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Feds 'closely monitoring' NY police custody death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:10

Emerald Garner, right, stands next to the coffin of her father, Eric Garner, during his funeral at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Garner died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, James Keivom, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday the Justice Department is "closely monitoring" New York City's investigation into the death of a man who was placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer arresting him on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.


Feds 'closely monitoring' NY police custody death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:10

Emerald Garner, right, stands next to the coffin of her father, Eric Garner, during his funeral at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Garner died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, James Keivom, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday the Justice Department is "closely monitoring" New York City's investigation into the death of a man who was placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer arresting him on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.


Kansas court overturns brothers' death sentences

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:04

In this combination of 2013 photos provided by the Kansas Department of Corrections, is Reginald D. Carr, left, and Jonathan D. Carr. The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday, July 25, 2014 overturned the death sentences of the two brothers convicted of capital murder in a crime spree in Wichita in 2000 including robbery, rape, forced sex and four fatal shootings in a snow-covered soccer field. (AP Photo/Kansas Department of Corrections)The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of killing four friends who were robbed and forced to engage in sex acts before being shot to death and left in a snow-covered Wichita field.


Police chief pleads no contest in tea party flap

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:59
A police chief in Wisconsin pleaded no contest Friday to a charge that he signed a local tea party leader up on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites.

Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy plea

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:59

Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy pleaProsecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a difficult decision because the case falls in a gray area involving self-defense, a legal expert said Friday.


Former WWE champ nabs suspected burglar in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:58
A hapless burglar in Arizona learned a hard lesson when he broke into the Phoenix home of former World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan, police said on Friday. The ex-professional grappler gave chase and was able to catch 22-year-old Cesar Sosa. Sergeant Tommy Thompson, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, said a struggle ensued and that Bryan, whose real name is Bryan Danielson, was able to detain the suspect until police officers could take him into custody.

Texas rolls out security surge for its border with Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:58

A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols near the Rio Grande along the U.S.-Mexico border near MissionBy Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas has launched a law enforcement surge to crack down on drug and human trafficking from Mexico in a move that comes as the state is about to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the border, officials said on Friday. The surge, announced last month and recently implemented, places more law enforcement officials and resources on the border and will result in $1.3 million in additional spending a week for the Texas Department of Public Safety, officials from the department said, without offering a specific date when it was launched. Texas Governor Rick Perry, seen as a potential Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election, has blamed the Obama administration for not doing enough to halt a surge in children from Central America crossing the border. "Mexican cartels and criminal elements are taking advantage of this situation by further exploiting these gaps along the border to commit heinous crimes that will further their business," said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger.


Under the Tracks, a Kiosk With a Bronx Beat

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:56
An open-air sound booth beneath the elevated Freeman Street station, the Boogie Down Booth, is part of an initiative to reclaim underused public areas.

Earthquakes jolt 4 different areas of Alaska

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:56
Earthquakes jolted four different parts of Alaska on Friday.

Interactive map: What your neighborhood says about you

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:54
The Nielsen Company just might know more about your neighbors than you do.

NYC fare beater pleads guilty, faces 25 years, in police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:54
A man who shot a New York City police officer trying to apprehend him for not paying the fare on a city bus faces 25 years in prison under a plea deal reached on Friday, prosecutors said. Rashun Robinson, 29, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault on a police officer at state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn District Attorney said in a statement. The charge stems from an incident in February, when rookie police officer James Li and his partner found Robinson trying to take a free ride on a city bus and ordered him off.

Kansas court overturns brothers' death sentences

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:51
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of killing four friends who were robbed and forced to engage in sex acts before being shot to death and left in a snow-covered Wichita field.

Philly cop, once accused, credited for fire rescue in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:50

Philly cop, once accused, credited for fire rescue in South PhiladelphiaA Philadelphia police officer, accused and later acquitted of all charges in an on-camera beating incident, is being credited with saving three lives.


Bank guard, suspect involved in shooting both improving

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:49
A bank security guard and a suspect wounded Thursday in Seattle have improved to serious condition.

Police chief pleads no contest in tea party flap

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:48
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A police chief in Wisconsin pleaded no contest Friday to a charge that he signed a local tea party leader up on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites.

US fighter jets escort plane back to Toronto

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:46
Two U.S. F16 fighter jets escorted a Panama-City bound plane back to Toronto on Friday after a passenger threatened the aircraft.

Comments sought on possible Arctic lease sale

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:44
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency is testing the waters on a possible lease sale in the Alaska Arctic.

Prosecutors consider charges after burglar killed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:41
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a difficult decision because the case falls in a gray area involving self-defense, a legal expert said Friday.

Coroner: Burglar killed by homeowner not pregnant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:37
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a burglar who was fatally shot by an 80-year-old California homeowner was not pregnant as she had claimed moments before her death as she fled the home down an alley.

Attorney: 'Fatal Vision' court case will continue

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:30
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The case of the Green Beret doctor who has maintained for decades that not him but a band of hippies chanting "acid is groovy, kill the pigs" slaughtered his wife and two young daughters will continue in court.