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Charges to be dismissed in Phoenix freeway shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 14:07

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, accused freeway shooter Leslie Allen Merritt, Jr., appears in Maricopa County Superior Court for his arraignment in Phoenix. Prosecutors have decided to dismiss charges against Merritt, Jr., suspected in the freeway shootings that rattled Phoenix last year. Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokesman Jerry Cobb said Friday, April 22, 2016 that the office filed a motion to dismiss all charges without prejudice against Leslie Merritt Jr. Cobb says authorities and prosecutors identified additional forensic investigation that needs to be completed in order for the case to proceed. (Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool, File)PHOENIX (AP) — The man authorities have described as the Phoenix freeway shooter who terrorized the city last year received a huge victory when prosecutors decided to dismiss all charges — for now.


Charges to be dismissed in Phoenix freeway shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 14:07

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, accused freeway shooter Leslie Allen Merritt, Jr., appears in Maricopa County Superior Court for his arraignment in Phoenix. Prosecutors have decided to dismiss charges against Merritt, Jr., suspected in the freeway shootings that rattled Phoenix last year. Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokesman Jerry Cobb said Friday, April 22, 2016 that the office filed a motion to dismiss all charges without prejudice against Leslie Merritt Jr. Cobb says authorities and prosecutors identified additional forensic investigation that needs to be completed in order for the case to proceed. (Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool, File)PHOENIX (AP) — The man authorities have described as the Phoenix freeway shooter who terrorized the city last year received a huge victory when prosecutors decided to dismiss all charges — for now.


Man who inspired film 'Bernie' sent back to prison by jury

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 13:52

Bernie Tiede tears up as his uncle Elmer Doucet denies sexually abusing him as a child during day nine of Tiede's new sentencing trial, on Monday April 18, 2016, at the Rusk County Justice Center in Henderson, Texas. Tiede was convicted in 1999 of killing Marjorie Nugent, a widow more than 40 years his senior whom he befriended in Carthage. He was sentenced to life in prison but freed after a prosecutor said he believed Tiede deserved a reduced prison sentence because of abuse he suffered as a child. Jurors could now send him back to prison or let him remain free. (Michael Cavazos/Longview News Journal via AP, Pool)HENDERSON, Texas (AP) — A former East Texas mortician whose murder case inspired the movie "Bernie" is headed back to prison.


'Bernie' mortician ordered back to prison in Texas widow murder case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 13:10
A jury in the East Texas town of Henderson deliberated for more than four hours following a three-week re-sentencing trial for Bernie Tiede, who was convicted in 1999 of the murder of 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent. Tiede, 57, confessed to shooting Nugent in 1996 and stashing her body in a freezer chest at her home in the East Texas town of Carthage, where it remained for nine months before being found. During the re-sentencing trial, defense attorneys attempted to prove that sexual abuse Tiede suffered as a child caused him to snap after he was victimized by Nugent, shooting her four times in the back in an act of passion.

Investigator: Woman killed baby girl, put body in dumpster

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:46

A memorial is placed in front of the house for 1-year-old Kenzley Olson on Friday, April 22, 2016, in Poplar, Mont. A federal investigator says a woman beat to death the girl on a Montana Indian reservation and threw the baby's body into a dumpster. Janelle Red Dog appeared in Fort Peck Tribal Court on Friday in the death of Olson after she reportedly confessed and drew a map of where the body was located. (AP Photo/Richard Peterson)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A woman beat to death a 13-month-old girl under her care on a rural Montana Indian reservation, threw the baby's body into a dumpster and reported her missing before confessing to the crime a day later, a federal investigator testified Friday.


Toddler injured in South Philadelphia hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:43

Toddler injured in South Philadelphia hit-and-runA 20-month-old boy is hospitalized after a hit-and-run in South Philadelphia.


Elite boarding school cancels 'healing' event on sex abuse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:36
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — An elite New England boarding school where dozens of alumni have reported sexual abuse is canceling a gathering it billed as a "healing" event to address sexual abuse after many victims objected.

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Burlington County

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:36

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Burlington CountyA pedestrian is critical after being struck by a vehicle in Burlington County.


Police investigating homicide at Southwest Philadelphia apartments

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:33

Man killed in shooting at Southwest Philadelphia apartmentsA man was killed in a shooting in Southwest Philadelphia.


