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Builder of collapsed California balcony sued over flaws in another project

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:36

Workmen examine the damage at the scene of a 4th-story apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley, CaliforniaCalifornia-based Segue Construction paid $3.4 million to settle litigation over alleged defects in a condominium development in Millbrae, California, after a homeowners association sued, the homeowners' lawyer said. The design and construction of outdoor spaces such as balconies were “a very prominent part of the litigation,” said San Francisco attorney Thomas Miller, who represented the homeowners.


3 Los Angeles gangs indicted for uniting in conspiracy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:29
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three rival Los Angeles gangs united in a rare alliance to conspire to control drug trafficking and carried out crimes that included murder and extortion, federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing a racketeering indictment against 22 gang members.

Sympathy, calls for more gun control after church slayings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:28
The fatal shooting of eight worshippers and a pastor at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday provoked strong reactions from political, church and civil rights leaders and was held up by gun control advocates as another example of lax laws leading to tragedy.

Jury recommends no extra prison for Marine who killed Iraqi

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:28

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2013, file photo, Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III speaks at his home in Oceanside, Calif. Military prosecutors on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, are expected to give closing arguments in their case against a Marine Corps sergeant being retried on a murder charge in a major Iraq war crimes case involving the 2006 killing of a retired Iraqi policeman. Defense Attorney Christopher Oprison, representing Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, is also expected to give closing arguments at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — A military jury on Thursday recommended that a U.S. Marine twice convicted of murdering an Iraqi civilian get no additional prison time beyond the roughly seven years he has already served for the crime.


Florist spots Hyundai at light, helps catch shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:14
KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — Debbie Dills thought the black Hyundai next to her at a stoplight looked familiar — it had a South Carolina tag and a white decal on the front. Her heart raced when she saw the driver, the bowlcut-wearing white man who authorities say killed nine people in a black church in Charleston.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:09

Cardinals follow a press conference to present Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si," (Praise Be), at the Vatican, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he calls the "structurally perverse" economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth." (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


11 indicted on charges of selling fake 5-Hour Energy drinks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:05
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eleven people have been indicted on charges they conspired to sell counterfeit bottles of 5-Hour Energy drinks.

Former NAACP leader in Washington state kicked off Spokane's police panel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:01

Washington state civil rights advocate Rachel Dolezal smiles towards Izaiah Dolezal while her son Franklin stands nearby on NBC's "Today" show in New YorkBy Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal, who drew national attention over her racial identity, was ousted on Thursday from a municipal police oversight commission in Washington state over conduct violations, a city spokesman said. The decision by the Spokane City Council comes after investigators hired by the city to probe allegations of misconduct found Dolezal had publicly named citizens who made complaints against police officers, in violation of confidentiality rules. The lawyers, in investigating an April 16 whistleblower complaint, also found that the city employee who filed the complaint had faced intimidating and offensive behavior from Dolezal, who headed the Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, and two other commission members.


Beach near oil spill to reopen, as probe continues on break

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:52
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A popular Central California beach closed last month after a crude oil spill near Santa Barbara will reopen next week, state officials said Thursday.

Psychiatrist: Girl accused in stabbing needs intervention

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:50
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictitious horror character has schizophrenia that is getting worse and intervention is the best way to mitigate the symptoms, a psychiatrist testified Thursday.

Spokane removes Rachel Dolezal from police commission

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:30

 "I identify as black." (Anthony Quintano/NBC News via AP)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane City Council has voted to remove Rachel Dolezal, the former Spokane NAACP president, from the city's volunteer police ombudsman commission.


Who's to blame during California drought? Basically everyone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:23

In this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo, workers plant strawberries in Watsonville, Calif.California’s historic drought is also sparking a flurry of finger-pointing and blaming. Advocates for various causes are using the four-year dry spell to shore up opposition on everything from unauthorized immigration to eating hamburgers. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mother Nature isn't the only one getting blamed during the California's drought.


State won't seek retrial for ex-North Dakota teacher of year

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:19
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — State prosecutors said in court documents filed Thursday that they won't pursue a retrial in the case of a former North Dakota teacher of the year accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student in 2009.

Texas man executed for slaying of auto mechanic in 2001

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:14

FILE - This undated file handout file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Gregory Russeau. On Thursday, June 18, 2015, Russeau is scheduled for lethal injection for beating 75-year-old James Syvertson to death in Tyler, Texas. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP, File)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas death row inmate Gregory Russeau was executed Thursday evening for the slaying of a 75-year-old East Texas auto repair shop owner 14 years ago during a crack cocaine binge.


Tsarnaev friend gets prison for misleading investigators

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:13

In this courtroom sketch, Khairullozhon Matanov is depicted while being sentenced in Federal Court for misleading investigators after the Boston Marathon bombing Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Boston. Matanov, a friend of one Boston Marathon bomber, had dinner with the brothers hours after the attack. He has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for misleading investigators. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)BOSTON (AP) — A man who had dinner with the Boston Marathon bombers hours after the 2013 attack was sentenced Thursday to 2½ years in prison for misleading investigators by failing to disclose his contact with the brothers in the days after the bombings and deleting files from his computer.


South Carolina's 'Mother Emanuel' grieves loss of gifted pastor: politician

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:11
In this case, he was citing scripture in asking fellow South Carolina lawmakers to support equipping police with body cameras following the fatal police shooting of Walter Scott, a black man killed as he fled a traffic stop. Pinckney's adeptness in persuading lawmakers to support the bill would be among the final political successes for the gifted pastor-politician, who was gunned down at age 41 along with eight others at his church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal, on Wednesday night. Nicknamed "Mother Emanuel," the Gothic Revival-style brick house of worship is the oldest A.M.E. church in the southeastern United States, with a storied history dating back to slavery.

Texas executes man for bludgeoning mechanic to death in robbery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:10
Texas on Thursday executed Gregory Russeau, 45, who was convicted of killing a 75-year-old auto mechanic in a 2001 robbery and driving off from the crime scene in the victim's car. Russeau was pronounced dead at 6:49 p.m. CDT after receiving a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. Russeau was convicted of bludgeoning James Syvertson to death with a hammer at Syvertson's automobile repair garage in Tyler, about 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Dallas.

U.S. judge calls case of Russian who joined Taliban a 'new frontier'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:03
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A federal judge in Virginia in the case of a former Russian army officer accused of fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan asked attorneys in the case on Thursday to focus on whether as a war combatant he was protected from criminal prosecution. Irek Hamidullin, who is believed to be in his 50s, is the first military prisoner from Afghanistan to appear in a federal court in the United States. "I’m obviously blazing a new frontier here," U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson said at a hearing in Richmond, Virginia, where he pressed attorneys with questions on whether Hamidullin was a war combatant under the Geneva Conventions.

Estimated 6,500 injured in deck collapses since 2003

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:02

A worker measures near the remaining wood from an apartment building balcony that collapsed in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The balcony broke loose from the building during a 21st birthday party early Tuesday, killing several people and seriously injuring others. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — An estimated 6,500 people have been rushed to emergency rooms with injuries from collapsing balconies and porches, while 29 — including six college students in Berkeley this week — have been killed since 2003.