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A guide to recent police shootings in Oklahoma, S. Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 00:17

FILE - In this April 4, 2015, file photo, from video provided by Attorney L. Chris Stewart representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to be running away from City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C. Slager was charged with murder on Tuesday, April 7, hours after law enforcement officials viewed the dramatic video that appears to show him shooting a fleeing Scott several times in the back. (AP Photo/Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart, File)Two recent shootings involving white law enforcement officers who killed black men — one in South Carolina and one in Oklahoma — have re-ignited the debate over the use of deadly force and race relations in the U.S.


Police: Man held following deaths of his wife, 2 children

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 00:09

JeQuita Breham talks to the media as police block the street during an investigation in Eastpointe, Mich., on Monday, April 13, 2015. A 38-year-old man is in custody Tuesday following the deaths of his wife and their two children, ages 3 and 9, at their home in suburban Detroit, police said. The bodies of the 37-year-old woman, the 3-year-old girl and the 9-year-old boy were discovered by police on Monday night inside a home. Investigators were awaiting autopsy results before presenting the case to prosecutors, Public Safety Director John McNeilance told reporters. (Elizabeth Conley/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTEASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — A 37-year-old man was in custody Tuesday following the deaths of his wife and their two children at their home in suburban Detroit, police said.


Teenage mom, child critical after West Kensington hit-and-run; $10k reward offered

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:56

Mom, child critical after West Kensington hit-and-run; $10k reward offeredA teenage mother and her young child remain hospitalized in critical condition after a hit-and-run crash in the West Kensington section of Philadelphia.


$20k reward offered after boy, 4, struck and killed in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:48

$20,000 reward after boy killed in Southwest Philadelphia hit-and-runPolice say a $20,000 reward is now being offered in the hit-and-run accident, caught on camera, that killed a 4-year-old boy in Southwest Philadelphia.


Florida Legislature repeals state ban on gay adoption

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:46
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's ban on gay adoption is getting tossed out by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature.

Clinton candidacy prods foundation board to consider limits

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:43

FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Washington. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decision to step down from the board of her family’s foundation will be followed this week by the Clinton Foundation board meeting to consider limiting international fundraising and improving transparency. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's decision to step down from the board of her family's foundation will be followed this week by a Clinton Foundation board meeting to consider limiting international fundraising and improving transparency.


Ex-drug squad officer testifying against former colleagues

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:41

Ex-drug squad officer testifying against former colleaguesA disgraced Philadelphia police officer is testifying against his former drug squad colleagues in a federal corruption trial.


Reserve sheriff's deputy accused in fatal shooting of suspect surrenders at Tulsa County Jail

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:23
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Reserve sheriff's deputy accused in fatal shooting of suspect surrenders at Tulsa County Jail.

Cargo ship runs aground on Delaware River

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:21

Cargo ship runs aground on Delaware RiverA cargo ship ran aground on the Delaware River Tuesday morning.


Prosecutor gives closing arguments at NYC missing boy trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:16

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Monday, April 13, 2015, in the case against the 54-year-old New Jersey man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz on May 25, 1979 as the boy headed to school. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The case of a 6-year-old boy who vanished in 1979 marked the end of an innocent era but has led to reforms that have helped save many children from a similar fate, a prosecutor said Tuesday at the trial of the man accused of killing him.


Patients' medical records under threat from data breaches

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:10
CHICAGO (AP) — Your private medical information is under threat. That's according to a study that found almost 30 million health records nationwide were involved in criminal theft, malicious hacking or other data breaches over four years. The incidents seem to be increasing.

Billionaire's American West art collection to be sold in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 23:08
NEW YORK (AP) — Christie's auction house will offer a large group of paintings depicting the American West from the collection of billionaire businessman William Koch (kohk).

2 hospitalized after New Castle fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 22:50

2 hospitalized after New Castle fireTwo people are hospitalized for smoke inhalation after a fire in New Castle, Delaware.


Educator sentenced in Atlanta test cheating case spared lengthy jail time

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 22:47
(Reuters) - The first former Atlanta public school educator sentenced on Tuesday in one of the nation's largest test-cheating scandals was ordered by a judge to serve six months of weekends in jail and five years of probation. Donald Bullock, one of 11 former Atlanta educators convicted of racketeering this month, avoided a potentially harsher punishment by making a sentencing agreement with prosecutors. Other defendants in the case also were to be sentenced on Tuesday. (Reporting by Letitia Stein; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Bill Trott)

Judge: Jurors in Tsarnaev trial can't attend Boston Marathon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 22:44

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from left, is depicted standing with his defense attorneys William Fick, left, Judy Clarke, second from right, and David Bruck, right, as the jury presents its verdict in his federal death penalty trial Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev was convicted on multiple charges in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must stay away from this year's marathon and any events related to the anniversary of the 2013 attack, a judge warned Tuesday.


NYPD: Man hides in bathroom stall at sports bar, rapes woman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 22:32

In this image from a surveillance video provided by the New York Police Department, a suspect is seen walking near a New York sports bar, Saturday, April 11, 2015. The suspect walked into the basement bathroom of the Turnmill Bar on East 27th Street on Saturday and hid inside a stall, police said. He allegedly then grabbed the 23-year-old woman, pulled her into a stall and raped her. (New York Police Department via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — A man hiding inside a bathroom stall in the ladies room of a Manhattan sports bar grabbed a woman by the throat and raped her, police said.


'Slicing and dicing': How some U.S. firms could win big in 2016 elections

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 22:27

A mobile phone shows a Facebook page of campaign propaganda to promote Hillary Clinton as president in 2016, in this photo illustration taken April 13By Robin Respaut and Lucas Iberico Lozada NEW YORK (Reuters) - By one estimate U.S. online political advertising could quadruple to nearly $1 billion in the 2016 election, creating huge opportunities for digital strategy firms eager to capitalize on a shift from traditional mediums like television. These firms - mostly small, partisan and based in Washington and surrounding suburbs - have grown in sophistication since the last presidential election in 2012. A niche sector in a multi-billion election industry, they are poised to play a much bigger role in 2016 as digital ads assume more importance and change the way political money is spent on advertising. A candidate's ability to micro-target likely voters with adverts on issues they care about is crucial in a modern American political campaign.


Detroit, Stockton bankruptcies may flag wider problems: Fed's Dudley

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 22:15

A view of Stockton, California's City HallThe municipal bankruptcies in Detroit and Stockton, California, may foretell more widespread problems in the United States than is implied by current bond ratings, a top Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday. "While these particular bankruptcy filings have captured a considerable amount of attention, and rightly so, they may foreshadow more widespread problems than what might be implied by current bond ratings," New York Fed President William Dudley said at a closed-door workshop on Chapter 9, the part of the U.S. bankruptcy code covering local government insolvencies. Dudley, whose Fed district includes the debt-stricken U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, did not mention by name any municipalities or states that risked going the way of Detroit and Stockton.


Boston bomb trial jurors barred from this year's marathon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 22:01

A police K-9 unit patrols outside the federal courthouse during closing arguments in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in BostonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Jurors hearing the Boston Marathon bombing trial are barred from attending this year’s race, a federal judge told the panel on Tuesday as part of instructions ahead of the trial's sentencing phase.  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was convicted last week of planting two homemade bombs at the crowded finish line of the world famous marathon in 2013, killing three people and injuring 264 others. "Do not attend the Boston Marathon or any related events or gatherings," Judge George O’Toole told jurors in U.S. District Court in Boston, describing the sentencing phase as "sensitive." The famed race, which draws elite runners from around the world, takes place on the Patriots Day holiday in Massachusetts - commemorating the first battles of the American Revolution - and has taken on special significance for the city's residents since the 2013 bomb attack.


Pennsylvania farmer, 87, crushed to death by tractor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 21:54
SALTSBURG, Pa. (AP) — An 87-year-old man is dead after authorities say he was thrown from his tractor and crushed by the vehicle at his western Pennsylvania farm.