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Contractor: Former Mississippi prison leader sought bribes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 07:54

Former state Sen. Irb Benjamin, 68, of Madison, right, walks to the federal courthouse in downtown Jackson, Miss., Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 with attorney Joe Hollomon for a hearing on federal charges that he paid bribes and kickbacks to a former Mississippi corrections commissioner in exchange for contracts. Benjamin pleaded not guilty to three counts of conspiracy and bribery. He was released on $10,000 bond. (Rick Guy/The Clarion-Ledger, via AP)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One man pleaded guilty Friday and another was indicted on federal charges that they paid bribes and kickbacks to a former Mississippi corrections commissioner in exchange for contracts.


White House: No. 2 IS leader killed in US military airstrike

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 07:51

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) — The No. 2 leader of the Islamic State militant group was killed in a U.S. military airstrike in Iraq earlier this week, the White House said Friday.


Mental health evaluation disputed in supermarket stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 07:51
ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys disagreed about a mental health evaluation for a man charged with fatally stabbing a woman in a supermarket during his first appearance in court on Friday.

Americans Subdued Gunman Aboard Paris-Bound Train

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 07:50
The train was bound for Paris from Amsterdam.

Gunman slays guard at NYC federal building, then kills himself

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 07:41
A gunman opened fire at a federal building in Lower Manhattan on Friday, fatally wounding a security guard before killing himself, officials said. A police official identified the gunman as Kevin Downing, a man in his late 60s from Fort Lee, New Jersey, according to media reports.

Lockheed welcomes U.S. plan to use its combat system for frigates

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 07:41
Lockheed Martin Corp on Friday welcomed the U.S. Navy's decision to use Lockheed's integrated combat system for future frigate-class ships to be built beginning in fiscal 2019, saying it would allow greater commonality across the entire Navy fleet. "It's great news," Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems at Lockheed, told Reuters in a telephone interview. Neither the Navy nor Lockheed provided an estimate for the value of the combat system, but North said each system accounted for less than 10 percent of the cost of the ship.

Yemen's president calls for cease-fire and rebel withdrawal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 07:24
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen's president is proposing a 15-day cease-fire that would coincide with the withdrawal of Shiite rebel militias from all government institutions and military installations and all cities and provinces — even the province they call home.

Jim Gardner in Argentina: Gay rights and the Catholic faith

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 07:14

 Gay rights and the Catholic faithThe issues of homosexuality, gay marriage, and gay priests are demanding the attention of Pope Francis as he prepares to come to Philadelphia. It is no less an urgent issue in his hometown of Buenos Aires.


Hawaii student describes men's plummet from 14th-floor dorm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 07:08
HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii sophomore who lived in a 14th-floor campus apartment where a man fell to his death from a window ledge while trying to stop a suicide recalled Friday watching both men plummet.

CEO of cheating website says he's faithful husband

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:56

In this Tuesday, April 1, 2014 photo, Noel Biderman, chief executive of Avid Life Media Inc., pose during a portrait session. Avid Life Media operates AshleyMadison.com. The founder of the adultery site Ashley Madison built his livelihood around the unconventional philosophy that cheating is a natural part of married life. Yet he himself is said to be a devoted husband. And his wife of 12 years says she would be devastated if he was unfaithful. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Touting himself as the "The King of Infidelity," the founder of the adultery site Ashley Madison built his livelihood around the unconventional philosophy that cheating is a natural part of married life — yet he says he is a devoted husband, and his wife of 12 years says she would be devastated if he was unfaithful.


Mistrial for North Carolina policeman who shot unarmed black man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:49

The mother of Jonathan Ferrell, who was shot and killed in September 2013, looks on during a news conference in CharlotteBy Greg Lacour CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina judge declared a mistrial on Friday when a jury deadlocked in the trial of a white police officer charged in the death of an unarmed black man. Randall Kerrick, 29, faced a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the September 2013 death of Jonathan Ferrell, 24, a former Florida A&M football player who had wrecked his car on a dark road and was seeking help when he encountered officers. Ferrell ran and Kerrick opened fire at point-blank range and killed him.


San Antonio police search for thief who stole body from casket

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:46
San Antonio police were searching for someone who stole the body of a 25-year-old woman out of her coffin after her funeral and before it was set for cremation, police said on Friday. "I have never in 22 years in law enforcement ever heard of anything like this," San Antonio police spokesman Sergeant Javier Salazar said, adding a motive for the crime was unknown. Julie Mott of San Antonio died earlier this month of cystic fibrosis. A funeral for her was held last Saturday, which would have been her 26th birthday.

Black teen killed by St. Louis police shot in back: autopsy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:34

The father of Mansur Ball-Bey stands in front of the steps where police shot his son as a photo of Mansur hangs on the fence in St. LouisNews of the preliminary results of an autopsy escalated tensions that had flared after Wednesday's killing of Mansur Ball-Bey, as protesters and family of the slain 18-year-old questioned police accounts that he pointed a gun at officers. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said additional officers would be available for the weekend in anticipation of further protests. Less than two weeks ago the St. Louis area was flooded with protesters from across the country marking the anniversary of the Aug. 9, 2014, killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in nearby Ferguson, Missouri.


Nov. 19 change-of-plea, sentencing hearing set for Fogle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:29

Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle leaves the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 following a hearing on child-pornography charges. Fogle agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography in a case that destroyed his career at the sandwich-shop chain and could send him to prison for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a Nov. 19 change-of-plea and sentencing hearing for former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle.


Fire chief criticizes CSX over 2014 Virginia derailment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:16
The fire official who led the response to a 2014 oil train derailment in Lynchburg, Virginia, criticized CSX Transportation, saying it took two hours for the company's representative to arrive at a command post after the wreck.

Autopsy: Suspect killed by St. Louis police was shot in back

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:13

St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson, left, appeals for calm alongside mayor Francis Slay, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, West Side Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Officers made several arrests and deployed tear gas amid protests in St. Louis following the death of a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by police Wednesday after he allegedly pointed a gun at them while attempting to serving a search warrant in a crime-troubled section of the city's north side. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — An autopsy showed that an 18-year-old who was shot and killed by an officer helping serve a search warrant in a violence-plagued neighborhood died from a single wound in the back, police said Friday.


Bomb threat prompts evacuation at Willow Grove Mall

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:13

Bomb threat prompts evacuation at Willow Grove MallMontgomery County officials say part of the Willow Grove Park Mall was evacuated Friday afternoon due to a bomb threat.


$30,000 reward offered for killer of teen bystander in Newark, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:08

$30,000 reward offered for killer of teen bystander in Newark, DelawareThe FBI and police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspect who shot and killed a teen leaving a party in Newark, Delaware.


Sinking currencies point to jitters about emerging economies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:06

FILE - In this Monday, June 8, 2015 file photo, Turkish Liras, Euros and U.S. Dollars are stacked at a currency exchange office in Istanbul, Turkey. In emerging markets worldwide, currencies are plunging over fears that developing economies are on the verge of a crippling fall. The damage has spilled across oceans. The Dow Jones industrials plunged 328 points, nearly 2 percent, in early-afternoon trading Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 on top of a 358-point drop Thursday. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)WASHINGTON (AP) — The damage spans the globe.


Advocacy groups sue Gov. Christie over travel security costs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 06:00
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A trio of left-leaning advocacy groups sued Gov. Chris Christie on Friday for using taxpayer dollars to pay for his security detail's travel expenses as he campaigns across the country in his quest to win the Republican nomination for the White House.