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Maryland woman committed after 'exorcism' murder guilty plea

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 07:00
By John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Maryland woman will be committed to a psychiatric hospital after pleading guilty on Friday to charges of killing two children during what she said was an exorcism, according to a prosecution official. Monifa Sanford pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder under a plea agreement, according to the state's attorney's office in Montgomery County. As part of the deal, the defense and prosecution agreed that Sanford was not criminally responsible. Judge Cheryl McCally of the county's Sixth Circuit Court ordered that Sanford be committed indefinitely to a maximum-security psychiatric hospital, according to Ramon Korionoff, a prosecution spokesman.

Florida man sentenced to 40 years in deadly daycare crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:59
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A hit-and-run driver in Florida was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison for causing a crash that killed a 4-year-old girl in a daycare center, according to state prosecutors. Robert Corchado, 29, faced a potential life sentence after a jury in December found him guilty of five felonies and two misdemeanors, including leaving the scene of an accident with a death. The car plowed into three tables of children, ages three through five, killing Lily Quintus.

Police officer says World War Two vet he shot was threat

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:59
By Agnieszka Zielinska MARKHAM, Ill. (Reuters) - The Chicago-area police officer who fatally shot a 95-year-old World War Two vet with a bean bag gun feared for his life when he confronted the knife-wielding man at a nursing home, the officer's lawyer told a court on Friday. In closing arguments, prosecutors told the court in the Chicago suburb of Markham that Craig Taylor, 44, an officer in the suburb of Park Forest, could have found a more peaceful way to defuse the situation and should be found guilty of reckless conduct in the 2013 death of John Wrana, Jr. "John Wrana was absolutely not an imminent threat," the state argued, but "a confused old man." He had been shot with five bean bag rounds at a distance of five to six feet, with experts saying the rounds traveled about 190 miles per hour. If convicted, Taylor, who was in the company of other officers when he fired a shotgun loaded with bean bag rounds, faces up to three years' imprisonment.

California 'revenge porn' trial gets under way in San Diego

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:56
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The trial of a California man accused of running a so-called "revenge porn" website, featuring nude pictures of women often posted by jilted ex-lovers, began in San Diego on Friday in a test of state efforts to clamp down on such sites. Kevin Boellart, 28, was arrested in 2013 shortly after Governor Jerry Brown signed a first-in-the-nation law to target "revenge porn," defined as the posting of private, explicit photos of others on the Internet to humiliate them. Prosecutors have said Boellart's site, which is no longer operational, had featured over 10,000 sexually explicit photos, and that he charged women up to $350 each to remove them. In opening arguments, Deputy Attorney General Tawnya Austin said the site amounted to "21st Century Blackmail." "The purpose of that website is to blackmail women whose private and intimate photos had been published without their permission," Austin said.

New informant in Etan Patz case is an inmate, attorney says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:53
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors' recently revealed informant in the infamous missing-child case of Etan Patz is an inmate, a defense lawyer said Friday, shedding some light on a witness who has emerged late in the 35-year-long case.

Records: Officer charged with murder shot man in back

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:50
ROCKY FORD, Colo. (AP) — Investigators say a police officer who killed a man while patrolling a rural Colorado community shot him in the back after stopping him on the street and following him home even though the man wasn't an imminent threat.

Shots fired during traffic stop in Upper Darby

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:45

Upper Darby officer opens fire on suspect after he tried to run her overSources tell Action News that shots were fired after a traffic stop went bad early Friday evening in Delaware County.

Boy Scouts membership falls 7 percent in decade-long decline

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:43
The Boy Scouts of America's youth membership fell 7.4 percent last year, continuing a decade-long decline for one of the nation's oldest youth organizations, a spokesman said Friday.

Potential jurors questioned in Aaron Hernandez trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:37
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has excused dozens of potential jurors for various reasons in the murder trial of ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

Newborn found dead at recycling center not missing baby

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:35
ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a newborn boy found in a suburban Detroit recycling center is not that of a baby missing 85 miles away.

Images released of suspect in woman's bus stop killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:34

Images released of suspect in woman's bus stop killingPhiladelphia police have released video of the suspect in the killing of a woman at a bus stop in North Philadelphia.

