bombs found in search for Pa. trooper shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:41

 Pipe bombs found in search for Pa. trooper shooting suspectState police searching for a man accused of killing a trooper said Tuesday they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt that were capable of causing significant damage.

Tom and Jerry carries racism warning

BBC World News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:37
Tom and Jerry cartoons on television are being accompanied by a warning that they may depict scenes of "racial prejudice".
Categories: BBC World News

Forensic link at center of missing student case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:31

This undated photo provided by the City of Charlottesville, Va. on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 shows Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. Matthew, 32, is suspect in the Sept. 13, 2014 disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. (AP Photo/City of Charlottesville)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia police aren't saying much at all about their evidence against a suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student, but they seem to be working systematically to link his DNA to an expanding circle of attacks on women, a criminal defense expert suggested Tuesday.

Video: Seahawks tight end Luke Willson

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:31
Seattle tight end Luke Willson, who will take over the starting role this week now that Zach Miller is out, talked to the media after practice Tuesday about filling in for Miller and a few other topics.
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