Police investigating parking lot shooting in Paulsboro

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:29

Police investigating parking lot shooting in PaulsboroGloucester County officials are investigating a shooting in Paulsboro.


Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks with 6abc Action News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:27

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks with 6abc Action NewsDemocratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders waded into Philadelphia politics during and after a discussion in West Philadelphia on Friday.


8 relatives killed 'execution style' in rural Ohio; 3 kids survive

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:20

8 relatives killed 'execution style' in rural Ohio; 3 kids surviveEight members of a family, including a mother sleeping in a bed with her 4-day-old baby next to her, were fatally shot in the head on Friday, leaving their rural town reeling while a manhunt was launched for whoever's responsible.


Neuvirth magnificent against Capitals as Flyers force Game 6

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 11:48

Neuvirth magnificent against Capitals as Flyers force Game 6Michal Neuvirth made a playoff career-high 44 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 5 on Friday night to stay alive in their first-round series.


Community mourns student who died in Delaware school assault

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 11:31

Community mourns student who died in Delaware school assaultStudents at a Delaware school are still coming to terms with the tragic death of a classmate, who died following an assault in a bathroom.


Pop icon Prince's death tempers celebration at Jazz Fest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 11:28

Janelle Monae performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Friday, April 22, 2016. Monae, who had a professional working relationship with Prince, who died yesterday, said onstage she was dedicating her show to him. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Janelle Monae stormed the Congo Square stage amid blaring guitars, pounding drums and a screaming crowd that grew even louder when she announced to a New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival crowd that she intended to pay tribute to Prince.


8 relatives shot dead, some while sleeping; 3 kids survive

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 11:27

This aerial photo shows one of the locations being investigated in Pike County, Ohio, as part of an ongoing homicide investigation, Friday, April 22, 2016. Several people were found dead Friday at multiple crime scenes in rural Ohio, and at least most of them were shot to death, authorities said. No arrests had been announced, and it's unclear if the killer or killers are among the dead. (Lisa Marie Miller/The Columbus Dispatch via AP) MANDATORY CREDITPIKETON, Ohio (AP) — Eight members of a family, including a mother sleeping in a bed with her 4-day-old baby next to her, were fatally shot in the head Friday, leaving their rural town reeling while a search was launched for whoever's responsible.


AP Exclusive: Color index for US border security is rejected

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 11:27

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2016 file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Sunland Park, N.M. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has rejected a new proposal of color-coded alerts to measure border security after a consultant called the system simplistic and misleading. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security dropped its color-coded terror threat index developed after the 9/11 attacks amid widespread confusion and ridicule. So what did it do when tasked by Secretary Jeh Johnson in 2014 with measuring security along the country's borders?


Man who inspired film 'Bernie' sent back to prison by jury

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 11:26

Bernie Tiede tears up as his uncle Elmer Doucet denies sexually abusing him as a child during day nine of Tiede's new sentencing trial, on Monday April 18, 2016, at the Rusk County Justice Center in Henderson, Texas. Tiede was convicted in 1999 of killing Marjorie Nugent, a widow more than 40 years his senior whom he befriended in Carthage. He was sentenced to life in prison but freed after a prosecutor said he believed Tiede deserved a reduced prison sentence because of abuse he suffered as a child. Jurors could now send him back to prison or let him remain free. (Michael Cavazos/Longview News Journal via AP, Pool)HENDERSON, Texas (AP) — A jury on Friday sent a former East Texas mortician whose murder case inspired the movie "Bernie" back to prison.


U.S. drops New York fight with Apple after gaining access to iPhone

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 11:23

Details are pictured on the backside of an Apple I phone 6 on a table in a restaurant in HanauThe U.S. Justice Department on Friday dropped its effort to force Apple Inc to help unlock an iPhone in a drug case in New York after someone provided authorities the passcode to access the device. The letter marked a sudden end to a closely watched case, in which the Justice Department had been appealing a ruling by a federal magistrate judge holding that he could not force Apple to assist authorities.


Virginia governor enables 200,000 felons to vote in November

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 11:20

Virginia governor enables 200,000 felons to vote in NovemberRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 200,000 convicted felons will be able to cast ballots in the swing state of Virginia in November under a sweeping executive order Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday.