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Mom who drove kids into ocean in Florida had low blood sugar: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:28

Ebony Wilkerson appears in a booking mugshot released by the Volusia County Sheriff's department in Daytona BeachBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A pregnant South Carolina woman drove a minivan with her three children into the ocean off a Florida beach in March because low blood sugar made her act irrationally, her lawyer said on Thursday. Ebony Wilkerson, 33, faces charges of attempted murder and child abuse for each of the three children in the van, then aged 3, 9, and 10. "She’s driving irrationally because she has a medical condition," said Craig Dyer, Wilkerson's court-appointed attorney. "It could happen to anybody." He said the diagnosis fit with reports at the scene in Daytona Beach that Wilkerson said she was seeing angels and spots in front of her eyes, and with her children's accounts of her seeming to be sleepwalking.


Ferguson pledges cooperation with federal probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:24
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — City officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are pledging their full cooperation with a federal civil-rights investigation into their police department following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

2 dead after shooting in Crescentville

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:21

2 dead after shooting in CrescentvillePhiladelphia homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of two people found in a Crescentville row house.


6 injured in Lower Merion bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:18

6 injured in Lower Merion bus crashAt least six people were injured in a bus accident on the Schuylkill Expressway in Montgomery County.


6 injured in Lower Merion bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:18

6 injured in Lower Merion bus crashAt least six people were injured in a bus accident on the Schuylkill Expressway in Montgomery County.


The buzz on caffeine in coffee: A genetic quirk

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:15

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2013 file photo a row of brewed coffee is seen in Oakland, Calif. Scientists have woken up and smelled the coffee _ and analyzed its DNA. They found that what we love about coffee _ the caffeine _ is a genetic quirk, not related to the caffeine in chocolate or tea.“It’s an accident that has been frozen in place very likely by the influence of natural selection,” says University of Buffalo evolutionary biologist Victor Albert. He and more than 60 other researchers from around the world mapped out genetic instruction book of java. Their results are published Thursday in the journal Science. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have woken up and smelled the coffee — and analyzed its DNA.


The buzz on caffeine in coffee: A genetic quirk

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:15

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2013 file photo a row of brewed coffee is seen in Oakland, Calif. Scientists have woken up and smelled the coffee _ and analyzed its DNA. They found that what we love about coffee _ the caffeine _ is a genetic quirk, not related to the caffeine in chocolate or tea.“It’s an accident that has been frozen in place very likely by the influence of natural selection,” says University of Buffalo evolutionary biologist Victor Albert. He and more than 60 other researchers from around the world mapped out genetic instruction book of java. Their results are published Thursday in the journal Science. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have woken up and smelled the coffee — and analyzed its DNA.


Man arrested after missing girl found dead in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:15
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona man was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of an 8-year-old girl in the northwest of the state, police said.     Justin James Rector, 26, who had been previously questioned by authorities about the missing girl, was booked into the Mohave County jail, said Bullhead City police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt. Police also said on Thursday that a body found on Wednesday was "visually identified" as that of the missing girl, Isabella Grogan-Cannella.     Searchers found the body in a shallow grave near her home in Bullhead City, a community about 100 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.     Officers were called to the residence early on Tuesday after relatives found the child was missing from her bedroom.

Trial set in Hawaii scuba fight over tropical fish

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:05
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii man who collects and sells tropical fish for a living has pleaded not guilty to a charge of terroristic threatening for allegedly pulling the air-supply regulator out of the mouth of an anti-aquarium industry activist while underwater.

U.S. fast-food workers arrested in protests for wage hike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:04
About 400 protesters clogged Times Square during morning rush hour in the latest of ongoing actions aimed at raising their wage to $15 an hour. They hoisted placards reading "Stick together for $15 and union rights," and some held a sit-in at a McDonald's restaurant, prompting 19 arrests for disorderly conduct. Sit-ins also were held in several more cities, and a total of 86 arrests were reported among protesters in Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas and Little Rock, Arkansas, organizers said. Another nine protesters were arrested in Boston, according to a Reuters witness.

