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Quadruple-murder suspect held without bond in Washington

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 8 min ago

Murder suspect Wint is pictured in police booking photographDaron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, is accused of holding construction business owner Savvas Savopoulos and the others captive until he got $40,000 in cash, then killing them and setting fire to their mansion, according to court documents. Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen Jr. said he was being held without bond.


Magnitude 5.3 quake hits Nevada, close to Las Vegas

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 24 min ago
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck Nevada on Friday close to the small town of Caliente, northeast of the tourist hub of Las Vegas, and was followed by a series of smaller aftershocks, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It said the epicenter of the initial quake, which was very shallow at a depth of only 2.5 miles(4 km), was 24 miles (39 km)from Caliente, a town of just over 1,000 people, close to the border with Utah. A dispatcher with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, near the epicenter, said the earthquake had been felt widely across the county, but that there were no immediate reports of damage.

8 injured in car, SEPTA bus crash in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 32 min ago

8 injured in car, SEPTA bus crash in Hunting ParkAuthorities say eight people were injured in a crash involving a car and a SEPTA bus in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section.


8 injured in car, SEPTA bus crash in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 32 min ago

8 injured in car, SEPTA bus crash in Hunting ParkAuthorities say eight people were injured in a crash involving a car and a SEPTA bus in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section.


DC authorities: Ex-con had help in slaying of rich family

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 33 min ago

 Ex-con had help in slaying of rich familyAuthorities said in court documents made public Friday that than one person is responsible for the slayings of four people inside the mansion of a wealthy Washington family last week.


Man charged with killing California family obtains attorneys

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 42 min ago
A man charged with murdering a Southern California family of four has obtained defense attorneys after seeking to represent himself, and a judge on Friday postponed a court hearing where prosecutors will present their evidence. Charles Ray Merritt, 58, an ex-convict, is charged with four counts of murder in the deaths of a couple and their two young sons whose skeletal remains were discovered in 2013 in the desert near Victorville, 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Los Angeles. Merritt appeared in court in San Bernardino, California, on Friday with his lawyers.

Man charged with killing California family obtains attorneys

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 42 min ago
A man charged with murdering a Southern California family of four has obtained defense attorneys after seeking to represent himself, and a judge on Friday postponed a court hearing where prosecutors will present their evidence. Charles Ray Merritt, 58, an ex-convict, is charged with four counts of murder in the deaths of a couple and their two young sons whose skeletal remains were discovered in 2013 in the desert near Victorville, 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Los Angeles. Merritt appeared in court in San Bernardino, California, on Friday with his lawyers.

Five plead not guilty to Kentucky bourbon heist

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 44 min ago
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Five people accused of stealing and selling more than $100,000 worth of expensive bourbons and other whiskeys as part of a years-long conspiracy pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Kentucky court. Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger, a former worker at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, denied charges that he organized the theft of barrels and bottles from Buffalo Trace and the Wild Turkey distilleries. Acting on a tip, Franklin County Sheriff's officers discovered stolen barrels behind a shed on Curtsinger's property, prosecutors said.

Five plead not guilty to Kentucky bourbon heist

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 44 min ago
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Five people accused of stealing and selling more than $100,000 worth of expensive bourbons and other whiskeys as part of a years-long conspiracy pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Kentucky court. Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger, a former worker at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, denied charges that he organized the theft of barrels and bottles from Buffalo Trace and the Wild Turkey distilleries. Acting on a tip, Franklin County Sheriff's officers discovered stolen barrels behind a shed on Curtsinger's property, prosecutors said.

Bridge connecting shore towns still closed

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 53 min ago

Bridge connecting shore towns still closedA bridge closure down at the shore could be a headache this Memorial Day weekend.


Bridge connecting shore towns still closed

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 53 min ago

Bridge connecting shore towns still closedA bridge closure down at the shore could be a headache this Memorial Day weekend.


Mother stands in at graduation of son killed in prom night crash

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 55 min ago
A Chicago area woman whose 18-year-old son was killed in an alleged drunk-driving crash after his high-school prom last weekend wore his cap and gown at his graduation in a tribute to him. Along with Dunigan's father, she received a special plaque with his diploma, awards and a graduation ticket. "She got a standing ovation, a lot of tears, a great deal of cheers," said Dwayne Evans, principal of the school in the south Chicago suburb of Calumet City.

Firefighter hurt battling blaze in Camden, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 12 min ago

Firefighter hurt battling blaze in Camden, N.J.A firefighter has been injured fighting a 2-alarm blaze in Camden.


Two California men charged with seeking to help Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 22 min ago
Two Southern California men were charged on Friday with conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, U.S. prosecutors said after one of the men was arrested at the Los Angeles airport. Anaheim residents Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24, were arrested on Thursday, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. On May 3, Elhuzayel tweeted his support for an attack by two men who that day attacked an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in Garland, Texas, and who were shot to death by police, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

What happens to collection of phone records if law expires?

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 29 min ago

FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled to reach agreement Friday on how to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, setting the stage for a halt to the collection program and two less-controversial surveillance programs designed to track spies and terrorists.


TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' from schedule following Josh Duggar molestation scandal

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 37 min ago

TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' from schedule following Josh Duggar molestation scandalTLC has pulled "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule following accusations that Josh Duggar molested girls as a teenager.


VIDEO: Cow runs loose on I-295 off-ramp

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 39 min ago

 Cow runs loose on I-295 off-rampPolice and humane officers have surrounded a cow that was loose on an off-ramp from Interstate 295 in Hamilton Township, Mercer County.


University of North Carolina gets NCAA findings in academic fraud probe

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 47 min ago
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - The University of North Carolina said on Friday it has received a notice from the NCAA indicating possible rules violations connected to the school's academic fraud scandal. The National Collegiate Athletic Association notice comes seven months after an independent investigation by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein revealed that more than 3,000 students at the university in Chapel Hill received credit for fake classes over an 18-year period. The NCAA issues a "notice of allegations" after an investigation if there appears to be sufficient evidence to prove a bylaws violation.

Ex-students of elite Conn. university charged in drug scandal

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 47 min ago
By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - Two former students of Connecticut's elite Wesleyan University have been indicted by a federal grand jury for distributing hallucinogenic synthetic drugs that hospitalized 11 students in February, federal officials said on Friday. Eric Lonergan, 22, of Brazil, and Zachary Kramer, 21, of Maryland, face up to 40 years in prison and fines as high as $2 million after dealing synthetic marijuana and MDMA, or "molly," on campus, Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said at a news conference.

Not even helmets help pro bull riders stave off concussions

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 50 min ago

Kasey Hayes lies on the ground after falling from his ride on Shaft during the Professional Bull Riding Tour stop at the Denny Sanford Premier Center on March, 13, 2015 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Serious injuries are occupational hazards for bull riders, but doctors, riders and researchers say the most pervasive injuries are concussions. The Professional Bull Riders' circuit provides a stable of doctors, requires helmets for anyone born after 1994 and insists concussed riders pass a test before getting back in the saddle. (AP Photo/Dave Eggen)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Kasey Hayes hopped on the bovine beast trapped in the narrow holding pen like he'd done hundreds of times. He adjusted a tight rope on his left hand, found his balance and signaled he was ready to dominate the bull for the next eight seconds — or, at least, hoped to.