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Activists seek probe of prosecutor's role in Ferguson case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:39

FILE - In this March 15, 2015 file photo, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch speaks during a news conference n Clayton, Mo. Attorneys for several civil rights groups will ask a St. Louis judge Friday, April 24, 2015 to appoint a special prosecutor to probe what they claim was prosecutorial misconduct by McCulloch during grand jury proceedings involving the Ferguson shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge gave strong indications Friday that he might toss a lawsuit by four activists seeking an independent investigation of a prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Michael Brown shooting case.

Police: Burglar confronted by homeowner in Radnor Twp. ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:39

 Burglar confronted by homeowner in Radnor Twp. ID'dDetectives in Radnor Township say they have identified the the brazen burglar who was confronted by the homeowner he was targeting.

Several U.S. probes likely of drone strikes that killed hostages

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:36

American hostage Warren Weinstein is shown in this image captured from an undated video courtesy of SITE Intelligence GroupBy Mark Hosenball and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency's Inspector General will conduct what could be the first of several investigations into the CIA drone strikes that killed American and Italian hostages and two U.S.-born al Qaeda militants, U.S. government sources said on Friday. The Senate Intelligence Committee also is reviewing the attacks, a Congressional source said. Depending upon the results of the CIA watchdog's investigation, U.S. President Barack Obama could establish an outside investigative panel to examine the drone attacks, and broader U.S. drone policy, said a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity. The White House has revealed few details about the reviews, declining even to identify the CIA Inspector General as the office doing the initial probe.

6 Texas jailers fired after inmate left alone for weeks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:33
HOUSTON (AP) — Six Texas jailers were fired and 29 others suspended after a mentally ill inmate was left unattended and alone in his cell for weeks with insect-infested food containers, a feces-clogged toilet and ropes from his shredded jail uniform hanging from the ceiling.

After violence last year, new city to host pumpkin festival

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:30

Ruth Sterling, left, and Laconia Mayor Ed Engler, unravel a poster after it was announced Friday April 24, 2015 in Laconia, N.H., that the city will be the new host for the annual Pumpkin Festival next October. Held in Keene since 1991, the pumpkin festival tries each year to set a record for the number of carved and lighted pumpkins. Last year's event turned violent, with alcohol-fueled parties nearby leading to injuries, property damage and more than 100 arrests. The Keene City Council rejected a permit for 2015. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — The annual New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival has a new home in the city of Laconia after its longtime host city declined to issue a permit following violence that led to more than 100 arrests near last year's event.

US rests in corruption case against Philadelphia ex-officers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:29
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors rested their monthlong case Friday against six former Philadelphia police officers who are accused of robbing dealers of large sums of drugs and cash, beating them to get information, planting evidence and lying in court to win unjust convictions.

Judge rejects GPS monitor for Reagan shooter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who shot President Ronald Reagan won't have to wear an ankle monitor if allowed to leave a mental hospital for good, a judge indicated Friday, brushing aside that request from the government.

All-clear sounded at Statue of Liberty after bomb scare

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:25

 NBCBy Laila Kearney and Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Statue of Liberty was declared safe on Friday after a bomb scare forced the evacuation of thousands of tourists from the New York Harbor landmark, the National Parks Service said. All visitors and staff were safely ferried off Liberty Island soon after an anonymous caller threatened to blow up the statue that stands guard at the mouth of the Hudson River, Mindi Rambo, a National Park Service spokeswoman, said in a statement. Liberty Island, which draws some 4 million visitors a year, will reopen on Saturday, the park service said. Statue Cruises, which operates ferry service between Liberty Island and Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan, said it took about 2,700 people off the island and offered passengers full refunds.

Animal activists rally at the University of Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:22

Animal activists rally at the University of PennsylvaniaProtestors rallied at the University of Pennsylvania due to the school's alleged abuse of its lab animals.

Court: acquitted Miami Lakes mayor should get old job back

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:17
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida appeals court says the city of Miami Lakes should restore a mayor who was acquitted after his arrest on federal corruption charges, even though a replacement mayor was later elected.

Couple busted for sex next to little league field

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:17

Couple busted for sex next to little league fieldA Camden County couple was arrested after they were caught having sex, just feet from a little league baseball field.

15 loose buffaloes that crossed New York highway are killed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:11

Shooters take aim and shoot at a herd of buffalo in a creek on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Coeymans, N.Y. About 15 of the animals got loose Thursday from a farm in the Rensselaer County town of Schodack, on the river's east bank a few miles southeast of Albany. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)COEYMANS, N.Y. (AP) — Fifteen buffaloes that escaped from a farm were intentionally shot and killed Friday after they dashed past a group of police, crossed a major highway and ended up near some schools, authorities said.

Man knocks out woman walking home from gym in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:11

Man knocks out woman walking home from gym in South PhiladelphiaPolice are looking for the man who knocked out a woman who was walking home from the gym in South Philadelphia.

Midwest pheasant producers are anxious as bird flu spreads

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 05:07
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Bill MacFarlane has been anxious since a case of a deadly bird flu strain was recently confirmed in domestic poultry just 50 miles from his southern Wisconsin farm, the largest pheasant operation in North America that supplies 1.8 million birds each year to the game bird industry.

Man arrested for abusing 3-month-old in Lower Providence Township

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 04:56

Man arrested for abusing 3-month-old in Lower Providence TownshipA man was arrested for physically abusing a 3-month-old child in Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County.

Baltimore police to release surveillance video linked to man's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 04:54
BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Police in Baltimore said on Friday they would release surveillance video taken around the time officers arrested a 25-year-old black man who later died of injuries while in custody. Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts also told reporters the department had received a "preliminary verbal report" from the medical examiner's office on the man, Freddie Gray, but were still awaiting the final official report. (Reporting by Ian Simpson; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Interim city manager in Ferguson resigns to take another job

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 04:37
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The interim city manager in Ferguson is stepping down to work for another city in St. Louis County.

California burglar makes tater tots, falls asleep on couch: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 04:36
(Reuters) - A California man who intended to burglarize a house had his plans go awry when he made himself a snack and fell asleep on the couch, police said on Friday. James Adams, 44, was arrested on a charge of breaking into the home in Petaluma, about an hour's drive north of San Francisco, around 2 p.m. local time on Thursday, police said. After Adams entered the home, he opted to eat a plate of tater tots then took a nap on the sofa, where he was discovered sleeping by a startled resident, authorities said. The woman ran from the area and called police, who arrested Adams outside the home, authorities said.

Florida Senate passes bill requiring 24-hour wait for abortions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 04:34
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida Senate approved a bill on Friday mandating a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats opposed. The bill is now headed to Republican Governor Rick Scott, who is expected to sign it into law. Senator Anitere Flores, a Miami Republican who sponsored the bill, said it was reasonable for women to wait 24 hours after meeting with their doctors for an "informed consent" briefing on fetal development, which is already required by state law, and undergoing the abortion procedure itself. She noted that state law requires a three-day waiting period for purchasing a gun or getting married, and 20 days for divorces.

Statue of Liberty Evacuated Following Bomb Threat

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 04:34
A bomb threat triggered an evacuation this afternoon at the Statue of Liberty.