2 injured in crash involving River Line light rail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:32

2 injured in crash involving River Line light railAt least two people were injured in a crash on Friday afternoon involving the River Line light rail in Delran, New Jersey.

Obama comes out swinging against new Iran sanctions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:31

President Barack Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. In a show of trans-Atlantic unity, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a joint effort on Friday to fight domestic terrorism following deadly attacks in France. They also strongly urged the U.S. Congress to hold off on implementing new sanctions on Iran in the midst of nuclear talks. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama came out swinging Friday against congressional attempts to slap fresh sanctions on Iran, warning such a move would likely destroy nuclear talks and increase prospects for a military showdown. Vowing to veto any sanctions that reach his desk, Obama pleaded, "Just hold your fire."

Power trouble in Washington subway incident lasted 44 minutes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:25
A deadly electrical malfunction that filled a Washington subway with smoke earlier this week went on for 44 minutes before the transit system shut down the charged third rail, federal investigators said on Friday. In a preliminary report, the National Transportation Safety Board said the incident on Monday near Washington's L'Enfant Plaza station began at 3:06 p.m. local time when an electrical breaker on a section of the third rail tripped. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) began ventilating the tunnel 10 minutes later, but did not shut down power to the rail until 3:50 p.m., the report said. The NTSB and WMATA said it may take a year to complete an investigation of Monday's incident.

Boy, 14, stabbed in the chest in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:23

Boy, 14, stabbed in the chest in West PhiladelphiaA stabbing in West Philadelphia has left a teenager fighting for his life.

AP EXPLAINS: Native Hawaiians debate path to sovereignty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:22
HONOLULU (AP) — Ahead of the anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom 122 years ago, many Hawaiians are pushing for more sovereignty from the rest of the United States. Some favor a form of tribal recognition for native Hawaiians, but increasingly, the debate has been dominated by groups who want to restore the Hawaiian Kingdom and secede from the United States.

Supreme Court to decide if states can ban gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:21

Supreme Court Meets In Closed Conference To Decide On Hearing Same-Sex Marriage Cases From Several StatesBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether states can ban gay marriage, delving into a contentious social issue in what will be one of the most anticipated rulings of the year. The court, in a brief order, said it would hear cases concerning marriage restrictions in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. The plaintiffs include two nurses from Michigan, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, and Louisville. "We are excited obviously for our clients and for the many thousands of couples like them in Michigan, but we are also excited for the entire nation," added Dana Nessel, a lawyer for the Michigan plaintiffs.

St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese files for bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:17

Archbishop John Nienstedt addresses a news conference, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in St. Paul, Minn. after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection, saying it's the best way for the church to get as many resources as possible to victims of clergy sexual abuse. The archdiocese is the 12th U.S. diocese to seek bankruptcy protection in the face of sex abuse claims. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, saying it's the best way for the church to get as many resources as possible to victims of clergy sexual abuse while continuing its daily ministry.

Two Florida police officers charged with battery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:09
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida prosecutors on Friday announced the filing of misdemeanor battery charges against two Orlando police officers in unrelated 2014 incidents involving the arrests of black men. Officers Chase Fugate and William Escobar were suspended with pay pending the outcome of separate internal investigations to determine whether their actions violated department policy, according to a police press release. The investigations come as scrutiny on police has been heightened in recent months by the killing of unarmed blacks by white officers, raising questions about police treatment of racial minorities. Fugate faces two misdemeanor charges of battery for his June 14 arrest of a 22-year-old black man who fled as Fugate attempted to stop him from driving a car reported as stolen, according to the police report of the arrest.

Pennsylvania to pay U.S. $48.8 million over benefits to aliens

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:08
(Reuters) - Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $48.83 million to settle U.S. government claims it violated federal law by providing benefits to ineligible aliens under Medicaid and two other federal programs from 2004 to 2010. In a statement on Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice said the commonwealth provided improper benefits under Medicaid, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The Justice Department said Pennsylvania violated a 1996 law that authorizes non-emergency benefits only for documented aliens who fall below specified income thresholds and have been in the country for more than five years, and that requires states to verify recipients' eligibility.