Victim of Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen exhumed for DNA tests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:03
The remains of a young woman murdered 30 years ago by Alaska's most notorious serial killer has been exhumed in the hopes of finally confirming her identity, officials said Thursday. The woman was one of 17 victims killed in the 1970s and 1980s by Robert Hansen, who died in prison last month. On Wednesday, the state medical examiner's exhumed the remains of one of those women, known to investigators as "Horseshoe Harriet" because her body was discovered in 1984 near Horseshoe Lake, said Jason Grenn, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Services. He said the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which paid for the exhumation, will perform DNA testing and work up a facial reconstruction.

Victim of Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen exhumed for DNA tests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:03
The remains of a young woman murdered 30 years ago by Alaska's most notorious serial killer has been exhumed in the hopes of finally confirming her identity, officials said Thursday. The woman was one of 17 victims killed in the 1970s and 1980s by Robert Hansen, who died in prison last month. On Wednesday, the state medical examiner's exhumed the remains of one of those women, known to investigators as "Horseshoe Harriet" because her body was discovered in 1984 near Horseshoe Lake, said Jason Grenn, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Services. He said the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which paid for the exhumation, will perform DNA testing and work up a facial reconstruction.

Body of Alaska serial killer's victim exhumed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:03

In this Sept. 3, 2014 photo, workers and medical examiner crew members work to exhume the body of Jane Doe #3 from a cemetery in Anchorage, Alaska. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is paying to exhume the remains of the victim of Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen with the hope DNA and facial reconstruction can provide the woman's identity. (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The remains of an unidentified victim of recently deceased Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen were being exhumed from an Anchorage gravesite, 30 years after her killer led authorities to her body near a lake north of the city.


Failed IVs and confusion at Oklahoma's troubled execution: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:02

Death row inmate Clayton Lockett is seen in a picture from the Oklahoma Department of CorrectionsA doctor and a paramedic failed nearly a dozen times to place an IV during an Oklahoma inmate's execution and were unprepared for how to proceed once the line they secured to deliver a lethal injection began leaking drugs, a report said on Thursday. The state had placed additional pressure on prison officials to complete the April execution of murderer Clayton Lockett by making the unusual decision to schedule another execution for just after when Lockett's was to be finished, the report from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety said. "After it was determined that problems were present during Lockett's execution, personnel involved with the execution were unaware of how to proceed due to the lack of policies and/or protocols in place at that time," it said. Lockett's execution was halted about 15 minutes after it started due to the IV problems.


'Hot Car Dad' Indicted for Son's Murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 02:00
The Georgia dad who left his son to die in a scorching SUV this summer was charged with the boy's murder during a formal indictment today.

Delaware governor's errant tweet shows racy photo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:52
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Gov. Jack Markell got schooled on the workings of social media after his office mistakenly tweeted a racy photo of a model while publicizing a public education initiative.

New suit alleging sex abuse filed against former Penn State coach

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:51

Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after his sentencing in his child sex abuse case in BellefonteBy David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - An 18-year-old youth who says he was molested several times about six years ago by now-convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the former Penn State assistant football coach. The plaintiff, identified only as D.F, is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, plus punitive damages, from Sandusky, his former charity and Pennsylvania State University, according to the complaint. Bret Southard, lawyer for the plaintiff, said his client was not one of the 10 boys involved in the criminal case against Sandusky in June 2012, although he was interviewed by the Pennsylvania State Police that April. "It is my understanding that the attorney general is still considering bringing another set of criminal charges against Jerry Sandusky, and my client would be part of that,” Southard said Thursday.


Closed-door hearing for friend of accused Boston bomber

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:48

Robel Phillipos, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with lying to investigators, leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in his case in BostonFederal prosecutors met in a closed-door hearing on Thursday with lawyers for the last of three friends of the accused Boston Marathon bomber to face criminal charges for removing a laptop and backpack from the suspect's dorm room. Robel Phillipos, a 20-year-old resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is charged with lying to investigators about his role in the April 18, 2013, visit to the dorm of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, three days after the bombing that killed three people and injured 264. Two other friends, Kazakh exchange students Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, faced the more serious charge of obstruction of justice for removing the items from Tsarnaev's room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and dropping them in a dumpster. District Court in Massachusetts later this month and faces a sentence of up to 16 years in prison if convicted.


Police arrest man in disappearance, death of missing Arizona girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:29
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Police arrest man in disappearance, death of missing Arizona girl.

Judge orders trial for deputy in double homicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 01:27
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Thursday ordered a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy to stand trial in the shooting deaths of his wife and sister-in-law.